Las Vegas NW Hoop Talent Evals

LAS VEGAS - The Pacific Northwest quietly produces some of the country's finest basketball talent. Despite lacking the high profile elite talent of the years past, the Northwest is bursting with quality D1 prospects.

Bothell's Zach LaVine and Friends of Hoop played earlier in the week, leaving Seattle Rotary, Avery Bradley's Northwest Panthers and ICP Portland to represent the region in the largest AAU event in the country. Here's a look at a few players from those teams and others that I saw on the weekend.

Marquise Davis - Seattle Rotary. There aren't a lot of holes in the Rainier Beach lead guard's game. Davis has a tremendous motor, is a deft ball handler with blazing quicks, is a crafty penetrator and a solid passer with good feel for the game. He also gets a lot of lift on his solid three-point stroke. Defensively Davis really shines, and watching him relentlessly harass opposing guards was entertaining to say the least. Davis is getting looks from mid-majors but is sure to see interest grow after his play in Vegas as several coaches I spoke to had Rotary's number 24 on the brain.

Calvin Hermanson - Clutch Players. Lake Oswego, Oregon's Hermanson is probably the best Northwest prospect for 2013 not named Zach LaVine. He does a little bit of everything. The chiseled 6-foot-6 wing has good size for a guard and hit several three-pointers Saturday afternoon At Rancho. He also threw down an impressive two-handed dunk after driving through traffic, demonstrating his toughness and athleticism. Saint Mary's and Stanford at the top of Hermanson's recruiting list but he says he's still open to other possibilities.

Tre'Shaun Lexing - Northwest Panthers. Lexing is one of the more intriguing prospects in the area. Checking in at a long 6-foot-4, Lexing projects as a small forward in college. He's a solid athlete though not great laterally which will limit him a bit despite being a motivated defender. Lexing is primarily a shooter and possesses a sweet stroke but lacks the quickness to create his own shot. Colorado has made him a priority and was a constant presence at his games, as was Washington State.

Josh Hawkinson - Hoopaholics. The Shorewood High center was a pleasant surprise, pouring in a convincing 29 points in an elimination-round loss Saturday evening. Checking in at 6-foot-9, Hawkinson is a highly-skilled post prospect with fabulous hands and great instincts. He's an average athlete but makes up for it with a strong physical presence, soft touch and confident passing. He's reasonably mobile, though he has a lot of work to do on his body. Hawkinson has programs like San Diego watching him closely and is receiving interest from Washington State as well.

Dezmyn Trent - Northwest Panthers. The big, physical guard from Foss High School in Tacoma is the younger brother of Seattle University's Clarence Trent, a UW transfer. Dezmyn has an excellent three-point stroke and aggressively uses his size to attack the basket. While not as athletic as his older brother, Trent is an above average athlete and has mid-major schools following him closely.
Kameron Chatman. The recent Long Beach Poly transfer can be a tricky one to project. Chatman is as skilled as any player in the West, capable of playing any position from 1-4. He currently stands 6-foot-6 but still growing and could end up closer to 6-foot-8 or taller by the time he hits a college court. His ball handling skills are fantastic for a player his size and he's a quality passer with point guard instincts. Offensively, Chatman been inconsistent at times this summer but he was firing on all cylinders Saturday. His mid-range jumper was falling and his three-point shot arches so high it looks like it might hit the rafters. When he's connecting from the outside it really opens up the rest of his game. Chatman has offers from UW, Arizona and UCLA, with Washington leading.

Donovan Dorsey - ICP Portland. - When Dorsey plays as he did Saturday afternoon at Durango it isn't hard to understand why he has attracted so much attention this year. His spin move at the elbow against Louisiana Elite sent coaches scrambling for their notebooks, and this was also after he caught fire from outside. The athletically built 6-foot-6 wing is a slasher who can also impact the game under the hoop as well. Inconsistent play has limited Dorsey's offers thus far but he has several Pac-12 programs, including Washington, monitoring him closely.

Ahmaad Rorie - Northwest Panthers. The speedy California Bear commit can get hot from outside in a hurry. He's a solid athlete who uses a polished spin move and deceptive quickness to set up dribble penetration. He likes to attack the paint despite his 6-foot size, but needs to finish more consistently at he cup. Rorie is one of the better players in a talented 2014 in-state class.

Josh Perkins - Colorado Miners. Perkins is a ridiculously quick point guard with a growing national reputation. Against the Northwest Panthers, Perkins' 6-foot-3 size, quickness, natural body control and ankle-breaking crossover made it impossible for the Panther defenders to stay in front of him. He elevates high on a quality three-point stroke which he buried several times in the game I observed. Perkins is an elite recruit in the West for 2014. Top Stories