2010 Nike Extravaganza Evaluations

Scouts were on hand Saturday at Mater Dei High School to check out the prep hoopsters on hand at the 2010 Nike Extravaganza. It was a who's who of future Pac-10 and national hoops talent, including some prospects that are taking a long look at the University of Washington.

Jelan Kendrick 2010 6'8" SF Wheeler HS The Memphis signee scored 16 points in a blowout win against Los Angeles Fairfax. Threw down some nasty dunks, hit a three. It was clear he's a super player. It was just unfortunate that Fairfax was so overmatched that you really didn't get a chance to see how good Kendrick is.

Charles Mitchell 2012 6'8" C Wheeler HS A very wide body with good hands, Mitchell caught a pass in traffic and threw down a monster dunk that brought the house down. Mitchell has the body and as long as he works at his game, he could be a dynamite big man down the line.

Tyler Lamb 2010 6'5 G Mater Dei HS The UCLA signee scored 26 points in a tough win over Bishop Gorman. Showed good athleticism catching some tough lob passes and throwing them down for dunks. Tyler had some very difficult drives that he finished and played very hard. If there is one weakness to his game it's his jumpshot. He's far from a bad shooter and the jumper wasn't on tonight, but he could tweak his shot and be a much better shooter.

Gary Franklin 2010 6'3 G Mater Dei HS The Cal signee had a pretty subpar game. He did score 16 points, but several of those came at the end on ill-advised drives that netted him free throws. Franklin didn't shoot the ball well, but that doesn't stop him from shooting. It's a good quality for a shooter to not worry about the misses. The problem in this game was when the game was still within reach for Bishop Gorman, Franklin launched a three in the last minute with over 20 seconds still on the shot clock and then on the next two plays drove to the hoop instead of pulling the ball out and milking the clock.

Keala King 2010 6'5 Wing Mater Dei HS The Arizona State signee had a very good game. He scored 21 points and showed a very soft touch on his shot. Showed a surprisingly nice post-up game for a wing and scored a couple turnaround hook shots. While he isn't flashy, he's more than solid and plays a very smooth game.

Shabazz Muhammad 2012 6'5 Wing Bishop Gorman HS Shabazz did it all and it still wasn't quite enough to lead his team to victory over Mater Dei. He scored 29 points on just about every different type of shot. He hit the 3, had an alley-oop dunk, had a nice turn around soft lefty hook in the lane. He made his free throws and didn't have an ounce of selfishness in his game. It's very easy to see why all the top programs are all dying to get Shabazz.

Jon Loyd 2010 5'9 PG Bishop Gorman HS The little sparkplug guard had a very solid game. Generally took good care of the ball and made good decisions. There was a little hiccup in the second quarter where he had a lapse of a few plays, but overall it was a solid play. Showed he could finish over bigger guards and hit a three near the end of the game that was NBA range. He finished with 18 points but his highlight reel play was a 2/3 length of the court alley-oop pass to Shabazz that was absolutely perfect.

Michael Gilchrist 2011 6'8 F St. Patricks HS Gilchrist is the consensus top rated player for 2011 and he didn't disappoint. It certainly helps him to have one of the best high school coaches around that keeps him grounded and teaches him well. He has every tool you could ask for in a 6'8 forward. He can run, he can shoot, he bangs and he can lead the break. In one sequence, Gilchrist blocked a shot and grabbed the rebound, taking off with the ball leading the break. He slowed down just around the foul line to allow his teammates to get in a better scoring area while drawing the lone defender to him and then dished off the perfect pass for the easy layup. Most PGs can't do that, much less 6'8 forwards.

Kyrie Irving 2010 6'3 G St. Patricks HS Irving flat out dominated the Taft guards in the first half. He finished with 24, but had 16 by halftime and pretty much got wherever, whenever he wanted to. He hit threes and had a couple spectacular drives to the hoop where he finished with contact all while hanging in the air and staying in control. It's almost unfair that he and Gilchrist play on the same HS team.

Spencer Dinwiddie 2011 6'3 G Taft HS Dinwiddie was clearly outmatched playing against Irving. He struggled to keep Kyrie in front of him. He certainly knows how to play and did manage to hit a deep three, but on this night he was a little tentative and didn't play very aggressively.

Bryce Jones 2010 6'5 F Taft HS Jones certainly came to play, but it just wasn't enough as Taft was buried 91-64. He had a nice first half to keep his team in the game as he had 14 of his 19 points. Jones takes the ball to the rim aggressively and can shoot it out to the three. The USC signee's shot could use some work, but it is also far from bad.

DeAndre Daniels 2011 6'8 F Taft HS Daniels is a fourth year player that is listed as a junior. I'd assume he'll go to prep school before he enrolls at Texas. Daniels played hard, but the shots just weren't falling tonight.

Assistants spotted from Cal, UCLA, Portland, SMU.

Ben Howland and Mike Montgomery also made the drive over to Mater Dei as well.

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