CERRITOS, Calif. -- Before the Double Pump Summer Tip-Off and Pangos Sweet 16 got underway this weekend in Southern California, Earl Watson Elite hosted its own event, the West Coast Elite Camp.
Marked by the emergence of 2018 prospect Miles Norris, the event also featured several other notable performers from the Golden State, including five-star Chance Comanche.
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Comanche was a bit disinterested at times, but when he turned the engine over, he was difficult to stop. The 6-foot-11, 190-pounder out of Los Angeles (Calif.) View Park showed off his versatility and range, hitting outside shots and finishing inside, with several big dunks over the course of the three-day event, culminating with an appearance in the Cream of the Crop game.
Comanche gabbed with Scout.com after the event to talk a bit of recruiting.
“Nothing really new, so far,” said Comanche, who does not yet have a top group. “I’m still trying to narrow it down.”
Comanche has already made visits to several schools, the most recent being Connecticut, which had coaches at the event to watch Comanche and several other prospects, including fellow Earl Watson Elite star Jayce Johnson, a 2016 target.
“It’s a good school,” Comanche said of UConn. “I like coach [Kevin] Ollie. He seems like a good coach, and coach [Karl] Hobbs seems like he gets along with the players really well.”
Next on Comanche’s itinerary is a trip to Arizona.
“I think it’ll be fun,” Comanche said. “I think I’ll enjoy it.”
No school, Comanche said, has yet moved ahead of the pack.
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• Moving from the class of 2015 to the 2016 bunch, Milan Aquaah was a very solid, athletic and tough point guard in the Cream of the Crop game.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Aquaah – who also played running back for Pasadena (Calif.) La Salle last season – has been out with a groin injury since the end of football season, but he’s starting to make up for lost time.
“I’ve been out for six months, so I didn’t get any looks,” Aquaah said. “I’m just returning. This is my first camp in about six months – my first games, actually.”
Aquaah said he felt a bit rusty, but was clearly one of the more athletic shooters on the court.
“I felt like I could have hit my open jumpers a little bit more, but other than that, I felt good, going up and down the court,” Aquaah said. “I’m looking forward to getting more looks, getting more colleges to be interested in me. I want to improve my shooting and ball-handling, and communication on the court.”
Before Aquaah was injured, Washington, Pepperdine and Northern Arizona had been speaking with him, and have kept up communication.
“I’ve talked to Northern Arizona the past two weeks, and Washington last month,” Aquaah said.
Aquaah is hoping for some attention from the Pac-12, specifically Arizona State, USC and Colorado.
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• 2017 West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade prospect Remy Martin is more than just a potent potable – he’s quite the potent point guard.
With 11 minutes left and his team down by 10, Martin scored five points in less than two minutes, driving the lane and hitting a three-pointer.
Martin’s got a bit of flair to him, starting with a pompadour haircut and ending with some positively yo-yo-tastic moves with the rock in his hands. Martin looks to be full-throttle the entire time he’s on the court, but he can stop on a dime and change direction with ease. He may look like he’s barely holding on, but he’s in complete control. He’ll definitely be one to watch, moving forward.
Martin said Penn State, NC State and Pittsburgh are all looking at him, with California set to watch him closely next weekend during the viewing period in Anaheim, Calif.
• 6-foot-7, 200-pound Ira Lee out of Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon was one of the best all-around scorers in the camp. Lee is a very athletic, versatile forward who has the length and the touch to play as a wing, but the toughness to play inside, which is where he's probably at his best. The 2017 power forward already has offers from Arizona, USC, Arizona State, Tulsa and San Francisco, but says that Washington and UConn are hot on his trail, as well.
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