Gershon: Battle at the Beach, Day One

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. - T.J. Leaf was one of several standouts at day one of Wednesday night's Battle at the Beach.

2015 Class

Lindsey Drew, PG, L.A. Rockfish: A long and slender point guard with good size, Drew is a smooth player who is still coming into his own as a prospect, but steadily making strides. He did a good job using his handle and savvy to take his defender off the dribble and get to the lane to either finish or create for someone else. Drew showed his range by hitting an outside shot and played his typical unselfish game.

Tyler Dorsey, SG, Belmont Shore: Dorsey played well on Wednesday night, focusing on scoring with his drive, getting to the basket and finishing with both hands. He also played a pretty unselfish game, consistently looking for teammates instead of forcing his own shot. As always, he played hard throughout the contest.

Derrick Bruce, PG, Inland: An extremely long and slender point guard, Bruce has a very good handle and uses his crossover to create space whenever it's needed. While he's capable of hitting threes, he was better going to the basket, where his high level body control allows him to finish. He also has pretty good vision and made a lot of good passes.


Henry Welsh, C, L.A. Rockfish: Smaller than older brother Thomas Welsh at the same stage yet more polished, Henry has very soft hands and is a tough kid that isn't afraid to bang inside, yet capable of stepping out and hitting jumpers as well. Welsh has broad shoulders and is pretty strong for his age. He rebounded well on defense and showed a nice skill level at this stage.

T.J. Leaf, PF, Compton Magic: Simply an elite prospect at this stage, Leaf never disappoints with his size, motor and skill level. He comes to play every single time and Wednesday night was no different. Leaf scored in transition, got his points on the offensive glass and showed his range from outside. He's well on his way to being a very good college player.

Vance Jackson, SF, Belmont Shore: Jackson is a very unique prospect in that offensively he has a lot of value in his shooting ability; he can really shoot it and knocked down several jumpers on Wednesday off the catch, mostly from three, while also scoring with his pull-up from midrange. The question will be what position he defends at the next level, and that answer will have a lot to do with his ultimate stock. Regardless, he's a very good offensive player.


Billy Preston, PF, Compton Magic: A very good prospect for a rising sophomore, Preston has impressive size and frame. His jumper from midrange may be his best weapon at this stage, and he hit multiple of those buckets off the catch, as well as a three-pointer. Preston also showed nice vision, zipping one impressive pass after the next.


* Compton Magic's 2016 shooting guard Johnny McWilliams showed off his upside. He has the size, length and scoring ability to end up being a nice player.

* Belmont Shore's 2015 small forward Nick Blair is best in transition, where his high level hops make him an impressive finisher, yet he's also a pretty consistent shooter.

* Long Beach State commit LaRond Williams of Belmont Shore has the size, length and athleticism to be successful, and the Belmont Shore power forward used those tools to finish above the rim.

* In a blowout win, Compton Magic's Sedrick Barefield had a lot of success in transition, pushing tempo whenever he could and either getting to the basket or finding the open teammate. The SMU commit played hard and made a lot of good passes in the open court.

* Nate Grimes, a 2015 combo forward from Las Vegas Knicks, was at his best finishing around the basket, both in half court and transition situations. He has the size and length, while also playing pretty hard.

* Las Vegas Knicks have a 2015 face up four in Garrett Scheer who played extremely hard, finishing inside and out, rebounding and defending. He's a nice player.

* Inland's Eli Chuha is a talented 2015 hybrid forward who had a lot of success getting to the basket in transition, finishing with contact in the process. He's also a good passer at 6-foot-8 who can score with his jumper.

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