Torrey Pines: Day One

DEL MAR, Calif. - The Torrey Pines Holiday Classic tipped off on Wednesday and it was an opportunity for to check out several young prospects on the West Coast. D.J. Wilson is one of many players who upped their stock in the tournament's opening day.

Kameron Rooks, C, Mission Hills: Rooks looks like he's grown since our last viewing of him in July and he's now easily over 7-feet and does look a little leaner. On Wednesday, when he got the ball deep into the paint he usually finished – he prefers to score with his right hand – or kicked it back out; he made some very nice passes from the post. He doesn't block a ton of shots but he does block some and his huge size deflects even more. Rooks has long been comfortable with his right hook shot and Wednesday was no different, as he knocked down a couple of them. Getting up and down the court is still an area of improvement but the evaluation on Rooks is an easy one; his success at the next level will depend largely on how he and his body respond to a college strength and conditioning program.

Justin Strings, PF/SF, Mira Costa: The lanky Strings is an unorthodox player in a good way. He has very long arms and is still growing into his body – no surprise given he's grown a couple inches since last season – but still is very productive. He's a very committed rebounder on both ends and on Wednesday morning definitely did a nice job on the glass. Offensively he hit a catch and shoot three and floaters from the baseline and middle key, while also playing unselfish basketball, usually looking for the open teammate before trying to score. Strings has really good feet, takes long strides and uses the jump stop well. He's in-between the two forward positions if he doesn't grow, but he's a talented kid that is definitely worthy of more college attention.

Ahmaad Rorie, PG, Lincoln: The well put together point guard is a threat to put up points in a hurry anytime he steps on the court and Wednesday was definitely no different. He came out firing away against Army/Navy, hitting four three-pointers in the first quarter and never seemed to take his foot off the gas pedal. Rorie was knocking down threes off the catch, while also driving to the basket and looking for teammates. He's a score-first point guard but there's nothing wrong with that when you can put up points like Rorie can.

Devin Watson, PG, Army/Navy: Watson is a little point guard but what he lacks in size he makes up for in production. He had his floater working against Lincoln, while also doing a really nice job getting past his defender and finding the open teammate for an assist. Add that to the fact that he was hitting three-pointers off the catch and got to the free throw line and you had a pretty successful opening day game for Watson.

D.J. Wilson, PF/SF, Capital Christian: Wilson has grown two inches since seeing him in April and still has the young face and long arms of a kid who could still get taller. Wilson is still somewhat of a face-up four in that he's most comfortable facing the post on offense but will likely guard the interior at the next level. While he missed his few three-point attempts on Wednesday, his stroke looks good and has shown in the past he's a capable shooter from distance. Wilson had a couple really impressive plays in which he took his man off the dribble and got to the basket, one of which was a baseline drive which ended in an athletic dunk. In the paint he scored on a putback after securing an offensive rebound and did a nice job on the defensive glass. Wilson had two free throws and a big block in the last minute to help secure a win for his team over Righetti. He'll need to play with more focus and work harder without the ball, but he's a young kid and that can kick in at any point.

Dillon Reise, PF/SF, Ocean View: A sleeper hybrid forward, Reise has a couple areas he excels at. He's about 6-foot-6, can really handle it and is a terrific passer; he will often make a couple impressive passes in the same possession. He plays hard on both ends of the court, which aids him on the defensive glass, and one of the best parts of his game is that he can grab the board and quickly start the break. He hit one of four catch and shoot three-pointers in this game and in general, the biggest area for him to improve at is gaining skill and confidence offensively. In the fourth quarter he had one play where he caught the ball behind the perimeter, pump faked, dribbled in a couple feet, pulled up and sank a long two. If he can continue to add moves like that to his repertoire, he'll go from no offers to several in a hurry. He'll also need to not leave his feet when passing as much as he does and improve as a finisher.

Isaac Allen, C, Mesa: A year ago, Allen was simply a 6-foot-10 center. It's amazing what a motor alone can do for a player because suddenly Allen has one and it's made him a much more worthwhile prospect. His skills at this point are his motor, his passing – he really gave his teammates some nice looks out of the post – and his rebounding. He's not particularly skilled on offense, but it's never fair to have that expectation for a young big man either. Allen did attempt hook shots with both his left and right hands and while they didn't go in, it's good that he's working on both. He still has a long way to go strength wise, which is a good argument for taking him, and the way he rebounded in traffic despite still being so skinny was impressive. He's not a great leaper but he's still a mobile center and is going to end up being recruited at a higher level than anyone who saw him a year ago would have anticipated.

Ar'Mond Davis, SF, Lincoln: A long and slender young small forward, Davis was impressive against Army/Navy. He had a nice looking pull-up jumper from three and also hit a long ball off the catch, missed a floater but grabbed the rebound and put it back in, finished with contact and did a nice job handling the ball and finding open teammates in transition. He's definitely a kid with upside.

Cameron Walker, SF/PF, Righetti: Most of Walker's production against Capital Christian came from scoring around the basket after taking his defender off the dribble on the perimeter. While he hit a 15-footer off the catch and attempted a couple threes, the majority of the time Walker got the ball he would slash to the basket, often drawing the foul. Walker wasn't completely committed to scoring when he got the ball and did look for his teammates often. Taking contact better and moving without the ball were two areas of improvement, but Walker is a talented young forward.

Kendall Small, PG, Ocean View: Against Austin on Wednesday night, Small had a really productive game as a scorer, putting up points from everywhere. He hit three-pointers both off the catch and pull, had putbacks on multiple offensive rebounds, got to the basket in transition and had his floater working. Small was able to easily elude his defender and once he got past him was looking to pull-up with his floater or get to the basket. Small definitely has a scoring mindset for a point guard but had his way offensively in this game.

Jalen Jenkins, SG, Mesa: A strong and athletic shooting guard, Jenkins' biggest strengths are his defense and slashing ability. His scoring came from around the rim, as he's definitely a slasher. Jenkins missed the one jumper he took and that will definitely be an area of development. He made a strong commitment defensively, where his strength and lateral quickness helped him frustrate his opponent.

Lonzo Ball, CG, Chino Hills: The talented youngster looks like he's grown since seeing him in July. He's a lethal three-point shooter and even though he only hit a couple in this game, he has a good stroke with a quick release and is a threat to make everything he puts up. Ball has pretty good length and is a skilled passer, as he would often take a couple bounces forward before finding an open teammate for an assist. Often young shooters Will Hunt shots but he played pretty unselfish basketball.

* Chino Hills has a 2014 shooting guard in K.C. Cyprian who is a threat to knock down threes off the catch with nice size at about 6-foot-3 and a pretty good stroke with a quick release. He also played hard and rebounded well against Mira Costa.

* Bishop Mency, a 2014 wing out of Chino Hills, forced some shots that weren't falling but when he did get the ball inside, he finished well. He has nice size and a good frame with the ability to create his own shot.

* Army/Navy's 2013 center Cheick N'Diaye, who is signed with Oregon State, is a very strong and tall center who plays hard. He finished with both hands on offense and blocked shots on defense.

* The shots weren't falling for 2013 Lincoln small forward and Colorado signee Tre'Shaun Fletcher against Army/Navy and when he did get to the basket, he was greeted by big center Cheich N'Diaye, who didn't make finishing easy. Fletcher is impressive physically and is capable of putting up points with his shot.

Kameron Rooks, who is down to Arizona, Arizona State, California and Washington, will make a decision around New Years, his coach Anthony Bolton said.

Ar'Mond Davis is hearing from Portland, Utah and Boise State.

Cameron Walker holds offers from San Diego State, Fresno State, U.C. Irvine and Cal Poly with interest from the Pac-12, Harvard and Pepperdine.

Lonzo Ball is hearing from UCLA, Washington State and USC.

Bishop Mency has interest from Boise State, U.C. Irvine, U.C. Davis, Pepperdine, Gonzaga, The Citadel and Notre Dame.

D.J. Wilson listed offers from Colorado, USC and Boise State with interest from Georgetown, Stanford, Harvard and other schools from the Big East and Pac-12.

Isaac Allen listed Northern Arizona, Indiana, Colorado and California.

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