Coverage of Full Court Press Fall Showcase 2013
October 11, 2013GPA Scouting Sports News
Report date: 9-8-13
Top 20 – 8th grade game
Amani Harris - 5’9, 7th, Los Angeles – True point guard on the floor, strong body and nice overall feel for the game. Has great body control and show a developing mid-range game and also showed he could shoot the three pointer with a good percentage.
Dominic Winbush – 5’1, 7th, Los Angeles – Diggy as they call him is a firecracker on the floor, if you ever saw a kid play with a chip on his shoulder, this kid can do that. Very aggressive for his size and has a great feel for the game. I have nothing but respect for the little guards game, they always have to prove themselves on the floor.
Bryce Zephir – 5’4, 7th , Carson CA – Bryce is your prototypical point guard which happens to be a lefty. He has great handle and has a lot of wiggle in his game. He showed he could shoot the floater over bigs as well as get to the rim and finish. His shot was decent and he commanded the floor with some presence.
Kameron Small - 5’6, 8th, Lakewood CA– True shooting guard/combo guard esque player. Showed that he had some feel for the game, shooting form was good, had a great motor and was willing to defend. He shot the ball with some consistency, but took to many shots in my opinion. Showed he was able to handle the ball if needed.
Kristopher (Scooter) Smith - 6’1, 8th, Norwalk – Big guard type/slasher with a great feel for the game, shot the ball well from mid-range with a nice pullup and his motor has improved over the year. He was much more aggressive than I have seen him in the last year.
Elijah McCollough - 6’0, 8th, Big guard/wing type has a nice stroke from outside, but needs to work on his handle a little more. He had great body size and a decent motor, but needs to play with some sense of urgency when on the floor and needed to be more aggressive in his approach.
Michael Feinberg – 6’3, 8th, Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth CA) Bigger, stronger, lefty guard that looked a lot older than the others playing. He was real aggressive and got to the rim at will and pretty much did what he wanted on the floor. His shooting ability was good, but this kid is predominantly left handed. He racked up points in this game and was the standout.
Joseph (JoJo) Bush – 6’5, 8th, Bell Mountain MS (Murrietta CA) JoJo is a force to reckon with down on the low block, but he is still raw in talent, when it comes to footwork and finishing against some of the more aggressive post players. He still made his layups in the paint and ran the floor and I really appreciate him running the floor hard as a big,
Harrison Butler – 6’3, 8th, Spring View MS (Huntington Beach CA) Big wing player type that needs to assert himself some more on the floor. Has great game presence and can shoot consistently out to about 15 feet. Needs to work on handles and be more of a facilitator, but was one of the gems on the floor for the event. Great size and great height, will transcend into a wing guard in high school at about 6’6 or so.
Others that caught our eyes while watching the youngsters were:
Lucas Hobbs – 5’9, 7th , Hermosa Beach, CA
Justing Chang – 5-9. 8th, Ramirez IS (Eastvale CA)
Sam Duffin – 6’2, 8th, Crossroads (Santa Monica CA)
Top 20 – 9th grade game
Tyler Murrell – 5’10, 9th, St. Anthony (Long Beach CA) – Tyler is a prototypical point guard on the floor with a decent shot and great handle. He is lean and needs to put on some weight, but he keeps the defense on their toes as he proceeds to attack the rim and knock down mid-range shots.
Brandon Davis – 6’1, 9th, Alemany (Mission Hills CA) – Brandon is a slick and strong bodied wing slasher with a great basketball body. He used his body well finishing thru traffic and rebounding the ball and starting the break. His shot was consistent near the rim and he was an adequate passer.
Ethan Moss – 5’9, 9th, Crespi (Encino, CA) – Ethan has developed his body in the last year and is now quite solid as a guard/wing type. He put on about 20 pounds and he wore it well, while he slashed to the rim and finished with both hands. His shot was decent and his motor was relentless. Great body on this kid, we look forward to seeing him in high school.
Devin Newton – 5’10, 9th, View Park (Los Angeles CA) – Devin is a shooting guard by nature but is being primed to be a point guard. He is a tenacious defender as well as he attacks the rim with relentless abandon. His shot is decent out to the three point line and he is a team leader out on the floor. He will have to work on his drive to the right, because he is so predominantly left. Defensively is where Devin separates himself from his peers, he is willing to sit down and defend for his team.
Ethan Thompson – 6’1, 9th, Bishop Montgomery (Torrance CA) – Ethan used all of his assets in this game to display his high IQ for the game of basketball on the floor. He defended, he blocked shots, he slashed, he shot the ball and he finished thru contact at the rim. Ethan has a great body and he is a good shooter from beyond the arc, which he used quite often in this event. He has a high ceiling and we cannot wait to see him a few years down the road. Comes from a great pedigree in the Thompson name.
Kyle Small – 5’4, 9th, Mayfair (Lakewood CA) – Coaches son and he played like it out on the floor utilizing his speed, strength and jumping ability. He is a true point guard at heart, but can also play the combo guard spot and knock down the three point shot consistently. His speed is unlike no other and he can get down the floor quick as a cat. He will have to work on his vision as a guard as well as his understanding of the game in crucial times. He will try and work that out this season.
Daniel Shreier – 6’6, 9th, Harvard Westlake (North Hollywood CA) – This kid was a good player and was eager and willing to bang down low and score. He blocked shots and rebounded very well. He ran the floor and actually ran block to block and got to the spot he wanted to score from, everytime down the floor. This kid will be a special one in the next few coming years.
Top 40 – 10th grade game
Vittorio Avila – 6’4, 10th, La Mirada (La Mirada CA) – This kid is a lanky slender slasher wing type with some great athletic ability on the floor. He can shoot the ball consistently out to 15 feet, but his major ability is slashing and getting to the rim of the drive. His handles will have to improve, but this kid is relentless to the rim. He was a contributor at his high school last season and he will take more of a lead role this season.
Omajae Smith – 6’4, 10th, Serra (San Diego CA) – Omajae is an athletic wing type guard with a strong slender body that he uses quite well getting to the basket. He can also be quite explosive as a player slashing to the rim. His shot is coming along quite nicely and if he can get it all figured out this season, that kid will have a great sophomore year. He will be counted on to play big minutes for Serra this year.
Chris Barnes – 6’3, 10th, Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, CA) – Chris is an athletic wing player that transferred from LB Poly and will give Bishop Montgomery a needed wing player with athleticism to help the guard duo of Thompson and Bibbins. He has a decent shot from about 12 to 15 feet out, slashes to the rim with abandon and is a very good defender.
Top 40 – 11th grade game
Brandon Tillis – 5’10, 11th, Crossroads (Santa Monica, CA) – Brandon is the prototypical point guard for his high school team and will continue to be just as solid as he has been in the last two years I have watched him. He uses the change of direction well, his shot is very good from 15 to 17 feet out and his speed is good as well. He can operate in the pick and roll and he has no problems feeding the post. He will be a solid guard for a program in the near future.
Robert Lewis – 6’2, 11th, Compton (Compton, CA) – Robert is a great shooter and proved that to me on a couple of occasions this year, he can catch and shoot as well as raise up over a defender and hit a jumper. His defensive game is good and he plays the role well on his high school team. He never forces the actions, he is always prepared to do the right thing on the floor.
Akhil Reese – 6’2, 11th, Westchester (Los Angeles, CA) – Akhil is another athletic wing type of player that I have seen develop his game over the past three years. He is a legitimate athlete with the basic skills to play at the next level. His shot is adequate, but his athleticism put him over the top. If he ever puts it all together into his complete game, this kid will be dangerous.
Charles Walker, 6’7, 11th, Mayfair (Lakewood, CA) – CJ is an athletic four man with a great lefty skill set, his body is a little lean, but it does not hide the fact that this kid is getting tougher each and every game he plays. He is left dominant and is developing his right hand game as we speak, but this kid is a legitimate prospect for the next level and already receiving some attention from some low major D1 schools.
Sequan Walker, 6’1, 11th, LB Cabrillo (Long Beach, CA) – Sequan can really shoot the ball this year from beyond the arc, this is good for him, because most of his life he was the big kid and he played in the post. He has not grown since his 8th grade year, so he has been in the lab developing his guard skills. He proved he could shoot very well and did so with a good percentage this weekend. He is a decent defender and has no problem playing a role on the floor.
Jeremiah Headley – 6’6, 11th, Redondo Union (Redondo Beach, CA)- Jeremiah is a post 4 man that has a fairly decent shot from the free throw line extended and can put the ball on the floor and slash to the rim with his athleticism. He can play above the rim, but needs to be more aggressive when attacking the rim in big games. He defends well and he is pretty good in the pick and roll game with his guards. He is a D1 player, but I have not figured out at what level he will play. He has time, because he is a sophomore. Only time will tell.
Colin Bell – 6’9, 11th, Campbell Hall (North Hollywood, CA) – Colin is a solid post five guy with a great skill set, but he lacks speed and master footwork. He is always in the right position to rebound or follow up a shot, but I would like to see him dunk everything under the rim. If he is able to do that, he adds that physicality to his game and coaches will be salivating over him.
Top 20 – 11th grade game
Sedrick Barefield – 6’2, 11th, Corona Centennial (Corona, CA) – Sedrick has been on the coaches radar for some time now and he continues to impress with his play and skill set. He is a true point guard with great body and size, he shoots it well and his handle is tight. Sedrick possess a great burst of speed and strength and can finish at the rim or get a pass kicked out to an open shooter. He is always in control of his team.
Max Hazard – 6’0, 11th, Loyola (Los Angeles, CA) – Max is a true shooter at the point guard spot and should consider being recruited at the two spot for a school who will recruit him at the two spot. His stroke has always been consistent and he is a great player on both ends of the floor. His will have to improve at the speed and strength as he tries to finish thru traffic in the lane.
Kendall Small – 6’0, 11th, Mayfair (Lakewood, CA) – Kendall is another point guard who has been on the national radar for some time and he has lived up to the stories over the past few years. He has a strong body, great size and is probably one of the strongest guards in the class. His speed is underestimated and his handle is superior too many and his ability to finish at the rim is quite uncanny. Now in terms of athletic ability, this kid is a freak of nature at his size of 6’0 tall. This kid makes other kids better and is a true winner, he displayed all of the parts of his game at the showcase with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.
New Williams – 6’2, 11th, Santa Monica (Santa Monica, CA) – New is an athletic guard that will guarantee he will finish the game with a couple of lob dunks and follow up smashes in transition. If he sets his feet on the catch, he can knock down the three pointer. He is developing at putting the ball on the floor to beat his opponents to the rim, but he is coming along very well at that. He has climbed the rankings with assistance from his great performances in the Spring and Summer and he is now ready to take on the top guards in his class and represent the west coast.
Stephen Thompson – 6’3, 11th, Bishop Montgomery (Torrance, CA) – Stephen is the problematic shooting guard/combo guard on the wing you have to worry about all of the time. He is 9 of 10 from the three point line guarded or not guarded and a threat off the dribble to anyone trying to stop him from getting his floater off or taking it all the way to the rim. His handle is great, his shot is superb, his finish at the rim with the floater is smooth. Watch for this kid to have a great year at Bishop and lead his team to a successful season.
Jeremy Hemsley – 6’5, 11th, Damien (La Verne, CA) – Jeremy is the super athletic guard with a real knack for the game. He plays above the rim as well as has begun to show his improving midrange jump shot and three pointer. His first step is explosive and staying in front of him is hard to do. This kid has climb the charts in the ranking for good reason and will continue to improve on the floor everytime you see him play. Defensively this kid phenomenal and can guard the best player on the other team.
Khalil Simplis – 6’0, 11th, Campbell Hall (Hollywood, CA) – Khalil is the true point guard on the Campbell Hall team and is the unspoken hero of the, most will not say that, but I will. He has great vision, great handle, decent midrange shot and developing consistency on the three pointer. He has great footwork and defends very well on and off the ball. I expect this kid to perform very well on the circuit this year.