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3rd Annual SD Fall High School Showcase

September 12, 2012
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3rd Annual SD Fall High School Showcase

We had a great event for the Top Gun and Gamepoint 3rd Annual SD High School Fall Showcase @ Miramar College.

Here are the write ups courtesy of Nchoops.net

 

DAY 1

La Costa Canyon vs Santa Fe Christian

With less than 30 seconds remaining in the overtime period of a high-tension tilt between Santa Fe Christian and La Costa Canyon, and Eagles star point guard Justin Byrd nursing a sprained ankle, Grant Corsi said he wanted the ball in his hands.

When he got in his hands on the wing with his Eagles trailing by 3, he said he “just threw the ball up hoping it would go in.” It did and he was fouled. Corsi’s dramatic 4-point play gave the Eagles a lead they would never surrender, as the team played excellent defense the final half minute to escape with a 47-46 OT victory to cap an exciting Day 1 of the Top Gun-Gamepoint San Diego Showcase. 
Corsi scored 22 points according to unofficial scoring totals, using his superior quickness against the Mavericks larger, stronger defenders to drive by defenders and hit his patented mid-range pull up. “I knew they’d be bigger than me, which meant I wasn’t going to be able to drive to the basket like I like to do,” Corsi said. “So I did my best to get halfway to the basket and pull up mid-range, and it worked.” 
The Eagles led the Mavericks 28-20 and appeared to be in control of the game when Byrd sprained his left ankle on a freak play while executing a pump fake against La Costa standout guard Jeff Van Dyke.

Byrd attempted to come back in the game three minutes later, but ultimately sat out the rest of the contest. The Mavericks closed strong, outscoring the Eagles 22-14 down the stretch, before a pair of Max Arquilla free throws tied the game at 42.

Santa Fe Christian’s Will Finnerty had a chance to win the game in the waning seconds, but missed a wide open putback, and the game went to  overtime.  In overtime, Kyle Sachrison opened up scoring with a post-up layup for the Mavericks, followed by a Max Arquilla scoring drive that put La Costa up 46-43, seemingly for good. And then Corsi hit what has to be one of the biggest shots of his career.

Here are other game scores from earlier key matchups:

Santa Fe Christian 40, Mission Hills 38 – A game the Grizzlies kept close all night without their 7’0” center Kameron Rooks, who was on an official visit to Drake University, but they had no answer for Justin Byrd.  Byrd put on a show, unofficially tallying 22 points and four assists, accounting for 30 of the team’s points.  Kibret Woldenmichel and Cody Hicks led the way for the Grizzlies, scoring a number of mid-range and three-point shots.

La Costa Canyon 58, Temecula Valley 49

In a tilt of two potential heavyweights in their respective divisions, the Mavericks got the upper hand spearheaded by solid offense from forward Brandon Miller and point guard Jeff Van Dyke. La Costa forward Fritz Eibel played a stellar defensive game, limiting Golden Bears’ star forward Brandon Rosser to 8 points. Michael Price played a solid game for the Golden Bears, picking up the slack for Rosser.

Temecula Valley 41, Vista 29

Temecula Valley raced out to a 22-5 lead and never really looked back, as Rosser bounced back from a disappointing first game with 6 three point shots and a baseline slam that got the crowd working. Hakim Arnold played well for Vista.

Rancho Bernardo 44, Foothills Christian 42

Rancho Bernardo’s team-first style helped the Broncos race out to a 13 point lead, but the Knights stormed back thanks to the play of their talented freshmen trio of J.R Rivera, Jerome Sherman and TJ Leaf. Foothill Christian captured their first lead of the game with less than 3 minutes to go, but Broncos guard Elijah Brown scored four points and assisted on another shot to help Rancho Bernardo escape.

Standout players:

Brandon Rosser, 6’7” 200 PF Temecula Valley

There was  a lot of hype surrounding Brandon entering into the tournament, and he delivered, especially against Vista, when he was virtually unstoppable. The long, rangy four showed solid ball handling and impressive perimeter shooting, as well as solid helpside defense and consistent rebounding. He needs to continue to work on his motor (has a tendency to takeplays off) and remember to continue attacking the basket to set up his jumpshot, not the other way around. He’s a surefire D1 prospect who already holds two offers and should see the interest grow if he continues to play like he did Friday.

Fritz Eibel, 6’5” 190 SF-PF La Costa Canyon

Fritz prides himself on his defense and his energy, and he showed loads of it tonight. He effectively shut down Brandon Rosser in the Mavericks victory over Temecula Valley by using his lower center of gravity to keep Rosser off balance. He also rebounded with great energy. On offense, Eibel showed that he’s a capable mid-range shooter and a good slasher off the dribble. He had one dunk in transition that showed his great athleticism in the open court. He sometimes tends to play a bit flat-footed in the halfcourt set, but if he can guard against that, he’s going to continue to move up recruiting rankings. Mid-major prospect.

Grant Corsi 6’5” 180 SF Santa Fe Christian

Corsi had the entire package working in the game against La Costa Canyon, from his silky perimeter jumpshot to his crafty and slick handles, including an assortment of well-executed pump fakes and hesitation moves. On defense, he showed quick hands slid his feet good on drives. He gets in trouble when he has to defend larger, quicker guys, but has improved on the defensive end as well. He claims interest from a host of NCAA DII schools, and received his first contact from a D1 school, Utah Valley State, earlier this week. One to watch this year.

Justin Byrd 6’2” 170 PG Santa Fe Christian

Prior to the injury, Byrd was one of the most impressive prospects in the gym. He showed great burst slashing to the rim in halfcourt and the ability to finish at the basket through contact. He also hit several midrange pull-ups where he stopped on a dime off the hard dribble for the score. In transition, he’s a load and almost impossible to stop once he gets a full head of steam. Defensively, he’s a elite on-ball defender and a great help-side defender in the post, blocking several shots during the proceedings. He has  a tendency to sometimes fall asleep on the helpside perimeter defense, but made adjustments once pointed out to him. Solid D1 prospect for a lower or mid-major school

Jeff Van Dyke, 6’3” 180 SG La Costa Canyon

The recent Pepperdine commit showed why the Waves were quick to offer him. On offense, he unveiled a game that belied his reptutation as just a spot-up shooter. He handled the ball at the point and rarely turned it over. He showed the abilty to hit shots off of the dribble, as well as hit his favorite shot, the one- to two-dribble pull up. Defensively, he really gets after it and has improved his lateral quickness, and also crashes the boards frequently. He’ll need to continue to improve his assertiveness, demanding the ball in big-time situations, and also continue to develop his handle in the halfcourt. Definitely played like a D1 guy tonight.

Michael Price, 6’2” 160 SG Temecula Valley

Price was one of my favorite guys to watch today. He showed impressive burst off the dribble to get to the cup against both Vista and La Costa Canyon’s guards. He also showed excellent lift on his jumpshot, especially in the transition, where he knocked down some really nice mid-range buckets. Defensively, he was a gnat, collecting help-side steals all over the place. His lack of size will limit his options, but there is no question in my mind that this senior sleeper could have his pick of NAIA, NCAA Div. 3 or D2 schools calling for the Golden Bear.

TJ Leaf 6’5 210 PF Foothills Christian

A coach’s son, Leaf certainly played like it. He showed excellent footwork (not too many big guys can execute a flawless Eurostep) and a soft shooting touch both from the perimeter and the low post. Defensively, he’s a tad slow afoot, but makes up for it with incredible legth. Once he puts it all together, Leaf might have a chance of being a D1 player.

DAY 2 & 3

Hourglass Fieldhouse was again the place to be for the die-hard hoop fan Saturday and Sunday, as Days 2 and 3 of the SD Fall Showcase featured another slate of stellar matchups.Saturday saw the much ballyhooed debuts of two future stars, freshmen wings Johnny McWilliams, Jr. of San Marcos and Brandon Cyrus of Torrey Pines.  In the showcase game of Satuday night, a deep La Costa Canyon team pulled away from the new-look San Ysidro Cougars 51-34, paced by strong efforts from seniorguard Jeff Van Dyke and senior center Kyle Sachrison.

Mission Hills and Corona Santiago proved to be the big winners during the two-day frame.  The Grizzlies rattled off four wins against Temecula Valley, Bakersfield Liberty, San Diego and Sweetwater, while the Sharks beat Vista, El Camino, San Ysidro and Torrey Pines.

Here were some of the standout players from Days 2 and 3:

Michael Price: 6’2” SG Temecula Valley (2013)

The senior guard proved time and again to be one of the best players in the gym. The wiry guard is an automatic shooter from off the catch and off of dribble with the pull up. He’s not a great ballhandler, but a guy who can get to wherever he wants to on the floor in two dribbles. He’s also a very aggressive defender who makes his presence felt both on and away from the ball. A little undersized for a two-guard, he probably will make some high-level D2 school very happy.

Brandon Rosser: 6’8” PF Temecula Valley (2013)

Rosser picked up from where he left off Friday, absolutely dominating the competition from the perimeter and in the post. He showed tremendous quickness on several blow-by moves on the baseline and finished through traffic. And, while his mechanics on his shot are a bit unorthodox, he can shoot it from deep. For Rosser, it’s going to be about his motor. There are stretches where he seems content with letting other players pick up the slack and he disappears. If he can play consistently at a high level, he’s a Pac-12 level player, as several D1′s have expressed interest.

 Grant Corsi: 6’5” SF/PF Santa Fe Christian (2013)

In front of Puget Sound Head Coach Justin Lunt, Corsi put together his strongest performance of the tournament. And that is saying something, because he was huge for the Eagles all weekend. On offense, he was a force, taking bigger defenders off the dribble (playing point forward), hitting the pull-up jumpshot with efficiency and finishing at the rim. His footwork is absolutely   impeccable on the low block, as he maneuvers himself into better shots. He also rebounded the ball well for the undersized Eagles. Lunt might be hard-pressed to get Corsi. He’s peaking just at the right time, and look for some strong D2 or low-major D1 interest.

Kibret Woldemicheal: 5’9” PG Mission Hills (2013)

Woldemicheal may be the smallest person on the court in most of his games, but he was flat-out dominant this weekend. He has a beautiful jumpshot that gets great arch and rotation and almost never hits the rim. In transition, he showed electric quickness (pulled the fastest Euro step move I’ve ever seen at the high school level against Temecula Valley) and almost always made the right pass.

There is a lot of debate about Woldenmichel’s ceiling due to his size, but if guys like Tajuan Porter (Oregon), Maurice Jones (USC) and Jerome Randle (Cal), can play at the high-major level, there’s no reason why a lower-level D1 school should be willing to take a flyer on him.

Jeff Van Dyke: 6’2” PG/SG La Costa Canyon (2013)

Van Dyke, who recently committed to Pepperdine, showed why the Waves wanted to snag him up before his senior year. He’s no longer a catch-and-shoot player. He showed much-improved ball handling skills and was rarely rattled, even under intense pressure by San Ysidro’s lightning-quick backcourt. He made a couple of beautiful passes in transition, including an impossible bounce pass to forward Brandon Miller. And of course, he can still shoot it, showing great rotation and arch on his shot.  Defensively, he’s improved as well, as he was able to keep Ronald Stewart, arguably one of the five fastest guys in the gym all weekend, in front of him.

Kyle Sachrison: 6’7” C La Costa Canyon (2013)


Sachrison is Division 1 prospect in baseball, but if he decided to  pursue basketball at the next level, there is a place for him. The big-bodied post has excellent footwork on the low block and very soft touch on his jump hook and turnaround shot. He uses his size very effectively to neutralize the athleticism of other centers. He’s also a warrior on the boards, as he, Fritz Eibel and Brandon Miller dominated the paint against San Ysidro. Defensively, he’s also very active, blocking  a few shots and altering a number of others. Again, if he decided to pursue hoops, I could see him being very effective at the NAIA, D3 or D2 level.

Other Day 2 standouts:

Keeko Sinegal (San Ysidro) - Known more for his offense, Sinegal showed some potential to be a lockdown defender at the next level.

Brandon Dumas (Poway) - The Titans senior wing handles it well, is really crafty in getting to the hoop.

CJ Cadua (Sweetwater )- This diminutive lead guard is one of the quickest guards in the gym. Has flashy handle, and has eyes in the back of his head.

D’Aubre Doucette (Temecula Valley) - Good size and quickness for a lead guard.

Brandon Miller (La Costa Canyon) - Baseball prospect is fundamentally sound in the paint. Rebounds it, runs the floor well in transition.

Imanni Sobers (El Camino) - Exciting lead guard defends, shot it well all weekend.

Izzy Wagner (Mt Miguel) – Quick guard has a good jump shot and can really score it.   

Day 3

Kameron Rooks: 7’0” C Mission Hills (2013)

Rooks missed the first two days of the showcase as he was on an official visit to Drake University, but he really put his stamp on Day 3. He’s got such imposing size at this level, as with his arms straight up he’s two feet taller than almost everyone on the court. He uses his size well, rarely brings the ball below his chest level, and has soft touch around the rim. An underrated part of his game is his ability to pass the ball out of the post and find the open guy, usually marksmen Woldemicheal and Cody Hicks.

Rooks’ potential at the next level will be what happens with his body. He sometimes is a little clumsy and can be knocked off balance, but I think that’s because he might not be done growing. His conditioning will also be a factor, but if he’s willing to
continue to put the work in, he’s gotta be on some high-major radars in a year where big men are at a historic premium.

Marvin Butler: 5’8” PG Corona Santiago (2013)

There were a number of diminutive guards who left a good impression during the proceedings. Butler, along with Kibret Woldemicheal of Mission Hills, probably left the greatest impression. Butler has a muscular frame, is an explosive athlete and a disruptive force on the defensive end, collecting steal after steal during the proceedings.

What sets him apart from some of the other guards built like him is his control. He makes crisp, on-point passes, controlled drives to the hoop and finishes at the rim consistently. He’s a bit streaky on his perimeter shot and will need to improve that  area of his game. If
he chooses to go to school in the IE for college, he could thrive at destinations like Cal Baptist and CSUSB.

Chima Wami: 6’3” SF/PF Corona Santiago (2013)

If you were watching the Torrey Pines game, you might have pegged Wami at 6’4” or 6’5”, as I did in an errant Tweet. It’s just because Wami plays much bigger than his size would suggest. Built like he’s cut out of rock, the Temescal Canyon transfer has freakishly long arms and is an explosive athlete. This makes him a load to handle on the boards, where he cleans up rebound after rebound. Offensively, he is a work in progress, as he scores mostly on straight-line drives and offensive put backs. He’ll have to diversify his offense to make an impact at the next level. In an era where a number of undersized wing-types have been able to play due to their athleticism and heart, Wami might be one those guys.

Sam Worman: 6’5” SF/PF Torrey Pines (2014)

While much of the attention on Torrey Pines this weekend was on the debut of Canadian import Brandon Cyrus, Worman was the workman for the Falcons. Just a junior, Worman showed an impressive inside-out game, using superior footwork to outmaneuver bigger defenders, while also stepping outside and showing great touch from the perimeter. He’s a very patient and skilled forward, that is only going to improve under John Olive. If he grows an inch or two, he could be a guy who could thrive in the Ivy League setting.

Ronald Stewart: 5’9” PG San Ysidro (2013)


If San Ysidro is to live up to the hype that it has surrounding it’s new-look team, Stewart is going to have to be the guy who leads them. For much of the proceedings, he was a bit erratic, even out of control off the dribble, and was hitting from deep. Then, against Torrey Pines (a grudge match game after TP beat them in last year’s D1 semifinals), Stewart exploded.

He used his explosive speed to burn the Falcons’ guards play after play, and when he was not doing that, he was knocking down three after three. On defense, Torrey’s guards had no answer for the pressure applied by he and his younger brother, Lynard. The key for Stewart will be to find that balance between organized chaos and simply chaos. If he does, he’s going to have a big year for the Cougars.

Dillion Hamlett: 6’6” PF/C  Steele Canyon (2015)

Some of the 2015 players in the gym had bigger reputations than Hamlett, who was a virtual unknown up in North County. That changed Sunday, as Hamlett had a breakout performance in an upset win over Poway. The sophomore big has great hands and footwork in the post, and a number of good post moves. He’s also an excellent passer from the post and a capable ball handler. His jumpshot needs lift and a bit of work. He was the biggest kid on the court, so I want to see him against some of the elite centers, but for now, he’s left a good impression.

Other Day 3 standouts:

Dominick Mattoni (San Pasqual) – The junior showed excellent footwork in the post and touch from the perimeter in both games against Otay Ranch and Bonita Vista.

Spencer Mattox (Sweetwater) –  Mattox woke up in a big way against Fallbrook, showing flashes of the explosiveness that made him one of the state’s top sophomore scorers.

Dalton Soffer (Poway) - The marksmen missed a combined six shots in two games on Sunday. One of the best shooters in the 2015 class.

Carston Nyenhuis (Vista) - The rail-thin post player for the Panthers showed off his skill and footwork in a big win over Bakersfield Liberty.

Fernando Grant (Fallbrook) - The transfer from Illinois looked good in his role as do-it-all guard for the Warriors.

Brian Nunn (Bakersfield Liberty) - One of the most intriguing prospects in the gym. Solid framed guy looks like he’d bang in the post, but was Liberty’s best ball handler by a wide margin.

Caleb Hoffman (Foothills Christian) - His freshmen teammates might be more heralded, but the junior guard was quietly the best player for Foothills, and one of the most underrated guards in the gym.

John Crowder (San Ysidro) - The rangy wing showed great athleticism and good touch from three.

Alec Wulff (Torrey Pines) - The junior wing can stroke it. Needs to be a bit more assertive on the offensive end.


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