San Diego Super 80 Showcase
October 17, 2012West Coast Hoops
past weekend, I took a trek down Interstate 405 in California to check out Charlie Mercado and Sunny Ra Deen’s San Diego Super 80 Showcase, and it was well worth the trip. Although there were many Division I prospects in attendance, none stood out more than 6-foot-9 junior
Evan Fitzner (San Diego/Francis Parker). It will be just a matter of time before he is a national-type priority for the high-majors.
2014, PF, 6-foot-9, 215 pounds
Joel Francisco/ESPN.comJunior power Forward Evan Fitzner is starting to gain Division I interest
Fitzner has improved immensely since the summer evaluation period. The finesse 4-man has a soft shooting touch out to 21 feet and his ball skills are evolving. He now has the ability to face up opponents and take them off the dribble. He needs to get stronger and more assertive, but his upside is impressive. He claims offers from Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon State, San Diego, Rice, San Francisco and Northern Arizona.
Justin Simon (Corona, Calif./Roosevelt)
2015, SG, 6-3, 185
Simon is a legitimate jump shot away from being labeled a high-major prospect. He has a terrific frame with length and width. He attacks well off the bounce and can either explode to the rim or drop off a nifty assist. He claims an offer from UC Irvine and is gaining interest from Arizona State, San Diego State, Utah, Nevada, Pepperdine, San Francisco and Cal Poly.
Brandon Cyrus (San Diego/Torrey Pines)
2016, SG, 6-2, 170
There are a plethora of promising freshmen in Southern California, and Cyrus is near the top. The wiry yet strong scoring guard can catapult to the rim with power and allusiveness. In addition, he already has a high-level runner and his passing acumen was potent at times during the event.
Adam Turner (Corona, Calif./Roosevelt)
2014, PF, 6-5, 200
If there was a most improved player trophy at this event, Turner would have taken home the hardware. The hardworking 4-man with some definite bounce was much more assertive than what I had seen in July, and his shooting touch was smooth.
Kameron Rooks (San Diego/Mission Hills)
2013, C, 7-0, 275
Rooks is a load down low and he knows how to create space. He has good footwork and magnetic hands to convert buckets in the paint. In addition, he possesses a soft shooting touch that extends out to 17 feet. However, he is a below-the-rim player and he needs to improve his conditioning to keep up with the pace of the game at both ends. Arizona State has offered, and Arizona has shown interest as well.
Devin Watson (San Diego, Calif./Army/Navy)
2014, PG, 6-0, 150
Joel Francisco/ESPN.comDevin Watson could have the most upside of any point guard in California.
Watson is one of the more promising point guards in the state because of his solid handle and ability to knock down the jump shot. He keeps his head up in transition and takes what the defense gives him in the half-court set. However, he did settle too much for the 3-point shot at the event. I would have liked to see him run more pick-and-roll to see his overall savvy for the game. He claims offers from St. Mary’s, San Diego, Oregon State, UC Irvine and Cal Poly.
Travis Fuller (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon)
2015, WF/PF, 6-5, 195
Fuller is an intriguing wing-type for the next level. He has a solid frame with long arms, and his ball skills are quite impressive. He handles the ball very well in transition and can knock down the 3-point shot on a regular basis. Because of his skill set and scoring mentality, he is a definite Division I prospect to keep an eye on.
Torin Webb (Temecula, Calif./Linfield Christian)
2015, PG, 5-10, 145
Webb was arguably the best defender at the event. His combination of quick hands and exceptional lateral quickness was astonishing as he swallowed up opponents at an alarming rate. His point guard skills are raw, but he plays with purpose and his physical intangibles should equate to Division I interest in the near future.
Niksha Federico (San Diego/Cathedral Catholic)
2013, WF, 6-6, 180
Federico definitely fits that sleeper mode, and it will not surprise me if some D-I schools jump aboard during the regular season. He has a quick trigger from the 3-point stripe, and his accuracy is spot-on. He plays hard at both ends and he even put together a nifty crossover move to break down his defender on one possession.
• One of the better shooters in the event was 6-4 junior Chad Morrison (Oceanside, Calif./El Camino). His shot is smooth and tight, and he did a nice job of finishing through contact in transition.
• Pepperdine commit 6-2 senior Jeff Van Dyke (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) can knock down shots out to 22 feet on a consistent basis. However, he struggled creating his shot off the dribble.
• Brady Twombly, a 6-foot-5 sophomore out of Carlsbad (Calif.) La Costa Canyon, has some of the Cleveland Cavaliers' Luke Walton in him in terms of skill and savvy.
• Tommy McCarthy, a 5-foot-11 sophomore teammate of Twombly and Van Dyke, is a scoring point guard with a Division I pull-up jump shot. He can make plays for his teammates, but there are times he can become turnover-prone while attacking pressure.