April 25, 2009

Vegas youth movement

LAS VEGAS - The host travel team organization Pump N Run has the bulk of the talent in its Spring Classic. One of the most impressive young prospects spotted on Friday night was Double Pump 2011 Elite combo guard Josiah Turner.

Josiah Turner 2011 (Double Pump 2011 Elite)- Already an Arizona State commitment, Turner will inspire plenty of envy in the rest of the conference during the July evaluation period. A well-built 6-foot-3 combo guard, Turner plays with both a high skill level and high level of confidence. He handled the ball well and scored in traffic, displayed both a left hand jump hook and a nifty floater and excelled on the defensive end and on the boards as well. Turner will be on the first page of names to consider when Rivals.com expands the 2011 rankings.

Byron Wesley 2011 (IEBP All Stars)- The Pump brothers don't have a monopoly on all the talent in Vegas this weekend. Wesley is a sturdy 6-foot-5 wing player who now has his place on the national radar. Like Turner, the game comes easily to Wesley. He has a feel for scoring in a variety of ways and passing the ball. Not sure how quick he is laterally, but Wesley does have the strength and quickness to project as a small forward.

Alexis Moore 2011 (Double Pump 2011 Elite)- Moore ran the point the majority of the game and did and excellent job distributing the ball. A solid athlete at 6-foot-1, Moore delivered several impressive diagonal passes through traffic while also avoiding negative plays. Although he needs to expand his shooting range, Moore projects as a high major prospect.

Lonnie Jackson 2011 (Double Pump 2011 Elite)- A smooth shooting two guard, Jackson led Double Pump in scoring with 26 points and a handful of three-pointers. Also a good ball handler, Jackson passed the ball at a high level as well. He does need to improve his physical strength in the next couple years to be ready to compete at the high major level where he projects.

Ryan Anderson 2011 (Double Pump 2011 Elite)- A skilled four man at around 6-foot-7, Anderson developing body could still be growing. His strength and explosiveness should improve in the coming years, but his skill level and feel for the game put him in the high major category. He resembles a young Brandon Costner.

DeAndre Daniels 2011 (Pump N Run Elite)- A high motor athlete who recently reclassified to 2011, Daniels was all over the glass and impressive in transition during a blow out win by Pump N Run. Long and still developing physically, Daniels is a combo forward who needs to improve his perimeter shot but is already in the process of garnering high major attention.

Angelo Chol 2011 (Pump N Run Elite)- Chol is also a big man with a strong motor. He doesn't have much bulk on his physique, but he is long, plays hard and has a feel for scoring the ball in the post. Comfortable turning to either shoulder, Chol scored with both right hand and left hand jump hooks. He projects as a high level high major prospect.

Kyle Collinsworth 2010 (Utah Pump N Run)- Collingsworth went for 22 points in a 16 point win over East LA Pump N Run. Although he wouldn't be classified as a quick twitch athlete, Collingsworth got most of those points at the rim on crafty drives to the basket. He has a feel for navigating through traffic on his drives to the basket and is an above average leaper with nice body control. At 6-foot-5, he projects as a small forward at the next level.

Robert Upshaw 2012 (Double Pump 2012 Elite)- At 6-foot-11, Upshaw is a prospect to keep an eye on. He has good hands, a sense of where to be on the court and pulled off a couple high level moves. Quickness isn't a strong suit, but Upshaw moves quiet well for a still growing, nearly 7-foot freshman,

Matt Shrigley 2012 (Double Pump 2012 Elite)- A solidly built 6-foot-5 small forward, Shrigley shot the ball from outside and has some bouncy athleticism. Whether or not he will hold onto that bounce as he physically develops will be something to watch, but as a freshman he looks like a high major prospect.

Joe Rahon 2012 (Double Pump 2012 Elite)- A combo guard, Rahon did a solid job running the point. He also has the makings of being a high level shooter.

School lists

Kyle Collinsworth's Washington State offer quickly became a Virginia offer after Tony Bennett made the transition. UNLV and BYU have also offered. Collingsworth thinks both Arizona State and Stanford are close to offering as well. Stanford, Arizona State, USC and BYU have seen him during this contact period. As it stands, Virginia is his favorite.

Lonnie Jackson has Arizona State at the top of his list and would love to team up with Josiah Turner in the Sun Devils' backcourt. North Carolina State is next, and USC, Long Beach State, Stanford, Oregon State and Pepperdine are also on his list. Arizona State, Stanford and Pepperdine have been in during the contact period.

Ryan Anderson has interest from UCLA, Oregon State, UNLV, Washington, California, LSU and Auburn. UCLA, UNLV and Washington watched him during this contact period.

Alexis Moore has preliminary interest from UCLA and USC. His list will definitely expand during the July evaluation period.

Byron Wesley is another prospect whose recruitment will take off this summer. Pepperdine came in this month to visit, and he has interest from California, UCLA and Washington.



 

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