Five Players From The Lake City Invitational
by Transition Hoops Report
From Coeur d' Alene, Idaho the Lake City Invite brought in 8 teams from Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Canada. On Thursday, the bracket produced two very competitive games (Kentridge vs. Wilsonville and Lakeland vs. South Kitsap), one game that ran away (Sandpoint vs. Columbia River) and the host game where Lake City never saw much competition against Calgary Elite, Canada.
The most productive player was Ryley Callaghan (6'0 PG 2014). The South Kitsap (WA) point guard was in complete control of his team's offense and scored 20 points on an efficient 9 attempts. He was able to create open looks for teammates with the ability to get into the paint and draw defenders. Callaghan would be a great fit running the offense at a small college. He is pushing the level of his rating and a big season could make him a 4 star PG.
Going head to head with Callaghan was Lakeland's (ID) Tyrel Derrick (6'0 PG 2015). Derrick's pull up jump shot wasn't falling in the first half but his ability to see the floor and deliver crisp passes was impressive. He never got frustrated and in the second half you could see why he has put up some big numbers this year. The elevation on his jump shot translates to the next level and he can hit going left or right or pull up in transition. South Kitsap eventually moved to a box and one on Derrick which slowed him down a bit. But if he adds some more strength to get away from defenders he could be special.
Jawan Stepney (6'2 PG 2014) showed flashes of what he could be at the next level. He was fairly unengaged throughout Kentridge's (WA) game against Wilsonville (OR) but when he did choose possessions to go hard you saw a very good burst of speed and the ability to create space. He looks like he could be a good defender if he makes the commitment.
On the other hand, Wilsonville's Zach Reichle (6'2 SG 2017) was very engaged and made a name for himself as a legitimate 3-point threat. The lefty hit on 5 3-pointers on his way to 22 points. The youngster still needs to learn how to move without the ball in his hands and add a dribble drive. But he has the basic tools to become a great player.
Sandpoint (ID) struggled in their game but we got to see some of Jeremiah Gagnon (6'3 SG 2014). He showed some athleticism and was able to hit some tough shots all over the court. When he is active he is a good rebounding guard.