Best of the Summer from Anaheim
by Transition Hoops Report
In our 2nd weekend on the summer circuit in Anaheim California, we saw some new prospects and revisited a lot of players from last weekend. Some guys continued to just do what they do and others showed some new or different components to their game. Below are some guys that we saw do what they do better than the week before (click here to read about the previous eval period), showcased something different or players that stood out that we hadn't seen the week before (in alphabetical order by class):
Class of 2017
Jake Albright (6’5 PF Idaho Select White) – battled really hard in every game on both ends. Albright is becoming a very good finisher through contact. Makes game winning plays.
Nolan Bertain (6’5 SG Maeko) – Bertain continued to hit deep 3s at a high rate. He is starting to also crash the boards more, though that is not a huge part of his game. We liken him to a Jake Spurgeon that is not quite as long but more athletic.
Scott Blakney (6’8 PF FOH Team Lavine) – continued to hit a soft 10 footer and was good on the glass vs. a team from New Zealand. Blakney at his best is very good but need to see that production each game.
Trevion Brown (6’0 PG Seattle Swish) – was very athletic as he hit 3s on the pull up and showed a burst to get to the basket. He is reportedly going to attend a prep school this upcoming school year.
Michael Carter (6’4 PG Elite Prep) – received an offer from San Francisco this past week.
Marcel Ferguson (6’4 SG Seattle Swish) – pretty good looking shot and displayed a nice level of athleticism.
Elijah Gonzales (5’8 PG Maeko) – played good and tough and hit shots. He did struggle some from the line and longer defenders are giving him some trouble when he creates off the dribble. As a smaller guard, it will be interesting to see how he responds in the final evaluation period.
Bradley Haller (6’4 PF Montanan Select Blue) – has an elite mid range jumpshot and can really finish around the rim.
Jaxon Hughes (5’10 SG Idaho Select White) – shot the ball really well all weekend long.
Spencer Hoffman (6’10 C The Hoop Washington) – had another good weekend. Really ran the floor hard and showed a nice touch on his shot.
Troy Mickelson (6’1 PG The Hoop Washington) – shot the ball very well, especially off the dribble going right. Good vision and passing.
Will Mytty (6’7 PF Montana Select Blue) – impressive length and athleticism. He can make a lot of plays around the rim blocking shots, finishing around the rim, and rebounding with a big range. Mytty runs the floor hard and can finish above the rim.
Joey Naccarato (6’4 SF Idaho Select Black) – physically dominant. Naccarato had a huge game hitting shots from everywhere against Branch West.
Justin Saunders (6’1 SG Idaho Select Black) – had another great tourney shooting the ball from 3 and mid range. Really strong.
Caden Smith (6’3 SG Idaho Select White) – continues to make a positive impact scoring in a lot of different ways.
Xavier Smith (6’3 SG Seattle Pride) – Smith was good getting to the basket off the dribble and was hitting open teammates with accurate left and right handed passes. His shot looked good and he showed big bounce and athleticism.
Sawyer Storms (6’7 PF Idaho Select Black) – had a great tournament. Storms battled on every possession, took charges, finished at the rim, and knocked down perimeter jumpshots. His recruitment is rising as he shows he can be a major factor against elite competition.
Kobe Terashima (6’1 PG Idaho Select Black) – continues to impress with the way he handles heavy pressure. Terashima’s stock continues to grow as he breaks down defenses and create open looks for teammates.
Class of 2018
Lucas Centeno (6’3 SG Idaho Select Red) – high level shooter with great length. Centeno competes on both ends and rebounds well for a guard.
Kelson Eiselein (6’5 PF Idaho Select Red) – is becoming more acclimated with the speed at a high level making him a really tough match up. He can finish strong through contact, make plays with his back to the basket, and hit the 3 ball. Eiselein can also finish way above the rim.
Dawson Fowler (6’0 SG Montana Select Silver) – scored it really well again this weekend. When Fowler gets it going he can carry his team to wins scoring the ball in a lot of ways.
Braxton Hill (6’1 SG Idaho Select Red) – strong body and finished through contact at the rim all week. Hill also shot it very well.
Nicholas Lynch (6’9 C FOH Team Lavine) – was a big in the post vs. a New Zealand team. He grabbed a ton of boards and showed good touch on his shot in the paint in front of most Pac 12 and Mountain West schools.
Derrek Marlowe (6’2 SG Idaho Select Maroon) – shot the ball well all weekend. Marlowe is becoming a nice playmaker with the ball in his hands.
Jacob Medjo (6’8 PF FOH Team Lavine) – is really starting to find his groove. Each time we see him he seems to get a little bit better.
Dabreon Mitchell (6’2 SG Washington Playmakers) – incredibly athletic and attacked the basket hard off the dribble.
Brayden Parker (6’7 C Cache Valley Elite 16U) – played well against a tough schedule. Parker has received an offer from Idaho State.
Paul Pennington (5’7 PG Idaho Select Red) – can handle heavy pressure and get his team into his offense or get to the rim to score or set up teammates.
Jack Poling (6’8 C Clutch Players Silver) – good size and runs the floor hard. Needs to continue to work on his footwork but his size is intriguing.
TJ Reynolds (6’5 PF Idaho Select Silver) – battles for every loose ball, has a huge rebounding range, and can finish through contact.
Carson Tuttle (5’10 PG FOH Team Lavine) – the tough guard continues to handle pressure and have a positive impact on the game each time he gets on the floor. The main concern we are hearing is his size so he will need to continue to produce each game to prove what level he will be able to play at.
Class of 2019
Zachery Schacht (6’10 C Idaho Select Green 15U) – runs the floor hard every possession. Schladt is a great shot blocker with good timing, has soft hands, and can catch and finish above the rim. He is a must see if you are going to be in Las Vegas this weekend.
Anton Watson (6’6 PF Griffins) – has a really high ceiling. Watson is tough on the glass, finishes through contact, and can step outside and knock down jumpshots and get to the rim off the dribble. Watson should be a D1 player if he continues to progress
Class of 2020
Rollie Worster (6’1 PG Montana Select Orange) – strong a tough guard that can score it in every way. Worster plays at a very good and mature pace. He has potential to play at a really high level.