2017 Fullcourt Press Spring League: Report II
(March 16, 2017)

 The 2017 Fullcourt Press Spring Leaguecontinued play this past Sunday (March 12th) at Artesia High School (Lakewood CA).

Selected games were again live-streamed by Baller.tvand all games were video-taped by MOSLive.com.  Ronnie Flores (Ball is Life) was among the scouts in attendance and Highlight Sports Productions (http://www.highlightsports.xyz) was in the house shooting video highlights.

Our first report published on March 7th (http://www.fullctpress.net/17-fcp-sl-wk-1-report.html)
featured several opening day standouts like Josh Phillips, Tony Goodwin, Walter Talley, DeSean Allen-Aikens, Hunter Woods, JJ Watson, Jacob Eyman, Makani Whiteside, Mike Mensah, Shemmar Morrow, Payton Moore and Kyle Owens.

This report will highlight several more that stood out last Sunday. 

Jake Kyman                                     6’7”     2019   Santa Margarita (CA)
Skilled SF with very nice range on his polished jump shot possesses high basketball IQ and is an underrated rebounder.  Active on the boards, I love the way he competes on every play.  Versatile player is a great kid from a terrific family.  Only a matter of time before this son of former NCAA Division I volleyball standouts adds a little more bounce to his step.

Nico Mannion                                  6’2”     2020   Pinnacle (Phoenix AZ)
Son of former NBA player Pace Mannion is a terrific high-octane scoring combo with excellent athleticism to finish in traffic at the rim.  Range on jump shot is what you would expect from a future high-major guard and his court instincts are of the champion variety!  Arizona, Utah (dad’s alma mater), USC, UCLA, Arizona State and Utah State among schools offering so far.

Maka Ellis                                         6’5”     2018   Sierra Vista (Las Vegas NV)
High-scoring big guard with a great perimeter stroke and fantastic grades (3.9 GPA/honors classes).  Averaged 25 ppg this past high school season with a season-high 52 points vs. Desert Oasis.  Ellis was named co-MVP of the Southwest League (sharing that honor with 2017 McDonald’s All-American Charles O’Bannon Jr.).  Stanford, Butler, Virginia, Creighton, Nevada, St. Mary’s, TCU, Santa Clara, Rice and UNLV are among the growing number of programs interested in this flame-thrower.

Darren Jones                                  6’8”     2019   Cajon (San Bernardino CA)
Very long pogo-stick is a great 2 sport-athlete (also plays football).  Outstanding physical ability allows him to be a formidable rebounder and shot-blocker and he is a terror finishing in transition.  Jones missed his HS sophomore season due to CIF eligibility issues.  Built like former Fontana HS/Oregon State/NBA forward Corey Benjamin.

Ryan Turell                                      6’6”     2018   Valley Torah (Valley Village CA)
Sharp-shooting off-guard has deep range on his perimeter shot.

Gary Williams                                  6’3”     2018   Gahr (Cerritos CA)
Assertive wing with strength can finish through contact on his drives to the hoop.

Festus Ndumanya                         6’6”     2020   Capistrano Valley Christian (CA)
Strong and aggressive young PF is very physical with nice “catch and score” ability on the block.  Nice potential.

Ryan Evans                                     6’3”     2020   Santa Margarita (CA)
Tough WG doesn’t back down to opponents and has an accurate 3-point shot.

Devin Askew                                   6’2”     2021   Anaheim CA
Ultra-talented young playmaker with terrific feel for a lead guard can hurt opponents with his pin-point passing and vision as well as his accurate perimeter stroke.  As they say in the stock-market: Now is a good time to buy!  Older brother BJ plays at La Mirada HS.

Levelle Zeigler Jr.                          5’10”  2018   Ridgeview (Bakersfield CA)
Very underrated junior PG that is crafty with the rock and reads defenses very well.

Lamont Butler                                 5’9”     2020   Poly (Riverside CA)
Savvy young point plays with poise.   Recently offered by Montana.

BJ Askew                                         6’0”     2018   La Mirada (La Mirada CA) 
Strong point guard doesn’t turn it over and is a tough defender.

Andre Keith                                     6’1”     2017   Kennedy (La Palma CA)
Combo-guard with a smooth 3-point stroke.

Deshawn Washington                  6’3”     2018   Cajon (San Bernardino CA)
Athletic guard is a capable defender.

Alex Atkins                                       5’10”  2018   Cathedral (Los Angeles CA)
Tough hard-nosed PG can make buckets.

Owen Fromm                                   6’5”     2019   East Valley (Redlands CA)
Hard-working combo-forward is active on the boards.

Jaeland Humphrey                        6’0”     2018   Wilson (Long Beach CA)
Strong combo-guard is effective getting to the cup off the dribble.

Jacob Diaz                                       5’11”  2018   Servite (Anaheim CA)
Quick PG with a nice pull-up jump shot.

Gordon Boykins                             6’1”     2020   Valley Christian (Cerritos CA)
Well-built wing defends well and has range to the 3-point line.

Logan Stout                                     6’3”     2020   Wonderful College Prep (Delano CA
Young scoring guard with lots of promise.

 * Second of three reports about the 2017 Fullcourt Press Spring League.

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