2018 Fullcourt Press Diamond in Rough Senior Showcase Report
By Dinos Trigonis
(March 23, 2018)
 
As the April NCAA D-I Spring live period is rapidly approaching, most of SoCal’s top seniors (2018 class) are off the board and very few quality available prospects remain. 
 
The recent Fullcourt Press Diamond in Rough Senior Showcase on Friday March 16th at Fullerton College (CA) featured 90+ top unsigned seniors from Southern and Northern California as well as Nevada in front of several NCAA D2, D3, NAIA and JC coaches in attendance as well as many more watching the games on the Baller.tv live-stream. Besides myself, other scouts and video outlets in the building included Ronnie Flores (Ball is Life), Etop Udo-Ema (Dunk News), Jerina Madayag (Premier Ball), Alex Carmon (Beach City Hoops), Roy White (West Coast Hoops) and Ed Sandoval (MOSHoops.com). 
 
Full length video re-plays of all 5 Fullcourt Press Diamond in Rough Showcase games available from Baller TV: https://www.baller.tv/events/diamond-in-the-rough 
Fullcourt Press Diamond in Rough Showcase Top 10 Plays by Baller.tv 
 
Listed below are the top prospects participating in the event.
 
Top 25 FCP Diamond in Rough Senior Showcase Prospects
 
 
* Deon Stroud 6’6” Trinity (Las Vegas NV) 
NBA-level athlete with emerging jump shot and underrated ballhandling skills has the entire Mountain West in tow with San Diego State, New Mexico, UTEP and UNLV heavy in the mix for his spring signature. Deon has the athleticism to play at the highest NCAA Division I level.  NCAA D1 full-qualifier scored 16 points (1 three) in his showcase game.  Stroud’s video-highlights from this event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G_kK0HJlZ0&feature=youtu.be 
 
* Hunter Woods 6’6” Muir (Pasadena CA) 
Very versatile lefty can play 3 positions on the floor (WF, WG & PF) and has the length to get to the cup and finish off the dribble as well as the perimeter range to bury 3-point bombs.  Good student (3.2 GPA/980 SAT).  Nevada and UC-Irvine among the increasing number of schools showing interest.  Scored 16 points (2 threes) in his showcase game.  
* Tavian Percy 6’5” Pasadena (Pasadena CA) 
Bouncy WG with lethal 3-point range is a Florida native that transferred to Pasadena for his senior HS season. Very good student (3.8 GPA) scored event-high 25 points (3 threes) in his showcase game.  
 
* Alpha Okoli 6’4” St. John Bosco (Bellflower CA) 
Strong and explosive wing with improved scoring touch.  Very good student (3.5 GPA/1150 SAT) had his senior season cut short in January when his CIF high school eligibility expired.  Scored 16 points (2 threes) in his showcase game.
 
* Conner Jackson 6’2” Dublin (Dublin CA) 
One of the surprises of the event.  Very skilled combo-guard is a dangerous perimeter scorer.  Solid student (2.8 GPA/930 SAT) is also a very deceptive athlete that can finish above the rim. 
Scored 20 points (2 threes) in his showcase game. 
 
* Mehkel Harvey 6’8” Ocean View (Huntington Beach CA) 
Long PF with nice ability to face-up, catch and pop.  Solid student (2.8 GPA/1110 SAT) needs to add weight and strength but the upside is there to be a legit Big West, WCC and Big Sky 2018 recruiting target this spring.
 
* Boe Nguidjol 6’8” Middlebrooks Academy (Los Angeles CA)
Athletic and agile forward is just scratching the surface of his MM-HM potential.  Very good rebounder and finisher in transition.
* Gary Harris 6’5” Price (Los Angeles CA)  
Big wing is a very good slashing scorer with improved jump shot.  Will re-classify to 2019 (doing a post-grad year at prep school) and will be part of San Jose State’s 2019 recruiting class.  Has given a verbal to the Spartans. Scored 11 points (3 threes) in his showcase game.
 
* DeShawn Washington 6’3” Cajon (San Bernardino CA) 
Young HS senior SG with soft touch and long range on jump-shot.  Solid student (3.0 GPA) is nowhere close to peaking physically yet.  Scored 12 points (3 threes) in his showcase game.
 
* Zekiah LoVett 6’2” Redondo Union (Redondo Beach CA)  
Late-blooming combo-guard is the younger brother of St. John’s PG Marcus LoVett.  Athletic slashing scorer can also knock down perimeter shots.
 
* Levelle Zeigler Jr. 6’2” Ridgeview (Bakersfield CA) 
Senior sleeper is a very crafty scorer with deep range on jump shot.  Excellent on-ball defender is also a good student (3.2 GPA/1090 SAT).  Scored 15 points (3 threes) in his showcase game.
 
* Jordan Caruso 6’3” Middlebrooks Academy (Los Angeles CA) 
Crafty scoring combo-guard can put points on the board.  Good student (3.3 GPA/2500 SAT).  Scored 11 points in his showcase game. 
* Jaylen Cross 6’4” Culver City (Culver City CA) 
Australian import is a versatile guard that can make plays for himself as well as his teammates off the dribble.  Good student (3.2 GPA/1510 SAT).
 
* Gary Williams 6’4” Dominguez (Compton CA)
Well-built wing has nice scoring instincts and is a good student (3.2 GPA/980 SAT). Scored 14 points (2 threes) in his showcase game. 
 
* Cyrus Johnson 6’5” Culver City (Culver City CA) 
Burly but very bouncy undersized forward is a lot like older brother Kristaan Johnson (UCLA). Crafty scorer in paint, has range to the 3-point arc and is an above-average rebounder for size.  Dad is former Crenshaw HS/UCLA/NBA star Marques Johnson. Scored 10 points (2 threes) in his showcase game.
 
* JT Robinson 6’2” JSerra (San Juan Capistrano CA) 
Underrated Trinity League combo-guard that can knock down “threes”.  Good student (3.0 GPA/20 ACT) had 12 points (4 threes) in his showcase game.
 
* Roman Silva 7’1” Cooper Academy (Ontario CA) 
Massive center prospect takes up space in the paint and has a decent scoring touch near cup.  One-time UTEP commit is an excellent student (4.0 GPA/1620 SAT).
* Dorian Harris 6’5” Cerritos (Cerritos CA) 
Strong wing forward can finish through contact.  Good student too (3.0 GPA/1190 SAT/22 ACT).
Scored 11 points in his showcase game.  
 
* Adam Hess 6’6” St. Thomas More (Oakdale CT) 
WF with accurate shooting touch, size and very good academic marks (3.4 GPA/1220 SAT/26 ACT).  Originally from Westlake HS (Thousand Oaks CA).
 
* Tasson Aubrey-Thomas 6’7” Muir (Pasadena CA) 
Physical rebounder and defender with solid academics (3.0 GPA/980 SAT).
 
* Alex Akins 5’10” Inglewood (Inglewood CA) 
Tough and quick PG is hard to stop off the bounce and is a pesk defensively.
 
* Daniel Zahabian 6’0” Beverly Hills (Beverly Hills CA) 
Savvy point guard is a terrific passer with a smooth pull-up jump shot.  Good student (3.2 GPA/1250 SAT).
 
* Julian Lopez 6’4” Los Altos (Hacienda Heights CA) 
Sturdy WG with nice perimeter range. Good student (3.4 GPA/1040 SAT) just had a recent offer from Cal State East Bay.
 
* Tyler Goodlow 6’0” Cooper Academy (Ontario CA)
High-scoring combo-guard had 17 points in his showcase game.
 
* Justin Greiner 6’3” Centennial (Bakersfield CA) 
Sharpshooting off-guard is on track to be a qualifier (2.8 GPA/980 SAT).
 
 
Other FCP Diamond in Rough Unsigned Seniors (2018) Worth Noting
(by height)
 
  • Matheus Lima 7’0” Trinity (Las Vegas NV)  
  • Maxx Hazley 6’8” Villa Park (Villa Park CA) 3.2 GPA/22 ACT
  • Matthew Schmidt 6’7” Wilson (Long Beach CA)  3.7 GPA/1200 SAT
  • JoJo Bush 6’6” St. John Bosco (Bellflower CA) 3.0 GPA
  • Jared Williams 6’5” Roosevelt (Eastvale CA) 3.6 GPA/1050 SAT
  • Sevonyae Smith 6’5” Arbor View (Las Vegas NV) 
  • Maurice Tutt 6’5” Westchester (Los Angeles CA) 3.3 GPA/1040 SAT
  • Riel Fisher 6’5” Price (Los Angeles CA) 3.4 GPA/1000 SAT
  • Bing Huang 6’5” Brewster Prep (NH)  4.0 GPA/31 ACT
  • Nikola Ivkovic 6’5” Carnegie (Riverside CA)  3.7 GPA/1030 SAT
  • Jovan Sljivancanin 6’5” Trinity (Las Vegas NV)  3.0 GPA
  • Tyler Ridley 6’4” Leuzinger (Lawndale CA)  3.8 GPA/980 SAT
  • Cory Barker 6’4” ASI Prep Academy (Irvine CA) 
  • Dalton Clevenger 6’4” ASI Prep Academy (Irvine CA) 
  • Lamin Williams 6’3” Venice (Los Angeles CA)  3.4 GPA/22 ACT
  • Shawn Booker 6’3” Fairfax (Los Angeles CA) 3.2 GPA/1250 SAT
  • Brennon Wade 6’3” Roosevelt (Eastvale CA) 4.2 GPA/1210 SAT
  • Malakhi Jensen 6’3” San Gabriel Academy (CA) 
  • Joel Finney 6’2” Cooper Academy (Ontario CA) 
  • Comillion Smith 6’2” Arbor View (Las Vegas NV)  2.9 GPA/1920 SAT
  • Anthony Jaramillo 6’1” Shadow Ridge (Las Vegas NV) 3.6 GPA
  • Sava Dukic 6’1” San Gabriel Academy (CA) 3.6 GPA/1100 SAT
  • Brenton Woods 6’0” Dominguez (Compton CA)  3.0 GPA
  • Zion Speller 6’0” Camarillo (Camarillo CA)  3.0 GPA
  • Brendon Newble 6’0” Vista Murrieta (Murrieta CA)  3.0 GPA/1080 SAT
  • Tiyon Martin  5’10” Muir (Pasadena CA) 3.6 GPA/1180 SAT
  • Claude McKesey 5’10” Middlebrooks Academy (Los Angeles CA) 3.0 GPA
  • Alec Acdol 5’9” ASI Prep Academy (Irvine CA) 
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