Wayne Arnold 6’2” 2018 Dominguez (Compton CA)
Slinky shooting guard with a smooth perimeter shot reminiscent of another Dominguez HS product Rod Palmer (UCLA/UCI player now an assistant with Long Beach State).
Ben Baker 6’2” 2018 Berkeley (Berkeley CA)
One of the camp’s top surprises, this NorCal lead guard impressed scouts here with his scoring abilities and basketball instincts.
Riley Battin 6’8” 2018 Oak Park (Oak Park CA)
Strong and savvy PF can score in the paint with the best of them on the West Coast in his 2018 class. Battin had it clicking in Top 30 Game, scoring 19 points (as well as grabbing 8 boards). Not extremely athletic or mobile, Battin is however very skilled, physical and assertive inside and reminds me of Mike Atkinson (PF who played for Seth Greenberg at Long Beach State in mid-90s and holds the Big West record for top FG% in a single season: 69.5% in 1994). Excellent student is an underrated perimeter shooter too.
Jules Bernard 6’5” 2018 Windward (Los Angeles CA)
Assertive and athletic WF is a terrific slashing scorer that finishes through contact. This lefty also utilizes a very potent “stop & pop” step-back jump shot and rebounds at a high clip. Bernard’s productivity was very evident during this camp and he made an impact on every game he participated in – earning a share of overall camp MOP honors with David Singleton. This very good student and nationally ranked prospect has already been offered by schools like UCLA, USC, Utah, Arizona State, SMU and Nevada.
Jamal Bey 6’6” 2018 Gorman (Las Vegas NV)
Sleek and athletic forward runs like a deer in transition and finishes with impressive regularity in traffic. Bey is not a finished product by any means but if his fine play here (and at the recent Ron Massey tourney) is any indication, he will be the object of future HM tracking.
Harrison Butler 6’5” 2018 Mater Dei (Santa Ana CA)
Strong wing with very improved perimeter shot played well here – capping it off with an impressive 13 point/12 board performance in Top 30 Game (earning game co-MVP honors). Harrison’s father Ricky played at Kansas and UC-Irvine.
Taeshon Cherry 6’8” 2018 St. Augustine (San Diego CA)
Long and athletic forward may have as much long-term upside as any player at this camp. Cherry fills the lane like a gazelle on the break and his terrific length makes him potentially a valuable defender. As Clark Francis loves to say “if he was a stock, now is a good time to buy!”
Pierre Cockrell 5’11” 2019 Prolific Prep (Napa CA)
Smart, savvy Seattle WA native can get buckets and plays with confidence.
Marlon Cunningham 6’8” 2018 Albuquerque (Albuquerque NM)
Strong and burley PF takes up space in paint and has soft hands that allow him to score with regularity on the block. New Mexico’s top soph prospect plays club ball for Ross Romero’s New Mexico Force.
Daijon Davis 6’5” 2018 Orangewood Academy (Garden Grove CA)
Promising WF with nice length was a camp revelation. Nice athleticism and very good upside are among reasons he will be worth monitoring over the next 3 years.
Spencer Freedman 6’1” 2018 Mater Dei (Santa Ana CA)
Freedman has quickly established himself as Southern California’s top soph PG and was nothing short of fantastic here! Terrific passer and 3-point sharpshooter averaged 25.0 points and 9.5 assists in the four camp games he played including a fabulous 34 point/9 assist performance (which including an amazing 8 for 9 behind the 3-point arc). Spencer (an outstanding student) was a serious contender for camp MOP honors before academic priorities forced him to miss Sunday afternoon’s Top 30 Game. Freedman has the basketball smarts and top-notch PG skills to lead a squad at the highest D-I level.
PJ Fuller 6’4” 2019 Garfield (Seattle WA)
Very versatile and athletic wing scorer is Top 25 national material in this 2019 class. When PJ is focused and plays with energy he is a real problem for defenders! Shaping up as a “must-have” recruit for Washington’s Lorenzo Romar who will have to fend off elite national programs coast to coast for his future services.
Austin Galuppo 6’4” 2018 West Ranch (Stevenson Ranch CA)
Rapid-fire WG has extremely confident stroke! Good student.
Jamal Hartwell 5’11” 2018 Fairfax (Los Angeles CA)
Savvy floor general seems to give me that Tyus Edney-feeling every time I see him play. Hartwell’s ability to change speeds and high basketball IQ allows him to keep defenders at bay and his pin-point passing skills were vividly on display in the Top 30 Game (6 assists). Great kid too!
Kamaka Hepa 6’9” 2018 Barrow (Barrow AK)
Skilled post man with nice size is also an excellent student (4.0 GPA). Hepa really knows how to play and his versatility in the half-court (can play either on the block or at the high-post) makes him a valuable asset to any team. Hepa also passes and runs well and possesses good hands. Kamaka is Alaska’s top prospect since Mario Chalmers (Kansas/Miami Heat) and is extremely dedicated to his continued basketball development as his 3,000+ mile trek from the north slope of Barrow AK to Cerritos College (CA) proves!
Isaac Johnson 6’8” 2019 American Fork (American Fork UT)
Long stretch forward with a feathery perimeter touch needs to add weight/strength but this young Utah native has plenty of tools to work with that will make him a priority West Coast recruit.
Rylan Jones 5’11” 2019 Logan (Logan UT)
Cerebral young PG knows how to run a team and has a perimeter jump shot that must be respected. 4.0 student is the son of Utah State assistant coach Chris Jones.