David Singleton 6’4” 2018 Bishop Montgomery (Torrance CA)
Singleton is emerging as potentially the next great guard out of Los Angeles. Strong, savvy and very confident in his abilities, David (a 4.0 student) backs down from nobody and has the HM talent/skill level to make big plays at both ends. Athletic enough to finish above the rim, David is also dangerous behind the arc (had 27 points including 6 “threes” vs. Corona Centennial). UCLA, Stanford, Oregon State and Cal have visited him at BM recently and Arizona, USC and Vanderbilt are also showing interest.
Ethan Thompson 6’4” 2017 Bishop Montgomery (Torrance CA)
One of the most smoothest 2017 operators in the nation, Ethan played with a new sense of passion and “alpha-dog” mentality here. Led BM to wins in 2 of its 3 games (only loss was a 1 point decision to Sierra Canyon after leading most of game) - averaging 22.3 points per game including a 27 point performance vs. Redondo. Ethan (a 4.0 student) may not be the lock for Oregon State (dad is an assistant for the Beavers) that most believe and appears open to being recruited by top programs coast-to-coast. Thompson has the pin-point jump shot, natural offensive instincts and great character to be recruited at the highest level of Division I. Time for some major outlets like ESPN to stop sleeping on this potential Top 25-30 national 2017 prospect.
Michael Wang 6’9” 2018 Mater Dei (Santa Ana CA)
Foreign-exchange student from China has the size and shooting touch to be a very effective face-up “4” at next level.
Ryse Williams 6’3” 2017 Redondo Union (Redondo Beach CA)
Hardworking wing with accurate 3-point shot deserves to start being mentioned with the top wings in California’s 2017 class.
Zafir Williams 6’5” 2017 Poly (Long Beach CA)
Strong but undersized combo-forward was the catalyst to Poly’s run to title game here. Williams
is an underrated perimeter shooter, rebounds well and is an intense interior defender.
Top 15 Showcase Division Players
(in alphabetical order)
Jemarl Baker 6’3” 2017 Roosevelt (Corona CA)
Smooth shooting SG with ability to handle rock as well is one to keep an eye on in 2017.
Jacob Davidson 6’3” 2016 Cantwell (Montebello CA)
Bouncy wing with very nice perimeter range recently got his first official offer from Eastern Washington.
Daron Henson 6’7” 2016 Cathedral (Los Angeles CA)
Big wing with length has the shooting skill to extend defenses. Alemany transfer.
Javonntie Jackson 6’6” 2016 Compton (Compton CA)
Below the radar 2016 wing sleeper has elite athleticism as well as a very underappreciated perimeter jump shot. JJ projects as a valuable MM+ or higher spring signee.
Oscar Lopez 6’2” 2019 Lynwood (Lynwood CA)
Impressive freshman WG has a jump shot that must be respected.
Matt Mitchell 6’6” 2017 Roosevelt (Corona CA)
Undersized but hardworking hybrid-forward makes plays and gives maximum effort.
Elijah Mobley 6’8” 2019 Rancho Christian (Temecula CA)
Very promising freshman forward has a nice inside/outside skill package that projects long-term success. Mobley reminds me of a young Jared Jeffries.
Kavaughn Scott 6’7” 2016 Orange Lutheran (Orange CA)
Active and athletic PF finishes with authority around rim. Very good student has officially visited Yale, Brown and Boston University this Fall.
Raysean Scott 6’6” 2016 Compton (Compton CA)
Long and athletic wing with smooth outside stroke.
Lucas Siewert 6’10” 2016 Cathedral (Los Angeles CA)
Skilled center has good hands and an accurate perimeter range that extends opposing defenses. Brazilian import was at one time committed to Arizona State (prior to coaching change last spring) but now back on market.
Cassius Stanley 6’5” 2019 Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood CA)
Arguably, Southern California’s most athletic wing prospect since DeMar DeRozan (USC/Toronto Raptors) is my early pick as California’s #1 player in 2019. With off-the-charts bounce to go along with a smooth stroke, sky’s the limit for Cassius.
Sudan Thoms 6’5” 2018 Jordan (Long Beach CA)
Promising soph swingman is still rather raw but has the agility and athleticism that warrants monitoring.
Brandon Williams 6’2” 2018 Crespi (Encino CA)
Young, skilled combo-guard with excellent basketball instincts.
Chris Williams 6’2” 2017 Orange Lutheran (Orange CA)
Talented PG has real 3-point range.
Denzell Williams 6’0” 2017 Lynwood (Lynwood CA)
Strong lead guard pushes rock well in transition and can finish through contact.
** Photos by Nick Koza (SportsAmp.com)