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2017 Fullcourt Press Spring League: Report III
(March 23, 2017)

 The 2017 Fullcourt Press Spring League continued play this past Sunday (March 19th) at Artesia High School (Lakewood CA).

Selected games were again live-streamed by Baller.tvand all games were video-taped by MOSLive.com.  

Our first weekly report on the league was published on March 7th

Our second weekly report on the league was published on March 16th

Those first two reports featured league standouts.

This report will highlight several more as well as others who continue to play at a high level. 

Benjamin Todd                               6’10”  2020   Faith Baptist (Canoga Park CA)
Very promising young post forward has a great combination of length and scoring skills.   This was the first time I had seen Todd since before he averaged an impressive 18.3 points and 11.2 rebounds per game during his recently concluded freshman season and man was I impressed with the progress he has made since last year!  High games this past HS season were 31 points/19 boards vs. Oxnard and 31 points/13 rebs against Oaks Christian.  Benjamin has soft hands that allow him to catch the rock on the block despite defensive resistance and has real ability to score in the pant - both with his back to the basket as well as utilizing a very effective mid-range face-up jump shot.  Being a superb passer also adds to his value as an offensive weapon.  Solid rebounder and defender too.  As he continues to settle into his body and add strength, Todd projects to have the potential to be a Top 25 national prospect in 2020.  HS coach is former Villanova star and NBA forward Tim Thomas.  Great kid and “A” student.

Hunter Woods                                 6’6”     2018   Muir (Pasadena CA)
This versatile lefty forward continues to grow on me!  Styleof play reminds me of Rondae Jefferson (Arizona/NBA).  Woods is impressive attacking defenders off the bounce and his improved pull-up jump shot that extends to the 3-point arc gives him an added offensive dimension.  Long arms and quickness gives him the potential to also be a lock-down defender.

Maka Ellis                                         6’5”     2018   Sierra Vista (Las Vegas NV)
Excellent student with silky 3-point stroke has ability to put up big numbers.  Can also attack the cup and finish if defenders crowd him at the 3-point line.  Drawing Pac-12, Mountain West and WCC interest.

Joshua Phillips                               6’8”     2018   Edison (Huntington Beach CA)
Phillips continues to improve and impress every time he sets foot on the court.  Quick on his toes, Josh has the athleticism and timing to be a legitimate shot-blocker and is excellent at rebounding outside of his space.  Offensive skills are coming along as well.  By the end of July, Phillips could very well be a sought-after West Coast PF recruit.

Tony Goodwin                                6’5”     2018   Findlay Prep (Henderson NV)
Defender-deluxe exhibited a newly refined jump shot last Sunday – connecting for several 3’s in each of the league games he played in.  Top student (4.0 GPA) should be in demand by high academic programs this spring and summer.

Walter Talley                                   6’7”     2019   Tri-Cities Christian (Phoenix AZ)
Tough forward has a scorer’s mentality and can do so in a variety of ways.  Has the type of chiseled body that will allow him to compete physically in high-major conferences coast to coast.

Daniel Boatwright                          6’6”     2019   Home School (Chatsworth CA)
Up and coming sharp-shooting forward has sprouted several inches recently and his growth spurt shows no sign of letting up.  One to keep an eye on!

Elijah Scranton                               6’5”     2019   Village Christian (Sun Valley CA)
Athletic slashing scorer is dangerous in transition.  Plans on transferring to Paraclete HS next season.

Rip Economou                                6’7”     2018   Santa Monica (Santa Monica CA)
Big wing scorer with a terrific 3-point shot.  Love his confidence!   Dad Greg played at UConn.

Jordan Campbell                            6’2”     2017   Adelanto (Adelanto CA)
Strong and very athletic lead guard is explosive to the cup.  Jordan plans on spending next year as a post-grad 5th year prep.

Trey Smith                                        6’2”     2017   Saddleback Valley Christian (CA)
High-scoring guard is quick off his 1st step.

Doc Bradley                                     6’6”     2019   Serra (Gardena CA)
Athletic wing with nice length can finish at the rim.  Excellent upside.

Keon Mills                                        6’1”     2018   Rancho Cucamonga (CA)
Strong PG can score off the bounce.

Alpha Okoli                                      6’4”     2018   St. John Bosco (Bellflower CA)
Jack-of-all-trades wing is strong and can finish through contact.

Jihaun Westbrook                         6’6”     2019   Serrano (Phelan CA)
Long young wing with plenty of skills and upside.

Paul Bingaman                               6’6”     2019   Buckley (Sherman Oaks CA)
Burly PF is active on the glass and can score on the block.  Very good (“A”) student too!

Dylan Anderson                             6’2”     2017   Verdugo Hills (Tujunga CA)
Smooth WG with scoring punch.

Fernando Gomez                           6’1”     2019   St. John Bosco (Bellflower CA)
Savvy combo-guard with range on his perimeter shot.

Joshua Rhodes                              6’8”     2019   St. Monica (Santa Monica CA)
Wide-body power forward is a rugged rebounder.

Bryce Goodwin                               6’1”     2019   Coronado (Henderson NV)
Very quick ballhandler is a pesky defender and underrated perimeter shooter.

Kevin Cho                                        5’8”     2019   Beverly Hills (Beverly Hills CA)
Heady PG with nice passing skills.

Darius Ates                                      6’3”     2017   Price (Los Angeles CA)
Strong wing is a nice slashing scorer.

* Third of four reports about the 2017 Fullcourt Press Spring League.



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