LOS ANGELES, CA – Coaches from the following conferences were represented this weekend in LA: Big Sky, Big West, Mountain West, PAC- 12, Summit, USA, WAC, and the WCC.
Kenny Martin, 6’10, 17U Arizona Future Aces/Kellis (2012) – There wasn’t a player who helped himself more this weekend than Kenny Martin. The 6’10 kid is extremely mobile for his size as he can handle the ball, hit a jumper off the dribble, and run the floor like a gazelle with a high motor. He does lack any true offensive game, but finishes at the rim, as he won’t be able to do some of the things he does in AAU in the PAC-12.
Team Compton – has a dynamic duo of 2014’s in Isaiah Bailey (6’4) and Iziahiah Sweeney (6’2). Bailey has solid frame with long arms that he uses in his advantage to finish through contact. He didn’t really show off his athleticism until late in Day 2 as he had his only big time finish of the event. The cause for concern on him is he isn’t fundamentally sound, has trouble handling the ball and keeping a consistent form on his jumper. If he figures out the mechanics of basketball he will be a high major player. Sweeney is an athlete with a lot of potential to his game. Programs will need to keep an eye on him to see where his game takes him in the next year. Team Compton also has a pair of 2012 D-1 prospects in Lorenzo Murphy (5’11) and Victor Robbins (6’5). Murphy, who has no offers at the moment, can flat out shoot the basketball, knocking down 10 threes on Day 1. When he does break down defenders he will usually stop and shoot a reliable midrange jumper. But if I’m a low D-1 program who needs shooting which a majority of programs do, you found your guy. Murphy is a tough hard nose kid who is also an ideal teammate/leader, encouraging the younger guys throughout the weekend. As for Robbins he has the ideal body for the next level. He is a mid-major talent but isn’t consistent enough to deserve an offer of that magnitude.
Los Angeles Rockfish – had a nice weekend as the 17U team took down third place in the Gold Division. Chance Murray was the main reason for that success as the 6’3 rising junior makes an impact on both ends of the court. He takes pride on the defensive end as I have yet to see him not make a hard contest on a shot. Murray likes to use both hands as it seems he uses his left a lot more in the half court. He has a effective jumper that for the most part stays inside the arc. Mid-majors and high programs need to keep an eye on this talent. Aamahd Walker at 6’4 is a scoring machine. He can light it up quick with a pretty stroke as well as the ability to take it to the cup and finish. Walker should end up at a low or mid D-1 program.
Las Vegas Lakers – Ben Carter is an athlete at 6’8 who doesn’t scare away from contact down in the paint, he goes searching for it. He has a high motor as he won’t surrender on the offensive glass with a quick second jump. Carter has the ability to knockdown beyond the arc as well as hammer it down with some big time dunks. His teammate Roscoe Allen (2012) is silky smooth for 6’9 who handles the ball well and can hit from anywhere. The concern is with what position he will be at the next level, SF or PF. He shies away from contact down low and gives up too many offensive boards to be a power forward. While he is not fast enough laterally to stay in front of most small forwards, his future coach will have a predicament on his hands when he steps on campus.
Kameron Rooks, 6’10, 16U Gamepoint Black/Mission Hills (2013) – Kameron, son of former NBA player Sean Rooks, was turning a lot of heads this weekend due what he could do with his 6’10 frame. He has a soft touch that he ranges out to about 15 feet. The big man has soft hands as he catches quick passes and post feeds with ease. To elevate his game to the next level he will need to learn to get lower and put his backside into somebody, as he currently plays with too much finesse. While at Pangos Sweet 16 Kameron received offers from Oregon St. and UC Irvine.
Belmont Shore vs. Compton Magic Elite (Exhibition Game) – There wasn’t a better way to end Pangos Sweet 16 than a showdown between two local AAU powerhouses. The game only grew in anticipation when Compton Magic’s Gabe York committed to University of Arizona early on Day 2, bringing Sean Miller out to watch his lone game. Compton Magic ended up shooting Belmont Shore out of the gym, with 14 three’s, and winning 78-56. The two standouts for Compton Magic were Arik Armstead (19) and Shakir Smith (17), who is an unsigned 2011 that can shoot the heck out of the ball, 5 triples in this one, and is a quick 6’2 guard. Kejon Mack added 17 and York was quiet with 10. Despite the loss for Belmont Shore it was Zena Edosomwan who stole the show with a large 24 points as the entire PAC-12 was in attendance. Tyler Dorsey, only a 2015, was impressive with 12.