Action heating up on the West Coast
The talent level definitely elevated during the second week of the July evaluation period. While the tipoff tournaments of last week provided a glimpse at the impressive young talent coming up through the ranks, the Double Pump Three Stripes and Fullcourt Press Cream of the Crop showcases gave us a taste of the future in 2012 prospect Jordan Tebbutt (Canby, Ore./Horizon), as well as the present in improved seniors: 6-foot-8 Ronnie Stevens (Gardena, Calif./Serra) and 6-7 John Adenrele (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay).
2012, 6-5, 215
Tebbutt is a member of the ESPNU Super 60 and demonstrated why he is so highly regarded on the national level. His frame is that of a college junior rather than a rising high school junior, and despite his bulk, he has a nice touch out to the stripe. He uses his body well while navigating the key area for runners and strong takes to the rim. Defensively, he slides his feet fairly well despite his size and he's a dependable rebounder. Overall, Tebbutt is an intriguing prospect for the next level. At this stage he's a college-ready 2/3, but if his body gets much bigger and he loses some of his explosiveness and quickness, his upside may come into question.
2011, 6-8, 215
Stevens is playing his best basketball of his young career. He was a well-known prospect on the West Coast heading into his freshman season, but his development had been stagnant over the course of a few years until now. After an up-and-down spring, his consistency has been excellent. He can post up strong on the right block and he has a pretty nifty jump hook turning over his left shoulder. He can step out and hit the jump shot at the elbow as well. Defensively, he has nice timing; he had a number of high-level blocks over the course of the Cream of the Crop challenge.
John Adenrele (Granite Bay, Calif.)
2011, PF, 6-7, 215
Adenrele has improved considerably in the past year. He has a terrific frame that can handle the physical nature of the game at the next level. His back-to-the-basket game still needs polishing, but he has a soft touch out to 15 feet. He can face his opponent up at the elbow and use his body and length to get to the rim. On the other hand, he needs to become a more consistent scorer in the paint area. Far too often he missed layups when getting bumped by the opposition. Overall, though, his stock is rising as he is becoming one of the better big men in California.
Tim Derksen (Tucson, Ariz./Amphitheater)
2012, SG, 6-4, 180
Derksen is a basketball player in every sense of the word. The slick lefty plays at a great pace at both ends of the floor and rarely makes bad decisions. He is a high-level passer in transition and rarely overhandles the ball. He moves well without the ball and he always has his head up. He can knock down the 3-point shot and his release is quick. His teammate Larry Lewis (a USC commit) gets most of the notoriety, but it wouldn't surprise me if Derksen turns out to be a better college player due to his savvy, approach and skill set.
One to watch
Daniel Gomis (Mouth of Wilson, Va./Oak Hill Academy)
2011, 6-9, 215
Gomis, who is an Oregon State commit, may have limited offensive skills but his frame, athleticism and energy maximize his overall impact on the game. He has a lean frame and broad shoulders. Though he needs to get stronger, his bouncy nature is impressive. He is a quick-twitch athlete who sprints up and down the floor and is extremely quick. He struggles scoring other than dunks, and he takes far too many 3s for someone that has a limited stroke, but his impact in other areas is undeniable. He can rebound in traffic, block shots at a high rate and has the overall agility to guard multiple positions.
West Coast notebook
• Stuart Wesonga, a 6-6 senior out of San Marin, Calif., is a prototypical 4-man for the mid-major level. He has a great frame with long arms and good hands. His post skills need polishing but the upside is evident.
• USC commit Lewis (Phoenix, Ariz./Arcadia) is a versatile talent. The 6-2 junior can stroke the 3-point shot, but he is at his best attacking the rim in transition. He is quick with the ball, but his stock will increase if he can hone his point guard skills.
• One of the bigger of surprises this summer has been the emergence of 6-7 senior Chad Haysbert (Sacramento, Calif./Center). He possesses a versatile game and can hurt his opponents inside and out. He needs to get stronger but his offensive game is pretty solid from 17 feet in.
• U-17 Lakeshow has a pretty potent backcourt in 6-1 senior James Davis (San Pablo, Calif./Arroyo) and 5-8 junior Kendall Jackson (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd). Davis is a knock-down shooter with a smooth release, while Jackson can break down defenders at will to find teammates for open looks.
• Corbin Miller, a 6-2 senior out of Brighton High School in Sandy, Utah, has a prolific stroke out to 22 feet. His release is tight and quick, and he demonstrated the ability to shoot off the dribble. However, his quickness is just average and he has a tendency to crossover to his left while pulling up.
Joel Francisco is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Recruiting.