Commentary

ESPN iScore Holiday Classic recap

Originally Published: December 31, 2010
By Joel Francisco | ESPN Recruiting

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Long Beach Poly claimed its third title of the regular season as it captured the ESPN iScore Holiday Classic after a hard fought victory over Oakland Bishop O'Dowd and its terrific 2012 tandem of 6-foot-8 Brandon Ashley and 6-6 Richard Longruss. Boston College signee Ryan Anderson, who tossed in 19 points and corralled 14 rebounds, led the way with his stellar all-around play. However, he received some much-needed help this time around as USC signee Alexis Moore (19 points) scored the Jack Rabbits' last seven to seal the victory.

Senior standouts

Ryan Anderson
PF, 6-8, 215 pounds

Anderson captured his third MVP award in as many tournaments and is the leading candidate for California Player of the Year. He's an efficient 4-man with a soft touch out to the stripe and his rebounding in traffic is impressive. He can finish with either hand and he nailed countless clutch shots in leading his team to the championship.

Norman Powell (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln)
SG, 6-3, 190 pounds

Powell is a diamond in the rough on the offensive end. He gets most of his points in transition and shooting over the top of his defender in the midrange area. His ballhandling and 3-point touch (fades too much) need to tighten up, but he'll add much-needed athleticism to Ben Howland's lineup.

Jabari Brown (Oakland, Calif./Oakland)
SG, 6-5, 190 pounds

Brown had quite the tournament due to his shooting prowess. At his height he doesn't need a lot of space to get his shot off and his touch is impeccable. If he adds to his game (rebounding and defense) he should he an All-Conference performer at Oregon sooner rather than later.

Michael Caffey (Corona, Calif./Centennial)
PG, 5-11, 155 pounds

Caffey, who is headed to Long Beach State in the fall, was the most promising point guard in the event. His outside shot is still streaky, but he affects the game on many levels due to his speed, strength, rebounding, and interior passing.

Delbert Love (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Edwards)
SG, 6-1, 155 pounds

Love had a terrific tournament as he was the catalyst for St. Edwards run to the semifinals. The strength of his game is his outside shooting. He can rise off the dribble and nail the 3-point shot or take it to the rim and drop off the assist.

Underclassmen standouts

Brandon Ashley
2012, PF, 6-8, 215 pounds

Ashley is still raw in many areas of the game (footwork and bringing the ball down) and his motor runs hot and cold, but his overall talent is undeniable. His length is extraordinary and he has some soft hands as well, while finishing in the paint.

Dayton Boddie (Oceanside, Calif./El Camino)
2012, SG, 6-2, 175 pounds

Boddie was unveiled at this event due to his jump shooting prowess. He has a strong frame and he gets great lift on his shot. He needs to work on his middle game, but he is a definite Division I prospect.

Richard Longruss (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd)
2012, PF, 6-6, 210 pounds

The best way to describe Longruss is blue collar. His impact on the game at both ends is impressive. He's an outstanding rebounder and defender where he utilizes his long arms and quick hands. Think a smaller version of former UCLA standout Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.

Isaac Hamilton (Los Angeles, Calif./Crenshaw)
2013, SG, 6-4, 165 pounds

Hamilton is one of the better wing-types in the country. He has a terrific skill set and his passing is high-level. He can nail the 3-point shot and midrange pull-up off the dribble as well. He needs to get considerably stronger and tougher, but the talent is evident.

Matt Shrigley (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon)
2012, SF, 6-5, 180 pounds

Shrigley is a wiry wing-type who can score in a variety of ways. He moves well without the ball to get his shot off and he has a nice turnaround, midrange jumper. He rebounds well in traffic and he's deceptively bouncy. His 3-point shot needs to get more consistent, but he projects to being a high-major SF at the next level.

Tyree Robinson (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln)
2013, SG, 6-3, 190 pounds

Robinson may be the best overall athlete in the state for his class. He has a chiseled frame and is extremely explosive. He has a legitimate jump shot out to 22 feet and the rotation on his shot is smooth. It will be interesting to see how he develops considering he is a high-level football prospect as well.

Notes

• One of the few players in California that you know what your going to get each and every time out is 6-4 New Mexico signee Dominique Dunning (Corona, Calif./Centennial). His jump shot needs polishing, but he is one of the best slashers in the game.

Austin McBroom, a 5-10 senior out of North Hollywood, Calif./Campbell Hall, is an impressive scorer with a terrific pull-up jump shot. However, at this stage he is still an undersized 2-guard that can be turnover prone due to over penetration.

• One of the most prolific scorers in the state is 5-11 senior Johnny Dee (Vista, Calif./Rancho Buena Vista). He's an undersized 2-guard, but he has a prolific stroke from deep and plays with relentless passion.

• Alexis Moore saved his best effort for when his team needed it. He hit four big 3s and made a number of important plays down the stretch. All the physical intangibles are there for him to succeed at USC during the 2011-12 season, he just needs to clean up his decision making (6-of-20 from the field).

Joel Francisco is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Recruiting.