Commentary

Ryan Anderson steals the show

Anderson's big performance carries Poly to CIF Southern Section title

Originally Published: March 7, 2011
By Joel Francisco | ESPN Recruiting

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Poly Jackrabbits (Long Beach, Calif.) claimed their 19th CIF Southern Section crown with a 68-52 win over Centennial (Corona, Calif.). The Jackrabbits dominated the glass (43 to 16) and received terrific performances from their senior duo of Ryan Anderson and Alexis Moore. Anderson, who is headed to Boston College, scored 18 points and corralled 21 rebounds, while the USC-bound Moore contributed 18 points.

Standout players

Ryan Anderson
2011, PF. 6-foot-8, 220 pounds
After putting together a pedestrian effort against a stifling Etiwanda (Ontario, Calif.) defense in the semifinals, Anderson dominated the interior in the championship game, like he has all season long. He needs to finish better with contact but he has very good hands and a feathery touch that extends out to the stripe. Once he gets acclimated to a college weight program, he should fit nicely into Steve Donahue's system.

Michael Caffey (Corona, Calif./Centennial)
2011, PG, 5-11, 155 pounds
Caffey may be the best true point guard prospect out west. In other words, Long Beach State got a steal. His quickness and vision were tremendous as he sliced and diced through arguably the best defense in the high school ranks out west. His crossover is tight, slick and blindingly fast, and he can finish well in traffic. If he puts the time into improving his jump shot, his future is bright.

Julian Harrell (Los Angeles/Loyola)
2012, WF, 6-4, 190 pounds
Harrell doesn't have a true position as of yet, but he does all the necessary things on the court to win games and is the prototypical glue guy. He plays with a warrior's mentality and is one of the most tenacious slashers on the West Coast. In the open court, he uses his strength and bounce to get to the rim. His ball skills are decent but he needs to improve his shooting stroke. He has a very flat shot, and that will need to improve because he gets to the foul line often. Defensively, he can guard all three perimeter positions.

Zena Edosomwan (North Hollywood, Calif./Harvard-Westlake)
2012, PF, 6-8, 215 pounds
Edosomwan has had a terrific junior campaign. He has a strong physique and long arms and he's a very quick jumper. His hands are soft and he has tremendous savvy in the paint area. His offensive skills with his back to the basket have improved, and he can step out and hit the jump shot at the elbow. Because of his passing, he could become lethal in a high-low set.

Surprise players

Alexis Moore
2011, PG, 6-2, 180 pounds
Moore has received a significant amount of constructive criticism over the years about his decision-making from the point guard position. However, during his senior campaign, he has improved immensely in many areas of the game. He has always had the ideal Division I frame and athleticism, but now his skill set and savvy are becoming part of the package. He has the ability to play both guard positions at the next level because of his improved stroke, and under the tutelage of coach Sharrief Metoyer his game management has blossomed.

Evan Zeller (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo)
2013, SG, 6-3, 175 pounds
Zeller has a rangy frame with long arms and a fair amount of athleticism. He moves very well without the ball and possesses an innate ability to score. He can drain the 3-point shot with regularity, but his release is quite slow. He does a nice job coming off screens and finding seams in the defense. Despite not being a great athlete, he can get to the rim off the dribble and he's a tough competitor. He isn't a sure-fire Division I prospect, but the upside and savvy are there.

Notes

Larry Bush, a 6-foot freshmen out of Sherman Oaks, Calif./Buckley, is a gifted lefty with a smooth shooting stroke. He had a couple of slashing drives to keep defenders honest. With added strength, his 3-point touch should improve dramatically.

Chass Bryan, a 5-9 junior out of Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian, displayed strength and explosiveness in transition. He projects to be one of the better looking point guards for a class that is dearth of Division I point guard talent.

Jahmel Taylor, a highly regarded 5-11 sophomore out of Chatsworth, Calif./Sierra Canyon, can drain jump shots from deep, but his overall savvy for the point guard position needs to improve. He has a scorer's mentality and drove into the teeth of the defense far too much, leading to turnovers and bad shot selection.

• Capistrano Valley has an intriguing junior in 6-3 Stephen Short. He possesses a strong frame and a ton of moxie, and he gets great lift on his jump shot.

• BYU signed 6-10 Isaac Nielson (Mission Viejo, Calif.) in the early signing period. He moves his feet well and he's extremely long, but it'll take a few seasons of intense weight training and a likely mission to get him on the floor.

Joel Francisco is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Recruiting.