Southern California Hoop Review recap
Bigs Grant Verhoeven and Jordan Bell stand out at SoCal Hoop Review
DOMINGUEZ HILLS, Calif. -- The Southern California Hoop Review featured some intriguing 2012 bigs in 6-foot-8 Grant Verhoeven (Visalia, Calif./Central Valley Christian), 6-8 Eric Jacobsen (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) as well as shot-blocking phenom 6-7 sophomore Jordan Bell (Long Beach, Calif./Poly) to name a few. Most importantly, however, each and every team played with purpose in mind at both ends of the floor and with terrific energy.
Standout players[+] EnlargeJoel FranciscoCould Grant Verhoeven be the next Matt Howard?
Grant Verhoeven (Visalia, Calif./Central Valley Christian)
2012, PF, 6-8, 215 pounds
One scout referred to Verhoeven as the next Matt Howard -- and we tend to agree. The blue-collar 4-man doesn't have the range of Howard in terms of shooting yet, but he certainly has the tenacity, bounce and savvy around the basket. Verhoeven plays at a relentless pace each and every game and his productivity is simply terrific. His footwork is solid, but he needs to continue to polish his post game (go-to move) as well as extend his range on his jump shot. Overall, though, he'll be a Pac-12 priority during his summer campaign.
Jordan Bell (Long Beach, Calif./Poly)
2013, C, 6-7, 190 pounds
Bell may be the most prolific shot blocker in his class out west and he should be mentioned in the same breath as 6-7 junior Skylar Spencer (Los Angeles/Price) and 6-8 junior Demtris Morant (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman). Bell's timing is impeccable as he gets off the floor twice before most get up once. His offensive skills are raw as he gets most of his points off of tip dunks and offensive rebounds. However, if his frame continues to fill out and he becomes a better rebounder in traffic, he'll be a sure-fire Division I recruit due to his defensive presence.
Eric Jacobsen (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton)
2012, PF, 6-8, 215 pounds
The pick-and-pop 4-man has Gonzaga and others on his radar, according to his coach. He has an ideal frame for the Division I level thanks to his long arms and broad shoulders. He has a soft shooting touch out to the elbow and his release is feathery. His passing is impressive in the post and he took a number of charges over the weekend as well. In addition, he has good timing (solid shot blocker) in the paint area at both ends. He needs to play with more physicality (dropped some passes and lost some rebounds due to contact), but overall he is an intriguing prospect.
Collin Spickerman (Portland, Ore./Jesuit)
2012, PF, 6-8, 190 pounds
Spickerman needs work in the weight room, but his length and overall upside are awe-inspiring. His ballhandling was a definite surprise as he made a number of nice drives and nifty passes off the bounce. In addition, he orchestrated a sweet give-and-go and displayed a soft touch in the midrange area. At this stage, he is more prospect than player, but he is a definite Division I recruit who may get some high-major looks, if the coaches are patient.
One to watch
Rashad Jackson (Bakersfield, Calif./Garces)
2014, SG, 6-2, 160 pounds
Team Superstars has an impressive 2014 group and Jackson was the best of the bunch. He has a wiry frame with long arms and his jump shot looks quite good for being so young. He excels in transition, where he attacks the rim with a vengeance. It's not unusual for him to snag the rebound and lead the break, where he usually finds his way for an acrobatic lay-in. He even exhibited his basketball IQ by finding his teammates off the bounce for easy scores. As of right now he is one of the better looking 2-guards in the West for his class.
• A couple of 2012 Division I wing-types were on display this weekend in 6-5 Matt Shrigley (La Costa Canyon, Calif./La Costa Canyon) and 6-6 Shane Dillon (El Cajon, Calif./Christian). Shrigley needs to get stronger while finishing, but he's an excellent passer and solid shooter. Dillon, who is also a national quarterback recruit, can stroke the 3-point shot and he impacts the game in multiple ways due to his hustle.
• Team Superstars U-15 squad had a number of impressive prospects, including freshmen standouts 6-2 Murshid Randle (Fresno, Calif./Central) and 5-8 Taelin Webb (Riverside, Calif./J.W. North). Randle has a Division I frame and solid skills, while Webb is one of the quickest point guards in the West for his class.
• Along with Verhoven, Organized Chaos has a pair of Division I prospects in 6-3 Alex Fertig (Fresno, Calif./Buchanan) and 6-2 William Stallworth (Tulare, Calif./Tulare Union). Fertig is a heady combo-guard with a solid jump shot, while Stallworth is a dynamic athlete who makes plays at both ends.
• Clutch Players Silver has another intriguing 2013 prospect in 6-5 Calvin Hermanson (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lake Oswego). The left-hander has very long arms and can hit the 3-point shot.
• Play Hard Play Smart have a handful of eye-catching prospects in 6-5 Dakari Allen (Sacramento, Calif./Sheldon) and 6-3 Eric Kienny (Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento). Allen has a rangy frame with extraordinarily long arms as well as an improved skill set, while Kienny can shoot it from deep and handed out a number of nifty assists off the pick-and-roll.
Joel Francisco is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Recruiting.
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