Harbor City, Calif.Here's look at some of the West Coast guys at the EYBL in its first two days, along with a couple other players at a local tournament in Carson...
Brandon Ashley, 6-8 PF Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O’Dowd. He’s taken his game to a different level. Not only is he making jump shots out to 15-17 feet, he’s now playing with much more consistent energy and focus. And the scary thing is he’s not yet mature physically. With continued development, he won’t be in college for more than a year.
Richard Longrus, 6-6 PF/SF Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O’Dowd. Longrus has a very good body, he’s an above average defender and a good passer, with a very nice feel for the game. As one West Coast scout noted, the only reason to take him is if you want to win. UCLA had previously offered Longrus.
Dominic Artis, 5-11 PG Richmond (Calif.) Salesian. If someone told you that Artis was in the class of 2014, you would believe them. He’s got a baby face, a frame that is still maturing and his athleticism is getting better as well. He made a big-time step back three in a game Sunday and showed why he will be a hot commodity when college coaches get a look at him in July. He may be small, but he’s a very good prospect. And if he continues to grow (he’s grown a couple inches in the last year), he would be one of the elite point guards in the country.
Calaen Robinson, 6-1 PG Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol. Robinson was playing in a tournament at Cal State Dominguez Hills and he showed off his feathery touch in one game. He’s got deep range on his shot, he can pass it and create off the dribble. He needs to be a little better with his decisions, and he could play with more energy on defense, but he’s got a chance to be very good (especially if he can play the one).
Dakarai Allen, 6-4 SF Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon. Allen has freakishly long arms, a great bball frame, an excellent feel for the game, a nice stroke to the stripe, good ball skills overall and above average athleticism. In other words, he’s got all the tools to be an elite player.
Jabari Bird, 6-4 SG Richmond (Calif.) Salesian. Bird was in a bit of a funk the first day, but Sunday he showed flashes of why he’s so highly regarded as a prospect. He knocked down some shots and did a better job defensively as well. Playing with consistent energy and focus is something he needs to work on, but you have to love his tools.
Aaron Gordon, 6-7 PF San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty. A much better prospect at the same stage than his older brother Drew, Aaron plays with great energy and attacks the basket. He’s got pretty good ball skills for a power forward, but does need to be careful with his decisions as he does over-handle at times. You have to love his aggressiveness, though, and his great motor.
Kameron Chatman, 6-4 SF Portland (0re.) Jefferson. Chatman showed good ball skills Sunday, as he put it on the floor a few times and made plays off the bounce. He’s got a very nice stroke and good instincts. He doesn’t look anywhere close to done physically and he could get bigger still. He’s a very intriguing young prospect.
Stanley Johnson, 6-5 SF Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. He didn’t get a ton of time, or touches, with the Oakland Soldiers. But he’s got a unique combination of strength, athleticism and ball skills. If he can stay on the wing, he’s got a chance to be very good.
Here's the latest coverage on national UCLA recruits by Scout.com's Brian Snow and Josh Gershon at the Nike EYBL:
Tony Parker, C, Georgia Stars: The big guy used all of his power to put himself in position to get the ball, but when he got it he didn't just muscle his way to the basket, as he showed a nice spin move to create some space and get an open look from close to the hoop. He played hard on both ends and did well on the glass.
William Goodwin, PF, Memphis YOMCA – Goodwin doesn’t quite have the normal explosion that he usually does this weekend, but still he was very effective. He has been converting around the rim and showing the combination of strength and versatility to be an outstanding prospect. Most of Goodwin’s production was from rebounding or off of nice passes, but still he and Stokes were the only two guys on the team to really bring it in the close win.
Kyle Anderson, PF/PG, NJ Playaz – After struggling some on Saturday evening, Anderson was back to his usual self on Sunday. The multi positional star had it all working. He was setting up teammates with assists, grabbing rebounds, and also making shots both off the dribble and from the outside. Quite simply there was no matchup for Anderson and his dominance was key in a blowout victory.
Richard Longrus claimed offers from UCLA, Gonzaga, St. Mary's, Santa Clara, New Mexico and UNLV. He also said he has attention from Stanford, Texas and California.
Dominic Artis listed offers from California, Washington State, Florida International and Nevada, with attention from Oregon, Texas, Georgetown and Louisville, amongst offers.