West Coast Look at 2014 Rankings

Parker Jackson-Cartwright

What West Coast prospects made the Scout.com 2014 Top 75 and why? We break down each prospect, with point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright heading the list...

Scout.com has expanded its 2014 rankings from 25 to 75 and with 50 more players ranked, 12 total West Coast prospects are now nationally rated in the class.

Heading the list at #20 is Los Angeles Loyola point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright, a player who has long been on the radar but has played so well lately that it was impossible to continue to keep him out of the Top 25, despite his 5-foot-7 height.

"Parker's feel and knowledge of the game is as good as it gets," says Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels. "To top it off, he's improved his mid-range game, which enhances him as a prospect and player. He's one of the best lead guards in the class."

Right after Jackson-Cartwright at 21st is another Los Angeles area prospect in Shaqquan Aaron, who remains a Top 25 prospect despite sitting out this past high school season.

"Shaqquan is highly rated because of his incredible raw talent level," Scout.com recruiting analyst Brian Snow says. "He has size, athleticism, length, and good basketball skills.

"Now over the next few months and years he will need to do more to capitalize on those immense physical gifts, but the bottom line is his talent level is through the roof, and Shaqquan is one of the toughest players in the country to stop when he has it all working."

A month ago, not much was known nationally about Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View center Payton Dastrup. Now, he's proven himself as one of the top big men in the country, coming in 30th. Dastrup has a big frame, very good hands, can step out and shoot but is very good around the basket, where he finishes and rebounds.

Ranked 36th is Etiwanda (Calif.) point guard Jordan McLaughlin, an explosive player who keeps getting better. McLaughlin can get up and down the court in a hurry and has an explosive burst to the basket. His outside shot keeps getting better, as do his point guard skills and handle. He's moving in a very good direction as a prospect.

That last sentence also holds true for yet another Southern California prospect in Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco small forward Daniel Hamilton, who comes in at 37th. Hamilton keeps making leaps and bounds in his game, has grown a few inches in the past year, is a very good passer but keeps improving as a scorer as well.

At 39th is Compton (Calif.) small forward Isaiah Bailey, who has the potential to end up very high on this list if everything comes together for him. Bailey has tremendous body control, is a high level athlete and can really score it from midrange and in.

Next up at 45th is Elk Grove (Calif.) Laguna Creek forward Malik Pope, a Sacramento-area prospect that emerged on the scene this spring. Pope's passing, rebounding, size, length and ability to rebound and start the break make him a very good prospect.

Colorado claims the next two spots on the 2014 rankings, starting with Aurora Regis-Jesuit point guard Josh Perkins, who is ranked 55th. At 6-foot-3, Perkins is tall for the position, can really pass it, shoot it from both midrange and three and keeps improving physically.

Another Colorado point guard comes in at 59th in Denver East's Dominique Collier. What Collier does best is get up and down the court in a hurry, as his handles and speed make him an absolute blur in the open court.

A well known name who is ranked 61st is Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei combo forward Stanley Johnson. A very strong player for his age, Johnson is tough to keep off the glass, has improved his perimeter game and plays with a continuous motor. He's put up scoring numbers this spring.

At 66th is yet another point guard in Shaquile Carr, out of Las Vegas Canyon Springs. Carr plays with a high basketball IQ and although he doesn't possess elite athleticism, he's capable going to the basket but what he does best is make his teammates better.

Rounding out the West Coast prospects on the list at 74th is Los Angeles Pacific Hills shooting guard Namon Wright. A player whose body keeps improving, Wright does just about everything well on the court. He's a defender, rebounder and passer, but his midrange jumper is getting better and so is his handle.


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