Pangos Sweet Sixteen Prospects

Calaen Robinson

Grant Jerrett, Dakarai Allen, Calaen Robinson and Stanley Johnson were among the better prospects recently at the Pangos Sweet Sixteen...

Corona, Calif. The Pangos Sweet 16 tournament offered us a chance to see several players for the first time this spring…

Grant Jerrett, 6-8 PF La Verne (Calif.) High. Jerrett had just a fair game in the one outing we saw, but much of that had to do with poor play by the guards on his team. His Belmont Shore teammates didn't seem to understand that they had the biggest, and best, player in the game on their team. As a result, their team was blown out badly. Jerrett has a very advanced game for a high school junior, with great footwork and a number of low-post moves. He moves very well for his size and he can be an effective shot-blocker. He does need to play a little more physical at times, but there's no question he's one of the elite big men in the class of 2012.

Calaen Robinson, 6-2 PG/SG Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol. Robinson is more of a scoring lead guard than prototype point guard, but he's a very talented prospect at whichever position you want to play him. He's certainly got the ability to defend opposing PGs, but his best attribute at the offensive end is his ability to put the ball in the basket. He's got a very nice lefty stroke with deep range, and he can shoot it off the catch or the bounce. He's got a very quick release and he can create his own shot when pressured. At the defensive end, he has very quick hands and he moves well laterally. He's one of the elite guards in the west for 2012.

Dakarai Allen, 6-4 SG Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon. With a great wing frame, long arms and effortless athleticism, Allen just oozes upside. He's a good, not great, shooter. His feel and approach to the game are outstanding. He's an elite defender and very good passer. He's still on the slender side, but he should have no trouble retaining his athleticism as he adds weight and strength. He's one of the elite shooting guards in the west for 2013.

Cameron Rooks, 6-9 C San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills. The son of Sean Rooks, Cameron is a good-looking young prospect in his own right. He's got a big body, with very good hands, a nice feel and above-average passing ability. He's still carrying some baby fat, and he's still growing into his body so he's a bit awkward at times, but he's got a chance to be a nice player once his body tones up.

Maurice Kirby, 6-8 C Chandler (Ariz.) Basha. The Arizona State commit didn't get a lot of time, or touches, in the one game we saw. However, his body looks good and it appears that he's grown a couple inches in the last year. He's still growing into his body, but he looks like he could be a nice player down the road.

Rashad Jackson, 6-3 SG Bakersfield (Calif.) Garces. You don't see many freshmen with a great bball body, explosive athleticism, with the ability to finish at the rim, a good-looking jump shot and a relentless, attacking approach to the game. If Shaqquan Aaron is the best 2014 shooting guard prospect in the west, Jackson isn't too far behind him. With continued development, this kid has a chance to be outstanding.

Stanley Johnson, 6-5 SF Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Johnson is a very strong and skilled young prospect. He's built like a brick wall, but he has surprisingly good ball skills for a kid that looks like he should be playing inside the paint. He handles and shoots it well, with the strength to finish inside, but the touch to knock down shots from the perimeter. He can dominate the ball at times, and he needs to make better decisions at times, but that's not unusual for a young kid with his talent level. Right now, he projects as a small forward at the next level, but he still has three years of high school to go and it will be interesting to see how his body goes as he's already very well put together.

Taelin Webb, 5-10 PG Riverside (Calif.) North. Webb is a true point with quickness, a nice frame, some length, excellent vision and a very advanced feel for the game. He never leaves his feet unnecessarily and does a great job of setting up his teammates. With continued development, he's a potential elite point guard prospect.

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