Brandon Ashley remains the top West Coast performer at the EYBL and a couple other top prospects…
EYBL West Coast: Day One
Harbor City, Calif.There are only a few West Coast teams in the EYBL league, but there were some standout players on the first day… Brandon Ashley, 6-8 PF Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd. He's always had a huge upside due to his length and athleticism, but his skills are much improved from a few months ago. He put on a show in the last game Saturday night. He made shots from the perimeter and in the paint, while playing excellent defense. 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. Dominic Artis, 5-11 PG Richmond (Calif.) Salesian. Artis has grown a couple inches in the last year and he's definitely in the running for top point guard in the west. He's got a nice feel, good vision, a solid stroke to the stripe and surprising athleticism. Caleb Dressler, 6-8 C Vancouver (Wash.) Evergreen. Dressler is a big, strong kid with good hands and a decent low-post game. He's just a fair athlete, but played with good energy and toughness on Saturday. 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. Jabari Bird, 6-4 SG Richmond (Calif.) Salesian. One of the best athletes in the class, but he was somewhat disengaged in both games Saturday. He does, however, have a very high upside. 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. Kameron Chatman, 6-4 SF Portland (0re.) Jefferson. A baby-faced young prospect with long legs and a nice lefty stroke. Still growing into his body and may get bigger still.
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