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West Coast Tournaments: Thursday
Gabe York, SG: York can absolutely put up points at this level and Thursday was no different. He was hitting three-pointers both set and pulling up in transition and had several points by getting his defender off balance, drawing contact and going to the free throw line. York struggled finishing and took some forced shots, but it's hard to complain too much with 37 points. An elite scorer at the high school level, York does a great job in transition, where he's at his best. On the next level, he'll have to keep improving his shot selection and work on his midrange game. To York's credit, most of his scoring comes on his own, as he doesn't have many screens set for him, as he will very consistently at Arizona. There were a couple times he drove on his opponent, drew a double and passed to an open teammate, and the more of that he can do, the better. Demarquise Johnson, SF, Team Eleate: Johnson does two things very well: He can shoot the three and slash to the basket. His ultimate success in college will depend on how he builds around those two strengths. Johnson's set three is smooth and he also did a good job hitting the three off the bounce. Johnson can easily get by his defender and he can shoot, so if he works on it he should be able to develop a midrange pull up jumper that could be very difficult to guard. The more Johnson can use his athleticism to his advantage on the defensive end and as a rebounder, the better. The good news is that coaching can significantly improve many of the weaknesses in Johnson's game and if it's important enough to him, he has the chance to be a good player at the next level. David Andoh, SF, Belmont Shore: By far the biggest strength of Andoh's game is his midrange jumper, but he also does a good job of attacking the basket. Either a big wing or a small face-up four depending on who you ask, Andoh could really help himself by becoming a better rebounder, as he has the size and athleticism to do it. He has a good frame and should be a strong forward once he gets into a college weight training program. High major schools are watching closely and the more Andoh can build around what he does well, the higher level he'll play at. Grant Verhoeven, PF, Organized Chaos: The big kid was at it again on Thursday, relentlessly attacking the basket and rebounding the ball. Verhoeven's engine is always running and it's the reason he fills the stat sheet with points and rebounds every time out. He's primed to have a very successful college career, wherever he goes. Eric Jacobsen, C, Arizona Magic: Jacobsen is going to be a big, strong kid in college. He moves well, is constantly fighting for position, showed impressive footwork and rebounded well. There wasn't a ton of offense in one viewing, but Jacobsen has the size and motor you're looking for out of a college center. Dakarai Allen, SG, Play Hard Play Smart: Allen was given the unenviable challenge of guarding Gabe York on Thursday and while York had 37 points, not many of them were when he was being guarded by Allen, who frustrated the guard with his length and athleticism. Allen did a terrific job of staying between York and the ball, often preventing him from getting a single touch on a possession. Allen's ridiculous length and athleticism will give him the opportunity to be a very good defender at the next level and Thursday night was a sneak preview, at times, of what Allen is capable of. He has to keep on working on his jumper but Allen is filled with potential. Shaqquan Aaron, SoCal All-Stars Red: On a new AAU team, Aaron didn't have a great performance, but showed a lot of what makes him such a good prospect. He can really handle the ball at his size, has a nice looking stroke and vision. He was a little too shoot-first on Thursday, but after a summer of being very pass-first, it's understandable. Even though it wasn't his game, with his size, body and skill set, there's a ton to like as a prospect. Aaron Holiday, SG: The young kid is playing more under control and it's made a big impact in his game. Just a few weeks ago, Holiday was forcing shots left and right, but he's made a concentrated effort to take better shots and the result is that he's a better teammate and player. Like his older brothers Jrue and Justin, he likes to play defense and despite his young age, does a good job of competing on that side of the court. The length and lateral quickness combined with ball skills, penetration and jump shot make Holiday a very high level prospect at this stage. Tyler Dorsey, SG: Dorsey has a very smooth jumper and while it takes some kids a long time to learn to develop a midrange game, Dorsey is already doing a good job of mixing it with his set three. Not only does Dorsey have a nice looking shot, but the kid plays hard and isn't afraid to take it right to the older competition. USC and Seattle watched Aaron Holiday's first game, with Washington, UNLV, Gonzaga, Oregon State, USC and Arizona State at his second contest. Herb Sendek and an assistant, Rodney Terry and an assistant, Johnny Dawkins, Steve Fisher, California, Princeton, St. Mary's, Gonzaga, Washington and Bakersfield watched Grant Verhoeven's first game. Sendek and an assistant, Dawkins, St. Mary's and California were at his second game. Colorado, UNLV, Oregon State, Gonzaga and Washington watched Demarquise Johnson twice. USC, UNLV, Washington, California and Arizona State watched Shaqquan Aaron, Devin Burleson and Namon Wright. Johnny Dawkins, Oregon State, Colorado and San Diego watched Tim Derksen. Johnny Dawkins, Colorado, Arizona State and Washington watched Jahmel Taylor and London Perrantes. North Carolina was in the gym to watch Rosco Allen. USC watched its commitment Larry Lewis twice. Arizona State watched its commitment Eric Jacobsen twice. UNLV watched its commitment Christian Wood twice. Demarquise Johnson has a top three of Washington, Oregon State and Missouri, all three of which he plans to official visit. He also mentioned Colorado, West Virginia, Arizona State and Washington State. USC was the first school to offer Aaron Holiday. Chris Reyes mentioned offers from UTEP, St. Mary's, UCSB, USF, San Diego, UCSB and Gonzaga, with a top two of St. Mary's and Gonzaga.
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