One of the top point guards out west, Parker Jackson-Cartwright is off to a big start to his…
Pacific Shores Tournament: Day Two
Tyrone Wallace, PG, Bakersfield: Redondo Union threw a box and one at Wallace and collapsed on him every time he tried to get to the basket, making it a frustrating game at times for the Cal signee. Wallace showed good body control on some drives to the paint, hit a three-pointer and was very unselfish, always looking to get his teammates involved. He's going to have to develop a midrange game and improve from the free throw line, but his height, athleticism and length will allow him to guard the one, two and three at the next level and his handles and passing should make him a good point guard for Mike Montgomery to build his team around in the future. He may need a year or two of college coaching and strength training, but Cal is getting a versatile player with plenty of upside. Julian Harrell, SF, Loyola: Harrell plays with terrific effort and it led to numerous steals and lay-ups on Tuesday night against Dominguez. Harrell's pull-up jumper looked good but it was his effort on both ends that made him successful. He was strong on the glass, got to the hoop and had a competitive spirit the entire game. Harrell's work ethic on the court helps him get the most of his talent and he should have a good career in the Ivy League. Zena Edosomwan, PF, Harvard-Westlake: It was a little bit of a tough game for Edosomwan, whose guards haven't done a good job of getting him the ball and the four-star prospect has been visibly frustrated. Edosomwan has used his quickness and improved footwork to get to the basket when he does receive the ball, but he hasn't been finishing as well as normal. He's rebounded well and played good defense, but offensively Edosomwan and his squad are still trying to get comfortable. Marcus Jackson, SG, Pacific Hills: He didn't have the game he had on Monday, but Jackson showed why he's an intriguing prospect on Tuesday. Jackson's specialty is his three-point shooting and it also looked like he is developing a midrange pull-up game as well. Areas of improvement will be his handles, shot selection, finishing with his left hand and doing a better job of making his teammates better, but his shooting ability and frame will get him college attention. Parker Jackson-Cartwright, PG, Loyola: The little point guard is just a nightmare to guard due to his quickness, handles and overall savvy with the ball in his hands. Once he gets by his opponent - which he usually does with ease - he's quick to find an open teammate for a basket. Jackson-Cartwright isn't deterred going into the lane against bigger opponents and finishing tough lay-ups. After a freshman season that drew him national attention, Jackson-Cartwright's sophomore year is off to a good start. Thomas Welch, C, Loyola: Welch was intriguing in workouts this fall and his first game was an impressive one. He played hard, showed nice hands, soft touch and was very good on the offensive glass. Welch needs to get stronger and develop a skill set offensively but it's way too early to criticize him for that. He'll have the opportunity to see plenty of recruiting attention with continued hard work. * 2013 Dominguez point guard Estavan Johnson has a good burst to the basket, knocked down some outside shots and was strong to the hoop. He'll have to get stronger but is definitely a D-I point guard prospect. * Pacific Hills 2012 point guard Brandon Taylor's speed helped him get to the basket at will. He played hard the entire game and at times put his team on his back. * 2013 Redondo Union guard Derek Biale had the game of his life against Bakersfield, hitting a halfcourt buzzer beater at halftime, nailing a three in overtime to extend the game and hitting a fadeaway three-point shot at the buzzer to win the game in double overtime. UCLA head coach Ben Howland and an assistant watched Zena Edosomwan and Parker Jackson-Cartwright. Two California assistants were in the gym for Edosomwan, Jackson-Cartwright and Tyrone Wallace. Gonzaga was in the gym for Marcus Jackson and Edosomwan's game. A USC assistant was in attendance for Edosomwan, Jackson and Jackson-Cartwright. Pepperdine head coach Marty Wilson was in the gym most of the night, along with assistants from San Francisco and Cal State Northridge. Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield was in attendance to watch his son, Dave Winfield, Jr., a 2013 center on Harvard-Westlake who sat out injured. Parker Jackson-Cartwright's school list remains the same, but mentioned that UCLA and USC have done a good job recruiting him and that UNLV's win over North Carolina, which he watched on TV, intrigued him due to the Rebels' style of play. Thomas Welch hasn't received any recruiting attention to date.
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