West Coast look at Top 75

Parker Jackson-Cartwright

A total of 15 prospects from the West Coast make Scout.com's updated 2014 Top 75. We break down who from the west is ranked where and why.

In the fourth version of Scout.com's 2014 rankings released on Tuesday, 15 prospects from the West Coast made the Top 75.

Heading the list at #20 is Los Angeles Loyola point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright, a player with one of the highest basketball IQ's in the country.

"There's a lot to like about Parker Jackson-Cartwright," said Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels. "His feel and ability to run a team are ultimately why I like him so much. He understands the game, makes great decisions with the ball and has developed an ability to score from mid-range."

Moving up to 27th is Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View center Payton Dastrup. The top 2014 post prospect on the West Coast, Dastrup's hands, motor and skill level make him a good player now, but his wide frame and mobility also help make him a very impressive prospect.

A well known name by now is Los Angeles area small forward Shaqquan Aaron, who comes in at 28th. A gifted athlete, Aaron has made strides in his game as a scorer and keeps improving at creating his own shot and consistently hitting from outside.

Not many players this spring have emerged like Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian forward Malik Pope. A hybrid forward, Pope has a versatile game and makes his impact in several different facets, whether it be rebounding, passing or scoring. Pope moved up 10 spots to 35th.

A point guard with significant upside comes from Etiwanda (Calif.) in Jordan McLaughlin. Scout.com's 38th ranked prospect in 2014, McLaughlin is a terrific athlete who keeps making strides as point guard as well. Not many point guards in the class have his ceiling.

Scout.com's 40th ranked prospect, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei's Stanley Johnson is another name that has been on the circuit for quite some time. Johnson is a strong small forward who has had a very productive spring. At the Pangos All-American Camp, Johnson showed improvement as a jump shooter, while also displaying the ability to make his teammates better with his passing.

Debuting into the Top 75 at 42nd is Long Beach Poly small forward Kameron Chatman. The strides that Chatman has made physically and as a player in the past year have been significant. The lefty can really shoot it, but his feel for the game, passing and creating ability are all impressive as well. Chatman has significant physical upside and is just scratching the surface as a player.

One of the biggest improvers over the past year has been Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco small forward Daniel Hamilton, who comes in at 44th. As Hamilton has gotten taller and grown into his body his game has really expanded both as a scorer and passer, and once he finally stops growing and can put on some strength, he should be able to take his game to the next level.

Jumping up from 74th to 45th is Los Angeles Pacific Hills shooting guard Namon Wright. A player who keeps getting better, while Wright's jumper and body have improved, it's his rebounding, defense, passing and feel for the game that make you really like him as a player.

At 53rd nationally is Aurora (Colo.) Regis-Jesuit point guard Josh Perkins. A very talented player that hasn't gotten a ton of views yet nationally, Perkins size for a point guard, vision and shooting ability will score him plenty of college attention once more schools see him.

At 60th is another Colorado point guard in Denver East's Dominique Collier, whose speed up and down the court makes him a serious weapon once he has the ball in the open court. Collier has a slight frame and will need to get stronger, but once he does his game should go to the next level as well.

Coming in at 63rd nationally is Compton (Calif.) small forward Isaiah Bailey. The rising junior has an almost ideal frame for a small forward, outstanding athleticism and body control, and an improving jumper. His scoring, rebounding, shot blocking and vision all help make him a prospect with an unbelievable ceiling.

Debuting into the Scout.com rankings is Gardena (Calif.) Serra shooting guard Chris Sandifer, a player who has grown a few inches in the past year and his game has come a long way in that time period. Sandifer is a knockdown shooter with range but also has athleticism and handles.

At 70th is Phoenix Pinnacle wing Dorian Pickens, a high basketball IQ player who has a pure jumper from both midrange and three. Pickens has had a very good spring and you can throw his name into the long list of high major wings out west in this class.

Rounding up the West Coast prospects in the Top 75 is Las Vegas Canyon Springs point guard Shaquile Carr. A steady point guard who concentrates on making his teammates better, Carr is another guy who has proven himself nationally with a very good spring.


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