2014 Phoenix (Ariz.) Westwind Academy power forward Zylan Cheatham has a long list of offers,…
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Kameron Chatman, 6-7 PF/SF Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. Chatman is very young-looking, and still pretty slender, but he's one of the elite prospects in the west for 2014. He's got a nice lefty stroke that's good to about the stripe, a point guard's feel for the game and excellent ball skills. With long arms and a frame that should fill out well, it's possible he ends up at the four (even though he's still nowhere close to filled out). He's got an outstanding approach to the game and he does just about everything well. His best days are ahead of him and he will likely ultimately end up a superior player than many that are ranked ahead of him today. Shaqquan Aaron, 6-6 SF/SG Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach. He took a number of tough shots as he tried to lead an undermanned Seattle Rotary team back from a deficit, but he also showed flashes to his considerable talent. He's got a prototype wing body, with excellent ball skills, deep range on his shot and a very high upside. He needs to focus more on defense, but we're guessing that will be taken care of in Louisville. Stanley Johnson, 6-6 PF/SF Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. Johnson had a fair game on Saturday, knocking down a few jumpers and getting to the rim a few different times when defenders tried to close out on him. He's a man among boys physically at this level and he has good ball skills for a guy his size. He's a bit of a straight-line athlete and it will be interesting to see how he fares when he goes up against elite athletes his size in college. But his shot has improved dramatically in the last few years and that will be a weapon for him. He's a really tough match-up when he plays at the four. Parker Jackson-Cartwright, 5-7 PG Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola. Jackson-Cartwright struggled to finish during his afternoon game on Saturday, as he had a number of tough forays into the lane that he couldn't quite convert on. He's asked to score a lot on a Cal Supreme team that doesn't have great scorers and that's really not the best part of his game. He's a terrific passer and he will look his best when he's got high level scorers around him. Zylan Cheatham, 6-7 PF Phoenix (Ariz.) Westwind Prep. Cheatham has terrific ball skills for a four man and he's a tough match-up when he faces up on the perimeter. He's not a good shooter, but he's very quick for his size and he repeatedly took defenders off the dribble. He's got a very good body, with above average athleticism and a chance to be a great defender. He had several impressive blocks coming off the weak side and he's got a very good motor. Smart coaches will look past the shaky jump shot and focus on everything else he brings to the table, as well as a considerable upside. Tavrion Dawson, 6-7 PF Gardena (Calif.) Serra. Dawson has a very versatile game and that versatility was on display Saturday. He can face up out to 17-19 feet, he's got good ball skills and he can play in the paint at either end of the court. He's also got a very good feel and he competes well. He's one of the top four men in the west for 2014. Ivan Rabb, 6-8 PF Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd. One of the elite prospects in the country, Rabb was very impressive Saturday morning. He's got a terrific basketball body, with excellent hands and a very high skill level. He had a number of impressive rebounds in traffic, scored on a variety of post moves and also had several big-time blocks. Aaron Holiday, 6-1 PG/SG North Hollywood (Calif.) Campbell Hall. Holiday plays off the ball on Cal Supreme as Parker Jackson-Cartwright plays the one, so there weren't as many opportunities for Holiday to make plays. He's similar to his brother Jrue at the same stage in terms of his athleticism and build, but he's probably a more aggressive scorer and not quite the same level as a distributor. In any event, he's one of the elite guards out west in 2015. Oscar Frayer, 6-5 SF/SG Hayward (Calif.) Moreau. He only played limited minutes, and didn't do much in those minutes, but his body and athleticism suggest big-time prospect. One to watch in the future.
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