A look at the latest news and notes from out West in this week's notebook..…
Pangos: West Coast Day Two Rundown
Los Angeles, Calif. A few new players showed for the second day of action at Pangos… Hollis Thompson, 6-7 JR SF Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola. Thompson had been in a bit of a slump this spring, but he was terrific in his first game Friday. His outside shot was dropping and he reminded us why we loved him so much last summer. He's a very unselfish player, with great physical attributes, and a very high upside. Victor Rudd, 6-8 JR PF Van Nuys (Calif.) High. Played a great game in the afternoon. Rudd might be the most talented player in the west for 2009. He doesn't always use that talent to the best of his ability. However, if he puts it all together and learns to play with consistent focus and energy, he's an elite prospect. Michael Snaer, 6-4 JR SG Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde. He's in a battle with Avery Bradley for the top shooting guard spot in the west. And lately I've been leaning to whoever I've seen most recently, as both players have been very impressive each time out. Snaer's got good size, and underrated athleticism, as well as a much-improved stroke with deep range. Robert Smith, 5-11 JR PG Perris (Calif.) High. Smith did something Saturday that's almost unheard of in camp ball – he played the game of basketball. He didn't hunt shots and instead looked to play like an actual point guard (what a novel concept). And he played the best defense of anyone in the camp in the one game I saw. He applied intense ball pressure the entire game, which must've freaked out the kid he was harassing ("dude, why you guarding me in camp ball?"). Chris Cunningham, 6-7 JR C Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch. Cunningham has been good just about every time I've seen him lately. Once you get past the fact that he's not a high-flier, you see that this kid just knows how to play the game. A very advanced low-post game and he makes very good decisions. Anthony Brown, 6-5 SO SG Ocean View (Calif.) High. There aren't many smoother wings in the class. Brown's got a feathery touch on his jumper and he plays within himself. One of the elite wing prospects in the class of 2010. Solomon Singer, 6-4 JR SG Santa Monica (Calif.) High. Knocked down some more deep jumpers on Saturday. Haven't seen much else from him, but he certainly looks the part. Kevin Johnson, 6-8 FR C Gardena (Calif.) Serra. As I wrote last week at the Rumble In The Bay, Johnson is an elite freshman post prospect. Great hands, very good feet and an advanced feel for the game in such a young post. You don't see many frames like his and he figures to just keep getting better. As of now, the top post prospect in the west for 2011.
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