Tyrone Wallace, a very talented sophomore point guard from Bakersfield (Calif.), gives us some early…
Double Pump May Tournament: Part One
Carson, Calif. The Double Pump May Tournament didn't have many top teams, but there were some talented prospects in attendance over the weekend. Here's a look at some of the players we watched in part one of our report on the tournament… Norman Powell, 6-2 SG San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln. Powell plays on a solid club team, but there are definitely a lot of teams out there with more talent. And it's a measure of just how good Powell is that his team consistently advances deep into tournaments. He can make a lot of plays to help his team win a game. He's not a "shooter," but he makes enough threes to keep defenders honest. He's a great finisher around the basket. He's also a terrific rebounder for a guard. He'll block a shot, get a steal or deflection, find a teammate for an open look…he's an outstanding all-around player. His defensive versatility will be a big asset at the next level, as he's got a chance to defend one through three. He's the best shooting guard I've seen to date in the West Coast class of 2011. Kenyatta Smith, 6-7 C La Canada (Calif.) Flintridge Prep. Smith has had a big spring and he was very impressive once again at this tournament. He played against a D1 post prospect on Saturday and dominated him in the paint, despite giving up perhaps a couple inches and probably fifty pounds. Smith has a great feel around the basket. He has outstanding hands and excellent feet, with very good footwork. His body could use a little toning up, but there's a big upside here. He's among the top couple post prospects in the west for 2011. Byron Wesley, 6-4 SF Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Etiwanda. Wesley doesn't have the prototype wing body, but he's a very good player. He scored in a variety of ways over the weekend, as he hit several three-pointers, got some put backs around the basket and showed a couple nice mid-range pull ups. He's not especially explosive, but he's very strong for his size and he uses that strength to good advantage. He's one of the top wings in the west for 2011. Rhon Mitchell, 6-2 SG Inglewood (Calif.) High. Mitchell has a terrific basketball body, with good shoulders and long arms. He's an above average athlete as well. I didn't get to see him shoot it much, and there wasn't much structure in the game he was playing in, so I'm not sure how he plays in real basketball games. But he's got some intriguing physical tools and I'm anxious to see him play some more. Tyrone Wallace, 6-2 PG Bakersfield (Calif.) High. A lefty with a very advanced feel for the game, Wallace made excellent decisions all weekend and showed a very well-rounded game. He's got very good length, with a young frame and face, and it's possible he could get bigger still. He's an excellent defender, with quick hands and an aggressive approach to defense. He's just a fair shooter at this point, but he's adept at getting into the lane and finishing with either hand. With continued development, Wallace has a chance to be one of the elite point guards in the country for 2012. Grant Jerrett, 6-8 PF La Verne (Calif.) La Verne Lutheran. Jerrett had a good showing over the weekend, demonstrating surprising nimbleness for a young post. He's a very deceptive athlete and he's quite effective when he takes defenders away from the basket and uses his quickness to beat them off the dribble. He's got a good frame, but he's still not yet mature and will no doubt get a lot bigger and stronger in time. He's an elite post prospect in the class of 2012. Skylar Spencer, 6-7 PF/C Los Angeles (Calif.) Price. Spencer has a good frame, young face and he moves well. Offensive skills are still somewhat raw, but he has a chance to be a good rebounder/defender at the next level. He has long arms and has shown some shot-blocking ability. He's a likely high major prospect. Grant Verhoeven, 6-7 PF Hanford (Calif.) Central Valley Christian. Verhoeven has improved quite a bit in the last year. He's a little bigger, a bit more athletic and his skills are coming along quite nicely. He's got a solid skill set overall, with a very good feel for the game. He's got a nice frame, good strength and he can finish inside. He's a likely high major prospect in the class of 2012.
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