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WCE Nor Cal Showcase San Pablo, Calif.

By Joel Francisco - ESPN, 05/24/16, 8:00AM PDT

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Joel Francisco of ESPN - Nor Cal Camp Recap

WCE Nor Cal  Showcase

San Pablo, Calif.

Ryan Silver and his West Coast Elite staff continued their tour of unveiling prospects from around the west coast. Many of the highly acclaimed point guards exhibited their various skill sets led by Zach Chappell, Logan Johnson, and Elijah Hardy. Not too mention there were a host of wing-types and bigs that caught our eye as well.

Best Player

Zach Chappell (Sacramento, Calif./Capital Christian)

2018, PG, 6-foot-4, 180 pounds

There were a handful of prospects that could have been tabbed best player, but when it came down to consistency, Chappell separated himself from the pack. The rangy point guard plays at a great pace, sets up teammates, and can knock down jump shots.

 

Most Upside?

Naseem Gaskin (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd)

2018, SG, 6-foot-3, 170 pounds

Gaskin is slowly but assuredly evolving into one of the better looking 2-guards in the west. He can get sloppy at times with his decision making and his ball skills against pressure need work, but due to his length, bounce, and evolving game, he should be a high major player.

 

Potential is evident

Raymond Hawkins (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd)

2019, PF, 6-foot-8, 220 pounds

Hawkins has all the physical tools to be a high major player due to his frame and shooting touch. However, his approach needs an overhaul. He fancied himself as a wing at this camp, rarely played on the block, and he lacked assertiveness as a defender and rebounder.

 

Best Passer

Elijah Hardy (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd)

2018, PG, 6-foot, 155 pounds

Hardy pounds the ball too much for my liking, but his passing is a thing of beauty. His eyes are always looking for the opportunity to drop off a nifty dime and his passes are crisp. His jump shot is inconsistent as well, but when focused he shos a solid burst off the dribble as well as a dependable runner.

Jack of all trades

Tim Falls (Dublin, Calif./Dublin)

2017, 6-foot-2, 165 pounds

This Montana commitment affects the game in multiple ways. He needs to become a more consistent shooter, but his ball skills, passing acumen, athleticism, and finishing ability with either hand are impressive.

 

Biggest Surprises

Travis Frair (San Jose, Calif./Mitty)

2017, PF, 6-foot-6, 190 pounds

Frair has long arms, sneaky bounce, and plays the game with a no nonsense approach. He can finish above the rim, drop in the 3-ball, and snatch rebounds in traffic. A definite Division 1 sleeper in my book.

 

Deon Stroud (San Joaquin, Calif./San Joaquin Memorial)

2019, 6-foot-3, 175 pounds

Stroud exploded onto the scene at Contra Costa College with a bevy of explosive finishes. He has that prototypical frame with excellent length and he can score inside and out. His ball skills and decision making need attention, but he's a definite Division 1 prospect.

 

Most Underrated

Logan Johnson (Mountain View, Calif./St. Francis)

2018, PG, 6-foot-2, 165 pounds

There might not have been a more under control point guard prospect in the camp. Johnson picked his spots when to explode to the rim, handed off some spectacular passes in traffic, and had an array of explosive finishes. This crafty left-hander needs to continue to smoothen out his jump shot, but the physical tools and mindset are evident.

 

Best Shooter

Bobby Santos (Dublin, Calif./Valley Christian)

2017, PG, 6-foot, 150 pounds

Santos immediately caught our eye with his feathery shooting touch. However, his shifty ball handling and change-a-pace approach, kept would-be defenders off balance.

 

Beastly Point Guard

Christian Popoola Jr. (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman)

2017, PG, 6-foot-3, 185 pounds

Popoola Jr. uses his physicality and moxie to overpower opponents, especially in transition. He is an improved playmaker (handed out some savvy assists) as well and can finish through contact due to his chiseled frame, but his jump shot needs to continue to smoothen out for his stock to rise.

 

Smooth Operators

Derrick Langford (Richmond, Calif./Salesian)

2017, PG, 6-foo-1, 165 pounds

Langford impressed with his sneaky explosive moves in transition and under control playmaking ability. He played with great pace and savvy and looks to be one of the better looking point prospects in his class out west.

William Chavarin (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd)

2019, SG, 6-foot-3, 170 pounds

Although he was the youngest of an impressive quartet of Bishop O'Dowd players, he played with the most poise and efficiency. His jump shot was smooth and he got to the basket in effortless fashion throughout the day.

Best Motors

Dylan Belquist (Los Gatos, Calif./Los Gatos)

2018, PF, 6-foot-6, 190 pounds

Belquist excelled in transition as he assaulted rim a number of times. With improved ball skills and shot making ability outside the paint, he will definitely open some eyes this summer.

Landon Courtman (Healdsburg, Calif./Healdsburg)

2017, PF, 6-foot-6, 215 pounds

Courtman plays at a relentless pace at both ends. He has a tendency to be a ball stopper (hunts shots) and he needs to play more on balance (jump stop), but due to his energy he impacts the game on almost every possession.

Nor Cal Notes

*Nevada Wolverines club team was well represented with the likes of 2017 Jayden DeJoseph (Carson City, Nev./Carson) as well as 2017s Zach Burns (Fernley, Nev./Fernley) and Jalen Townsell (Sparks, Nev./Spanish Springs). DeJoseph and are Townsell athletic wing-types while Burns is a sleeper point guard who changes speeds well.

*Jake Wojcik (San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine College Prep), the son of San Jose State Head Coach Dave Wojcik, is a savvy 2018 wing with excellent ball skills

*2018 Calvin Fugett Jr. (Denver, Colo./George Washington) ventured out to California from Colorado and impressed scouts with his explosiveness and play making ability.

*Look for 2019 Samuel Johannesse (American Canyon, Calif./American Canyon) to be one of the more recruited players in Northern California in the years to come. The smooth wing-type plays the game at a great pace, has impressive ball skills, and he's a budding athlete.

*Jamir Thomas, as talented as any 8th grade guard in Southern California, and Hunter Clarke, son of St. Mary's assistant coach Marty Clarke, were the "class" of an outstanding group of middle school kids at this camp.