West Coast Elite 100 Camp
Pomona Pitzer College
CLAREMONT, Ca.- Ryan Silver and his tremendous and well-organized staff put on yet another high-level event—that being the Elite 100 camp. The camp was littered will prospects that could fall under a number of levels of basketball from Elite High-Majors to NAIA specials.
Although there were a number of high-level performances it would hard not argue that nationally acclaimed Scottie Lewis wasn’t the best all-around talent in camp along with his Grassroots and high school side kick Bryan Antoine. Both players affect the game in multiple ways and their motor always runs hot.
Scottie Lewis (Tinton Falls, NJ./Ranney)
2019, SG, 6-foot-5, 170 pounds
Joel’s take: Lewis plays as if he was shot out of a cannon. The wiry 2-guard fills the stat sheet due to his evolving perimeter skills, athleticism, and overall feel for the game.
Bryan Antoine (Tinton Falls, NJ./Ranney)
2019, CG, 6-foot-3, 170 pounds
Joel’s Take: Antoine is neither a 1 or a 2 in my opinion—he is just a “guard”. He has a scorer’s mentality and can convert buckets from all three levels. Toss in a relentless motor and a nice dose of athleticism and you have the makings of an elite high-major guard.
Sooo young….sooo skilled
Nico Mannion (Phoenix, AZ./Pinnacle)
2020, PG, 6-foot-2, 170 pounds
Joel’s Take: Mannion is one of the most promising point guards in his class. He is a fearless competitor who pushes the ball well in transition. He attacks well off the dribble (solid burst) and he can nail the pull-up jump shot if the lane closes. He is a natural scorer, but he’s a willing passer when the opportunity rises.
Trey Patterson (Somerset, NJ./Rutgers Prep)
2021, WF, 6-foot-7, 165 pounds
Joel’s Take: Patterson is arguably the No. 1 incoming 9th grader in the nation. The willowy wing-type cans score inside-out, has excellent ball skills, and has terrific timing.
Majok Deng (Tucson, AZ./Salpointe)
2019, SG, 6-foot-5, 170 pounds
Joel’s Take: Playing hard has never been an issue with Deng. Attacking the offensive glass and getting out in transition have been the keys in his growing repertoire. However, in the past year his ball skills and shooting touch have getting better as exhibited in this event.
Deon Stroud (Phoenix, AZ/Hillcrest)
2018, SG, 6-foot-4, 180 pounds
Joel’s Take: Stroud is a highlight reel in transition. He is the type of player that excels in “camp ball.” He plays hard and makes plays at both ends. It’s in the half court set that he needs to improve his decision-making (takes ill-advised shots). As his feel for the game improves, his stock will rise.
Jalen Green (Fresno, CA./San Joaquin Memorial)
2020, SG, 6-foot-5, 180 pounds
Joel’s Take: Green is one of the top prospects in his class. The high-flying 2-guard is as explosive as it gets in transition and he can nail the 3-point shot. His ball skills, especially against pressure, needs to improve, however.
Burning the nets
Chase Drew (Lutherville, MD./The Gilman School)
2019, SG, 6-foot-5, 180 pounds
Joel’s Take: Was absolutely on fire on Friday from way beyond the arc. Has some bounce as well to his game. True jump shooter.
Elijah McCullough (La Verne, CA./Damien)
2018, SG, 6-foot-1, 155 pounds
Joel’s Take: McCullough has always been known as a shooter since his 9th grade season. Now his driving game and the emergence of a pull-up game are appearing.
Scratching the surface
Lamont Butler (Riverside, CA./Riverside Poly)
2019, PG, 5-foot-11, 155 pounds
Joel’s Take: At this stage Butler may be the best true point guard prospect in his class in Southern California. Built like a young Darren Collison (former UCLA PG and current NBA player) and getting better with each outing it seems.
Jaime Jaquez Jr. (Camarillo, Ca./Camarillo)
2019, SF, 6-foot-6, 185 pounds
Joel’s Take: Jaquez Jr. exploded onto the scene as a freshman as he dunked on the competition throughout So-Cal.
Erik Stevenson (Timberline,WA/Timberline)
2018, SG, 6-foot-4, 195 pounds
Joel’s Take: Opened my eyes at the Memorial Day Under Armor event and was equally impressive here. The Wichita State commit can score from anywhere ands ball skills and length (long arms) are high-level. #Bucket-getter
Elijah Pepper (Selah, WA./Selah)
2019, CG, 6-foot-2, 170 pounds
Joel’s Take: This chiseled 2-guard has very good ball skills, excellent pull-up game, and a ton of moxie—which he displays at both ends of the floor.
Quick on quick
Trevante Anderson (Lincoln, WA./Lincoln)
2018, PG, 6-foot-2, 165 pounds
Joel’s Take: Anderson pounds it too much for my liking, but this athletic point guard has an terrific dose of upside. He can get to the rim at will (great burst), finishes through contact, and he plays hard at both ends.
Jon’il Fugett (Denver, WA./George Washington)
2018, PG, 5-foot-10, 150 pounds
Joel’s Take: Quite possibly the quickest point guard in the camp. He can blitz down the court, whip a rocket cross-court pass, or get to the rim. He plays too fast at times, but he is a talent.
Riley Battin (Oak Park, CA./Oak Park)
2018, PF, 6-foot-9, 245 pounds
Joel’s Take: The most fundamentally sound and skilled “Big” in Southern California. Whether it’s an up-and-under, ball fake, or fade-away in the paint, Battin has it all.
Maka Ellis (Las Vegas, NV./Sierra Vista)
2018, SG, 6-foot-4, 180 pounds
Joel’s Take: If you’re looking for one of the Top Five scorers in the west, look no further than Ellis. His frame has leaned out and as a result his off the dribble game has gone to another level. Feathery jump shot is also part of his arsenal.
Clark Slajchert (Oak Park, CA./Oak Park)
2020, 6-foot-1, 155 pounds
Joel’s Take: Slajchert is a natural scorer with an outstanding jump shot and pull-up game. However, the most impressive attribute of his game is his icy veins in big moments. #Fearless
Jaden Shackelford (Hesperia, CA./Oak Hills)
2019, CG, 6-foot-2, 160 pounds
Joel’s Take: This slick lefty has the skills to play the one or two. He can nail deep 3s, convert floaters in the lane, and drop off nifty dimes.
Blue Collar Madness
Nic Lynch (Seattle, WA./Seattle Prep)
2018, C, 6-foot-9, 260 pounds
Joel’s Take: Lynch doesn’t have great lift, but he does have soft hands and he plays with a ton of physicality. He knows how to seal on the block, shows solid fundamentals (doesn’t the bring ball down) and he sets a “mean” pick.
Tariq Ingraham (Bear, DE./Monsinger Bonner)
2019, PF, 6-foot-8, 260 pounds
Joel’s Take: The big-bodied Ingraham is a force on the inside at both ends. He knows how to carve out space when rebounding and finishing (good hands) and he showed a nice touch in the paint.
Jack of all trades
Cameron Shelton (La Verne, CA./Damien)
2018, PG, 6-foot-2, 170 pounds
Joel’s Take: Shelton affects the game with his moxie and improved ball skills. The explosive lefty pushes it hard in transition, rebounds well for his size, and is a pass-first point guard. His jump shot has improved, but it needs to get smoother going forward.