While running the Nor Cal Spring Invitational, the West Coast Elite staff, led by Scott Martin and Ryan Silver, provided an opportunity for unsigned seniors and Junior College student-athletes an opportunity to showcase their abilities. Here are some notes from this past weekend's Unsigned Senior & JUCO Showcase in the Bay.
Scratch the Head:
How are Luis Rodriguez (Woodstock Academy) and Alpha Okoli (St. John Bosco) still unsigned? A real headscratcher! Both wings have the size, speed, length, and ability to play guards at a very high level. Zero questions there.
Work Hard, Player Harder:
Two skilled forwards that displayed their array of talent were Riley Grigsby (Bishop Mitty, 2018) and Darae Elliot (Butte JC). Both undersized forwards were able to step out, face up, and attack the rim. Both displayed an array of footwork skill and strength combination that is rare. Grigsby came out with multiple offers and visits set up. When it came to the big boys, Dayshone Henry, Logan Rooney, Solomon Hunt, Andrew Whitsett, Jermaine Camacho-Small, and Andrew Allen all came to play. All showed their ability to earn a scholarship to play collegiate basketball.
Speaking of Size, Here is a Bell:
Colin Bell (East LA college) impressed many this weekend. Standing at 6’10”, Colin was able to get to the rim using a wonderful display of footwork and also showed he could face up. If you want to match him up with a smaller defender—fine. Colin went to the block and showed his strength and will around the rim. If you need a big, you should ring this Bell.
One prospect that continued to impose his will during the weekend was Akeem Dear (Napa Valley College). Akeem was able to get in the paint nearly anytime he wanted to using his combination of strength and quickness.
Runnin’ the Show:
Levelle Zeigler (Ridgeview HS, 2018) ran his team. He got up and down and was deadly in the pick and roll game while finishes well amongst the trees. He was able to get out in transition quickly and push the ball. With long arms, he was able to both the ball on the perimeter and deflect the ball consistently. Mason Westlake (JW North HS, 2018) was also able to use his blue-collar mentality to make plays for others and himself. Picking up the ball full court and keeping guys in front while displaying high energy made Westlake different than other guards. He wasn’t alone: Trey Clarendon, Jayden Hampton, and Lamont Couch Jr. also ran their team and made plays.
Nimrod Altit (2018) stands 6’8”—and he shoots the ball with distance. What stood out was his ability to bring the ball up and make plays for others. The lefty was deadly when he got to the key, but if you gave him space, he would pull up from well beyond the arc and knock down shots. 25’ layups. His length bothered guards on the perimeter. Arguably the only point-forward that shoots like a guard in the camp.
Feed the Hot Hand:
Got to give it to 2019 prospect Ely Cohen (Pierce College, 2019) who was able to not only showcase his ability to get in the paint and make plays, but shoot it with distance. His energy was infectious. He was a part of a talented lineup of shooters that connected from distance, which included Nadav Altit (2018, 6’7” SG from VTHS), who shot 6-8 from threes in his first two games, showed his ability to score—a lot and fast—as one of the top shooters in the weekend, Austin Galuppo (West Ranch 2018), Jalen Townsell (Spanish Spring HS, NV), Parker Sims (Irvine Valley College) and Luis Rodriguez (Woodstock Academy).
Dunks of the Night:
Jeremy Hamilton recklessly dismantled his defender who foolishly stood in his way. Dayshone Henry ended a career. Akeer Dear attacked the Relentlessly. Gerard Andrus lived above the rim all weekend. Andre Allen caught a body. All displayed their disregard for any defender around the rim. If anybody has the film, tag @WCEBball