Highlights of San Diego State prospect Josh Hart, of Team Takeover and Sidwell Friends School …
Oakland EYBL: Evaluations
Marcus Lee, C, California Supreme: The lengthy 6-foot-9 center from the Bay Area impressed once again this weekend as he was an absolute beast on the defensive end of floor. As the last line of defense, he makes other teams have to beat the Peach Jam bound California Supreme (16-4) with jump shots. Offensively at the moment, Lee truly lacks any game on the low block with no go-to move, as he's mainly just a catch and lay-in/dunk type player. He's a gifted passer and runs the floor like a gazelle. One thing that can't be questioned is the intensity and passion that the 44th ranked prospect plays with; it's contagious to his teammates. Lee was expected to visit SDSU this upcoming weekend but he has decided to take the weekend off, look for him on campus in August.
Josh Hart, Wing, Team Takeover: If I had to describe Josh Hart with one word, it has to be "tough." At 6-foot-5 and 180 pounds, the DMV wing shows his physicality on both offense and defense. He's willing to put his body on the line for his team as he was battling down low for rebounds (7.0 RPG), dived for loose balls and took at least one charge a game. The kid gets after it on defense! He will pressure the ball with the best of them. His offensive game continues to improve but hasn't shown much of an outside shot; with BeeJay Anya and Ishmail Wainright on your team, why shoot a jump shot? In my eyes, Hart moves up to the second best SDSU back court target for the 2013 class, only behind Isaac Hamilton.
Jordan Mathews, SG, California Supreme: The 3-star prospect is a natural shooting guard. While his shot wasn't dropping at the high rate it has been in past EYBL sessions, he continues to show why the Aztecs are so interested in him. One can tell Jordan, son of UCLA assistant coach Phil Mathews, comes from a basketball family. He has a high basketball IQ, coachable, photo booth shooting form and everyone loves him. The high percentage shooter isn't the most gifted athletically, as he needs to keep working on his speed/quickness along with his ball handling; both will help him create his own shot.
Roschon Prince, Wing, ICP Elite: The Long Beach Poly wing was the only post presence for the Oregon based AAU team, as he bullies smaller defenders. While Prince isn't the fastest player, his first step is deceiving that allows him to get inside the lane at will. Defensively, Prince is physical, was matched-up this weekend with 6-foot-8 and 215 pound Julius Randle, number two ranked prospect, and held his ground for the most part despite the height and weight difference. His perimeter game still hasn't taken that next step, lacking consistency, and he puts his head down too often trying to bull players over. He has recently picked up offers from Oregon, Gonzaga and Colorado; Washington has been recruiting him hard as of late.
Tyree Robinson and Tyrell Robinson, G, Oakland Soldiers: Tyree had some big games on offense this weekend, including 26 points against the winless All Iowa Attack. He was hitting from outside which opened up everything else, especially driving lanes. If he can get make that outside shot more consistently, his overall game will reap the benefits. Tyree and Tyrell both made their football defensive skills known as they would both pickup full-court with harassing ball and off-ball defense. Nothing has changed in the twins' recruitment since their interview with AztecReport.com two weeks ago.
Kendall Smith, PG, Oakland Soldiers: The high school teammate of Marcus Lee was making a name for himself this weekend. Smith showed that he has the ability to run the show: making correct basketball decisions, playmaking ability and a solid feel for the game. The 6-foot-0 lead guard has good athleticism too. Looking forward to seeing him more of him this summer. He currently holds an offer from San Jose State and interest from SDSU, Connecticut, UNLV and most of the Pac-12.
Torren Jones, PF, California Supreme: At 6-foot-8 and 210 pounds, Jones continues to improve on his offensive but it would still be considered a "work in progress," with no go-to post move. The 3-star prospect moves fluidly for his size which Parker Jackson-Cartwright takes advantage of in transition. That being said, he doesn't impact the game enough on defense or the glass; needs improvement. Steve Fisher and company have had a history of developing prospects, Jones could possibly be the next one.
Jordan Bell, F, ICP Elite: Everyone should know by now that Bell can run, jump and block shots with the best of them. The real concern is that at 6-foot-6, where does he play on offense? As an undersized big man or move him to uncharted territory to the wing? Down low has to be the answer. Defensively he does everything you would want from your big man as he rebounds, gets back on defense, contests and blocks shots at a high rate.
Stanley Johnson, F, Oakland Soldiers: The 61st ranked prospect in the 2014 class was just as impressive than any other SDSU target this weekend. Johnson averaged a double-double with 17+ PPG and 10+ RPG while shooting 52.8% (37/70). His 6-foot-5 and 190 pound frame is years ahead of his peers, allows him to physically dominate others. Johnson is a productive player with a great feel for the game, high basketball IQ and ability to make an array of shots: on the block, midrange, downtown and can get to the line. He's the only consistent scorer the Soldiers have with both Aaron Gordon and Jabari Bird out.
Keep An Eye On
Isaiah Taylor, PG, Texas Pro (2013): The crafty pass first guard is originally from Berkeley (Calif.), said he's looking to come back to California. Taylor quite possibly could be the best PG on the west coast if he was still living out there. At the moment he has offers from San Jose State, George Mason and Lehigh with interest from Pepperdine, Washington State, Illinois, Texas A&M, Cornell, Kansas State, Florida State and LSU.
Kameron Chatman, SF, ICP Elite (2014): At 6-foot-6, Chatman is developing into a force on the wing as he can break down a defender off the bounce, knock down jumpers and ability to finish through contact. The lefty transferred from Portland Jefferson to Long Beach Poly for next season. He holds offers from much of the PAC-12, Gonzaga and Memphis.
Shaqquan Aaron, Wing, Oakland Soldiers (2014): Aaron was done after Friday, leaving the team. He's an extreme talent at 6-foot-6 and 170 pounds, he's long with high athleticism and showed off some nice passing skills. Still unsure what high school he will be playing at next season.
Ivan Raab, PF/C, Oakland Soldiers (2015): The 6-foot-7 big man held his own, to a degree, for his age playing with the 17s. Rabb already holds an offer from Arizona and interest from Seattle, UCLA, USC, Ohio State and North Carolina.
Marcus LoVett, G, Mac Irvin Fire (2015): The Los Angeles prep star came off the bench and played mostly off the ball for the team from Chi-town. Opposition really backed off of him, daring him to shoot but couldn't capitalize. From watching him many times, he's no doubt an elite talent but just never seemed comfortable this weekend.
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