|West Coast Stock Risers:
Hamilton, Doutrive & Scott Make Noise
by Dinos Trigonis
(January 18, 2017)
The 2016-17 high school season is in full swing and several nationally unranked West Coast players (to start season) have served notice that they have really improved and are making major impacts for their teams this season and thus, deserving of more regional and national recognition.
This report will highlight several of those players whose play this season has caught my attention.
Bryce Hamilton 6’4” 2018 Pasadena (Pasadena CA)|
|interest include UCLA, Georgetown, Utah, Butler, Nevada, Cal, Boise State, UTEP, Hawaii, Santa Clara and Buffalo (where his older brother Blake is a 6-6 wing starter and leading scorer). I expect that list to grow before it shrinks, especially if Bryce’s strong play and continued development continues. Forms a Belmont Shore backcourt with 247Sports.com 2018 Top 50 David Singleton that is arguably as talented and versatile as any club backcourt in the West for the upcoming spring and summer season.
Devante Doutrive 6’4” 2017 Birmingham (Lake Balboa CA)
Eli Scott 6’5” 2017 Chino Hills (Chino Hills CA)
Spencer Freedman 6’1” 2018 Mater Dei (Santa Ana CA)
While it is true that Freedman lacks the physical and athletic stature many scouts these days crave in top nationally ranked PGs, there is not a more cerebral and polished floor general, passer and accurate perimeter shooter in that position in the West. Spencer (a fantastic student) is a proven winner that has competed with impressive results against top high school players coast to coast. While Jerry Meyer has slotted Freedman in the #143 spot in 247Sports.com’s2018 rankings, most non-veteran scouts have really undervalued his talents and abilities. Freedman led Mater Dei to the Platinum title game of the recent Tarkanian Classic, scoring 26 twice versus Desert Pines and Bishop Gorman as well as displaying his pinpoint passing skills in the title game vs. Chino Hills (10 assists).
A week later Spencer directed Mater Dei to the championship of The Classic at Damien – defeating Birmingham, Corona Centennial and Damien en route to the crown and earning Tourney MVP honors in the process. Harvard, Stanford, Gonzaga and a host of other Ivy League schools are among schools showing interest.
|Gelo Ball 6’5” 2017 Chino Hills (Chino Hills CA)
Gelo is not always an efficient scorer but there is no doubt that he is more than capable of putting up big numbers as well as possessing a deep 3-point stroke that is very often a problem for opposing defenses. Ball is averaging 34 points per game this season with 72, 65 and 56 point explosions this year. This UCLA-bound flame-thrower is also a dangerous post-up scorer where his great hands, strength and soft touch are prime assets. These types of big numbers make him worthy of Top 100 national status although, surprisingly, no major national outlet has him on their Top 100 list. I would not be surprised if he ended up in the NFL as a TE.
BJ Shaw 6’5” 2017 Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland CA)
Maka Ellis 6’5” 2018 Sierra Vista (Las Vegas NV)
Big-time perimeter shooter with underrated all-around skills. Ellis made all-tourney at the recent Tarkanian Classic which included an offensive duel with Pasadena’s Bryce Hamilton, matching Hamilton’s 35 points with 35 points of his own, many in spectacular 3-point fashion (9/15 3FG). Checks in at #149 in the most recent Rivals 150 2018 rankings. Excellent student has Stanford, Virginia, Tulane, St. Mary’s, Rice, Nevada and UNLV showing interest. Father Ed (6’8”) is a California native that played at Hawaii-Hilo.
Matt Mitchell 6’6” 2017 Roosevelt (Eastvale CA)
Justice Sueing 6’6” 2017 Mater Dei (Santa Ana CA)
Very improved lefty swingman has been impressive this year – selected as an all-tourney at this past December’s Tarkanian Classic. Utah, Cal and Oregon State are among the schools very interested in this Hawaiian native’s future services.
Riley Battin 6’9” 2018 Oak Park (Oak Park CA)
Mike Wang 6’9” 2018 Mater Dei (Santa Ana CA)
|Matt Bradley 6’4” 2018 San Bernardino (CA)
Bradley reminds Ball is Lifescout Ronnie Flores of a young James Cotton (Long Beach State/NBA). Very strong lefty with ample bounce makes plays at both ends. Oregon State, USC, Cal, Nebraska, Nevada, Utah State, UTEP, Hawaii, UC-Irvine, Pepperdine and UC-Santa Barbara are among the increasing number of schools showing interest. Matched Gelo Ball for California season-high point honors with a 72 point outburst versus Rubidoux. Bradley currently sits in the #81 spot in the 2018 Rivals 150 and if his fine play continues, I would expect him to keep climbing higher on that list.
Justin Hemsley 6’6” 2017 Damien (La Verne CA)
|Kihei Clark 5’10” 2018 Taft (Woodland Hills CA)
Quick and elusive PG has a very confident outside stroke. Clark was offered by Xavier this past Fall.
Cameron Shelton 6’3” 2018 Damien (La Verne CA)
Trey Woodbury 6’3” 2018 Clark (Las Vegas NV)
Andre Ball 6’7” 2018 Chino Hills (Chino Hills CA)
|Silas Slaughter 5’8” 2019 Elite Prep Academy (Los Angeles CA)
Quick point guard sets the table for teammates well. Silas impressed versus prep power Prolific Prep recently (10 points/8 assists/2 steals). Older brother Marcus Slaughter was a star forward at San Diego State and currently one of the highest paid pros in Turkey. Very good student too.
Jake Kyman 6’7” 2019 Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita)
Johnny Juzang 6’6” 2020 Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood CA)
| Luis Rodriguez 6’5” 2017 Westchester (Los Angeles CA)
Sleek swingman is athletic with really nice slash and score ability. Luis’ best basketball is ahead of him.
Kyle Owens 6’5” 2018 Crespi (Encino CA)
Ethan Anderson 6’0” 2019 Fairfax (Los Angeles CA)
Miles Oliver 6’1” 2017 Etiwanda (Etiwanda CA)
Joshua Phillips 6’8” 2018 Edison (Huntington Beach CA)
Gianni Hunt 6’2” 2019 Bishop Montgomery (Torrance CA)
Hunter Woods 6’6” 2018 Muir (Pasadena CA)
Ezekiel Richards 6’10” 2018 Oak Park (Oak Park CA)
Jalen Clark 6’4” 2020 Centennial (Corona CA)
Harold Moore 6’6” 2018 Westchester (Los Angeles CA)
Evan Mobley 6’7” 2020 Rancho Christian (Temecula CA)