Our New Arrivals Camp was full of talented guards with different skill sets. It was a pleasure seeing everyone competing and pushing each other to get better.
Justin Aquino, 5-8, PG, Lincoln (SF)- The twin brother of Jeremyah, Aquino is a very impressive prospect in his own right. Aquino has a very polished offensive game. He uses a combination of pump fakes, jabs and in and out crossovers to get away from defenders. Once his defender is off balance he has a nice pull-up jumper that he shoots with consistency. Capable of scoring at all 3 levels he does a good job of getting into the lane for floaters and layups. Very similar game to fellow twin and former Salesian standout Jovan McClanahan.
Ahmaree Mccullough, 5-8, PG, SJND (Alameda)- Tough and gritty point guard that competes. Does a good job of pushing the ball in transition and finding the open man. Always under control utilizes the jump-stop for pull-ups, floaters or lay-ups. Defensively he gets after it and applies consistent pressure. Has a very mature approach and makes the right basketball play on each possession.
Kaleb Allison, 5-11, SG, Pinole Valley (CA)-Allison can flat out score. Allison does a good job mixing drives and jump shots. He utilizes his speed and quickness to get in the lane for floaters and explosive burst to the rim. He has a feathery touch and does a good job of moving without the ball and making himself available for open jumpers. In transition he gets out and fills the lane and is a good finisher but he’s also capable leading the break and slicing through traffic for tough finishes.
Donovan Cooks, 5-9, G, Dublin (CA)-Cooks has a great feel for the game. He competed all day and made winning plays. He’s able to penetrate and stop on the dime for pull up jumpers. Showed the ability to finish at the rim with both hands. Always looking to make the right Basketball he had several hockey assists that led to eventual baskets for his teammates. Dublin returns several seniors this year but the future is in good hands once the keys are handed over to Cooks.
Sam Vasconi, 6-1, G, San Ramon Valley (CA)- Crafty Guard that has a really nice feel. Vasconi teamed up with ZJ Cotton to form a very good back court in his two camp games. While Cotton has one of the best performances of the day, Vasconi played the more than capable sidekick in a supporting role. Vasconi is comfortable getting his own offense or creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. A good shooter he showed good form and shot the ball consistently in both of his camp games. Very good prospect who should make an immediate contribution at San Ramon with his IQ and court savvy.
Kam Manning-Fuimaono, 5-10, PG, Monterey Trail (Elk Grove)- Manning-Fuimaono showed the ability to score in traffic and in isolation situations. He attacks defenders with hesitation dribbles and a nice pull up jumper. He hit several contested jumpers and had several contested finishes at the rim. He has good vision when he penetrates and is able to find slashers and open shooters on the perimeter. Plays with good poise and plays to win. In future years the superbly talented Varick Lewis and Manning-Fuimaono, who’s pretty talented in his own right, should form a nice backcourt duo at Monterey Trail.
Yaqub Mir, 6-1, G, Granite Bay (CA)- Mir is offensive firepower. He consistently attacks the defense for acrobatic finishes in the paint. He does a good job of attacking gaps in the defense and avoiding the help with eurosteps and floaters. When defenders sag off he makes them pay with nice touch from the outside. Mir is at his best in transition where he puts constant pressure on the defense weaving in and out of traffic for easy scores or drawing two defenders and dishing off to open teammates. He should have the ball in his hands from day one at Granite Bay.
Devin Lewis, 5-7, PG, Inderkum (Sacramento)- Devin Lewis shot the lights out on Saturday. If Varick Lewis was Batman, then Devin Lewis was Robin. He made all the right plays without forcing anything putting in an impressive performance himself. The southpaw knocked down open jumpers, split double teams for assists and played hard nosed defense on opposing guards. Lewis’s Impressive camp performance may have been overshadowed by the other Lewis (no relation) as he was a snub for the Top 20 game. He took it personal in the Top 40 game and walked away with MVP honors.
Matt Schroeder, 6-0, CG, Oakmont (Roseville)-Schroeder’s game is not flashy but highly effective and efficient. Capable of scoring at all 3 levels he makes a living on elbow jumpers. He has good shooting form and showed good range on his jumper. At this stage of his development he’s more of a Combo Guard. However, he’s comfortable handling against against ball pressure and did a good job of taking care of the ball and initiating offense for his team. Should make a nice transition into playing the full time.
Jaiden Paran, 5-11, G, Valley Christian (San Jose)-Skilled and smooth Combo Guard that can really shoot. Mixes up his attack with deep jumpers and hesitation dribbles. Has a very nice shot with a quick release that’s he shoots with consistency from long range. When defenders close out to contest shots he’s able to get buy them with the hesitation dribble. A very creative passer with great vision. He consistently found teammates in transition and when getting into the lane. Had a very good showing from the start of the day in the skills portion of the camp and in both of his camp games. Selected to the Top 20 game.
Blake Hudson, 6-1, G, St Mary’s (Berkeley)-A consistent driver that’s relentless in his attack. Hudson uses a smooth handle and good lateral moves to attack angles and get by his defender. Does a good job of recognizing where the help is coming from on his drives allowing him to finish at the rim for uncontested layups. More of a combo than a pure 1 right now. As his outside shooting and passing improve should develop into a nice PG prospect. Had some impressive finishes throughout the day. Defensively he has long arms and does a good job of jumping passing lanes. Also does a good job on the ball sliding his feet and turning his defender.
Tyrece Rose, 5–11, CG, Fortune (Elk Grove)- Plays with great energy and toughness. Rose did a little bit of everything on Saturday. If he wasn’t battling bigger players on the block, he was sprinting down the floor receiving long outlet passes for layups. Showed a consistent jumper out to three. Has good mechanics on his pull up as well. Did a good job involving his teammates and making winning basketball plays. Plays extremely hard on each possession.
Tyree Rose, 6-0, CG, Fortune (Elk Grove)- The twin brother of Tyrece, this Rose twin is very similar but more of a vocal leader. Also a good defender who makes it a point to cover the opposing teams best player. Offensively Rose is a strong lead guard that does a good job of taking care of the ball and distributing to teammates. He’s able to get his own offense going in transition. He does a good job of posting smaller guards which is an advanced skill for someone so young. The Rose Twins will be coached at Fortune by former Sacramento High coaching legend Derrick Swafford.
Evan Goodwin, 6-1, CG, Salesian (Richmond)- Goodwin was very impressive the entire day. A big skilled lead guard skilled he does a great job of using his big frame to shield defenders with his body and then change direction to get into his shot. On the drive he’s able able to lower his shoulder and punish smaller players for easy baskets at the rim. He has a very nice shot with good form that he shoots with deep range. Goodwin looks like he has the combination of size and skill to become one of the better prospects in Northern California when it’s all said and done.
Brandon Bento-Jackson, 5-8, PG, Arcata (CA)-Bento didn’t shoot the ball particularly well but his mechanics were solid and fluid. He had no issue getting his shot off from well beyond the 3pt line. He shoots it with confidence and did so within the flow of the game. His handle was tight and his movement with the ball in his hands is swift and direct, no wasted motion. He showed the ability to push the ball in transition and get to his spots on the floor. Defensively he was solid applying pressure to opposing guards and getting to loose balls. Bento has the potential to be a big time scorer for Arcata throughout his HS career.
Zion Wells, 6-0, G, Riordan (SF)-Wells is a good athlete with a great frame. Has good instincts and does a good job of getting by his defender and attacking the rim where he uses his strength and athleticism for easy lay ins. Defensively he does a good job of keeping defenders in front of him and uses his length to contest shots. With continued development and the natural tools he possesses, Wells is another prospect who could emerge as one of the better players in this class. Had a very strong performance in the Top 40 game to cap off a solid day at the camp.
Micah Johnston, 5-9, PG, Oakridge (El Dorado Hills- Johnston is a defensive minded lead guard that plays the right way. Crafty ball-handler that knows how to run a team. Did a good job of setting up his teammates for open shots. Had some nice drives to the basket for nice finishes. Sees the floor very well and did a nice job of penetrating the lane and kicking it out to open shooters. Defensively he gets in a stance and does a really good job of beating his man to the spot. Solid performance for Johnston on the day.