The player evaluations are based on player performance at the Central Cali Prospect Workouts located in the Central Section of California. These Workouts started in June and have continued through the month of August. The player evaluations in this write-up are from the Workouts held throughout the month of August. The purpose of these evaluations is to shed light on the high school basketball talent from the Central Section of California, which has a lot of unknown or undervalued next level prospects. The players evaluated are from Fresno/Clovis, Atwater, Turlock, Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo, Nipomo and Arroyo Grande.
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Morris has been to a few of the Prospect Workouts and each time he continues to impress with his growth and development as a true combo guard. Morris is a rapidly improving playmaker when attacking off the perimeter and in the open court. Morris has shown improved court vision and loves to put pressure on the defense in transition. Morris is a dynamic scorer with creative shot-making capabilities. Morris is a lights out shooter from deep, is shifty with his handles allowing him to get by defenders and use his mid-range shot very effectively. The one foot fadeaway has become a nice go to shot that makes Morris even more difficult to contain. There are not many spots on the floor that Morris is not comfortable shooting from and as he improves his ability to read defenses this will only make him an even better facilitator.
Murphy is a high energy player that brings a lot of grit and competitiveness on both ends of the court. Murphy has a great feel for the game, does a nice job on the glass, locks in on defense and limits opponents' space to operate. Murphy is active in the passing lanes, creates transition opportunities, can push the ball in the open court and moves well off the ball to create space for open looks. High academic prospect with a 4.6+ GPA.
Smid has good size and wingspan to be effective on the wing but also impacts play in the paint. Smid is a solid rebounder, has the length to alter shots in the paint or on the perimeter, and plays with a high motor. Offensively, Smid has a nice midrange shot, good handles to push the ball in transition, and has good hands with great touch around the rim.
Weatherbee brought the intensity to the Prospect Workouts in Central Cali. Scrappy defender that gets after the ball and is not afraid to mix it up to win 50/50 balls. Weatherbee has a good feel for the game, gets to his spots, has a consistent perimeter shot and is not afraid of end of game situations. Hit some big game winner shots.
Atwater HS has some solid young talent that is led by Prep Hoops Northern California Class of 2023 #14 ranked Colton Dukes. Dukes had an impressive showing at the Prospect Workouts, displaying his versatility. Dukes has a pretty stroke from beyond the arc, makes good use of his mid-range jumper, and has good size to finish through contact at the rim. Dukes is fundamentally sound on the glass, and can push and go off the rebound. Dukes has a knack for scoring and shows the ability to score from all three levels.
Parr, also ranked by Prep Hoops Northern California at #23 for the 2023 class, is another solid piece that looks to make Atwater HS a contender in NorCal the next few years. Very impressed with Parr’s showing at the Prospect Workouts, as he hit numerous big shots to close out games. Parr has the ability to knockdown threes off the catch and shoot, very efficient from behind the arc, and has a solid understanding of floor spacing to get open shots. Parr has good ball handling skills, rebounds bigger than his height, and plays with tenacity on both ends of the floor. Exciting player to watch over the next few years.
Latu, part of the Bakersfield Christian Eagles great playoff run last season, looks to bring some leadership and mental toughness to the defending D2 Central Section champ Falcons his Senior season. Latu had that toughness and skill on display at a recent Prospect Workout. Latu is active on the boards, gives up his body for 50/50 balls and is a lock up defender that turns defense to transition offense routinely. Latu is a creative scorer, has a consistent shot from deep, nice footwork when getting into the paint, good handles to attack off the wing and can absorb contact and finish through it at the rim. Latu had a two game stretch at the open runs where he scored in various ways and could not miss from 3. Great glue guy and has the make-up to play at the next level.
Brooks has been one of the better scoring guards for his class in the South Valley (of Central California) and brought his offensive skill set to the Prospect Workouts. Brooks is a true scorer with shifty moves and nice handles that allow him to weave through the defense and get to his sweet spots. Brooks is a good 3 point shooter, but when he is on the attack he is at his best. Brooks has a physical frame and good burst of speed to get to the rim and is a creative finisher around the cup. Brooks is able to bully smaller guards but his quickness makes it hard for bigger players to lock him up on the perimeter. Improving court vision and lead guard skills.
Singh has become a regular at the Prospect Workouts and always comes into the gym with a high level of intensity ready to compete. The first thing that stands out about Singh’s game is the range he has on his shot. Singh has a quick release and when he catches fire he is ready to pull as soon as he crosses half court. Singh has a nice blow by move and attacks the rim ferociously with ability to finish at the rim over bigger players. Singh is a quick leaper, which allows him to be a high level rebounder who has the handles to get out and go in the open court. Singh is very competitive and goes out and takes the game on as soon as he hits the floor.
One of the more intriguing players to attend the Prospect Workouts is freshman Luke Jacobson of Mission Prep. Jacobson has the body type and developing skill set that tends to grab the attention of college coaches early in a player's high school career. The lengthy wing player impacts the game on both ends of the court. Jacobson is a solid rebounder, alters shots around the basket, and uses his vocals to communicate on defense. Offensively, Jacobson has a nice shooting form and can stretch the floor, handles the ball well enough to get to the basket, has good court vision in the post, and plays with a relentless motor. Jacobson is a gym rat and will continue to develop as a perimeter player and will be a prospect to keep an eye on over the next 4 years.
Callahan has been to a couple of the Prospect Workouts and both times he showed why we need to take more notice of players from the Central Coast cities. Callahan is a good shooter, plays well with other higher level prospects by getting to open spots, not afraid to take and make the open shot, and has the handles to get the ball up the court. Scrappy defender that gets up in his opponents space and, as a sophomore, has the skill and work ethic to become a core player in any venue of grassroots basketball he competes in. Love how this kid thrives under pressure situations.
Patel is another really intriguing prospect from the Central Coast that showed he has the skill to be a lead guard at the Prospect Workouts. Patel has good size and a big wingspan that allows him to alter shots around the rim and rebounds very well amongst taller players. Patel also has solid dribbling skills and does a really nice job of rebounding and pushing the ball or making the lead pass up court. In the half court setting, Patel uses his length, size and moves to attack off the perimeter and get to the basket. Patel is being groomed as a lead guard and with his size and ability to read the defense, he could be a big time sleeper prospect in California that becomes a HM D2 if not D1 Prospect.
Pooler made a splash, literally, at a few of the recent Prospect Workouts. Pooler has the build and style of play that fits really well in any offensive system. Pooler has a pretty shooting form and is very efficient from behind the arc or with his midrange pull up jump shot. Pooler understands floor spacing well and is effective moving without the ball to free up space for his shot. Pooler does handle the ball well but if he really gets his handles tight he will be a tough player to guard with his shooting ability.
Hart had a very impressive showing at a recent Prospect Workout. A lot of young players today feel they have NBA range but only a select few really can hit consistently from beyond the high school three point line. Hart is one of those players in the minority that is a threat as soon as he crosses half court. Hart buried a few threes from 30 feet, with a defender on him, and was knocking down the 3 ball throughout the entire workout. A high energy player, Hart has nice handles, plays fast yet under control, good perimeter moves that allow him to create space, and is not afraid to let it fly as soon as he sees an opening. Curious to see his development over the next few years.
Silmon is a solid young player that will look to add some firepower to the defending Southern Section D3 Boys State Champs, who will be looking to fill the points put up by recent graduate Gage Gomez. Silmon is a player that has the skill and style of play to be a player that fills in some of those points and a core piece for the Eagles by his Junior season. Silmon showed a lot of promise at the Prospect Workouts on both ends of the court. Silmon is a long lengthy player that can play various spots but looks best when on the wing. Silmon is a good shooter, has range from behind the arc, handles the basketball well enough to play on the ball, and hit some big shots. Defensively, Silmon uses his length to alter passes, turn defense to offense in transition and alters perimeter shots. Silmon has the tools and style of play that could make him a solid prospect in the next year or two.