The player evaluations below are from this past weekend in Anaheim, CA at the West Coast Elite Summer Classic (NCAA Certified Event), July 8th - 11th. The evaluations are of 12 players from the WCE Central Program's 16u Teams that competed in the event. The evaluations are based on my own observations of players at the event, along with input from the coaching staff and the program director, Amaurys Fermin. There is no particular ranking order of players in the article and each player contributed productively in a positive weekend of exposure for the players on these 2 rosters. This is the follow up article to Part 1, which breaks down the players from the 17u teams from the Central Program.
Ellis is a crafty ball handler that is capable of making difficult shots from various spots on the court. Ellis was the lead scoring threat for WCE Central 16u National team this past weekend at the Summer Classic, and kept pressure on the defense allowing other teammates open looks. Ellis has nice handles, shifty moves to create separation from the defender, capable of scoring from all 3 levels, and able to hit difficult shots at an efficient rate. Ellis has good court vision, and when he is on the attack he pulls the defense in and does a solid job of finding open teammates. He has active hands on defense and creates turnovers and open court scoring opportunities.
Clifton is a high IQ lead guard that does a nice job of orchestrating the offense and getting others involved. Clifton has good court vision, makes accurate decisions with the ball in hand, keeps the ball on a string while dribbling with a purpose, and shoots the 3 ball effectively to space the floor. He has good perimeter moves to create off the dribble and attack the defense, making plays off the drive and kick out pass.
Patel is a versatile wing/guard that impacts the game on both ends at a high level. Offensively, Patel has a good handle, gets downhill with the ball attacking the paint, has the size and strength to finish through contact, and does a great job of drawing fouls getting to the free throw line. He can shoot the 3 ball enough to open up driving lanes. Defensively, Patel has good length and size to guard multiple positions, the wingspan to alter shots on the wing or poke the ball out for turnovers. He is a solid rebounder and with his handle and court vision, Patel is capable of pushing the ball in the open court and running the transition offense.
Tyler is a rangy wing/guard that scores in bunches when his shot starts falling. Tyler has the ideal frame and length that fits the mold of modern basketball prospects. Tyler has solid handles, can create off the perimeter, has a long first step to get by his defender, and is effective as a 3 level scorer. Tyler has a smooth stroke on his jumper and is at his best when he minimizes the dribble and gets to the mid-range shot. Defensively, Tyler can guard multiple positions, has the wingspan to alter shots around the rim or on the perimeter, and disrupts passing planes with his ragne. When Tyler starts hitting from beyond the arc, he is a really tough player to defend with his length on the wing.
Perry is a tough minded lead guard that locks in on defense and plays with great energy. Perry has solid handles, likes to create off the dribble and put pressure on the defense, and is effective coming off ball screens and attacking the defense. Perry has active hands and good lateral movement to stay in front of his man and create turnovers that lead to open court buckets. Perry pushes the tempo nicely in the open court and has good court vision to find open teammates. He is effective shooting from beyond the arc and has a good jumper.
Stump is a physical and energetic forward that is active on the glass on both ends. Stump is capable of scoring in the post, as well as stretching the floor from behind the arc. He moves well off the ball to create catch and shoot opportunities. Stump is a solid rebounder and can affect the opponents shots around the basket.
Bain is a combo guard that plays well off the ball getting to his shot spots. Bain has a smooth shot, and does a nice job of moving off-ball screens, creating space to catch and shoot from the 3 point line. Bain has good handles, is able to create off the dribble and can run the offense when needed. He was most effective shooting the 3 ball this past weekend at the Summer Classic.
Rodriguez made his WCE Central debut this past weekend at the Summer Classic and he was an instant impact player on the offensive end. Rodriguez is a knockdown shooter from deep, has good moves and handles to create off the dribble, is able to generate separation from his defender, and has a smooth stroke from mid-range. He has a long wingspan and rebounds very well for his height, and with his handles he instinctively gets the ball and pushes the tempo in the open court. Rodriguez keeps moving off the ball and gets to his spots. Defensively, he has the wingspan and energy to be a solid defender, just more consistency.
Hart is a lights out shooter from beyond the arc and has limitless range. Hart is at his best when he is running off ball screens, working his defender tirelessly, and creating space for catch and shoot opportunities. Hart is very efficient from deep and this past weekend had a string of 4 threes in less than a 2 minute span. Hart has a great motor, competes on every play, and has the tenacity to be a pesky defender if he locks in on. Has enough of a handle to push the ball in open space.
Gill has good size and skill to be a stretch four, with the potential to be a wing/perimeter threat by the end of high school. Gill does a solid job on the glass, has good instincts for weak side blocks, and alters shots at the rim. Offensively, Gill has a nice shooting form and is consistent from the 3 point line, specifically the corner 3 ball. Gill has the skill and footwork to score in the post; and the handles, moves and shot to create scoring opportunities off the perimeter. He is coachable and has the upside to be a 3 level scoring threat at the 2-4 spots
Vance is a crafty guard that can bully his way to the cup when on the attack. Vance has solid handles, makes good use of the hard pound dribble to get the defender off balance, has the strength and physicality to finish through contact around the rim. Vance has good court vision and makes good decisions when attacking the basket, finding open teammates once the defense collapses. Defensively, Vance has strong hands, good lateral movement to stay in front of his man, and brings the edge and toughness to be a lockdown defender. Impressive debut with the WCE Central Program.
Haupt was another player that made his WCE Central debut and his poise and handling of the ball were a solid addition to the 16u Regional team. Haupt has nice handles, is able to weave through the defense while keeping his dribble, sees the court well for his age and makes good reads to open teammates. Haupt is a knockdown shooter from beyond the arc, and shoots the ball with great confidence and efficiency. Plays with nice pace and control, but also has the grit to battle against bigger, older players.