Posted On: 12/3/17 11:24 PM
Battle Zone: Best Prospects
CORONA, CA—It’s quite the trek to get out to the city of Corona via the 91 freeway. However, catching glimpses in my mind of a tantalizing hospitality room and an outstanding slate of games would spark the interest of any basketball fan. Here is a breakdown of the highlights of the 4th Annual Battle Zone.
Francisco’s Finest: Best prospects
Isaiah Mobley (Rancho Christian)
2019, PF, 6-foot-9, 225 pounds
Joel’s Take: During the Battle Zone, Mobley had his all-around game on display. An Inside-out 4-man with ball skills and savvy are part of his repertoire. He can hit elbow jump shots and he showed an improved post game as he finished through contact consistently.
Most Outstanding performance
Onyeka Okongwu (Chino Hills)
2019, PF, 6-foot-8, 225 pounds
Joel’s Take: It’s early, but the signature performance of this early season should go to Okongwu. His 37-point performance on 13-of-15 shooting was spectacular. It was a collection of finger-rolls, thunderous dunks, elbow jump shots, etc. Is it safe to say he is the No. 1 junior in the West?
Taeshon Cherry (Foothills Christian)
2018, PF, 6-foot-7, 215 pounds
Joel’s Take: Against Okongwu, Cherry went to the perimeter to impact the game. He has a feathery touch out to 22-feet and he runs well in transition. Despite getting dominated in the paint by Okongwu, Cherry still managed to snag some impressive rebounds in traffic where he showed off his impressive bounce and hands. Playing with more purpose in mind is the key with Cherry.
Blossoming Point Guard
Jaylen Clark (Centennial)
2020, PG, 6-foot-5, 180 pounds
Joel’s Take: Centennial has had some fine prospects come out of it’s program in recent years led by Sedrick Barefield (Utah) and Jalen Hill (UCLA) and Clark appears to be the best prospect among them. He has point guard skills (passing, handling, etc.) and an ideal Division 1 frame. He can pop in the 3-point shot, deliver the timely assist, or explode to the rim in transition.
Evan Mobley (Rancho Christian)
2020, PF, 6-foot-10, 210 pounds
Joel’s Take: It’s noticeable that the Mobley brothers are playing more assertively and with much more physicality. Evan has great feet with remarkable quickness and he is an astute passer. He uses his length to deflect shots and passes and he is finishing through contact at a more consistent rate. Like with most bigs, it takes time—but the fruits of hard work are paying off.
Kessler Edwards (Etiwanda)
2018, PF, 6-foot-7, 195 pounds
Joel’s Take: It seems that Edwards is playing in his 10 year of high school basketball. Each season he just gets better and better. His 3-point shot is streaky, but he can score inside-and-out and he always makes the right play. Should be a good one at Pepperdine where is brother is Cameron is excelling.
The future is now
Luke Turner (Rancho Christian)
2021, WF, 6-foot-5, 165 pounds
Joel’s Take: it’s early but Turner has as much upside as any prospect in the Class of 2021 in Southern California. The rangy 2-guard has long arms, good quickness, and is a fearless competitor. His 3-point touch is smooth and he has the bounce to finish at the rim.