Posted On: 02/9/18 2:00 PM
Got your eye on Northern California’s junior class? Here are 10 to prioritize, according to Prep Hoops’ Gerry Freitas.
6’10 C Jay Allen-Tovar of Valley Christian HS (San Jose)
Allen Tovar is a strong-bodied five man who can be difficult to defend on the block. He can dribble operate and has solid post moves. He is also a good passer against a double team. He is a solid rebounder who is active on the glass. Allen Tovar does have some attitude issues but is a mid major prospect worth higher consideration.
6’3 SG Will Chavarin of Bishop O’Dowd HS (Oakland)
Chavarin is athletic two guard with a nice skill set. He can handle and pass it and is a solid playmaker in transition. He has a nice pull up game in the half court. He is a confident shooter with 3 range and he has a nice floater in the lane. And he can get to the basket on the drive. Chavarin needs some work defensively and must be more consistent but he has mid major potential.
6’7 SF Isaiah Hawthorne of Tracy HS
Hawthorne is an athletic wing whose best asset is his ability to finish, both in transition and in the half court. He can shoot it ok and is a capable rebounder. Hawthorne is thin and needs to develop bulk/strength to prepare for the next level. He is a probable mid major prospect.
6’9 C Raymond Hawkins of Bishop O’Dowd HS (Oakland)
Hawkins is a strong and fairly athletic five man with long arms. He can post up (needs some polish) and has an ok one-bounce drive. He can handle the ball some and is an ok passer, but he has a bad habit of trying to go coast to coast after rebounding the ball (he is a good rebounder) instead of passing it to the guard.
Hawkins had to sit out for academic reasons until the end of January. That is the big issue he faces. He does have high major potential if he gets his act together…
6’6 SF/PF Bryce Johnson of St. Mary’s HS (Stockton)
Johnson is a combo forward with long arms who is quietly consistent. There is nothing fancy or flashy to his game – he is simply productive. He’s a nice all-around scorer who can shoot, drive and post up and he is a solid rebounder. Johnson lies somewhere in the mid major range as a prospect.
6’6 SF/PF Keshad Johnson of Envision Aademy (Oakland)
Johnson is a long and fairly athletic combo forward who has intriguing potential. He finishes well on the drive and is an ok (set) shooter with 3 range. He can also rebound and block shots.
Johnson’s big issue is that he must play with more consistent effort! If that happens he is a likely mid major prospect.
5’8 PG Jaden McClanahan of Salesian Prep (Richmond)
McClanahan is a strong and athletic one man with a nice all-round game. He has solid ball handling skills and makes a ton of plays in transition. He shoots it fairly well with 3 range and gets to the basket on the drive consistently. Most impressively, he is a good defender and on accomplished rebounder (at his size). McClanahan is a Division I prospect.
5’8 PG Jovan McClanahan of Salesian Prep (Richmond)
McClanahan is a physically impressive one man. He is good passer who can find the open man in transition. He can also finish for himself on the break. He shoots it well with 3-point range and he is an effective penetrator with a nice first step. McClanahan is a Division I Prospect.
6’5 E/FPG Steven Richardson of Grant HS (Sacramento)
Richardson is an athletic wing/guard with real long arms who is on the rise. He is a natural small forward who also plays point guard. He is a confident ball handler who can create for himself and his teammates (with his excellent passing ability). He is an ok (set) shooter who has 3 range and is a solid driver. And he has the ability to defend all position on the perimeter. Richardson is a mid minus prospect.
6’2 SG/PS Dathan Satchell of Modesto Christian HS
Satchell is an athletic combo guard with solid ball handling skills. He has the ability to make plays for himself and others in transition. In the half court he moves well without the ball and he’s a fairly good shooter with deep 3-point range. Satchell has mid major potential (but needs some work academically).
6’3 CG Kaito Williams of Sheldon HS (Sacramento)
Williams is a solid combo guard who may not be as well known as some other prospects due to having to be a 30-day sit out for transferring schools (from Bradshaw Christian). He has excellent offensive skills. He is an effective ball handler and a good passer who is comfortable on or off the ball. He is an impressive shooter with a good-looking stroke. Most importantly, he takes good shots. Williams is a low to mid major prospect.