Nike Extravaganza: Under the radar seniors

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Posted On: 02/6/18 11:42 AM

The 23rd annual Nike Extravaganza is one of the premier showcase atmosphere’s in all of high school basketball.

The 2018 edition delivered the same results, for the most part, bringing together many of Southern California’s top programs, along with two out of state programs, for the two-day, 14-game event.

Prep Hoops So-Cal was in attendance for all three sessions of Nike Extravaganza and this piece dives in to the seniors flying furthest under-the-radar.

Under-the-radar seniors

Dawson Baker, Capistrano Valley

It’s amazing to think that a player the stature and skill of Dawson Baker could be flying under any basketball radar, but his lone offer from UC Irvine as one of the best seniors in Southern California lends to that fact. Baker is one of the most fundamentally sound prospects around from his shooting form to his shot fakes, footwork in the paint and ability to throw any pass in the book. The 6-foot-3 guard scored 19 points in a close loss to Westchester and displayed his ability to get into the paint with help from his nasty crossover dribble and create for himself or others. Baker is one of the most crafty finishers around the rim that you’ll find in the area.

Jesse Galloway, Long Beach Poly

Galloway is a smooth combo guard who can score with efficiency at every level of the floor and possesses a high basketball IQ. The 6-foot-1 senior scored 11 points and dished out three assists in a loss to a much bigger and more athletic Sierra Canyon team, but Galloway showed the ability to play both on and off the ball for the Jackrabbits, making good decisions with the ball in his hands.

Matthew Lanzone, Villa Park

Lanzone is of the undersized four or five man mold, but at 6-feet-4 and a burly 230 pounds, he gets a lot done on both ends of the floor. Lanzone scored nine points on 4 of 7 shooting and pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds in a loss to Orange Lutheran. He’s a good rebounder both in and out of his space and understands how to use his strength to carve out space to rebound the defensive glass or establish deep post position on the offensive end. Lanzone has good hands and soft touch around the basket.

Saddleback Valley Christian point guard Jonah Tolmaire has an impact in multiple aspects of the game.

Jonah Tolmaire, Saddleback Valley Christian

Tolmaire plays fast, and while there are times he might get a little ahead of himself, most of the time his pace is exactly what his team needs. The 5-foot-10 point guard scored 14 pounds, grabbed five rebounds and dished out six assists in a win over Servite Friday, and that stat line is indicative of the impact he has on most games. Tolmaire has his hands in every aspect of the game. He’s a hard-nosed defender, good rebounder for his position, strong finisher around the basket, and plays with a relentless motor.

Kevin Kobrine, Corona del Mar

Kobrine being considered for this group is all dependent on which radar you’re looking at. If it’s the volleyball radar, Kobrine is planted firmly on that one, but as far as basketball goes, he’s not even a blip, but he should be. We wrote about Kobrine in the fall and how he only plays basketball three months out of the year before volleyball takes over and that makes his skill set that much more impressive. The 6-foot-4 wing is both smooth and explosive as an athlete, has a high basketball IQ and can score with efficiency from multiple spots on the floor. He finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds in a loss to Rolling Hills Prep Saturday.

Zellie Hudson, Westchester

Hudson made perhaps the biggest play of the weekend with his last second tip-in against Capistrano Valley to give the Comets a two-point win and that type of play is exactly what makes him an intriguing prospect. The 6-foot-5 forward does all of the little things that help a team win. He’s a lockdown perimeter defender with his combination of size, strength and lateral athleticism, has a knack for finding the basketball in crunch time, and simply understands his role and plays to it with a ton of energy.