Posted On: 02/1/18 3:31 PM
Rolling Hills Prep State Preview: Biggest Revelations
NORWALK, CA— Harvey Kitani and his staff did an outstanding job of corralling many of the elite teams in Southern California, including arguably the best prospect in Southern California in Onyeka Okongwu. The Chino Hills versatile 4-man affects the game in multiple ways and does it a spectacular, yet efficient manner. In this addition of Francisco’s Finest we’ll target the “Biggest Revelations”, including Wasatch Academy standout, Tyrese Samuel.
Tyrese Samuel (Wasatch Academy)
2019, PF, 6-foot-8, 220 pounds
Joel’s Take: Samuel is a chiseled 4-man who has high-major written all over him. He can square up his defender and blow by him for the dunk or create space and drop in a 3-point shot. However, the work he accomplished on the boards (excellent timing) at both ends of the floor was most impressive. He runs well in transition, displays developing ball skills, and possesses a solid feel for the game.
Justin Rochelin (Heritage Christian)
2021, SG, 6-foot-2, 160 pounds
Joel’s Take: Rochelin has some nice genes considering his dad Charles played at UCLA. He has an ideal frame with long arms and he is a blossoming athlete. He excels in transition attacking defenders and getting in the lane for the finish. Not too mention he showed a nice feel for the game as he set up a few teammates for easy buckets. Developing that point guard mentality will be key in his development. Rochelin also had a young teammate in 6-foot-3 Noah Fernando, who dropped in some deep 3-pointers and attacked the paint effectively off the dribble. With Dillon Depina (out with an injury) coming back, Heritage Christian has some nice youngsters to develop going forward.
Joshua Rhodes (Santa Monica)
2019, C, 6-foot-8, 250 pounds
Joel’s Take: Rhodes became eligible in January and it didn’t take long to figure out that he projects well to the Division 1 level. He needs to tighten up his frame and get in better shape, but the length, hands, and savvy are evident. He possesses a soft touch out to the elbow and can finish with either hand in the lane.
Nick Manor Hall (Chino Hills)
2019, WF, 6-foot-4, 175 pounds
Joel’s Take: Manor Hall fits the label, “it’s not where you start, it’s where you finish.” The slowly developing wing-type has that quintessential frame with long arms, big hands, and he’s extremely explosive. His perimeter skills are raw, but he has the tools to be a lock down defender going forward. One of the better sleepers in the 2019 class.
Marvin Williams III (Wasatch Academy)
2019, SG, 6-foot-5, 180 pounds
Joel’s Take: Williams III was easily one of the better scorers at the event. The slashing 2-guard got to the rim at will showing and excellent 1st step. While at the rim he exhibited the ability to score over length or drop off a beautiful assist. He can nail the deep jump shot, but he is at his best attacking off the dribble and making plays in transition.