Posted On: 02/24/18 6:47 PM
A Scout’s Take: Chino Hills vs Long Beach Poly
CHINO HILLS, CA—In a electrifying up-tempo contest, Chino Hills eventually broke it open in the 2nd half in route to a 89-78 victory over Long Beach Poly. The Huskies had a bit too much interior power in 6-foot-8 junior Onyeka Okongwu (23 pts and 14 Rebs) as well as some timely shooting from 6-foot-7 senior Andre Ball.
Onyeka Okongwu (Chino Hills)
2019, PF, 6-foot-8, 225 pounds
Joel’s Take: Okongwu put his stamp in this game immediately with a drop-step throw-down while being triple-teamed. He’s a Top 10 prospect nationally due to his impeccable touch, timing, and savvy. Whether it be passing out of a double team, converting shots with either hand, or corralling rebounds—Okongwu does it all.
Diamond in the rough
Andre Ball (Chino Hills)
2018, WF, 6-foot-7, 180 pounds
Joel’s Take: Ball is one of the more interesting stories in So-Cal—and not for the obvious reasons (Cousin of the infamous Ball family). A late-blooming wing-type who has battled injuries in the past is now hitting his stride. His jump shot is smooth and his range (23-ft.) and release (quick) are top-notch. Once his strength kicks in as well continued skill development, he’s has a future in this game.
Wreaking havoc at both ends
Darryl Polk (Long Beach Poly)
2018, PG, 5-foot-8, 140 pounds
Joel’s Take: Let me introduce you to the quickest point guard in Southern California. His burst off the dribble and overall speed is blinding and he showed much improvement finishing over length. His three finishes over arguably the best “big” in So-Cal (Onyeka Okongwu) were highlight material. His jump shot is streaky, but his overall package at both ends should garner him a Division 1 scholarship.
On the rise
Giordan Williams (Long Beach Poly)
2019, SG, 6-foot-3, 160 pounds
Joel’s Take: Williams continues to take his game to another level each time out. As his confidence grows you could see the growth in his game the last six months. His jump shot looked smooth and he exhibited a nice 1st step as he blew by his defender for the bang out. He picked up a couple of cheap fouls in the 1st staff, but with experience his decision making should improve going forward.
Nick Manor-Hall (Chino Hills)
2019, WF, 6-foot-4, 175 pounds
Joel’s Take: Manor-Hall has always had the frame and athleticism, but now his game is beginning to catch up to his physical tools. He is a bouncy wing-type who needs to improve his ball skills, but his jump shot looks tight. He hit a number of jump shots where he showed excellent balance and his release is smooth.
Jesse Galloway (Long Beach Poly)
2018, SG, 6-foot-1, 155 pounds
Joel’s Take: The Jackrabbits are blessed with a bevy of outstanding guards and Galloway sometimes gets lost in the shuffle—but that would not be the case against the Huskies. Galloway is a quick combo-guard who blitzes up the court and makes timely decisions. His pull-up game looks tight and he can nail the 3-point shot. He needs to get stronger, but he definitely has a chance to play at the DII, DIII, or NAIA level.