A Scout’s Take: Maranatha Block Party (Best Prospects)

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Posted On: 06/20/18 9:22 PM

A Scout’s Take: Maranatha Block Party (Best Prospects)

PASADENA, CA— The month of June is always one of the more exciting times of the basketball evaluation process as players leap from one team to another and new freshman arise out of the horizon. Some of those 2022s include Benny Gealer (Rolling Hills Prep), Cameron Thrower (Harvard Westlake) and Christian Moore (Brentwood). In this installment we’ll look at some of the better prospects. 

Roy Clarke Jr. (Fremont)

2019, CG, 6-foot-4, 185 pounds

Clarke Jr. has point guard skills and feel

Joel’s Take: The biggest revelation of the event has been the emergence of Clark Jr. The rangy combo-guard may evolve into a point guard with his ability to pass with either hand in the half court set and set up shooters. He can knock in the 3-ball and his 1st step is impressive. One of the major sleepers in So-Cal. 

Brandon Whitney (Alemany)

2020, PG, 6-foot, 165 pounds

Joel’s Take: Whitney continues to play well during the early summer period. The physical true point guard can get into the lane at will and is a crafty finisher in the paint. His shot needs work, but he did hit a 3-pointer and a pull-up. Plays both ends. 

Christian Moore (Brentwood)

2022, WF, 6-foot-6, 180 pounds

Christian Moore is the younger brother of Division 1 recruit and Rice signee Payton Moore

Joel’s Take: Moore, who is the younger brother of Rice signee Payton Moore,  has that prototypical frame with long arms and he’s a quick athlete. What stands out the most with Moore is his overall feel for the game due to his passing acumen. In addition, he shows an ability to get to the rim and his jump shot is on the come. 

Chris Page (Fremont)

2021, SG, 6-foot-3, 160 pounds

Joel’s Take: Page has broad shoulders, long arms, and he’s quick with the dribble. He slithers his way to the rim for the finish or he’ll dump off a pass to an open teammate. His jump shot is playable, but he needs to gain strength going forward to ward off tough defenders. 


TJ Wainwright (Culver City)

2021, SG, 6-foot-1, 160 pounds

Joel’s Take: The slick left-hander can really stroke it from deep. He can burst off the dribble and toss in a runner as well. His frame should start to fill out to help with finishing through contact. Going forward honing his playmaking skills for others will enhance his stock.