Posted On: 07/5/18 12:27 AM
Francisco’s Finest: WCE HS Invitational (Best Prospects)
GARDEN GROVE, CA—Ryan Silver, director of the West Coast Elite AAU program, gathered a plethora of elite high school teams to do battle at The Map complex. When you have Mater Dei, St. John Bosco, Damien, and Bishop Montgomery and a host of other talented squads coming together to improve their skill, fundamentals, and team chemistry—those are the ingredients for a must-see event. The first installment of will focus on the Best Prospects.
Henri Idrissa (Crossroads)
2022, PF, 6-foot-9, 220 pounds
Joel’s Take: Idrissa has that prototypical Division 1 frame with long arms and overall great length. He is a bouncy athlete who possesses excellent timing at both ends—both as a rim protector and rebounder. He can finish off a drop-step, elbow jump shot, or tip-in. His fundamentals (keeping the ball high and playing wide) need improvement to reach his immense potential.
Amir Gibson (Dorsey)
2022, C, 6-foot-7, 190 pounds
Joel’s Take: Gibson is extremely raw on the offensive end, but he has extraordinary length, ideal timing in the paint area, and solid hands. He plays with very little emotion and just goes about his business at both ends of the floor. Due to his long arms and big feet, he isn’t close to being done in terms of growth potential, and once he has a go-to move, his stock will rise quickly.
Rejean “Boogie” Ellis (Mission Bay)
2019, CG, 6-foot-3, 165 pounds
Joel’s Take: Each and every season, Ellis continues to add to his game. The long-armed combo-guard is a prolific shooter and mid-range scorer as well. His burst off the dribble has improved as well as his passing acumen int he half court set. He needs to continue to add strength to become a more consistent finisher versus length and contact. However, overall his progress has been excellent.
Tyler Powell (St. Bernard)
2021, WF, 6-foot-5, 195 pounds
Joel’s Take: Despite being only a rising sophomore, Powell is a beast. He attacks the basket with a vengeance. His strength and bounce allows him to finish through or even over the competition. He can convert with either hand around the rim and he is a capable shooter off the catch. He needs to improve his handle versus pressure, but overall he is a Top 5 prospect in the So-Cal 2021 Class.
Reese Dixon (Dorsey)
2021, PG, 6-foot-4, 170 pounds
Joel’s Take: Out of the FAB Five underclassmen at Dorsey, Dixon appears to have the brightest future—although it’s very early. At this stage he is a gifted combo-guard who is ultra-skilled. His passing prowess is high-level and he he’ll snaps passes on the money through the tightest of areas. His jump shot needs to improve, but he can attack the rim with consistency and he has the hops to convert over length.
Romelle Mansell (St. Bernard)
2019, PF, 6-foot-9, 225 pounds
Joel’s Take: Mansell is slowly, but assuredly, becoming one of the best prospects in the So-Cal Class of 2019. His jump shot out to the elbow is tight and he even shows 3-point range as well. He is a quality athlete who runs well and is a solid leaper. He has shown signs recently of becoming a more assertive (physical) player—and this improvement alone will improve his stock.