Crème of the County – 2019 underrated performances

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Posted On: 09/6/18 12:35 PM

The fourth annual 3P Crème of the County went off (relatively) without a hitch on Sept. 1 at Army and Navy Academy, with more than 250 athletes taking part in the daylong showcase.

A number of the top players in San Diego – and a sprinkling of players from outside the region – attended the event, making an impression on scouts and college coaches.

I’ll be breaking down some of the top players I saw in a series of reports. This report touches on some of the more underrated 2019 Creme game performances. 

Crème of the County – 2019 underrated performances

Christian Rose, 2019 F, Bishop’s

Rose did a little bit of everything during the Crème game. The 6-6 forward rebounded in and out of his area, knocked down shots from three and mid-range, and blocked shots on the weak side. He has also improved off the dribble, looking more fluid with the ball. Rose’s motor and activity level couple well with his length (6-10 wingspan) and defensive instincts (excellent defender in ball screens/ switches). 

2019 F Christian West is improving as a prospect

Christian West, 2019 F, Mira Mesa

West’s performance got lost in his East team’s rout in the 2019 Select game, but the 6-5 forward has a tremendous motor, rebounds in and out of his area, and is improving his skills on the wing. A junior college stint to polish the latter could really boost his stock.

Kyle Paranada, 2019 G, Montgomery

Paranada had stretches where he scored at will off the dribble. At 5-8, he uses changes of speed and hesitation to get to the basket, where he has a crafty package of finishes. He is also a prolific shooter with deep range on his shot, despite his diminutive measurables. 

Graham Cook, 2019 G, La Costa Canyon

The 6-4 combo guard had a strong first half, showing off his three-level scoring ability and smoothness off the bounce. He’s added some athletic pop, as evidenced by a couple of strong dunk attempts and finishes through contact. Cook’s recruitment has picked up in recent months, and it was easy to see why.

Andre Scott, 2019 G, Mission Bay

Scott has a strong frame at 6-1 and is always looking to attack off the bounce. He drives in straight lines, and finishes well through contact. He’s improving his handle and finishing with his left hand, which has opened his game up considerably. Scott’s jump shot has also come a long way. Division 2 programs should make this improving point guard a recruiting priority.