Posted On: 09/26/18 10:30 AM
Francisco’s Finest: Prep Hoops Top 250 EXPO (Biggest Surprises)
SEAL BEACH, Ca.—Prep Hoops continues to evolve the evaluation process with it’s Top 250 EXPO. They hired an outstanding staff, headed by former UCLA standout Kris Johnson, to break down the nuances of the game to approximately Sixty campers. The talent ranged form Division 1 probables to high school cagers looking for a breakthrough performance.
A’Jahni Levias (Providence)
2020, WF, 6-foot-4, 180 pounds
Joel’s Take: Levias caught our eye with his feel for the game and fundamentals. He came off of screens to set up for his shot, advanced the ball in transition, and showed an innate ability to score in the paint. While bringing the ball up the court he had his head up and showed an overall solid feel for the game.
Kamaury Washington (Long Beach/Milikan)
2022, CG, 6-foot-2, 170 pounds
Joel’s Take: Arguably the biggest surprise of the camp was Washington. The talented freshman is skilled lefty who is equally adept at scoring as he is facilitating. His burst off the dribble was quick and he did a nice job slithering his way to the rim for the finish or the drop off pass. His pull-up game was on display as well, but he needs to improve his 3-point range to take his game to another level.
Eugene Laya (Milipitas)
2019, PF, 5-foot-8, 145 pounds
Joel’s Take: There were not too many players that played harder or with more purpose than Laya. The quick point guard type defended with intensity as he was a menace to deal with for opposing guards. Offensively, he knocked in shots out to the stripe, moved well off the ball, and scored in transition.
Justin Guerra (Corona)
2020, CG, 6-foot, 155 pounds
Joel’s Take: Guerra was yet another guard who exhibited a no nonsense attitude at both ends of the floor. He showed a nice touch from the free throw stripe to the 3-point line. His jump shot was tight off the catch and he showed a smooth release. He moves well without the ball, cuts well off of screens, and displayed a nice feel for the game.
Ian McAfee (Taft Union)
2021, PG, 5-foot-11, 155 pounds
Joel’s Take: The heady McAfee wasn’t afraid to get his nose dirty for only being a sophomore. He attacked off the dribble well, snapped passes to open teammates, and knocked in a few jump shots. In the half court set he exhibited a low and tight crossover to break down his defender and possessed the vision to find open teammates. He plays both ends of the floor, keeps his head up while attacking pressure, and isn’t afraid to take the big shot in the closing minutes.
Carson Faulkner (Aliso Niguel)
2021, PG, 5-foot-10, 150 pounds
Joel’s Take: Faulkner was one of the better shooters in the event. He sets up his shot well, especially off the catch and his release tight and smooth. He knocked in jump shots from the baseline, utilized the pump fake to get around opponents, and made the efficient basketball play. He plays hard at both ends and has winner written all over him.