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Posted On: 09/7/18 4:02 PM
Francisco’s Finest: WCE End of Summer (Biggest Surprises)
SANTA ANA, Ca.—Ryan Silver and his outstanding staff put on another outstanding event chock full of talented seniors as well as a plethora of intriguing underclassmen. The match up of the day was between a pair of super sophomores in 6-foot-7ish Wilhelm Briendenbach (Mater Dei) and 6-foot-10 Nathan Bittle while the surprise of the day was the continued ascension of 6-foot-8 sophomore Nicholas Davidson (Santa Margarita).
Elijah Carter (Bakersfield/Independence)
2019, SG, 6-foot-4, 170 pounds
Joel’s Take: Arguably the biggest surprise of the event was Carter. The prototypical wing is lethal in transition as he attacks the rim with a vengeance. He shows excellent body control as he navigates through defenders and he can finish with either hand. His jump shot is playable, but it needs to show better range and consistency. Defensively, he has the length and lateral quickness to be a lock-down defender.
Judah Brown (Pacifica Christian
2020, WF, 6-foot-7, 185 pounds
Joel’s Take: The most explosive player in the event was undoubtedly Mr. Brown. The high-flying wing-type is tough to deal with in the open court due to his bounce, quickness, and instincts. At this stage he is a position-less prospect who affects the game with his length, quickness, and athleticism. He can guard all three perimeter positions and his rim protection is noted. Offensively, he shows a solid 1st step and his finishng ability is impressive.
Stephen Davis (Santa Barbara)
2020, PG, 6-foot, 150 pounds
Joel’s Take: Davis is a chiseled left-handed point guard who has an advanced feel for the game. He is not a burner, but he changes speeds well, can carry defenders on his hip while navigating the defense, and he can knock in shots. Whether a deep 3-pointer or a pin-point pass to an open shooter, Davis is the true game manager.
Jamal Briscoe (Riverside Poly)
2019, SG, 6-foot-3, 160 pounds
Joel’s Take: One of the better looking sleepers in the senior class is Briscoe. He has long arms, quick hands, and he can elevate in transition. He excels in transition where he can explode to the basket. His game is a bit rough around the edges, but he due to his physical tools and motor, he projects well to the next level.
Randi Ovalle (San Gabriel Academy)
2022, WF, 6-foot-7, 200 pounds
Joel’s Take: If you’re looking for the most intriguing incoming freshman is So-Cal, look no further than Ovalle. He has a Division 1 frame, good speed and quickness, and his skill set is impressive for a freshman. He has the savvy to play the 1 at times as well as the ball skills. He pushes the ball well in the open court, is a gifted passer, and he can score—especially in the mid-range area.