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Posted On: 09/20/18 2:30 PM
Garden Grove, Ca. — The Pangos Best of SoCal Fall Showcase at Santiago High brought together many of the area’s top prospects for a class vs. class style event.
Here is the second set of top performers from the sophomore class Top 20 game:
Devin Walker-Lewis, Los Altos
Walker-Lewis was perhaps the most unknown player in the Top 20 sophomore game, and he played his way into it by dominating the Top 40 game earlier that day. The 6-foot-4 wing is a strong and physical prospect who prefers to play through contact and use his strength to overpower defenders and finish in the paint. Walker-Lewis also showed the ability to knock down a catch-and-shoot 3-point shot.
Christian Bento, Great Oak
Bento has undeniable size, standing at 6-feet-11, but hasn’t always had the coordination to go along with his height. The Great Oak sophomore has made huge strides with his ability to change ends of the floor in transition, his timing on the defensive end, and with his hands when snatching rebounds and catching post-entry passes. Bento is still a raw offensive prospect, but the jump in his athleticism and coordination is a welcomed and promising sign of things to come.
Tyler Powell, Ribet Academy
Powell is one of the more explosive athletes in the class and Sunday proved no different. The 6-foot-4 wing was beastly in transition, getting downhill quickly, staying on balance through contact and finishing with power around the basket. Powell must continue to work on his 3-point shooting to keep defenses honest and keep driving lanes open.
Malik Thomas, Damien
Like Powell, Thomas is a powerful downhill athlete with good balance and body control on the break. Thomas is a better perimeter shooter and ball-handler, however, and really did a nice job of creating his own shot off the bounce in the half-court setting.
Nick Davidson, Santa Margarita
Davidson is another intriguing Trinity League big man who continues to make strides each time he takes the floor. The 6-foot-8 forward has good feel and scoring ability with his back to the basket, but can also stretch the floor to the 3-point line. Davidson tends to float on the perimeter despite clear size advantages inside.
Luke Turner, Rancho Christian
Turner is one of the top 3-point shooters in SoCal’s 2021 class and Saturday was no different. He’s a knockdown threat with time and space and from just about any range and any spot imaginable. The next step for Turner is to attack hard closeouts with the dribble and create for himself and others.