Posted On: 10/10/18 11:22 PM
A Scout’s Take: San Diego Showcase (Best All-Around)
SAN DIEGO, Ca.— Two of the most well-known basketball gurus in San Diego—Charlie Mercado (Gamepoint) and Anthony Boltan (Vista HS) put on a terrific event (San Diego HS Showcase) that left a plethora of fine memories. First and foremost, when you add a Southern Section powerhouse (Rancho Christian) as well LA City Section favorite Fairfax to the mix, chances are you’re going to attract a nice crowd—and it did in droves.
Isaiah Mobley (Rancho Christian)
2019, PF, 6-foot-9, 230 pounds
Joel’s Take: The rapid improvement of Mobley puts him into the discussion as the No. 1 player in Southern California. There really isn’t anything he can’t do on the court. Inside-out skills, passing acumen, and a much improved 3-point shot. Due to Rancho Christian not having a traditional point guard, look for Mobley to have the ball in his hands playing a point forward positoin much of the season.
Ethan Anderson (Fairfax)
2019, SG, 6-foot-3, 220 pounds
Joel’s Take: Anderson is built like an NFL linebacker but he has the dexterity to finish with finesse. He plays with tenacity at all times at both ends of the floor and he can score from all three levels. His forte is attacking in the mid-range and he did plenty of that in San Diego.
Evan Mobley (Rancho Christian)
2020, 6-foot-11, 200 pounds
Joel’s Take: Each and every season, Mobley continues to elevate his game to a new level. He is playing through contact at a much more consistent clip and his all-around skill set continues to improve. He can knock in the deep jump shot, drop step and dunk on his opponent, or run the break in transition.
Derrick Carter-Hollinger (Foothills Chrisitan)
2019, 6-foot-4, 190 pounds
Joel’s Take: Carter-Hollinger is one of the best scorers in the state. He has a broad frame with long arms and his knack to socre is impressive. Whether attacking the rim in transition or scoring from all three levels in the half court set, this kid is a bucket-getter.
Ryan Langborg (La Jolla Country Day)
2019, SG, 6-foot-4, 185 pounds
Joel’s Take: There are some outstanding shooters in the state—Ryan Evans (Mater Dei) comes immediately to mind—but it could be argued that Langborg is the best shooter in the state. His shot is feathery out to 23-feet and he is equally effective off the catch as he is off the bounce. Continuing to improve his ability to create off the bounce will elevate his game.