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Posted On: 10/6/18 1:11 PM
Corky Smith Gym in San Marcos was abuzz last weekend for the two-day San Diego High School Showcase.
Organized by Gamepoint Basketball, the field included some of San Diego’s top programs and several of the top teams from the City and Southern sections.
We’ve given you standouts, breakout performers and guys who impressed with their improvement. Now, we delve into some sleepers, beginning with unsigned seniors who fit the bill.
Gordon was strong in the Warriors OT loss to El Camino. He is an assertive scoring guard who gets nice lift and balance on his jump shot, and can hit it from both three and midrange. The next step in his development will be to add that third level, scoring at the rim through contact. Local JUCOs should monitor Gordon’s progress during his senior year.
Salas is a wide-bodied post with nimble feet, great hands and feel. He doesn’t have much in the way of bounce, but his IQ and skill make him a very tough cover at this level. He’s worth at least a look from NAIA programs, and if he goes to JUCO, could solidify that status.
Wright has rapidly progressed into one of the region’s top unsigned senior point guards. He has nice quickness and a quick first step off the dribble, and can get into the paint pretty much whenever he chooses. Once in the paint, he plays on balance, and makes solid passes to cutters or to shooters on the perimeter. He can also score it off the bounce, too, but more often than not, Wright is looking to facilitate and be a true PG. Defensively, he gets low and uses his active hands to turn over opponents.
Much of what was said about Salas also applies to Walton, who continues to evolve as a prospect. Walton has excellent hands, footwork and touch in the post. He gets low and gives good targets for entry passes. But one element of his game that separates him from Salas is his ability to step outside of the paint and hit shots off the catch from the college three, as well as his athleticism, which is solid. Walton would be an excellent get for an NAIA program.
This space could also be reserved for his teammates Josh O’Campo (sweet shooting lefty) and Nate Jacobsen (high-motor utility guard), but Allen’s improvement caught our attention Saturday. Predominantly a streaky catch-and-shoot guard in previous viewings, Allen is doing a much better job using his physical gifts to attack the basket off the bounce. He now scores it capably from three levels. Allen’s length, lateral quickness and athleticism could be better put to use on the defensive end, but he’s improved there as well.
Perhaps one of the biggest surprises this weekend was Pagon, a transfer from Battlefield HS in Virginia. He’s an aggressive slashing guard with a great first step, excellent body control and strength, allowing him to finish through contact off the bounce. He also is a solid on-ball defender who cuts off drives by aggressively sliding his feet and forces players into tough shots. He didn’t shoot a lot of shots off the catch, but he showed enough that we can classify him as a streaky shooter from three. Still, he adds a toughness that the undersized Eagles sorely need.