Posted On: 11/30/18 7:36 PM
A Scout’s Take: Trevor Ariza Westchester Tip-Off Classic (Part 2)
LOS ANGELES, CA—One of my favorite escapades during the holiday season is venturing out to Westchester High School for the Trevor Ariza Westchester Tip Off Classic. Sure the action is always enticing to the scouting eye, but it’s also an excuse to stop by Alejos’ for some fine Italian cuisine. With garlic fumes oozing out of my pours, there were some stellar performances to report on including So-Cal sleeper Alex Mishaw of West High School as well super junior Amound Anderson of Leuzinger High School.
John Clausell (Leuzinger)
2019, PG, 5-foot-5, 140 pounds
Joel’s Take: Is there a quicker guard in the West than Clausell? Not in my book. His exceleration in the open court is mind-blowing as he blew by would-be defenders in the open court. His first step allows him to get to the rim and he did a nice job finishing over length. Defensively, he gets underneath his opponent and causes fits with his lateral quickness and active hands.
Amound Anderson (Leuzinger)
2020, SG, 6-foot-3, 165 pounds
Joel’s Take: Anderson is one of the more promising juniors in the West due to his length, ball skills, and shot creating ability. The slick lefty changes speeds, snaps passes to open shooters, and can knock in the deep 3-ball. He needs to get stronger while penetrating in the lane and he drifts a bit on his shot, but overall his progress has been excellent.
Dondre Bausley (Notre Dame/Riverside)
2019, WF, 6-foot-3, 180 pounds
Joel’s Take: Bausley is a solid perimeter scorer, but in this game he did most of his damage in the paint area. The burly wing-type exhibited a potent post scoring skill set where he utilized his strength, bounce, and a determinded mindset to finish play after play against the Jackrabbits of Long Beach Poly.
Jordan Archie (Bishop Montgomery)
2019, SG, 6-foot-3, 175 pounds
Joel’s Take: It’s early, but the Knights unsung hero thus far has been the stellar play of Archie. The chiseled scoring guard plays hard at both ends and possesses a potent pull-up game. He has the strength to carry defenders on his hip and the body control to finish in the paint. A definite sleeper in the senior class.
Will Crawford (Bishop Montgomery)
2019, PF, 6-foot-5, 215 pounds
Joel’s Take: Mr. Steady was his usual productive self as he rebounded at a high level, nailed deep jump shots, and played sound post defense. He has natural leadership skills as he guided the team from the bench and showed poise when hi