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May 8, 2010
Top players at Double Pump Tournament
CARSON, Calif. - Many of the top players on the West Coast were in attendance Saturday at Cal State-Dominguez Hills for the Double Pump May Tournament including Lonnie Jackson, Amir Garrett, 2012 standout Landen Lucas and others. Here were the top players seen during Saturday's games:
Landen Lucas, Northwest Panthers: The 2012 center from Portland (Ore.) Sunset was dominant in the paint and displayed various post moves and a strong base so he couldn't be moved off the block. He was also a headache on defense blocking shots, altering many others and aggressively going after rebounds.
Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State, Southern Cal, Washington, Georgetown and many others are already after Lucas and it's easy to see why: He has an excellent body, runs the floor well for a big man and will undoubtedly be one of the top players on the West Coast next recruiting cycle.
Amir Garrett, Double Pump Elite: Garrett is a crafty and athletic wing player from Las Vegas (Nev.) Sierra Vista who can get to the basket with a bevy of moves. What makes him extra dangerous is that he can also hit the open jump shot and create and pull up for jumpers.
Garrett has no problems taking the ball and getting to the basket and once he's close he usually dunks it because he's so athletic. The Vegas recruit said it's still too early in his recruitment to name leaders but he likes Arizona a lot.
Grant Jerrett, La Verne Lutheran: The 2012 prospect is smooth around the basket and has such long arms that it's difficult to block his shots. His post game is improving and he has a nice touch on his jumper so he's a threat from mid-range.
There are times when Jerrett gets beaten to the ball for rebounds and that was evident when we saw him last at the Fullcourt Press Easter Classic in Las Vegas but the 6-foot-7 prospect was much more aggressive Saturday and tracked down lots of loose balls. That will be something to watch as his game progresses.
Robert Upshaw, Double Pump 2012: It's hard not to notice Upshaw because he's a legitimate 6 feet 11 and has no problems carrying his big body up and down the floor. He's incredibly smooth for being that tall and still just 16 years old.
Not only is Upshaw tall but he's well built at 235 pounds and he has a good touch around the basket. Upshaw even showed off a nice shooting touch when he hit a few mid-range shots from the corner.
Grant Verhoeven, Organized Chaos: The 2012 forward from Visalia (Calif.) Central Valley Christian is aggressive and tough around the basket, fearless when he goes to the offensive glass and he also runs well in transition. More than once he scored off putbacks because he was just tougher than his opposition.
Verhoeven was exceptional a few weeks ago at the Pangos Sweet 16 in Long Beach, Calif., and he showed similar attributes this weekend. His father, Pete, played at Fresno State and in the NBA and Verhoeven is apparently learning a lot from his dad.
Lonnie Jackson, Double Pump Elite: Jackson isn't the flashiest shooting guard but he gets the job done with fundamentally-sound play. He can hit the three-pointer, has a quick release and underappreciated athleticism.
Many times Jackson went to the offensive glass and even if the 6-foot-3 guard didn't grab the ball he kept it alive for his teammates. Jackson is a head-strong player who makes the right pass, doesn't force shots and can be counted on at all times.
Landon Drew, Double Pump 2012: His father, Larry, played in the NBA and his brother plays at North Carolina but the younger Drew wants to make a name for himself - and he has the skills to do it.
Drew has great ball-handling skills but doesn't overdo it and has that special quality where he can pass the ball to an open teammate mid-dribble. The Woodland Hills Taft guard also gets to the basket with ease and even though he's undersized can score against taller opponents.
C.J. Cooper, La Verne Lutheran: Cooper has all the skills colleges would want in a point guard: He rarely turns the ball over, can get to the basket and score in a crowd and he's also an exceptional three-point shooter. Cooper also plays aggressive defense so that cannot be overlooked.
Nigel Williams-Goss, Double Pump Elite: Remember this name because the 2013 prospect from Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep played with the Pump's best team and didn't look out of place at all. In fact, he was one of the best players on the court against La Verne Lutheran, another loaded squad.
Williams-Goss is a 6-foot-2 recruit who can play either guard position, gets out in transition well and is comfortable not always having the ball in his hands. He'll be one of the next superstars from Findlay Prep who will become a national recruit.
Others who impressed: Rosco Allen, Double Pump 2012; Chass Bryant, Cal Supreme; Alex Fertig, Organized Chaos; Dion Wright, Southern California All-Stars; Kevin Payne, La Verne Lutheran; Zena Edosomwan, Double Pump 2012; Spencer Dinwiddie, Double Pump Elite; Xavier Johnson, Double Pump Elite; Jay Miller (2013) La Verne Lutheran; Kyle Caudill, Double Pump Elite.
Updated School Lists
Caudill, a former Arizona State commit, is still hearing from the Sun Devils along with Harvard, Oregon State and San Diego State. Stanford, Notre Dame, Wake Forest and California are also in the mix.
** Jackson has Arizona State, Stanford and Washington as three of his favorites. Cardinal coach Johnny Dawkins recently stopped by Valencia and Jackson said he might go to Washington's summer camp.
** Allen, a 2012 prospect, said Arizona, Arizona State, Santa Clara, BYU, Northwestern, UNLV, USC and Washington State have already offered.
** Johnson has UNLV, UCLA, Southern Cal, Arizona State and Georgetown involved.
** Williams-Goss said Washington, UNLV, Oregon State, Oregon and Hawaii have offered with Connecticut and many other national programs showing interest.
Note: The Cal Supreme team that features Gelawn Wheelwright, Alex Carmen, Ryan Anderson, Byron Wesley, Kevin Johnson and others played Friday night and were not seen during Saturday's action.