L.J. Westbrook is making a strong case for the best player in the state of Oregon.
Saturday morning was the time for the younger teams to perform and here is your Saturday morning update for the Rose City Showcase.
Bell leaping into stardom
2013 forward Jordan Bell out of Long Beach Poly had perhaps one of the best early morning performances seen the last few years Saturday morning for the Cal Supreme 16U team at eight in the morning.
“I had a solid game,” gushed the 6-foot-7 forward.
If pretty good means by an unofficial count of 16 points, 12 rebounds, and eight blocked shots than you have to wonder what a great game is for Bell.
Bell was nearly unstoppable on both ends of the floor and showed why college programs will be coming after him hard over the next two years.
An assistant for Cal Supreme who is also an assistant at Long Beach says Bell has the entire package and simply needs to spend time in the gym and fine tune his rough edges.
Bell wasn’t afraid to defend the hoop blocking by our count eight blocks and altering as many as ten others that he couldn’t get his fingers on.
On offense Bell showed great understanding of finding an open hole in a defense and positioning himself for a dunk or easy layup. With soft hands and insane bounce Bell can be a load to defend.
Bell also sports a volleyball background growing up.
As for college programs Bell says Oregon, Arizona, USC, Washington, and lower level college programs have shown him interest.
“Growing up and even now Oregon is my favorite school,” said Bell. “I have a few different reasons like the uniforms, the style of play, and coaching staff. I’ve just always kinda had them high up for me growing up.”
The best player in Oregon?
L.J. Westbrook out of North Salem High School in Salem, OR is a very intriguing 2013 prospect that averaged 14 points a game as an all league player as a sophomore.
“I am making the move to point guard and I think I is going really well so far,” said Westbrook after an electric performance that saw him rip apart ICP’s defense and create time and time again open looks for Westbrook’s own Team Jones teammates.
“I really like playing point guard and feel like with my wingspan and athletic ability I can create and make plays.”
Westbrook resembles Russell Westbrook on the Oklahoma City Thunder in playing style in that he’s a very quick off the dribble, has great vision but at times makes a shaky play, and has very lengthy arms.
“Oh and I have a 36 inch vertical leap that I use in my game,” added Westbrook.
So far , Gonzaga, Portland, Portland State, Washington State, Washington, and San Diego State have all made calls to the Salem product.
“I am planning on visiting Gonzaga while I am there for my team camp as well as checking out Washington and then San Diego State has invited me to their elite camp and I am planning on going there too,” said Westbrook.
As for Oregon and Oregon State Westbrook is open to the local schools.
“I’ve grown up watching Washington the most but I also have some fondness for Oregon and Oregon State and am really looking forward to getting them to recruit me.”
The Young Floor General
A point guard at any level has to have the ability to run the team’s offenses and show good leadership. For Parker Jackson-Cartwright the sophomore-to-be is already working on running the show.
“I saw action for my high school, Loyola in Los Angeles, CA, and now am working on giving these guys on Cal Supreme some good lucks,” explained the 5-foot-9 2014 point guard.
As of now Jackson-Cartwright is on the smaller side with a need to add weight but it is clear he will be a top recruit come his senior year.
Boasting a high vertical leap and arms that dangle down to his knees Jackson-Cartwright could make any pass needed in transition, in the air, or in the paint.
“I am an ultimate pass first point guard who just likes to collapse the defense and then find the open guy,” said Jackson-Cartwright.
As for college programs Jackson-Cartwright already holds the attention of some major programs.
“Right now I am starting to gain interest from UCLA, Arizona, ASU, and USC and I am invited to attend the UCLA camp,” said Jackson-Cartwright.
Next Great Jefferson Product
Aaron Miles, Michael Lee, Brandon Lincoln, Thomas Gardner, Terrance Jones, and Terrence Ross are just a few of the recent star prep players to come out of Jefferson high school in Portland, OR and what appears to be the next great Democrat product will be 2014 small forward Kameron Chatman.
“You know my school has a lot of history putting guys in college and it is an honor to play for a such a school that guys like Terrance Jones and the rest of the group played for,” said the 6-foot-4 wing for ICP’s elite 17s team.
In two games so far in the Rose City Showcase Chatman has showed tremendous point guard play against players sometimes three years his age.
“I play point at times and am in a sense a point-forward but more of a shooting guard or small forward,” says Chatman. “I can see the floor and have solid handles that allows me to play there at times if need be. I feel at my best though outside when I can work my way inside as well.”
College programs have already taken notice of the Jefferson product and Chatman reports a solid group of BCS level schools.
“Right now I get a lot of letters and stuff from San Francisco, Stanford, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, and Cal. I am planning on going to the Stanford and Washington team camps right now.”
Seattle Big Man Hearing from Schools
Some forwards are undersized and have the athletic ability and desire to overcome their shortcomings and become a solid player at the college level.
For 2013 Daeshon Hall out of Garfield High School in Seattle he is looking to accomplish those same issues.
“I like to play outside but I know that I have a body and a frame to play down low so I just look at my match-ups and go from there and do what’s best,” says the 6-foot-6 forward,.
Hall has a good frame and long arms that allow him to get into the passing lanes and tip balls for steals. Hall also has a solid jumper that allows him to play inside and out.
If Hall can improve his basketball IQ and cut down on the sloppy turnovers he could have a shot at developing into a BCS level player.
For now his skill set and athletic ability allows him to play at the WCC or WAC levels.
Hall is hearing the most from Washington, Washington State, Seattle, and Gonzaga.