October 16th-17th marked the 4th Annual Central Cali's Finest Instructional Showcase Event. Once again it was a huge success with approximately 125 players in attendance from the Central Valley.
The drills sessions were impressive and each guy worked very hard, was attentive, and reaped the knowledge the training staff had to offer. Evaluation games followed the drills sessions and below is a write-up of the top players from the event.
Central Cali's Finest Notable Players
# Justin Leathers (2011) Foothill
Justin was a beast at this year's CCF event. He was constantly around the ball and his team just seemed to win in every drill. Around 6-foot-6, Justin has the height to go inside but also has decent skills on the outside. With continued work on his wing game, he could become a really tough small forward at the next level.
# T.J. Viney (2013) Edison
T.J. is a really quick point guard that can get to the rim. He reminds me of a young Kiwi Gardner. Just like Kiwi, T.J. let everyone know at our event that you have to be on your top D-Game to stay in front of him. However, his game will really elevate when he learns to dominate a game with his floor leadership and passing, rather than scoring. T.J. is one of the top players in the 2013 class and should be a potential D1 player in the upcoming years.
# Michael Best (2011) Terra Linda
Michael had a very strong showing at this year's event. He has improved light years from last year. His confidence, competitiveness, and skill level separated him as the top big man at the event. His skill set around the basket is very high and he can definitely step out and hit the deep shot. A bona fide D1 prospect, with added weight and strength he will be a major contributor to a college program.
# Colin Slater (2016) Middle School
We never really have middle school players in our event, but Colin is a rare exception. Colin is years ahead of his peers in relation to skill. Even though he came off an ACL surgery, Colin looked pretty good. His handle and skill set are very good. However, he is going to have to find that next gear once he reaches high school since the others will catch up at some point. With that said, if Colin improves at the same rate as his peers, he could be a top recruit in years to come.
# Britton Williams (2012) - Liberty
Like T.J., Britton is another cat-like quick guard that loves to compete. Britton is a fierce competitor and you can just see on his face that he loves this game. He has a nice skill set and seems to understand the point guard position. He is a solid high school player and should have a shot at playing at the next level.
# Antwoun Whitfield (2011) - Clovis East
Antwoun has what I call "cool-game". He is very effective, however, and looks like he is moving in slow motion. He was one of the top shooters at the event, and also showed more ability to put the ball on the floor then he did last year. He should thrive in the East system and put up a lot of threes. However, he should continue to work on his pull up shot and ability to finish at the rim in order to play at the next level.
# Ronald Williams (2012) Bullard
This very athletic combo guard really shined at the event. He is a big time slasher and finished around the basket very well. He is a great defender and really gets after it when guarding the ball. He simply does not let guys get by him. He will be a huge cog in Bullard's attack this year and will cause headaches for a lot of the guards in the top league in the Valley.
# Korey Anderson (2011) Clovis High
- Korey may have improved the most over his 3 years in High School in regards to body conditioning, skill level, and aggressiveness. Korey simply was ferocious in all the drills and has really leaned out and gotten so much stronger. It is very obvious that Korey has really worked on his strength, agility, and athleticism. He's a 6-foot-7 left handed power forward that finishes with authority, has great touch, and can shoot the basketball out to 18 feet. He simply dominated the skill development portion with the big men, although playing through an injury to his lungs. Korey is smooth and crafty and really knows how to use his body. Korey will thrive at the next level.
# Matt Johnson (2011) Palma
Matt had a really good event shooting the ball. His confidence was on point as he knocked down shot after shot. A pure 3-point spot shooter, but also understands the game as well. Should be a key part of Palma's talented squad coming back in 2010-2011.
# Vinny Lidgett (2011) Stockdale
- You've got to love a player like Vinny. You can tell Vinny is a gym rat that loves to play the game. He was also one of the top shooters at the event with a beautiful shot. Though undersized, Vinny makes it up with his passion for the game and willingness to compete.
# Ryan Swain (2012) Buchanan
The son of a coach so you know he can shoot the basketball. But he also has such a good feel for the game. Very intelligent and skilled and knows how to play. A 6-foot-4 swing forward, Ryan loves facing the rim and shooting the basketball. With pick and pops he was deadly as his defenders simply could not come out to challenge fast enough.
# Dom Katter (2011) Buchanan
The "masked man", Dom was one of the most effective guards at the camp. Dom always had a smile on his face, seemed to win every drill, and his team seamed to always come out on top. He's a smooth lefty that can get to the rim, shoot the 3, but also can defend the perimeter. Should be one of the top guards in the Fresno area.
# Brett Parishan (2011) Reedley
I fell in love with this guard. Brett is hard nosed, tough, and if you don't watch out, will smash on you very easily. He can get to the rim, is a consistent shooter, and definitely has D2 potential. Needs to work on his muscle size and strength, but with his size and athletic ability, he should have a monster year for Reedley.
# Ashton Richardson (2011) Turlock
By far the most functional athlete we had at the event. Ashton constantly was slicing through the lane, using his angles, and finishing with abandon. Ashton was also able to hit the open pull up shot and showed a willingness to defend. If Ashton improves on his long range shot, should be a nice college prospect.
# Kellan Howard (2013) Central
Kellan is a young, up and coming big man in Fresno. He runs the floor very well and plays with passion. Though he is still very thin and needs to improve his skills, he definitely has the frame to play at the next level. I expect within a few years, Kellan will be the cream of the crop at our CCF events.
# Rashad Jackson (2014) Garces
Rashad was one of the only middle school kids to ever attend our event last year. This year as a freshman, he didn't disappoint. Rashad plays above his years and has a body of an upperclassman. However, Rashad needs to improve his Basketball IQ and shot selection. When he learns that, he will be one of the top Central Cali players for the next 3 years. A bona fide D1 prospect if he continues to work.
# Tyler Harris - (2012) Bakersfield Christian
Looks can be deceiving, but Tyler was one of the most feared offensive threats at the event. He can put up points quickly and proved that all weekend. Though he needs to improve on his consistency and not fall in love with the 3-pointer, I expect Tyler will have some huge games this year in Bakersfield. Next year, while maturing his game even more, he should be one of the top players in our event.
# Corey Silverstrom (2013) Bullard
With the tutelage of Coach Amundson, I predict Corey will be one of the toughest guards in Fresno in the next few years. A strong, tall guard who looks slow, Corey was deceptively quick, and had a very good change of direction crossover. He has a knack for the ball and consistently scored during all of his games. Big things to come for Corey.
# Aaron Cochran (2013) Buhach Colony
POTENTIAL is written all over Aaron Cochran. Aaron could be a future 1st round pick in the NFL or could be a D1 basketball player as well. New to the game, Aaron is a beast in the middle and showed great hands and feet for a 6-foot-9 sophomore player. It is scary to imagine how good he will become in the next few years. His future is looking really bright.
# Eriq Belt (2011) Buhach Colony
At first I questioned Eriq's shot selection and demeanor on the court but the more I watched him, the more I liked his game. Eriq can be a true point guard when directed and can make his team better. He is hard to guard, knocks down shots, and showed that he can make the highlight pass as well. If he continues to set up his teammates to control the game, he will be the link Buhach needs to take league this year.
# Will Nelson (2012) Mt. Whitney
Will is a great slasher and finisher at the rim. He was also relentless in his attack of the basket. Will is a great looking forward who can guard all positions and can play all positions. He is extremely versatile and will be a tough guard this year as he exposes guards and big men guarding him.
# John Brinson Clovis East
- John is another guard molded in Clovis East's system of attacking. John was very aggressive and attacked the rim at will. John can really get in creases to shoot and drive and has a way of creating space to get his shot off. John can really play off Kevin Bailey and Antwoun Winfield and will be a huge factor in Clovis East's run at the league title.
# Other Notables
Jordan Belton (2012) San Benito
Courtland Duckworth (2012) Porterville
Alec Carlson (2012) Turlock
Mike Hill (2011) Bullard
Grant Getz (2013) Bullard