Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pope and Allen per Joel Francisco

Here's Joel Francisco with a pair of NorCal players he observed this past weekend in Las Vegas:
Malik Pope (Sacramento, Calif./Burbank)
2014, WF, 6-7, 180 pounds

The sinewy wing-type has blossoming perimeter skills, excellent quickness and magnetic hands. He rebounds well in his area and can lead the break due to his nifty handle and astute court vision. He handed out a number of high-level passes and he can knock down the 3-point shot. He is conservatively one of the top five prospects out west for the Class of 2014

Noah Allen (Salinas, Calif./Palma)
2013, WF, 6-6, 195 pounds

Allen is a relative unknown on the West Coast, however, if he continues to play with this sense of urgency his popularity amongst coaches and scouts will escalate considerably. The smooth wing-type has a lengthy frame with very long arms and he can score in a variety of ways. He gets great lift on his pull-up jump shot and can slash his way to the rim as well. However, the most significant change in his game may have been his sense of urgency (50-50 balls, rebounding, etc.) he exhibited at both ends of the floor.

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