Joel (Francisco`s) Take: SoCal Hoop Review:
Son of a coach
Hunter Clarke (Lafayette, CA./Campolindo)
2020, WF, 6-foot-5, 180 pounds
Joel's Take: It's that time of the season where dunks and forced 3-point shots take precedent over fundamentals, skill, and savvy. That is why it's so refreshing watching Clarke. He utilizes the jump stop, passes with either hand, exhibits on-balance shooting, and executes clever drives with aplomb. That pretty much describes this up-and-coming Division 1 player.
Bryce Monroe (San Francisco, CA./Sacred Heart Cathedral Academy)
2020, PG, 5-foot-11, 160 pounds
Joel's Take: Along with Jelani Clark (Archbishop Riordan) and Nick Bowden (St. Bernards), Splash City 2020 has a heck-of-a-trio of guards. Clark has a motor and extremely long arms while Bowden can nail jump shots with ease. However, the catalyst is Monroe who weaves in-and-out of defenses utilizing his quickness and scoring instincts.
John Nagle (Vacaville, CA/Will C. Wood)
2018, WF, 6-foot-6, 175 pounds
Joel's Take: This willowy wing-type has a feathery stroke and he's an excellent passer as well. He sets up his shot well off the catch and his release is smooth. In addition, despite his slight frame, he is a willing rebounder.
Garrett Pascoe (Concord, CA./Clayton Valley Charter School)
2018, PG, 6-foot-2, 175 pounds
Joel's Take: Pascoe was one of the more interesting finds this weekend. He possesses a nice burst off the dribble combined with ideal size for the point guard position. His handle is solid and he can knock in open shots. He needs to tighten up his post passing (better angles) and learn to change speeds with the dribble, but he's a talent.
Youth will be served
Fredric Burton (Sacramento, CA/ Capital Christian)
2020, SG, 6-foot-2, 170 pounds
Joel's Take: Fellow classmates and Cal United teammates Jalen Green and Julian Strawther get more attention, but Burton is a winner. He plays with rare tenacity at both ends and he can either attack off the dribble (explosive burst) or drop in a deep 3-pointer.
Future D1 Bigs
Dishon Jackson (Oakland, CA./ St. Patrick St. Vincent)
2020, C, 6-foot-7, 220 pounds
Joel's Take: Although not as tall, Jackson has some physical attributes that remind me of UCLA big man Ike Anigbogu. He has long arms, solid timing, and he's assertive in the paint area. He can finish above the rim and he shows a soft touch as well.
Landis Spivey (Stockton, CA./ Aspire Langston Hughes Academy)
2018, WF, 6-foot-4, 170 pounds
Joel's Take: Spivey is an ultra-athletic swingman who can impact the game with his bouncy nature, instincts, and high motor. Above the rim finishes, soft hands, and an ability to find ways to score are his gifts.