- Joel Francisco
The Southern California Hoop Review had a nice collection of Division I talent, led by arguably the No. 1 prospect out west for the Class of 2013 in 6-foot-9 Marcus Lee (Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley).
Marcus Lee (Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley)
2013, PF, 6-foot-9, 200 pounds
Lee, who may remind some of current UNLV redshirt PF Khem Birch, is a sinewy 4-man who can affect the game in a variety of ways. First and foremost, is his ability to change the game with his shot-blocking prowess. He possesses that lethal combination of extreme length and cat-like quickness. His offensive game is raw, but he is an astute passer with a nice feel for the game. If his assertiveness stays consistent and his offensive game develops, he is potentially a top-15 prospect in the class. He claims offers from the entire Pac-12 and Big 12, but he says VCU has been recruiting him the hardest.
London Perrantes (Encino, Calif./Crespi)
2012, PG, 6-0, 155 pounds
Perrantes will not wow you with blinding quickness and speed, but his IQ for the game as well as his savvy are impressive. He has continued to improve under the tutelage of one of the more underrated coaches in Southern California in Russell White. Perrantes has improved his jump shot and he changes speeds very well to keep defenders off balance -- not too mention his head is always on a swivel while advancing the ball in transition. He needs to continue to work on finishing inside the paint area and develop a solid midrange shot, but that hasn’t stopped USC, Arizona State, USF, Pepperdine and Saint Mary’s from offering. He said that Syracuse is his dream school.
Dakarai Allen (Sacramento, Calif./Sheldon)
2013, SG/WF, 6-4, 175 pounds
Allen is one of the more unique prospects in the country. His jump shot needs consistency, but his length, feel for the game and assertiveness is impressive. He is the ultimate slasher and his knack for locating open teammates off the bounce is notable. In addition, his intangibles (long arms, quick hands and competitiveness) make him a possible lock-down defender at the next level. Most of the Pac-12 is heavily involved.
Jake Toolson (Gilbert, Ariz./Highland)
2014, WF, 6-5, 210 pounds
Toolson is a power wing with a buttery touch from well beyond the arc. However, the most impressive aspect of his game is his ability to facilitate the offense with aplomb. His high IQ for the game is demonstrated by the number of efficient passes he handed out over the weekend. He’ll rebound in traffic and communicates well with his teammates. There is some concern over his stocky frame (from a defensive standpoint), but with his knack for dropping deep 3s combined with his well-documented point forward skills, he is a definite interesting prospect.
The Southern California Hoop Review had a nice collection of Division I talent, led by arguably the No. 1 prospect out west for the Class of 2013 in 6-foot-9 Marcus Lee (Antioch, Calif.