NCB On The Trail: West Coast events

CALIFORNIA -- The second of July's three evaluation periods ended with a bang out West this past weekend, with a pair of exciting events taking place in California.

Marshawn Cherry's San Diego All-Stars Pump-n-Run squad efficiently put away the competition in impressive fashion to win the Double Pump Best of the Summer event in Anaheim. The victors were led by one of the fastest rising prospects in the country in Trey Kell.

As Kell and his teammates were celebrating their championship, Ryan Silver launched his Pangos Stars of the Future event, and to say it was a success would be an understatement. The prospects in attendance ranged from the Class of 2015 to 2017, and none were as impressive as 6-foot-10 DeAndre Ayton. Many other recruits contributed standout performances, including Max Heidegger, Nuwr'iyl Williams and Vance Jackson.

Let’s take a closer look at which prospects made the most noise at the two West Coast events.

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. -- The inaugural Battle at the Beach, orchestrated by Etop Udo-Ema, was launched at Redondo Union High School this week and to sum it up in a few words -- it made quite a splash. Start with the premier backcourt players in attendance like Jordan McLaughlin, Quentin Snider and Devearl Ramsey, then toss in a stellar hospitality room and the day was quite profitable from all angles. The frontcourt talent was scarce, but there were a number of talented perimeter prospects who exhibited elite level skills and savvy.

Let’s examine which players made an impression at the event.

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA -- The Double Pump Summer Tip-Off in Anaheim and Pangos Sweet 16 in Long Beach went head-to-head this past week, and as a result there were a plethora of elite-level prospects to scope out in Southern California.

After the first evaluation period ended on Sunday, there were two guards who stood head and shoulders above the rest: Jeremy Hemsley (La Verne, Calif./Damien) and Devin Watson (San Diego/Army & Navy).

Here’s a look at all the top performers from the Double Pump Tip-Off and Pangos 16.

Devin Watson
Joel Francisco/ESPN.comDevin Watson could have the most upside of any point guard in California.
Co-MVPs
Devin Watson (San Diego/Army & Navy)
2015, PG/SG, 6-0, 155
Status:
Claims offers from Oregon State, UTEP, San Diego, Cal State Northridge and Northern Arizona
Watson came into the first evaluation period with the fearless competitive nature we have grown to expect from him. The undersized scoring point guard is a high-level bucket getter who can drain 3-point shots, nail mid-range pull-ups or slash his way to the rim. His Tyus Edney-like game-winning full-court layup was a thing of beauty. He is much more scorer than facilitator, but he does have the ability to drop off a nifty assist at times.

Jeremy Hemsley (La Verne, Calif./Damien)
2015, SG, 6-2, 175
Status:
Claims offers from Arizona State, UNLV, UConn, Boston College, New Mexico, San Diego State, UC Irvine and Northern Arizona
Hemsley was on the border of making the ESPN 60, but if his play continues at the level he exhibited at the Double Pump Summer Tip Off, it will be difficult to keep him out of the rankings. The all-around guard has some Jrue Holiday in him as he affects the game at both ends. He is relentless in transition and will either attack the rim or drop off a high-level assist. However, the improvement of his jump shot is what has elevated his game to national status.

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