August 13, 2007

The Weekly Spin: A Fresh Look

Unlike nearly every other significant summer AAU Tournament weekend, just about every basketball prospect in the country makes an appearance in the annual Nike, Reebok, or Adidas summer hoops tournaments in Las Vegas. From the numerous coaches and writers that show up at the events, that's the beauty of showing up in Vegas. You can watch players like Modesto (Calif.) Christian standout D.J. Seeley in action.

Along with recent Pepperdine verbal Brad Tinsley and 2009 mega-prospect Jordan Hamilton, who The Weekly Spin chronicled in Last Week's TWS, Seeley was rock solid in Las Vegas while playing for the Compton Magic. He showed his versatility by playing the point, the two-guard, and the three-spot during pool play. Seeley stroked a number of three's, pull-ups, and acrobatic drives but also dished at least two dozen assists in his five games. His ceiling is like that of former Arizona guard and NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas, with his smooth moves, timely scoring, and sensational defensive abilities. He has a knack for making his teammates better and winning games.

San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart Cathedral forward Jerry Brown, a 2009 prospect, is a prospect we've been watching for two summers now. He played with the always talented EBO team in the Adidas event. Brown, who has an offer on the table from the University of Washington and was shadowed at the event by Lorenzo Romar, is still finding his confidence on the court. He's a very intriguing prospect because he's the idea small forward at 6-foot-6 with plenty of length, strength, and athleticism. However, his three-point shot isn't consistent yet, and while his baseline game is solid, Brown's got a number of defensive issues to work through. His upside makes him a prospect you have to watch though. He still has two years of prep ball left to work out the kinks, and on a team that possesses talents like Tim Harris, Luke Babbitt, Brendan Lane, and Oscar Bellfield, it would be tough for anyone to truly stand out.

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