Torrey Pines: Day Two

Dakarai Allen

DEL MAR, Calif. - The second day of the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic had plenty of standouts, one of which was small forward Dakarai Allen, who had a big time defensive performance in front of his future home crowd.

Dakarai Allen, SF, Sheldon: Allen has long been proven as one of the top defenders in the 2013 class and did nothing on Thursday to tarnish that reputation. He disrupted one pass after the next, racking up deflections and steals on the defensive end. Once he had the ball, he was aggressive going to the basket, either scoring or trying to create for a teammate. It's been noted here again and again but Allen's passing ability may be the most underappreciated part of his game. He's much more confident offensively than he was a year ago and you can see that with how often he'll find a lane and attack the basket. He knocked down a three and a floater, but most of his buckets came around the rim. He's a perfect fit for San Diego State.

D'Erryl Williams, PG, Sheldon, Williams is just a bulldozer of a point guard and while he's very tough and strong, he's also deceptively agile and is a very good passer. He'll go full steam towards the hoop and when you think he's going to plow right into a defender, he'll stop quickly and find the open teammate. Williams is still returning from injury and isn't full strength yet but he played well on defense, was all over the defensive glass, got to the basket and made some really good passes for assists.

Jabari Bird, SF, Salesian: Bird has such a mature, well-rounded game at this point and even though he's almost always going to be by far the most talented player on the court, still plays the game the right way and is a good teammate. Against Parker he made an effort to create for teammates and really did a nice job driving and creating. He's a terrific athlete both vertically and laterally, which makes him a tough player to drive by on defense while also a difficult guy to defend. He can hit a pull-up jumper from both three or midrange and finish well above the rim. Cal is getting a big time talent.

Izzy Wagner, SG, Mt. Miguel: This kid had been putting up one 40 or 50-point game after another, so being in San Diego for a week, seeing him was a priority and he had 42 points in this one. Wagner is a very strong guard that takes a lot of shots, but his team needs him to. Against Foothills Christian, he was able to score hitting pull-up threes and getting to the basket. The floater wasn't working for him but it seemed like a shot he was comfortable with. He rebounded well for a guard and got to the basket despite constant double teams. His production will generate some interest.

Devin Watson, PG, Army/Navy: Watson seems to always come to play and Thursday was no different. He's the full package at point guard and while he's small and not an elite athlete, he's very quick and skilled, making up for most physical limitations. Watson has a lot of confidence in his pull-up three-pointer and it makes defending him difficult, as he loves to get by his defender and drive to the lane, where he'll either pull up and hit a floater, get to the basket or try to create for a teammate. He gets the most out of his talent and is a very consistent point guard.

Trey Kell, SG, St. Augustine: After growing a couple inches in the past year, Kell has emerged as one of the better shooting guard prospects in Southern California in his class. He has good size at about 6-foot-4 and is a catch and shoot threat from three. He played hard and got some baskets in transition, while also doing some good things in a half court set, including taking his defender off the dribble to get to the basket and pulling up from midrange and hitting from there.

Evan Fitzner, PF, Parker: A talented pick and pop four man, Fitzner spends a lot of time on the perimeter but he can really shoot it. He had his three-point shot working against Salesian, but also competed a bit more in the post than he's displayed in the past, and has clearly worked on a right-handed hook that he knocked down a couple times. Fitzner played hard on defense and did a nice job on the glass. The more post stuff he can add to his game the better, but there aren't a lot of high major four man candidates out west in 2014 and Fitzner is definitely one of the better prospects at the position.

Cameron Walker, SF/PF, Righetti: Walker had an easy game competition wise so it wasn't worth staying for more than a half, but he definitely did everything you could want from him in the game. He was hitting threes off the catch and pull – he had two of each – and other than that was driving to the basket and scoring whenever he wanted. Again, the competition wasn't very good, but Walker did what he should have done and took advantage of it by scoring pretty much at will.

Ivan Rabb, PF, Bishop O'Dowd: It shouldn't be something you have to compliment a young big for, but these days it is, and one of the most under-appreciated parts of Rabb's game is that he knows what he is. You don't see him wasting time on the perimeter; he's down low, fighting for rebounds, sealing off opponents and trying to score in the paint. He's tough to keep off the offensive glass and made a living scoring on putbacks against Windward. On defense he has no problem being physical and he blocks shots and rebounds. Rabb's motor is always running and you can tell that he's always mentally in the game, which definitely isn't always the case for a young post player.

T.J. Leaf, PF/SF, Foothills Christian: Leaf's effort and skill level for a young forward always allow him to be pretty productive and Thursday against Mt. Miguel was no different. Leaf has a versatile game and scored in a number of different ways on Thursday, including a pull-up three pointer, some lay-ups with contact, putbacks after grabbing offensive rebounds and a right-hook. On defense Leaf blocked shots and pulled away rebounds. He's definitely one of the more productive freshmen in Southern California.

Brandon Cyrus, SG, Torrey Pines: Word out of San Diego was that Cyrus was a really good player for a freshman and while sometimes freshman hype can be exaggerated, this time it definitely wasn't. This kid has a terrific feel for the game and just made one very good pass after the other. He moves very well without the ball for a young player and really plays hard on both ends of the court. He scored on a putback, had a long two on a catch and showed nice body control when handling the ball in transition and cutting to the basket, where many of his buckets game from. Add all that to the fact that he's a young kid with good size at bout 6-foot-3 and a frame he'll be able to grow into and you have a player with a bright future.

* 2013 Oregon State signee Cheikh N'Diaye of Army/Navy played hard on Thursday night and had several blocks. His size in the paint makes it difficult for high school guards to finish.

* U.C. Davis landed a good one in St. Augustine's Brynton Lemar, an athlete who had a lot of success getting to the basket on Thursday.

* Northern Colorado signee Jordan Wilson can put up points in a hurry with his pull-up three-pointer and definitely had that shot working against Bishop O'Dowd. The point guard is small but can really score.

* Montana signee Mario Dunn of Salesian was difficult to stop in transition, and the point guard seemed to get to the basket whenever he wanted.

San Diego State had an assistant as well as current players Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley in attendance to watch signees Dakarai Allen and D'erryl Williams.

Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, Washington State, UCLA, California and Stanford all watched Ivan Rabb.

Washington, San Diego State, Arizona, USC, Stanford, Cal, Oregon State and Pepperdine watched Cameron Walker.

San Diego State watched Izzy Wagner and T.J. Leaf.

California, Portland and Drake watched Brandon Cyrus.

Oregon State, San Diego State, Portland and Oregon watched Devin Watson.

California, Colorado, Oregon State and Stanford watched Evan Fitzner and Jabari Bird.

Oregon State offered Cameron Walker.

Brandon Cyrus has interest from San Diego.

Devin Watson's only offer is from San Diego.


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