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Week 1 Earl Watson Elite/Open Gym Premier Spring League Recap


Earl Watson Elite/Open Gym Premier Week 1 Spring League Recap 

Players of Note via Earl Watson Elite/Open Gym Premier


The Earl Watson Elite/Open Gym Premier Spring League week 1 was an incredible success.  The league featured over 70 teams on 13 courts of action from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.  Here are some players of note from Week 1 of the Spring League.  Every week we will have write-ups of top players.


2014 Yonathan Napoleon 6’2 Brentwood – Napoleon is a diamond in the rough.  He is a knockdown shooter who plays the game in a very poised manner.  He makes very good decisions and was solid in a big time win for Coach Matt Sargeant’s Earl Watson Select group.


2014 Riley Blea 6’1 El Modena – Blea is a total winner on and off the court.  He is a solid d 3 prospect who can really shoot it.  He displays great toughness and grit.


2014 Lamont Tyler 6’10 Villa Park – Tyler is a very skilled big man who has great hands, footwork and touch.  With improved motivation, Tyler has a chance to be a division one prospect.  Due to the lack of size in the West, Tyler will definitely get looks from d 1 schools in the Spring.


2014 Salvador Carlos 6’2 Downey – Carlos is a tough, hard-nosed and scrappy player who really gets after it.  His toughness was on display Friday night throughout.


2014 Darnell Bettis 6’3 University – Bettis is one of the biggest sleepers in the 2014 class.  He is athletic, can score and makes good decisions.  He will be one of the d 1 sleepers on the West Coast in the Spring.


2015 Chimezie Metu 6’8 Lawndale  – When the motor is at full speed, Metu is one of the most dangerous and potent players in the country.  Great size, explosiveness and burst.  Metu has all the tools to play and be succesful at the high level.  He was terrific on Friday night for his Hoop Phi squad led by Lawndale coach Johnny Parker.


2015 Rogers Printup 6’4 Orange Lutheran – Printup plays as hard as any player in the West Coast class of 2015.  He is great defensively and has a nose for the ball.  Due to his toughness and strength, he should be on the radar screen of every mid to high major program in the West.


2015 Kevin Olsen 6’3 Villa Park – Olsen was solid Friday night after coming off a terrific junior campaign for Coach Kevin Reynolds Villa Park team.  He takes charges, plays hards and does all the little things that division one coaches like.


2015 Andrew Gardiner 6’2 Brentwood – Gardiner is a very smart, crafty and skilled player.  He can also shoot the 3 ball very well.


2016 Sherwin Lewis 6’7 Paramount – Lewis is a great prospect for the next level.  He has a great frame and length.  He needs to become much more assertive on the defensive end and utilize his length to block shots.

2016 Noah Peterson 6’2 West Ranch – Peterson was one of the biggest and best surprises of the Spring League on Friday night.  He plays the game at a relentless pace.  He is very tough and physical.  The key for his long term development will be developing lead guard skills.


2016 Miles James 6’5 Inglewood – James is a d 1 prospect due to his size and length.  He needs to make better decisions and learn to play the game in a more fundamentally sound manner.  He has great potential and will make the ESPN sportscenter highlight plays at times.


2016 Mahleek Gordon 6’3 Inglewood – Gordon is a tough and scrappy combo guard who slashes to the basket at will.  He is a solid defender and has a great nose for the ball.  He projects to be one of the better combo guards in the West in 2016.


2016 Cameron Griffin 6’5 Bretheren Christian – Griffin has a good feel for the game and is a very good athlete.  He has a lot of room to grow.  It will be interesting to watch his development.


2017 Devyian Roberson 5’11 Servite – Roberson is a tremendous athlete who is explosive and quick.  He did a tremendous job defensively for Coach Couso’s NOC team Friday night.


2017 Garrett Freund 5’10 Yorba Linda – Freund is an outstanding 3 point shooter.  He hit 8+ threes in two games Friday night.  He was on fire from downtown.


2017 Myles Franklin 6’1 Villa Park – Franklin is a very young looking freshman who is a great prospect.  He is very skilled, can shoot it and is great running a team.


2018 Riley Battin 6’6 –  Battin is one of the more impressive eighth graders in the country.  He is incredibly skilled, makes good decisions and can really shoot it.  Battin projects to being one of the better players in the West.


2018 Wes Slatchjert 6’3 – Slatchjert is a knock down shooter who has a sweet stroke and a high release.  He is very skilled and makes very good decisions.  He did a very good job running with his Earl Watson Elite group in the league.


2018 Taeshon Cherry 6’7 – Cherry is oozing with potential and upside.  He is a long, lanky and very young prospect who has a chance to do some amazing things down the road.  He might be the second best prospect in San Diego (behind Deandre Ayton) and will definitely be a name we are hearing a lot about.


2018 Jamal Hartwell 5’10 – Hartwell is a lock down defender and showed his ability to run a team Friday night.  If he continues to display lead guard skills, he will be one of the top lead guards in the West in the 2018 class.


2018 Spencer Freedman 5’11 – Freedman is one of the top shooters in the 2018 class.  He is a knockdown shooter from anywhere on the court.  He is incredibly skilled and savvy.  He is a pleasure to watch because he plays the game the right way.


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