South Bay Fall League Recap

Bennie Boatwright

Redondo Union hosted a loaded South Bay Fall League on Sunday, giving the chance to see a handful of good Southern California prospects.

Leland King, PF, Brentwood: King has clearly slimmed down since July and it's helped his game. The increased mobility has helped on both ends of the floor. King always plays hard and really made an impact on the glass on Sunday. He made some very nice passes out of the post and finished inside. He'll be a nice player for Brown.

Jahmel Taylor, PG, Pacific Hills: Taylor has made some positive changes to his game since arriving at Pacific Hills. He's doing a much better job as a distributor and picked up several assists on Sunday by taking his defender off the dribble, getting into the lane and finding the open teammate. Always a player capable of getting hot from three, Taylor also knocked down a couple from long range off the catch. A capable passer, the more Taylor keeps developing as a distributor, the more his stock will increase.

Jelani Mitchell, SG, Pasadena Muir: It was tough to get a good feel for Mitchell's game when he played off the ball in AAU this summer, so seeing him on his high school team was already a priority this season, and in this game he showed plenty to be excited about. He's a legitimate three-position player, as he's probably just as much of a one as he is a two and as much of a two as he is a three. At about 6-foot-4, he also has good size. He nailed five three-pointers - three off the catch and two pull-ups - made some aggressive drives to the basket where he finished well, he played strong defense and made one terrific pass after the other the entire game. There were a lot of schools that backed off after the summer, but this kid deserves another look; he can really play.

Namon Wright, SG, Pacific Hills: Wright has continuously progressed both as a player and a prospect over the past couple of years, and on Sunday he proved that his development continues to go in a very good direction. On defense he was terrific, playing hard the entire time, locking up whoever he defended and picking up several steals. If there was one area in his offensive game that you wanted to see him improve it was his three-point shot, and he looked as good as ever there, nailing five shots from beyond the arc. Also a committed rebounder and smart passer, Wright has all the tools to be a very good player at the high major level in college.

Isaiah Bailey, SF, Compton: Bailey put forth a very good effort against Alemany. He played hard the entire game on both ends, which led to a lot of transition baskets. He added a floater to his game which looked nice and hit two threes, one off the catch and one off a one-dribble pull-up. While Bailey was scoring almost at will at times, he also did a nice job playing unselfish basketball, making some perfect passes to teammates for assists. Already a small forward prospect with a really high upside, when Bailey plays hard like this, he's going to make a huge impact on any game he plays in.

Iziahiah Sweeney, SG, Compton: A player that has steadily progressed the last couple years, Sweeney played very well on Sunday. A big time athlete at the shooting guard position, Sweeney threw down a couple one-handed dunks that fully displayed what kind of athlete he is. He uses his body really well shielding off his defender while driving to the basket, can hit a floater and has a midrange jumper that he hits at a respectable percent. He's upped his stock to the point where high majors should be watching him.

Bear Henderson, SF, Alemany: Henderson had a strong game against Compton. Always a pretty sharp shooter from midrange, Henderson knocked down a couple threes off the catch on Sunday. He played hard, did a nice job on the glass, finished with contact and rebounded well. He'll be asked to do a lot for Alemany this season and Sunday was a good preview of what he's capable of.

Aaron Holiday, PG, Campbell Hall: Holiday was an absolute force on Sunday. He's grown to about 6-foot-1 and his athleticism has only increased. His burst to the basket is on another level and when he makes that first move to the hoop, his defender almost has no chance of slowing him down. Holiday is a strong guard who handles contact very well, which doesn't make guarding him any easier. The sophomore wasn't completely committed to scoring every time he took his defender off the dribble, also drawing the double team and dishing to open teammates for assists. When Holiday drove to the lane, he finished with both hands or would draw the foul. The difference between Holiday today and a year ago is impressive; he's made a big jump forward.

Bennie Boatwright, PF, Alemany: There's a lot of upside to the young face-up four, who has some Austin Daye to his game. He's very physically immature and still growing, but for now he's most comfortable offensively facing the basket, while defensively he's going to be best defending inside. He played through an injured finger on his shooting hand, but he has a really smooth outside stroke and it's pretty clear to see that's a major weapon for him. He can also handle it pretty well for his size and made some nice passes. It's pretty easy to see why schools have been so quick to offer him.

Leland Green, PG, Redondo Union: At about 6-foot-2, Green has very good size for the point guard position. Also a big time athlete, Green has the size and athleticism you're looking for out of a point guard. In a viewing in July, Green showed he had a midrange jumper and a floater, so there's a lot of potential here.

Daron Henson, PF, Alemany: This was a really impressive first viewing. Henson is a tough and athletic power forward that was a beast on the glass on Sunday, not showing any fear giving up size and strength in the paint and securing some really difficult boards. He had a nice drive to the basket and finished well. Already really mobile for a young big kid, Henson has the toughness and rebounding ability you want out of a young post.

* Westchester has a 2014 shooting guard in Elijah Stewart who is a pretty good looking prospect. Stewart is about 6-foot-4 with long arms and a good frame for a young two-guard. In the first half he had success with his pull-up jumper. He's definitely a player to watch for Westchester this coming season.

* 2014 Brentwood point guard Tra Holder has always been a player who specializes in attacking the basket, but he's added to his game. His midrange pull-up looked good and he had some nice drive and dishes for assists.

* Rice commit Marcus Jackson, a 2013 shooting guard from Pacific Hills, did most of his work from three, hitting two of them off the catch and two pulling up.

* Campbell Hall's Kahlil Simplis is a score-first 2015 point guard whose best weapon on Sunday was a pull-up midrange jumper.

* After transferring from Santa Monica, 2014 power forward Colin Bell has landed on his feet at Campbell Hall and played well against Pacific Hills. Bell is about 6-foot-7, plays hard, looked to have soft hands and really competed on the glass.

* One of the biggest sleeper point guards out west in 2014, Compton's Kyron Cartwright had a nice game against Alemany, doing a really good job using his speed and vision to create for teammates.

Jahmel Taylor recently picked up an offer from Weber State.

Jelani Mitchell will wait until the spring before making a decision. He's hosted Pepperdine, Cal State Northridge and Rice this fall.

Bennie Boatwright holds offers from Connecticut, Washington, USC, Rice, New Mexico State, San Diego, U.C. Irvine and Boise State with interest from UCLA, Arizona, UNLV, San Diego State and North Carolina State. He grew up a UCLA fan.

Daron Henson holds an offer from Cal State Northridge with interest from Arizona, North Carolina State and USC.

Bear Henderson added an offer from Cal Poly SLO. Recommended Stories

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