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Christian Moore & Skyy Clark Battle It Out For Top Players Honors at 2017 John Lucas Camp Right Way - Orange County

September 20, 2017

Published on September 20, 2017 by Clark Francis

The top two players from Southern California in the Class of 2022 are 6'5 8th Grader Christian Moore from Los Angeles, CA and 6'1 8th Grader Skyy Clark from Los Angeles, CA and they both were in attendance at the 2017 John Lucas Camp Right Way - Orange County, which was held over the weekend at the Ladera Sports Center in Ladera Ranch, CA. Moore has an advantage in terms of size and natural talent and it's difficult not to be enamored with his length, athleticism, soft touch, and quickness both around the basket. He also has good ball handling and passing skills for somebody his size, but also has a tendency to over handle, does not have a takeover mentality, spends too much time out on the perimeter, and, if he wants to project as a three down the road and/or doesn't continue to grow, will need to develop more of an outside shooter's mentality However, even more important for our purposes, Moore was not better than Clark was based on performance in this camp and, as a result, the latter edges out the former for the #1-ranking in the camp even though we'd still think the Moore should be listed higher when starting talking about the top players nationally in the Class of 2022. Clark, on the other hand, plays with a lot more energy, does a good job of getting his teammates involved, and can knock down the outside shot. He also has good ball handling and passing skills, changes speeds and directions extremely well, and has the speed, quickness, and athleticism necessary to attack the basket and thrive in an up tempo setting.

We also thought 5'10 8th Grader Ben Shtolzberg from Northridge, CA was clearly the best point guard in camp and, once again, were impressed with his excellent ball handling and passing skills, high basketball IQ, and willingness to get his teammates involved. He also has deceptive speed and quickness, showed that he can score in a variety of ways, and always seemed to come up with more than his share of steals, deflections, and rebounds. As a matter of fact, he has such a great nose for the ball that the argument could be made that pound-for-pound and inch-for-inch he might have been the best rebounder in camp. And, as an added bonus, he's an great kid, exceptional student, and seems to get better and better every time we watch him play. The next guy on our list did not show up until Sunday morning. But, when he did, 6'0 8th Grader Christian Jemerson from Los Alamitos, CA left little doubt about the fact the he was one of the top five players in camp. We're talking about a long lanky athletic combo forward with quick hands and feet, a soft tough around the basket, and speed and quickness necessary to thrive in an up tempo setting. He's more of slasher than a shooter right now, but he is capable of defending smaller guys out on the perimeter, is very active on the boards, and plays with a chip on his shoulder. And rounding out the top five-ranked payers in this camp is 6'1 8th Grader Tanner Deal from Ladera Ranch, CA, who picked up right where he left off when we saw him a month-and-a-half ago at the Jr Phenom Camp. He's kind of a like a jack-of-all-trades with the versatility necessary to play both inside and outside, his aggressiveness on the boards, and ability to knock down the outside shot. He also handles the ball extremely well for somebody his size, plays with a lot of energy, and was one of the most unselfish players in camp.

The best player in the Class of 2023 and just missing being ranked among the top five players in camp was 5'9 7th Grader Makai Lewis from Corona, CA. He also was one of the most athletic guys in camp and, with his soft touch, deep range, and the fact that he likes to pull the trigger, there should be no doubt about the fact that this guy can light up a scoreboard. And providing to the perfect complement to Lewis on the same camp team was 6'1 8th Grader Aden Casarez from Long Beach, CA. He's more of a slasher than a shooter, but he has the versatility necessary to play both inside and outside, has great nose of the ball, is a tough hardnosed competitor, and makes a living off transition. Another guy who plays with a competitive edge is 5'10 8th Grader Barrington Hargress from Inglewood, CA, plus he was one of the better defenders in camp and he knows how to use strength and athleticism to get to the basket and finish at the rim. It also was hard not like the length and athleticism and the way 6'3 8th Grader Quiette Gabriel from Fullerton, CA rebounds, blocks shots, and scores around the basket. He also runs the court extremely well and has the foot speed and quickness necessary to be able to defend smaller guys out on the perimeter. However, he also has a tendency to float at times and is not a tough customer and, as a result, was an underachiever in this camp. And rounding out out top 10-ranked players in camp is 6'9 8th Grader Henri Adiassa from Playa Vista, CA, who at times was mechanical and he doesn't rebound out of his area. But, like they say, you can't teach size, and he does have great length and size for somebody this age. He also is an effective scorer and rebounder in the low post and, needless to say, the sky's the limit once his skills and body have caught up with his growth and size.

We also find that this camp had some depth, as 5'4 8th Grader Bryce Parker from Corona, CA, 5'9 7th Grader Michael Price from Sherman Oaks, CA, 5'9 8th Grader Jim Cunnigham from Simi Valley, CA, 6'0 8th Grader Joseph Verrell from Los Angeles, CA, 5'6 8th Grader Camron Amboree from Houston, TX, 6'1 8th Grader Jaylen Breedlovefrom Salem, OR, 5'11 8th Grader Coralil Mila from Long Beach, CA, 6'0 7th GraderZachary Davidson from Mission Viejo, CA, 6'2 8th Grader Chanse Perkins from Spring, TX, 5'8 8th Grader Jeremy Dent-Smith from Hawthorne, CA, 5'6 8th Grader Randall Wilson from Palos Verdes Estates, CA, 5'11 8th Grader Skyler Jones from Chino Hills, CA, 5'5 7th Grader ZZ Clark from Calabasas, CA, 5'9 8th Grader Ellan Castillon from Stockton, CA, and 5'2 8th Grader Cody Michaels from Pacific Palisades, CA were all good enough to fall into the 11-25 range. What Parker lacks in size, he more than makes up for with his super quick hands and feet, which he uses make a living off transition and to pick your picket at the defensive end. He also has good ball handling and passing skills, a soft touch on his jump shot, and isn't afraid to pull the trigger from behind the arc. Price has good length and athleticism, the skills necessary to play the one, two, and the three spot, and the talent necessary to be one of the better players in camp. However, he did not do a good job of getting his teammates involved and, at times, had a tendency to coast. Cunningham has the skills and the versatility necessary to both play inside and outside and we liked the way he competed, defended, scored around the basket, and got offensive rebounds.

Verrell's defense is way ahead of his offensive, but this long lean athletic big man runs the court, blocks shots, and is oozing with upside and potential. Ambrose is a quick little point guard who impressed us with his speed and quickness, ball handling and passing skills, ability to change speeds and directions, nose for the ball, and knack for being able to get to the rim. Breedllove was very aggressive at both ends of the court and we liked the way he rebounded, blocked shots, scored around the basket, and didn't take any prisoners in the post. Milo does must of his damage in the transition and he plays with a lot of energy, rebounds well for his size, and is versatile enough to play anywhere from the two-to-the-four spot. Davidson does a nice job of setting picks and screens, getting more than his share of rebounds, and scoring both inside and outside. Perkins has good length and athleticism and he impressed us with his ability to score and rebound in the post. However, he also has a tendency to be a pig and doesn't play very hard. Dent-Smith will need to develop more of an outside shooter's mentality, but nobody questions his athleticism, ability to go coast-to coast, and finish off transition. Wilson is a quick-on-quick point guard with good ball handing and passing skills and he makes a living off defense and finishing off transition, What Jones does best is score, rebound, and not take any prisoners around the basket. Clark's game is more flash than substance, but he does have good speed, quickness, and athleticism and he idoes have a knack for being able to make things happen in transition. Castillon is a multi-dimensional athletic 2-guard who knows how to get his shot, but needs to get stronger and finish better in transition. Michaels impressed with his good ball handling and passing skills, high basketball IQ, and ability to get his teammates involved.

The Top 30 Players Based Primarily on Performance at the 2017 John Lucas Camp Right Way - Orange County

1) 6'1 8th Grader Skyy Clark from Los Angeles, CA

2) 6'5 8th Grader Christian Moore from Los Angeles, CA

3) 5'10 8th Grader Ben Shtolzberg from Northridge, CA

4) 6'0 8th Grader Christian Jemerson from Los Alamitos, CA

5) 6'1 8th Grader Tanner Deal from Ladera Ranch, CA

6) 5'9 7th Grader Makai Lewis from Corona, CA

7) 6'1 8th Grader Aden Casarez from Long Beach, CA

8) 5'10 8th Grader Barrington Hargress from Inglewood, CA

9) 6'3 8th Grader Quiette Gabriel from Fullerton, CA

10) 6'9 8th Grader Henri Adiassa from Playa Vista, CA

11) 5'4 8th Grader Bryce Parker from Corona, CA

12) 5'9 7th Grader Michael Price from Sherman Oaks, CA

13) 5'9 8th Grader Jim Cunnigham from Simi Valley, CA

14) 6'0 8th Grader Joseph Verrell from Los Angeles, CA

15) 5'6 8th Grader Camron Amboree from Houston, TX

16) 6'1 8th Grader Jaylen Breedlove from Salem, OR

17) 5'11 8th Grader Coralil Mila from Long Beach, CA

18) 6'0 7th Grader Zachary Davidson from Mission Viejo, CA

19) 6'2 8th Grader Chanse Perkins from Spring, TX

20) 5'8 8th Grader Jeremy Dent-Smith from Hawthorne, CA

21) 5'6 8th Grader Randall Wilson from Palos Verdes Estates, CA

22) 5'11 8th Grader Skyler Jones from Chino Hills, CA

23) 5'5 7th Grader ZZ Clark from Calabasas, CA

24) 5'9 8th Grader Ellan Castillon from Stockton, CA

25) 5'2 8th Grader Cody Michaels from Pacific Palisades, CA