Standouts from Rumble in the Bay

Flemming impresses

Memorial Day Weekend was hardly a time of rest for <i>The Bootleg</i>. In addition to detailed baseball coverage, we scouted a load of kids at the Rumble in the Bay AAU basketball tournament in Los Altos (CA). It was a good chance to get a pre-summer look at many of the best West Coast players, a few of which were new on the radar. Read on for the best looking kids in the 2004 and 2005 classes, plus a pair of football recruits who were hooping it up.

Class of 2004

Brian Anderson

Lamar HS
(Lamar, CO)

6'8" PF The best of the '04 class in Stanford's academic ballpark that I saw at the event.  He has pretty good skills around the basket and a nice shooting touch out to at least 15 feet.  Can go left or right and attacks the basket from the low or high post.  Like his agility, though not a great leaper.  Will become a stronger rebounder once he adds to his lean frame.  Took an unofficial visit to Stanford during the tournament, but by NCAA rules could not speak with any coaches.
Kyle Brucculeri

Los Alamitos HS
(Los Alamitos, CA)

6'6" SF Kyle is a kid who will keep a mid-major label, but he might be a high-major shooter for his size.  I watched him play hoping to see other dimensions to his game, but there is no question his greatest asset is his shooting acumen.  Saw him hit three straight treys in the span of five-six possessions.  He's worth watching this summer because Stanford could arguably use a great shooter, with the last being Dan Grunfeld in the '02 class.  The question is whether the rest of his game can develop to play at the Pac-10 level.  Needs to improve defense and rebounding, and something on the floor to go with his spot-up perimeter shot.
Daniel Flemming

Murrieta Valley HS
(Murrieta, CA)

6'7" SF/PF I heard promising things about Flemming and was grossly disappointed the first game I saw in this tournament.  However, in his second game he was much more active and effective offensively; turns out he hadn't played in a month and had some rust.  Suprised me with how well he went up to get rebounds, and pull them down despite rail-thin arms.  He his skills and savvy a little below Anderson, but he's got more explosiveness, vertically and laterally.  Good first step and nice touch.  Could be interesting if he continues to develop.

Class of 2005

Darrin Mahoney

Wasatch HS
(Heber City, UT)

6'7" PF In a class that includes Joseph Darger, Mahoney may be not get all the '05 headlines in Utah.  But he has a great looking frame that could become a punishing power forward if he adds an inch or two.  He moves very well but is a little raw when it comes to skills.  Names an early top five of Utah, BYU, UCLA, Stanford and Long Beach State.  3.9 GPA is good news academically.
Andre McGee

Canyon Springs HS
(Moreno Valley, CA)

5'10" PG I absolutely love this kid, and have loved him since I first watched him as a freshman.  I think he has some Brevin Knight in him, with his handle, quickness and attitude.  His liabilities as a frosh were his overabundance of three-point shots and his underdeveloped role as a floor general.  I see significant progress in both, and am pleasantly surprised to see that his body is developing.  Could be a great defender if he puts his mind to it.  Watched him put up an easy 33 points in one game at this event.  Self-reports a 3.5 GPA, but Stanford doesn't often get kids from the Inland Empire.

Football Recruits (Class of 2004)

Jeff Byers

Loveland HS
(Loveland, CO)

6'4" OL/DL Make no mistake, Byers won't play hoops in college outside of the IM leagues.  But it's instructive to see his athletic and leadership qualities.  He runs the floor incredibly well for his size, and plays with a ferocious energy.  Loves to set picks on the perimeter and bang inside. Scored 10 pts and grabbed 3 boards in one game I watched, but his FT shooting and vertical leap will keep him on the gridiron.  That's OK, given that he's an All-American talent in football.  Also love his very vocal leadership on the floor and on the bench.
Kory Sperry

Pueblo County HS
(Pueblo, CO)

6'6" TE He's a pretty interesting two-sport recruit who moves around very well for a part-time basketball player.  Great athlete with a good-looking body.  Can bang like a power forward, but drive and leap like a small forward.  Plays quarterback in high school but wants to play tight end in college.  Already offered by Colorado for football and CSU for hoops.  3.7 GPA piques your interest, but he'll need to raise his 18 ACT.

 


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