Double Pump Best of the Summer recap

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The July evaluation period has come to an end, and there was no better place to finish it off than at the Double Pump Best of the Summer. In addition to having a plethora of nationally rated prospects, there were a number of under-the-radar players exhibiting their skills.

Standout players

Noah Vonleh (Haverhill, Mass./New Hampton)
2014, WF, 6-foot-7, 215 pounds

Although he doesn't have the notoriety of a Theo Pinson (Greensboro, N.C./Wesleyan Christian Academy) or Andrew Wiggins (Toronto, Canada/Huntington Prep), Vonleh belongs in the discussion for being among the top players in the Class of 2014. He has all the physical intangibles (extraordinarily long arms and bounce) scouts look for in a high-level prospect. He is an innate scorer off the dribble and can knock down the 3-point shot. In addition, he had a number of high-level finishes through contact after slashing to the basket.

Ishmail Wainright (Raytown, Mo./Raytown South)
2013, WF, 6-5, 215 pounds

He is one of the better all-around defenders in his class. Wainright led his team (KC 76ers) to the tournament championship by affecting the outcome of each and every game in multiple ways. The chiseled, long-armed wing is a lockdown defender at all three levels. He is an excellent on-ball defender where he utilizes his length and quick hands to disrupt his opponent. In addition, he has the ability to pick apart the defense with his precision passing and slashing drives. As of right now, it appears this will be a battle between UCLA and St. John's for his services.

Awry Holmes (Salem, Ore./North Salem)
2012, PG, 5-11, 155 pounds

Holmes came into July as a relative unknown, but that has certainly changed due to his outstanding play in the Best of the Summer. The strong point guard with a contagious competitive nature made big play after big play throughout the tournament. He has a strong burst in transition and his pull-up game is quite good. Holmes has definitely placed his name among the top point guards out west.

Parker Jackson-Cartwright (Los Angeles/Loyola)
2014, PG, 5-7, 140 pounds

Cartwright continues to demonstrate why he may be the best player in Southern California, regardless of class. His feel for the game is on another level as exhibited by his adept passing ability. In addition, at the defensive end he disrupted the opposing team's offense with his quick hands and savvy. What may be his most impressive asset his demeanor as he never appears to get rattled no matter the situation. If he continues to progress, he will be mentioned in the same breath as Jacque Vaughn, Baron Davis, and Brandon Jennings while they were in high school.

Demarquise Johnson (Phoenix/Westwind Prep)
2012, SG, 6-5, 185 pounds

Johnson is one of the elite shooting guards in the country. His high-wire act to the rim is awe-inspiring and he can knock down the deep 3. He can break down his opponent off the bounce and he has a solid first step, but he needs to use it more often as he has a tendency to dribble too much. Overall, if Johnson can put forth a more concerted effort at the defensive end and on the boards, he is an elite Division-I prospect.

Surprise players

Kaleb Tarczewski (Claremont, N.H./St. Marks)
2012, C, 6-11, 250 pounds

Tarczewski is rated amongst the best prospects in the country as Kansas, Duke, Arizona and North Carolina monitor his every pivot move and finish. He has a solid frame with good length and has room for growth in his upper torso. He sets up well in the deep post and knows how to seal his defender. He is a good passer out of the double team and generally has a high IQ for the game at both ends. However, he is fairly grounded and needs space to elevate in the paint. In addition, he is slow to react in terms of shot blocking and rebounding in space. If Tarczewski is going to be mentioned amongst the best in the country, he must become more dominant at both ends.

Demetris Morant (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman)
2012, 6-7, 195 pounds

Morant wasn't able to show his talent running with Dream Vision as his playing time and touches were limited. However, his status among coaches and scouts took a turn for the better when he decided to play with Team Jennings Black. His offensive game is quite raw, as are his fundamentals, but his length and vertical game are high-level. He has excellent timing on the defensive end and finishes way above the rim on the offensive end. UNLV appears to be out front in his recruitment thus far.

Tajai Johnson (Vallejo, Calif./Vallejo)
2012, PG/SG, 6-3, 180 pounds

Johnson has been one of the pleasant surprises this summer. He is a strong point guard with good length and broad shoulders. The left-hander has a quick first step to the basket, and he can finish through contact or drop off the assist. He needs to tighten up his pull-up game and work on being able to penetrate going right as well as he does going left, but there are few prospects who play as hard as Johnson at both ends. He has a Big West flavor to his recruitment, claiming offers from UC-Davis, UC-Riverside and UC-Irvine.

Thomas Wallace (Stockton, Calif./McNair)
2013, SG, 6-3, 185 pounds

Wallace is a blue-collar scoring guard who punishes the defense with hard-nosed drives to the basket and tenacious energy on the defensive end. He is quite good off the dribble and he has the strength to finish in the painted area. Defensively, he has quick hands and he plays the passing lanes very well. Wallace is hearing from the Pac-12 and WCC thus far in his recruiting.

Breakout performers

Zach Auguste (Marlborough, Mass./New Hampton)
2012, PF, 6-9, 210 pounds

Auguste -- who reminds me of Channing Frye -- had his whole arsenal going at Best of the Summer. The rangy 4-man with great length displayed his face-up skills and nice touch out to the 3-point line. He rebounded well in traffic and had a number of impressive hustle plays. In one sequence, he sprinted the length of the floor off of a steal to get the block on the other end -- one of the most impressive plays we've seen all summer. Overall, Auguste is vastly underrated and he should turn out to be a great college player with the upside to play in the NBA.

Victor Robbins (Compton, Calif./Compton)
2012, WF, 6-5, 190 pounds

Robbins is considered an enigma out west because he has all the tools to be a high-major player, but his consistency is up and down. He has a potent midrange game with a terrific pull-up, and he's a gifted passer. He can slash his way to the rim with the best and his scoring IQ is high. His decision-making needs to improve and he needs to show a more consistent effort (tends to float in games) at all times, but no one can question his overall talent.


Collin Spickerman (Portland, Ore./Jesuit)
2012, PF, 6-foot-8, 200 pounds

Spickerman is a talented 4-man with extraordinarily long arms. He is quite bouncy as well and gets a number of points off put-backs and short jump shots. He needs to play with more physicality and assertiveness, but he does have talent. Spickerman is hearing from Santa Clara, St. Mary's and UCSB.

Mitch Penner (Seattle/Kennedy)
2012, WF, 6-5, 195 pounds

Penner doesn't have a true niche, but he is quite the versatile player. He impacts the game in a variety of ways. He isn't a great athlete, but he changes speeds very well and has a very high basketball IQ as demonstrated by his passing. He plays hard at both ends and is a willing rebounder and defender. Overall, Penner is a fringe Division I prospect, but he is a certain high-level winner.

Austin Haldorson (Lone Tree, Col./Highlands Ranch)
2012, PF, 6-8, 190 pounds

Haldorson is a possible diamond in the rough. The willowy 4-man is a tad gawky and just getting used to his frame, but he has a nice burst to the basket when facing up and he's fairly bouncy. His ball skills are solid in the open court and he plays with a lot of energy. With a collegiate-level weight program and a redshirt season, he could be a steal at the mid-major level.


• Danny Granger Hurricanes Elite has an intriguing 2013 backcourt in 6-4 Cullen Neal (Albuquerque, N.M./El Dorado) and 6-3 Bryce Alford (Albuquerque, N.M./La Cueva). Neal is a Division I combo-guard who can knock down shots, and is the son of former NBA player Craig Neal. Alford is a sharpshooting 2-guard, which is not surprising considering his father is former Indiana legend and New Mexico coach Steve Alford.

• Oakland Soldiers Blue has a number of fine-looking Division I prospects, including 6-3 junior Darin Johnson (Elk Grove, Calif./Franklin) and 6-6 junior Noah Allen (Salinas, Calif./Palma). Johnson is an explosive 2-guard who has a knack for scoring, while Allen is a smooth wing-type with a solid jump shot.

• If 6-8 Josh Hearlihy (North Hollywood, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) adds a consistent jump shot to his game, he has the frame, basketball IQ, and savvy to be an intriguing stretch 4-man at the next level. Santa Clara, Utah and Portland have offered, with more to come.

Dakari Tucker (Gardena, Calif./Serra), a 6-4 wing with a lengthy frame and improving perimeter skills, has an offer from Cal State Bakersfield. LMU, Santa Clara and UC-Riverside are showing interest as well.

Joel Francisco is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Recruiting.