Fairfax State Preview Classic recap

FAIRFAX, Calif. -- As the season winds down for the Class of 2011, it is time to seriously dissect the Class of 2012 out west, and there were a handful of prospects that emerged at the Fairfax State Preview Classic. First and foremost, a couple of bigs -- 6-foot-7 Zena Edosomwan (North Hollywood, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) and 6-8 Skylar Spencer (Los Angeles, Calif./Price) come immediately -- exhibited their respective talents and showed they are high-major bound before it's all said and done.

Edosomwan utilizes his quickness and bounce to convert consistently inside, while Spencer dominates the paint with his length and shot blocking prowess. Due to their upside and approach, when it's all said and done they could be mentioned in the same breath as ESPN Super 60 prospects 6-8 Brandon Ashley (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd) and 6-8 Grant Jarrett (La Verne, Calif./Lutheran).

Standout players

Zena Edosomwan
2011, PF

He is establishing himself as one of the better bigs out west. At this stage he is a tier below the aforementioned Ashley and Jarrett, but his blossoming talent is undeniable. He has magnetic hands and a scorer's mentality. His feet are very good and he gets off the floor quick. In transition, he can fill the lane and finish well above the rim. He needs to continue to hone his post skills and finish at a more consistent rate with contact, but he is definitely on the rise.

Wesley Saunders (Los Angeles, Calif./Windward)
2011, PF, 6-5, 200 pounds

The Harvard commit, is that classic 'tweener prospect. At this level he is a beast due to his frame, bounce, and desire. He is a terrific scorer in transition with exceptional body control and his rebounding prowess is impressive. He draws fouls better than any prospect in Southern California and he hits his free throws. However, it is surprising that his jump shot has not improved, which has caused high-major programs to shy away. Overall though, he is one of those prospects that you don't bet against because he plays to win on every possession.

Julian Harrell (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola)
2012, PF/WF, 6-5, 190 pounds

Harrell is stuck between the 3 and the 4, but like the aforementioned Saunders he is a winner who plays with relentless passion. He is a catalyst at both ends of the floor due to his hustle, savvy, and athleticism. He attacks the offensive glass with a vengeance and is a terrific finisher in transition. He is pretty potent off the dribble, but needs to polish his perimeter handle (going left) and smooth out his jump shot to continue his evolution as a player.

Surprise players

Joe Rahon (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines)
2012, PG/SG, 6-1, 175 pounds

The younger brother of San Diego State sharpshooter James Rahon is slowly recovering from a devastating knee injury that occurred over a year ago. He doesn't quite have the burst and quickness he once had, but is definitely heading in the right direction. He has an ideal frame for the 1 or the 2 with broad shoulders and long arms. His chiseled frame allows him to ward off strong defenders and he shows signs of becoming a point guard someday with his decision making. He is quite good at driving and kicking it to open shooters and he always has his head up. However, the strength of his game at this stage is spotting up for the 3-point shot (nailed six 3s in the event).

Max Guercy (Mission Hills, Calif./Alemany)
2012, PG, 5-6, 150 pounds

Guercy is short, stout and doesn't have ideal size for the next level, but he is a fearless competitor. He is deceptively quick and has an exceptional burst in transition. Despite his size, he can carry defenders on his hip and generally makes good decisions. His jump shot is impeccable and he gets it off quick. The Class of 2012 is void of quality point guards and although Guercy has some shortcomings he will get recruited due to his competiveness and shooting ability.

One to watch

Chance Murray (Los Angeles, Calif./Price)
2013, PG/SG, 6-2, 170 pounds

Murray doesn't start on a loaded team, but that hasn't hindered his development as one of the best guard prospects out west, regardless of class. He has great size for the 1 and his jump shot is as feathery as it gets. He advances the ball well and there is generally no wasted motion to his game. In addition, he uses his size and strength to elevate over smaller defenders, while posting up. At the beginning of the game Alemany's quickness bothered him (struggled keeping defenders in front of him). However, as the game wore on his intensity at the defensive end picked up and he adapted, utilizing his size and strength. Look for Murray to become a national recruit in the coming seasons.


• Two of the more promising freshmen point guards were on display at this event in 5-8 Parker Cartwright (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola) and 5-8 Chris Martin (Los Angeles, Calif./Price). Cartwright has an advanced feel for the game and a smooth shooting stroke, while Martin has exceptional quickness and vision.

• USC signee 6-5 Byron Wesley and 5-7 Jordan Daniels (Fontana, Calif./Etiwanda) are one of the better senior duos in California. Wesley utilizes his strength and skill to score in bunches, while Daniels has a considerable amount of spurt ability off the dribble to set up his teammates for easy scores.

• Look for 6-2 junior Dayton Boddie (Oceanside, Calif./El Camino) to get some Division I interest this spring and summer, as a result of his sweet shooting touch and overall feel for the game.

• Josh Hearihy, a 6-6 junior out of North Hollywood, Calif./Harvard-Westlake, continues to climb the recruiting charts. The left-hander is a basketball player in every sense of the word. His stroke is getting more consistent and his frame is filling out. His savvy is outstanding

• Los Angeles-Windward has a couple of improving underclassmen in 6-5 junior Nick Stover and 5-7 sophomore Jordan Wilson. Stover is a combo-forward who can stick the 3-point shot, while Wilson possesses cat-like quickness and a solid 3-point jump shot.

Justin Childress, a 6-0 junior combo-guard out of Los Angeles-Loyola, has improved his stock this regular season. He has solid strength and a considerable amount of scoring savvy. In a class void of quality guards, look for Childress to gain some recruiting momentum this coming spring and summer.

Joel Francisco is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Recruiting.