Los Angeles, CA – As the regular season of high school hoops comes to an end, this week marked the final home games for a lot of seniors across Southern California. While some 2020 players already are committed and know…
Los Angeles, CA – As the regular season of high school hoops comes to an end, this week marked the final home games for a lot of seniors across Southern California. While some 2020 players already are committed and know where they will head to college, there remains several players who have yet to sign and are available and listening to interest and offers. Some of these players had huge games this week and boosted their stock.
Brandon Porter (2020, Eastvale Roosevelt, Guard) The looks and the physical attributes, are the first thing you see when you take a look at Porter. The 2020 guard has an impressive frame that can absorb contact and initiate punishment with the best of them. The Roosevelt product does an amazing job getting into the paint and finishing at the rim. Slashing comes second hand to him and he has no problems taking the hit and converting. Porter plays with aggression and a second motor that college coaches will fall in love with. On defense, he is not afraid to do the dirty work. Whether its taking charges, or guarding the opponents best scorer, Porter rises up to the challenge. He does a great job moving his feet, and also knows when to gamble for steals. The potential for Porter to become an contributor at the next level is limitless.
Austin Cook (2020, Damien, Wing) What a way to finish his senior night. Austin Cook had a masterful game against Los Osos where he finished with 24 points and 7 assists. Cook is a perimeter threat who can light it up at any time. What was more impressive is how much his ball handling and passing has come along. Several times throughout the game, Cook made passes and foresaw action that some college point guards might not be able to do. Cook is is still unsigned and should be getting more interest as the playoffs approach.
Albert Matute (2020, Los Osos, Wing) Matute is a gifted scoring wing who can really shoot the ball. The Los Osos swing man had a huge game matched up against a similar positioned and skilled player in Austin Cook. The one advantage Matute has over Cook is his footwork and command of triple threat moves. Matute is a player who you can give the ball to and expect him to go get a bucket. Perhaps playing in a lightly scouted area in the Inland Empire, it is astonishing to see that he doesn’t have more interest and remains unsigned.
Matt Lee (2020, Village Christian, Guard) After a couple of poor seasons, who knew Village Christian would win 22 games this year? A huge reason for their success is the play of guard Matt Lee. The senior Crusader has flown under the radar and rankings this season, not even being ranked on Prep Hoops. He’s made huge strides to his game and is starting to garner the interest of teams at the NAIA and D3 level. Lee is a 5’11” guard who can put the ball on the floor and create offense for himself. He has an accurate mid range and three point jumper which he can score both off of flares and screens, and also in ISO situations. Lee has a strong frame and also is not afraid to take the ball to the hole. Lee has taken a few D3 visits and remains unsigned. The school that takes a chance on Lee will be getting a hard working guard who is constantly looking to improve his game.
Jordan Montgomery (2020, Murrieta, Guard) After transferring to Murrieta Valley for his senior campaign, the 2020 guard has flown a bit under the radar. While he doesn’t have the same exposure he did as when he played for Rancho Christian, Montgomery has actually played better and improved his game. The Nighthawk guard put up 22 points and 8 assists in his final home game as a senior. Montgomery has a high IQ and does a great job running his team’s offense. He plays unselfish and looks to get his teammates involved. Montgomery also can shoot the ball both from 15 and spotting up from 3. Jordan has been putting up a huge senior campaign that perhaps has been slept on because of limited media in the area. Colleges looking for a fundamental floor general should take a look at Montgomery.
Justyn Hunter (2020, Fairfax, Guard) Not many players leave their all on the floor like the way Hunter does when he enters the gym. The 6 ft guard from Fairfax High School is a 2 way player who gives 100% on both sides of the ball. On offense, the Lion looks to initiate and put his teammates in situations to score the ball. Playing on a team with Keith Dinwiddie, and DJ Dudley, scoring is not a high priority for Hunter as he takes a back seat to help the team distribute. In times when it is needed, Hunter shows that he can drive to the basket and use crafty finishes. He also has range out to the 3 pt line and can knock them down when left open. On defense, Hunter guards 3 positions and is committed to his craft. Hunter moves his feet with the best of them and does a great job staying in front of his man and moving laterally. Currently Hunter only has JC interest but teams at the NAIA and D3 levels are missing out on a guard who can jump in and contribute right away.