The El Segundo-based Earl Watson Elite club basketball program is gearing up for a huge spring and summer circuit.
Several top 17-and-under and 16-and-under prospects were working out at Crespi High in Encino on Sunday.
One player that really stood out was sophomore Jemarl Baker from Roosevelt of Corona.
The 6-foot-3 Baker displayed excellent guard skills and a good feel on the court.
Other top sophomores included:
Adrease Jackson (Tesoro), Adam Hess (Westlake), Aiden Jackson (Bear Creek High near Stockton) and Mike Woods (Burbank).
Leuzinger’s Devin Newton and Mater Dei’s Miles Brookins were in attendance but did not participate. Newton was injured and Brookins is still competing in the state playoffs.
Top juniors Drew Buggs (Long Beach Poly), Kayvon Scott (Orange Lutheran) and Mickey Babek (Peninsula) were solid.
Buggs stood out hard with speed to the basket and a nice pull-up jumper.
Cantwell Sacred Heart juniors Luka Radovic and Jacob Davison did not play because they are still competing in the state playoffs.
The freshmen class is top notch.
Oak Park’s Riley Battin and Wes Slajchert form quite a duo along with Jamal hartwell (Fairfax) and Whitten Dominguez (Hart).
6-foot-9 ninth grader Miles Norris (Chula Vista Mater Dei) is also part of the program but was attending an end-of-the-year banquet.
Ryan Silver, EWE’s top director, said both teams will be traveling to Louisville, Kentucky and New Orleans, Louisiana in April.