Thursday, October 9, 2014

Makani Whiteside Reps the West Coast

Makani Whiteside-2019
He's been on the circuit for several years, but 2014 appears to be his coming out party. Makani Whiteside (6'0 combo guard California) has quickly made a name for himself on the national basketball camp circuit as one of the best guards in the country.  We first saw him running with the I-10 Celtics at the Gym Rats President's Day Tournament in Portland, Oregon earlier this year and were impressed with his game.  This spring, we caught him in action at the Lucas Camp in Houston, Texas where he was a standout.  When we saw him ball out at the Buckeye Prep Elite Showcase in September it was clear Whiteside had arrived on the national scene.  His selection to Bill Francis' USA Select squad and his participation in the NYBL vs The Nation All-Star Game further announced Whiteside's arrival on the national stage.

Possessing good size for his position, Whiteside has an elite handle and knows how to use it to create separation from his defender.  He's not just and elite ball handler, Whiteside can score the rock from deep, the midrange or at the cup.  When his motor and confidence are high, Whiteside is highly productive both in terms of scoring and creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. Recently featured on Prolific Performance, Whiteside's recent mix tape tells the story. You rarely here a lot of hype from west coast players this early in the game, but because Whiteside has taken his game in the road, he's receiving props from the midwest and east coast.  From what we have seen so far, D-I college coaches should soon be tracking Whiteside's progress.

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