Double Pump Best of Summer– Day 1

With a handful of San Diego prospects on hand for the 2nd weekend of the live period, I was able to see how these players fared with college coaches looking on.
2016 Mission Bay point guard Justin Moore got the game started with some penetration and kicked out to his teammates for some nice assists. SDA then implemented their press which allowed Moore and 2016 Otay Ranch pg Nikko Paranada to go to work on the fast break. Moore was very aggressive on the offensive end, getting to the basket easily and finishing. San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher and assistant Justin Huston were on hand to watch along with coaches from Arizona State, Pepperdine, and Cal-State Fullerton.
2015 La Costa Canyon forward Travis Fuller didn’t have his shot going while playing with California Supreme, but that didn’t stop him from playing strong defense on 5-star Horace Spencer. Supreme was shorthanded, playing with only five guys, but Fuller rebounded well helping them to an opening-game win.

Update on Brady Aiken

As many of you are aware by now, Brady Aiken was selected by the Astros with the first pick in June’s draft. He remains unsigned and things are not looking likely as Fridays deadline looms.Rancho Bernardo’s Alex Jackson, the 6th pick, who is represented by super agent Scott Boras signed pretty quickly and is having lots of success in the Arizona rookie league.

Aiken’s “advisor” is Casey Close, a highly respected agent who also represents Derek Jeter and Clayton Kershaw.

The Astros claim that their revised offer to Aiken was because of an elbow issue that a team doctor discovered during his physical. Meanwhile, Close claims that Aiken has visted other doctors who have cleared him and say that there is nothing wrong with his arm. Aiken has been throwing bullpen sessions since the supposed elbow problem was discovered and has been pain free. It’s looking more and more like the Astros are trying to come up with a reason to give Aiken a discounted deal so they can allot some of his money towards other unsigned draft picks.

The Astros must offer Aiken 40% of his slot money (roughly 3.1 million) in order to get the #2 pick in next years draft in the case that he doesn’t sign.If Aiken doesn’t sign, he could choose to use his scholarship to UCLA where he must play for 3 years before becoming draft eligible again, he could play at a junior college where he would be eligible to be drafted next season, or he could petition that the Astros essentially screwed him over in hopes of becoming a free agent. If that were to happen, he would command at least 10 million from teams around the league.

Aiken’s “slot” as the first pick was 7.9 million. He had agreed to sign for $6.5 million. The Astros then planned to use that $1.4 million difference towards their 5th round pick. If they don’t sign Aiken they then lose access to that $7.9 million and therefore wouldn’t be able to sign their 5th round pick Jacob Nix. If they choose to sign Nix then they would be going over their limit which would result in losing a draft pick next year. That won’t happen. They need to sign Aiken, but it’s not looking good.
Below are two articles with quotes with several people connected to Brady Aiken’s Camp as well as the Houston Astros.

2015 Football Recruiting Update

  • Santa Fe Christian kicker Jake Bailey immediately pulled the trigger on a scholarship offer to Stanford when the Cardinal came calling back in June. He became the first football commit in San Diego for this recruiting cycle.
  • San Diego State was the first to offer Torrey Pines WR Jack Bailey in the summer going into his junior year. After missing half of the season with an injury, other schools were not yet ready to extend an offer his way. Bailey decided to take the Aztecs up on their offer and commit to the hometown school a few weeks back. With a big senior season, other schools may and try to jump back in.
  • Seth Collins transferred to Granite Hills from Helix a few games into the 2013 season, and immediately made an impact for the Eagles at Quarterback. His film brought notice to several schools, but he decided to end his recruitment early by pledging to San Jose State after attending a camp held by the Spartans in San Diego.
  • Cathedral Catholic defensive tackle Ray Smith was a big piece of the Dons defense that won the CIF D1 title in 2013. His film caught the attention of college coaches and he quickly picked up a handful of offers from across the country. Shortly after visiting Boston College in June, he gave a verbal commitment to the Golden Eagles, becoming the first football player from San Diego in several years to commit to an ACC school.
  • Mission Hills CB/S Dechaun Holiday competed in Beaverton, Oregon this past weekend as one of 160 players that were invited to Nike’s The Opening. Holiday had a huge junior that saw his recruitment go national in a hurry. He picked up offers from Notre Dame, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Oregon, USC, and UCLA among many others. At this point though it seems like it would be a very big surprise if he ended up anywhere but with the Trojans or Bruins.
  • St. Augustine CB/S Frank Buncom also competed at The Opening with Holiday, where his team won the 7 on 7 championship. Buncom seems in no hurry to make a college decision like many top prospects. Buncom most recently cut his list to 10 and has talked about cutting to a top 5 before the start of his senior season. A decision will most likely come following the season. USC, a longtime favorite of his, has apparently fallen out of the picture after Buncom hasn’t been able to find time to visit the Trojans in person. Academics will play a huge part in his decision. He’s mentioned Stanford, UCLA, and Duke as schools that will make the cut when his list is reduced.
  • Running back Tyree Range played last season at Patrick Henry HS, but has since transferred to Rancho Bernardo for his senior season. He added offers from Montana and Idaho after sending out his junior film. Range is planning to make a college decision next friday, July 18th.

 

Around the Minors

Alex Jackson (Rancho Bernardo HS/Mariners) is off to a good start in the Arizona Rookie League. The newly converted outfielder is hitting .400 through his first 5 games.

Taylor Murphy (Torrey Pines HS/Pacific/Indians) has been handing low-A ball very well posting a .370/.433 in 8 games so far.

Will Swanner (La Costa Canyon HS/Rockies) has hit .342 over his last 10 games to raise his season average to .262 to go along with 7 home runs.

Nolan Gannon (Santa Fe Christian HS/Rays) has started his season with 1 earned run over 16 innings to go along with 15 strikeouts.

Daniel Camarena (Cathedral Catholic HS/Yankees) started the season with a 2.42 ERA over 14 starts in high-A ball and was recently promoted to AA.

Tim Berry (San Marcos HS/Orioles) has a 3.91 ERA over 16 starts with 81 strikeouts for the AA Bowie Baysox.

Xavier Scruggs (Poway HS/UNLV/Cardinals) is hitting .251 with 8 home runs for the AAA Memphis Redbirds.

Niklas Stephenson (Torrey Pines HS/Royals) has a 0.64 ERA over 14 innings for the Burlington Royals in the Appalachian Rookie League.

James Dykstra (Rancho Bernardo HS/CSU-San Marcos/White Sox) has posted a 2.87 ERA over 14 starts for the Kannapolis Intimidators in high-A ball.

Trevor Williams (Rancho Bernardo HS/Arizona State/Marlins) has a 2.58 ERA through 15 starts for the high-A Jupiter Hammerheads.

Andrew Daniel (Rancho Bernardo HS/USD/Angels) has posted a .357/.451/.500 with a home run in 8 games for the Orem Owlz in the Pioneer Rookie League.