Former scout and front office NBA executive shares his thoughts on Pasadena standout Blake Hamilton, who recorded 19 points and 10 rebounds on Friday night.

Had a chance to meet Clarence Gaines Jr., a former scout with the Chicago Bulls, and he’s put together a very thorough analysis on Pasadena senior guard Blake Hamilton, who scored 19 points and recorded 10 rebounds in the Bulldogs’ 81-67 win over Beverly Hills in the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AAA playoffs on Friday night.

Here’s some of what he wrote with much more if you click on the link at the bottom:

Thoughts on Blake Hamilton – 6’4″ 180lbs. Pasadena High School – 2/24/12 vs. Beverly Hills High School

Young Senior – 17 – October birthday – Basketball physique – Long wing span & vertical extension – average size hands. Speed, quickness & acceleration. Very coordinated. Explosive – good jumping ability with a step. Light on his feet, quiet runner, lowers stress on the joints.

Impressed with his decision making and poise with the ball in this game. Handles so many roles for his team. A standout as a help/off the ball defender. Has very good defensive tools & excellent defensive range because of length, speed, active hands and desire. Started him initially in the back end of zone press.

Good job of playing safety position. Can cover up others mistake and protect the basket against high school competition. Got a couple of shot blocks as a help side defender. Also played at the point of the press. Love his rebounding ability & have no doubt it will transfer to the next level. Powers out off the dribble & goes coast to coast for several baskets.


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