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Bishop Gorman (NV) vs Las Vegas Clark (NV)

11/30/2013, 2:45pm CST
By Max Ivany

I spent this morning at Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School for a preseason scrimmage as Nevada High school ball doesn't get underway unti this coming Tuesday. . It's a great facility where I've watched/coached many a summer league game over the years.  In the recent past they've had such stars as Roscoe Allen (Stanford), Ben Carter (Oregon) and Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA/Minnesota Timberwolves). In a city of a million plus people Gorman is always a powerhouse (ranked #2 in Nevada) as it's really the only private school of note.

This year's edition of the Gaels will be headlined by their twin towers; 2015 6'11' Stephen Zimmerman and 2015 6'8" Chase Jeter. Zimmerman is a stud and is ranked as the #2 player in the Nation's 2015 Class. He's gotten considerably stronger since I've seen him last. He's got broad shoulders that will really allow him to beef up as his career moves forward. Having said that, it's his skill set which is what has every high major salivating.  He runs the floor extremely well and finishes extremely strong around the rim in traffic. Zimm is able to step out and shoot the three and can finish around the goal with either hand.

It was my first time seeing Jeter and I'm impressed.  Like Zimmerman he holds offers from the Duke, Carolina's and Louisville's of the hoops world.  Not as big as Zimmerman, Jeter has outstanding touch.  He has floaters, turn around jumpers, and a nice high release with a soft touch that most guards would be envious of.  Both of Gorman's bigs have excellent court vision and are quality passers.

Guard play appeared to be a work in progress for Gorman, the only sure fire perimeter shooter amongst the starters being senior Noah Robotham.

Clark (ranked #4 in Nevada preseason) couldn't match Gorman's size (not many can) but they were more athletic overall.  I liked 2014 F 6'6" Diontae Jones who was aggressive around the rim with his quick hops throwing one down without hesitation in the midst of the twin towers. 2015 6'4" Ty'rek Wells and his brother a freshman also are excellent athletes. 

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