|Team: Los Angeles|
H: 6' 9"|
W: 190 lbs
(26 Years Old)
|RSCI: 37||Agent: Greg Lawrence |
High School: Mater Dei
Hometown: Santa Ana, CA
Travis Wear (#41 Scout, #69 Rivals, #42 ESPN) didn’t make anywhere near as strong an impression on us this week as he did a few months back at the Hoophall Classic, which isn’t a huge surprise considering that he’s the type of player who is always going to look better in a more organized setting.
Wear was overmatched physically at times, getting pushed around and not showing as much toughness as you might hope, which is something they are going to have to work with him on at North Carolina. Defensively, he struggled in a major way trying to defend some of the more physically gifted big men he was matched up with. Offensively, he showed his versatility, smarts and craftiness with some nice moves from the perimeter and around the rim, displaying an excellent skill-level and strong fundamentals. He was able to score in a variety of different ways, utilizing shot-fakes, nice footwork and excellent touch. Considering how stacked North Carolina’s frontcourt looks at the moment—with Ed Davis, Deon Thompson and Tyler Zeller all returning, and fellow All-Americans John Henson and brother David Wear coming in—it will be interesting to see how much playing time he can garner as a freshman.
Possibly the most impressive overall player at the HoopHall Classic as far as pure production and fundamentals are concerned, Travis Wear (#41 Scout, #69 Rivals, #42 ESPN) continues to look like one of the most underrated prospects in this year's high school class. After watching him repeatedly over the past few months, it's become extremely evident that Wear is going to be an outstanding college player, and has a chance to develop into an NBA prospect down the road as well.
6-9, mobile, highly coordinated and very fluid, Wear is about as fundamentally sound a power forward as you'll find. He spent considerable time in the paint in this particular matchup, calling for the ball, and showing nice footwork and wherewithal posting up. He has great hands and a beautiful jump-hook, also looking comfortable going to a turnaround jumper. He utilizes shot-fakes and jabs nicely, being capable of putting the ball on the floor with either hand from the perimeter in under control fashion, and rarely making mistakes. He moves off the ball nicely and respects his team's spacing, executing Mater Dei's crisp half-court sets, and looking very unselfish in the process. He also has excellent mechanics on his jump-shot, possessing range that extends out to the 3-point line. In short, Wear is a complete offensive player already as a teenager, which is an extremely impressive sight to behold.
Defensively, Wear puts in the effort and clearly has great fundamentals, getting low in a stance and doing his best to contest shots. He lacks great lateral quickness, and could still stand to add some weight to his excellent frame. As a rebounder he did not stand out.
Wear might lack some of the long-term upside that some of his fellow class-mates posses, as he's obviously not a great athlete (although he's not a poor one either), but he's certainly smart and skilled enough to be effective at the collegiate level. It's hard to understand why he's ranked so low compared to some of his peers in this underwhelming class, as from what we've seen, there is no question that he deserves to be a McDonald's All-American. For Roy Williams to get two power forwards of Wear's caliber (his brother is very similar) is almost unfair to the rest of the ACC, as they are very likely to stick around in Chapel Hill for the long haul.
Travis appears to be a little further along than his brother at this point, and he chipped in a very solid 10 points on Saturday. He displayed an outstanding jump shot early in the game. His shooting stroke is quick and smooth, and he has the ability to set himself to shoot without hesitation. Travis can also handle the ball very well, as he displayed when he handled against pressure before hitting a three pointer in transition.[Read Full Article]