Phase 1 Hoops was at it again with it's second camp of the fall in the valley, when they brought the 1st Annual Phase 1 Hoops Top 40 Camp/Combine, powered by Under Armour to Las Vegas at the Tarkanian Basketball Academy on Oct 18th-20th. Some of the top players on the west coast participated in front of the scouts and media in attendance.
The following players are amongst those that stood over the 3 day event:
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Jamal Al Jordan Bey - 6'1 - SF - Odyssey Charter School (NV) - Bey was the only 8th grade participant and he really showed well for himself. For a young player he's very adequate in a lot of areas. He's a capable ball handler, and decent shooter. More importantly, he has the ideal frame that could translate into a big time player given his height & length.
The younger cousin of Tyler Bey (Las Vegas HS), his game & frame are reminiscent of a young Ray Smith (Las Vegas HS) at the same age/grade.
Troy Brown Jr. - 6'5 - PG - Centennial HS (NV) - As if the Phase 1 Hoops Fall Frosh/Soph two weeks prior was not enough of a coming out party for Brown, he turned it up a notch in front of a bigger stage & bigger audience in this camp. He made plays for others like a true PG, and took over the game when needed all weekend long for his team. He has a penchant for nifty passes and also mixed in tough buckets & good shooting.
Greg Floyd Jr. - 6'6 - SF - Clark HS (NV) - Floyd is an intriguing prospect who's a lanky 6'6, and also possesses a skill set. He's a pretty decent shooter and a good ball handler for a young player his age and size. He gives you a lot of flashes right now, and will soon put it all together. One of the top players in the 2017 class in Vegas.
Charles O'Bannon Jr. - 6'3 - SG - Bishop Gorman HS (NV) - O'Bannon is a shooter/scorer in every sense of the word. In fact, he's one of the elite scorers on the west coast for the 2017 class. But this weekend he also took pride in his defense, especially in one math-up with Brown over the weekend. One of the top twos out west for his class.
Chris Popoola Jr. - 6'2 - SG/PG - Bishop Gorman HS (NV) - Lil Pop did a lot of the things over the weekend that he's known for like slashing to the basket and playing strong defense. But he really came alive in the underclassmen Top 40 game to the conclude the weekend as he showed he was athletic and a capable shooter as well in his last game of the camp.
Ethan Thompson - 6'1 - SG - Bishop Montgomery HS (CA) - Thompson like O'Bannon is one of 2017's elite scorers out west. He has a sweet shooting stroke just like his older brother Stephen Thompson Jr. He was able to shoot it off the catch and on dribble pull-ups throughout the weekend. Older brother set the standard, but looks as if Ethan will pass it.
Tyler Bey - 6'6 - SF/PF - Las Vegas HS (NV) - Simply put, Bey "plays like his hair is on fire." If you look in the dictionary, there'd be a picture of him under the word "motor." He plays hard, fast, and reckless. He was an absolute "dunk show" over the weekend while displaying his athleticism. Already sporting an offer from NAU without ever touching the floor as a sophomore, is a true testament to Bey's upside as a prospect.
Zach Collins - 6'9 - C - Bishop Gorman HS (NV) - Collins is as skilled as you will find for a big man out west in the sophomore class. He makes shots from all areas of the floor at a high clip, including both elbows, short corners, and even the 3 ball. Also possesses excellent footwork in the post when it's time to convert closer to the basket.
Bryson Williams - 6'6 - PF/SF - Roosevelt HS (CA) - Williams was a big bodied frontcourt player out of Fresno who turned out to be one of the best players that the 2016 class had to offer in the event. He has a combination of post moves, athleticism, and pretty decent ball handling for a young player his size. With 3 more years to finish his HS career, Williams is one to track. Great player.
Brendan Bailey - 6'6 - SF - American Fork HS (UT) - Bailey is a young shooter who can reel em off in bunches. He caught fire in one game and had to make about 5-6 three pointers in the first half of one game. His shot selection could stand to be better, but he has a ton of upside as a young wing player.
Jake DesJardins - 6'5 - SG - Coronado HS (NV) - DesJardins looked like a totally different player than he did two weeks prior in our Phase 1 Hoops Fall Frosh/Soph Camp, which should have been an easier road to travel with an all underclassmen field. He has a great stroke when it is clicking and this time around he was hitting shots all over the floor. He also demonstrated increased athleticism, as he threw down several impressive dunks over the weekend.
"Ray" Renathan Embo - 6'2 - PG/SG - Findlay Prep (NV) - Had heard a lot about this kid and he did nothing to disappoint. He can get to the basket against anyone, at any time. He's a menace when attacking the basket with a series of moves in his arsenal. He also takes pride on the defensive end as well. The import from France is one to watch.
Frank Jackson - 6'1 - PG - Lone Peak HS (UT) - Jackson is THE REAL DEAL and BYU got an absolute steal with his early commitment. He is shifty, a great ball handler, good shooter, and athletic. He is a Julian Jacobs (USC freshman/ former Desert Pines HS) clone. He's the better shooter than Jacobs, but Jacobs was the best facilitator at the same age. Will see a bump up in our current 2016 rankings for sure.
Dillon Brooks - 6'6 - SF/SG - Findlay Prep (NV) - Brooks pull on an athletic show over the weekend in the camp. He was dunking the ball left and right, either by his own creation or by running the floor and catching lobs. His skill set wasn't lacking either as he was knocking down jump shots as well. He will have to wait his time at Findlay Prep with the senior contingent, but when it's his time, watch out!
Chase Jeter - 6'10 - PF/C - Bishop Gorman HS (NV) - Jeter is a player who is starting to come into his own as one of the elite player in his class. A developing skill set is the main reason why. It also helps that he tries to tear the rim off of its hinges any time he's in the general vicinity of it. His developing offensive repertoire makes him a high-major player at 6'10. If he adds respected rim protector to his arsenal, he could be top 10 in the country.
Makol Mawien - 6'9 - PF/C - Granger HS (UT) - Mawien is the true definition of a "rim protector" when he mans the middle. He can change, alter, and redirect shots with the best of em in the 2015 class. He was by far the best shot blocker in this event, and it wasn't close. His offensive game could use a little touching up, but he is a good finisher when he's able to get around the rim. One of Phase 1 Hoop's elite big men for 2015.
Nate Grimes - 6'7 - SF/PF - Desert Pines HS (NV) - Grimes has started to turn the corner as far as playing hard & aggressive for long stretches in the game. He has also turned into a good offensive rebounder & capable shot blocker. Although he possesses a low release point on his jumper, he hits enough of them to keep the defense honest as well.
Ray Smith - 6'7 - SF - Las Vegas HS (NV) - Smith is a gazelle that runs and jumps with the best of them. He also possesses a high skill level for a 16 year old 6'7 player with an even longer wingspan. He is a good ball handler & quality shooter from midrange, the three, and the free throw line. Upside for days...
Brock Miller - 6'5 - SF/SG - Brighton HS (UT) - Miller is a "flame thrower" that can score from all three levels. He has a knack for putting the ball in the hole unlike too many in his class. When he gets hot, watch out. He also took pride on the defensive end in one of the games that we seen him in and he could develop that into a major part of his game as well. He's already in our top 10 wings out west for 2015 and could go higher.
Darrian Traylor - 6'3 - SG - Centennial HS (NV) - Traylor was a mix of pull-up jumpers and athleticism over the weekend. He played well with acrobatic lay-ups and dunk finishes. He also sprayed in three pointers & mid range jumpers as well as getting his hands on balls on the defensive end. He has a few mid major type offers and they are all justified.
Stephen Thompson Jr. - 6'3 - SG - Bishop Montgomery HS (CA) - An Ultra smooth scorer who can get buckets in bunches. He scores at all three levels, and he is becoming more athletic on top of it all. He also showed the willingness to defend and also make plays for others, on top of his terrific shooting. One of the premier SGs out west in the 2015 class.
Derrick Bruce - 6'2 - PG/SG - Colony HS (CA) - A pleasant surprise throughout the weekend, Bruce is a 2014 kid who will reclass to the 2015 class. If and when he does, he should absolutely be a west coast mid major type hot commodity. He is quick, aggressive, can handle it, has moves, and is athletic. One of the top players over the weekend easily.
Devon Colley - 6'1 - PG - Las Vegas HS (NV) - Colley is turning into one of the top west coast sleepers at the PG spot for the 2015 class. He's a great ball handler who is ambidextrous which keeps the defense off balanced. He dibbles and snaps passes off with either hand. But maybe his best attribute is his body control and finishing around the basket, where he is able to punish smaller guards. Offers should be coming with another productive spring & summer.
Marcus LoVett Jr. - 6'0 - PG - San Gabriel Academy (CA) - LoVett has been described as a Brandon Jennings type clone when he was younger, and that could be true. His pull-up jumper might be even better than that of Jennings. Jennings was more athletic than LoVett at the same age however. But not to be outdone, LoVett showed improved athleticism, throwing a couple down over the weekend. A superb ball handler, he's able to get into the lane at will.
Colby Jackson - 5'9 - PG - Clark HS (NV) - Jackson is a speedy PG with a tight handle and consistent three ball. He can also be a ball hawking defender with excellent lateral quickness and swift hands on that end. Might be lacking a few inches but he more than makes up for it with his toughness, defense and quickness. All of it was on display over the weekend.