Updated: Oct 6, 2021
In the latest edition of ‘P.I. Pulse’, Pro Insight’s Michael Visenberg recaps an event-filled day as he covers the fifth annual Prime Time Top 40 Showcase in Portland, Oregon:
After missing 2020 to the COVID-19 pandemic, the long awaited, highly anticipated Prime Time Top 40 Showcase, otherwise known as PT40, returned to Oregon for the fifth time this past weekend. With a long list of successful alumni who have gone on to college and in some cases to the highest level of basketball in the NBA, this event once again provided a spotlight for some of the finest high school players in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Reggie Walker, the event creator and organizer, brought a ton of promising talent to Gresham High School on Saturday, with seasoned coaches, along with Nike focus groups, classroom sessions, measurements, and each of the players in attendance getting to play three competitive five-on-five games. The majority of the camp featured players from Oregon and Washington, though it also featured promising prospects from Idaho (2023 Blake Buchanan) and Hawaii (2025 JJ Mandaquit). Also, one of the top players at the camp, 2022 prospect Koren Johnson, who had played previously at Seattle’s Garfield High School, is now at national powerhouse Wasatch Academy (UT).
While Koren Johnson absolutely lived up to the billing as a high major prospect and a likely immediate rotation guard at the NCAA DI level, there were a number of standouts who showed college coaches in attendance and streaming through Synergy what they had to offer. 2022 West Seattle (WA) guard Isaiah Watts was one of the more impressive performers throughout the day, with his ability to create shots off the bounce, rebound for a guard and impressive vertical athleticism. Watts also led ‘Team 1’ to a 3-0 day, while hitting the game-winning shot against camp runner-up, ‘Team 4.’ Watts is the son of former Washington standout Donald Watts and grandson of Seattle Supersonics legend, Slick Watts, and showed he could score and handle playmaking duties both in the cutthroat (4-on-4) drills and scrimmages.
Possibly the most productive player in the camp and one of the most consistent performers of the day, was 2023 Timberline (WA) guard Brooklyn Hicks. With a number of impressive above-the-rim finishes, Hicks also showed he could make plays for teammates, handle to create space and draw trips to the foul line. A PT40 returnee, Hicks showed the amount of work he has put in and was a genuine revelation who should garner a lot more offers besides the impressive ones he has already accrued.
Jaylin Stewart of Garfield (WA), son of former McDonald’s All-American and USC Trojan Lodrick Stewart, was one of the most consistent big men on the day and a major reason his team went undefeated. With a powerful build to go along with impressive footwork and high-level leaping ability, Stewart is an inside-outside force. In terms of shooting, Malachi Seely-Roberts, 2023 from Lincoln (OR), was confident and lights out. Excelling off of the catch, the taller of the Seely-Roberts twins has deep range and provided major gravity for his team throughout the day.
This year marked a major youth movement in the PT40, with 16 of the 39 participants being in the classes of 2024 and 2025. Big men Jacob Cofie and Miles Goodman, both entering their sophomore years of high school, looked to be two of the more intriguing long-term prospects in attendance. Cofie, who attends Eastside Catholic (WA), has impressive fluidity with the ball, glimpses of a stretch game and ability around the basket. Goodman of O’Dea (WA), has a great frame and attitude, providing rim protection and some finishes through contact. Also, the two ‘out-of-area’ prospects, Blake Buchanan of Lake City (ID) and JJ Mandaquit of Iolani (HI), both showed a great deal of promise. Buchanan is a rim runner and protector, who played hard and altered plenty of shots throughout the day. Mandaquit, the youngest player in attendance, was an aggressive defender, showing strength for his age and advanced offensive ability.
When it came to athleticism from the underclassmen, Zoom Diallo of Curtis (WA) was at the top of the list. Zoom, as quick as the name he goes by, is able to finish with blow-by speed and leverages his lateral ability to his advantage on defense. Oregon also boasted its own youth movement that should lead to many more offers in the future. Jalen Atkins, who has yet to play a game for Barlow (OR), showed a tight handle, confident pull-up game and is among the best freshmen that have ever attended PT40. After a big freshman year for Roosevelt (OR), Terrence Hill, Jr. showed a high-level understanding of change of pace, an ability to drive-and-kick along with confident shooting from deep.
These marked only a few of the many standouts throughout the day, and some immediately received offers after the camp, including 2025’s JJ Mandaquit and Lake Oswego’s (OR) Winters Grady announcing they had received offers from the University of Portland. Beyond the action on the court, Pro Insight provided player measurements. One thing you will notice in the NBA is that length is at an absolute premium, with many of the best players and teams possessing long arms that give them an advantage beyond their height. Here were the top wingspan differentials at PT40 in 2021:
1. Devon Malcolm | 2022 | South Medford HS (OR):
6’2.5 w/o shoes, 6’8.5 wingspan (6” differential)
2. Adrian Mosley | 2023 | Grant HS (OR):
6’0.5 w/o shoes, 6’5.5 wingspan (5” differential)
3. Kavon Bradford | 2023 | Benson HS (OR):
6’0 w/o shoes, 6’4.5 wingspan (4.5” differential)
4. Jaylin Stewart | 2023 | Garfield HS (WA):
6’5.5 w/o shoes, 6’9.5 wingspan (4” differential)
5. Zoom Diallo | 2024 | Curtis HS (WA):
6’2.5 w/o shoes, 6’6 wingspan (3.5” differential)
6. Utrillo Morris | 2024 | Roosevelt HS (OR):
5’6.5 w/o shoes, 5’9.75 wingspan (3.25” differential)
7. Koren Johnson | 2022 | Wasatch Academy (UT):
6’0.5 w/o shoes, 6’3.25 wingspan (2.75” differential)
Not surprisingly, two players that provide defensive versatility that goes beyond their height were the two longest players in the camp. Devon Malcolm is impressively built and played more of a big man role for his team throughout the day, keeping opposing players out of the paint and finishing as one of the camp’s top shot blockers. He also had some strong finishes above and around the rim. From a purely physical perspective (not a player or playing style comparison), Malcolm’s 6’8.5 wingspan is an inch and a half less, while his 8’3.5 standing reach is an inch and a half greater than Eric Gordon at the 2008 NBA Draft Combine, while being 226 pounds to Gordon’s 222 pounds. Adrian Mosley wanted to guard the opposing team’s best perimeter player, while also being quite aggressive and getting to the foul line on the other end. While both have athletic gifts as well, length certainly gives them another advantage.
Kavon Bradford also was a player who had some defensive flashes and above-the-rim ability. Jaylin Stewart already has a combo forward body and game, plus the length needed to play as a big man at the NCAA level as a quick plug and play. Utrillo Morris, as the smallest player at the camp, was one of the more aggressive defenders and certainly is helped by having arms longer than his height. Two of the most creative finishers in the half court in attendance, Zoom Diallo and Koren Johnson both rounded out the list as having some length to help get their shot off among the trees.
PT40 once again provided some top-notch coaching from around Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Lake Oswego (OR) head coach Marshall Cho set the tone early with a speech that focused on taking accountability and what coaches look for in players. Rounding out the coaching staff was Rob Smaller (Lake Oswego Basketball), Markhuri Sanders-Frison (Pro Player), Will Hall (Grindtime Sports), Kevin McShane (Jesuit Basketball), Manny Melo (Prairie Basketball), Cameron Mitchell (Clackamas Basketball), JS Nash (Oregon Basketball Club), Rahim Tufts (Sherwood Basketball), and Mike Wolf (Westview Basketball). Plenty of volunteers and staff made the day run very smoothly, with the nearly six-hour camp flying by with precision.
The PT40 powered by Pro Insight once again showed just how much talent the Pacific Northwest has to offer and was seen by many outside of the event and state thanks to the livestream video from Synergy Sports Technology (watch it on-demand, here). Prime Time Sports has been responsible for a number of incredible basketball events and this has become a must for top players in the area, with past alumni such as Nolan Hickman, Kaden Perry and Ben Gregg playing for top ranked Gonzaga this year. With past standouts such as Shane Nowell at Arizona and Nathan Bittle at Oregon, the Pac-12 has a new group of elite players right in their backyard. The PT40, with the reach of video and media, has created another outlet to get the Pacific Northwest seen with a net that now spans the entire country.