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Event Recap: Flyin’ to the Hoop Top Gun Showcase

In the latest edition of 'P.I. Pulse,' Rookie Scale's Jon Chepkevich partnered with Pro Insight to cover Flyin’ to the Hoop’s Top Gun Showcase in Vandalia, Ohio — highlighting the event’s top performers:

Last year I made the trek out to greater Dayton to scout the 2021 Top Gun Showcase, evaluating the likes of TyTy Washington, Emoni Bates, and DaRon Holmes. This year, I couldn’t have been more thrilled to be back with the opportunity to scout yet another talented group of future collegiate and professional stars.

Without further ado, let’s dive in.

Senior Standouts

Tarris Reed, Jr.

Link Academy | 6’10” | Big | 2022 (Michigan)

The soon-to-be Wolverine put his 7’5” wingspan and sturdy 266-pound frame to good use as an absolute force in the paint for Link, and was ultimately my choice for the event’s Most Valuable Player.

“Moose” finished second in the event with 35.9 PTS/40 and 15.9 REB/40 and these stats don’t even do him justice. While his paint dominance was unrivaled, I was also impressed with his ability to react quickly, get out into passing lanes, and create easy transition opportunities.

Reed is the real deal, and I can’t wait to watch Moose get loose in Ann Arbor.

Jared Frey

6’4 ½” | ISA Academy | Guard | 2022 (Undecided)

Frey went nuclear to the tune of 30.0 PPG on a blistering 83.7 TS% in one of the more impressive shooting displays I’ve witnessed in person.

He had the confidence to pull up from anywhere…I mean, literally ANYWHERE. If Frey was across half-court, it was fair game. Frey went 13-of-23 from three, most of which came off-the-dribble from beyond the volleyball line.

While shooting is certainly his calling card, Frey is more than a one-trick pony shooting specialist. He also showed some creativity and vision as a live-dribble passer off of secondary pick-and-rolls, diming his teammates up with 9 assists over the course of two games.

Frey showed that he’s one of the best shooters in the class of 2022 and shouldn’t be a secret much longer.

Mike Sharavjamts

6’7 ¾” | ISA Academy | Wing | 2022 (Dayton)

“Mongolian Mike” is a bona fide stud and one of the sharpest-rising prospects in the nation. After being named the Adidas 3SSB Breakout Player of the Year, Sharavjamts has kept the pedal to the medal and is showing no signs of slowing down. This time, he got to showcase his talent in front of a large contingent of Flyers fans in what was surely an encouraging first live viewing experience.

From the get-go it was apparent that Mike was one of the most talented players at the event. He’s a smooth operator with the ball in his hands, functioning as a point-forward of sorts, and dicing up opposing defenses with creative confidence.

Sharavjamts averaged 15.0 PTS, 6.0 REB, and 4.5 AST while knocking down 7-of-13 threes (including an outrageous Steph Curry-esque run-back-on-defense while the ball was still in the air). While he ended up turning it over 12 times (second most at the event), the majority of these turnovers stemmed from creative exploration as a jumbo initiator. These were aggressive turnovers more so than making mistakes on routine reads.

Mike is legit and is must-watch television when the Nike Hoop Summit rolls around on Friday April 8th, and very well may have an NBA future.

Damien Mayo, Jr.

6’3” | Link Academy | Guard | 2022 (Undecided)

Mayo is the unsung hero on an absolutely loaded Link Academy roster. While he lies somewhat in the shadows from a recruiting standpoint as compared to his five-star McDonald’s All-American teammates, the immense value that he provides as a glue guy on both ends should not go unrecognized.

Mayo, a consummate teammate, consistently covered up for teammates’ mistakes, made the right rotations, and kept the ball moving throughout the course of Link’s two victories. While much of this dirty work often goes unnoticed, Mayo did have one of the most eye-popping plays of the event:

In fact, Mayo finished third in the event with 2.9 BLK/40 standing 7-8” smaller than those ranked first and second.

Missouri State and Pepperdine certainly took note of Mayo’s play, offering him shortly following the conclusion of the showcase.

Expect more offers to come. The program that ultimately lands Mayo is getting an absolute steal.

Amaree Abram

6’3” | SoCal Academy | Guard | 2022 (Ole Miss)

While the jumper simply wasn’t falling (0-for-8 from three), Abram still stood out as one of the top players at the event. He finished second overall behind only Frey with a 12.2 C-RAM while leading the event in both steals and assists.

What Abram lacked in perimeter shooting, he more than made up for with his ability to create advantages, get downhill, then use his physicality to bump defenders off their spots and create space to finish. Abram showed great touch both at the rim and on floaters as he sliced and diced his way through the paint.

SoCal Academy was missing a couple of their top players and Abram proved to be a more-than-capable offensive engine in their absence. Ole Miss got a good one.

Jordan Walsh

6’8” | Link Academy | Wing | 2022 (Arkansas)

Let’s start with the bad…Walsh turned the ball over 14 times in two games. Some you can live with as an inevitable function of his aggressive style of play, but others were very much unforced and avoidable by simply cleaning things up a bit and making smarter decisions.

Now, on to the good…this dude brings it. That’s what makes him special. He’s not a highly-touted star who coasts through games on sheer natural talent, but one who gives his all each and every second he’s on the court. Sure, being a freakish athlete at 6’8” with a 7’3” wingspan helps, but many a talent have gone by the wayside because they lack will, engagement, and heart. Walsh brings each of those in spades.

Turnovers aside, Walsh had a productive weekend averaging 14.0 PTS, 5.5 REB, 3.0 AST, and 3.0 STL while making an absolute living at the free throw line (17-for-18, 94.4%).

Walsh will fit right in on the Muss Bus, which is now overloaded with talent.

Yann Farell

6’7” | Keystone Academy | Wing | 2022 (Undecided)

Farell is your prototypical 3-and-D swingman with a 6’11” wingspan and an improved shooting stroke. While he wasn’t necessarily a stock (STL+BLK) monster at this event, it was apparent that his length consistently made life difficult for the opposition.

Switchable, multi-positional, defensive-oriented wings of this caliber aren’t often on the market this late in the game. Farell’s recruitment is certainly one to monitor.

Honorable Mentions

Cruz Davis | Huntington Prep (Undecided)

Jaxon Kohler | SoCal Academy (Michigan State)

Adrame Diongue | AZ Compass Prep (Undecided)

Dok Muordar | Huntington Prep (Undecided)

Aboubacar Cissé | Hillcrest Prep (Undecided)

Jaylen Thompson | SoCal Academy (Stanford)