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Event Recap: Hoophall West

Credit: The Basketball Hall of Fame

In the latest edition of ‘P.I. Pulse’, Pro Insight’s Tyler Glazier and Conrad Chow highlight some standouts from each class, top unsigned seniors, and honorable mentions from Hoophall West in Scottsdale, Arizona:

16 highly competitive boys high school games, including local duels, NIBC showcase games, and state vs. state matchups, took place December 8th-10th at Chaparral High School (AZ) in Scottsdale, Arizona at Hoophall West. Over the course of the three-day event, the Pro Insight staff had the chance to evaluate over 70 D-I commits and prospects with some of the more high profile clashes airing on ESPN networks. Pro Insight has constructed a list of 10 standouts we liked from the 2023-25 classes, unsigned seniors who warrant more attention, and a bounty of honorable mentions who had noteworthy showings.

Similar to last year's event recap released exactly 365 days ago, we'll kick things off with a spotlight on the top unsigned seniors in attendance.

*Analytical References: Cerebro’s Glossary

Unsigned Senior Standouts

In this section, we’ve highlighted a group of unsigned seniors who showed well over the course of the event.

Keenan Bey

6’5” Wing | Bishop Gorman HS (NV)

C-RAM: 10.6 (Gold Badge - #11 overall in event)

On a team filled with high-profile prospects like Bishop Gorman, it can oftentimes be easy to overlook players that are willing to do the little things such as Keenan Bey. Without much flash to his game, Bey has remained a steady presence and continues to improve within his role for this Bishop Gorman team. With that said, it was good to see Bey show out and lead his team with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals against Corona Centennial (CA). Bey put together a balanced scoring attack, shooting 66.6% from deep on three attempts, getting to the line, and converting 7-10 overall field goal attempts in addition to competing on defense and crashing the glass. It’s still surprising Bey has yet to receive a single D1 offer as he could help a number of teams with his effort, size and versatility alone, but he remains focused and optimistic his work will pay off with a full ride scholarship next season.

Bishop Gorman senior wing Keenan Bey. Credit: The Basketball Hall of Fame

Amdy Ndiaye

6’10” Forward | Long Island Lutheran (NY)

C-RAM: 7.3 (Bronze Badge)

Having recently moved to the states after spending three years with Nanterre 92’s junior team in France, Ndiaye was a relatively unknown prospect prior to this weekend. However, at 6’10” with fluid athleticism and a high motor, Ndiaye surely made a positive impression in front of multiple college coaches, evaluators and on national television in one of his first major NIBC events. Ndiaye has also done an excellent job fitting right in with the coaching staff and teammates at LuHi as he’s willing to do what’s asked of him both on and off the court. He currently holds interest from the likes of Pitt, Rider, Iona, UCF, etc. but it’s safe to say that his list will continue to grow as he gains more exposure throughout the season. Keep an eye on Ndiaye not just as a legitimate D1 prospect, but as someone with draft potential down the road.

Kevin Patton

6’6” Wing | Rancho Christian HS (CA)

C-RAM: 31.2 (Gold Badge - #1 overall in event)

While Rancho Christian only played one game over the weekend, Kevin Patton made a statement by putting up 16 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 4 steals on 8-12 shooting in a dominant victory over Chaparral, earning him Gold Badge honors as the top C-RAM score in the event. At 6’6”+ with bounce around the basket, fluid body mechanics and budding perimeter skills, Patton is loaded with upside and well equipped to play at the next level. Offensively, Patton thrives as an above the rim finisher in transition, lob target on back door cuts and by cleaning up the glass as an offensive rebounder. Defensively, Patton has the foot speed and size to cover multiple positions and shines when functioning as a weak-side rim protector. Taking his time with the process, Patton’s recruitment remains open as he will be strategic about his next move.

Rancho Christian senior wing Kevin Patton. Credit: The Basketball Hall of Fame

Montraivis White

5’11” Guard | Gray Collegiate Academy (SC)

C-RAM: 8.3 (Bronze Badge)

Despite standing at sub-6’0”, Montraivis White is a talented scorer who does not back down from any opponent. Registering 28 points in a win against St. Mary’s (AZ) in the nightcap of Day 1, the senior guard came back the next morning with 21 vs. Milton (GA) in the opener of Day 2. White has a smooth shooting stroke, and shot 46% from three on 13 attempts over the course of the weekend. He also has a tight handle and a knack for pushing the tempo for his team, creating early offense scoring chances. Currently holding an offer from Presbyterian College, White should generate further D1 attention as the season progresses.

2023, 2024 and 2025 Prospects on the Rise

Plenty of prospects drew our attention while showing out against national competition over the course of the weekend. Here, we’ll highlight the 10 we found to be most intriguing, by class, listed alphabetically.

Class of 2023

Jamie Kaiser

6’6” Wing | IMG Academy (FL) *Maryland commit

C-RAM: 7.3 (Bronze Badge)

One of the most productive prospects in attendance, Jamie Kaiser helped IMG to a 2-0 road trip with averages of 13.5 points and 9.0 rebounds over the weekend. The senior wing has a sturdy build with a strong base. As a secondary creator, he showed phenomenal off-ball movement and utilized his strength to score in the paint as well as grab boards. While he is not an especially shifty athlete, Kaiser possesses craftiness as a finisher and can score from deep as a spot-up and movement shooter coming off screen actions and finding gaps. The senior should make a multi-year impact at Maryland next season and beyond.

Cody Williams

6’8” Guard | Perry HS (AZ) *Colorado commit

C-RAM: 10.7 (Gold Badge - #10 overall in event)

In a tournament full of top prospects in each of their respective classes, Cody Williams further established why he’s considered a five-star prospect by national pundits. At 6’8”, Williams passes the eye test from a physical and athletic standpoint as he’s an extremely nimble athlete with excellent reaction instincts, open court speed, rare quickness and notable explosiveness. While he’s always possessed a versatile skill-set, Williams seems to have taken another leap this year in terms of his confidence, assertiveness and poise. He showcased the total package as a floor stretcher, slasher, efficient decision maker, finisher and smart defender in two dominant wins over Cardinal Hayes (NY) and San Ysidro (CA). Williams headlines a strong 2023 recruiting class for Colorado which also includes Assane Diop and Courtney Anderson.

Colorado commit Cody Williams. Credit: The Basketball Hall of Fame

Class of 2024

VJ Edgecombe

6’4” Guard | Long Island Lutheran (NY)

C-RAM: 8.6 (Silver Badge)

Entering Hoophall West as one of the leading scorers in the NIBC, VJ Edgecombe continued his hot start with a productive two-game average state line of 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game in the desert. Fairly new on the national scene, Edgecombe was sure to make the most of his opportunities and greatly impacted the game on both ends due to his relentless motor. As a scorer, Edgecombe did most of his damage inside the arc by converting tough looks at the rim and getting to the foul line where he was 10-11 on total free throw attempts. Edgecombe constantly helped set the tone for LuHi and showed his value as a secondary creator, facilitator and overall disruptor as LuHi went 1-1 on the weekend. Look for his name to start jumping up the rankings if he sustains this pace.

LuHi junior guard VJ Edgecombe. Credit: The Basketball Hall of Fame

Eric Freeny

6’4” Guard | Corona Centennial HS (CA)

C-RAM: 6.7

Eric Freeny was an integral part of a formidable starting lineup that had all members register double figures, fending off Nevada powerhouse Bishop Gorman. The junior guard has a nice size and build, and finished with a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds. Although he did not shoot an efficient percentage from the field, his 10 offensive rebounds generated a ton of scoring op