Updated: Nov 18, 2022
In the latest edition of ‘P.I. Pulse’, Pro Insight’s Michael Visenberg summarizes the on-and-off-court action as he recaps the sixth annual Prime Time Top 40 Showcase in Portland, Oregon:
On November 5, 2022, The Prime Time Top 40 Showcase, known as PT40, held its sixth-ever edition, bringing together many elite high school basketball prospects in the Pacific Northwest all under one roof. Event Director Reggie Walker successfully assembled 40 of the top players in the high school classes of 2024, 2025, 2026 (and even a 2027 in standout eighth-grader Isaac Bongen).
The day featured some of the best coaches and skill trainers from the region, headlined by lead court coach and USA Basketball minicamp staff veteran Marshall Cho (Lake Oswego/OR). The event’s programming was split into morning and afternoon on-and-off-court sessions — in the morning, in addition to hearing from collegiate athletics industry veteran Ryan McAlvey (University of Portland/Ivy League/Big East), who spoke on the academic/compliance world as well as Name, Image and Likeness (NIL), players spent time rotating between skill work, athletic testing/measurements and the competitive shooting drill, ‘USA50.’
In the afternoon, each team of 10 played three games and cycled between breakout classrooms with Nike Basketball Apparel/Footwear as well as a talk with special guest Chris Rivers, founder of Tribute Sports Management. Before founding his current endeavor, Rivers served as a top sports marketing executive within Adidas Basketball where he co-managed a $60 million budget that included player endorsements, event sponsorships, league partnerships, brand activations, college and grassroots initiatives. During his tenure, Rivers recruited and managed over 60 NBA athletes including James Harden, Damian Lillard, Andrew Wiggins, Tracy McGrady, Chauncey Billups, Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard, and Derrick Rose.
This year, Basic Athletic Measurements (BAM), partner of the NBA Draft Combine since 2007, conducted the anthropometric measurements and two athleticism tests: approach vertical (known in the NBA Draft Combine as “max vertical”) and the lane agility drill. While many tend to pay closest attention to how high one can jump, it’s worth noting that per BAM co-founders Brett Brungardt and Martin Haase, the lane agility drill is the most predictive of overall performance in its use of basketball protocols, requiring strength, power, agility, and balance altogether.
Competitive games were running all afternoon, with streaming provided by Pro Insight. We saw ‘Team 4’ did go undefeated, led by 2024 guards Hunter Carter (Annie Wright/WA) and Quincy Townsend (Mountain View/OR), along with the 2025 duo of Winters Grady (Lake Oswego/OR) and Legend Smiley (Garfield/WA). ‘Team 4’ also featured 14-year-old big man from the class of 2026, Yabi Aklog (Eastside Catholic/WA).
The aforementioned ‘USA50’ drill is a range shooting challenge done at game speed, where players take five shots at different spots around the three-point arc, with a three-minute time limit on the drill. 2025 sharpshooting guard Isaac Carr (Central Catholic/OR) had the top score with a 37 (out of a possible 50) in this pressure drill that dealt with more movement shooting than stationary (note: Isaac’s older brother David Carr played at University of Portland and was a three-time three-point champion at the Les Schwab Invitational while suiting up for Central Catholic). 2025 guard Beckett Currie (Camas/WA) was the runner-up with 36, and 2026 guard Patrice Mpouli (Rainier Beach/WA) also shot above 60% with his score of 31.
Yabi Aklog led the camp with his impressive 7.5” wingspan differential from his height without shoes. 2024 guard Utrillo Morris (Roosevelt/OR) was the runner-up in wingspan differential, giving an idea of what helps him contribute so much on the defensive end and as a rebounder despite his measured height (5’7”). 2026 guards Patrice Mpouli and Katrelle Harmon (BFL Prep/WA) and 2024 big man Lucas Westerfield (Richland/WA) rounded out the top-five on the height-to-wingspan differential leaderboard.
With a wingspan in line with current NBA centers, Yabi Aklog also topped the overall wingspan leaderboard with his 7’4” measurement. Lucas Westerfield also showed his legit big man size with a 7’2” wingspan, with 2024 forward Jacori Ervin (North Central/WA) right behind him at 7’1.25”. Others above the 7’0” mark in what might have been a length record for the PT40 were 2024 big Chance Winter (Beaverton/OR) and 2024 forward Miles Goodman (O’Dea/WA) at 7’0.5”, with 2024 big Evan Heisler (Lincoln/OR) also hitting the 7’0” mark.
Standing reach is incredibly important in terms of affecting shots as a rim protector. Not surprisingly, three of the best rim protectors in the camp measured the highest at 9’2”, a mark hit by Jacori Ervin, Miles Goodman and Chance Winter. Evan Heisler and Lucas Westerfield both checked in at 9’0.5”, with 2025 forward Gelonni “JuJu” Ervin (North Central/WA) measuring in at an 8’10” reach.
Utrillo Morris was able to show off his explosive ability in the approach vertical, jumping 39” and even throwing down some dunks in the actual games. Two other players jumped above the three-foot mark, with 2024 guard Marley Zeller (Central Catholic/OR) getting to 37.5” and 2025 guard Marco Varani (Bellevue/WA) jumping 37”.
While the number that typically stands out in an NBA Draft Combine setting is the max vertical, it is always interesting to see exactly what touch point a player gets to on their leap. With the Vertec going up to 12’0”, Chance Winter managed to clear it, garnering the highest vertical for any big at PT40 this year and hitting a milestone. Getting above or at the impressive 11’6” mark: Jacori Ervin (11’9.5”), Miles Goodman (11’8.5”), JuJu Ervin (11’8”), Marco Varani (11’7.5”) and Lucas Westerfield (11’6”).
Almost half of the players in PT40 hit below the 12-second mark in the lane agility drill, where players have to sprint, defensive shuffle, back pedal and defensive shuffle in two different sequences. Leading the way by a good margin was 2024 guard Chance White (Roosevelt/OR), who used that impressive lateral ability to positively impact games, as well. White finished with a time of 11.051, with Katrelle Harmon next in line at 11.403 and 2026 guard Zamir Paschal (Central Catholic/OR) following at 11.497. A huge thank you to BAM Testing for making this all possible at this year's PT40.
The coaches for this year's event were integral to the day’s success, offering top-notch instruction and maintaining a competitive feel to the afternoon’s games. Marshall Cho set the tone for the camp in terms of expectations, sharing observations from what he recently saw coaching at USA Basketball Junior National Team October Minicamp and providing a challenge to motivate players to reach for those heights. The coaching staff also included Rob Smaller (Lake Oswego/Rose City Rebels), JS Nash (Oregon Basketball Club), Rahim Tufts (Sherwood/OR), Angie Sun (Northwest Select Basketball), Michael Wolf (Westview/OR), and Jacob Begin (ONE Basketball).
PT40 was powered by Pro Insight once again this year, with numerous members of our team involved in running this event alongside Prime Time Sports. November 5th was a great precursor to another event coming up soon from Prime Time in the 26th annual Les Schwab Invitational, which will feature several PT40 participants. A huge thank you as well to Cerebro Sports, who logged stats within their system. For those who wish to watch the games that were live streamed, they are available for free on the Pro Insight YouTube channel.