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Event Recap: CrossRoads Elite Invitational



In the latest edition of ‘P.I. Pulse’, Pro Insight’s Alex Brown and Conrad Chow highlight a group of standouts from the 12th annual CrossRoads Elite Invitational in Kansas City, Kansas:


Each year, event founder Adam Shoulders’ CrossRoads Elite Invitational functions as one of the summer’s nationwide invite-only events featuring the country’s elite underclassmen. This year, the event was located at Homefield Kansas City, a brand-new $100,000,000 complex featuring 10 spacious courts. USA Basketball’s Director of Coach Development Don Showalter kicked off the event by imparting knowledge and setting expectations early. That mindset carried over throughout the week during drills, scrimmages, and ultimately a competitive All-Star playoff tournament consisting of the top-80 prospects on Thursday. Ultimately, Team Chet Holmgren took home the championship over Team Cody Williams by a final score of 52-47. 


To date, CrossRoads Elite Invitational has produced 38 McDonald’s and Jordan Brand All-American selections and 58 (and counting) NBA players over the years. It is a must-attend event for those looking to get an educated look at up-and-coming prospects. For those not in the building, here’s our analysis from the 2024 CrossRoads Elite Invitational:


Event Standouts 

(listed alphabetically)


Trinity Episcopal School (VA) | Wing | 2028

Already pushing 6-6 at 14 years old, Isaiah Carter made an immediate impression on the wing. Standing out in a camp setting for his connective passing, basketball IQ, and defensive versatility, Carter showed a uniquely mature approach for a prospect his age, maintaining a steady winning impact throughout. There are very few players who have that intersection of tools, maturity, feel, and two-way impact at such an early stage in their career, and Carter’s upside is quite tantalizing as a result.



Combine Academy (NC) | Guard | 2026

An electric player with the ball in his hands, 2026 guard Yohance Connor is a dynamic athlete with burst and leaping ability. During the drills and scrimmage, Connor played with pace and moved effortlessly as a ball handler and in space. As one of the older prospects in attendance, he showed immediately that he was a camp standout. He commanded the attention of multiple defenders and took control of the games down the stretch for his team when they needed a bucket, which included a clutch drive to the basket in one of the sudden death overtime games. He pressured the ball defensively as a point of attack defender, as well. Having recently transferred to Combine Academy (NC), Connor is primed for a breakout junior year. 


Archbishop Mitty HS (CA) | Guard | 2026

A connective scoring guard with a knack for getting to his spots on offense, Caeden Hutcherson had a productive camp in Kansas City. He has a fluid mid-range pull-up game and navigates the pick-and-roll effectively to find gaps to score. When defenders went under the screen, he was confident in making those opportunities count. Further, he is capable of spotting up in the corner or coming off of various off-ball actions and draining threes at a high clip. Hutcherson’s high feel for scoring within a team concept was on display and he certainly helped himself in this setting.


Riviera Preparatory School (FL) | Forward | 2027

In the midst of a growth spurt, Jeremy Jenkins, Jr. now stands 6-9 ½ and possesses a versatile game with the option to do damage both from inside and outside the paint. He plays with physical force and a level of edge to his game. Offensively, he can handle a bit as a driver and has legit touch inside. He runs the floor and leverages his size and strength to find easy finishes every time he gets close to the basket, whether it be a flip shot or a hook shot. Additionally, he flashed some outside shooting. Ranked as a 5-star prospect in the class of 2027, Jenkins, Jr. certainly backed up that status here in KC.



Ensworth School (TN) | Wing | 2027

Malachi Jordan is a prospect that we have been able to view a few times in the early going as he suits up for MOKAN 15U on the Nike EYBL circuit. At 6-6, he brings positional size and versatility with the ability to handle and create for others a bit while playing off of the weak side, at times. He was at his best when making plays in transition and as the week went by, his jumper from both the mid-range and from distance started to get going. While it is still early, this is a name to continue to monitor closely moving forward.


Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School (IN) | Big | 2027

Ben Ly made it his mission to be one of the most positive, vocal, and uplifting teammates out there, and immediately stood out as a result. Only recently turning 15 at a wiry 6-10, Ly made his presence further felt on the court with his interior presence as a rim protector and glass cleaner, showing notable buy-in to his role without trying to do too much. He flashes finishing off two inside along with some mid-range touch that could be built upon on offense. All in all, Ly is an intriguing 2009-born big that brought great intangibles with a ton of upside to grow into.


Carmel Christian School (NC) | Forward | 2026

Possessing an incredible foundation of size, fluidity, and athleticism at 6-10, Cody Peck showcased his unique two-way upside throughout the event. He primarily made his impact felt defensively, showing the potential to be a mobile, rangy, switchable player in the frontcourt that can put a lid on the basket as a weak side rim protector. Offensively, Peck is wired to be an unselfish connective piece that strives to play the right way. When he looked to get his own, he had multiple thunderous dunks whilst really intriguing as an open court handler and grab-and-go threat. If he can build on the flashes of perimeter skill he hinted at, he could be a massive riser with sky-high upside, long-term. 



Temecula Valley HS (CA) | Guard | 2027

Making the trip all the way from the west coast, Jeremiah Profit showed impressive flashes as a multi-level scorer in KC. Possessing positional size, the 6-4 combo guard, who plays up with Gamepoint 17U on the adidas 3SSB circuit, has filled out his frame considerably and has a strong base, as well. He’s confident operating on the ball or attacking from the weak side as a secondary initiator. He has smooth mechanics as a jump shooter and shoots a clean ball. Besides putting the ball in the basket, he is also making strides as a playmaker for others off of his creation ability. When it’s all said and done, Profit may emerge as one of Cali’s best long-term 2027 prospects. 


Shawnee Mission Northwest HS (KS) | Big | 2026

A prospect with excellent length and size at 6-11, Ethan Taylor is oozing with physical tools and still just scratching the surface of what he can ultimately be. He primarily drives value through his defensive ability, especially owning the glass as well as blocking and altering shots. He’s also a threat on the offensive glass, and is generally hard to stop once he gains deep inside position around the rim. He had some very positive moments overall that showed up at EYBL with MOKAN and here at CREI, and he will be followed closely throughout the summer for his current upward trajectory.


Principia School (MO) | Guard | 2027

A product of Guinea, Gassim Toure impressed as a lead guard with a strong passing feel and advanced processing ability. Capable of dishing it with either hand, Toure showed poise and patience with his live dribble passing ability, making it look easy with the ball on a string. He has good hands, often keeping his dribble alive in tight spaces. Further, he showed elite bounce and leaping ability off of two feet for someone of his stature. He is an adept finisher with both hands at the basket, as well. Expected to play for his home country in the 2024 FIBA U17 World Cup at the end of this month, Toure should be generating more national attention sooner rather than later. 


Kearney HS (NE) | Wing | 2026

Building off his stellar spring showing on the adidas 3SSB circuit, Jacob Webber impressed yet again with his elite perimeter shooting acumen at 6-6. Webber has the superb level of self-organization, touch, and limitless confidence needed to be a volume off-ball threat at the next level. He further showed the ability to play off that shooting gravity and get to straight-line drives when he chooses, a foundation he can continue to build off. With such an elite skill and solid size on the wing, it isn’t difficult to see why Webber has been garnering the attention he has been as of late, and he should see his stock continue to rise.



Whitney Young HS (IL) | Wing | 2027

Following multiple superb performances for Meanstreets on the Nike EYBL circuit, Howard Williams put his growth on full display here at CREI. At 6-6 with tremendous length, Williams has made enormous strides since last year’s CREI, showing a keener understanding of manipulating pace and creating as a slasher all whilst burying the 3 ball. The game has really seemed to slow down for him, which has been a massive development. His length and mobility also really show up on the defensive end, as he is able to switch up and down the lineup with relative ease. Overall, Howard was one of the big winners from the event, and he continues to make a name for himself as one of the more intriguing 2027s to follow in the Midwest.


Additional Noteworthy Prospects


2026

Ben Akoro, Lance Barnes, Franck Belibi, Austin Brown, Herly Brutus, Justin Caldwell, Hayden Clay, Arcadian Davis, Oliwier Fiecko, Lattimore Ford, Sage Hanson, Osvalo Haynes II, Justin Hightower-Brooks, Amare James, Alex Leeth, Mason Locket IV, Hudson Lucas, Lucas Maciel, Jimmy McKinney, Jayden Moore, Grady Payton, Jayson Powers, Gallagher Placide, Gavin Placide, Colin Rice, Mateo Rico, James Sanderson, Parker Seithel, Bentley Shelton, Kingston Whitty, Jake Willmann


2027

Jeremy “Rabb” Anderson, Brock Bass-Bonner, Sekou Cisse, Will Davis, Zion Green, Malachi Hill, Dooney Johnson, Griffin Mehrhoff, Colton Sembower, Wyatt Slay, Reid Stuhlsatz, Mike Thomas III, Bryson Wade, Archie Weatherspoon V


2028

Miracle Taiwo Abraham, Kelvin Anderson, Braxton Bogard, Marceles Duncan, Trey Edwards, Billy Stanfield III



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