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Event Recap: Sports Academy National Cup - Grand Finale

In the latest edition of ‘P.I. Pulse’, Pro Insight’s Michael Visenberg highlights prospects who stood out at Sports Academy National Cup after spending the weekend in Thousand Oaks, California for the Grand Finale:

The Grand Finale of the Sports Academy National Cup powered by Matt Barnes took place where it started off in West Session 1, at Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, CA. With Sessions taking place at Athletic Republic in District Heights, MD, Drive Nation in Dallas, TX, Spooky Nook in Hamilton, OH and Inspire Courts in Gilbert, AZ, the Grand Finale brought teams from the East, South, and West to determine the best in 2027, 2028, and 2029. With 14 teams in 2027, 16 teams in 2028 and 12 teams in 2029, there was a lot of competition and Champions were crowned in both the National Cup and Legendary Cup brackets.

May 19th consisted of Best of the Best games from 2027-29, as well as some play-in games to qualify and determine seeding in group play. Group play on May 20th had every team playing two games, and the teams with the eight best records in the quarterfinals to compete for the Sports Academy National Cup title on May 21st. The remaining teams competed for the Legendary Cup. Legendary Cup winners took home a wrestling style championship belt, which went to Sports Academy (CA) in 2027 and Paul George Elite (CA) in both 2028 and 2029.

The quarterfinals in 2027 saw three out of the four games decided by less than 3 points and led to match-ups of Team Durant (MD) vs. Boo Williams (VA) and Team Teague (IN) vs. Paul George Elite (CA). In the end, Team Teague came out on top, with a 73-58 victory over Boo Williams to take home the inaugural 2027 Sports Academy National Cup trophy. It was a dominant weekend for the deepest team from top to bottom, as they never won a game by fewer than double digits. Below, we’ll get into how the other tournaments turned out and focus on some of the standouts, a pool of prospects from across the country.

Team Teague

Returning many of the same players from East Session 2’s George Hill-All Indy team that came in 3rd in that tournament, the Brandon Evans-coached Teague was on a mission in Thousand Oaks. Sporting a big time point differential of +16.4 as they went 5-0, Vegas Elite was the closest game with them, and it was still a 74-64 win. They combined adept backcourt shooting with strong defensive wing play, along with some size and even ability to stretch in the middle. It was an impressive run and they have a number of players who will be on the college radar very soon if they are not stacking up a few offers by the end of the summer.

On Friday night, Baymon, asked what the process was to be chosen for the Best of the Best game, where Teague’s three player allotment had gone to coach’s choices of Bryce Curry, Deon Johnson, and Cooper Zachary. Very understanding, Baymon nevertheless seemed to use that as fuel as he shoots exceptionally well and uses his strong frame and speed to get opportunities around the basket. While he was more of a bench presence when George Hill-All Indy featured Peyton Kemp and Jahari Miller, who are both now playing up, Baymon took the reins as the featured scorer while also being a flexible and pesky defender. He copped the Grand Finale MVP with his confidence and consistency throughout the tournament, showing he was indeed the Best of the Best when it mattered the most.

In a gym full of future college talent, Curry still showed his vertical pop was second to none. He gets off the floor effortlessly, and had multiple dunks in most games, even a reverse alley-oop in the 2027 Best of the Best game that had the crowd going wild. Curry is also an intelligent defender, where he shows a great concept of spacing and can really sit and slide his feet. He is a force on the boards and his perimeter skills keep building as well, with his two-foot floater now a strong part of his arsenal. He is a great outlet passer and does a nice job finding open shooters. Set to attend Lakota West High School in Ohio next year, Curry is a must track moving forward with his combination of athletic tools and basketball acumen.

One of the deadliest shooters in most gyms he enters, Zachary is also already advanced in terms of his ability to run the pick-and-roll, plus is very difficult for opponents to speed up. Also impressive, his ability as an on-ball defender, where he displays quick hands and hustle to intercept passes. Just how much he ultimately grows will be something to keep an eye on, but he is ready to go to the high school level and contribute with his advanced skill set and his excellent body control that allows him to make tough finishes. A guard that manages to keep mistakes to a minimum, Zachary has a good feel for spacing and where his teammates want the ball, plus brings toughness and leadership.

Isaiah Hill

During East Session 2, Hill stood out by being the tallest player in the gym, but also consistently the youngest as he does not turn 14 for a few months. What also impressed was his touch and footwork as a shooter — he was able to make smooth one or two-dribble pull-up threes. Hill showed even more comfort stretching the floor here, along with length that disrupted inside on defense and kept plays alive on the glass. There is still definite work to do on his body, as he says he is working on strengthening his legs, which would help him better establish post position. Skill work will be key as well, as sometimes it looks like the game is a bit too fast for him. In time, when it clicks — and it should — this is a long, inside-outside threat who could be a big-time rim protector.

Matt Barnes Defensive Spotlight

This award goes to the best defensive player in the session. The recipient must exhibit a high-level of defensive capability, affecting the game in multiple ways on the defensive end.

We got to see a lot of Johnson’s game this session and he has true two-way equity with his size, length, and lateral quickness. Johnson is at his best slashing on the wing, where he brings driving ability and ambidextrous finishing. Defensively was where he also stood out, as he has quick hands, and could truly guard every position in his own age range. He certainly should be a strong perimeter defender that is quite switchable, as he moves up levels. His jumper seems like a weapon as well, though is much more comfortable using his athleticism attacking the basket at this point, plus getting out in transition. Johnson also gets to the line and is someone who can grab a board and initiate the break. There’s a lot to like with his defensive intensity and versatility, which should both pay immediate dividends at Walnut Ridge High School in Columbus, OH, next season.

2027 prospect and Matt Barnes Defensive Spotlight award-winner, Deon Johnson. Credit: Jerome Jones Photography

Boo Williams

After finishing 8-0 through the first two East Sessions, Boo Williams (VA) made a major impression during the Grand Finale. Missing a key piece with the injury of point guard Callen Morrison, plus Matthew Mena going back to his original Team Durant (MD), Boo Williams kept their winning ways going with inside-out play and scrappy defense. With a narrow 59-58 victory over Vegas Elite (NV) in the quarterfinals, they once again got the better of Team Durant with a 61-54 victory in the semifinals. Their 12-game winning streak ended with their 73-58 loss to Team Teague in the finals. Still have to give this team a ton of credit and their four players that competed in the 2027 Best of the Best game will be players to monitor at the high school level.

Jordyn Houston

Originally from California, the East Session 2 MVP made his presence felt once again with his imposing size and skillset. He is a grab-and-go threat, who does a lot of his best work establishing post position and grabbing offensive rebounds. There simply are not many players at this age who are quite as strong as Houston, and this is something he can even further harness moving forward. Headed to Bishop O’Connell HS (VA), Houston still can work on his vertical lift and straight-line speed, along with his finishing touch. He does bring a good comfort level with the ball in his hands, ability to carve out space for rebounds, and stretch potential as well that should make him a rotation piece immediately.

Brian Mitchell, Jr.

Taking on a bigger role with Mena on Team Durant, Mitchell was an inside-out presence who finished with pop. Another player who is quite active on the boards, Mitchell has the ball skills to finish drives and play with creativity in transition. He has a football-type frame, though possesses easily translatable basketball athleticism with potential to evolve to the wing if he stays close to his current size. He is a shooting threat with touch out to long range, and is a major force on defense with positional versatility and quick hands.

Jordan Powell

Powell showed his run-and-jump athleticism, once again playing into Boo Williams' identity of crashing the offensive glass and playing versatile, tough defense. His ability to jump from a standstill and at times finish at the rim at this stage is notable. He shows signs of quick decision making and is a strong straight-line slasher and cutter. Other elements that stood out: his timing as a shot blocker and his ability to generate defensive events with his overall athleticism. While his shot certainly seems to be coming along, it’s still one of his major question marks at this stage and he seems much more comfortable around the basket. He plays a big utility role with his ability to put the ball on the floor, his overall unselfishness, and major defensive flashes.

Kevin Parker

There was a lot more playmaking responsibility put on the shoulders of Parker in this session, and he did quite well. His straight-line speed and energy stand out, while being the youngest player among the Boo Williams fab four. The impressive thing with Parker is how he can not only use his quickness to break down a defense, but also can stop suddenly and make tough finishes. Add to that his threat as a long-range shooter, and this is a guard prospect who is a must-track in the DMV. He is an event-creating defender, with ball handling ability, along with a motor that coaches love.

2027 prospect Kevin Parker. Credit: Jerome Jones Photography

2027 Standouts

Josiah Nance | Paul George Elite (CA)

Nance set the tone by winning The Best of The Best 2027 game MVP, showing off his scoring arsenal with drives, fadeaways and a pair of step-back threes. At around 6’5”, Nance was more dominant than ever with his ability to handle the rock, body control as a slasher, and improved shooting. This was a huge weekend for Paul George Elite with Nance leading the way, as they won both of their pool play games, then had a big win over rival G1 Elite. With the core of a G1 Elite team that had beaten them to win West Session 2, Nance hit a walk-off lay-up to lead his team to the quarterfinals. Throughout the Sports Academy National Cup, Nance has been one of the deadliest scorers, with greater confidence as a ball handler, ability to grab-and-go off the glass, and a defensive presence with his quickness at his size. Currently at Heritage Christian (CA), he is going to be one of the more anticipated freshmen coming into Southern California next season and should be in the national conversation very soon.

Jamaal McKnight, Jr. | Team Durant (MD)

McKnight brought it immediately, as well, and while his team came up just short in the Best of the Best game, he put on a show with his quickness on-ball, creative finishing, and his pull-up touch. He was consistently able to break down the defense and create opportunities for his teammates, and his ability to create space is well ahead of the curve. Even with him still being under 5’10”, he’s able to make a huge impact with his pace, touch on his shot, and with his staggering speed. Beyond that, he can cover the court really well and has quick hands as a defender. Set to join a stacked freshman class at DeMatha Catholic (MD), and already holding a Tennessee offer, McKnight shows great qualities for a point guard and led his team to a couple wins in front of Kevin Durant, himself.

Cayden Daughtry | Handles Elite Florida Rebels (FL)

This weekend may not have gone the way that the Handles Elite Florida Rebels had hoped, with every game coming down to a few possessions and the team finishing 2-2. With that being the case, it was still a huge showing for the MVP of the Sports Academy National Cup South Session, as Cayden Daughtry scored over 25 points every game, averaging 31.5 points over the weekend. Against a tough AZ Monstarz team, Daughtry was able to spark a comeback in the final minutes, tip-toeing the baseline to hit a corner three to tie the game. He then got the final steal that led to the game-sealing basket. Daughtry is a deadly long-range shooter who can get his playing on or off the ball, plus is more than willing to put his body on the line to draw contact. His scoring package is advanced, with a great eye for spacing and where his teammates are on the floor. Defensively, he has quick feet and hands, along with hip flexibility to get quite low. Having just turned 14 and wearing a size 12 shoe, he should keep growing and his workout regimen includes training sessions with former NBA player Rip Hamilton. Since the Grand Finale, Daughtry made an impact at the CrossRoads Elite Invitational, plus was able to net his first D1 offer from Florida State after attending their team camp. Already with two years of varsity play under his belt, this should be the first of many for one of the top offensive engines featured in the Sports Academy National Cup.

2027 prospect Cayden Daughtry. Credit: Jerome Jones Photography

Israel Tchoubfong | Team Durant (MD)

Team Durant was down two major front court pieces without Babatunde Oladotun and Daniel Abass, giving “Izzy” his chance to shine. Tchoubfong is a bouncy athlete with solid size and length, who attacks the glass on both sides of the floor and plays pesky defense. He does his best work in transition and as a cutter, though showed some nice perimeter flashes in SoCal. Already coming in at close to 6’5”, it was great to see how confident Tchoubfong was in handling, taking one or two-dribble pull-ups and even hitting the occasional shot from deep. Set to attend Good Counsel High School in Maryland, Izzy has the potential to play either forward spot, bringing lots of energy, strong off-ball play, and defensive versatility.

Jeremy Jenkins, Jr. | Handles Elite Florida Rebels (FL)

The most imposing big in attendance, Jenkins has truly put work into his body the past few months which helped with both his conditioning and straight-line speed. He still was able to use his high-level footwork and his wide frame to get to the hoop, though he also showed he could hit jump shots, as well, making him an even tougher cover. He and Cayden Daughtry make a fantastic pick-and-roll combination, with Jenkins setting good screens and showing his timing as a roller. Jenkins has good hands, is a fundamentally strong rebounder, and was one of the better rim protectors at the event. The strong big man was playing football but has changed his focus to be entirely towards basketball moving forward, with inspiration coming from his play in the South Session of the Sports Academy National Cup. The work he puts into his game is evident and he has plenty of upside moving forward if he keeps growing, which is likely to happen seeing that he only turned 14 a few short months ago.

James Evans | G1 Elite (CA)

“Baby James” Evans brings excitement on both ends of the floor, with his ability to attack the hoop and with his tenacity on the other team’s best perimeter player. He kicked off the Grand Finale with a stellar performance in the Best of the Best game, hitting multiple spot-up threes and getting to the basket and to the free throw stripe. The added confidence in his long-range game is a big step for a player who is already quite good at getting to the basket with his quick first step and creativity as a finisher. Defensively, Evans brings lateral ability, instincts, and effort, where he can guard pretty much any perimeter spot at this level. If he does end up growing a few more inches it would do wonders, but regardless, he brings strong athleticism and a skill set that should have colleges taking interest quite soon.

Deion Lewis | Paul George Elite (CA)

A quick guard who excels as a shot creator, Lewis was able to get into the paint and kick a lot of passes to teammates in scoring position. Another major reason that Paul George Elite made the semifinals, Lewis has a tight handle which he uses to get his pull-up and to create driving angles. He is a tough on-ball defender, where he matched-up with the best point guards here quite well. He is a table-setting guard with a complete offensive skill set who makes life difficult for opposing ball handlers. How much he grows will be a major component to just what level he gets to, though it certainly looks like he is on a path to play beyond high school.

Gene Roebuck | G1 Elite (CA)

It was another strong session for the MVP of West Session 2 and someone who had to be in the running for top 2027 scorers in the tournament, overall. Roebuck still was able to get his typical drives to the hoop and thrived scoring through contact while getting to the line a ton. He managed to show quite a bit more as a playmaker and offensive hub, plus increased his three-point shooting volume with some definite success. Somewhat forced to play out of position as the tallest player on his team, Roebuck is ready to play either forward spot in high school and appears to be ready to eventually be a force on the wing. He has worked on his body, decision making, and shooting, while still bringing the around-the-hoop presence and strength as a defender. Expect immediate impact from him as a freshman and to hear his name a lot in Southern California over the next few years.

2027 prospect Gene Roebuck. Credit: Jerome Jones Photography

Matthew Mena | Team Durant (MD)

Going back to his original team, Mena was a force in the middle for Team Durant with his inside-out skills. One of the taller players in attendance, Mena is around 6’7” with strength, good hands, and a soft shooting touch out to long range. He is a key linking piece with his quick decision making, screen setting, and his outlet passing off defensive rebounds. Mena is a floor stretcher who also has nice touch down low and is a force on the offensive boards. The other thing he shows consistently is how difficult it is to move him off his place defensively, as he gets blocks and protects the rim. Already holding an offer from Radford, Mena is set to go to Bishop Ireton High School (VA) where he will bring a unique skill set at his size.

Ilan Nikolov | Vegas Elite (NV)

Able to get through their play-in game with a 67-35 win over ITRAIN Sacramento Soldiers, Vegas Elite was able to beat West Session 2 semifinalists UH Ignite Elite before falling to eventual champion Team Teague. Then, they had a couple games on Sunday that were decided by a single point, unfortunately coming up short to eventual runner-up Boo Williams and then to Handles Elite Florida Rebels. They got a major helping hand this weekend from Nikolov, who specializes as an off-ball shooter and has a great one or two-dribble pull-up package. Nikolov has good size on the wing already and managed to be quite efficient facing the top-level teams. He held his own playing against high school competition in The Blueprint Combine in Las Vegas last summer, where he measured with a plus wingspan that makes him a factor on defense and in getting his shot off. Set to go to Bishop Gorman High School (NV) next year, if he works on his quickness and vertical pop, it should help him become even more lethal than he already is as a scorer and help defender.

2028 Standouts

Xavier Skipworth | Team Takeover (DC)

It was not an easy path for Team Takeover to become the eventual 2028 Sports Academy National Cup Grand Finale champions, but with grit, defense, and the presence of Xavier Skipworth, they were able to put it all together. After losing their opening game to Skyriders in OT, Takeover held every opponent afterwards below 50 points, with the 6’4” Skipworth leading the way with his length and versatility. Described by Team Takeover coach Ray Brewer as “humble, hardworking, can mix it up and play on the block and play on the wing. He’s a do-it-all for us,” Skipworth embodied that through the tournament. He is a match-up nightmare at this level, leading the defensive charge and protecting the paint. He can finish with either hand, is comfortable stepping out and shooting, plus was able to mix it up on the boards and get to the line. Skipworth is still coming into his own in terms of offensive creation and decision making, however he has the look of a very promising combo forward prospect and appears to be on the high major path.

Owen Eteuati-Edwards | DSTRKT (CA)

It was a great tournament for the Northern California-based DSTRKT, who went 4-1, led by the sweet-shooting, high-post offensive threat that is Eteuati-Edwards. A threat to grab-and-go, he is also a force on the offensive boards. Already 6’5”, he should keep growing and he already is such a presence in the paint, though what really stands out is his shooting touch. Eteuati-Edwards is a pull-up threat from out to deep, though mainly thrives in the mid-range. He gets to the free throw line often, plus is an instinctive and unselfish decision maker. There’s a lot to like about his skill set and he’s still growing into his body as an athlete — the future looks quite bright for the leader of the 2028 Sports Academy Grand Finale runner-up.

Trace Lopez | Team Bagley (AZ)

The 6’7” Lopez put together an absolute tour de force in Bagley’s 62-51 quarterfinal win over Austin Select, making his presence felt in the paint and showing that you cannot give him open looks from mid-range. Lopez runs the floor very well and is the premier rim protector in this age group, but he really showed just how difficult he can be to contain in the half court, carving out paint touches and finishing with plenty of putbacks. He’s a good cutter who is able to rely on his mid-range shooting when opponents give him space. The ball handling and decision making are still in development, but it is encouraging to see him use his size to his advantage while flashing the perimeter skills that make him such an intriguing big prospect.

Adan Diggs | Austin Select (TX)

From his absolute barrage in the 2028 Best of the Best game that saw him claim MVP honors, Diggs showed there may not be a more polished and dangerous scorer in any class among those at the Grand Finale. An explosive leaper who can handle the ball and run wild in the open floor, the 6’3” guard out of Arizona is an absolute match-up nightmare at the 2028 level. His footwork as a shooter was fully on display, and he brings a ton of gravity as a driver, too. The key for Diggs will be working on playmaking for others and becoming more comfortable as an off-ball mover. The talent is incredibly high and he is among the most intriguing long term prospects that played in any session of the event and showed plenty of reasons why with his play in the Grand Finale.

Heaven Chea | Austin Select (TX)

Getting to see Adan Diggs and Heaven Chea square off in the 2028 Best of the Best game was worth the price of admission, showing why Chea is also considered to be such a promising prospect. Chea is a shooter with deep range, a creative handle and finishing package, plus a boisterous personality on the floor. He plays the game with a lot of joy and confidence, and while he can use some work on his shot selection, he’s adept at finding teammates in scoring position. His lay-up package and floater game is advanced and his ability to shoot out past NBA range appears effortless. He is a good communicator and is loaded with confidence — great lead guard qualities that seem to develop with every eval.

Joshua Augmon | Team Nor-Cal (CA)

Cousin of former UNLV and NBA vet Stacey Augmon, he comes from a basketball family though in our brief chat, he made the great point that it is more important to play for the name on the front of the jersey than the name on the back. Joshua Augmon showed some bouncy athleticism, but really impressed with his long-range shooting touch and ability to create a pull-up, along with his length and activity as a defender. At around 6’3”, it was great to see his perimeter skills, long strides, and the footwork he had on his step-back. He brings potential as a two-way wing, and if he grows a couple more inches, he could wind up as a national-level recruit.

Joshua Agbo | Oakland Soldiers (CA)

Agbo fits into the ‘3-and-D’ archetype exceptionally at this point in time, though he really can score from anywhere and contributes in so many areas. His ability to jump from a standstill is a great indicator, as he grabs plenty of rebounds and affects a good amount of shots. He gets off his shot quickly, making him a threat as a spot-up or movement shooter. He also showed ability as a cutter and finisher, plus showed how much he could exploit a zone from the high post. When you also consider how much he talks to teammates on defense and his look-ahead passing, there is a lot to like about Agbo as a prospect.

Mu’aadh Muhammad | Team Takeover (DC)

It’s hard not to love the toughness “Mo” Muhammad plays the game with, as he brings versatility for Takeover and is a crucial piece of their defensive identity. Mo has great hands, nets plenty of deflections and is a leader out on the floor. At 6’2”, he is a force on the offensive boards, plus can both drive and step out and stretch the floor. At this point, his greatest ability seems to be just how many positions he can cover defensively. He’s very steady demeanor-wise, but a competitor with a team-first mindset and a skill set that helped make Takeover the 2028 champion.

Kainoa Patton | Paul George Elite (CA)

As per usual, Kainoa Patton was playing up with Paul George Elite 2027s, though he played in the 2028 Best of the Best game and is among the younger players even on this list of standouts. He is one of the more deadly long-range shooters and off-ball players in the entirety of the Sports Academy National Cup and played his typical role in the team’s success. Patton fights for rebounds, hounds opponents on-the-ball as a defender and has a great feel for setting up teammates. It seems like he has grown physically during each session, and he is just getting even more explosive. His role has continued to expand, and he now shows some on-ball capability when given the opportunity. Patton has a great feel for the game, is a tough defender, and a knock-down outside shooter, making him one of the more intriguing backcourt prospects in SoCal’s 2028 class.

2028 prospect Kainoa Patton. Credit: Jerome Jones Photography

Kingston Montague | Team Bagley (AZ)

Montague was in the running for the best defensive performer during the Grand Finale with his event creation and activity level. He showed great anticipation, quickness to the ball, conditioning, and an all-around motor that was very impressive. He’s able to defend either backcourt spot and made some clutch defensive stops throughout the event, whether it was a steal, deflection, and out-of-area rebound, and even the occasional blocked shot. He’s also a big-time rim runner, can get to the basket/free throw line, and is a threat as a shooter. It was quite the complete performance from the heart of this Team Bagley squad.

2029 Standouts

Bre’vynn Johnson | SQUAD (CA)

With so many games going on at the same time, 2029 took less of a priority than 2027s and 2028s, though it was great to see some of the talent that the Sports Academy National Cup had at this age level. The performance that was most noteworthy: Bre’vynn Johnson, who accounted for 29 of the Black team’s 43 first half points in the Best of the Best game. While they were unable to hold on for the victory, Johnson was able to score in such an impressive fashion, showing a polished offensive game which featured floaters, tough angle touch drives, offensive rebounds with a very quick second jump, and pull-up shooting. The younger brother of Vegas Elite’s Tyler Johnson, Bre’vynn showed he is a must-track in this class thanks to his size, athleticism and skill level.

Phillip Reed, Jr. | SQUAD (CA)

In SQUAD’s decisive 68-43 finals win over All-Ohio BNU, Reed seemed to move at a different speed than most everyone on the floor. He was a driver, playmaker, confident shooter, and active defender. The other thing that stood out was how active he was as a screener. We didn’t get to see him playing with Johnson, but the trio they must have made with Jacobi Thompson III is just staggering to go up against at this age level. Reed is considered one of the best players in this class and while there is a lot of time left, he held up his end of the bargain with his play in the final.

Zion Rothwell | NJ Scholars (NJ)

The catalyst of a big-time comeback in the 2029 Best of the Best game, Rothwell was one of the bigger players in his class, moving his feet well and patrolling the paint on both sides of the ball. He was able to carve out space for himself, seal, and controlled the offensive glass that eventually saw a team down by double digits come back and win an exciting Best of the Best where he took home MVP honors. Great hands, quick leaper, and an active motor — an athletic big who has a great skill base to build upon.

Jacobi Thompson II | SQUAD (CA)

Thompson is a big lefty who moves exceptionally well for a player in this age group, with plenty of more growing left to do. His reaction time stands out as a differentiator. He also had layups and even ‘lay-oops’ that he finished through opponents with ease. Thompson showed functional shot mechanics and even could even take the ball full court and go get his own bucket. Like Reed, he did not play in the Best of the Best game, but certainly showed he was worthy of doing so and would have likely changed that game's landscape.

Jayden Davis | All-Ohio BNU (OH)

One of the few 2029’s we had the chance to catch multiple times, Davis stood out thanks to his blend of size and scoring ability. He’s active around the basket with shooting ability out to the three-point line, plus he can put the ball on the floor. Davis has a strong frame, plays with plenty of confidence, and is the youngest player among this list of standouts. He’s a guard to track who already has an advanced scoring package — one that could compete with the best among his class.

Dallas Stewart | All-Ohio BNU (OH)

Strength and confidence exude in spades from Stewart, who is very vocal out on the floor and a fearless driver. His ability to create drives for himself and get to his pull-up is advanced, and he can mix it up with his functional strength. He really competes on defense, as well, plus is a good communicator out on the floor. It’s easy to tell that Stewart possesses a ton of competitive fire and that he’s actively working on his game — he did a great job of helping get this team to the final.

Other Standouts

Steve Achille | 2027 | B.C.A.T. (FL)

Bottom Line: Physicality, rebounding, cutting, and defensive intensity

Charlie Adams | 2028 | 7Days (CA)

Bottom Line: Rim-running, driving, shooting, and eye for spacing

Carter Bagley | 2028 | Team Bagley (AZ)

Bottom Line: Strength, rebounding motor, quick decision making, defensive hands

Martray Bagley | 2028 | Team Bagley (AZ)

Bottom Line: Size, ability to get to his shot, lateral quickness, and ability to sit in a chair on D

Carter Barnes | 2027 | G1 Elite (CA)

Bottom Line: Long-range shooting, passing and defensive event creation

Isaiah Barnes | 2027 | G1 Elite (CA)

Bottom Line: Long-range shooting, movement off the ball and defensive persistence

Eddie Braswell | 2030 | NJ Scholars (NJ)

Bottom Line: Confidence, quickness and shooting ability

Khory Copeland | 2029 | NJ Scholars (NJ)

Bottom Line: Size, handle and slashing ability

London Collins | 2027 | Branch West (CA)

Bottom Line: Quickness, shooting and driving creativity

Ryan Doan | 2027 | Branch West (CA)

Bottom Line: Size, rebounding and touch

Freddie Forbes | 2029 | SQUAD (CA)

Bottom Line: Quickness, handle and floater touch

Quali Giran | 2029 | SQUAD (CA)

Bottom Line: Handle, footwork, playmaking, and shooting

Braeden Greenup | 2029 | SQUAD (CA)

Bottom Line: Size and lefty shooting touch

Kayo Griffin | 2029 | Payton’s Place (CA)

Bottom Line: Confidence, handle, playmaking, and deep shooting range

Deshaun Harris | 2028 | Austin Select (TX)

Bottom Line: Out of area rebounding, pull-up shooting and cutting

Jaydon Hayes | 2028 | Team Bagley (AZ)

Bottom Line: Hustle, connective passing, slashing, spot-up shooting, and defensive event creation

Cole Holden | G1 Elite (CA)

Bottom Line: Multi-level scoring, physical strength, rebounding, and defensive versatility

Demetrius Hunter, Jr. | 2029 | Austin Select (TX)

Bottom Line: Creativity with the ball, hang time on finishes, pull-up shooting, and lateral quickness

Tyler Johnson | Vegas Elite (NV)

Bottom Line: Court vision, functional handle, shooting ability, and lateral quickness

Justin Kimbrough | 2028 | Oakland Soldiers (CA)

Bottom Line: Hustle, passing vision, range shooting, and ability to put body on the line defensively

BJ LaFell | 2029 | NJ Scholars (NJ)

Bottom Line: Size, slashing, getting to the line, and defensive event creation

Lleyton Leonard | 2028 | Austin Select (TX)

Bottom Line: Vertical athleticism, rebounding, cutting, and guarding up defensively

Jomari Marshall | 2028 | 7Days (CA)

Bottom Line: Speed, creativity as a driver and outside shooting versatility

Grant Mattingly | 2027 | AZ Monstarz (AZ)

Bottom Line: Change of pace and toughness as a finisher, shooting ability, eye for playmaking, and ability to play up to the highest level of competition

Kyikyi Miles | 2028 | Oakland Soldiers (CA)

Bottom Line: Size, movement, handle, passing versatility, and switchability on D

Devin Mitchell | 2028 | Team Inland (CA)

Bottom Line: Slashing, ball handling and passing on the move

Jordan Mize | 2028 | Team Bagley (AZ)

Bottom Line: Size, shot versatility, rebounding, and defensive versatility

Cisco Munoz | 2027 | G1 Elite (CA)

Bottom Line: Crafty finishing, passing into tight windows, creating with his handle, and ability to manage close games

DaKori Parker | 2027 | Team Teague (IN)

Bottom Line: Handle, touch on drives and scrappy on-ball defense

Isaiah Rider IV | 2028 | Skyriders (AZ)

Bottom Line: Strength, slashing, outside shooting and hitting one of the biggest shots of the weekend to send game to OT against eventual 2028 champs Team Takeover

Cam Riggs | 2027 | Team Teague (IN)

Bottom Line: Size, versatility as a defender, at-the-rim finishing, smart movement off the ball, and an overall unselfish approach

Houston Rolle | 2028 | DSTRKT (CA)

Bottom Line: Size, handle, connective passing and shooting versatility

Christopher Sanders | 2027 | 7Days (CA)

Bottom Line: Size, strength, handle, scoring through contact, and improved passing vision

Maxwell Scott | 2027 | Branch West (CA)

Bottom Line: Handle, toughness, slashing and outside shooting

Shalen Sheppard | 2028 | Oakland Soldiers (CA)

Bottom Line: Size, passing vision, off-ball movement, touch, and paint presence on D

DJ Spencer | 2027 | Vegas Elite (NV)

Bottom Line: Size, driving, lefty jumper, and rebounding on both ends

Michael Vilmenay | 2027 | Handles Elite Florida Rebels (FL)

Bottom Line: Spot-up shooting, reaction time off the catch, decision making, and defensive intensity

Anthony Walcott | 2027 | Handles Elite Florida Rebels (FL)

Bottom Line: Straight-line driving, inside-out ability, rebounding, and defensive versatility

TJ Wansa | 2027 | Paul George Elite (CA)

Bottom Line: Strength, spot-up shooting, look-ahead passing, active hands and feet on D

Jadah Washington | 2028 | Team Takeover (DC)

Bottom Line: Toughness, breaking down a defense, outside shooting, and activity in passing lanes

Parks Weaver | 2028 | Team Bagley (AZ)

Bottom Line: Handle, slashing, connective passing, outside shooting, and timing on D

Jasiah Williams | 2027 | Paul George Elite (CA)

Bottom Line: Stride length getting to the basket, ability to run in transition, increased comfort as a spot-up shooter, and defensive activity


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