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Event Recap: Hoophall West

In the latest edition of ‘P.I. Pulse’, we spotlight two dozen prospects who turned heads while participating in last week’s Hoophall West event in Arizona:

The Hoophall Classic is an elite basketball event series, held at various locations around the country. This year, Hoophall West took place at Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, with the final session capping off the week at Footprint Center, home of the Phoenix Suns.

After consuming 20 games over a four-day span on the ground in Phoenix, Pro Insight’s Eric Rubenstein highlighted a group of unsigned senior standouts as well as eye-catchers from the 2023 through 2025 classes.

Let’s start with the seniors.

Unsigned Senior Standouts

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

Anthony Black | Duncanville (TX) | Guard

Event Stats (1 GP): 10 PTS, 4 AST, 3 REB, 3 STL on 3-12 FG, 0-2 3PT, 4-5 FT in 28 MIN

Black didn’t have his most efficient outing as a finisher or shooter, but the five-star senior showed some intriguing flashes of open floor playmaking and team defense. He has great quickness with a head of steam and terrific body control on the attack. Black also does a really nice job of blending scoring and playmaking as he is regularly able to generate high percentage looks for either himself or his teammates. It may have been an off-night for Black, but some of the tools and upside that he showed were still encouraging.

Adrame Diongue | Arizona Compass Prep (AZ) | Center

Event Stats (3 GP): 7.3 PPG, 2 RPG, 1 APG, 2.7 BPG, 1 SPG on 71% FG, 2-9 FT in 16 MPG

The numbers aren’t flashy, but Diongue is easily one of the nation’s most improved players over the last year. He has a terrific understanding of who he is as a player and he fills his role as a rim-runner, lob threat, and rim protector to perfection while playing with an infectious energy.

AZ Compass big man Adrame Diongue. Credit: @andre.waymond (IG)

Matus Hronsky | Wasatch Academy (UT) | Wing

Event Stats (2 GP): 13.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1 BPG on 59% FG, 58% 3PT (3.5 3PM/G) in 30.5 MPG

It was a highly-efficient and productive weekend for Hronsky, who plays a simple game but knows exactly who he is as a player and doesn’t stray from it. He’s a dead-eye three-point shooter who consistently sprints the floor to get his feet set. When run off the line, he flashes a soft touch on floaters and runners. Hronsky is a very fundamentally sound player who looks the part of a definite contributor at the D1 level.

Jair Knight | St. Edward (OH) | Guard

Event Stats (2 GP): 16 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 2 BPG, 1 SPG on 56% FG, 33% 3PT (1 3PM/G), 2-2 FT in 29.5 MPG

Knight is a hard-nosed, slashing shooting guard and a powerful athlete with a terrific build and high motor. He is fearless while attacking the rim as a driver and a cutter. Knight is also a capable outside shooter who showed some big-time defensive playmaking ability here in AZ. He regularly challenged shots at the rim and broke up plays in passing lanes. It was an impressive string of two-way performances for Knight, who should see his recruitment pick up, over time.

Garrison Phelps | St. Mary’s (AZ) | Wing

Event Stats (2 GP): 25 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 1.5 SPG on 45% FG, 46% 3PT (3 3PM/G), 94% FT (8.5 FTA/G) in 30 MPG

Phelps efficiently scored at multiple levels throughout the weekend as he was equal parts a threat to attack the rim with aggression or knock down spot-up threes. He thrives in the open floor where his athletic ability is on full display as he comfortably plays above the rim. He also got himself to the line at a high rate (17 FTAs over 2 games) while knocking in all but one of his attempts. Phelps is a good west coast name who should become a priority these next few months.

Jordan Pope | Prolific Prep (CA) | Guard

Event Stats (1 GP): 14 PTS, 4 AST, 1 REB, 1 STL, 1 BLK on 4-10 FG, 2-7 3PT, 4-4 FT in 32 MIN

In the absence of Dior Johnson, Pope rose to the occasion and saw the floor for the entire 32 minutes in Prolific’s victory over Legacy Early. He has really improved his outside shot over the last several months while also displaying a bit more juice off the bounce. We really like the Pope’s current trajectory as a prospect.

Darrion Williams | Bishop Gorman (NV) | Wing

Event Stats (1 GP): 20 PTS, 13 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL on 9-17 FG, 1-5 3PT, 1-2 FT in 24 MIN

The Swiss Army knife combo forward took MVP honors in Gorman’s win over St. Mary’s, flashing a well-rounded skill set. Williams is comfortable pushing the break himself off the glass and initiating offense. He’s an unselfish facilitator and efficient straight-line driver with a comfortable rhythm pull-up game. On defense, he has strong instincts as a team defender and some versatility as an on-ball defender while also showing a nose for the ball on the glass. Good overall showing for Williams, who remains unsigned.

Bishop Gorman wing Darrion Williams. Credit: Hoophall West

2023, 2024 and 2025 Prospects on the Rise

Plenty of younger prospects brought their A-Game against national competition over the course of this weekend. Here, we’ll highlight some of the underclassmen who caught our eyes and are clearly on the rise.