Tarkanian Classic Player Report – National & Platinum Bracket

by Lucas Archuleta | Posted on Sunday, November 25th, 2018

Last week from December 18-22nd, the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas, NV featured some of the nation's top prep and high school teams from across the country - jam packed in one big week.  There were multiple brackets, but I was able to check out games from both the Platinum Bracket and the National Bracket.

The Platinum Bracket featured Grandview (CO), Rancho Christian (CA), Coronado (NV), Constitution (PA), Federal Way (WA), Bishop O’ Dowd (CA), Dillard (FL), Chino Hills (CA), Little Rock Hall (AR), Orange Lutheran (CA), Bishop Gorman (NV), Lone Peak (UT), Northeast (FL), Sheldon (CA), Whitney Young (IL) and Buckeye (AZ).  In the Platinum Bracket, Bishop Gorman (NV) won it for the second year in a row, as they beat a very talented Rancho Christian (CA) team.

In the National Bracket eight prep schools competed, which included Lincoln Prep (GA), Hillcrest Prep (AZ), Prolific Prep (CA), Word Of God (NC), Trinity Prep (NV), Our Savior (NY), Findlay Prep (NV) and Edge School (Canada).  Hillcrest Prep won that bracket against a very talented Findlay Prep program.

Below Is a summary of the top players/performances I witnessed throughout the week from both brackets (In no particular order) . . .

Evan Mobley, 6’11, 2020, Rancho Christian (CA) (Platinum Bracket)

Evan Mobley, who we all know is the #1 rated player in the 2020 class and future lottery pick, had another big week at the Tarkanian Classic.  Evan continues to show through his production that he has all the makings of a future top tier player in the NBA.  He can do it all on the floor on both ends, and he’s only gaining more confidence.  Evan can score at all three levels and is showing more confidence in his perimeter jumper as time goes on.  He can make plays off the bounce to get to his pull up or finish at the rim with his elite length and athleticism.  Evan is also very mobile on defense, can guard smaller players, and can be an elite rebounder with his physical attributes.  Although his size and versatility is already very rare, what separates him is his poise and composure while he is playing, he has a mindset that is way beyond his years.  Evan has a a chance to be very special and look for him to only improve as he gets older. Evan lead Rancho to the championship game in the Platinum Bracket, in which they lost to Bishop Gorman (NV) and was named to the All Tournament Team.

Kyree Walker, 6’6, 2020, Hillcrest Prep (AZ) (National Bracket)

Kyree (pictured) had one of the more impressive overall performances of any player in any bracket for the Tarkanian Classic. Kyree was named Tourney MVP of the National Bracket, as he helped lead his Hillcrest team to the Championship Title, as they beat a very talented Findlay Prep (NV) program.  Kyree looked like a man on a mission, as he competed at a high level on both ends of the floor.  He proved he has consistency and range with his jump shot, as he hit threes off the catch or off the bounce all week. He also knocked down mid-range jumpers and tough runners in the lane consistently.  Kyree might be the most dynamic player in the country in transition, especially when he gets going downhill, he is very hard to stop.  Match that with his elite athleticism and ability to mix up his finishes around the rim, and he is a tough player to stop when he gets going. Kyree also was a big playmaker for his team all week and he showed he can be a leader on the defensive end as well with his effort and energy level.

Zaon Collins, 6’1, 2021, Bishop Gorman (NV) (Platinum Bracket)

Zaon is another player who had one of the more impressive overall performances throughout the week for his Bishop Gorman team.  The young sophomore helped lead his Bishop Gorman team to a Platinum Bracket Championship over a very tough Rancho Christian (CA) program.  Zaon is one of the top point guards in the 2021 class, and he proved that in the Tarkanian Classic.  Zaon is a floor general who can run the team, but also is a very dynamic and dangerous offensive threat.  He plays with great pace, is shifty, and makes great reads against opposing defenses.  He is a tough, high IQ player who has the ability to control the tempo of the game. Zaon was scoring from all three levels all week, attacking in transition, creating for teammates and his energy on the defensive end makes Bishop Gorman very tough to play against.  He is an extension of the coach on the floor with his leadership and ability to run the show. Collins won CO-MVP of the tournament, along with his teammate Noah Taitz. Collins is one of the top point guards in the country, regardless of class, and don’t be surprised if he ends up with a blue blood program when he signs with a collegiate program down the road.

Noah Taitz, 6’3, 2020, Bishop Gorman (NV) (Platinum Bracket)

Noah had a great week and put together a body of work in the Tarkanian Classic that turned a lot of heads and definitely raised his stock.  Noah was Co-MVP of the Platinum Bracket along with his teammate Zaon Collins.  Noah was impressive all week, as he showed he can not only compete against the best, but also produce at a high level.  Noah gave his team a huge offensive spark all week, and his energy and activity on both ends was impressive.  Noah can score from all three levels and proved he can create offense off the catch or off the dribble.  Noah shoots the ball at a very high level and with his ability to stretch the floor this opens up opportunities for his teammates and himself to get in the lane.  Noah was also dangerous in transition pushing the tempo and running the floor. He moves really good without the ball and makes smart reads.  Defensively he brings a tough/scrappy attitude that trickles down to his team. His overall feel for the game and competitive nature helped take Bishop Gorman to another level.  Noah currently has interest from Stanford, USC, Washington, BYU and DePaul, to name a few.

Jaden McDaniels, 6’11, 2019, Federal Way (WA) (Platinum Bracket)

Jaden is one of the top 2019 prospects in the country, as he’s ranked #5 in the class and the #1 Power Forward in the 2019 class.  Jaden is big, long, athletic and extremely skilled for his size.  At 6-foot-11, he can do things that most smaller guards can do.  He has a good handle, can score in a variety of ways, is very crafty and has a great feel for the game. He shoots the ball at a high level from anywhere on the floor and his size and length allows him to shoot over smaller defenders. He’s very dangerous in transition and when he gets going downhill, it’s tough to stop him.  Jaden is a good rebounder and can guard multiple positions on the defensive side of the ball. He will be a matchup problem at the collegiate level, and with his attributes, his game should transition perfectly to the pro game.  With his size and versatility, he’s only scratching the surface of how good he can be.  He has some things to add to his toolbox, but he’s a very intriguing prospect.  Jadens’s top 5 schools are Kentucky, San Diego State, Texas, UCLA and Washington.

Isaiah Mobley, 6’10, 2019, Rancho Christian (CA) (Platinum Bracket)

Isaiah who has commited to USC, and the brother of Evan Mobley, had another impressive week of basketball.  As usual him and his brother are a 1-2 punch that are almost impossible to stop, and they fill up the stat-sheet with a lot of production.  Isaiah is one of the most versatile and skilled players in the country.  At his size, he is a matchup problem, as there’s nothing he cannot do on the court.  He shoots it efficiently with his smooth stroke, he can create off the bounce and finish at the rim, he has a good mid-range game, and he can also post up on the block and finish in a variety of ways.  Isaiah also has a great feel for the game and understands how to get others involved.  At his size he also plays very physical and doesn’t shy away from contact. He’s a high level rebounder and also can guard multiple positions, just like his brother Evan.  He is a good athlete that doesn’t try to out talent guys, which means his game should translate perfect in college, and possibly down the road into a pro career.

Daishen Nix, 6’5, 2020, Trinity Prep (NV) (National Bracket)

Daishen had another impressive week and he’s starting to show the basketball world he might be the best point guard in the country, regardless of class.  Recently Nix stock has seen a huge rise and he’s easily one of the highest trending players in the country.  Nix is a point guard with good size and athleticism, but what sets him apart is his feel for the game.  He has a knack for the ball and just overall makes everyone on his team better.  He can score at a high rate, he can shoot it, make plays off the bounce, create for others, finish at the rim in a variety of ways, and he’s especially dangerous in the open court.  He might be the best passer in the country, as his ability to read 2nd defenders and see plays develop before others do is very special. Nix is also extremely competitive and seems to always have an impact on both sides of the floor on almost every play. His production and efficiency is off the charts and that will only improve. Nix has a high IQ that should translate into a very successful career as a pro.  Although nothing is guaranteed, this guy has the it factor.  With his recent recruitment picking up he has interest from Maryland, Memphis, Gonzaga, Kansas, West Virginia, Illinois, Marquette and TCU to name a few.

PJ Fuller, 6’4, 2019, Findlay Prep (NV) (National Bracket)

PJ Fuller is another one of the top point guards in the country, and had a very impressive week this week at Tarkanian Classic.  PJ helped lead his Findlay Prep team to the championship game, where they lost in a tough battle to Hillcrest Prep.  PJ Fuller is dynamic PG who has a ton of upside.  He might be the quickest point guard in the country with the ball in his hands, and, when he’s going downhill, good luck stopping him. He’s shifty, skilled, athletic and plays with great pace. He can score from all three levels and he’s also really good at creating open looks for his teammates. Fuller makes his team go, he’s a heady player and can score it in bunches. All week he showed his ability to knock down tough shots and he also showed he is a factor on the defensive end. With his size and athleticism he could become an elite defender. PJ will surely be a big time point guard at the collegiate level, and is another guy who could see a long pro career, if he stays the course.  PJ Fuller has already committed to play for the TCU Horned Frogs in the Big 12 Conference next season.

Onyeka Okongwu, 6’9, 2019, Chino Hills (CA) (Platinum Bracket)

Onyeka who is one of the top rated bigs in the 2019 class, rated #5 center in the class, had a very impressive week.  The big, strong, athletic and physical Onyeka showed that he is a man amongst boys at times. He has the ability to dominate the paint with his ability to finish, his motor on the offensive glass and just his overall physicality makes him a work horse. Onyeka has a good feel and knows how to get to open spots on the floor, so his guards can find him in spots where he can attack.  He matches his ability to dominate the paint with good versatility, he can knock down 10-18 footers and has the ability to attack the rim efficiently off the bounce. He has great touch and footwork as well, which allows him to score in a variety of ways. Onyeka is also a good passer and is good at getting his teammates open with screens. Onyeka has a high level motor and dominates the glass on both ends of the floor. Defensively he is very active and can even guard smaller players if need be. Onyeka is joining Isaiah Mobley at USC next season, and, with those two, USC should have a very bright future in the PAC-12.

Makur Maker, 6’11, 2020, Orange Lutheran (CA) (Platinum Bracket)

Makur Maker had a very impressive week at the Tarkanian Classic and he’s one of the more unique players in the country. Makur has great size, length, athleticism and versatility at 6-foot-11.  Makur has the ability to score from all three levels and he can shoot threes at a very efficient level. He’s got a good handle and can create offense with his ability to get to his spots. With his size he can shoot over defenders on the catch or off the dribble. Makur is very aggressive and is always looking to put pressure on the defense. He also has a quick and compact shot that is hard to contest. He’s got a college ready body and can finish through contact at the rim. Makur is very good in transition and is crafty with the ball when attacking/finishing. With his size he has the ability to clean up rebounds defensively, and can just push the ball down the floor on his own with his ball handling ability.  Right now, Makur is a four-star prospect, but that could change very soon. With his size and skillset, he has the makings of what the basketball world calls a “unicorn,” and his game could translate really well to the pro game. Although he has a ways to go, Makur could pan out to be a top prospect in the 2020 class. Right now schools like USC, UCLA and Auburn to name a few.

Jonathan Kuminga, 6’8, 2021, Our Savior (NY) (National Bracket)

Jonathan Kuminga is a big time prospect out of the 2021 class who had a big week at the Tarkanian Classic.  He is currently ranked #6 in the country for the 2021 class, and rightfully so.  Kuminga is a freak of nature and looks like he’s already played in college for multiple years.  He’s big, strong, athletic, and has a build similar to that of a college junior/senior.  Kuminga has a wide skillset as well, as he can score from all three levels on the floor. He doesn’t just rely on his physical dominance. He can shoot the ball from anywhere on the floor, has a good handle which allows him to create his own shot and he can finish at the rim at a high level. Kuminga is dangerous in transition and has a motor that is very impressive. His activity on both ends of the floor makes him a really good two-way player.  His length, versatility and size could be compared to the likes of Kawhi Leonard (Raptors-NBA). Kuminga plays with a gritty and tough mentality which coaches love.  He already has schools like Arizona State, Auburn, LSU, Michigan, Memphis, Texas Tech and West Virginia, to name a few.

Nimari Burnett, 6’4, 2020, Prolific Prep (CA) (National Bracket)

Nimari had an impressive showing for Prolific at the Tarkanian Classic.  The #35 ranked player in the 2020 class has been consistent all year, and continues to prove that he can produce at a high level.  Burnett is a combo-guard who is a big time scorer.  He’s a deadly shooter, has a good mid-range game and can finish at the rim with a variety of finishes.  His size and athleticism allows him to make plays off or on the ball.  He has a great feel for the game and knows how to create offense for his teammates. Burnett is very competitive in all facets of the game and will do whatever it takes for his team to win. He is very dangerous in the open court and is crafty as well. He plays with great pace and also possesses a very high IQ overall. Burnett was most impressive this week with his ability to keep his composure throughout the game even when things didn’t go his way.  These are signs of a leader and consistent player. Burnett has a ton of upside and that potential should all be tapped into as he gets older. Burnett has interest from Arizona, Cal, Gonzaga, Lousville, Texas A&M, Michigan, Marquette and Stanford to name a few.

Jaden Hardy, 6’4, 2021, Coronado (NV) (Platinum Bracket)

Jaden Hardy is yet another big time prospect out of the 2021 class in the Las Vegas area. Jaden who is the #4 rated player in the 2021 didn’t disappoint all week and proved he deserves every bit of that #4 ranking. Jaden is a athletic, quick, and extremely skilled player. He might be one of the best pure scorers in the country and his production proves that. Jaden can score at all three levels, plays with great pace, and has the ability to make tough shots look easy. Jaden is dangerous in transition but can also score in the half court in a variety of ways on or off the ball. With his ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter it’s a tough task to guard him when he can also put the ball on the floor and knock down mid range jumpers, floaters, and a variety of tough/crafty shots around the rim. Jaden is also an elite athlete so with his change of speeds and feel for the game he is a nightmare to guard at times. Even though he scores the ball at a high level, Jaden also has a knack for making plays for his teammates and makes others betters. Jaden is a high level competitor who gets after it on both ends of the floor and with his athletic ability is a good on ball defender. Jaden has interest from Arizona, Arizona State, Florida State, LSU, Memphis, Washington, UNLV, Oklahoma and USC to name a few.

Elias King, 6’7, 2019, Lincoln Prep (GA) (National Bracket)

Elias is a big time prospect out of the 2019 who had a very impressive week.  Elias is a long, athletic and skilled wing who can impact the game in a variety of ways. He has a very well rounded game on both ends of the floor. Elias can shoot it efficiently from three, mid range and has the ability to do so off the catch or off the bounce. Elias can create his own shot as he has a good handle and he understands how to get to his spots efficiently. Elias uses his length and athleticism to finish around the rim in a variety of crafty ways. He has a good feel for the game which allows him to make plays for others and he understand how to move without the ball in his hands. Elias is also a very good defender as his length and athleticism allows him to guard almost any player on the court and do so with effectiveness. Elias can score it in bunches and he’s proved he’s a high production player this season.  Elias has a smooth game that will translate to the collegiate level.  Elias has signed with Mississippi State.

Dischon Thomas, 6’9, 2019, Hillcrest Prep (AZ) (National Bracket)

Dischon Thomas had a very impressive week as he helped his team win the national bracket at the Tarkanian Classic. Dischon is a long, athletic and very skilled player. With his size and versatility he is a matchup problem on the offensive end. Dischon shoots the ball at a high level from three or mid range. He also has a high IQ and feel for the game which allows him to get to his spots off the ball so his guards can find him for open looks. Dischon has a very effective mid range game and is also very efficient and crafty in the post as he has good footwork and can finish in a variety of ways. He took Hillcrests play to another level this week with his activity on the glass and on the defensive end as well with his extremely efficient offensive floor game. He also showed he is a big time athlete as he was finishing around the rim with some impressive high flying finishes. Dischon overall has a great feel for the game and he will be a very effective player at the collegiate level. He has interest from Arkansas, UNLV, Saint Louis, UC Davis, Seattle and Texas Southern to name a few.

Taryn Todd, 6’3, 2019, Findlay Prep (NV) (National Bracket)

Todd had a very impressive week as he helped his team get to the championship game of the national bracket at the Tarkanian Classic. Todd is a very athletic, high energy, shifty, crafty and tough guard. He has the ability to get to the rim whenever he wants and make plays for his teammates with his passing ability and high IQ which allows him to make good reads with the ball in his hands. Todd is shifty and plays with good pace. He’s a great two way player and on the defensive end is very active as he gets a lot of steals and deflections. Todd is very dangerous in transition and when he gets going downhill is tough to stop. He’s a tough/hard nosed guard that will make plays in a variety ways on both ends of the floor. He has the ability to be a very effective player at the collegiate level. Todd has an offer from Kansas State, which could be a perfect fit for him down the road.

Otis Frazier, 6’6, 2019, Buckeye (AZ) (Platinum Bracket)

Otis had an impressive week in platinum bracket play at the Tarkanian Classic. Otis is a very athletic and versatile guard who can do a variety of things. He’s a capable shooter but where he excels is attacking the rim and finishing in the half court or in transition. He’s got a good handle and is shifty, so it’s tough to stay in front of him period. He uses his size and athleticism to his advantage when attacking off the bounce. Otis is a competitor who gets after it on both ends of the floor. He’s a tough, hard-nosed guard who is willing to get scrappy. He has a solid feel for the game and has the ability to make plays for others as well. His length, size and athleticism at the wing position could help him become a elite defender. He also uses his quickness and speed to his advantage in the open floor to slice through transition defenses where he is most dangerous. Otis should see his recruitment really pick up as he has been playing at a high level lately.

Jalen Haynes, 6’8, 2020, Dillard (FL) (Platinum Bracket)

Jalen had an impressive week at the Tarkanian Classic. Jalen is a long, athletic and skilled forward who has a ton of upside. He’s a capable shooter from 10-15 feet and takes good shots. Jalen is very efficient and aggressive off the bounce and can exploit less agile bigs to get to the rim and finish. He used his length and athleticism to finish at the rim and does so in a variety of crafty ways. He plays with a good motor and can really dominate the glass using his length and size. He doesn’t shy away from contact as he plays tough on both ends of the floor. On the defensive end he is able to guard multiple positions which gives him great versatility. Jalen will be a very good mid to high-major prospect at the next level, and will only continue to improve.

Richard Isaacs, 6’1, 2019, Coronado (NV) (Platinum Bracket)

Richard “Pop Pop” Isaacs had a very impressive week and was the youngest prospect at the Tarkanian Classic, as he’s only a freshman. Isaacs is a tough, skilled, crafty and high IQ point guard who can impact the game in a variety of ways. He can score from all three levels and he knocks down perimeter shots with efficiency. He is shifty and very crafty not only off the bounce but when it comes to finishing around the rim with floaters, runners and mid range jumpers. Isaacs has a great feel for the game and understands how to make his teammates better with his ability to pass the ball. He makes reads that are ahead of his years which is why he’s one of the best players in the 2022 class. Isaacs is also a tough, gritty defender and that toughness trickles down to his team. Isaacs is already receiving interest from Cal, Oklahoma, Rutgers and UNLV and look for that list to grow at a high rate.

Monty Bowser, 6’5, 2020, Bishop O’ Dowd (CA) (Platinum Bracket)

Bowser had a good week at the Tarkanian Classic, and is an intriguing prospect.  Bowser is a long, athletic wing who can score it in bunches. He scores from all three levels and he shoots the ball very efficiently with his smooth looking stroke. He is a big time scorer overall as he can knock down catch and shoot threes, threes off the dribble, has a good mid range game and can finish at the rim with floaters and a variety of crafty finishes. He’s got good size and athleticism which allows him to shoot and finish over smaller defenders or even over bigger defenders. He’s got a good feel for the game and understands how to get to his spots where he can score. Bowser should see his stock rise as he’s been playing well recently.

Jishai Miller, 6’5, 2019, Federal Way (WA) (Platinum Bracket)

Jishai had an impressive week at the Tarkanian Classic in the Platinum Bracket. Miller is a very versatile wing who has great athleticism and length. He can score from all three levels and has a very smooth looking lefty stroke. He can knock down threes, hit a variety of mid range jumpers or get to the rim and finish at a high level. He’s a high energy guy who has a knack for making winning plays. He’s got a motor on the offensive glass and imposes his will on smaller guards. He’s got a good feel for the game and understands how to cut and move without the ball in order to get open. Defensively he really competes and can guard multiple positions. He also brings toughness to the court and plays with grit. Miller is a sleeper prospect in the 2019 class and don’t be surprised if a lot of schools start to show interest moving forward.

Pierre Cockrell, Jr, 6’1, 2019, Prolific Prep (CA) (National Bracket)

Pierre had a impressive week in his debut with Prolific Prep. Pierre is a floor general who can score from all three levels. He has a great feel for the game and has a high IQ that allows him to make others better. He plays with great pace and is very shifty with the ball in his hands. Pierre can be very dangerous in transition and can make plays off the pass or go score on his own. He’s a capable shooter from all areas on the court. He is a high energy and competitive PG who gets after it on both ends of the floor. He’s definitely one of the better passers I saw all week and with his playmaking ability it’s tough to stop him from creating opportunities for himself or his teammates. He also uses his quickness and shiftyness to get around defenders and he can finish at the rim with crafty finishes/floaters. Pierre holds interest from Houston, Montana, Pacific, Texas Tech and UC Davis to name a few.

Dayne Prim, 6’6, 2019, Grandview (CO) (Platinum Bracket)

Dayne had a very impressive week at the Tarkanian Classic. Dayne is an athletic, strong, and skilled player. Dayne is a capable shooter from three or mid range but he excels finishing around the rim. He has a high motor on the offensive glass and uses his strength and athleticism to pull in a lot of offensive rebounds. He has a solid handle and can attack off the bounce as well. He’s a high energy guy who competes extremely hard. He’s a really good defender and he can guard multiple positions. Dayne is a tough, gritty player who makes winning plays even if it doesn’t involve scoring the basketball. Dayne is another sleeper prospect in the 2019 class and look for his interest to pick up moving forward.

Greg Johnson, 6’5, 2019, Little Rock Hall (AR) (Platinum Bracket)

Greg Johnson had an impressive week at the Tarkanian Classic and is another sleeper prospect for the 2019 class. Greg is a athletic, strong and skilled wing who can impact the game in a variety of ways. He can score from all three levels but where he excels is making plays off the bounce and attacking in transition. When he gets going downhill he’s very tough to stop and he finishes efficiently around the rim with either hand. He’s got a really good handle which allows him to create offense off the bounce. He’s got a really good motor and plays hard on both ends of the floor. Johnson has a college ready body and should translate really well into a college system. Look for his recruitment to pick up moving forward.

Jaxon Pollard, 6’7, 2019, Lone Peak (UT) (Platinum Bracket)

Jaxon had a good week at the Tarkanian Classic in Platinum Bracket play. Jaxon is a long, athletic and skilled wing/forward. He’s got good size but has guard skills. He shoots the ball at a high level but where he’s most effective is attacking off the dribble as he plays a very aggressive style of basketball. He’s crafty around the rim and can finish in a variety of ways. He’s a High IQ player who understand how to cut off the ball to get easy looks. Pollard has a tough and aggressive style of play on both ends of the floor and he really gets after it. Pollard will really translate well to the college game. He currently has interest from Utah State and Southern Utah.

Daven Cambridge, 6’5, 2019, Hillcrest Prep (AZ) (National Bracket)

Devan had a really good week at the Tarkanian Classic, as he helped his team win the national bracket. Devan is an extremely athletic and skilled player. He very well may be the most athletic guard jumping ability wise in this whole field. Devan has the ability to knock down threes and mid range jumpers efficiently. He’s very dangerous in transition as he uses his speed and athleticism to finish around the rim. He’s a high level defender and also had a few high flying blocks that lead to transition buckets in their games. He is a high energy guy who can impact the game in a variety of ways. He’s a good rebounder at the guard position and does so on the offensive glass as well.  Devan has interest from Brown, Boston, Austin Peay and East Tennessee State to name a few.

Will McClendon, 6’3, 2021, Bishop Gorman (NV) (Platinum Bracket)

Will had a big time week for Bishop Gorman helping them win the platinum bracket. Will is a athletic, skilled and tough guard who impacts the game in multiple ways. Offensively he can score from all three levels and can just flat out score the ball. He shoots the three and mid range jumper at an efficient level. He has a good handle and can get to the rim and finish tough finishes in a variety of ways. Will has a good feel for the game and understands how to cut without the ball and make plays for his teammates. Although he is talented what’s most impressive about him is his competitive nature and how he competes every single play. He’s a really good defender and made a huge block against Orange Lutheran that sparked his team. He’s good in transition and also has a good IQ which allows him to make plays for his teammates. Will is a energy guy who can do it all. Will has interest from UNLV, Washington, Pepperdine and GCU, but look for that to pick up as he’s proving he’s one of the best guards in the 2021 class.

Deshawn Bartley, 5’11, 2019, Dillard (FL) (Platinum Bracket)

Deshawn had an impressive week at the Tarkanian Classic for his team. He’s an athletic, tough and skilled guard. Deshawn is one of the fastest/quickest guards in the field with the ball in his hands. He’s a capable shooter but he excels putting pressure on the defense and is relentless attacking the rim. He can make plays for his teammates off the bounce or he can finish at the rim in a variety of ways. In transition good luck stopping him as he can change speeds/directions quickly and when he gets going downhill he’s a blur. He’s got a good feel and pace to his game. Overall he is a very good floor general and defensively he can lock up full court. Deshawn is a sleeper prospect for the 2019 class and look for his recruitment to pick up.

Jordan Montgomery, 6’2, 2020, Rancho Christian (CA) (Platinum Bracket)

Jordan had a impressive week for his team as he helped lead them to the championship game in the platinum bracket. Jordan is an athletic, skilled and heady point guard who can impact the game in multiple ways. He can score from all three levels. He’s a high level shooter from three or from mid range. Jordan is a high IQ PG who plays with great pace and can control the tempo of a game. He’s a great passer who understands how to get his teammates involved. He plays with great pace and is never in a rush with the ball in his hands. Defensively he’s a very good defender and competes at a very high level. Jordan is also very crafty and shifty which makes him tough to guard in the open floor or in the half court. Jordan currently has interest from Cal, San Diego State and UCLA to name a few.

DJ Steward, 6’4, 2020, Whitney Young (IL) (Platinum Bracket)

DJ Steward had a very impressive week at the Tarkanian Classic. The current four star prospect out of the 2020 class can do a little bit of everything. He can score from all three levels at an efficient rate but he’s most dangerous attacking the basket with his aggressive mentality. He’s a big time athlete and can finish around the rim with the best of them. He’s got a good handle and feel for the game, which allows him to create for himself and his teammates.  He’s very dangerous in the open floor and isn’t a stranger to posterizing defenders. He competes at a high level on the defensive end and also plays with great energy. DJ also has a good motor in which he doesn’t seem to take plays off ever.  DJ currently has interest from Creighton, DePaul, Florida, Georgia Tech and Illinois to name a few.

Isaiah Cottrell, 6’9, 2020, Bishop Gorman (NV) (Platinum Bracket)

Isaiah is another player for Bishop Gorman who played at a high level in the Tarkanian Classic. The current four star prospect and #58 ranked player in his class showed why he’s one of the best bigs in the 2020 class.  Isaiah is a long, athletic and skilled big who can do a variety of things. He’s a high level finisher around the rim, can knock down perimeter jumpers, has great footwork around the basket, and he has a good feel for the game. He runs the floor hard in transition and gets rewarded by his guards by doing so. He’s got a big time motor on the glass and is tough to box out with his size, athleticism and physical strength. He’s crafty around the rim and on the block. Defensively he gets after it and can protect the rim at a high level and can also guard multiple positions.  Isaiah currently holds interest from West Virginia, Rutgers, Washington, Arizona and Arizona State to name a few.

Raymond Hawkins, 6’9, 2019, Findlay Prep (NV) (National Bracket)

Raymond had an impressive week as he helped lead his team to the championship game in the National Bracket. Raymond is a long, athletic, strong and skilled big man. He plays with a very high motor and is tough to keep off the offensive glass. He’s got solid handle and can make plays off the bounce where he can finish around the rim at a high level. He plays very physical and has good footwork and is crafty in the post. He runs the floor hard in transition and does so consistently. Defensively he gets after it and can guard multiple positions. Raymond also has a good feel for the game and understands how to get to open spaces on the floor where his guards can find him. Raymond currently has interest from Kansas State, St Johns, Arkansas, DePaul and LSU.

Isaiah Pope, 6’5, 2019, Orange Lutheran (CA) (Platinum Bracket)

Isaiah had an impressive week at the Tarkanian Classic. Isaiah is an athletic guard who can score from all three levels. He shoots the ball from all areas on the floor very efficiently. He’s got a good handle and has the ability to make plays off the bounce to attack the rim and finish in a variety of ways. He’s got a great feel and pace to his game and understands how to move without the ball. He never seems to be in a rush offensively. Isaiah is really good in transition and makes plays for his teammates too. He’s got a smooth patient game that should translate well to the collegiate level. He currently has interest from Long Beach State, Maryland and UC Irvine to name a few.

Mikale Stephens, 6’2, Lincoln Prep (GA) (National Bracket)

Mikale had an impressive week in national bracket play at the Tarkanian Classic. Mikale is a tough, heady, skilled and crafty pg who can do a variety of things. He can score from all three levels and shoots the ball very efficiently from three or from mid range. He’s a crafty pg who knows how to get to his spots. He’s got a great IQ and makes others better. Mikale is very shifty and plays with great pace, never seems to get into a rush with the ball in his hands. He competes hard on the defensive end, is very active with his hands and brings toughness to the floor. He’s a leader for his team and does a good job being a floor general. He currently has interest from Detroit Mercy and UNM to name a couple but look for his recruitment to really pick up.

Marcus Bagley, 6’7, 2020, Sheldon (CA) (Platinum Bracket)

Marcus, the younger brother of Sacramento Kings' (NBA) Marvin Bagley, had an impressive week. Marcus is a long, athletic and skilled player who can do a variety of things. Marcus can shoot it from the perimeter but he excels attacking the rim and finishing in a variety of ways. He has a good handle and can create off the bounce very efficiently. He’s got a good motor and can dominate the glass on both ends. He’s got a good feel for the game which is very similar to his brother Marvin. He plays with a very aggressive mentality on both ends of the floor. He’s got good touch around the rim and can finish with both hands. Marcus currently holds interest from Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, UNLV and USC to name a few.

Other players who played well and deserve mention:

Dre Harris, 6’8, 2020, Hillcrest Prep (AZ)

Dalen Terry, 6’7, 2020, Hillcrest Prep (AZ)

Dayten Holman, 6’5, 2020, Hillcrest Prep (AZ)

Zachary Clemence, 6’9, 2021, Findlay Prep (NV)

Kuany Kuany, 6’9, 2019, Prolific Prep (CA)

Ibrahima Diallo, 7’0, 2019, Prolific Prep (CA)

Hassan Drame, 6’6, 2020, Our Savior (NY)

Fousseni Drame, 6’6, 2020, Our Savior (NY)

Moulaye Sissoko, 6’10, 2019, Lincoln Prep (GA)

Dalen Ridgenal, 6’8, 2019, Lincoln Prep (GA)

Isaiah Marin, 6’5, 2019, Buckeye (AZ)

Tay Boothman, 6’1, 2020, Buckeye (AZ)

Quan Davis, 5’10, 2020, Chino Hills (CA)

Will Pluma, 6’0, 2019, Chino Hills (CA)

Keshaun Hammonds, 6’2, 2020, Constitution (PA)

Makerere Williams, 6’7, 2019, Dillard (FL)

Tari Eason, 6’9, 2020, Federal Way (WA)

Lian Ramiro, 5’11, 2020, Grandview (CO)

Josh Jackson, 6’5, 2020, Lone Peak (UT)

Cade Potter, 6’8, 2019, Orange Lutheran (CA)

Kaito Williams, 6’3, 2019, Sheldon (CA)

Jaden Byers, 6’1, 2021, Rancho Christian (CA)

Like Turner, 6’6, 2021, Rancho Christian (CA)

Bryson Stephens, 6’0, 2020, Rancho Christian (CA)

Tyler Beard, 6’2, 2020, Whitney Young (IL)

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