The Las Vegas Classic is here! Hosted by Bigfoot hoops, the classic is one of the most prestigious grassroots tournaments in America. The event runs from Wednesday, July 27th, and concludes Sunday, July 31st. Two full days of covering the…
The Las Vegas Classic is here! Hosted by Bigfoot hoops, the classic is one of the most prestigious grassroots tournaments in America. The event runs from Wednesday, July 27th, and concludes Sunday, July 31st. Two full days of covering the event has provided me with a tremendous opportunity to see a lot of talent. Here’s a look at some of my standouts on the day.
Leron Mack 6’4 C MJ Hoops 2028 – Mack is a player I spotted while going up and down the courts. I’ll be honest, his size is what initially stood out, however he also runs well. What gives him a chance to be special, is his length, motor, and ability to be a versatile shot blocker. Mack was able to effectively challenge both interior and perimeter shots, protecting the rim at a high level for his team.
Quaron Johnson 4’10 PG Aresnal 2030 – Despite being one of the younger players on the floor, Johnson was the games leading scorer. The PG is lightning quick and was able to get his buckets in transition. He displayed a nice shooting stroke for a player that young, shooting the ball naturally, even completing a 4-point play during the day.
Irvin Primero 6’0 C NM Fire 2026- Primero doesn’t necessarily fit the mode of the prototypical player, however, he was effective. The undersized post was one of the best 50/50 ball players that I saw. He played hard, seemingly willing shots in the basket. Primero was one of the best high-energy, high-motor players I saw.
Johnny Rios 5’10 PG Team Takeover 2026 – I’ve been following Rios for a few years now so I was glad to see him at the event. He can best be described as a winner. Rios is a pass-first PG, that does a good job of not only finding open teammates but also hitting them with accurate passes. Behind his penetration and dishing skills Team Takeover got a victory.
Josiah Stroughter 5’11 PG CME Bulls 2026 – First I have to simply commend Stroughter for playing double duty, as he’s suiting up for a few teams in this event. Despite the loss in the game I watched, the young guard was marvelous, getting to the rim at will and showing the ability to consistently finish. The overworked guard had a huge scoring game, in a thrilling contest against Prodigy.
Terrell Green 6’4 C Team Takeover 2026 – Green was intriguing to me because of his size and ability to rebound. The long-armed 5 man, did a good job of rebounding in traffic, showing strong hands while fighting off pesky smaller defenders. He moves well for a player his size, showing good hips and the ability to change ends of the floor quickly.