The Las Vegas Middle School Combine took place on Sunday, October 30th at the Tarkanian Basketball Academy, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The combine style event is designed to gain valuable metrics about young players, teach them skills and drills, and…
The Las Vegas Middle School Combine took place on Sunday, October 30th at the Tarkanian Basketball Academy, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The combine style event is designed to gain valuable metrics about young players, teach them skills and drills, and allow them to compete against each other in a competitive, team 1st environment. The camp featured 21 players, ranging from the class of 2029, 2028, and 2027. There were some terrific performances throughout the camp. Here’s a look at my All Combine Team.
Was really impressed with Scott’s playmaking. He was one of the better athlete’s at the camp, recording a 22.1′ vertical leap. He played hard, and always seemed to be around the ball, having a knack for finishing around the hoop. He scored in transition, but what seperated him for me was his shooting. He didn’t shoot a ton of three’s however it seemed like everytime he took one, it was a big one that his team needed. Really put himself on the radar with his performance.
We have a new canidate for top shooters in the class of 2027. McMorran is fun to watch. He won the Steph Curry shooting contest, and then showed why during the games. The lefty hit several deep bombs throughout the series. He also showed a unique ability to create space and fire, using subtle jab steps to keep his defender off balance. His handle was better than I thought, as he showed some crafty COD’s while navigating through the lane. He was named MVP of the event.
Imperial was the only returner from a year ago, and he showed off a much improved game. He was the best passer from the camp, showing the ability to hit teammates with both the casual and flashy. The simple ability of him getting the ball out of his hands, allowed his teammates to make plays. He showed good speed getting to the cup, and good finishing ability with both hands.
JWG cooked a little at the camp. He was extremely productive when he was on the court, impacting games in a variety of ways. He made a bunch of corner threes showing off a quick release and consistent stroke. He was also able to get out and finished in transition, and showed decent playmaking ability, hitting teammates with some nice passes.
At times during the camp, Speed was the most dominate player on the floor. He was one of the taller players at the camp, but showed the ball skills to play out on the floor. He was able to get downhill and attack the rack, he also provided value to his team as a rebounder. He pounded the offensive boards using his 73’5 inch wingspand to gobble up offensive rebounds for putbacks.
Glover was one of the better ballhandlers at the camp. He consistently made plays off the bounce getting to the hoop and finishing. He played with good pace, going from slow to fast quickly. He also was one of the best players I saw at coming off ball screens, coming off tight and hitting the role man with on time and on target passes. I loved his competitiveness on the defensive end as well, as he routinely took the challenge of defending the opposing team’s best player.
Shows was one of the biggest players at the camp, and he used his size to be one of the most productive rebounders. He didn’t score the ball a ton, however I thought he dominated the glass by a wide enough margin to be considered an all combine selection. In addition to his size he showed strong hands, not allowing the ball to be ripped away by smaller defenders.