The Las Vegas Punishers have quietly dug a foothold for themselves in the Grassroots community. The UA program, has developed a reputation for spotting talent and developing players. Their alumni list contains several current and future D1 players including AJ…
The Las Vegas Punishers have quietly dug a foothold for themselves in the Grassroots community. The UA program, has developed a reputation for spotting talent and developing players. Their alumni list contains several current and future D1 players including AJ Banks of Wyoming, Martel Williams of Southern Utah and Osiris Grady, who is set to make his college decision soon. Perhaps the cream of this year’s Punisher group is their class of 2027 team which features some of the top players in the city of Las Vegas. In keeping with The Punisher way, the future freshman compete against the high school kids on a regular basis. I pulled up last week to check them out in this workout environment, allowing me to lay eyes on many players who will be making an appearance in their state rankings once the high school season rolls around. Here’s a look at the Las Vegas Punishers.
Let the legend of McMorran begin. The workout contained players from the class of 2023 to the class of 2027, however the class of 2028 sniper may have been the best prospect in the building. He’s frail, and much of his ceiling will depend on how quickly he fills out, but he has a signature skill, and a tremendous confidence. He has a little John Mobley Jr, in his game, and like the Ohio St Commit, he is a threat once he crosses half court. What he lacks in athleticism, he makes up with craftiness displaying it as he dismissed pressure defense and split traps. The lefty was the MVP of last year’s LV Middle School Combine and has a shot to be a national player in the class of 2028.
Taylor puts the power in Power Guard. The physical specimen was a man amongst men, attacking the rim relentlessly and flying in from nowhere for out of area rebounds. His biggest strength is his strength, and foot speed as he showed the ability to chase on the perimeter, and bang in the interior. He’ll have to develop range on his shot, but he’s a tough competitor with an active body, that competes with a high motor.
I had a chance to watch Brooks recently and was impressed with his activity and defense. He has long arms and seems to get deflections in bunches. He’s raw, but has a ton of potential, and his natural defensive ability is intriguing. Keep an eye out for him as a potential stockriser in his class.
Caro is a player that I’ve been tracking for a few years, since his performance at the LV Middle School Combine. He is a do it all type of player, that contributed as a ballhandler, defender and playmaker. As he improves his outside shooting look for him to become even more of an offensive threat. The big guard already has good skills and has proven to be a willing passer.
Ewell fits the mold of a positionless type player. He has a good frame and is most effective when playing north to south with his shoulders square to the rim. He’s one of the more unselfish Middle School players I’ve evaluated, playing the game with a pass first mentality. He has good instincts, and seems to have a knack for finding the open man. He made several impressive paint and pitch plays, hitting wide open teammates on the perimeter after collapsing the defense.
Broxie is a beast. The power forward already has a signature skill and could be one of the best rebounders in the state already. He banged his way to several putbacks in the workout, combining strong hands, with a powerful frame and a great motor. Broxie has the kind of size, strength and signature skill to be one of the higher ranked players in his state.
I hadn’t had an opportunity to lay eyes on Rudd in a while, so I was pleasantly surprised to see him at the workout. His skillset screams 3 and D, as although he didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, he competed hard on the defensive end. He did knock down a couple from the corner and his slashing ability combined with his threat of shot, allowed him to get some consistent paint touches.