Posted On: 10/13/16 10:55 PM
The Colorado Chaos Basketball Club’s 14th annual Rocky Mountain Fall Showcase All-Star Games tipped off Saturday at Legend High School, featuring the top high school hoops players in the state. Spectators, college coaches and scouts gathered to watch the five-game event put on by Chaos director Dave Matthews, where freshman, sophomore, junior, senior and top 20 games set a perfect stage for the state’s top prospects in the region to exhibit their skills, talents and how well they match up against other elite players in the state.
Players graduating in 2018 tipped the third game of the day at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Here are a few juniors who stuck out:
The white team, coached by Highlands Ranch’s Mike Gibbs, beat the black team coached by Pinnacle Charter’s Lou Vullo 98-80. Highlands Ranch’s Brendan Sullivan was the game’s most outstanding player with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the white team.
Brendan Sullivan, Highlands Ranch: Sullivan was a complete package for the white team in the junior game. The 6-4 guard played solid defense and was active on the glass. He blocked the lane well and was a tough defender. Sullivan was very athletic in transition on both sides of the ball, and made tough plays and shots throughout the game.
Xavier Johnson, Rocky Mountain: The 6-2 guard was fearless when it came to making contact and playing with physicality. Johnson was scrappy under the basket and was aggressive on the defensive end, while serving as a force to be reckoned with cutting to the lane and exploding to the basket. He did a good job creating shots for himself.
Tylor Trinh, Monarch: Trinh could shoot from downtown all day. If he was left open behind the arc during the junior game, he would sink the shot. The 6-0 guard had a very great touch on the ball and exceptional aim. He also passed the ball well to teammates and transitioned well.
Zach Hidalgo, Frontier Academy: Hidalgo was a very tough guy to deal with in the paint. He used his 6-5 frame to grab offensive boards and did a good job handling the ball. He passed well and found open guys to dish it out to on the court. He was strong driving to the basket and making contact with defenders.
Luke Johnson, Longmont: The 5-9 guard showcased really great handles and passing skills. He played well in the front court and sharing guard duties with his teammates. He was quick in transition, cut to the basket and had some good mid-range jumpers.
Adam Thistlewood, Golden: Thistlewood was very quick on his feet and had good, sharp passes and along with some nice ball handling skills. He was able to get around defenders and finish strong at the rim. The 6-5 guard had a really nice touch on the ball and good jump shot.
Breon Harper, Thomas Jefferson: The 6-2 guard handled the ball really well, created shots and had great floor movement. He really stretched the floor and was a scoring threat from anywhere. He showcased great shooting from a distance, but was also very aggressive in driving to the basket and quickly cutting through the lane.
Check back for more game recaps from the 2016 Rocky Mountain Fall showcase throughout the week.