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Posted On: 07/5/18 1:45 AM
This past weekend I was operating and in attendance for the Southwest All-American Camp hosted by Gregg Rosenberg and Anthony Ray and held at Cortez High School in Phoenix. The event saw a great turn-out and had some great local talent in the building. National scouts lined up next to the scorers table and watched courtside, evaluating the weekend’s top talent.
These were some of the guys that either made a name for themselves at the camp or raised their stock tremendously with their play on the floor.
Nahshon Harper (5-11, Guard, 2020, La Jolla)- Harper woke some people up this past weekend at Cortez High. Harper was all over the place on both ends of the floor. Knocked down some open shots on the perimeter and hit a lot of pull-up jumpers off the dribble. Though he is undersized, he gets after it so much and is so active that he was very effective and got himself into the Top 20 game.
Ty Harper (6-2, Guard, 2020, Undecided)- Harper was probably the most athletic player in this whole event. His bounce is the kind that wins dunk contests and makes opponents poster victims. While his perimeter shot still needs to develop, that athleticism makes him a much better rebounder than his size would imply. His length and motor make you notice him on both sides of the floor. The new transfer from Georgia has some of the things that you can’t train or teach.
Trent Hudgens (6-1, Guard, 2020, Moon Valley)- It feels weird saying the work breakout and Trent Hudgens in the same sentence in Arizona, but there is a different reason why he makes this list. During the high school season, I saw some flashes. I saw the shot, the handle and competitiveness. I have seen him a few times over the spring as well. But this past weekend he seemed to take it to another level and, more importantly, played so consistent throughout. The talented guard is almost impossible to speed up and plays at a pace that always has him in control. He knocked down open shots, got in it on defense and distributed while always making the right past. I am so impressed with his basketball IQ. He just gets it
Brandon Savage (6-7, Forward, 2019, Deer Valley)- Savage was intriguing all weekend long. While he plays for a high school team that competes virtually every year, I saw something a little different out of him in this camp. While I have seen the bounce in him and the shot blocking ability, he came up big on the boards and getting a real athletic group of guys that he was playing with out into the open floor where he flourished as well. He also made a couple interior moves and finished inside and competed on both ends of the floor. His length and athleticism make him an interesting prospect.
Some other guys that caught my eye in a different way over the weekend that fell just outside of this cut were
Rai’Shun Wilson (5-10, Guard, 2021, Vista Grande High)
Isaac Monroe (6-0, Guard, 2020, Peoria High)
Sam Goulet (6-5, Wing, 2019, Cactus Shadows)
Roy Eze (6-8, Power Forward, 2020, Paradise Honors)
Lucas Elliot (6-10 Center, 2019, Pusch Ridge Academy)
Jacob Patterson (6-5, Wing, 2020, Liberty High)
Tre Bell (5-9, Point Guard, 2021, Peoria)
Zay Freeney (5-10, Point Guard, 2021, South Mountain)
Jackson Risi (6-1, Guard, 2020, Desert Vista)