Posted On: 04/3/19 4:12 PM

Thousand Oaks, Ca. — The Prep Hoops Circuit kicked off in grand fashion at the Mamba Sports Academy over the weekend, bringing together some of the top club programs on the west coast for a competitive three-day event.

Here is the first set of the standout players from the 17u level:

Nick Bowden, Los Angeles Elite

The St. Bernard high school product is getting the opportunity to play exclusively on the ball and it worked out quite well for all involved as LA Elite won the 17u title behind the energy of its 6-foot point guard. Bowden has good speed in the open court which allows him to get into the paint at-will and he displayed improved passing and decision-making capabilities. The senior-to-be is well known in So-Cal for his shooting ability and he made plenty of deep 3-point shots on the weekend.

Jake Hlywiak, Los Angeles Elite

Hlywiak is one of the better catch-and-shoot guys from 3-point range in the area, but his deep ball wasn't falling at the consistent clip that we're used to, so he helped his team in other ways. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard scored from the mid-range level with pull-ups and got to the cup

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