Posted On: 03/8/20 9:21 PM

History: Nevada Hard to Guard was started in 2008 by Darius Banks and former NBA Lottery pick Marcus Banks. During that time they have helped send over 70 players to go on to play college basketball. “My main goal is to have your son or daughter leave here and play as a freshman”. “We used to have one team when we first started and we would run it like a college program. We would have 2 freshmen 3 sophomores, juniors, and seniors. When those juniors and seniors where gone we would have 3 kids waiting on the sideline to join in”. “We were always loaded, I had Gary Payton II, (Oregon St) Kevin Olekaibe (Fresno St), and Milos Kneskovic”, (Bradley). “Those kids were some of the first to go D1 from their school” – Darius Banks

How Long Have You Had The Program?

12 Years

What did you like about the PH Circuit?

“The coverage”. You guys do a great job of covering the tournaments like nobody else.”I’ve seen everything, I’ve seen all the coverage, “I’ve seen people trying to do things that just didn’t work”. “For me what you guys are doing is a breath of fresh air”. “What I love about you guys is the Diamond in the rough gets a chance”.

What’s the one thing you want people to know about Nevada Hard 2 Guard?

” I want everyone to be successful, and I want everyone’s (In LV’s) program to succeed”.

What tournaments are you guys playing outside of the circuit?

We’re also in the ACBL (Arizona Club Basketball League) and it works around the PH circuit.

Players to Watch: 

Javares Reid 6’5 PF Coronado 2024 – Young player with long arms and a muscular frame.

Keion Elliot 6’0 SG Coronado 2023– High IQ shooter that understands the game well.

Tavionte Jackson 6’0 PG Las Vegas 2022 (#6PHN 2022) – Pure PG with the ability to space the floor. Jackson is one of the fastest rising players in his class after putting together a marvelous sophomore season.

Miles Mitchell 5’11 SG Cimarron 2022 (#22PHN 2022) – One of the top shooters in his class, Mitchell is the perfect compliment to play alongside Jackson in the backcourt. 

Ray Daniels 6’6 SF Somerset Losee 2020 (#19PHN 2020)  – Big time scorer and run and jump athlete. Daniels will provide instant star power to this group as he is a player that will be looked at closely by colleges during the live period.

Emanuel Austin 6’0 SG Legacy 2021 (#21PHN 2021) – “Mooch” Austin is one of the most dynamic scorers in the city of Las Vegas. He was hampered by a late-season knee injury, but he looks to be recovering nicely and should be 100% by the start of the season.

Travis Thomas 5’7 PG 2020 (#37PHN 2020) – Lighting quick lefty that can shoot it. Thomas can play both backcourt spots and has the ability to put up points quickly.

Ely Habighorst 6’0 PG Foothill 2020 (#67PHN 2020) – A teammate of Thomas at Foothill, Habighorst is a playmaking specialist that does a terrific job of setting up opponents. His skill set fits perfectly in the free-flowing environment of AAU.

Alijah Banks 5’10 PG Canyon Springs 2020 (#84PHN 2020) – Banks is a great on-ball defender, that loves to harass ballhandlers full court. A selfless team player, Banks should provide a dynamic defensive facet to the squad. 

Sleeper

Amar Smith 6’0 PG Legacy 2021 – Smith is probably ecstatic to get back on the basketball court after sitting out the varsity season. Good frame for a PG, Smith is a driver slasher that can play either backcourt position.

Circuit Schedule: Live Season Kick-Off 17th – 19th Hard Work Live 4/24 – 26th The Stage July 9th -12th

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