Posted On: 07/22/21 9:04 AM

LAS VEGAS —   Breaking down the top performers at the Las Vegas Big Time, which featured showcase games on Wednesday night…

 

Romad Dean – 2022 – SF – Grassroots Elite Canada

Nobody played harder Wednesday night than Dean. The 6-foot-7 forward  has a crazy motor and wins a lot of contested rebounds.  Dean does a great job of high-pointing the basketball off the rim. On defense, he’s snatching the ball, finding the outlet man, then sprinting the floor. Offensively, he thinks every rebound is his and wins a lot of second-chance opportunities. Dean isn’t overly skilled, but can knock down his open 3’s and is terrific playing off dribble penetration and making himself available for easy buckets via back-cuts. Dean finished with 13 points in Wednesday’s win over Texas Swish.

Ibrahim El-Amin Ibrahim El-Amin 5'10" | PG Minnetonka | 2023 State MN – 2023 – PG –  Next Level Pursuit

El-Amin went crazy in the second half as NLP knocked off ProspectU. Playing up a level, El-Amin scored  15 of his 20 points in the second half. El-Amin just went off in the final few minutes to all but put the game away.  The 5-foot-10 guard was explosive scoring the ball and heated up like an oven. El-Amin was knocking down tough,contested shots from all over the floor. Unafraid by the moment, El-Amin pulled up from deep in transition on a few occasions, which blew the game open and gave NLP a double-digit second half lead after a tightly contested first half.

Elijah Fisher – 2023 – SG  – Grassroots Elite Canada

The first thing you see with Fisher is prototypical size and strength for the shooting guard position.  The 6-foot-6 sophomore has a very advanced body and looks he’s been in college a year or two already. In the running to be the No. 1 player in the country, Fisher is a  scorer, but he doesn’t necessarily see the game through that lens. While he can get about any shot he wants, Fisher  took very high percentage shots and set up his teammates against Texas Swish.  If you put a hand down as a defender, you’re in trouble with  Fisher’s shooting ability, but he’s willing to work  through contact for buckets and can pull off some ridiculous finishes around the rim. Fisher just played bully-ball in the second half and no defender could take a bump from  him when he put the ball on the deck with authority. Fisher poured in what seemed like an easy game-high 19 points in the victory.

Tristin Harkins Tristin Harkins 6'2" | PG Cape Fear Christian | 2022 State NC – 2022 – PG – Team Wall

Harkins put on a show  during a win over PB Nation. Shaking off a slow first half, Harkins poured in 17 points in the second half, finishing with 23 for the game. A skilled lead guard who can score and facilitate, Harkins has the ball on a string, sees the entire floor, and has a solid feel for the game. What I appreciated about Harkins, aside from overcoming a rough shooting start, is he can be a pass-first point guard, but he’s also got a killer mentality. There’s a nice blend of toughness, high-IQ guard play, and flashy playmaking ability with this prospect.

Davis Molnar Davis Molnar 6'5" | SF Terry Sanford | 2022 State NC – 2022 – F – Team Wall

In an uptempo game with a lot of scoring, thought Molnar was one guy who stayed within himself and consistently played at a high level. A strong, physical, and versatile forward, Molnar can do a variety of things on the floor. He handles and passes the ball well for 6-foot-7. Molnar can score with force around the rim, but also beat defenders with finesse. Loved the way he kept his head up on  the dribble drive and found open teammates under the rim. Molnar was causing some major mismatch problems with his ability to catch on the perimeter, size his man up, put the ball on the deck, and go to work. Molnar is a prospect that’s going to do the little things too. He’ll protect the glass, make the right pass on offense, and communicate defensively.

Chendall Weaver Chendall Weaver 6'1" | PG Mansfield Timberview | 2022 State TX – 2022 – G –  PB Nation

This kid has got some stuff to him. Weaver is a super bouncy, plus-length guard that can do some scary things above the rim.  One of the best shot blocking guards I’ve seen nationally, Weaver will even bait his man into thinking they’ve got a step on him, knowing he’s got the recovery athleticism to explode and pin the ball off the glass. Weaver also has some explosive handles on the ball, can get downhill, and shows some impressive hang time around the rim.  The 6-foot-3 guard has some really good touch when he needs to adjust his shot, able to roll the ball off his fingertips and put the right english on it.

Jaden Witter-Watts – 2021 – PG – Grassroots Elite Canada

Sleeper that stood out  Wednesday night, Witter-Watts did a lot of good things in a blowout victory over Texas Swish.  An unsigned senior, Witter-Watts can go on the basketball. He’s got some surprising athleticism and can dunk off two feet with little to no momentum. Witter-Watts made a lot of noise in transition, but also created his own shot off the bounce in the half court at times. Also a plus-length guard, Witter-Watts is a tenacious defender that blocked a handful of shots. Witter-Watts was just in his man’s face all night and forced plenty of turnovers that resulted in offense going the other way.

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