St George, UT – With limited events taking place over the last few months, it’s been extremely difficult to get a handle on the class of 2025. Thankfully event operator Tim Davis came through and put together the Great Western…
St George, UT – With limited events taking place over the last few months, it’s been extremely difficult to get a handle on the class of 2025. Thankfully event operator Tim Davis came through and put together the Great Western Winter Classic. The event, which took place from December 19th – 22nd at Nets on Fire hosted several top programs from 12 – 17U, as well as some of the top prospects in the class of 2025. In this article, we take a look at some of the standouts from the event.
Tremayne Anderson 6’4 SF Vegas Elite – You could see Anderson growing during the course of games. Went from a guy that looks like a potential HM to a guy that produces like a potential HM. Even when he wasn’t at his best on the offensive end, he found ways to dominate games with his defense. His long arms and good instincts allowed him to get several steals in the passing lanes, and it’s not as if his offense was obsolete. The rangy forward showed good handle and playmaking instincts, making him a legit point forward prospect.
Mason Brown 6’1 PG Vegas Elite – Cerebral PG with a high basketball IQ. Brown’s combination of handle and shooting ability could easily categorize him as a combo, however, his high IQ, and natural basketball instincts scream PG. He shot the ball well off the move, coming off screens tight while getting his feet and hands shot ready. Brown’s a big-time competitor and help defender, who already understands defensive rotations, offensive concepts, and the little nuances of the game. Several times, Brown would steal a rebound from a big who brought it down to his waist or jump in front of an out of control driver to force a turnover.
Prince Davis 5’10 PG Vegas Elite – Davis is quickly going on my all showtime team. Lights come on he goes off. I’ve never really seen him play a “bad” game. This weekend was no different, in fact, he showed improvement in his ballhandling and decision making. Instead of being more of a shoot-first PG, he showed the ability to get paint touches and set up teammates. He also put in the effort on the defensive end, showing a willingness and capability to defend his position.
Jason Peterson Jason Peterson 6'5" | C UT 6’3 PF Utah Titans – Peterson is a good looking young prospect. At 6’3 he’s a fluid runner with good hands. Peterson was able to catch and finish many plays on the move. Perhaps even more impressive was his ability to finish them with either hand. He projects out to a skilled 4 type that can both handle and stretch the floor. He used several crafty head and ball fakes, to lift defenders, allowing him the opportunity to drive by.
John Southwick 5’11 SG UBC – Southwick was a straight-up bucket. One of the best multi-level scores I saw on the weekend. He scored in a variety of ways, including 3’s in catch and shoot action and off the bounce. He was able to use the threat of his shooting, to force hard close-outs from defenders, allowing him to drive, and show the ability to finish through contact around the rim.
Chris Nwuli 6’3 SF Vegas Elite – The secret may be out, as Chris Nwuli looked like the next up from Vegas. Nwuli is only 13 years old and is already a big-time athlete. Emphasis on big time. Rare you see 8 graders getting dunks, Nwuli gets them in half-court sets, off vertical. It’s not just his frame and athletic ability, he has the skills to impact the game on both ends of the floor with his shot-blocking, defensive versatility, and playmaking. Already a versatile offensive weapon, Nwuli was able to get buckets in the post and on mid-range jumpers.
Remy Albrecht 5’9 PG JB White Elite – For sheer enjoyment purposes I have to go with Albrecht. He was pure entertainment while doing his best Jason Williams (The Sacramento PG) impression. Major handle to go along with crazy confidence, Albrecht broke dudes down off the dribble, showed off his float game in the lane, and wasn’t afraid to launch from deep. He knocked down several college range 3’s and few of them were in catch and shoot action. Albrecht is going to be an exciting PG prospect to monitor over the next few years.
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