Cincinnati, Ohio — Opening day at the Prep Hoops Next Blue Chip City Mayhem was packed with action from start to finish. On Saturday, several intense pool play match-ups helped set the stage for even more excitement to come on…
Cincinnati, Ohio — Opening day at the Prep Hoops Next Blue Chip City Mayhem was packed with action from start to finish. On Saturday, several intense pool play match-ups helped set the stage for even more excitement to come on Sunday as bracket games will get underway, and champions will be crowned. Here are a handful of players that logged impressive performances on Day 1…
Jalen Haralson | Indianapolis, IN | Class of 2025
Houston Wilson’s take: Haralson gets the nod as being one of the best athletes in the gym on Saturday at the Blue Chip City Mayhem. Haralson is a 6’5 wing that excels at getting out in transition and finishing above the rim with ease. Haralson plays for a talented Team Teague bunch is a prospect that should already be on college coaches radars.
Spencer Pulliam’s take: I loved what I saw from Haralson on both ends of the floor throughout Day 1 at Blue Chip City Mayhem. He’s a jumbo-wing at this stage but capable of playing any position on the floor. As a perimeter player, he can attack downhill, and gets to the rim with ease. A versatile defender, Haralson was a presence for Team Teague on the glass, and is able to switch between guard and forward positions.
Rameir Hardy | Philadelphia, PA | Class of 2025
Houston Wilson’s take: Hardy did not have his best game in NEBC’s opening round game but he bounced back in their second round game finishing with 25 points in a win over Grind Family Chicago. Hardy was finishing well when attacking the rim and also displayed a consistent jump shot. Defensively, he was getting after it and applying pressure on his man as soon as he crossed halfcourt. Hardy was one of the better two way players I saw on Saturday from the 2025 class.
Spencer Pulliam’s take: When a talented player is focused and competes good things tend to happen, and the Philadelphian brought a non-stop motor to the court for N.E.B.C. (NY) on opening day at Blue City Mayhem, catching my eyes in the process. Hardy’s two-way energy proved to be a big boost for his club and his scoring output in their night-cap game against Grind Family Chicago (IL) didn’t hurt either.
Daron Harris | Indianapolis, IN | Class of 2026
Houston Wilson’s take: Harris immediately stood out in Dynasty’s win over Kentucky Vision at the Blue Chip City Mayhem. Harris is a smooth lead guard that can get to his spots well, knows how to set up his teammates but can also score when asked. Harris was a top scorer from the 2026 age group on Saturday at the Blue Chip City Mayhem.
Spencer Pulliam’s take: Harris helped captain the Team Dynasty (IN) backcourt on Saturday at Blue Chip City Mayhem. An advanced ball-handler with confidence and vision off the dribble, the crafty floor general was a consistent playmaker for his squad, and demonstrated his ability to create his own offense in the process. Harris’ scoring prowess from a variety of spots in the halfcourt combined with his knack for making timely plays cemented his status on this list among the Day 1 standout performers.
Eli Finley | Penny, Kentucky | Class of 2025
Houston Wilson’s take: Finley is one of the main contributors on a sneaky good Kentucky Breakdown team that could do damage in the 2025 age group. Finley plays with a good motor and was playing with good energy at the Blue Chip City Mayhem. Finley showed that he is very versatile on the offensive end as he can score the ball at all three levels. Finley is making a name for himself as one of the top prospects from the 2025 class in the state of Kentucky.
Spencer Pulliam’s take: One of the more skilled offensive players that I observed on Saturday at Blue Chip City Mayhem, Finley’s poise and feel immediately stood out among a balanced Team Breakdown (KY) roster. He has adequate size as a perimeter prospect and is comfortable with the ball in his hands, but can also play without the ball, and typically found his way back into the action for his club. It was fun to watch this group compete and play together and their cohesiveness as a unit did not go unnoticed.
Trey Resch | Sussex, WI | Class of 2027
Houston Wilson’s take: Resch was one of my favorite prospects I saw from the 2027 class on the opening day of the Blue Chip City Mayhem. Resch comes from a basketball family and you can tell the sport is in his blood. He has an advanced skill set at the lead guard position for a 6th grader and that was on display all day. Resch was also one of the best shooters I saw all day.
Spencer Pulliam’s take: It was a flashback of sorts for me on Saturday watching Resch compete at Blue Chip Mayhem. I had the privilege of watching his older brother, Tanner, experience success at the youth level that will translate to him having the opportunity to play collegiately as early as next season. The younger Resch is a different player in many ways, but similar to his elder sibling, he displayed touch from the perimeter and an understanding of his team’s offense that allowed him to find opportunities for teammates when he wasn’t scoring.
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