The TBA Back to School League wrapped up this weekend. The event, which is hosted by the Las Vegas Knicks featured 7 divisions and 36 teams. The league consists of middle school and high school teams and is operated by…
The TBA Back to School League wrapped up this weekend. The event, which is hosted by the Las Vegas Knicks featured 7 divisions and 36 teams. The league consists of middle school and high school teams and is operated by Knicks Coach Denard Taylor. Taylor tells me they designed the league to reflect the values of the Addidas-sponsored program. “The LV Knicks provide a home for everybody” “We wanted to give grade school kids a chance to play, and allow high school kids to be part of a team” – says Taylor. Saturday, October 16th was the Playoff and Championship rounds of the league, in this article we take a look at standouts from Championship Saturday.
Brandon Brown G Avengers 2030 – You know you’re a hooper when you show up balling in sweats. Brown used his dribble to weave through defenders, finished transition plays with strong hand layups, and showed good accuracy and instincts passing the ball on the break. He helped his Avengers Squad take home the crown in their division.
Jerimiah Williams 5’7 PG Vegas Ballers 2028 – This was my second time seeing Williams and I was impressed. He has an advanced offensive game, including some nifty 1 V 1 moves. Williams used a nice right to left crossover, to separate from defenders, and shot the ball well in catch and shoot situations. His ability to shoot the ball off of the dribble is advanced, evident by a sick snatch back 3 he hit in the game I watched.
Kayden Williams Goss 5’9 SG LV Knicks 2026 – KWG is a prospect to keep an eye on. The silky smooth wing, left me wanting to see more. His handle was nice, and he glided through defenders, splitting traps and double teams throughout the day. He has good length and used it on the defensive end to gets tips and deflections.
Benjamin Brown 5’7 PF Vegas Ballers 2028 – I really liked the way Brown moved, the forward is a fluid runner, who effortlessly changed ends. He played with a high motor and showed good form shooting the ball from the free-throw line. His best skill without a doubt was his ability to rebound. Brown got countless second chance opportunities for the Ballers with his ability to clean the glass.
Emanuel Hester PF Vegas Ballers 2026 – Hester has length. The c/o 2026 forward has long arms and used them along with a quick second jump to gobble up rebounds. He ran the floor well and showed a knack for keeping balls alive, before snagging them off the board. His offense is still developing but he showed good aggression and was able to finish around the rim with his strong hand.
Ismail Abdul Rahman 6’0 PF LV Knicks 2028 (featured image) – Rahman passes the look test. I wanted to know more about him before even seeing him play. I got much more than I expected. Rahman ran the floor like a deer while using his long arms to vacuum in rebounds. He gets off the floor well, and showed range on his shot-blocking ability, going out on the perimeter to contest shots. The Knicks have a history of developing players, he has a chance to be one of their next.
Mason Sweitzer 5’10 SG Feets Squad 2026 – Got another look at Sweitzer this weekend, and was happy to see improvement. His shot was on, as he knocked down several 3’s throughout the day. He moved well without the ball, using screens to create separation, and then displayed good shot prep and a quick release. Held his own while competing for Feets squad in the Varsity division.