The New Year’s Slam took place in Phoenix, AZ from Friday, January 28th through Sunday, January 30th. The event, hosted by Team Cezers consisted of teams from 4th grade through 8th, with games taking place at the Apex Pyramid and…
The New Year’s Slam took place in Phoenix, AZ from Friday, January 28th through Sunday, January 30th. The event, hosted by Team Cezers consisted of teams from 4th grade through 8th, with games taking place at the Apex Pyramid and the Phhacility. The event featured several future prospects from the class of 2028, 2027, and 2026. It also featured several players who could flat out shoot the rock. In this article, we take a look at the top snipers from the event.
Jacob Muniz 5’2 PG Skyriders 2028 – Muniz came out strapping for the Skyriders in the game I saw. He was accurate from both corners, shooting the ball effortlessly from behind the high school three-point line. The 5’2 PG has good form on his shot and showed that he is more than simply a catch and shoot specialist. Muniz sprinkled in a few pull-up threes and mid-range jumpers to go along with his outside shooting ability.
Mason Tamlyn 5’0 PG AZ Gremlins 2026 – The more I see of Tamlyn, the more I like him. The sweet-shooting Lefty displayed good form on his shot, keeping his elbow under and showing a consistent follow-through. He buried multipe threes in the game, I watched knocking down shots in catch-and-shoot action.
Mike Atabala 5’7 SG AZ Storm 2026 – The Storm had several teams at this event, but the backcourt on their 2026 B team was perhaps the most fun. Atabala served as the sniper for the squad. He was accurate from the corners, displaying good shot prep, and having his hands ready and feet set. The 5’7 guard was able to knock down contested shots over fast closing defenders, hitting four threes in the game I watched.
Sergio Gonzales SG AZ Storm 2026 – The best-looking stroke at the camp may have belonged to Gonzales. The lefty sharpshooter showed off a textbook jumper, to go along with solid fundamentals. Gonzales shot the ball with his elbow tucked, and a consistent release and follow through. He was accurate from various spots behind the line, the catch-and-shoot sniper, Gonzales nailed 3 trey’s in the game I watched.
Mick Riordan SG Monstarz 2026 – The Monstarz program thrives on players knowing their roles, and Riordan played his to a T this weekend. The Shooting Guard was able to space the floor using a snap of his wrist to change the scoreboard. Riordan used a quick release to hit threes from the wings and the top of the key. He did a good job with shot prep work this weekend, staying low, and playing with his knees bent, and hands ready. Riordan used little to no wasted motion to get his shot off.
Dominick Rojas 5’6 SG Monstarz 2026 – The diminutive Rojas is a skilled three-point shooter. A floor spacer, The 5’6 Guard was accurate in catch and shoot action, preferring to let it fly from the top of the key. He showed range out to the high school three-point line, knocking down multiple threes in the Monstarz semifinal game. Rojas and his shooting played an integral part in helping them take home the 8th-grade gold crown.