The Great Western Summer Classic is one of the premier grassroots events in the Western Region. The 4-day showcase event began on Wednesday, June 8th, and concluded on Saturday, June 11th. The event, hosted by recruiting legend Tim Davis, took…
The Great Western Summer Classic is one of the premier grassroots events in the Western Region. The 4-day showcase event began on Wednesday, June 8th, and concluded on Saturday, June 11th. The event, hosted by recruiting legend Tim Davis, took place at various high school gyms in the Salt Lake area and featured boys and girls teams from around the Western Region with age groups ranging from 3rd grade through high school varsity. Here’s a look at the event standouts from the c/o 2026.
Will Hansen F Wasatch – A wing that has a good overall offensive skill set. Hansen is a high IQ player who was able to attack against man-to-man defenses and exploit zones. Hansen did a good job of finding holes and picking apart opposing defenses with pinpoint passing.
Cooper Hansen G Wasatch – Good offensive wing that was most effective when slashing to the rim. Hansen finished several strong drives with layups, showing that he could get and finish at the rim.
Ike Mitchell 6’1 SF Utah Premiere – Mitchell is a player with good two-way potential. He is a long fluid wing that showed good lateral quickness, and the ability to defend quick guards. Mitchell was effective offensively and managed to get out and score in transition. His combination of ball skills and defensive versatility makes him an intriguing prospect to keep an eye on.
Ashton Palmer 5’9 SG Skyridge – A high IQ, multi-level scorer with good fundamentals. Palmer was able to stay low coming off screens and, stayed shot-ready knocking down a couple of threes in the game I saw. He showed that he could drive and score and displayed a knack for the ball, grabbing offensive rebounds for putback buckets.
Trey Nicolodemos 5’10 SG Juan Diego – Nicoldemos had some good plays on both sides of the ball. Offensively he showed good quickness and the ability to beat his man off the dribble. He was one of the better slashers I saw at the event. On the defensive side of the ball, he was able to defend multiple players and did a terrific job rotating in help defense, providing rim protection for his team.
Deng Deng 5’11 SG Juan Diego – Quick athlete with a lean frame and long arms. Deng was able to get to the rim, relatively easy. He showed some playmaking ability, drawing, and dishing. With his speed and quickness, combined with his physical attributes Deng, is a player with high ceiling potential.
Bryan Medler 6’2 PF Lehi (featured Image) – A player with good size and potential. Medler showed some skill on the offensive side of the ball, even knocking down a three in the game I saw. He used a combination of skill and force. Medler was an aggressive rebounder that was effective on the defensive and offensive backboards.
Aidan Janiya F Juan Diego – Dirty work glue guy type. Janiya carved out space around the rim, getting rebounds and scoring off offensive putbacks. He showed the willingness to sacrafice his body, stepping in and taking a couple of charges for his team.