Fullcourt Press Las Vegas Fall Showcase Recap

LAS VEGAS -- Dinos Trigonis' annual Las Vegas Fall Showcase was a success Wednesday night, as Shabazz Muhammad and Rosco Allen showed exactly why they are rated as five-star prospects.

Shabazz Muhammad, SF – At this point I think it's clear Muhammad is the best wing prospect in the class of 2012. His body is starting to fill out and he's getting stronger. In the sophomore game he aggressively attacked the basket and dunked nearly every time he got into the lane. He's an animal on the glass and was active defensively contesting shots.

Rosco Allen, SF – At 6-foot-8, possibly 6-foot-9, Allen can do a lot for a guy his size. He handles the ball well, is starting to attack the basket off the dribble and has a terrific looking jump shot. Allen got a lot done in transition and showed his athleticism by grabbing an offensive rebound and throwing it down for a dunk.

Ben Carter, PF – This was the most inspiring performance we've seen from this 6-foot-7 power forward. What really caught us off guard was that Carter appears to be moving up and down the floor more fluidly than last time we saw him and he also got off the grounder quicker. He has a good set of mitts, nice touch around the basket and can step out for mid-range jump shots.

Tyler Ott, SG/SF – A shooter with good size, Ott looked like a Division-1 basketball player. The southpaw has a fairly quick trigger and was accurate from long distance. Ott, who stands 6-foot-4, didn't do much off the dribble, but when he was in catch and shoot situations he excelled.

Demond Billingsley, SG – He played up in the junior game, but he was able to leave his mark. The 6-foot-3 sophomore from Las Vegas (Nev.) Eldorado shot the ball very well from the three-point stripe. He has a quick release and good rotation, as well good range on his shot. He knocked down at least four three-pointers in the junior game.

Rashad Muhammad, PG/SG – A much different player than his older brother – Shabazz – Muhammad relies more on his skill set than anything else. He's grown to 6-foot-4 and will likely spend a lot of time playing the point guard spot for Bishop Gorman this year. In the sophomore game, Muhammad made scoring look easy as he attacked the basket and knocked in a couple of three-pointers.

Diontae Jones, SF – The best scorer and possibly the best prospect in the freshman game was Jones. A 6-foot-2, possibly 6-foot-3, wing prospect, Jones has a long set of arms and a frame that will add strength as he gets older. His jump shot looked good and was falling. He was also active around the basket.

Shaquille Carr, PG – Las Vegas (Nev.) Canyon Springs has a promising prospect in this 5-foot-11 guard. Carr, who possesses a long, lean frame, showed impressive ball skills, has some bounce and finished well around the rim.

Michael Louder, a 6-foot-7 power forward, is a bouncy prospect equipped with a long, lean frame. He showed a mid-range jump shot and moves fluidly. Khalid Banks, a lead guard out of Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne, is a scoring point guard that was able to create space and get into the paint. Tre'vonn Wells, a 5-foot-9 sophomore point guard out of Las Vegas (Nev.) Durango, possesses terrific ball handling skills, as he broke down defenders in the half court. Bishop Gorman freshman guard Noah Robotham has the look of a future Division-1 player. He's just 5-foot-9, but he's crafty, handles the ball well and dropped in some three-pointers.

Shabazz Muhammad is likely a lock to be a McDonald's All-American, it may be time to start thinking it'll be possible for the Gaels to have a pair in that game. Rosco Allen is currently ranked among the top 20 players in the country and he's certainly deserving of that honor.

While we certainly don't go out of our way to watch 8th graders, Stephen Zimmerman played in the 9th grade and it's hard not to notice him. He already stands 6-foot-8, has great hands and is pretty mobile. It's definitely early, but he showed great footwork and did some things that some seniors in high school struggle with. Zimmerman is a terrific looking prospect.


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