Fullcourt Press Las Vegas Fall Showcase recap

LAS VEGAS -- The Fullcourt Press Las Vegas Showcase consisted of five games Wednesday night, with the best being a match up between Findlay Prep against the best player in Vegas.

Anthony Bennett, SF/PF – Over the summer Bennett established himself as a top 10 prospect. He improved his jump shot and took over games throughout July with his CIA Bounce squad. On Wednesday, Bennett picked up where he left off.

He got the final game started with a pair of three-pointers and then did some serious damage in transition and around the basket. He appears to be in great shape and is playing with a tremendous amount of confidence. Bennett finished 10-for-11 from the field and scored 24 points.

Amedeo Della Valle, PG – Just prior to the game we got a tip to watch the 6-foot-5 lead guard. Turns out the tip was spot on. Not only does Della Valle have great size for the point guard spot, but he's also a tremendous passer with exceptional court vision. His numbers weren't great (6 points, 4 assists & 2 steals), but his ability was clear. High majors will be all over this one and he appears to be the best available point guard in the 2012 class.

Matt Wilms, C – A true 7-footer, Wilms played well for Findlay against the collection of players from around Las Vegas. For his size, he has a great set of hands and showed impressive mobility. He maneuvered in the paint well, showed good touch and proved to be a solid athlete. He was perfect from the field (8-for-8) and scored 18 points.

Katin Reinhardt, SG – The 6-foot-5 guard made a special trip to Las Vegas for this event to play in front of UNLV fans. For the ones that showed up to watch him, it was probably worth it. Reinhardt played to the crowd and put his scoring ability on display. Reinhardt hit a number of threes off the dribble, including one fading into the corner, and was a big reason why the best of Vegas squad was in the game. Reinhardt uses his crossover to create space and is becoming accustomed to making shots on the move. He finished with a team high 24 points.

Ben Carter, PF/C – As impressive as Reinhardt was, Carter was right there with him. While Reinhardt was burying deep jumpers, Carter was taking care of things in the paint. He keeps getting better and plays with confidence around the rim. Not only can he knock in a jump hook with his back to the rim, but also he can step out and shoot mid to long-range jump shots. Carter has turned himself into a high major prospect.

Nigel Williams-Goss, PG – Throughout the heated contest, Goss-Williams played well. He made the appropriate plays when he handled the point guard duties and he looked to create opportunities for his teammates. The 6-foot-4 guard also mixed in a mid-range jump shot and floater in the lane.

Julian Jacobs, PG/SG – Although he played in the junior game, it wasn't until the final game that Jacobs, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, was able to get in the flow. He didn't back down from the stiff competition and made some big plays late in the game, including a coast-to-coast lay up that put the best of Vegas squad up by one late in the game. He's currently tracking as a mid-major prospect.

Shaquille Carr, PG – In the 2014 class Dominique Collier and Parker Jackson-Cartwright have established themselves as two of the best lead guards in the class. Another point man to keep an eye on is this 6-foot Las Vegas (Nev.) Canyon Springs standout.

In the sophomore game, Carr pushed the tempo and clearly wanted to play at a fast pace. The opposition struggled to keep him out of the paint and once he was there he created for his teammates or looked to score. He's a savvy guard that will be one to watch over the next few years.

Stephen Zimmerman, C – Zimmerman, a 6-foot-11 freshman at Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Goram, is an impressive all around prospect for a number of reasons. Defensively he's active, attempts to swat everything and will hit the glass. Offensively he has a good set of hands, shoots it well from mid-range and has a jump hook.

What impressed on Wednesday was his effort. He plays hard on both ends and always looks for the ball on the break. Although we haven't seen many freshman, it's easy to see that Zimmerman is a clear high major prospect and will rank among the top post prospects in the 2015 class.

*There is still a lot of time, but 2015 guard prospect D'Quan Crockett was among the biggest standouts in the first game of the day. A 6-foot-1 guard out of Las Vegas (Nev.) Clark, Crockett attacked the rim and showed good athleticism.

*Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman had a pair of impressive freshman in the opening game. Both Nick Blair and Deon Whiteside made plays and showed off potential from the wing position.

*Diontae Jones is an intriguing prospect. He plays with Carr on the Las Vegas Prospects. A 6-foot-4, maybe 6-5, wing, Jones defends is position well, is a solid athlete and scores it by attacking the basket.

*Sophomore big man Devin Burleson has transferred to Las Vegas (Nev.) Clark from Southern California. Burleson is a 6-foot-8 big man that is currently tracking as a mid-level prospect.

*Bishop Gorman sophomore guard Noah Robotham is a high IQ guy. He made good decision with the ball and had a handful of nice dishes in transition.

*Nick Madray is a guy that Findlay will use to stretch the defense, as he can step out and shoot. 2013 UNLV commit will likely be used in the same way. Both have jump shots that extend to 21-feet.

*A few other prospects that stood out over the course of the day are Rashad Muhammad, Winston Sheppard, Sir Washington and Kwinton Henson.

Scout.com's No. 1 prospect Shabazz Muhammad was unable to play due to an ankle injury. His high school teammate Rosco Allen was sidelined with an eye injury as well.

*This appears to be Findlay's biggest group yet. They have eight players that stand over 6-foot-8.

*Shaquille Carr said Portland has come in to watch him workout. He's heard from USC, Oregon State, Arizona, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Stanford.

*Diontae Jones said New Mexico, West Virginia, Idaho and Nevada have stopped by his gym to see him work out.

*Amedeo Della Valle has scholarship offers from Arizona, California, St. Mary's, Gonzaga, Portland, Utah and UMass.

*Rosco Allen has an in-home visit with Roy Williams Thursday evening. They are planning to set up an official visit during the in-home. He will go to Oregon the weekend of October 15th. Stanford and UNLV are also involved.


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