LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Day two of the second April evaluation period gave us a stronger look at the Greek Freak's younger brother and the talented crop of underclassmen on the Las Vegas Prospects. There were also high-level performances from players like Nick Richards, Nick Ward and Marques Bolden.
At just the age of 20, Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks, has turned into a big name in the NBA. On the high school basketball recruiting scene, his brother – Kostas Antetokounmpo
– is starting to do the same.
At the Nike EYBL in Lexington on Saturday, Antetokounmpo flashed his potential and used his length, mobility and intensity to impact the game.
“I bring stops and I think I bring some buckets too, rebounds and stuff like that,” Antetokounmpo told Scout.
“That’s my only strengths,” he added. “My length and my energy.”
During his second game of the day, Antetokounmpo, who is pushing 6-foot-9, raced end-to-end, grabbed a rebound or two outside of his area and even knocked down three three-pointers on his way to a 13 point game.
Antetokounmpo is far from a finished product, but with his frame and physical gifts, matched with his genetics it’s easy to project with him, especially considering how he’s developed over the last year.
“When I came here in America and the first time I played AAU basketball it was really hard,” he said. “But I just put my head up and I worked hard and now it’s easier for me to play with guys that are so athletic.”
Recruiting is just now picking up for Antetokounmpo, who picked up his first high major offer last week.
“I got an offer from Iowa State
,” he said. “That’s my first offer and I’m happy about it. I hope I’m going to get more and we’ll see what will happen.”
Antetokounmpo, who has yet to take a visit, has also received picked up interest from Miami
, Wake Forest
, St. John’s, Marquette
Las Vegas Prospects loaded with underclassmen
Several of the West Coast’s top prospects in 2017 are playing up in the Nike EYBL circuit on the Las Vegas Prospects, under head coach Michael Peck, formerly of Findlay Prep.
The headliner for the Prospects is Las Vegas point guard Troy Brown
, a 6-foot-5, long and athletic kid who can legitimately play the one through three. On Saturday morning, Brown was best attacking the basket, but also scored with his pull-up jumper.
One of the top scorers in the 2017 class is point guard Markus Howard
, who is transferring to Findlay Prep for his junior year. Howard has is absolutely lethal off the bounce and when he gets going in transition is tough to stop with how quickly he can pull-up and drain jump shots.
Another 2017 Findlay standout on the Prospects is Oshae Brissett
, who has good size for a small forward at 6-foot-7, high level athleticism and plays extremely hard, which allows him to get to the basket almost at will.
The Prospects also have 2017 Bishop Gorman small forward Charles O’Bannon, a long wing who is improving as a slasher, but you really like him for his ability to create and make his own shot.
, a 2017 center from Anaheim (Calif.) Servite, also runs for the Prospects, and has the size and skill of a player who should end up a high major prospect when it’s all said and done.
, C, Pro Skills: One of the best performances of the day came in the last game of the day. Bolden, a 6-foot-11 big man, scored 23 points on 11-for-12 shooting and also reeled in six rebounds. Bolden has tremendous hands and he caught some tough entry passes against the NJ Playaz. While he favors going to his right hand, he’s pretty good with it and showed great scoring touch over the left shoulder. Pro Skills squeaked out a win and they jumped on Bolden’s back to get it.
, C, All-Ohio Red: In just 21 minutes of action, Ward, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound post player, was about as productive as he possible could have been. Ward pumped in 30 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, including six on the on the offensive end. Ward was active, aggressive and efficient, but he also played tough and physical, which allowed him to finish off plays around the rim with consistency. Ward has terrific hands and nice touch with both of them. Quite frankly, it was an eye opening performance from the four-star prospect.
Troy Brown, PG/SG, Las Vegas Prospect: Troy Brown nearly went for a triple-double against Boo Williams in his second game of the day and he made it look easy. Brown went for 21 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in the win. A 6-foot-6 guard, Brown is versatile and can play effectively both on and off the ball. His vision and passing are terrific, but he’s a smart driver that picks his spots carefully. Now known for long range shooting, Brown also made two of his three three-pointers.
, C, Expressions: Richards had flashes of dominance against Seattle Rotary on Saturday afternoon. A big, long and athletic center, Richards blocked shots inside and fought for every rebound in and outside of his area. He played hard and finished with contact. He's a very good prospect.
Jaylen Nowell, SG, Seattle Rotary: Nowell is a big time scorer off the dribble. The long and athletic shooting guard has a very quick first step and defenders have a very tough time staying in front of him. Once he makes his move to the basket, he has a lethal pull-up midrange jumper or he can use his quickness and hops to explode to the basket and finish around the rim.
, C, PSA Cardinals: Spellman is a big body center and uses his size to bully opponents in the paint. Once he gets the ball inside it's usually an easy two points, as he muscles his way to the basket and finishes with contact. Not just a bruiser, Spellman showed his skill set by flashing a right hook and hitting a midrange jumper.
Josh Gershon and Evan Daniels contributed to this report