One of the breakout performers at the National Hoops Festival this past weekend was Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI wing prospect Brandon Slater.
Last year at the Hoops Festival, Slater, who was 6-foot-4 at the time, emerged as player to track because of his potential. But on Saturday night against API, Slater showed he’s turned the corner from prospect to player.
“I was 6-4 last year and a little more skinny,” Slater, who has a long set of arms, said. “I’ve filled out now and about 6-6.”
But it wasn’t just his physical growth that stood out over the weekend, Slater showed an improved game. Slater’s shot making from distance particularly stood out, as he hit four of his six three-pointers against API.
“I’ve really just been working on my shot and my aggression,” Slater said. “Last year I really couldn’t shoot as much and I was just an athletic guy. I’ve been putting in drill work and trying to get my dribble right and my handle right and my shooting right.”
Not only did Slater shoot the ball well, but he used his athleticism at the rim and in transition. He competed on the defensive end and did a good job of slowing down a hot Terrance Ferguson in the second half.
There were a host of college coaches at the game on Saturday, including local schools Georgetown and Maryland.
“It’s picking up right now,” Slater said about his recruitment.
Slater currently holds scholarship offers from USC and Virginia Tech. He also claimed interest from Georgetown, Maryland, Villanova, Miami, North Carolina State and West Virginia.
“I’ve been to West Virginia’s campus and Maryland because it’s around here,” he said.
Slater said he went by West Virginia, while nearby their campus for a scrimmage. Slater added that he’s impressed with the way they play.
“West Virginia, they press the whole game and I really like that,” he said.
What does he like about the Terrapins?
“It’s the hometown school and I love how they play,” Slater said. “They play hard.”
Slater, who plays for Team Takeover on the spring and summer circuit, is in the beginning stages of his college recruitment.