FCP Las Vegas Fall Showcase Recap

With high school basketball rapidly approaching, we decided to check out the Las Vegas Fall Showcase. A few guys stood out, including a sophomore that hadn't been getting any college interest.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The 2007 Fullcourt Press Las Vegas Fall Showcase took place Tuesday evening at the Tarkanian Basketball Academy and it drew a number of the top prospects from Las Vegas.

Dinos Trigonis put on the event and he got together a solid collection of talent for the sophomore and junior games. The biggest surprise of the day was Ben Vozzola, of Las Vegas (Nev.) Centennial

Deremy Geiger, PG – The Utah State commit looked to be the best player in the senior game. He had a solid handle, was very quick and managed to get a number of easy buckets at the rim. He's also a pretty good athlete and managed to finish off an up and under lay up in traffic.

Anthony Marshall, PG – Scout.com's 67th rated prospect raced out of the gates and scored the first 8 points of the Junior game. The lefty made his mark from deep, as he drained at least a trio of triples throughout the contest. Marshall also has a solid handle, a strong build and good court awareness.

Elijah Johnson, PG – There's not another guard in Johnson's class that is more athletic. He's clearly got great bounce and his jumper is solid as well. Where Johnson often struggles is with his intensity, as sometimes he doesn't always bring it. When the 6-foot-2 guard wanted to play he was tough to stop on Tuesday.

Reggie Shaw, SG – Despite getting a little out of control at the start of the junior game, Shaw certainly found his rhythm. He started making shots, including a handful of threes and he got to the rim. Although there were some very good athletes in attendance, Shaw was certainly among the best.

Ben Vozzola, PG/SG – This kid was by far the biggest surprise of the Las Vegas Showcase. At 6-foot-3, Vozzola showed off a savvy and unselfish game, but despite his willingness to share the ball he managed to fill it up from all over the court. When the dust settled, Vozzola went 10-for-11 from the field and drained at least five three-pointers that were of the pull up and spot up variety. He also showed off quick lateral movement and the ability to defend. West coast schools should take note, this kid can play.

Sam Johnson, SF – Although Johnson wasn't nearly as impressive as Vozzola, he played alongside the long range bomber and managed to get a handful of buckets. He's quite an athlete that also showed that he can hit jumpers from deep. As just a sophomore, Johnson has a chance to play Division 1 ball, but at what level will be determined on how much he improves his on the ball skills.

Donald Anderson, PG – During the freshman game, Anderson was the most impressive guard in the game. He didn't have any problem getting by defenders and he's capable of dropping in floaters on the way to the basket.

Amir Garrett, PF/SF – It's too early to project what level Garrett will can play at, but he certainly was the surprise of the freshman game. At 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5 he's a big time athlete with great timing and has a great ability to block shots. This long and bouncy forward didn't do much on the offensive end, but he still has plenty of time to develop.

Anthony Marshall mentioned a number of schools and claimed a scholarship offer from Virginia. He also said tat he's receiving interest from Tennessee, Kentucky and Iowa.

While Marshall gave a solid list, Johnson steered away from talking about schools. He did divulge that UNLV and Arizona State have both offered him scholarships.

Reggie Shaw claimed early interest from Oklahoma, Washington and Santa Clara.


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