Fullcourt Press Las Vegas Fall Showcase Recap

LAS VEGAS -- A pair of youngsters had solid showings at the Fullcourt Press Las Vegas Fall Showcase, while D.J. Richardson and a surprise senior also had big efforts.

Pierre Jackson, PG, Desert Pines – Facing off in the senior game against a handful of strong Findlay Prep guards, Jackson didn't back down. Actually, the 5-foot-8 guard went into all out attack mode. Jackson got to the basket at will, using quick dribbles, spin moves and hesitations, once at the rim he finished with ease. Jackson also showed a serviceable jumper and some high level hops, as he nearly completed a backboard oop to himself. According to Jackson, he'll be heading to a Junior College next year.

D.J. Richardson, SG, Findlay Prep – Richardson picked up right where he left off this summer. The talented 6-foot-3 guard scored 26 points in the senior game and seemed to score just about every way possible. He knocked down a pair of three-pointers, but was at his best when he drove the lane looking for finishing opportunities at the rim or from mid-range. An aggressive scorer, Richardson seems to be coming into his own and is playing his best ball at just the right time.

Cory Joseph, PG, Findlay Prep – The Findlay coaches were raving about their new guard prior to his game at the showcase, and the talented 6-foot-2 prospect lived up to the hype. A shifty guard that loves to use the crossover dribble when attacking, Joseph got into the lane and created shots for teammates. Joseph also knocked down a few jumpers, dropped in a floater and finished around the basket.

Issaih Grayson, PG, Findlay Prep – Grayson, a 5-foot-10 guard, was one of a host of talented Findlay Prep guards that participated in the event. Grayson's jumper proved to be true from 22-feet and he also showed an ability to get into the lane and create for teammates.

Amir Garrett, SG/SF – Arguably the biggest story of the Fall Showcase, was this 6-foot-5 wing. Garrett, who ended up playing in a pair of games, didn't look at all out of place when he was bumped up to play in the senior game. He attacked the rim with aggression and despite his lean frame, managed to score with contact around the basket.

The southpaw did knock down one three-pointer, but must work on his consistency shooting the ball, as he misfired on numerous other attempts. With that said, Garrett is an above average athlete, that gets after it on both ends and could wind up being a high-major prospect.

Rasheem Suarez, PG, Findlay – Although it was tough to get a great feel for this 6-foot-3 sophomore, we can tell he'll be a guy that will get some strong looks from mid-level programs and up. He plays hard on both ends and seems to have a great feel for the game.

Shabazz Muhammad, SG, Gorman – There's already a little buzz going around the west coast about this 6-foot-3 freshman. After a so-so performance in the freshman game he stepped it up in the second game of the event. A solid athlete with a long, lean frame, Muhammad attacked from the wing and showed nice range on his left-handed jumper. Despite his slight frame, he managed to get a handful of plus one plays and consistently finished with contact.

Khalid Banks, PG, Cheynne – This smooth point guard was especially effective in transition. He pushed the break every chance he got and tossed out assist after assist in the open court. A 5-foot-8 lead man, Banks showed a solid handle, a good-looking stroke from long range and an impressive feel for the game.

Although Moses Morgan didn't play in the Fall Showcase, he did show up to watch. He told us that Utah and Oregon State have already offered him scholarships. He's also heard from Texas, UConn, UNLV, Michigan, California, Tennessee and USC.

Amir Garrett appears to be in the beginning stages. He said he's already heard from USC, Virginia Tech, Iowa State and Penn State.


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