Pool play came to an end at the Adidas Summer Championships, Fab 48, and Las Vegas Classic. With action heating up again on Saturday, day three in Las Vegas was a chance for teams to make a statement going into the elimination rounds. Over at the Las Vegas Classic, Team Blaze Select continues to flex their muscles against some of the top programs nationally, getting another big effort from Ohio State commit Musa Jallow…

Top Performers 
P.J. Fuller – 2019 – G – Seattle Rotary

This is a fine looking guard in the 2019 class. Fuller is a two-way player, floor general, and the straw that stirs the drink for Seattle Rotary. Fuller got things going early with a few steals and easy buckets in transition. He should look to score more, but really wants his teammates to succeed more than himself. When he does look for his own offense, Fuller showed the ability to score from all three levels effectively. A smooth guard, Fuller is never in a rush and makes good decisions with the basketball. One of the top ranked guards in the country, Fuller will give somebody an excellent leader by example in the coming years. 

Kamaka Hepa – 2018 – PF – Portland Basketball Club
It’s easy to see why everyone out West wants Hepa. A versatile, physical forward, Hepa is a problem for opposing teams. Hepa is almost a guard in a power forward’s body. He pulls people away from the rim and goes to work. Hepa has good quickness off the dribble and can change directions well for his size. PBC even runs the kid off screens for 3-pointers. The 6-foot-8 senior has a soft shooting touch from the outside and mid-range and gets nice elevation on his jumper. His passing ability is also very unique. Hepa catches on the key and threads the needle with sharp precision. Hepa is also a warrior on the glass. He’s doing the dirty work and working his tail off inside to make sure there are no second chance points allowed. Hepa had a huge scoring and rebounding effort in Friday’s win over Born Ready.

Musa Jallow – 2018 – G/F – Team Blaze Select
Team Blaze Select rolled UBC Elite Friday afternoon. Jallow had a big performance from beyond the arc, draining seven triples. The future Ohio State Buckeye couldn’t miss for long stretches and changed the momentum every time UBC was looking to make a run. Having a big summer, Jallow contributes across the board. He demands the most out of himself defensively, on the glass, and enjoys creating for his teammates. Even though he’ll enroll in Columbus in August after reclassifying from the 2018 class, Jallow looks physically ready to contribute this season. 

Nate Laszewski – 2018 – F – New England Playaz
One of the biggest risers this week, Laszewski was on fire once again on Friday. The 6-foot-10 stretch forward made his first three attempts, all from 3-point range. He finished with 17 first half points on five triples. By then the game was all but over. Laszewski has been dynamic in the pick n’ roll, floating out to the perimeter and letting if fly. A floor spacer, Laszewski can sit in the corner and that will allow his guards plenty of driving lanes. If defenders pinch, you can put three points on the board with Laszewski. A hard-nosed player, Laszewski is willing to take charges, battle for rebounds, and set hard screens – all the little things that help the engine keep chugging. 

Jarren McAllister – 2018 – SG – Garner Road
McAllister found himself open quite a bit against Game Elite on Friday, and he made them pay. The 6-foot-4 two-guard, has a long, smooth stroke from downtown and when he gets comfortable, he can stay in a rhythm for a while. While he’s a good 3-point shooter, McAllister likes to play underneath and sneak in for offensive rebounds. The Virginia Tech commit has a strong build and can rise up among the trees for second chance opportunities. When he gets a head of steam, McAllister just seems to float, hanging and converting some impressive finishes around the rim Friday. 

Moses Moody – 2020 – SG – Team Superstar
Moody looks like an elite level shooting guard in the 2020 class. The 6-foot-5 sophomore had a huge game in a loss to the Wisconsin Playground Warriors on Friday. A shot creator and straight up bucket getting, Moody was hitting difficult, off-balance shots all over the floor. When the ball is in his hands, Moody has terrific shake in 1-on-1 settings and his length makes it very difficult for defenders to contest. Moody simply sized his man up, took what the defense gave him, and exploited it. Look for this kid to potentially be a top 50 prospect in the coming years. 

E.J. Montgomery – 2018 – PF – Atlanta Celtics
Montgomery at the Atlanta Celtics just steam rolled the DC Warriors. The Auburn commit was too much to handle on the interior. A big, physical, and versatile prospect, Montgomery can beat people in a variety of ways. He made it look to easy at times, going for 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting in just 17 minutes. Montgomery also posted seven rebounds. This is a great get for the Tigers, Montgomery has a budding offensive skill set and the ability to pull people away from the rim and handle the ball in transition. He’s also a very strong kid that can beat people up in the paint and a guy you look to in a grind-it-out, low scoring game. 

Kyree Walker – 2020 – SG – DreamVision
Walker continues to make Arizona State look really smart for offering and taking his commitment this early. Walker poured in 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting in a win over Exum Elite Friday. So physically advanced for his age, Walker is often the toughest player on the floor. He just breaks the spirit of defenders with how often he attacks the rim, draws contact, and bullies people on the interior. Walker did a little bit of everything on Friday, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out three assists as well. Continuing what’s been a huge summer, Walker is clearly among the cream of the crop players in the 2020 class. 

Stock Boosters
Jonathan Aku – 2020 – C – Team Superstar

Already 6-foot-10, 230-pounds, Aku is a monster inside. He was very effective and dominant on the offensive glass against the Playground Warriors, who simply couldn’t box him out on Friday. Aku’s length and strength to muscle people out of the way was a huge reason Team Superstar clawed their way back into the game after being down by more than 20 in the second half. Aku is limited to playing around the rim now. He’ll get a few touches down low and Aku can handle some of the basics, but his skills will likely take some time to develop. At worst, Aku is still a game changer with his rebounding and shot blocking ability.

Jordan Campbell – 2018 – G – California Stars
This kid is a junkyard dog. A defensive stopper out on the perimeter, Campbell was outstanding on the ball on Friday. The 6-foot-4 senior likes to get right up into his man’s shorts and push them back beyond the perimeter. He’s got more than enough trust in his lateral quickness to be able to defend in space, out on an island. His defense really flustered his opponent, forcing mistakes that led to transition run outs. Campbell can play above the rim. He made a consistent effort to get into the paint early and often, putting a ton of pressure on the defense Friday. 

Greg Foster – 2018 – G – Portland Basketball Club
Continuing his breakout summer, Foster had another strong performance. The Wisconsin native, who’s playing with PBC this week, hoping to attract West Coast programs, Foster had a couple of huge blocks and broke up even more plays in transition by just hunting people down and getting a hand in the way on the contest. Foster has some exciting bounce for a guard. He’ll play above the rim on his drives. A pass-first floor general, Foster can draw defenders and kick to open shooters effectively. He’s also a guy teams can invert in the offense. With an advanced post-up game, Foster makes a lot of guards uncomfortable when he sets up shop on the block. 

Gabe Madsen – 2020 – SG – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
Coming out of the blocks on fire, Madsen began the game with three consecutive triples. He would finish with 18 points in a nice win over Team Superstar. Madsen has the makings of a high major two-guard. He’s got good size at 6-foot-4, has an extremely quick release, and can shoot on the move. Madsen doesn’t get a lot of chances to put the ball on the deck, but can take people off the dribble and finish at the rim, which he did quite well on Friday. Part of a strong 2020 class in Wisconsin, Madsen is a top 5 player early. 

Teddy Marshall – 2020 – PG – Dynamic Disciples 
Really impressed with the high level of understanding Marshall has for the point guard position. Marshall controls the game, orchestrates the offense, and seems to give his team exactly what they need at any given time. Marshall is already 6-foot-1 and 180-pounds. With the early feel of a high major point guard, Marshall can take over a game offensively and that’s what he did late in a close game with Team Takeover. A strong, quick guard, Marshall broke people down consistently and lived in high percentage areas throughout the game. 

Kristian Sjolund – 2018 – F – Shooting Stars Red
Bigs have been hard to come by in the 2018 class at this point. Schools may want to rush to Sjolund who’s got some intriguing skills. The 6-foot-8 senior can handle and shoot the ball from the perimeter. A mismatch problem, Sjolund can take forwards off the bounce or face up from the high post and slash. He needs to put on quite a bit of weight, but Sjolund is not soft. Against Seattle Rotary, Sjolund had some physical drives where he trucked people at the rim, including a huge dunk. Sjolund can by dynamic in the pick n’ roll, stepping out to shoot 3’s, flaring to the wing and getting isolation chances, or rolling to the hole. 

Cedric Washington – 2018 – G – Shooting Stars Red
Washington played very well against Seattle Rotary Friday morning. A physically strong guard who can play on or off the ball, Washington put together some impressive drives to the bucket and showed the ability to finish against length. Very explosive off the bounce, Washington has a terrific hesitation move and he takes off to the rim when a driving lane opens up. Off the ball, he shot well from the outside, spotting up and draining shots with ease. Very under the radar at this stage, Washington looks like a solid mid-major prospect that should have a lot more attention/offers. 

Recruiting Notes
Cedric Washington is picking up interest from Texas State. 

P.J. Fuller has offers from USC, Tennessee, Arizona State, Washington, Florida State, California, UNLV, and others. He listed Kansas, Arizona, UCLA, and UConn as schools currently expressing interest. 

Greg Foster has offers from UTEP, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Cleveland State, Loyola Marymount, Southern Illinois, and Northern Colorado. 

Kamaka Hepa said Texas, Gonzaga, USC, Washington, and Utah have been in contact the most. Notre Dame, California, Wisconsin, and Virginia Tech have all reached out to express interest recently.