The Grassroots season in Vegas is in full swing, with several events taking over the city. Last week the JR Big Time took center stage in Sin City. Hosted by recruiting legend, Gary Charles, The JR Big Time runs in conjunction with the H.S Big time and features Middle School talent. The event ran from Thursday, July 21st, and concluded on Saturday, July 24th. With the new school year just around the corner, I used the event as one last opportunity to check in on some class of 2025 players as they begin their transition to the next level. In this article, we take a look at our standouts from the Las Vegas JR Big Time.
Jevon Yapi 5’8 PG All Vegas – Before his high school career is complete, there is a very good chance that Yapi may be considered one of the best passers in the nation. He has a sixth sense for knowing where his teammates will be and a habit for throwing receivers open. He was good this weekend in leading All Vegas to the 14U semifinals.
Jaden Holt 5’8 PG Blue Chips Houston (featured image) – When it comes to Holt’s best skill, take your pick His blow-by is crazy, and he left several defenders in his dust. The PG has elite speed and was able to get into the paint seemingly at will. He also played well on the defensive end of the ball, causing havoc with his quick hands and feet.
Coleman Atwater 6’1 SF Kongo – I could call Atwater a two-guard, but he has the size to play in the frontcourt. Realistically what he is, is a skilled point forward. The lefty showed the ability to knock down open treys as well as mix it up inside for rebounds.
Brandon Stoors 6’4 SF Gauchos – Stoors was as good as advertised. He was one of the biggest and strongest players on the court, yet was able to dominate from the perimeter. Stoors was able to get downhill and finish around the rim, even showing the occasional COD. The explosive wing help lead the Gauchos to the 14U crown.
Chamberlain Burgess 6’6 C Utah Drive – Burgess played in the Bigfoot hoops event, however, I did not want to miss a player with this kind of size and potential. Burgess possesses long arms and actually showed some decent ball skills.
Cyrus Hutchinson 6’4 PF All Vegas – Hutchinson is a young player that I have kept an eye on. Recently, I’ve watched him play in Phoenix, Utah, and now in his home city of Las Vegas. He has gotten a little better every time. Normally a high motor, guy, the 6’4 post showed increased ball skills, several times grabbing the ball off the glass and bringing it up in the backcourt. If he continues to improve at this rate, then he is a clear stockriser to keep an eye on.
Wesley Murdock 6’6 C Kongo – Murdock played with a high motor this weekend. The ponytailed forward played terrific low post defense battling for position and rebounds down low. While a rugged banger, the young post showed surprisingly good hands catching interior passes and finishing around the rim.