The Great Western Classic is taking place Wednesday, June 8th, and runs until Saturday, June 11th. The event hosted by recruiting legend Tim Davis features teams from around the Western Region and age groups from 3rd grade to High School Varsity. After checking out some Varsity action on Day 1, I spent day 2 evaluating some middle school players. Here’s a look at my notes from Day 2.
Caden Miller 5’7 PG ABC 2028 – Miller displayed one of the more exceptional handles at the event. Lightning-quick CODs combined with wiggle, allowed him to beat defenders at will. Miller also displayed some sharp passing skills, hitting teammates with several on-time and on-target dimes.
Gade Harris 5’7 PG ABC 2028 – Harris and Miller were almost like twins. Harris had a few more advanced offensive scoring skills, including euros in transition to go along with stepbacks when he was in 1 v 1 situations.
Emerson Lock 5’6 SG Phoenix 2028 – Saw lock in the early games, and his ability as a defender, withstood the day. He displayed some of the quickest hands at the event. The lefty was a thief when playing on-ball defense, as he was able to strip opposing ballhandlers He also showed some good instincts, jumping passing lanes for steals.
Trey Nicolodemos 5’10 SG 2026 – Nicolodemos was the first player I ever interviewed that didn’t think he played well enough to be interviewed. In my humble opinion, the guard was mistaken. He played well on both sides of the ball, slashing to the cup for buckets and making some nice plays on the defensive end. Needless to say, the perfectionist was one of the top players I saw.
Bryan Medler 6’2 PF Lehi 2026 – The lefty Medler will probably show up again on my top Glass Cleaner list. He was active, grabbing both offensive and defensive rebounds effectively.
Xavier Mulford 5’1 PG Salt Lake Hustle 2029 – Mulford was one of the youngest players to make the list, however, he deserved it. The PG was a sniper showing off exceptional range for a player so young. He was accurate well past the three-point line and shot the ball naturally even when hoisting from distance.
Avery Howe 6’3 PF Lehi 2027 – Howe’s size is obvious, however, it’s his motor and movement that impressed. He fought hard for post-up position down low and didn’t get discouraged when he didn’t get a touch. When they did throw it into him, he was really good, showing the ability to score over his left shoulder and finish through contact.
Easton Jensen 5’5 SG Davis 2028 (featured image) – Jensen showed a smooth game to go along with some skill. I liked the fundamentals he played with, playing off two feet while making crisp passes to teammates. He showed that he could finish in transition and brought value to his squad with his ability to get others involved.