The Second Annual Balldawgs Back 2 School Camp began Thursday, August 11th. The two-day camp is a free camp, hosted by one of the nation’s premier Media Entertainment companies. The camp which takes place at the Tarkanian Basketball Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada hosted over 300 players. and featured skills, drills, and 5 on 5 competition. In addition to the basketball action, Balldawgs provided food and back-to-school supplies to the campers. Day 1 of the event was open to players in the class of 2027,2028,2029 and featured many of the top young prospects in the city of Las Vegas. Here’s a look at some of the standout players from Day 1.
Crowley was good at several positions including the two and three. The long, agile 8th grader showed good speed and quickness, especially when playing in transition. His long arms and 1 v 1 skills are what 1st caught my attention and he finished enough with his strong hand, to keep it.
Broxie is the type of player that will make you stop and look He has a powerful frame, complete with strong legs. He currently runs with a plodding style, however, he is a dedicated rim runner. It’s no surprise that rebounding is the young big man’s best skill, but he is above average in that department. Broxie has powerful hands and displayed a remarkable ability to rebound over the top of smaller opponents even when boxed out. His size, alone makes him a potential prospect to keep an eye on.
It’s hard for me to believe Brown is only class of 2029 as it feels like I’ve been watching him for years. He had good size when I thought he was in the 8th grade, now realizing the 12-year-old is entering the sixth, changes the equation. Brown has good ball skills and showed the ability to get to the rim without over-dribbling. He will have to improve his finishing, as he missed several chippy’s at the rim, however, what I liked about him, was his willingness to stay in attack mode. Brown’s youth, size and ball skills give him a chance to be a future prospect.
The more I saw of Brooks, the more and more I started to like him. He’s a raw player for sure, however, he has some tools to work with. He’s long, and I got the impression that he surprised opponents with the use of his left hand. He finished some around the basket, however, what I was really impressed by was his mobility. Brooks ran the floor like a deer, changing ends flawlessly during the games I saw.
Harris has a decent frame however it was his signature skill that stood out. He rebounded everything. Harris used a combination of fundamentals, athleticism, and sheer determination to grab seemingly every missed shot. He scored a couple of times catching and finishing around the rim, however the bulk of his damage was done with offensive putbacks.
Garrett’s frame is noteworthy as he has the prototypical lean long-armed frame. It was his skill level that caught my eye, specifically his handle. He showed the most CODs out of any player at the camp, using a behind-the-back and spin dribble to escape defenders. He was clean and didn’t have a mis-dribble or bobble when I watched him. In addition to his handle, the combo flashed some playmaking ability showing good passing and unselfishness, delivering to teammates.
Musa was a player that I got a heads up about before his game started, and it was worth it. He checks a lot of boxes for a future prospect including size. The 6’1 forward was good around the basket, catching and finishing, however it was his ball skills that allowed him to stretch out his game. Musa was good slashing to the rim and was one of the better through-contact finishers I saw at the event.