The Labor Day Crown took place Friday, Sept 2nd – thru Monday, Sept 5th. The event, presented by Prep Hoops Circuit Premiere program, Chosen Few, was hosted at the Las Vegas Basketball Center located at 7350 Prairie Falcon Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89128. The tournament format featured teams ranging from 8U to 17U. The event also featured several talented potential middle school prospects.
Cooper Stahl 6’1 PF Vegas Ballers 2027 – Stahl was the best pure rebounder I saw during the weekend. A big part of his ability to rebound was his motor, Stahl repeatedly sprinted the floor, while relentlessly pursuing the basketball. His ability to grab in-traffic boards was a big reason for his team’s success. The glass cleaner isn’t a one-trick pony either, as he displayed a nice soft touch around the rim, scoring off putbacks and direct post-up opportunities.
Cameron Cooper 6’3 SF Vegas Ballers 2027 – Cooper is a recent transfer by way of Texas, he certainly adds to the talent pool. Cooper is a multi-skilled wing who impacted the game in a variety of ways. His size and length jump out at you, especially when he’s displaying his grab-and-go ability. The 6’3 wing could be found snagging a defensive rebound at one end and then leading the break on the other. Offensively, I thought he displayed a versatile scoring skill set, showing the ability to score in transition, in 1 v 1 situations, and from behind the arc. His smooth stroke, combined with his size, provided glimpses of a prototypical, high-level high school wing prospect.
Dion Parker 6’3 PF Las Vegas Punishers 2027 (featured image) – Parker was an absolute monster this weekend. The face-up forward was a bully attacking opponents with his downhill driving ability, so much so that it seemed that he was either called for the block or charge on almost every attack. I loved the way he played through contact, and at times it seemed as if he was a man playing amongst boys. Parker rebounded at a high level using his size, length, and athleticism to go over the top of opponents for rebounds. The 6’3 forward scored around the rim on putbacks, along with transition finishes.
Khai Ewell 5’11 SF Las Vegas Punishers 2027 – It was a lot of fun watching Ewell play. He was one of the better glue guys I saw during the event. His best skill is his motor, which allowed him to go full speed on both ends of the court. The quick forward won more than his share of 50/50 balls and hit the deck quite often in pursuit of loose balls. In addition to his intangible skills, he also proved to be a very skilled passer that was able to facilitate from the high post as well as hit teammates ahead in transition.
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Junior Caro 6’2 SF Las Vegas Punishers 2027 – It was good catching up with Cargo this weekend, as he was a participant of my Las Vegas Middle School Combine last year. The 8th grader showed some improvement in his ball skills and shooting from last year’s event. Caro has good positional size and was at his best when attacking downhill.
Terry Mckinney 6’1 SF Team Vegas 2027 – Mckinney passes the eye test instantly. The 8th grader is a lean athlete with long arms. He did most of his work either in transition or driving to the hole. Mckinney has the type of frame and skill to be an effective scoring wing at the high school level.