We spent the second July NCAA Live Period at the adidas 3SSB Open and Pangos Terrific 24 West in SoCal and the Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas and went through our notes and observations to come up with 30 players who stood out and helped their recruiting stock. This list doesn’t represent the 30 best prospects we saw, but rather 30 players who performed better than they did in our previous eval or those we saw for the first time who made a positive impressive and raised their recruiting profile.
Editor’s Note: Listed Alphabetically
Malik Abdullahi, Christopher Columbus (Miami, Fla.)/Team Hardaway 6-7 2024
Played terrific down the stretch to lead his team to the Las Vegas Big Time tourney title. Versatility on defense and terrific out-of-area shot blocking are his strengths, while getting downhill and to the cup or foul line is what he does best on offense.
Marcus Adams, Peninsula (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.)/Raycon Elite 6-7 2023
Well-traveled talent can run the floor, score off the glass and has an improved face up game. Expected to do a post-grad year after his eight semesters of high school eligibility are up.
Samson Aletan, Lake Highlands (Dallas, Texas)/Southern Assault 17U
Works hard on the court and has worked hard to improve his skill level as an upright post player. Reminds us of former Central Michigan and USC forward Yamen Sanders, and is now getting recruited as a much higher level than Sanders.
Che Brogan, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)/SCA 6-4 2026
Manu Ginobli type slashing scorer will be one of the best freshman in California.
Jalen Brown, Modesto Christian (Calif.)/Lakeshow Fuca 17U 6-1 2023
Helped his travel club to the championship game of the top division of the Big Time Tournament by showing quality lead guard skills and explosive finishing ability around the basket.
Carter Bryant, Sage Hill (Newport Beach, Calif.)/Paul George 16u 6-8 2024
After showing terrific potential at Fountain Valley (Calif.) his first two seasons, Bryant started putting it together this summer and is viewed by many evaluators as a Top 50 national prospect in his class, and perhaps more. Jumper is rounding into form to compliment his terrific on-ball and weak side defensive capability.
Raleigh Burgess, Sycamore (Cincinnati, Ohio)/Indiana Elite 16U 6-10 2024
Should move up in any credible national rankings after his display for a grassroots team that went unbeaten in July. Moves well, is bouncy and aggressive, and can knock down the 3-pointer.
Terrion Burgess, Marion (Ark.)/Arkansas Hawks 16U 6-8 2025
Left-handed combo forward has a good mid-range game and can block shots. Terrific upside.
Baye Fall, Accelerated Schools (Denver, Col.)/Colorado Hawks 17U 6-10 2023
Is a top five national prospect in 2023 because of his motor and shot blocking ability. He can be special if his half court offense continues to progress.
Flory Bidunga, Kokomo (Ind.)/Indiana Elite 16U 6-10 2024
The best prospect on one of the best 16U teams we’ve evaluated in recent memory was dominant against other elite prospects in SoCal with his fluid moves, soft hands and power. He’s good enough to legitimately be in the 2024 No. 1 ranking conversation.
Isaac Garrett, Pleasant Grove (Utah)/Salt Lake Rebels Red 17U 6-7 2023
Wing with a multitude of skills covers ground, is a good passer in the interior and can knock down shots from the face up. He can also rim finish at a level that turns heads.
Isiah Harwell, Wasatch Academy (Mt. Pleasant, Utah)/Utah Prospects 17U 6-5 2025
Confident player with a nice frame who made our Freshman All-American team last season at Century (Boise, Idaho). Plays with a good pace and has a nice pull-up game, but needs to continue to make his defender work when he doesn’t have the ball.
Kevin Haupt, Oakmont (Roseville, Calif.)/Dream Vision 16U 5-10 PG 2024
Can change direction, stop and start with the best of them and was one of the best pure lead guards we saw all week. Haupt can set up his blow buys and makes good decisions once he gets in the key. A true sleeper.
Jamar “J.J.” Howard, Mission Prep (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)/West Coast Elite 17U 6-5 2023
A terrific athlete who also plays football, Howard has been receiving some warm recruiting interest and doesn’t often play in showcases despite coming from California’s Central Section, a region that traditionally contains some untapped talent. His recruiting is about to change after a breakout game on national TV vs. the Compton Magic 17U club with 16 points. Lefty displayed the ability to slash and finish at a high level.
Jackson Keith, Southern (Durham, N.C.)/Team Loaded 15U 6-5 2025
We went to watch a high-level 15U game and Keith jumped out to us with his ability to put in on the deck and make plays. He covers ground, has a quality offensive game and looks like a Top 100 kid (and perhaps more).
Nikolas Khamenia, Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.)/BTI Select 16U 6-7 2025
Has a full offensive arsenal, can hit contested shots to boot and plays to win.
Jacob McFarland, Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley, Calif.)/West Coast Elite 17U 6-10 2023
One of the fastest-rising prospects on any circuit, McFarland played well vs. the Compton Magic (8 points, 9 rebounds) and has seen his recruitment soar since the end of the 2022 high school season. High level paint defender, good rim-runner and just scratching the surface of his potential.
Asa Newell, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)/1Family 16U 6-9 2024
Terrific face-up four man prospect who reminds us a bit of former North Carolina and NBA player Brandon Wright and another forward who spent some time with MVA: E.J. Montgomery. The separator Newell showed at the Las Vegas Big Time was the ability to stroke the deep perimeter shot at a high level.
Jaden Quaintance, Dream City Christian (Glendale, Ariz.)/Paul George Elite 16U 6-9 2025
We’ve seen this four-man plenty in the spring and summer and he finally had a breakout game on national TV, going for 18 points and 13 rebounds in a victory over the Oakland Soldiers 16U. Having just turned 15, Quaintance has loads of potential with big hands, a plus reach, and a frame that can add more pounds and explosiveness. A good development target would be a Jaren Jackson Jr. type. Expected to play for another high school program in 2022-23.
Rakease Passmore, Combine Academy (Lincolnton, N.C.)/Garner Road 3SSB 16U 6-5 2024
It’s easy to see his athleticism, but he’s a good defender and an underrated scorer.
Dink Pate, L.G. Pinkston (Dallas, Texas)/Team Trae Young 17U 6-7 2024
Oozing talent on a frame that continues to stretch out. His offensive abilities and body are beginning to mesh and it’s creating one heck of a prospect. Received plenty of recruiting attention in SoCal at 3SSB.
Koa Peat, Perry (Chandler, Ariz.)/Compton Magic 17U 6-8 2025
Gets fouled a ton because he combines his downhill attack with the ability to score in a variety of ways. Also gets kudos for playing 17U for the entire grassroots season as a tier one 2025 prospect.
Travis Perry, Lyon County (Eddyville, Ky.)/Indiana Elite 16U 6-2 2024
A knock down shooter who plays to win and has a knack for keeping his defender off-balance just a shade to the right or left. He also is poised and plays to his strengths, which are taking good shots and working within the framework of a good offensive possession.
Styles Phipps, St. Mary’s (Phoenix, Ariz.)/Belmont Shore 6-2 2024
Cerebral lead guard can facilitate with efficiency, has instincts on both ends of the floor and is an improved scorer. Led his travel club to the Pangos Terrific 24 West 17U title.
Chance Puryear, Carter (Dallas, Texas)/Southern Assault 16U 6-6 2024
Good athlete who runs hard foul line to foul line and is a versatile scorer. Can hit the turnaround jumper or the deep range shot, can get after it defensively and is rapidly coming on as a national 2024 recruit.
Tylen Riley, Durango (Las Vegas, Nev.)/Las Vegas Knicks 17U 6-3 2023
Nobody could stay in front of this play-making point guard at adidas 3SSB Open. He’s gaining more consistently with his perimeter jumper.
Isaiah Sheppard, North Laurel (London, Ky.)/Midwest Basketball Club 17U 6-3 2023
After struggling a bit at NBPA Top 100 Camp, Sheppard had some nice moments at 3SSB and capped it off with a superlative performance at the Las Vegas Big Time with 16 points, eight rebounds, and three assists in a showcase game vs. Strive For Greatness. Sheppard is a quality catch-and-shoot player and has lively legs like his father, former Kentucky star Jeff Sheppard.
Dedan Thomas Jr., Liberty (Henderson, Nev.)/Dream Vision 17U 6-1 2024
Continues his upward tick in the national 2024 class with stellar leadership, intangibles and the ability to take other point guards out of their game plan.
George Turkson Jr., Bradford Christian Academy (Lawrence, Mass.)/Mass Rivals 17U 6-7 2024
One of many underclass standouts on a team that captured the adidas 3SSB Open title in SoCal despite carrying only four rising seniors (2023). Turkson has a relentless motor, is an excellent rebounder and can block shots against players much taller.
Jayden Williams, Grayson (Loganville, Ga.)/Atlanta Celtics 16U 6-9 2024
Springy and rangy athlete runs the floor, has a terrific second jump and is unselfish.