While this game was missing arguably its two most spectacular prospects with Jaylen Brown and Ben Simmons not participating, there was still a fair amount of talent on hand. Here is a recap of the West’s prospects:
Allonzo Trier (Arizona) – A steller performance from the explosive scoring guard, who had his way with the defense. Trier attempted 16 FTs – twice as many as any other player. He put the team on his back at times in this game, and scored 28 points while only missing 2 FGs. He lacks the size to be a truly elite NBA prospect as a scoring guard. But he has a fairly polished skill set for his age and time to develop next season at Arizona.
Ivan Rabb (California) – The Bay Area power forward did a good job of imposing his will on this game. Rabb proved why many consider him one of the top bigs in the class. He has excellent hands and a refined offensive game. He put together a very solid outing, scoring 14 and pulling down 12 rebounds. Is he a one and done prospect? In 2016, quite possibly by default.
Antonio Blakeney (LSU)– Played a large role in perhaps the most exciting stretch of the game, when he was matched up mano-a-mano with hometown hero Isaiah Briscoe of New Jersey. Unfortunately for Blakeney, Briscoe did get the better of him in the exchange, but that should not overshadow the rest of the LSU commit’s performance. Blakeney got the better of Malik Newman in the final practice and was one of the standouts overall. He is a volume scorer that can go on scary hot streaks. He will be part of an intimidating 2-headed monster next season alongside Ben Simmons (top player in his class but who was absent from the Jordan Brand Classic) at LSU.
Tyler Davis (Texas A&M) – The steady and burly big man had a somewhat gaudy stat line defensively, which could have been predicted entering the game. The Texas native and Texas A&M commit can intimidate on the defensive end. He showed his ability as a gritty defender, blocking 4 shots and stealing the ball twice.
Tyler Dorsey (Oregon) – Dorsey is a do-it-all combo guard. He missed all 3 of his shots from long range in the game, but shot 7-11 from the field, overall, on his way to 15 points in 16 minutes. He’s quick, excels off the dribble and can make an immediate impact next season as a freshman at Oregon.
Malik Beasley (FSU) – Beasley is an explosive overall player whose style resembles a cross between a water bug and a bull, flying all over the court with power. He gets after it on the defensive end and is an excellent finisher. He scored 16 points, including two 3-pointers.
Stephen Zimmerman (UNLV) – Zimmerman used his great length to block 3 shots in the contest. He recently announced he will be attending UNLV, where he is likely to make an immediate impact on the defensive end, which is much needed with the departure of Christian Wood. He probably isn’t a one and done guy but shows the ability to develop into a go to scorer. He also moves well laterally considering his size.
Dwayne Bacon (FSU) – Bacon started in the contest, but overall had a quiet night, attempting only 6 shots and scoring 8 points. He also racked up 3 assists in his 16 minutes of play. He has developed a strong reputation as an explosive scoring guard who finishes well at the rim, who can also knock down the outside jumper.