Northwest Premier Invitational Showcases Big Talent

by Transition Hoops Report

The Northwest Premier Invitational featured nearly 50 teams in the 17U and 16U divisions and the majority of the players came from the region that we covered (click here to see the map). Guys like Tres Tinkle, Steven Beo, Jarriesse Blackmon and Stefan Gonzalez stood out as expected. But there were some other players, like Dalton Thompson, Logan Adams, KJ Boscoe and De'shone Brooks that also raised some eyebrows.

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Logan Adams (6'2 SG 2016) - Adams was another player that we saw last year in Spokane. We knew he was a competitor then but this past weekend we noticed a couple more things. First, he is still growing. Second, he is not just a shooter. He ran the point a lot for his team at the NPI. He has a nice feel for the game and as added dribble penetration as one of his weapons.

Tre'von Allen (6’2 PG 2016) – Showed his ability to get separation off the dribble to score or set up teammates. His handle, length, and ability to shoot make his ceiling really high.

Steven Beo (6'3 SG 2016) - Beo and the Subway Select team moved up a division and didn't disappoint. Beo was very good from behind the arc and is showing why he is getting attention from some high and mid-major conferences. He was a great shooter at last year's Spokane Showcase and is now even more deadly from long range.

Jarriesse Blackmon (6'6 SF 2015) - There was a lot of talk amongst college coaches about the Utah Basketball Club players and Blackmon was certainly one of them. Bringing the intensity every game is no question for him. And while he continues to be an impact player on the defensive end it appears as though his offensive mid-range game is continuing to improve.

KJ Bosco (6’7 PF 2014) – The Eastern Oregon signee really pursued the ball on rebounds and loose balls. He has a soft touch on his perimeter jumpshot and is a solid finisher around the basket. 

De'shone Brooks (6’3 SG 2014) – Brooks showed deep range and the ability to knock down mid range jumpshots off the bounce. 

Derek Brown (6'1 SG 2014) - Put constant pressure on the defense pushing the ball in transition for Elite 24. He is very fast offensively and very tough guarding the ball in the open court. When he gets his feet set he can really shoot and has deep range. 

Grant Gibb (6’5 SF 2015) – Big wing that proved he can shoot with really deep range. 

Stefan Gonzalez (6’1 PG 2015) – Really shot it well last weekend. Gonzalez is also an elite passer. He can advance the ball for easy baskets and set up teammates in the half court for great looks. He has a very complete game.

Keegan Hansen (6’1 PG 2015) - His on ball defense is what he is known for but he really showed he can knock down the 3. His ability to hit the catch and shoot 3 allowed for him to set up his mid range pull up jumper.

Ments Haugen (6'1 PG 2015) - Lead guard with a good handle and vision. Ran his team well and knocked down some outside shots forcing the defense to respect his outside game.

Jake Hendricks (6'3 SG 2016) - The lengthy guard for Cache Valley Elite was very active. He flew around on defense and even though he gambles a bit, he created a lot of turnovers in the game we saw.

Brendan Howard (6’4 PF 2017) – Played with a huge motor and can really rebound and score inside. Howard showed again he can also step outside and knock down perimeter jumpshots. When he is patient and lets the game come to him his upside is scary.

Coleman Johnson (6’4 SF 2015) – His versatility really stood out last weekend. He can score with his back to the basket, mid post, 3 point line and transition. Johnson is also so long that he can block shots and finish above the rim. He has a very high ceiling.

Jason McKinley (6’1 PG 2015) – Showed a really nice burst of speed to get separation off the dribble. He is a good leader and was a major factor getting Team Fly to the semifinal game. Mckinley has a nice jumper and can set up his teammates for open looks.

Jack Millsay (6'5 PF 2015) - Millsay is a powerful do-it-all kind of player. He knows how to use his size inside, is a smart defender, runs the floor and can also step out and hit the 3-pointer when the defense backs off.

Austin Smellie (6'3 SG 2016) - "Goes hard, active" were some of the notes after watching Smellie in a blowout game. It can be hard to take away a lot from a lopsided win but regardless of the score he never turned the motor off. He moves well and has a very good feel for the game.

Joseph Smoyer (6'9 C 2016) - Smoyer is raw but showed some solid footwork in the post and good instincts on defense. If he can add a little weight to his frame he is worth keeping an eye on.

Dalton Thompson (6'4 SG 2015) - Thompson had multiple games for North Idaho Wolfpack where he lit it up from the 3-point line and attacked the basket. He first caught our eye last year at the Spokane Showcase. Since then he's not only improved the quickness on his release but has added some real strength to his upper body.

Tres Tinkle (6’7 SF 2015) – Tinkle can always score but proved that when he wants to he can be an elite defender. His length poses major problems and when he is engaged he can really move his feet and get deflections and steals.

Zach Walton (6’6 PF 2015) – Walton is a very good player in transition, especially for his size. Also showed good footwork and a soft touch on his jumpshot offensively. As his body gets stronger and more athletic his ceiling could be really high.

Kendall Watson (6’3 PG 2015) - Had very good body control when driving and in transition. Watson is also a nice shooter from the perimeter with the ability to create space off the dribble and knock down jumpers.

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