The Cactus Basic is again. After taking a two-year hiatus, Hillcrest Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.) founder Nick Weaver and head coach Marques “Taj” Gantt determined to convey the occasion again. I nonetheless recall attending the 2021 rendition and seeing three gamers by the names of Jared McCain, Kyan Boswell and Devin Williams as kids for a merely loaded Corona Centennial workforce that made waves in California. The preliminary BFL Prep workforce (which later added future NBA Draft No. 1 choose Paolo Banchero) was additionally within the constructing. There have been no scarcity of excessive main gamers who definitely established themselves through the occasion and whereas the 2024 version wasn’t fairly as loaded, there was nonetheless some critical expertise within the constructing in Buckeye, Arizona.
Listed below are a number of the high performers from the 2024 Cactus Basic:
Jason Asemota, 6’9, SF/PF, Hillcrest Prep (AZ), 2024
Probably the most extremely regarded participant on the Cactus Basic definitely lived as much as his billing, as Jason Asemota placed on a present in Hillcrest Prep’s two victories. The long run Baylor new age ahead hit a minimum of 12 threes over the 2 video games, confirmed the flexibility to defend a number of spots, and is studying the way to make the most of his measurement extra on the inside. Asemota averaged 30 factors, 7.5 rebounds, and 4.0 assists over Hillcrest’s two victories all through the weekend, doing the whole lot in his energy to lock up his spot within the McDonald’s All American Sport.
Jinup Doboul, 6’8, SF, PHH Prep Nationwide (AZ), 2024
A participant whom I used to be fairly acquainted with from his days at Minnesota Prep, Jinup Diboul undoubtedly made some critical strides in his sport over the previous eight months. The lanky swingman actually appears to be like the a part of an excellent face-up ahead, mixing critical athleticism with a vastly improved sport off the bounce. Given the continuous enchancment of Doboul, it ought to come as no shock that prime majors are monitoring him carefully for the late signing interval.
Jalik Dunkley, 6’6, SF, Canyon Worldwide Academy (AZ), 2024
Having seen Jalik Dunkley earlier than within the EIBC, I used to be already acquainted with the Canadian swingman, however it did me properly to get one other look. The freak athlete was the perfect above the rim finisher of the occasion, has unbelievable potential on the defensive finish, and even reminds certainly one of Andrew Wiggins at occasions with the way in which that he’s capable of contort his physique. Dunkley continues to be vast open, though many excessive main packages have been inquiring about him.
Marsai Mason, 6’6, SG, PHH Prep Nationwide (AZ), 2024
One of many absolute standouts of the occasion, Marsai Mason might have helped himself as a lot as anybody on the Cactus Basic. The powerfully construct wing has an ideal body, can actually defend, and has vary out to the NBA 3-point line. The Northern Arizona teaching workers was within the constructing watching Mason on the opening evening and it ought to come as no shock that they put a suggestion on the desk for him inside the week.
Aeramiah Binford, 6’5, SG/SF, Ascending Life (AZ), 2024
A participant who I hadn’t seen earlier than, Aeramiah Binford undoubtedly had the bodily instruments that you just’d like to see out of a possible D-1 wing. He utilized his size on each ends of the court docket, transformed at a excessive fee on the rack, and continually threw defenders off along with his capacity to leap off his proper leg. Binford averaged 20 factors per sport on the weekend, whereas displaying critical potential for Ascending life.
Christian Jones, 5’11, PG, Hillcrest Prep (AZ), 2025
Taking part in in his opening weekend with Hillcrest Prep, Christian Jones definitely confirmed that he belonged. Jones capped off the weekend with a 20 level, 12 help, 7 steal present within the last sport together with two victories.