The PrimeTime Shootout is a high school invitational tournament that started in 1976. Players that have appeared include LeBron James Carmelo Anthony, and Dwight Howard. Ever since the Nets moved to Brooklyn, I missed my fix of watching basketball in person.
A Knick fan mentioned that his dad had been taking him to the tournament since he was kid. I went in 2014 for the first time and saw St. Joseph Metuchen senior and current Minnesota Timberwolf Karl-Anthony Towns.
This year did not disappoint. Michigan State commit Miles Bridges is the #6 senior in the nation according to ESPN. The 6’7″ 225 lbs. small forward can jump out of the gym, shoot from deep, rebound, dish, and block.
Courtesy of @, here are two and a half minutes of highlights of the game I watched. Check out his dunk at the 50-second mark.
Here’s some video I took from the other side of the gym. Rebound and an almost-dunk that turned into a layup.
Tom Izzo’s guys typically stay for four years. But for the sake of the NBA, please be a one-and-done. Or come out in 2019 so the Nets can grab you!
Then, there’s Roselle Catholic’s Nazreon Reid—a 6’8″ 215 lbs. power forward from Roselle Catholic NJ (this game was in his home gym). He kind of reminds me of Robert Parish.
And that’s not all! The first game I watched featured the Montverde Academy, the number two high school team in the country. They have not one, not two, but three sophomores in the top 13! Silvio De Sousa is a 6’8″ 220 lbs. power forward and the number two sophomore according to ESPN. The other two are E.J. Montgomery – a silky smooth small forward that looked a bit like Tayshaun Prince, and Simi Shittu, I guy I can barely remember since this team is so stacked. Check out the three videos below that my seven-year old took on my iPhone.