Las Vegas was the epicenter of the youth basketball world last weekend with elite athletes from across the nation flocking to the City of Lights. College coaches and basketball fans alike turned their focus to the Fab 48, one of the most anticipated tournaments of the year
Earl Watson Elite (California) was the big winner at the Fab 48, with a dominating 65-50 victory against Splash City (California) in the title game of the 17U Invitational Division. Earl Watson Elite was led by Jemarl Baker, a Cal commit, who scored 20 points in the championship game and was named the Fab 48 MVP.
Baker set the tone by nailing four 3-pointers as Earl Watson Elite sprinted out to a 40-24 lead at halftime. Splash City couldn’t find a way to overcome the deficit in the second half as Earl Watson Elite ran away with the title. Baker showcased his extensive skill set throughout the tournament, but the top-100 recruit wasn’t the only star.
Nick Richards, the No. 8 prospect in the Class of 2017, put on a show for Expressions Elite (Massachusetts) with dunk after dunk after dunk. The 6’11” big man holds offers from Syracuse, Kentucky, and other top programs. Another elite big man, Billy Preston, the No. 13 prospect in the Class of 2017, had one of the top dunks of the weekend when he posterized an unsuspecting defender.
While the forwards and centers displayed their athleticism with highlight-reel dunks, Talek Williams showed that guards can rattle the rim, too. Check out his fastbreak windmill slam.
Other big names at the Fab 48 included Trevon Duval (No. 5 in the Class of 2017), Jordan Tucker (No. 35 in the Class of 2017), and Ira Lee (No. 77 in the Class of 2017). For more coverage of the Fab 48, check out this video with tons of highlights via the Ballislife crew.