There’s a reason so many D1 college coaches attend it. There’s a reason so many highly ranked recruits compete in it. There’s a reason celebrities stop by to catch the action year after year. The annual Fab 48 Tournament in Las Vegas is one of the summer’s hottest basketball events and it’s a showcase for many of the most talented young players in the world. Every year, it seems to get bigger — and better. Check out some of the top highlights from this year’s Fab 48 Tournament below:
One of the nation’s premier basketball events has tipped off. The top high school basketball players, and nearly every college basketball coach in the country, are in Las Vegas for this year’s Fab 48, presented by Eastbay.
The best face off against the best in this massive tournament that features over 800 teams. Past participants include some of the game’s stars like Markelle Fultz, Josh Jackson, Jabari Parker, Thon Maker, Kyle Anderson, Stanley Johnson, and Emmanuel Mudiay. Sixteen Fab 48 Alumni were selected in this year’s NBA Draft, proving that the Fab 48 continues to attract top talent.
The Fab 48, Tarkanian Classic, and Big City Showdown showcase some of basketball’s best. Eastbay is proud to announce a partnership with these top-tier tournaments, working to continue a strong tradition of basketball excellence.
Hundreds of the biggest names in the game have participated in these tournaments, and the superstars of tomorrow will have a chance to make their own names soon. Two-time reigning NBA dunk contest champion Zach LaVine bolstered his reputation at the Fab 48, where he registered his first career dunk.
“We were in Vegas at Bishop Gorman [high school],” LaVine remembers. “I got a steal. The dude was on the left-hand side of me. I rose up, just tried to get a little chest-to-chest, and dunked on him. It was a great feeling, man. The whole crowd went, ‘Ooh! Ahh!’ All that stuff.”
The 2016 Tarkanian Classic is coming up on December 15-20 in Las Vegas. The tournament is named after legendary coach Jerry Tarkanian, who spent 38 years as a college basketball head coach. His 988 career wins are the most ever counting all divisions, including 778 wins at the Division 1 level.
As usual, the 2016 Tarkanian Classic has a stacked lineup of teams, including powerhouses like Bishop Gorman, Mater Dei, Crossroads, Chino Hills, and many more. Nationally ranked guys like Charles O’Bannon Jr., Shareef O’Neal, Marvin Bagley, Cody Rile, and Remy Martin, are expected to put their talents on display. They’ll join a long listed of talented players to play in the tournament, like Lonzo Ball, Isaiah Briscoe, and Stanley Johnson.
Check out the video recap from a past Tarkanian Classic to see the insane talent level that shows up for the tournament. As a tournament sponsor, Eastbay will be on the scene so we’ll see you in Vegas later this week!
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.