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:
If you’re a serious hoops fan, you know all about Bigfoot Hoops’ The Eight Tournament. With some of the biggest stars in basketball in the building and some of the best high school recruits squaring off in Las Vegas, you know it’s got to be appointment viewing, and this year may have been the best one yet. Check out the highlights below:
Another year, another classic. From July 25-29, the Entertainment Capital of the World will play host to the Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic. The massive basketball tournament has been going on for over 20 years now and is the perfect showcase for some of the brightest young players in the world. You can click here to learn more about the event and tune in to Eastbay’s social feed for exclusive access to the biggest moments. Here are four more reasons why serious hoops fans need to pay attention:
Calling This Event ‘Big’ Is An Understatement
In all, over 1,000 teams from a variety of age groups compete in this tournament, making it one of the largest basketball events on the planet. It’s non-stop, high-quality hoops over and over.
You’re Catching The Future Of Basketball
Many of your favorite basketball players are Bigfoot Hoops alums. Over 300 pro basketball players are also BigFoot Hoops alumni, including superstars like Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Russell Westbrook.
This Truly Is A World Event
From Germany to Canada, from China to Spain, international teams from all over the world travel to Vegas for this prestigious tourney. This is your chance to see the next great international player in the states before everyone else.
It’s Major Recruiting Ground
Since this is one of the last big events of the recruiting season, some of the best coaches in the nation will be in the stands, taking it all in and getting the chance to see these amateur players in action.
Basketball fans, take note – this year’s Tarkanian Classic takes place on December 19-23. And if the action is anything like last year’s epic event, expect fireworks as many of the top high school basketball players on the planet take to Las Vegas.
Eastbay is a proud partner of this marquee event, which is attended by a large number of national scouts and premiere colleges. Before the opening tip, we wanted to breakdown what to expect for this year so we turned to Bishop Gorman senior Jamal Bey. The small forward and Washington Husky commit competed in last year’s tourney and his high school is the host school for plenty of the games throughout the 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.