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All the Smoke Standouts - The Grind Session

30, Nov 2022

All the Smoke Standouts - The Grind Session

PHOENIX, AZ - The season started off strong on the Grind Session with the All the Smoke Classic at The PHHacility. Who were some of the standouts from the action? Let's dive into it. 

Jason Fontenet

Phoenix, AZ

Class
2023
|
Position
SG
|
Height
6' 4"
|
National
NR
National Pos. Rank
NR
State
17
State Pos. Rank
4

Fontenet's stats (Bella Vista Prep): 26 points PPG (50% FG and 53% from three), 4 RPG, 3.5 APG, and 3 SPG

After being sidelined for the majority of the previous year leading up to this season due to injury, Fontenet is back and looks just as dominant, if not more, than he did before. He displayed his elite shooting ability and erupted with a 35-point performance in Bella Vista’s win over a very talented Huntington Prep squad. Fontenet is effective in many ways on the court and should have a big bounce-back senior season. He holds offers from Arizona State, Washington State, and more.

 

Drew Fielder

Los Angeles, CA

Class
2023
|
Position
PF
|
Height
6' 9"
|
National
55
National Pos. Rank
12
State
10
State Pos. Rank
2

Fielder's stats (Southern California Academy): 20.5 PPG (66.7% FG), 9.5 RPG, and 7 APG

Fielder was probably the most exciting player to watch on the weekend. He brings so much energy and was huge in SoCal Academy winning both of their games. He skied up for multiple poster dunks, showed off his elite footwork to finish in the post, and showed his advanced skills on the offensive glass leading to many second-chance points. 11 of his 12 rebounds in his team’s first game were on the offensive glass… yes, 11. The Providence commit makes such a huge impact on the floor (+25 in his team’s second game) and has shown repeatedly that he is among the best bigs in his class.

 

Paul McNeil

Rockingham, NC

Class
2024
|
Position
CG
|
Height
6' 4"
|
School Team
National
40
National Pos. Rank
8
State
4
State Pos. Rank
1

McNeil's stats (Richmond Senior - previously Prolific Prep): 17.5 PPG (75% FG and 75% from three), 5 RPG, and 1.5 SPG

The reigning North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year is a high IQ player and was very effective over the weekend finishing with a +/- of +66. He didn’t take a ton of shots and made a very high percentage while showing off his quick handle and fun energy while he plays the game. McNeil is a top-30 recruit in the class of 2024 and holds multiple high D1 offers. He transferred back to Richmond High School in North Carolina following his dominant weekend in Phoenix.

 

Del Jones

Arlington, VA

Class
2024
|
Position
PG
|
Height
6' 2"
|
School Team
National
91
National Pos. Rank
12
State
NR
State Pos. Rank
NR

Jones' stats (Huntington Prep): 21.5 PPG, 6 RPG, 5.5 APG, and 2 SPG

Jones is an underrated 4-star that can really fill up the stat sheet and impacts the game a lot. He showed flashes of his elite playmaking skills on the weekend and was able to get to the line. He has great handles and can get to the hoop for acrobatic finishes because of it. The 2024 guard has heard reportedly heard from many high-level D1 schools and should continue to thanks to his imposing performances.

 

Luke Bamgboye

Phoenix, AZ

Class
2024
|
Position
C
|
Height
6' 10"
|
School Team
National
WL
National Pos. Rank
WL
State
WL
State Pos. Rank
WL

Bamgboye's stats (Bella Vista Prep): 21 PPG and 7.5 RPG

Bamgboye is a 6-foot-10 big with a polished presence around the rim. He is a great shot blocker and is becoming better and better with finishing on offense. He shot 10-11 from the field in Bella Vista’s win over Colorado Prep and finished as a +28 in +/-. The 2024 4-star is an athletic big that holds offers from Houston, Iowa, Miami, TCU and more.

 

Ty-Laur Johnson

Totowa, NJ

Class
2023
|
Position
PG
|
Height
6' 1"
|
National
NR
National Pos. Rank
NR
State
NR
State Pos. Rank
NR

Johnson's stats (Our Saviour Lutheran): 19 PPG, 5 RPG, and 7 APG

Johnson is an explosive and flashy guard that is able to score at all levels. His elite handles allow him to create open shots for himself and his energy makes him a very fun player to watch. Johnson got to the free-throw line in this event and showcased some impressive passing skills as well. The 4-star is a part of a stacked 2023 Memphis recruiting class.

 

Michael Nwoko

Napa, CA

Class
2023
|
Position
PF
|
Height
6' 9"
|
School Team
National
85
National Pos. Rank
19
State
14
State Pos. Rank
3

Nwoko's stats (Prolific Prep): 16.5 PPG (83.3% FG) and 7 RPG

Nwoko is very good on both ends of the floor. He brings power around the rim securing blocks and punching home tough dunks upon getting by defenders. The high-flying Miami commit is very difficult to contain in the paint because of his athleticness. Nwoko and Prolific Prep have already gotten off to a very good start to the season in multiple tournaments and are a top 10 team in the country.

 

Alejandro Aviles

Glendale, AZ

Class
2025
|
Position
C
|
Height
6' 8"
|
National
NR
National Pos. Rank
NR
State
NR
State Pos. Rank
NR

Aviles' stats (Dream City Christian): 15.5 PPG, 11 RPG, and 2.5 APG

Aviles led Dream City Christian to a 2-0 record on the weekend in did so scoring around the hoop and making his presence known on the boards. He’s a player that is very in control and has an elite mid-range game which is tough to guard because of his 6’8” frame. This is also only Aviles’ sophomore year and he’s already averaging a double-double against good teams, which is very impressive. He holds offers from Houston, Texas A&M, TCU, and more.