With half of the Winter Showcase officially in the books, a number of prospects felt the pressure and turned up the intensity in hopes of impressing NBA scouts. On the greatest stage of their young careers, the athletes below certainly didn’t shy away from the bright lights.
Having a career-night in Las Vegas could very well turn into that coveted promotion that can transform the trajectory of one’s entire career, especially if the right person is watching. Given the performances of these youngsters, it’s clear they understood what was at stake.
Here’s a look at who rose to the occasion.
Gabe Vincent, Stockton Kings: This sharpshooter put on one of the greatest scoring displays seen thus far at the Winter Showcase. He deserves all the recognition in the world after pouring in 35 points on nine three-point field goals made, all while helping Stockton secure a win. He was bouncy, active, and moved around the perimeter with enthusiasm, making it nearly impossible for the defense to plan and cover him accordingly. Craving an NBA Call-Up, this latest performance is further evidence that he could contribute at the next level. But make no mistake, this game was by no means a mirage: Vincent is shooting 41% from deep on the year.
Drew Eubanks (Two-Way Player), Austin Spurs: It’s special to watch players make meaningful strides from one year to the next. Eubanks is undoubtedly an up-and-coming player who has taken the next step. He was downright dominant, attacking the rim and asserting his physicality to get the highest percentage looks inside as possible. He’s playing as confident as ever and doesn’t shy away from seeking out his own offense. The big man tallied 31 points and 12 rebounds, all while still maintaining the belief that good defense can spark increased offensive opportunities. Eubanks often changed the momentum of the game in his team’s favor by also coming up with three blocks and three steals.
Devontae Cacok (Two-Way Player), South Bay Lakers: Cacok recently got rewarded for his continued efforts with the Lakers signing him to a Two-Way contract. One could think the pressure would be off, but he’s only turned things up with each passing contest. This new promotion has seemingly given Cacok added confidence, as he’s been oozing with hustle and energy on both ends of the floor as of late. He boasted a big line on day three with 32 points and 15 rebounds, using his athleticism to keep the defense on its toes and pour in the points down low.
Nate Mason, Texas Legends: Mason is a sneaky but savvy finisher around the rim. He dizzies his opponents with agility along the perimeter to work his way inside. Boasting a game complete with step-backs, pump-fakes, and a steady long-range jumper, he spent day three fooling the defense into giving him exactly what he wanted. Adding 22 points and 12 assists, Mason cashed in on looks down low and found teammates in transition. His unselfish nature should suggest that he’d be willing to do whatever it takes to make those around him better.
PJ Dozier (Two-Way Player), Windy City Bulls: Efficient scorers are often known as walking buckets. In that interest, Dozier should be known as a walking triple-double (threat). Tallying an impressive line of 21 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists, he finished just shy of the skilled feat. Nevertheless, there’s no denying that his ability to leave his fingerprints all over the stat-sheet often means a successful result for Windy City and day three was different as they emerged victorious.