Bronny James, Shaedon Sharpe and more players to watch at Geico Top Flight Invite 2021
The Geico Top Flight Invite is a great early season assessment opportunity for some of the nation’s top college and senior basketball prospects to face off in an eight-team tournament. The field will feature eight elite club teams from five states that will compete in a three-day tournament at Coronado High School in Las Vegas.
ESPN networks will broadcast eight games, with coverage starting Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN + with a second round and semi-final. The final round and the league game are scheduled to air on ESPNU on Sunday, October 17 from 3 p.m. ET.
Below, we’ve got a quick guide to each of the eight teams on the pitch, including top prospects and other players to watch during the event. Bronny James and the CBC seed will no doubt receive a lot of attention, but a number of committed college players will challenge James & Co. for the title in Las Vegas. The team rankings below reflect the ranking of the event, and the player rankings reflect the positions in the latest ESPN 100, ESPN 60, and ESPN 25 rankings:
No. 1 CBC (California): With fourth oldest Amari Bailey (engaged at UCLA) with a toe injury, all eyes will now be on Bronny James. Look for James to lead the offense, create for others, and be a constant presence. James is best known for being fundamentally strong and making the game easy for himself and his teammates. When points are needed, his jumper has improved, especially in the catch and shoot scenarios. No.37 Kijani Wright (USC) is one of the most physically imposing prospects in the game and will need to assert himself in the paint all weekend by scoring, defending and bouncing.
No. 2 Virginia Gold (Va.): This team has star power. No.12 Chris Livingston (Kentucky) can make a difference with his long frame, speed on open ground and his very energetic style of play as a slasher, rebounder and finisher. No.43 Judah Mintz (Pittsburgh) is a formidable triple threat player who frequently takes on the challenge of protecting the star from the opposing team. Livingston and Mintz will be a powerful pair on the wing. Caleb Foster (Duke), No. 13 in the 2023 class, has changed his body: he is now stronger and faster, which will allow him to better defend himself and to finish physically. He will be the setup man and smooth shooter of this club.
No. 3 Prolific (California): No.15 prospect Dior Johnson (engaged in Oregon) will have the opportunity to show his talent and his impact on the victory. Johnson is a scorecard who knocks down the open 3s and midrange jumpers and is also safe with the ball. It can do the simple game or the highlight game.
Senior No.17 Adem Bona is a marvel at 6-10 with a 7-4 wingspan, and he impacts play on the glass and as a rim protector. The uninterrupted energy with which it competes is incredible. Senior No. 20 MJ Rice (Kansas) played at a high level and shoots the ball extremely well. He made contact and finished the 3-point games with regularity. The No.35 Tre White is one of the most versatile goalkeepers in the country with aggressive play and major explosiveness at the rim.
N Â° 4 Dream City Christian (Arizona): No.1 Shaedon Sharpe (Kentucky), who recently revealed he could enter Kentucky early, is an outstanding shooter and scorer with superior touch and reach. He can produce big points not only with his shot but also with his ability to create fouls and convert from the line. Sharpe’s body balance, shot preparation and shot quality work in harmony. Look for it to support the games.
Beyond Sharpe, No.29 Yohan TraorÃ© has made a huge leap in our most recent rankings as he has established himself as one of the top scorers in the country. It’s a modern day fat with a legitimate reach and an above average grip for its size. No.52 prospect Milos Uzan is a pure leader who can be trusted to lead any team and who knows how to improve others. Uzan will also make his college decision on Sunday – his finalists are Cal, Oklahoma, UNLV and Utah.
N Â° 5 Vertical (NC): Mikey Williams’ OM hope # 11 2023 is all about putting buckets on his opponents, and he does it best when he attacks the field goal. Williams can do dunks that change momentum at any time and is learning to separate from defenders for his 3s, mid-range pull-ups and float. Its ability to pass in traffic or on open roads is not mentioned enough. Plus, the 2023 prospect Tremayne Parker is a name to watch. While teams give Williams their undivided attention, Parker complements him with natural scoring instincts that include shots beyond the arc or a rack finish with explosiveness.
No. 6 Hoop Nation (California): No.29 Jared McCain is a very competitive player who thrives in fast paced environments. He has the power to take long-distance photos or navigate with pull-up jumpers in space, and penetrates the paint for floats. McCain is a sniper who demonstrates a cerebral understanding of how to engage teammates, thanks to his fleeting vision and selflessness. He just won a 16U Peach Jam Championship for the Why Not team and is expected to be one of the best shooters in the event.
N Â° 7 LV Orange (NÃ©v.): This club has two underclassmen who could perform exceptionally well over the weekend: 2024 hopeful Jase Richardson and 2025 Chris Nwuli. Left-hander Richardson – son of former NBA player and Michigan State star Jason Richardson – leads the offensive and always finds ways to score. It’s a great combination of a playmaker and a strong presence. The 6-8 Nwuli is naturally gifted with good instinct and developing touch.
N Â° 8 Air Nado (NÃ©v.): Senior 78 number Rickie Isaacs (Texas Tech) has a good game on the ball screen because his grip is tight and in control, with the pitch awareness of where he wants to go. Isaacs keeps a lopsided defense as he’s smart with the ball with his polling style on the quick break or in the half court. His sweater and running float are major weapons. A true leader who has added strength and maturity.