LAS VEGAS – One of the most anticipated high school basketball seasons in a long time kicked off in a big way recently, when many of the top players in the game headed to Nevada for the Border League preseason competition.
The event featured top teams from around the country and included 12 games aired on ESPN platforms. Two of the main divisions, the Top Flight Invite and Super 16, were played at Bishop Gorman High School, with most teams taking substitute team names since it was the preseason event and they wanted to avoid any possible repercussions from their home conferences.
Cooper Flagg, AJ Dybantsa and Cameron Boozer are three of the elite prospects that highlighted the competition. Dybantsa is ranked as the nation’s top 2025 recruit and Boozer, son of former NBA All-Star Carlos Boozer, is right behind him at the No. 2 spot. Flagg is the No. 1 ranked player in the 2024 class and is choosing between Duke and Connecticut to play college ball.
Athletes from Arizona also competed in the event as well as players who have been recruited by Arizona universities.
All the rankings mentioned are based on selections from the 2024 ESPN 100, 2025 ESPN 60 and 2026 ESPN 25.
The first round of the event kicked off with No. 1 recruit Flagg of the Florida Eagles – he plays for Florida’s Montverde Academy during the high school season – matching up against No. 20 recruit Bryson Tucker of Bishop O’Connell.
Flagg had a huge weekend with his team, averaging 19 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.7 blocks. He also shot 76%.