This past weekend, the 2015 Gotham Hoops Invitational took place at Adelphi University in Long Island, New York. Such a showcase is a great platform that shines some well deserved light on some of the more talented prospects across the tri-state area, both those of whom who are fresh out of college, and also those who have just recently embarked on overseas careers.
This year marked the annual event's second go around. Following last spring's event, the players went on to represent Gotham Hoops in fourteen different countries. The likes of Brian Oliver and John Petrucelli were even selected in the 2014 D-League Draft.
This time around, a select few handful stood out amongst the rest. Evan Conti, a 6'3" guard out of Quinnipiac, stole the show during various points over the course of the day. Clearly not someone who lacks any confidence, Conti attacked the basket, faded back for an array of jumpers from around the perimeter, and even managed to evade his defenders again and again. Whereas other players struggled to find their footing, Conti was assertive and scored in bunches throughout.
Also impressive was Landon Atterberry, a 6'6" swingman out of LIU Brooklyn. He proved to run the floor well and knocked down shots in transition with ease. Carrying himself with an extra pep in his step, the quick and agile Atterberry was arguably the best passer on the floor throughout the day.
Last but not least, Dion Nesmith, a 6'1" guard out of Hofstra, provided some highlights as well. A decent shooter from long range, Nesmith also proved capable of finishing around the basket in traffic as well. Like Conti, he was one of the more reliable and arguably efficient scorers strutting their stuff.
Other players did some special things as well, but the likes of Conti, Atterberry, and Nesmith were undoubtedly the most consistent. Truly looking like men amongst boys out there, it would be interesting to see how each of them would fare against an even higher level of competition.
Registration for the 2015 D-League national tryout is now closed, but there's no doubt that any of these aforementioned three players would be able to hold their own on such a similar platform if they joined in.