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LAS VEGAS -- It's been a busy summer for Troy Brown Jr., as the 6-foot-6 guard has shuttled across the country on the EYBL circuit while also finding time to try out for the USA Basketball Under-17 team (he made the cut). So it's only natural that he's relishing the benefits of playing in the NY2LA Summer Showdown, which is being held in his hometown of Las Vegas.

"I sleep in my own bed and I just drive over here," Brown said with a laugh after playing in front of coaches from Oregon, Cal, Utah, Gonzaga, Texas, UNLV and many more on Wednesday. "I like to do good all the time, but especially having friends and family here, I wanted to prove a point."

Brown won't get to relax for long, however. As one of the most coveted backcourt prospects in the Class of 2017, he'll soon have some big recruiting decisions to make. For now, Brown plans to narrow his choices down sometime within the next month.

Tags: Mike Grimala, Recruiting, Troy Brown
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LAS VEGAS - Malachi Richardson helped propel Syracuse to the Final Four last season by getting hot from the outside, but the 6-foot-6 guard is working hard to prove to NBA teams that he's more than just an outside shooter.

After making 35.3 percent of his 3-pointers as a freshman and sinking 13 triples in five NCAA tournament games, Richardson went into Tuesday's pro day at the Impact Sports Academy in Las Vegas hoping to showcase his defense, his off-the-dribble game and his toughness in front of more than 120 scouts and front office executives from all 30 teams.

"I definitely wanted to show I can shoot the ball," Richardson said, "but I also wanted to show I can compete and play defense. I think I can be a much better player than just being a 3-point shooter. I think I can be a complete player. That's the goal. I don't want to limit myself to just being a 3-point shooter or limit myself to just being an offensive player. I want to be able to do everything on the floor."

Tags: Malachi Richardson, Mike Grimala
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

LAS VEGAS - For an NBA prospect like Isaiah Whitehead, every opportunity to improve his draft stock has to be taken very seriously. That's why the Seton Hall guard felt a little nervous before Tuesday's pro day at Impact Sports Academy in Las Vegas.

More than 120 scouts and front office executives from all 30 teams were on hand to watch the workout, and after going through some shooting and ball-handling drills and playing some 3-on-3 games, Whitehead said he was pleased with his performance, even if it took him a while to settle down.

"I don't care who you are, if you're coming in and playing in front of every scout and GM in the NBA, you're going to have some nerves," Whitehead said. "I think I was solid. I felt some [nerves] last night, but once I got here and got loose and made some shots, I got comfortable. I wasn't great and I wasn't bad. I think it was a solid day."

Tags: Isaiah Whitehead, Mike Grimala
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