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Tuesday / November 19.
  • Showcase Game featuring James Wiseman, Trendon Watford, Chandler Lawson, Matthew Hurt should draw huge crowd in Vegas

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    The biggest game in Las Vegas this week won’t be one with a championship at stake.

    Instead, a Showcase Game on Thursday that is set to feature Class of 2019 stars James Wiseman, Trendon Watford, Chandler Lawson, Kira Lewis and Matthew Hurt could draw a huge crowd of college coaches. The game is set for 5:20 p.m. local time at Findlay Prep as part of the Las Vegas Summer Showcase.

    “The D1 Minnesota/Hoop City game should pull in 60-70 coaches all by itself,” said Richard Hurt, Matthew’s father and a director with the Minnesota club.

    Matthew Hurt is the star of D1 Minnesota, while Hoop City picked up Wiseman, Lawson and Watford after the Peach Jam to join the Memphis-based club.

    The 7-foot Wiseman is ranked No. 1 in the 2019 ESPN 60 and has said Kentucky and Memphis are his top two options.

    The 6-8 Hurt is ranked No. 6 by ESPN and is being courted by a Who’s Who of blue bloods, including Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana and UCLA, along with Memphis.

    The 6-8 Watford is ranked No. 17 and is being courted by Alabama and Memphis, among others, but also has interest from UCLA and USC.

    The 6-8 Lawson is ranked No. 47 and is being courted by Kansas, Florida and Georgia Tech, among others.

    “They’ve got some players,” Richard Hurt said.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.