The Class of 2015 is shaping up to be another very strong one for Las Vegas area prep basketball prospects.
There appears to be at least three consensus Top 50 players led by 6-foot-11 Bishop Gorman center Stephen Zimmerman, recently rated No. 1 overall for the Class of 2015 nationally by Scout.com. Another Gorman big man, 6-8 Chase Jeter, son of former Runnin’ Rebel Chris Jeter, and 6-6 forward Ray Smith of Las Vegas High are generally ranked among the top dozen junior prospects on the west coast. All three have already been offered scholarships by UNLV and are national recruits.
And that list doesn’t even include any players that will eventually end up at perennial national prep powerhouse Findlay Prep in Henderson, which usually garners its share of Top 100 prospects.
Another name starting to garner national attention for the Class of 2015 is 6-6 wing forward Sam Bittner of Quest Preparatory in Las Vegas.
Arizona State, USC and Southern Utah are among the schools that have contacted coach Greg Lockridge about Bittner, who garnered team MVP honors as just as a sophomore for the Knights after averaging a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) while shooting almost 50 percent from 3-point range.
Bittner, playing for Simply Fundamental in Bigfoot Hoops’ recent Las Vegas Live Tournament, put on a scoring clinic in a 82-49 win over the Arizona Lions, scoring 30 points in a little over a half of action, including 25 in the first half alone. The former Las Vegas Elite teammate of Zimmerman is an excellent catch-and-shoot jump shooter with 3-point range that also showed the ability to put it on the floor and drive to the basket with either hand.
Bittner also had eight rebounds, five steals, two blocks and four deflections in the contest I watched.
Check out his highlight video from the game below: