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2012 NY2LA UNDER ARMOUR SUMMER JAM RECAP – PART II
By N.D. Kendrick
Mequon, WI – The second July “live period” kicked off on Wednesday night and NBE Sports joined coaching staffs from numerous college programs at Homestead High School near Milwaukee to scout the prospects at the NY2LA Under Armour Summer Jam. Here is a rundown from Thursday’s long day of action…
T.J. Haws, Nick Emery and Eric Mika (Utah Reign) – Just had to go with this trio because they play like they are one. T.J. Haws has a little flash and flare to his game and is great ball handler that can shoot from distance but focuses on driving to the hoop. Emery is lethal from anywhere in the gym. He is not limited to being a catch and shoot player, he can take you off the bounce. Mika may be on the verge of becoming a household name (More on Mika below). They all three will be making noise at BYU in a few years.
Top Sleeper Performer
Justin Tilman (R.E.A.C.H. Legends 17s) – Tilman is not necessarily a big numbers guy, but he will give you quality minutes and wins. He passed well out of double teams and rebounded well on both ends. He cleaned the glass in his area at a high rate. Tilman ran the floor and played with solid energy. He had several on ball block shots and came away with a handful of steals as he worked to deny the low post. Another dimension to his game is his passing ability — he has a great feel for the game with a great game IQ.
More Impressive Performers
Sean O’Mara (IBA Muscle Milk 16s) – O’Mara has impressive skills for a player of his size that you rarely see. He has the ability to connect on jumpers with range that extends out to the 3-point line, though he has a somewhat slow release. He has terrific hands and he consistently snatches everything in his area. He has a soft touch out to the elbow and he possesses the length to dunk the ball without leaving the ground.
Trayvon Reed (Atlanta Xpress 17s) – Talk about length, Reed has that and then some. He was able to disrupt anything brought into the paint if not block the shot into the stands. Reed has grown to about 7-feet-1 and is starting to fill out. He still has a ways to go in terms of muscle and mass, but the hard work is present in his frame. He plays a little too straight up and can get exploited in pick-and-roll situations and when he has to come out and guard on the perimeter.
Larry Austin Jr. (Team Rose 17s) – Austin Jr. was able to do whatever he wanted to with the ball early on. He was able to look his defenders off and locate open teammates for easy buckets. He displayed more explosiveness when attacking the basket. Definitely an elite level point guard.
Kevon Looney (Milwaukee Running Rebels 17s) – Looney did just about everything possible on the court. He brought the ball up, rebounded well in traffic, made crisp outlet passes and controlled the paint. His length is a problem. He gets the benefit of an extra step on his defender because his opponent has to play close and react to his shot fake and drive.
Luke Fischer (Wisconsin Swing 17s) – The best performance of the morning came from Fischer with a 23 point, 10+ rebound outing. It seems as if his focus was to stay in the paint and crash the glass. He was able to get rebound after rebound by establishing great post position and by extending with his jumps. His willingness to get down and dirty was something that he needed to work on, and it appears that he did.
Eric Mika (Utah Reign 17s) – He will remind you of the type of kid that Bo Ryan would get in Wisconsin but he is staying home to play at BYU. Although he doesn’t have great bounce, he knows how to position himself in the paint area and he possesses a very nice jump hook. It’s not uncommon for him to rebound, get a deflection, or block a shot, and then immediately fill the lane for an easy dump off pass from a guard. He has an old school game that translates to the next level immediately.
Tory Miller (KC Run GMC 17s) – Miller had stretches in the late game where he showcased a skill set that was not present before. He has only scratched the surface of his immense talent and his best basketball lies ahead of him. He loves to initiate contact with the opposition. He has the strength and mentality that allows him to rebound the basketball at a very high rate. Once he steps into a college weight program, his game will explode.
Trayvon Reed, a 2014 recruit out of Shiloh (GA), mentioned offers from Georgia Tech, Georgia, Mississippi, LSU, Wake Forest, Florida State and N.C. State. He does not have any scheduled visits lined up but plans to work on that after July.
Agau will sit down and plan future visit dates later this summer. “I do want to visit Wisconsin sometime this fall.” Agau said.
Jordan Mickey, a 2013 heralded prospect from Grace Prep (TX), mentioned offers from Louisville, Ohio State, Kansas, Providence, Missouri and SMU. Arkansas, Alabama, West Virginia and LSU have been in contact recently.
Mickey still is looking to expand his game to become more versatile on the court. “Specifically, ball handling and defense,” Mickey stated he would look to improve over the next year.
Larry Austin Jr., a 2014 recruit from Springfield (IL), spoke of offers from Memphis, Bradley, DePaul and Oklahoma State. He claims high interest from Wake Forest, West Virginia, Stanford, Tennessee and Kansas State.
Justin Tilman, a 2014 prospect from Detroit Pershing (MI), is still early on in the recruiting process but he holds offers from Detroit and Oakland. New interest is pouring in from Michigan State, Xavier, Iowa State, DePaul, Tennessee and Purdue.
As with Day 1, hundreds of college coaches made appearances. Check out a few that we were able to spot: John Calipari (Kentucky), John Thompson III (Georgetown), Cuonzo Martin (Tennessee), Mick Cronin (Cincy), Chris Mack (Xavier), Dave Rice (UNLV), Utah, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, Missouri, Baylor, Akron, Mississippi State, Loyola, DePaul, Miami, South Florida, Niagara, Maryland, Indiana State, St. Peters, TCU, Penn State, Tulsa, South Carolina, Northwestern, St. Johns, George Mason, Nebraska, Western Kentucky, Saint Louis, Oregon, Colorado, Purdue, Auburn, Wisconsin, I.P.F.W., Texas Tech,
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