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2012 NY2LA UNDER ARMOUR SUMMER JAM RECAP – PART IV
By N.D. Kendrick
Mequon, WI – Pool play is a wrap at the Under Armour Summer Jam, bracket play stepped into full swing on Saturday morning with plenty of high level contests.
NBE was on hand to see who was looking to step their game up and help lead there team to championship day.
Top Performer of the Day
Matt Thomas (Wisconsin Playmakers 16s) – One of the better shooters in the 2013 class, the Iowa State commit put on a shooting clinic against the Atlanta Xpress. In a win, Thomas led all scorers with 27 points (9 triples). Not only is he a marksman from long distance, he can also rebound the ball well for a guard as well as push the break and make wise decisions.
Top Sleeper Performer
Michael Finke (Peoria Irish 16s) – Remember his name. Finke had one of the better showings of the week. He was able to do whatever he wanted in the post and impacted the game on the defensive end as well. He also rebounds his position very well and will start a number of fast breaks with his shot-blocking and rebounding prowess, only to run the floor easily and finish above the rim. Finke had 29 points and at least 10+ rebounds in his showcase game.
More Impressive Performers
Junior Etu (D.C. Assault 17s) – Etu continued his impressive tournament by notching 17 points to lead his squad past LAX Hoops on Saturday night. He has been hampered with a foot injury which has limited his practice and game time. He was a tad bit rusty the first viewing but stepped up his energy throughout the week. He displayed the ability to make hook shots with either hand. On the right low block he scored with his left hand over his right shoulder with is his go to move and on the left block his touch with his right hand was pretty good as well.
T.J. Schulndt (Wisconsin Swing 17s) – Schulndt showed HM talent during spurts on Saturday. He is a solid combination guard who is an excellent shooter with his feet set out to 22 feet. He has a good basketball I.Q. and can provide minutes at either guard spots or possibly some wing minutes.
Ben Bentil (We-R-1 17s) – Bentil flat out was one of the better looking prospects of the entire event. He has a good body and can explode of the bounce. He has an excellent step through baseline drive move that he used effectively. He will also drive the ball to the rim and will finish with his right or left hand. He’s a terrific rebounder at both ends and he fills the lane extremely well in transition. His ball handling is still in its developmental stages.
Emmanuel Mudiay (Texas Select 17s) – He is already a skilled point guard that can give a coach many options. He can bring the ball up the floor and make high IQ decisions or he can play off the ball as a catch and shoot player. His best option at this point is to play with the ball in his hands as he is smart, and controls the game play well. He is a threat from the three point line and forces his defender to play close and excels at scoring off the dribble with a pull-up jumper in the lane or an acrobatic finish around the rim.
Kendall Stephens (Illinois Wolves 17s) – Stephens is finally beginning to fill out his body. His lower body is already at a point to where he can be effective. In the past he has been able to be overpowered by other guards on the block. He was able to show much more fight this week. He has good, but not outstanding quickness, which he uses to get into the lane. He also has a solid middle game aided by his consistent mid-range, pull-up jump shot.
Quadri Moore (Sports U 16s) – He is a real big kid that can get up and down with the best of them. He has three point range, although that is not the area that he should be focusing on improving. If he becomes a more consistent free-throw shooter he will be even more of a handful to guard as he gets himself to the charity stripe often, but doesn’t consistently cash-in.
Dwayne Morgan (B’Mores Finest 17s) – Morgan is long and smooth. He plays with great body control and attacks on defense. His confidence level is sky high, and it should be. He plays above the rim and will dunk on defender if they either have their back turned or not checking him close enough. Once he learns that he can go in the block and pound the smaller defenders that are attempting to defend him, his game will soar.
Ben Bentil, a 2014 prospect from St. Andrew’s (NJ), picked up an offer from Xavier after his strong play this week.
We have been tracking the college coaches in attendance this week, Saturday we spotted: Phil Martelli (Saint Joseph’s), Matt Painter (Purdue), Cuonzo Martin (Tennessee), Larry Brown (SMU), Bo Ryan (Wisconsin), Bryce Drew (Valparaiso), Scott Drew (Baylor), Buzz Williams (Marquette), Bob Huggins (West Virginia), Tim Miles (Nebraska), John Beilein (Michigan), Bill Carmody (Northwestern), Scott Drew (Baylor), Bruiser Flint (Drexel), Ray McCallum (Detroit), Paul Hewitt (George Mason), Indiana State, Xavier, Memphis, Indiana, Colorado State, Miami, Eastern Kentucky, Western Michigan, I.P.F.W, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, Drake, Florida State, Bradley, Illinois State, Iona, Loyola (Chicago), Richmond, UTEP.
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