Monday, July 18, 2011
Under Armour Summer Jam recap
By Reggie Rankin ESPN Recruiting
MEQUON, Wis. -- The third-annual NY2LA Under Armour Summer Jam, directed by Antonio Curro, featured quality travel teams from around the country in a single-elimination playoff format.
Andrew White (Chester, Va./The Miller School)
2012, SF, 6-foot-6, 208 pounds
White is a long, strong wing who can score in a variety of ways on the break as well as in the half-court set. He knocks down spot-up 3s and midrange pull-up jumpers. Plus, he can straight-line drive or slash in between defenders, where he finishes with touch and body control. White does a good job drawing fouls as well. He can come off screens or space to the open area, but he could stand to work on improving his ballhandling under stress and beating his defender one-on-one, which he is very capable of doing. White, who patterns his game after NBA SG Joe Johnson, dropped 35 points against Kansas Pray and Play. He mentioned Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Miami (FL), Providence, Wake Forest, Richmond, Tennessee, George Mason, Utah, BYU, Oklahoma State and South Florida.
Kevon Looney is the No. 20 overall prospect in the 2014 class.
Kevon Looney (Milwaukee/Milwaukee Hamilton)
2014, PF/SF, 6-7, 170 pounds
The super long, athletic forward runs the floor extremely well and scores off his midrange jumpers and straight-line drives. He also posts up smaller defenders and simply elevates over them. Plus, he rebounds and blocks shots in and out of his area. Right now, Looney is more of a power forward but has all the makings of being a small forward in time with continued hard work. In order to do so he must work to extend his shooting range, tighten up his handle under intense ball pressure and add strength. Looney is an active and aggressive live body who makes plays inside and out throughout the game and has off-the-charts upside. So far, Looney is hearing from Marquette, Georgetown, Wisconsin and Iowa.
Glenn Robinson (St. John, Ind./Lake Central)
2012, SG/SF, 6-6, 185 pounds
Robinson has continued to improve and was as aggressive as we have seen him. He attacked the rim in transition and along the baseline, often finishing above the rim. Robinson drew some tough fouls but kept attacking in a game which showed his competitiveness and toughness. Robinson shot over small defenders and also did a pretty good job getting to the offensive glass. The future Wolverine is a fun and exciting wing player to watch compete, especially when he is in full attack mode.
Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman)
2012, SF, 6-6, 205 pounds
The super athletic lefty has improved his ballhandling and ability to hit open shots from beyond the arc, while continuning to attack the rim relentlessly. He moved well without the ball and scored by making attention-getting hard cuts to the low post where he simply punished defenders by being physical and scoring over or through them. On the break, he is a highlight waiting to happen. Muhammad plays with great energy and urgency which can be counted upon each game. He is athletic enough to be a multiple-position defender as well. Muhammad, who dropped 27 points against SYF Players, mentioned Duke, Kentucky, UCLA, Memphis, Texas A&M, Texas and UNLV.
Clay Custer (Overland Park, Mo./Blue Valley Northwest)
2014, PG, 6-0, 160 pounds
Custer is a true point guard with a terrific handle. He does a good job delivering the advance pass on time and on target. He also did a nice job running the team and setting the offense, where he looked to attack. Custer hit open shots with range to the arc in space, and came off screens, knifing through the defense for a layup. Custer has an excellent floor game, court presence and basketball IQ for such a young player. He has Kansas State, Houston, Ohio, Wichita State, Missouri and Arizona on him early.
Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy)
2012, PF, 6-10, 250 pounds
McGary wins you over with his consistent energy, effort and intensity. He is great at cleaning the defensive glass and taking it coast to coast. He knocks down midrange jumpers and open 3s with time and space, not to mention he rebounds in and out of his area. McGary competes on both ends and is a matchup problem for most post players with his ability to take advantage of his size inside and skill outside.
Buddy Hield (Bel Aire, Kan.)
2012, SG, 6-4, 195 pounds
Hield is a true shooting guard with a scoring mentality and the offensive package to fill it up. He can knock down open 3s on the break or in the half-court set by spacing or coming off screens. Hield has a nice midrange pull-up jumper and has a great feel for where the basket is when he catches the ball on cuts. He slashes with a quick first step and can finish above the rim when the opportunity presents itself. Hield crashes the offensive glass as well. He will need to hone his ballhandling skills and improve his on-ball defense to take his game to the next level. Oklahoma, Nebraska, Utah, Wichita State, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Colorado, Clemson, Boston College, Marquette and DePaul are all on his list at this time.
Deonte Burton (Milwaukee/Brewster Academy)
2013, SF/PF, 6-5, 228 pounds
Burton is a big-bodied combination forward who is tough, competitive and athletic. The lefty attacks the basket and looks to play above the rim on every opportunity, where he can finish through contact or draw the foul. Burton really works the glass on both ends as well. He is a glue guy who will find a way to help his team when he's locked into the game. Burton will have to improve his ballhandling and consistency but he's definitely one to keep a close eye on. Memphis, Marquette, Wisconsin, Portland and Rutgers were the schools Burton mentioned.
Isaiah Austin (Mansfield, Texas/Grace Prep)
2012, PF/C, 7-0, 220 pounds
Austin had some very impressive low-post moves including a high, elevating hook over his left shoulder. He also faced up and attacked off the dribble, looking like a small forward. Austin has great hands but still needs to add strength in order to take the pounding and physical play of the low post, but his upside is scary.
Robert Carter (Thomasville, Ga./Thomasville)
2012, PF, 6-8, 252 pounds
Carter is a wide-body post who can make plays inside and out. If he catches the ball with a foot in the lane, he usually scores or gets fouled. He also put the ball on the floor along the baseline, displayed the ability to hit the floater with great touch and body control for a player his size and hit the open three with time and space. He is an excellent area rebounder and on-ball shot-blocker for a player who does most of his work below the rim. However, Carter's ability to pass the ball may be his biggest asset. He reads the defense when double-teamed and hits cutters and open shooters with pinpoint passes. Carter must perform at a high level on a consistent basis and finish better at times in heavy traffic, but he is pretty complete. Maryland, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, Florida and Auburn are in the mix.
Ishmail Wainright is the No. 54 overall player in the 2013 class.
Ishmail Wainright (Raytown, Mo./Raytown South)
2013, SF, 6-5, 220 pounds
The strong and physical small forward is not only a power driver who scores through contact, he also slashes in between defenders and he welcomes physicality. Wainright has a nice floater where he displays good touch and body control and is a highlight power dunker on the break and on all clear paths to the rim. He overpowers perimeter defenders in the post as well. Wainright attacks the offensive glass and if not boxed out aggressively he is a tip-in or tip-dunk threat. The Missouri decommit has a college-ready body right now, but will need to make his jumper from behind the arc more consistent in order to add another weapon. Kentucky, UCLA, West Virginia, St. John's, Baylor, Kansas, Memphis, Utah, Texas, Texas Tech, UMKC and Missouri are in the mix.
Perry Ellis (Wichita, Kan./Wichita Heights)
2012, PF, 6-8, 230 pounds
Ellis had some impressive possessions against Team Loaded although he had trouble finishing in heavy traffic at times. He scored over his left shoulder in the lane and was able to get to the rim from the low wing or high post off the dribble, where he likes to go behind his back and spin off defenders. The strong and powerful forward also had a few strong above-the-rim finishes, but must work to extend his range in order to play on the perimeter at times. Overall, he is a tough matchup for power forwards because he can put the ball on the floor from short distances. However, we would have liked to see Ellis -- who reminds us of Carlos Boozer -- play with more energy.
Class of 2013 SG Chris Thomas (Denver/Westwind Prep) displayed terrific athletic ability and quickness with the ball. He was doubled on every catch by TP Elite but was a willing passer and continued to look for opportunities to attack the rim, which is a great asset. Thomas, who mentioned Kentucky, Kansas, Arizona, Tennessee, Memphis and Xavier, must work to extend his shooting range, add strength and work on his on-ball defense but the live body guard can make plays.
Class of 2013 lefty PG Nate Britt (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga) was very impressive running his team, distributing the ball, making good decisions and making open shots including a sweet right-handed floater. Virginia, Villanova, Georgetown and Rutgers, among others are on his list.
Class of 2014 SG Daniel Hamilton (Los Angeles/Crenshaw) is a young and talented offensive player. He must add strength but he can knock down 3s, pull-up jumpers and floaters. Nice package for a youngster.
Class of 2014 PF Trayvon Reed (Montgomery, Ala./Carver) is extra long and athletic. He is still raw but rebounds, blocks shots and finishes drop-offs above the rim. He must add strength and continue to develop his great potential, but Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Auburn are all on him early.
Class of 2013 SF Quinton Stephens (Decatur, Ga.) is a versatile wing who can play positions 2-4. He must work on his ballhandling and add strength, but he can defend on the perimeter, block shots, shoot it with good range and has a good basketball IQ. Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Florida, Maryland, Auburn, South Carolina and Temple are all checking out Stephens.
We really liked the slashing and athletic ability of SF Quenton Decosey (Metuchen, N.J./ St. Joseph), who was active, aggressive and also excels on the break.
Players Teaching Players has a nice backcourt of Dequan Walker and 2013 PG Rasheed Jordan. Walker is a playmaker off the bounce who is hearing from Central Florida, Florida, Rutgers and Temple. Jordan is an athletic slasher, passer and top-notch defender who is hearing from Temple, Maryland, Villanova, Arizona, Pitt and Georgetown so far.
Purdue commit PG Ronnie Johnson (Indianapolis/North Central) is really quick and makes plays off the dribble by drawing and kicking or dropping off. Should also be good in the Boilermakers' pressure-man defense.
Class of 2014 Damontrae Jefferson and 2015 Branden Key are two PGs who are hard to handle. Both play in full attack mode and have major swagger. It is fun to watch them make plays for themselves and others.
Reggie Rankin was an assistant coach at seven schools for 13 seasons, most recently at Dayton. He played at Ohio University from 1986 to 1990 and was a first-team All-MAC selection his senior season. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.