The SYF Players, after knocking off Texas Pro in the semi-finals, defeated Dream Vision in the championship to take the NY2LA Sports Summer Jam 17's title.
Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson were major assets for the Players throughout the event and each rose to the occasion in the title game. McGary finished with 25 points and 11 boards, while Robinson went for 18 points and seven rebounds.
Mitch McGary, C, SYF Players – Matched up against Isaiah Austin in the semi-finals, McGary, a standout at Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy, went to the glass, secured every board in site and scored when the opportunity presented himself. He was a big part of SYF's run through the event and to go with his monster title game, he went for 14 points and 16 rebounds in the semi's.
Glenn Robinson, SF, SYF Players – On Thursday, Robinson put together a heck of an effort. On Friday his strong play continued. Over the course of the past year he's gotten taller, developed his body and appears more athletic. All that makes for a more polished and impressive overall talent from the wing spot. Robinson is looking to score more than he did this time last year and appears more confident in every facet of the game.
Danuel House, SG, Texas Pro – During Pro's morning match up with Team Loaded, House did a little of everything. He's known for his shooting, but what the 6-foot-6 wing did against Loaded was get to the basket, finish through contact and make plays in transition. He continues to grow as a player and is sure of his game and ability. He's a legit high major prospect that is making a move towards five-star status.
Isaiah Austin, C, Texas Pro – In the quarterfinals early Friday morning, Austin put it all together. He was effective in the paint, looked to score with hooks shots on the block and cleaned up misses. The future Baylor Bear scored 31 points and was the primary reason Pro was able to move past the talented group from Virginia. He's as talented as any post prospect in the country and when he brings it on the court it's not only impressive, but it's entertaining and fun to watch.
Willie Cauley, C, Mo-Kan Elite – To put it simply, Cauley's stock is on the rise. Coaches were buzzing about the 7-footer from Overland Park (Kans.) Olathe NW during our two days in Mequon. What stands out about Cauley is his frame, length, athleticism and ability to run the floor. Toss in that he has a great set of hands and touch in the paint and this is a prospect with an extremely high ceiling. Even as a prospect rated in the 30's, it appears Cauley may be underrated.
Adonis Filer, PG, SYF Players – A much-improved combo guard, Filer is fast, athletic and always looking to get into the paint. While McGary and Robinson get majority of the credit for SYF's run through the Summer Jam, Filer certainly played a major role. SYF loves to play fast and Filer made sure he pushed the tempo every time he took an outlet pass.
Tyler Lewis, PG, Team Loaded – Up against Texas Pro in the quarterfinals, Lewis did what he could to keep Team Loaded in the game and was the catalyst for their comeback. Lewis hit a couple of three-pointers and made a couple of plays in transition for the group from Virginia. He finished with 20 points in the loss.
Andrew White, SF, Team Loaded – On Thursday, White was on point from long range. Just a day later he pumped in 18 points, knocking down a handful of three-pointers in the process, in a quarterfinals loss. The 6-foot-6 wing has a fairly quick release, nice range on his shot and is a solid overall athlete. Going forward, White must develop his ball handling and be stronger with the rock, but he's certainly a high major prospect and a guy that is due a ranking upgrade.
Chris Thomas, SG, Colorado Hawks – The scoring sensation from Colorado was up to his old tricks in Mequon. At 6-foot-5, Thomas is athletic, fast and tough to keep out of the lane. Whether it's scoring in the paint or knocking down deep jumpers, Thomas can do it and he can do it at a high level. Ricardo Ledo and T.J. Warren are known as the top scorers in the 2012 class and he is likely the top bucket getter in the 2013 group.
Kendall Stephens, SG, Illinois Wolves – The early Purdue commit was a big part of the Illinois Wolves run to the 16's championship. His long range shooting appears to be one of his best assets, as he's always ready to shoot and has a nice release on his three-point shot. Stephens, a 6-foot-5 guard, needs to add weight to his frame and get stronger, but he has good size for the position and is certainly a talented 2013 prospect.
Anthony Patty, PF, Illinois Wolves – Due to an injury, Patty, a 6-foot-8 active forward, wasn't with the Wolves on the spring circuit. At the Summer Jam, Patty ran the floor, contested shots on the defensive end and scores when he caught it close to the rim. He will need to add some strength to his frame and continue to expand his low post game, but he's an intriguing prospect.
Nate Taphorn, SF, Illinois Wolves -- Another interesting prospect on the loaded Wolves squad is this 6-foot-6 wing. Taphorn is great in catch and shoot situations, but he's not scared to mix it up for boards and make some plays going towards the basket. He finished with 14 points in 16's title game.
Josh Brown, SG/PG, Sports U – Over the course of the July evaluation period, we've had the opportunity to see Brown at a trio of events – Reebok, Hoop Group Team Camp and Summer Jam. Through those events we've developed an appreciation for the kids game. A 6-foot-3 combo guard, Brown plays a tough brand of ball, can play a pair of positions and has an impressive mid-range game.
Clayton Custer, PG, Mo-Kan Elite – A tough, hardnosed lead guard, Custer handled the lead guard responsibilities for Mo-Kan Elite and he did so without wavering against pressure. Custer is a strong ball handler that makes good decisions with the basketball. He's a set up guy, but he has the ability to score too and showed a developed mid-range game.
On the last day of the evaluation period, just a handful of head coaches remained. We spotted Frank Martin, Tony Bennett, Mark Fox, Bruce Weber, Mark Gottfried, Brian Wardle, Dave Rice, Ben Howland and Anthony Grant at the Summer Jam.