Flyin to the Hoop: Day Three

KETTERING, Ohio - The final day at the Flyin to the Hoop at had some nice performances. Isaiah Austin was a beast on the defensive end while Bobo Drummond led his team to victory with a strong offensive showing.

Bobo Drummond, PG, La Lumiere – The scoring point guard who is headed to Southern Illinois had an excellent game as La Lumiere survived. With some of his other teammates struggling to score, Drummond took on the offensive load knocking in deep jumpers and then also sinking clutch foul shots at the end. Also Drummond played solid defense, as usual brought the energy and effort that his team needed on the floor.

Isaiah Austin, C, Grace Prep – Austin had a somewhat quiet game offensively, but he was a major difference maker on the defensive side. He blocked several shots, but changed nearly everything at the rim. Thurgood Marshall simply could not convert with Austin protecting the hoop. Also he hit free throws and had a pair of impressive dunks. Not the best effort of the year for Austin, but it did show why he can be so valuable.

Jelon Hornbeak, SG, Grace Prep – With Austin not scoring a ton, Hornbeak had to carry the load on the perimeter. He hit some outside jumpers, but was at his best going to the rim and converting using his athleticism. A future Oklahoma Sooner played very well, and helped Grace Prep to a convincing win.

Jay Simpson, PF, La Lumiere – The power forward looked to be in better shape than he was even at the end of the summer, and showed some impressive moments in the win. Simpson had a few nice moves on the low block, and then also hit a jumper or two. Now he did struggle from the foul line, but Simpson was aggressive and ran the floor as well as he ever has.

Hanner Perea, PF, La Lumiere – It is important to understand what Perea is. He is simply not a scorer on the low block. With that said, he will get a couple of dunks, is a capable foul shooter, but most importantly he is a very good rebounder. Perea showed his ability to clean the glass with rebounds in traffic well above the rim. Overall it wasn't a great game for Perea, but his unique skill to grab boards is something that should translate right away to the college level.

Jordan Mickey, PF, Grace Prep – A big time athlete, Mickey showed that off with two dunks, and then also rebounded fairly well. What was good to see was Mickey hitting a face up 15 foot jumper, and then also running the floor and blocking shots. He is still refining his game, but the upside is huge, and the improvements he has made in a short time are quite impressive.

Evan Bradds, SF/PF, Greenview – A future Ohio Bobcat, Bradds was quite impressive in his performance. Bradds is an inside-outside player who scored some on the post, but is more comfortable facing the rim. A solid athlete, Bradds shot over players, and also has the savvy to know what to do with the ball. He is a bit limited by strength and the lack of foot speed, but this is a solid early get for Ohio.

Harold Givens, PF/SF, Norcross – A big time athlete, Givens is fairly raw. He did hit a three, and had a few very impressive rebounds in traffic, but offensively he struggled at times. Givens has the body, length, and athleticism to defend at a high level, and when his feet are set his jumper looked good, but in order for him to make the full time transition to the wing he needs to develop a more consistent handle and make better decisions with the basketball.

Jalen James, PG, La Lumiere – James didn't have a good game on the offensive end, but on defense he had a few good key plays. First he converted a steal into a layup at a key time, and then he also played passing lanes and caused Westerville North to get out of the flow of their offense. James did struggle with a few turnovers, but the future Illinois floor leader was just in his first week with the team.

Emmanuel Mudiay, PG/SG, Grace Prep – It was a struggle at times for Mudiay on Monday. He couldn't get into the flow of the game in the first half due to foul trouble, and then just never got it going. He did hit a three and had a few assists, but for the most part it wasn't a vintage performance for one of the best players in the class.

Luke Kennard, SG, Franklin – A very good shooter, Kennard knocked in some jumpers, but showed he is more than just a shooter. Kennard made plays off the bounce, and even posted up a smaller defender. Now how he grows as a defender and a distributor will determine his level, but for a freshman Kennard shows good potential.

Luke Kennard has interest from Michigan, Ohio State, Dayton, Xavier, and Cincinnati.

Harold Givens says Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and LSU are all heavily involved.

Xavier head coach Chris Mack took a look at Luke Kennard, as did assistants from Dayton, Ohio State, Butler, Toledo, Wright State, Ohio University, and Cleveland State.

Ohio State was front and center for the Grace Prep duo of Jordan Mickey and Emmanuel Mudiay.


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