Chicago Classic: Day Two

DEERFIELD, Illinois - It was Championship Sunday at the Chicago Classic and teams competed hard. Though his squad didn't come away with the title, Kevon Looney made yet another big time statement.

Kevon Looney, PF, Milwaukee Running Rebels – Once again Looney was a dominant force. On Sunday he did more scoring than he does some times where rebounding is his thing, but down low he was a problem, and he used his length to bother shots on defense as well. Overall he was the best player on the floor every time out, and Looney is someone who made a ton of big plays.

Justin Tillman, PF, R.E.A.C.H. Legends – Not a super skilled kid, but Tillman has good length, outstanding athleticism, and a big time motor. He is a bit undersized, but Tillman was very productive rebounding the ball and was excellent on defense as well. Tillman must learn to be patient on the post when he gets touches, but overall he was productive on the day on both ends.

Mory Diane, SG, R.E.A.C.H. Legends – Diane is someone who can do a little bit of everything, and he made clutch plays down the stretch in a big win. Included in that was free throws to ice the game. Diane also made big shots, and showed his ability to score off the dribble using his long arms and solid athleticism.

Jarvis Garrett, PG, TP Elite – No point guard at the entire event did more for his team than Garrett. He is someone who scores the ball very well, but also he controls the pace of the game, is excellent on defense, and he will also find open teammates. Garrett has solid size for the position, and is someone who made a major impression.

Sean O'Mara, C, IBA Select – O'Mara was actually solid against Looney, but he is someone who struggles to score against length. He is a good passer, but too often doesn't even look at the rim when he gets post touches. Rebounding isn't O'Mara's thing, though he will do a solid job on the defensive glass. He needs to get more assertive on the offensive end, but he did a solid job against a high level player.

Bryant McIntosh, SG, Eric Gordon All-Stars – It was a disappointing finish for the team, but McIntosh played excellent in the loss. He had to control the game as a point guard while also being the go to scorer. Defensively he needs to pay a bit more attention to detail, but McIntosh can do so many different things it is impressive on the offensive end.

Cody Schwartz, PF, Wisconsin Blizzard – The stretch power forward had it working on Sunday. In an impressive showing against the Colorado Hawks, Schwartz was absolutely on fire from three. In fact he was hitting from virtually anywhere. Schwartz put up huge numbers despite the loss, and showed he can be a matchup problem. Now he does need to continue to work on rebounding better and getting stronger, but there is a lot of talent there for Schwartz.

Michael Benkert, SG, Eric Gordon Central Stars – It was a tough loss for EG10 blowing a big lead, but it definitely wasn't Benkert's fault. The solid shooting guard was making plays all over the floor and showing the ability to score in a variety of ways. He is at his best in catch and shoot situations, but Benkert can score off the bounce and just has great feel for how to play the game.

Austin Conway, PG, Colorado Hawks – Conway was spectacular running the show and setting up the Haws for the championship. He made all kinds of plays in transition and is excellent on defense with his long arms and incredible quickness. He needs to improve his jumper as well as attacking going left, but no one seems to be able to stop him going right.

Myles Bridges, SG/SF, Michigan Mustangs – This is someone who has a ton of potential. Bridges shot the heck out of the ball in a huge comeback for the Mustangs. While what he did best was hit threes, Bridges also got to the foul line and made some shots off the bounce. As he continues to get stronger and more athletic he will be someone who is very difficult to deal with.

De'Ron Davis, PF/C, Colorado Hawks – It was another very solid day for Davis despite battling a little bit of a leg injury. Davis did an excellent job of blocking shots and then also was a beast rebounding the ball. Offensively he got to the foul line and knocked down shots. Now he must improve with his left around the rim, but he has good post moves for a young player.

Braxton Blackwell, SF, Nashville Celtics – Blackwell had a solid day and put the Celtics on his back at times. He was really getting to the foul line and being very efficient with his play. Blackwell has to continue to rep his outside jumper, but as he gets more comfortable doing that all the other things he does at a high level will be even more obvious and difficult to defend.

Braxton Blackwell mentioned Providence is showing him the most interest early on.

Justin Tillman mentioned wanting to visit Michigan and Xavier in the near future.


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