Flyin to the Hoop: Day Two

KETTERING, Ohio - Jalen Coleman-Lands, Luke Kennard, and Alani Moore had tremendous games on Saturday at a sold out Trent Arena for the Flyin to the Hoop event.

Class of 2015

Jalen Coleman-Lands, SG, La Lumiere – With his team trailing in the second half, Coleman-Lands absolutely took over on his way to 30 points and an overtime win. Coleman-Lands is one of the best pure shooters in the country, and is especially good as a step back jump shooter off the dribble, which he did at will on Saturday. It was especially impressive considering Josh Jackson was guarding him and is one of the best defenders in the nation. Add in that nearly all of his shots were pressure packed, and the future Illinois guard had the standout performance of the day.

Luke Kennard, SG, Franklin – Well we didn’t learn much new about Kennard on Saturday, but we did learn he could make free throws. On his way to 47 points, Kennard shot 40+ free throws making 34 of them as his team got a narrow win. When Kennard wasn’t making the slow walk to the free throw line he was hitting jumpers and making nice passes to teammates. The fouls took over the game, but still Kennard showed why he should compete right away for minutes while at Duke.

Caleb Swanigan, C, Homestead – The big man in the middle didn’t get the ball a ton early, but as the game wore on, he got going. Swanigan finished with over 20 points and 10 rebounds and completely controlled the action on the low block. He used his physique and great hands to dominate the glass, and then showed good touch as well. Swanigan got to the free throw line early and often and did a good job of converting, and continues to show improvement running the floor.

Class of 2016

Alani Moore, PG, Montrose Christian – The diminutive point guard was unbelievable all game long pouring in 35 points and showing ability on the defensive end. Moore is only about 5-foot-9, but he plays very hard and has a tremendous feel for the game. It was great to see Moore show it on a big stage as he is one of the true competitors in the 2016 class. His size will scare away some coaches, but his production was extremely hard to ignore on Saturday night.

Josh Jackson, SG, Prolific Prep – Jackson again showed out on Saturday night. He is one of the truly premier talents, and his first half against La Lumiere was something to behold. Jackson was making threes, contested twos, finishing at the rim, dominating on the glass, and overall just proving to be elite in every single way. He seemed to wear down some at the end of the game, but his 27 points were very impressive, and he only improved on his performance from Friday.

Isaac Humphries, C, La Lumiere – He didn’t get the ball a ton, but the big man from Australia had a very solid showing. Humphries seems to be getting more adjusted to the speed of the game, and that is translating to results. He has tremendous hands and a very nice touch around the rim, and is a solid area rebounder. Humphries has to continue to get more explosive around the rim, but he had a solid game and showed why so many are excited about his potential.

Seth Towns, SF/PF, Northland – After a quick start, Towns had to face a box and one defense, and that really limited his touches on the offensive end. Still, Towns showed a lot of what has him having a tremendous junior season. His shot from the mid-range is much improved and Towns looks a bit bigger and stronger. He is rebounding better, and showed why the high-major offers continue to flow in.

Faces in the Crowd

Assistants from St. Bonaventure, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Xavier, and Dayton were all in attendance on Saturday.

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