Flyin to the Hoop: Day Four

KETTERING, Ohio - The final day of Flyin to the Hoop featured a big time performance from four-star forward Jordan Mickey as well as some underclassmen opening eyes with their play.

Jordan Mickey, PF, Prime Prep – Mickey did a good job of reading his own scouting report on Monday. He played exclusively inside and was dominant in doing so. Mickey has great length and excellent athleticism that allows him to score over defenders virtually at will, and he managed to do so in a big way. Defensively he blocked shots and really rebounded well. Overall it was a dominant performance from Mickey who is showing signs of dominance.

A.J. Davis, SF, Buford – The future Tennessee Volunteer was solid in a morning win. Davis scored using the dribble, hit a few mid-range shots, and hit the glass fairly well. Add in that Davis got to the foul line a lot, and he did all of the things needed to help his team win the game.

Jaaron Simmons, PG, Kettering Alter – A scoring point guard, Simmons is getting mid-major offers and some high-major attention. He is one of the better scorers from the lead guard spot left available, and he did put up big numbers in a win. His feel for how to run a team isn't great and needs work, but there is a lot of talent here with good athleticism.

Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, Prime Prep – He needs to bring it every possession as he too often takes minutes off each game, but Mudiay did have an excellent outing. He ran the show, again threw down some unreal dunks, and showed all of the talent that makes him a potential superstar. The next step is for him to value every possession, but when he feels like taking over virtually no one is capable of stopping him.

Elijah Staley, SF, Wheeler – Also a standout quarterback, Staley was excellent in a win. His length and athleticism is put to use at the top of the Wheeler press where he causes all sorts of havoc. Also he finishes well around the rim and can handle it in the half court. Now he does need to work on his jumper, but Staley was productive and effective in his role on a loaded Wheeler roster.

Elijah Thomas, C, Prime Prep – After a somewhat quiet outing on Sunday night he was absolutely great on Monday. Thomas has unbelievable hands that allow him to snatch every rebound and also make nice touch passes in close quarters. Add in a soft hook shot and excellent footwork and Thomas was nearly unstoppable when he caught the ball in a position to score.

Chieck Diallo, PF/C, Our Saviour – For the third game in a row Diallo was impressive. He just keeps on getting better and better and showing a little something new every time out. Diallo led his team in scoring, changed the game on defense, and also rebounded fairly well. Also while Diallo is new to the game he shows an okay idea of how to play and pretty good hands. Overall the upside is huge and Diallo keeps showing signs of maxing out his potential.

Jaylen Brown, SF, Wheeler – It was only Brown's third game of the season after coming back from an injury, and after a slow first half he took over in the second. Brown can hit threes, is really good getting to the rim, and is a high level athlete. Add in that Brown can really see the floor and there is virtually nothing he can't do. Now he needs to continue to put it together, but Brown was dominant at times and clearly was Wheeler's best player in this one.

Daniel Giddens, C, Wheeler – In his defense Giddens didn't get many touches and wasn't put in a position to score much, but he did have a slightly disappointing game on the offensive end. That said his length and size at the back end of the Wheeler press did make a difference and he was solid on the glass. Giddens runs the floor great, has good hands, and gives maximum effort, so as the offense comes he will continue to more toward being a dominant low post type player.

Tervell Beck, SF, Cleveland Central Catholic – Beck is one of the best freshmen in the Midwest. He can score well and has very good athleticism. What makes Beck so impressive is he can make shots from all three levels, and is just scratching the surface of how good he can be. With his size at 6-foot-5 and athleticism this is another very highly thought of young prospect from the state of Ohio.

Virginia Tech boss James Johnson was present for Jaaron Simmons.

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