2012 Junior Lomomba Growing As Player

Madison Memorial guard Junior Lomomba recently played in the Highland Shootout in Illinois. We caught up with him to see how his game is progressing and how his recruitment is stacking up.

Junior Lomomba is a 6'-4" shooting guard from Madison Memorial High School in Wisconsin. This school has produced several high major players in recent years including Wes Mathews, Jeronne Maymon, and Keaton Nankivil. The next in line is Lomomba, and the Illinois Fighting Illini have shown interest in possibly adding the guard to its 2012 recruiting class.

Lomomba visited Illinois last year for a game against Wisconsin. He enjoyed the visit and got to see firsthand the type of system the Illini employ.

"I like the way they play. I like their system and the way they create. I think they play in a good system coached by a great college coach, and they know how to play the game."

The junior guard says he feels he could slide into a shooting guard role for the Illini in Bruce Weber's motion offense.

"I think I could make plays in that system."

During his visit, Lomomba was able to check out the scenery in Champaign as well as get a feel for the Orange Krush. He was impressed with what he saw from the head coach too.

"I like the way coach Weber coaches the team and also the environment. It is a nice campus."

He hopes to visit again sometime this season to catch the Illini in Champaign. So what other schools is he considering at this point in the process?

"Tennessee, Baylor, New Mexico State, Xavier, Kansas State, and West Virginia."

Lomomba says he is not in a rush to make a decision on where he will play his college ball. He is open to any and all schools that want to recruit him.

"Anybody that has shown interest in me or offered me a scholarship I am considering. I am always keeping my options open."

Lomomba excels in attacking his man off the dribble. He has a quick first step that helps him explode by his perimeter defender. After blowing past his man or crossing them over, the guard likes to finish with a floater around the hoop that he banks off the backboard. He knows this is the strength of his game.

"That is the main thing in my game. I can get to the hole whenever I want to."

Another offensive weapon he showed in his team's game against O'Fallon was using his post-up game. Several times he got deep post position on heralded defender Roosevelt Jones. Lomomba would either finish around the hoop or get fouled and go to the line.

He showed a nice ability to pass the ball on several occasions, but he is a scorer first. His athleticism is at a high major level. The biggest aspect lacking in his game is his shooting ability both from the field and charity stripe. He does not get very much arc on his shot, and the mechanics are off.

To his credit, the Memorial junior understands this is a weakness and is working on it, along with developing some combo guard skills.

"I am working on my point guard skills and shooting the ball."

In the fourth quarter, his Memorial team made a hard run at getting the victory over southern Illinois power O'Fallon. They cut a 19 point fourth quarter lead down to two. The junior was a major part of this as he consistently took the ball to the hoop hard in the final frame. They came up just a little short in the end as Lomomba missed a three point attempt as time expired in Memorial's 65-62 defeat.

Lomomba is not one of the first names that come to mind in fans' eyes for the class of 2012. The main reason is the Illini are in need of either a point guard or big man in that class. Lomomba does not fit either of these categories.

Where he could come into play is if there are early entries to the NBA Draft or transfers from the wing players of the current Illinois roster. The guard is worth continuing to keep an eye on.

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