Scouting Report: Spiece Indy Heat

The Spiece Indy Heat are filled with talent top to bottom, but the junior class especially has some bigtime players. We take a closer look at a few here.

The 17U Spiece Indy Heat team is one of the most loaded AAU squads on the spring circuit. We take a look at some of their top performers during the Run N' Slam tournament in Fort Wayne, including a couple of Illinois targets, an Indiana commit, and a top 10 player nationally.


PG - Jaquan Lyle

On a team so full of talent, it isn't always easy to stand out, but Lyle is the type of player that can take over a game just about whenever he wants to. Lyle averaged close to 20 points per game in the event, but in a Saturday evening game against freshman Eron Gordon (younger brother of Eric Gordon), Lyle turned it up a few notches.

After Lyle and Gordon exchanged a little trash talk, Lyle put on a show, going for 44 points in the contest and carrying his team to the win. He's a little bigger for a point guard, but he has all the skills to be one of the top players in the country at his position. He uses his body to manipulate defenders and has superb handles.

Lyle doesn't turn the ball over much, and he protects the ball very well when dribbling through traffic. HIs outside shot can be a little streaky, but when he's on, he's really on. When he isn't on, he knows that he has the advantage in dribbling through the lane and getting to the hoop. If he doesn't finish, he makes sure he gets to the line. Lyle is a special talent, no doubt about that.


C - Trey Lyles

This was Lyles' first tournament back following a knee injury, but if you saw him play, you'd never believe that he was injured. Lyles had his post game working from start to finish, scoring in a variety of ways and almost always being one step ahead of his defender.

Lyles is extremely crafty with his back to the basket, able to score over either shoulder and pivot off of either foot. He displayed excellent body control when navigating traffic in the lane and finished more times than not when taking contact.

Lyles has a little Tim Duncan to his game. He isn't the most athletic guy on the floor or the fastest guy on the floor, but he knows what he is and what he can do, and that craftiness allows him to take advantage of mismatches and opportunities on a regular basis.


SF - Trevon Bluiett

Bluiett has been one of the hottest shooters in the country this spring. If he gets even a small window from outside, he has the ability to bury you from deep. Bluiett's range extends at least a couple feet beyond the three-point line (many of his 3's were from NBA range).

One thing that Bluiett did a great job showing at the event was his progress in becoming a better scorer around the hoop. Most people label him as a shooter, and he's an elite one at that, but he also has added the ability to score on cuts to the hoop and by slashing through the lane as well.

Another area in which Bluiett impressed was his defense. He has become noticeably stronger, and in a much-anticipated matchup against the Runnin Rebels, Bluiett stepped up before the game and said he wanted to guard Rebels star Kevon Looney, and he did a great job of frustrating Looney all game.


SG - James Blackmon

Blackmon is not far behind Bluiett in regards to shooting ability. It didn't take long for Blackmon to heat up from behind the arc. But Blackmon flashed a complete game all weekend by scoring from all over the floor, in fast break, and even above the rim. He has plus leaping ability and finished strong when attacking the hoop.

His outside shot was on most of the weekend, especially in a tough semifinal loss to All Ohio Red in which he caught fire in the second half, finishing with 31 points (24 of which came in the 2nd half). Blackmon also showed ability to handle the ball when required, spelling JaQuan Lyle from time to time.


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