Musa Jallow didn’t waste any time getting productive in his first game of the Bill Hensley Memorial Run ’N Slam tournament in Fort Wayne.
Playing for Team Blaze Select against the Grand Rapids Storm, Jallow exploded out of the gate with 17 points in the opening seven minutes in the pool opener for both teams.
By halftime he had 22 of Team Blaze’s 46 as the Bloomington based team was up by 11 at the break.
The second half saw the Storm go to a zone to try to control Jallow and while that did work, Jallow shared it well and Team Blaze earned a 82-69 victory. Jallow finished with 26 points and his only second half basket was a thunderous two-hand slam in traffic off a drive down the middle.
After the game the 6-foot-5 four-star prospect spoke to his quick start which included three long range bombs in the first few minutes, four treys by half.
“I woke up this morning and got into the gym….and I was feeling it all day,” Jallow said. “So I just came out and let it go.”
The two spring live periods are now behind us and Jallow gave us the run down of which colleges he noticed watching him compete. Team Blaze plays in the NY2LA league which was in the Dallas area the first weekend and in Minneapolis in the second live period.
“In Minneapolis coach (Greg) Gard from Wisconsin was there for a couple games and so was (assistant) coach (Dean) Oliver from Wisconsin. Stanford came to Dallas and so did Virginia. And I know you saw IU there.”
Indiana was his first offer and since then Jallow has added Stanford, Northwestern, Purdue, Butler, Vanderbilt, IUPUI and Toledo, all before the spring
This past week he added Ohio State to that list.
“I visited there my freshman year, so we’ve always had a good relationship,” Jallow said. “They just popped the offer. I contacted Thad Matta—that got set up.”
If those schools had been able to be courtside last night in Fort Wayne, they would have witnessed his improving jumper. For that he credits Team Blaze general manager Derrick Cross, a Bloomington North guy himself before playing professionally and in the MAC for Miami-Ohio.
“Colleges said I needed to work on my jump shot so I have been working with coach Cross, non-stop, on my jump shot every single day,” Jallow said. “Now I have great confidence in my shot and I just let it go.”
“He’s amazing,” added Jallow on Cross, a point guard in his basketball days. “I have been training with him since I was six years old.”
Indiana target Jerome Hunter looked terrific last night, scoring 29 points in a 94-86 loss by his Ohio Nova team to a talented Nike EYBL team in The Family. Left wing shooter Gabe Brown of The Family had 31 points including six 3-pointers in his team’s win.
The 6-foot-7 Hunter displayed terrific shooting and handling skills for his size. Added to his his long wingspan and athleticism, he should be able to play either forward spot at the next level.
Hunter had four 3-pointers among his 29 points.
Aaron Henry of 4A state champion Indianapolis Ben Davis had 26 points for Indiana Pros/Gary Harris Elite but it was not enough in a buzzer beating loss to the Playground Elite.
Marcus Bingham of the Spiece Indy Heat showed why he picked up a recent offer for Michigan State with a big offensive showing against the Akron Basketball Club. The 6-foot-10 Bingham may be sleight of build but there are not a lot of good big men in the Midwest and he’s suddenly become a very popular target. He’s out of Grand Rapids Catholic Central.
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Pool play continues at the Run ’N Slam on Saturday with two more games. Tourney play seedings and brackets are based off pool results. That gets underway later tonight.
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