Recap: NY2LA Summer Jam

Five of Scout's 2010 top 50 and six of scout's 2011 top 75 made their way to Homestead HS in Mequon (Wisconsin) for the 2009 NY2LA Summer Jam. When all was said and done, Team Detroit, 43 Hoops and Playground Elite captured the 17-, 16- and 15-and-under titles, respectively.

Vander Blue, SG, Milwaukee Spartans – In their opening game, the Madison Spartans knocked off the eventual champions, Team Detroit, in a hard fought contest. Blue was outstanding in the matchup, particularity late, where he showed his ever improving outside game, hitting two from deep in the final two minutes.

Ray McCallum Jr, PG, Team Detroit – A lead guard with strong handles, McCallum is very consistent with his play. Every time out you can expect him to play hard and smart. His outside shot was not falling when I watched but I am not sure I would pick many players over him to lead my team.

Jelan Kendrick, G, Hoop Planet – While some experts have classified Kendrick as a point guard, I'm not completely sold. Kendrick does a good job of handling the ball for a guy his size (6-feet-6) but has yet to fully embrace the role of managing an offense.

Jumail Jones, G/F, Hoop Planet – After scoring 15 points in game number one, things only went downwards for Jones. He seemed to be nicked up all tournaments long, and it showed on the court. His effort was less than expected and he seemed to not be as involved in the game when his shot was not falling. Still, Jones has great size for his position and his stroke from the perimeter is solid.

Trey Zeigler, G, Team Detroit – Zeigler came up big for Team Detroit in the quarter and semifinals. While he is not super quick off the dribble, Zeigler uses his body well to shield himself from defenders when going to the rim. His shot from the perimeter makes him a well-rounded scorer.

Zach McCabe, PF, All Iowa Attack – In the first half of All Iowa Attack's game vs. Hoop Planet, McCabe was unstoppable. He had 20 plus points and only missed two shots from the field. He will fit in well at Iowa, because of his ability to draw defenders to the perimeter and his finishing skills around the hoop.

Cameron Wright, G, King James Shooting Stars – Wright really raised his stock at the Summer Jam. He showed his ability to play the point or off the ball, all while leading King James to the semifinals. Wright does a terrific job of using his length to finish inside.

Branden Dawson, SF, SYF Players: Listed at 6 feet 4 inches, Dawson played like he was much bigger than that. All tournament long, he boarded with bigger players and finished over them using his great leaping ability. He had the play of the tournament when he skied over three defenders for a tip slam in the semifinals. Dawson will need to refine his perimeter skills going forward but he has the look of a high major wing.

Elgin Cook, G/F, DTA D-Harris: Cook can best be described as an enigma. At times, he leaves you scratching your head wondering what he was thinking. Then, next thing you know, he throws down a dunk in traffic. Consistency will be key in determining what level Cook ends up at. The tools are there; he just needs to put it all together.

Darnell Harris, F, DTA D-Harris: Another guy that has yet to determine what level he will end up at, Harris showed the toughness on the interior that I had not seen in the past. He blocked multiple shots against SYF in the playoffs and finished well with his right hand.

One thing you never want to see during the July recruiting period is when a player gets hurt. Unfortunately, Wisconsin Swing guard Josh Gasser went down in pool play with an ankle injury and was forced to the sidelines for the rest of the tournament.

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