Dre's Road Trip (Part 6): Summer Jam

The next leg of Andre Barthwell's basketball road trip took him to Mequon, WI where he is taking in the NY2LA Summer Jam. On day one he took in performances by Mitch McGary, Glenn Robinson III, and a number of 2013, 2014, and 2015 prospects that the Wolverines are beginning to show interest in.

Prior Road Trip Stories
Dre's Road Trip: Adidas & Reebok Round Up
Dre's Road Trip (Part 2): Adidas Invitational
Top '14 MI hoopster close to decision, or Not?
Dre's Road Trip (Part 3): Adidas & LeBron
Dre's Road Trip (Part 4): D-1 Elite
Dre's Road Trip (Part 5): D1 Elite Young Guns

Here in Mequon, Wisconsin there are an awful lot of young kids here that are doing some work, and Michigan coaches have been witnessed observing a few of them first hand.

Mitch McGary, SYF 17's (c/o 2012) - There is a reason that coaches were packed in to watch this multi-talented big man play. To see someone that big get the rebound and start the break or take it coast to coast to score himself was extremely impressive. The five-star center is an extremely versatile scorer.  He converted from deep, off the break, and also did work down in the post. In addition he is good at finding the open man and is a strong defender in the post. Whoever wins his services is without question landing an elite player.

Luke Fischer, Wisconsin Swing 17's, (c/o 2013) - Fischer played really well against D.C. Assault, scoring 16 points. He converted some tough buckets on the low block and for good measure stepped out to 15 feet to drain a few jumpers. Most endearing may be the fact that he is a player that does not shy away from contact on either side of the floor. At 6'9, when he puts on a few more pounds he is going to be tough to handle inside and out.

Kevon Looney, Milwaukee's Best 17's, (c/o 2014) - The best player of a loaded crop of youngsters on Milwaukee's Best.  Looney, at 6'7, is a small forward that gets after it. His aggressiveness is such that he will dunk on you with no problem and then block your shot on the other end. Although his body is still developing, he is already strong enough to absorb contact to still get the basket for the and-1. Kevon is comfortable handling the ball out on the perimeter and passing to teammates. Talent is oozing off this young man.

Brandon Key, Milwaukee's Best 17's, (c/o 2015) - Yes same AAU team and same high school team. He is the kid with game as big as his impressive afro.  At 5'11 he plays hard, gets after it on defense, and can score going to the basket, and from deep. Outstanding potential on this talented youngster.

Side notes from the tournament...

  • Mitch McGary has no official list at this time but will began putting one together in the next month with his AAU coach. He is thinking about making a decision before his basketball season starts. He is just having fun right now playing and taking in all the recruiting stuff.

  • Glenn Robinson Jr.had the herculean task of matching up with Shabazz Muhammad in his first game, so for one contest his offense took a back seat while he tried to contain the #1 player in 2012. Muhammad had 14 points in first half and 13 in the second half, 27 total. Robinson III had four points. Better days are ahead for the Michigan commit. Off the court he is talking to Mitch McGary as often as he can about coming to Michigan. Mitch even mentions how Glenn's Mom even helps out with that as well.

  • Gary Harris was not in attendance yesterday, but he will be here today.

Other Hoops Notes (non Michigan)

  • Shabazz Muhammad, Dream Vision 17's (c/o 2012) - Forget the talent for a minute and the fact that he is the number one player in the country… Muhammad goes hard all the time on every single play like he still has something prove. On one play he dove on the floor to save the ball and passed it to a teammate for a bucket. It is a pleasure to watch a player with his talent work so hard all the time. As far as the other stuff like scoring off the bounce at will, the mid-range game that is so tight, defending, blocking shots, and selling popcorn. Yeah he has it just like that.

  • Damonttrae Jefferson, Milwaukee's Best 17's (c/o 2014) – A brief plug for the diminutive player with the biggest hear.   Currently he is about 5'7 130, but this kid has game.  Simply put, he gives opponents fits. His calling card is the no look passes he likes to deliver to his teammates. The bigs on his team run the floor because they know they are going to get the ball in perfect position to score. If opponents start playing him for the pass he will just shoot the jumper or go right around them to the rack. The saying never "never judge a book by its cover applies here.   I've come to really like watching this kid play because he is productive.

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