NIU Recruits at the Chicago Summer Classic

The second annual Chicago Summer Classic at the Joy of the Game Center in Deerfield, Illinois displayed a fantastic amount of talent seldom seen in an Illinois AAU event. Here are some of the NIU targets and other names making waves from this week's play.

Class of 2009

Troy Snyder – F – RBS All-Stars – Snyder, who has offers from Northern Illinois and UIC continues to see his stock rise as he plays tough on the inside and shows an improving perimeter game. Snyder is not afraid of contact, even against bigger players, but also does a nice job talking players outside. His growing versatility will only help at the next level.

Tony Nixon – G – Mac Irvin Fire 17 – Under the watchful eye of many coaches Nixon did what he does best; knock down perimeter shot after perimeter shot. There weren't many instances where Tony missed and playing with a penetrator like Chris Colvin will only help Nixon get more outside looks the rest of July. Northern Illinois and Southern Illinois are hot after Nixon.

Markus Yarbrough – C – Team NLP – Yarbrough continues to improve as his conditioning gets better. The big man now rebounds at rim level, finishes with both hands and plays for longer stretches with his new and improved dedication.

Chris Eversley – G – Chicago Demons – Another rising player in the class of 2009, Eversley showed a strong scorer's mentality and steady outside shot on his way to a solid week. Eversley, who holds an offer from UIC is a great athlete capable of making plays on both ends of the court. There were times he tried to do too much but the flashes were there.

Gozie Umeadi – G – Rising Stars White – Umeadi, who is headed to prep school for a year of post grad. is undoubtedly a tremendous athlete as he finished in traffic time and time again. Also a terrific student, Gozie will surely have a lot of interested teams if he continues to play like this the rest of the summer.

Colin Nickerson – G – Team NLP – Without Lenzelle Smith and Brandon Paul playing with Team NLP it was Nickerson's chance to shine. With a sweet stroke and a quick first step Nickerson made some nice plays while often being Team NLP's main perimeter threat. While being the main threat had its advantages, it also showed that the class of 2009 guard is probably best suited as a second or third scoring option at the next level. There were times Nickerson looked a bit overwhelmed as he turned the ball over. Nonetheless his game has improved leaps and bounds since the high school season and he is a Division 1 target.

Troynell Adams – F – Mac Irvin Fire 17 – Farragut's new "go-to-guy", Adams is a gifted leaper and athlete who has an improving jumper. If the ball skills and jumper continue to perform consistently then Adams has a shot at being a very good player.

Class of 2010

Marvin Jordan – PG – Indiana Elite 16 – The Peoria point man showed off a college-ready body and a scoring mentality against some good competition. The point guard skills still need a little more polish but Marvin does a great job attacking the basket and using his frame to draw contact and get to the line.

Wayne Simon – PG – Illinois Wolves 16 – The more I see the Fenwick guard play, the more I like him. Simon was already a crafty scorer but put his point guard skills on display as Wolves point guards DeAndre McCamey and Mike Dixon were each out with injuries. Simon handled the ball well, found the open man, and still displayed his knack for scoring while also out rebounding bigger and stronger opponents.

Mike Gabriel – F/C – Rising Stars Blue 16 – Gabriel continues to mature as a player the more games he plays in. The Lincoln Park product was in better position to defend and rebound while still running the floor and bringing a lot of energy. His development will be something to keep an eye on the rest of the summer.

Jordan Threeloff – C – Rising Stars Gold 16 – This 2010 big man from Dekalb looks much improved from this spring as his confidence and learning curve continue to skyrocket. Threloff is already a mammoth presence at 6'10, 245 but he still moves very well for his size. He needs to finish better around the hoop but for now he is rebounding and causing problems all over the floor for opposing teams. Illini coach Bruce Weber kept a keen eye on Threloff during the tournament.

Jordan Didier – F - Illinois Old School 17 – This 6'7 wing had coaches talking as his wiry frame and perimeter skills were put on display all weekend. The junior to be just moved to Norridge from Phoenix, Arizona and will presumably go to Ridgewood High School next season. There were multiple instances where the athletic Didier knocked down three pointers, took it hard to the basket, and knocked down tough mid-range jumpers with ease. Definitely someone to watch in the future.

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