Coached by Bob Huggins protege Eric Crawford, Mountain State Academy is quickly becoming a national name. Rated as the #24 team in the nation this week, the Falcons boast a number of college prospects, and several of those have strong Mountaineer ties.
The seven-foot center is a Mountaineer signee, and his game has seen some incremental improvements since the start of the season. Nyarsuk has worked hard to develop offensive moves, and he shows a nice right-handed jump hook against pressure. He still needs to develop a counter for that and work on drop steps, but the building blocks are there.
Defensively, Nyarsuk blocked several shots after struggling with his timing early. He has good straight line speed, but is still working on quick steps and reaction time on defense. Overall, you can see the progress he has made this year, and although he still has a good bit of work to do to develop into a front-line Big East player, he has shown a strong work ethic and improvement in the areas he needs to focus on.
The multi-skilled sophomore from Toronto, Canada, showed in back-to-back possessions why he is going to be hotly pursued over the next two-plus years. On the first play, he came down in transition, followed a shot with a rebound and dunked it with authority. On MSA's next possession, he came down, spotted up on the wing and drained a three. That perfectly describe's Bennett's game - he can play from the blocks to beyond the arc with equal ease.
"I started out as a post player, and I've been working on my outside game since I came here this summer," Bennett told BlueGoldNews.com after the game.
That development has led to an excellent inside-outside mix from Bennnet, who boast a strongly-built fram and plenty of muscle to pound the ball inside. He handles the ball well in the open court, and is the sort of athletic player who could fill a spot at either the three or the four position in college.
Another sophomore, Obij Aget, like Nyarsuk, is a native of The Sudan. He didn't get a lot of playing time in Saturday's win, but he has great ball skills for a 6-11 players, and might be a little more polished than Nyarsuk in some respects. He, like Nyarsuk, is an immediate threat as a shot blocker, and he gets to the basket for rebounds well. He is also a mobile player who shows good reactions to the ball, and his future, like that of Bennett, figures to be filled with Division I offers.