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NY2LA Under Armour Summer Jam Player Evals - Part I
Sunday, 22 July 2012

BYU commit Eric Mika
By N.D. Kendrick
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Mequon, WI - We made our way up North to check out the Under Armour Summer Jam this past week and the talent level did not disappoint. Loads of talented athletes from coast to coast looked to showcase their abilities in front of college coaches for the second time this summer. 

John Calipari, Bob Huggins, Tom Crean, Thad Matta, David Rice, Tim Miles, John Beilein, Bill Self, Buzz Williams, John Thompson III, Steve Alford, Phil Martelli, Bruiser Flint, Steve Donahue, Frank Martin, Matt Painter, Bill Carmody, Steve Alford, Fran McCaffrey, Oliver Purnell, Bo Ryan, Fred Hoiberg and several other college coaches traveled to Wisconsin to show face in front of recruits.

Over the next few days we will provide detailed player evaluations on some of the top players in the tournament. Part I is as follows:

Aaron Harrison (2013, 6-4 SG) – Often overshadowed by his brother Andrew, Aaron put on a shooting clinic on day one. He made three straight triples early on to set the tone and to essentially prove that he was the best shooter in the gym. Harrison finished with an easy 24 points to lead all scorers. He is strong and quick. He understands how to play. He can score in a variety of ways, from three-point land, driving to the basket and finishing with either hand, posting up a smaller defender or getting to the free throw line by creating contact. If Aaron tightens up his scoring moves and adds a mid-range dribble pull up, he will be that much more dangerous of an option.

Eric Mika (2013, 6-8 PF) – He will remind you of the type of kid that Bo Ryan would get in Wisconsin but he is staying home to play at BYU. Although he doesn’t have great bounce, he knows how to position himself in the paint area and he possesses a very nice jump hook. It’s not uncommon for him to rebound, get a deflection, or block a shot, and then immediately fill the lane for an easy dump off pass from a guard. He has an old school game that translates to the next level immediately.

Rysheed Jordan (2013, 6-4 PG) – Jordan showed why most of the Big 5 schools are after him heavy. He was able to use his quick first step to blow by anyone attempting to check him. His bounce is nice. He can shoot from distance but his specialty is driving right and finishing through contact. Jordan has the ability to guard both the 1 and the 2 position.

Nick Fuller (2013, 6-6 SG) – Fuller put on a show against Urban DFW and was the main reason they were able to knock of the Jordan Mickey lead team. Fuller was able to make open shots from the baseline frequently and was able to use a quick pump fake and take his defender to the rack. He is somewhat limited when driving left but he is solid from the free throw line and draws contact on drives.

Riley Dearring (2013, 6-4 SG) – The newest Wisconsin commit has a feathery, smooth skill set. He was able to score in sets or in transition. He is never in a rush and his shot selection is as good as it gets for a scorer. He is long on the 2 guard spot, which allows him to rush passing lanes and get steals with his off hand.

Romelo Trimble (2014, 6-3 PG) – Complete combo guard is the best explanation of his game. He has an impressive frame, great quickness and has a second speed that he uses frequently. He changes direction very quick and in control. In addition to his skill and athletic prowess, he displays very good leadership skills and is willing to take the big shot.

Isaiah Hicks (2013, 6-8 PF) – Hicks came to play this week. The North Carolina-commit was bouncy, showed that he was hungry when going for rebounds and produced buckets in the paint. He is a terrific athlete and an excellent finisher in transition and when he attacks the basket in the half court. Being consistent will be key for Hicks going forward.

Kendall Stephens (2013, 6-5 SG) – The Purdue commit is knock down shooter when his feet are set. He makes great decisions with the ball, which may allow him to play both guard spots when he gains strength and works on his foot speed. He has a high basketball IQ and knows how to move without the ball to get open.

Keita Bates-Diop (2014, 6-7 SF) – Bates-Diop proved why he continues to be talked about in recruiting circles. Long and smooth is the best way to describe what he does. He rebounds the ball at both ends at a high level. He is always composed on the floor, never getting rattled with inside post banging. Upside is high with him as he will most likely gain strength and more of an offensive package.

Josh Brown (2013, 6-3 PG) – The lefty has a great basketball IQ and an even better basketball body. Long arms and quick feet. Right now he is a combo guard that can play point if need be but we like him better off the ball coming off screens for open looks. With a hand in his face he seems to be more apt to make buckets. He is an unreal clutch performer.

Sean O’Mara (2014, 6-9 PF) – O’Mara has impressive skills for a player of his size that you rarely see. He has the ability to connect on jumpers with range that extends out to the 3-point line, though he has a somewhat slow release. He has terrific hands and he consistently snatches everything in his area. He has a soft touch out to the elbow and he possesses the length to dunk the ball without leaving the ground.

Larry Austin Jr. (2014, 6-1 PG) – Austin Jr. was able to do whatever he wanted to with the ball early on. He was able to look his defenders off and locate open teammates for easy buckets. He displayed more explosiveness when attacking the basket. Definitely an elite level point guard.

Tory Miller (2013, 6-7 PF) – Miller had stretches in the late game where he showcased a skill set that was not present before. He has only scratched the surface of his immense talent and his best basketball lies ahead of him. He loves to initiate contact with the opposition. He has the strength and mentality that allows him to rebound the basketball at a very high rate. Once he steps into a college weight program, his game will explode.

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