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The GRBA National Championships had a loaded slate of action on Friday. Here are a few of the standouts from day 2 in Ft. Wayne.
Scott Lindsey, shooting guard (Illinois Old School 17U)
Lindsey is a skilled wing that has continued to see his game grow and his stock rise in July. The Fenwick rising senior has played more assertive when his team has needed him over the last three weeks. He is a plus shooter from the perimeter with great mechanics and height off the floor. Lindsey has a smooth handle which he showed on a skilled drive through traffic where he went behind his back splitting a double team like it was nothing. In their morning game he went for 21 points in a win.
Ethan Happ, small forward (Quad City Elite 17U – Committed to Wisconsin)
The future Wisconsin Badger put his whole arsenal on display Friday. The rising senior from Rockridge High School is a big wing that is athletic. Happ has always been a plus shooter from the perimeter knocking down shots all over the floor both inside and beyond the arc. He has really improved attacking the basket. The forward got where ever he wanted on the floor in their contest with relative ease. Happ has an overall good feel for the game and knowing when to score and when to set up others. The top 10 in-state senior is a good passer that also rebounded with toughness around the hoop. Happ went fort 17 points in a blowout win.
Aaron Jordan, shooting guard (Illinois Stars 16U)
It’s hard to pick which player on the Illinois Stars 16U is the most impressive game in and game out, but Jordan had a nice day. He has such a refined perimeter game. His go to weapon is his jumper which he was knocking down on a consistent basis. He opened up one game with two wing threes followed by a skilled drive to the hoop. Jordan continues to get better going to the basket and with his perimeter jumper if they leave him open it’s going in. The rising junior went for 17 points in their morning victory.
Tyler Hall, shooting guard (Quad City Elite 16U)
Hall is an athletic shooting guard that is flying a bit under the radar. Well that changed Friday when he had a huge second half in their afternoon game. Early on his shot wasn’t falling so he did a nice job of getting his teammates going which opened up the offense for him later on. In the second half he was about as on fire from the perimeter shooting the ball as you could be. He nailed three late 3’s to send it into overtime. Hall was good in the catch and shoot as well as pulling up from behind the arc. He finished with 31 points.
Michael Finke, power forward (Peoria Irish 17U – Committed to Illinois)
Finke was doing his thing as always in the pick and pop game. He is a plus shooter from the perimeter as he has a good feel for spacing and knocking down the jumper. The area that has impressed is his improved assertiveness around the basket. He is looking to score more in the post and is finishing strong in the paint. His combination of perimeter skills and upside on the block make him a very intriguing prospect at the next level.
Brett Benning, small forward (Northern Illinois Elite 17U)
Benning continues to impress after performing well during the first two weeks of July. The strong and physical wing is a great shooter that uses his body to get in the lane and create space for his shot. Game in and game out Benning is producing. He is looking like a division one prospect with his play in July.
Brendon Gooch, small forward (Southwest Jets 15U)
Gooch’s upside is ridiculous! The wing has go go gadget arms and uses them on the defensive end getting in passing lanes and blocking shots coming from the weak side. His handles continue to improve every time we see him. He handled it with ease through traffic and in transition. Gooch is a nice perimeter shooter that was knocking them down on the regular Friday. He rebounded at a good clip in their final game of pool play. The Belleville Althoff small forward went for 18 points.
Trey Mack, point guard (Illinois Wolves 14U)
The Wolves 14U has a lot of impressive prospects. One of the better ones is future St. Ignatius lead guard Trey Mack. The lefty has a sweet looking jumper that stretches out to three. He is extremely quick and shifty with the ball in his hands. His handles are great and consistently got in the lane with his explosive first step. Mack plays with a confidence that he can’t be checked and in the few times I have seen him during July he hasn’t been. The freshman pushes the ball and also is a quality rebounding guard.