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The NY2LA Sports Under Armour Summer Jam kicked into full gear on Thursday with a long day of basketball at Homestead High School in Mequon, Wisconsin. Here are a few of the standouts from Thursday’s action.
Cliff Alexander, power forward (Mac Irvin Fire 17U)
Alexander went up against another top 10 prospect nationally and dominated him. Just another day at the office. In Alexander’s match up with Kentucky commit Karl Towns he swatted the first shot. A few possessions later he had a monstrous two handed slam. That was followed by a wing three. Alexander controlled the paint throughout the contest pushing Towns away from the basket. The Curie post had a couple of power moves where there is nothing that could be done to stop him. He finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 blocks.
Luwane Pipkins, point guard (Mac Irvin Fire 17U)
Pipkins is having a big July. After a stellar first week he is following it up with great play for the Fire at Summer Jam. Pipkins is a powerful scorer at the point that is extremely tough. He is a plus shooter from beyond the arc. The area Pipkins has shown great improvement is in his ability to play the point. Pipkins pushes the ball with his speed in transition. In situations where in the past he might have looked to score he is setting up his teammates for easier shots. The 2015 Bogan point guard is stepping up!
Diamond Stone, center (Young Legends 16U)
With a full crowd of coaches in attendance Stone went to work against DC Assault. He is a skilled big man with a wide body and nice footwork. Stone seals well in the paint finishing with powerful jams. He can also knock down a mid-range jumper, but falls in love with it at times. In their Thursday contest he rebounded at a good clip snatching them out of the air consistently. Stone had 21 points.
Dylan Miller, power forward (Peoria Irish 16U)
Miller opened up his contest against Central Net Gain by scoring in the paint. He showed a few nice back to the basket moves and quick finishes in the paint. The rising junior can also step out to knock down a 15-foot jumper with relative ease. Miller crashed the glass well and controlled the boards early. The athletic post also showed he could block shots as he swatted several in their morning contest. This mobile post is one to keep an eye on.
Jake Reinhart, guard (Central Net Gain 16U)
Reinhart can flat shoot the rock. He had the green light in their morning game and his shot was falling. The rising junior has a quick release and is good both pulling up as well as in the catch and shoot. Reinhart also handled the ball pretty well against pressure. He is a plus shooter that can slide over to play the point when needed.
Isaiah Whitehead, shooting guard (Juice All-Stars 17U)
Whitehead is a physical specimen with a powerful body. He is a big time scorer that can get out in transition and attack. The New York product handles it pretty well, but where he was most effective was shooting from the perimeter. He opened their morning game with three 3’s.
Amanze Egekeze, power forward (Illinois Wolves 17U – Committed to Belmont)
Egekeze is putting together a nice week for the Wolves. He is playing with a motor and is very active on both ends of the floor. The Huntley rising senior is making plays in the paint with his toughness fighting for position and rebounds. He is also running the floor well and finishing when given opportunities.