By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on May 7, 2013 at 8:45 am
Part two of our scouting evaluations from the 2013 Spiece Hensley Memorial Run-n-Slam Classic feature notes on the two prospects with Michigan offers in action in Fort Wayne as well as a handful of other notable targets.
Edwards is a tough player to evaluate. For one, he plays on the same team as Jae’Sean Tate. Tate was dominant in Fort Wayne with his ability to score above the rim but he also dominated the ball and the field goal attempt column. Edwards doesn’t see quite as many opportunities – partially due to his personal lack of aggressiveness – so he doesn’t always stand out. But if you watch All Ohio Red for more than a couple of minutes you can see Edwards’s fingerprints all over the game. He showed off a back to the basket game, a fairly consistent three point jump shot, strong rebounding, above average shot blocking ability, heads up passing and the ability to attack the basket and get to the lane. While he rarely did everything on dominated a game, he was always doing a bit of something whenever he was on the floor.
By UMHoops Staff | Recruits | Posted on May 6, 2013 at 7:19 pm
Kevon Looney showed off his talent at the Spiece Run-n-Slam Classic in Fort Wayne over the weekend – demonstrating his length, versatility and offensive skill. Watch footage of Looney in action in our scouting video featuring every make, miss and defensive play that we caught on camera while watching Looney over the weekend.
By Josh Berenter | Recruits | Posted on May 6, 2013 at 5:05 pm
A number of Michigan prospects were in action at the 2013 Spiece Run-n-Slam Classic in Fort Wayne, Indiana over the weekend and UM Hoops was in attendance from Friday through Sunday. In part one of our scouting report we look at Kevon Looney, AJ Turner, Josh Jackson, Cassius Winston and a handful of other priority Wolverine recruits in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 classes.
You don’t have to watch Kevon Looney for long to realize why he’s a top-ten prospect. At 6-foot-9, 210 pounds, Looney is a man among boys on the court, using his incredible size and length to dominate the game. To go along with his overwhelming length, Looney has the handles and the range to be effective beyond the arc as well.
Looney doesn’t get many touches on the block due to his AAU team’s fast paced offense but he’s active and aggressive finishing around the basket. He’s also able to exploit mismatches on the perimeter against undersized quicker defenders. Looney is a good athlete for his size, and no one that’s big enough to guard him is athletic enough to stay in front of him at the top of the key.
He can handle the ball on the perimeter and put it on the floor to get to the basket with ease. When Looney gets to the rim, he’s a capable finisher and does a great job of drawing contact. He can score with his back to the basket or he can face up and just overpower anyone in his way. He’s a good fundamental rebounder and keeps ball high after he secures it, not allowing smaller players to rip rebounds away.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on May 6, 2013 at 12:44 pm
Trevon Bluiett was on fire throughout the weekend at the 2013 Spiece Run-n-Slam in Fort Wayne over the weekend. Bluiett helped his Spiece Indy Heat team to the semifinals on Sunday and had big performances against including 26 points against Team Thad and a great defensive showing against Kevon Looney and the Milwaukee Runnin’ Rebels. Here’s footage of Bluiett in action.
By UMHoops Staff | Recruits | Posted on May 6, 2013 at 9:32 am
Kevon Looney is arguably the top combo forward in the class of 2014 and Michigan coach John Beilein thinks his system could be a perfect match.
“They tell me that they like me,” Looney told UM Hoops in Fort Wayne on Friday. “And that when I come in they think Glenn Robinson would be leaving and I’d probably fill his position.”
The fit makes perfect sense. Looney is tall and long with the ability to defend multiple positions but he also has a ridiculous skillset offensively for a player his size. Shoot the three? Check. Attack the basket? Check. Pass from the high post? Check. Handle the ball on the perimeter? Check.
Of course, Michigan isn’t the only coach that wants Looney. He has a lengthy list of suitors and isn’t very far along in the recruiting process. Looney hasn’t taken many unofficial visits but hopes to square away plans for his five allotted official visits in the coming weeks. He recently hosted three head coaches for in-home visits: Duke, Florida and Wisconsin.
Deciding what visits to take won’t be easy. At this point, Looney only sounded sure of one visit – his parents want him to visit Duke – but two other schools were mentioned as likely options.
“[Where will I visit] for sure? My parents want to see Duke,” Looney reported. “Duke, Michigan State and Florida are up there – but it could change.”
By UMHoops Staff | Recruits | Posted on May 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm
Trevon Bluiett has emerged as one of the most complete offensive players in the country this spring. His 20.1 points per game are the fifth best in the prestigious Nike EYBL and his offensive skillset was on display once again at the Spiece Bill Hensley Memorial Run-n-Slam in Fort Wayne over the weekend.
Bluiett helped his Spiece Indy Heat team to the semifinals of the loaded event and was critical in a Sunday morning victory over the Milwaukee Runnin’ Rebels. Widely regarded as an offensive threat first and a defensive threat second, it was a surprise to see Bluiett’s defensive abilities on full display against five-star prospect Kevon Looney. Looney is bigger, longer and more athletic than Bluiett but there was little doubt who got the best of the matchup. Bluiett denied Looney the ball on the perimeter and was able to use his strength and quickness to keep Looney out of the lane and force him into difficult shots. And he didn’t forget about offense; Bluiett scored 20 points in the win including five made threes in the victory.
Matchups like this are what attract the 6-foot-6 scorer to the AAU summer circuit, providing the sort of competition that he doesn’t see with Park Tudor during the prep season on a day-to-day basis.
“Nothing gets better than this,” Bluiett told UM Hoops. “There’s more competition here than in school ball and if I wasn’t playing travel ball I wouldn’t be the man I am now.”
Bluiett has no shortage of college choices with his scholarship count up to 20. He hopes to narrow his list soon and set his five official visits. He rattled off Butler, Michigan, Indiana, Purdue, DePaul and Cincinnati when asked what schools he feels have made him a priority in the recruiting process thus far.