UNDERCLASSMAN ALL-AMERICAN SELECT GAME RECAP
(April 8, 2016) – By Jarrod Lindsay, allmetrohoops.com
The Inaugural UnderClassman All-American Game is in the books. The Select Game was up first. It displayed some of the best Freshmen and Sophomores from the state of Indiana and a couple from outside the state. Some of these kids are starters and some came off the bench, but you’d be crazy if you didn’t keep an eye on all of these kids. Every kid that stepped on the floor was very talented, but a handful stood out for each team.
Top Performers for the West Team:
2019 6’8 F Sydney Curry (Bishop Leurs/Fort Wayne, Indiana) was the MVP of the West team and he deserved to be. Curry understands his strengths and weaknesses on the court and he plays within himself. He started out posting up when he had a defender his size or smaller on him. He can back defenders down or face up and knock down the mid-range jumper. He says he has been working to develop his perimeter game lately and he put that on display during the game. He was able to blow by taller defenders and get into the lane or he used a good crossover move to create space for his mid-range jumper. His range extends to the 3-point arc. On the defensive end he didn’t give up anything easy in the paint. He had a few blocks and altered a couple of shots. He currently has interest from high major schools like IU, Purdue, and Michigan just to name a few.
2018 6”1 CG Grant Bueler (La Lumiere/La Porte, Indiana) just played in the Dick’s National High School Championship Game last weekend. Bueler is a lights out shooter with deep range. He has a nice form and only needs a little bit of space to get his shot off. He showed solid handle used to create space for his shot. He doesn’t force any shots. The kid has a shooters touch.
2018 5’9 PG Antwaan Cushingberry (Lawrence North/Indianapolis,IN) was one of the quicker players on the court. He has a good change of speed ability and he can handle the rock. He gets penetration into the lane to open up his teammates, has good court vision, and is an accurate passer. He can get to the basket and finish. Cushingberry has a soft teardrop that he likes to use in traffic. He can also shoot off the bounce. Look for his game to continue to grow as he gets older.
2019 6’2 G Eric Hunter (Tindley High/Indianapolis, Indiana) plays hard even in an all-star game. He’s a lefty and he’s very scrappy. He can shoot the long-range shot or attack the basket. He uses screens to get open looks for his jumpshot. He also likes to shoot it in transition. Hunter uses a nice floater in traffic and he has a nice touch on his floaters.
2019 6’0 PG Isaiah Thompson (Zionsville HS/Zionsville,IN) was another gifted guard on display. He can stroke the long-range shot consistently. He can handle the rock and he doesn’t over dribble. Thompson knows how to get to the cup with a few dribbles. He facilitates the ball first, looks for his shot second. He forces a lot of turnovers when playing help side defense.
East Team Top Performers
2019 6’7 SF Keion Brooks (Northside, Fort Wayne,IN) won MVP for the East Team and led his team to victory. Brooks was one of the more promising players of the select game. He’s a nice size with a good skill set and he’s just a freshman. He has good range on his jump shot; he knocked down a couple of deep triples. When he’s in rhythm he can almost pull up from anywhere. He’s athletic and can get his team a bucket when they need one. He also has a good handle of the rock and he’s a good passer.. He currently has interest from Michigan St. and Purdue.
2018 6’5 F Aaron Henry (Ben Davis School/Indianapolis,IN) was playing at home so you know he was going to ball out. He’s a lefty that can really score the ball. He scored seven straight early in the second half. He was knocking down the long-range and mid-range jumper. He has a nice hesitation move he used to get to the basket. He’s also very active on the defensive end.
2018 6’8 F Kevin Zhang (La Lumiere/La Porte,IN) has a small forward skill set. He has a nice stroke from deep and a nice touch around the basket. He can catch n shoot or shoot off the bounce. He has a decent handle of the rock, which he displayed during the game. He uses a good ball fake to get his defender in the air then he blows past. He was very effective when he had the ball.
2019 6’4 SG Brandon Vernon (Pike HS/Indianapolis,IN) is deadly from beyond NBA range, what some people would call “Steph Curry range”. Vernon is the type of player you have to pick up when he crosses half court or he will make you pay. He has a quick release, nice stroke, and gets good rotation on his shot. He hit multiple deep 3s.
2019 5’10 PG Isiah Moore (Park Tudor HS/Indianapolis,IN) is a good, quick guard. Moore knows how to set his defender up for the screen and when to use the screen. He uses a nice in & out move to run his defender into the screen then he goes the opposite way. He’s quick when attacking the basket and he attacks at angles. He finds open teammates off the drive or he finishes at the rim. He also knocked down a couple of pull-up jumpers.
2018 7’0 C Ousmane Ndim (St. Louis Christian/St. Louis,MO) is one of the hardest working 7-footers I’ve seen in high school basketball. He runs the floor hard on both ends. He made some big chase down blocks in transition and he had a few put-backs in transition. He gets position in the post early and is aware of the 3-senconds rule. The game was up and down so he didn’t get many post touches. He sets firm screens and rolls hard to the basket.
Rosters for the Select Teams:
2019 Keion Brooks SF, 6’7 (Northside/Fort Wayne,IN)
2018 Caleb Brown WG, 6’5 (North Central HS/Indianapolis,IN)
2018 Aaron Henry F, 6’5 (Ben Davis HS/Indianapolis,IN)
2019 Isiah Moore PG, 5’10 (Park Tudor HS/Indianapolis,IN)
2019 Noah Smith CG, 6’0 (Hamilton Southeastern/Fishers,IN)
2019 Dexter Shouse WG, 6’5 (Lawrence North,Indianapolis,IN)
2019 Cameron Alford PG, 5’10 (Brownsburg HS/Brownsburg,IN)
2018 Kevin Zhang F, 6’8 (La Lumiere, La Porte,IN)
2019 Brandon Vernon G, 6’4 (Pike HS/Indianapolis,IN)
2018 Ousmane Ndim C 7’0 (St. Louis Christian, St. Louis,MO)
2019 Sydney Curry PF, 6’8 (Bishop Leurs/Fort Wayne.IN)
2019 John Michael Malloy F, 6’8 (Carmel HS/Carmel,IN)
2019 Isaiah Thompson PG, 6’0 (Zionsville HS/Zionsville,IN)
2018 Eric Hunter G, 6’2 (Tindley HS/Indianapolis,IN)
2019 Juwan Gary WG, 6’6 (Gray Academy/Columbia,SC)
2018 Shamar Dillard SF, 6’4 (Riley/South Bend,IN)
2018 Antwaan Cushingberry PG 5’9 (Lawrence North/Indianapolis,IN)
2018 Grant Bueler G, 6’1 (La Lumiere/La Porte,IN)
2018 Deavion Washington G, 6’0 (Terra Haute South/Terra Haute/IN)
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