Posted On: 08/21/18 5:00 PM
It’s August, that means live action on the hardwood slows down, but our coverage of Iowa high schools hoops remains active. The grassroots season recently wrapped up, and we’re going to spend the month re-capping what went down by talking to some of the most successful team’s coaches, and getting their take on players that suited up for them all spring and summer.
We recently caught up with Utah Prospects 15U coach Tim Davis about his squad, one of the best in the West. And he gave us a detailed description of each of his Class of 2021 guys.
Utah Prospects 15U coach Tim Davis talks…
“He played point guard for us, and I think the way for me to describe him is he’s a winner, he just wins. He’s really elusive, really fast, he’s a hard kid to keep in front of you. And then he makes tough shots and he makes plays. He makes plays around the hoop and he knows how to finish for being that size. He’s just ultra, ultra-competitive. I think over time he’ll be a Division I guy. Of course, you want him to grow a little bit, and I think he will; sometimes, though, with a guy like that it just doesn’t matter. He just knows how to win, and make the big play and the big shots. He can guard and stay in front of almost any guard that’s out there. And he’s one of those kids that he just figures it out, figures out how to get to the next stage of his development.”
“Skill-wise he has to develop a little bit more. He was a football and basketball kid, but now he’s a basketball kid. He’s about 6’6 now, but we think he’ll end up being about 6’7 or 6’8. He plays the wing, long arms and he’s really versatile on our team; he can guard a lot of positions, as well as the small forward, and sometimes even a smaller four. He makes shots, he’s a big shot maker. He makes a lot of 3-point shots and he’s really gotten better attacking the hoop on straight-line drives and finishing around defenders. The thing that’s going to help him the most is as his body keeps growing and as he develops physically, that’ll help him more than anything.”
“He’s a small forward who over time can eventually play the two. He’s a high-major prospect and has been offered already by Southern Utah and has Utah chasing him pretty hard and BYU as well. Stanford is interested in him a little bit. He’s a big time prospect. He can do a lot, he played four for us sometimes this year, but he’s really a three or a shooting guard because of his ability to shoot and take it off the bounce. He’s really hard to stay in front of and he’s a kid that you really have to focus in on trying to get down and guard him because for a 6’7 kid he really handles it well. He finished well at the rim and above the rim. I think he’ll be a big-time prospect in the West, and in Utah. Right now, in my opinion, he might be the best prospect in the state because of his size and the things he can do.”
Mason Mickelsen, 6’6 C (*Idaho)
“Tough-bodied kid from Idaho. He’s the guy you want to go in and be physical and be a bruiser. When he gets the ball on the low block, it’s hard to stop, especially on the right block. He finishes really well. He has a little power hop that he does when he finishes around the hoop. He’s also that glue guy, he’ll hustle, he’ll rebound, he’ll do all the things that you have to do. He’s very much about the team and playing for the team and he’ll do any little thing you ask him to do; he’s a very coachable kid.”