Conference Preview

Posted On: 07/8/19 12:35 PM

The Summer Challenge was my favorite event to watch on the Circuit so far! So many teams played at a very high level, you didn’t know what to expect. 

Taking a look below, at a few players who rightfully stood out. 


• AJ Finn (6’2” / G 2021 / South Cook Jaguars): Finn really stood out to me when in the viewing I watched. A solid shooter, that can also grab a bucket off the dribble. Didn’t shy away from contact which is a plus. Also, knocked down his free throws. Played the game with a motor that coaches like. 

• Matthew Stachowiak (5’11” / G 2021 / Wisconsin Rap): The 2021 guard moves well without the ball, uses a virtue of cuts to get open looks at the rim. Rebounded well for his size, and fought for extra possessions. 

• Riley Simonz (6’3” / WG 2021 / Wisconsin Rap 16U): Riley is athletic and it’s quickly noticeable. Defends from the wing position well, multiple positions at that. Does a good job of working without the ball, cutting to the lane. Showed the ability to score from three levels, an impressive showing when I watched.

Patrick Ivory Patrick Ivory 6'5" | SF Northmont | 2021 State OH Jr. (6’5” / WF 2021 / Team Flyght): Ivory is a prospect with good size that affects the game. Some versatility to him, as he can guard a couple different positions. Smooth through the lane as he scores through contact. Grabs rebounds, and a putback threat. Was a threat to get to the line also. 

Carter Mims Carter Mims 5'8" | PG Trotwood | 2021 State OH (5’7” / G 2021 / Team Flyght / Trotwood-Madison):  Carter Mims Carter Mims 5'8" | PG Trotwood | 2021 State OH was one of the more impressive prospects I watched Sunday. Despite the height, Mims plays tougher then the other nine on the court. A quick burst that allows him to get through the lane, where he can finish or kick out. Plays hard all the time on both ends, looking to disrupt the passing lane. Good ball handler that runs the offense and keeps things flowing. 

AJ Braun AJ Braun 6'9" | C Fenwick | 2021 State OH (6’8” / PF 2021 / Bishop Fenwick): Braun is still a raw prospect, but you can see the upside. A double-double threat as he is all over the boards, but needs to improve strength. Showed the ability to stretch the floor, knocking down shots from distance often. Shot blocking ability is there as well. Also, would like to see him work on reaction time. But, you can see why Ohio University has already offered the junior and is a D1 prospect. 

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