Posted On: 07/8/19 12:28 AM
Featuring platinum bracket action across 15U, 16U, and 17U age groups, M14 Hoops Traning Academy was the place to be at on Sunday. Many teams entered the day with hopes of leaving with a Summer Challenge Championship shirt on their back. But, as teams were eliminated, the competition levels went up. Whether it was an already known player like Gabe Madsen getting the job done, or a more under the radar prospect like Jayden Jackson Jayden Jackson 6'2" | SG Whitefish Bay | 2021 State WI showing up, there was talent everywhere on Sunday. Here are my standouts from the final day at the Summer Challenge:
Jayden Jackson Jayden Jackson 6'2" | SG Whitefish Bay | 2021 State WI – ABC Young Lions (Guard)
In the first game of the day, Jayden Jackson Jayden Jackson 6'2" | SG Whitefish Bay | 2021 State WI showed why he is ranked inside the top 20 for Wisconsin’s 2021 class. The Whitefish Bay guard was composed in the backcourt, despite being followed by multiple defenders at a time. Jackson can make shots from the outside and he had some really nice finishes around the rim. He is getting some college interest after a great spring, expect more schools to jump on Jackson as he gets even better.
Kimahri Wilson Kimahri Wilson 5'11" | PG Carmel | 2021 State IL – Young And Reckless (Guard)
Kimahri Wilson didn’t score that rock that often, but he did a multitude of other things exceptionally well in an Elite Eight win. Wilson was outstanding on defense all game long, rarely letting his man get past him. He used his speed to create turnovers, which led to points for Y&R. Steals at the end of the game were the only reason Wilson’s squad got past the Young Lions.
Defending is not even what the PG does best. Wilson was unstoppable as a passer in Y&R’s victory. Most guards drive into the lane to score, but Wilson got into the paint to create for his teammates. Whenever he got past his defender, he was able to dish it to one of his talented frontcourt teammates for a score.
Gabe Madsen- Wisconsin Playground Club (Guard)
Scoring over 20 plus points in both of Playground’s games on Sunday, Gabe Madsen proved that he was one of, if not the best scorers in the gym. The most impressive thing about Madsen’s game is his ability to create his own shot. He has a lightning-quick dribble and a fluid pull up jumper. Iowa, Minnesota, and Marquette have all took notice of his refined offensive game, offering the shooting guard. Don’t be surprised if a couple more schools offer Madsen before he commits.
Darius Hannah Darius Hannah 6'8" | PF Milwaukee Academy of Science | 2020 State #345 Nation WI – All In Adidas Gold (Forward)
Darius Hannah Darius Hannah 6'8" | PF Milwaukee Academy of Science | 2020 State #345 Nation WI is everything that college programs want in a forward. He is long, can block shots, hit threes, and finish well around the rim. Hannah scored 11 points in a loss to WPC’s 17U team, including a made three and a huge dunk. Unfortunately, a knee injury kept him out for most of his junior season. He seems to be recovering well and a big senior season is in his future.
James Dent James Dent 6'3" | SG Springfield Southeast | 2021 State IL Jr.- All In Adidas Gold (Guard)
“You can’t guard me,” said James Dent James Dent 6'3" | SG Springfield Southeast | 2021 State IL Jr during the second half of All In Adidas Gold’s semifinal game vs Wisconsin Playground Club. Let’s rewind. Before he uttered those famous words, he had made eight threes. With one of the prettiest jump shots in high school basketball, Dent does not miss too many open threes. While shooting is his main strength, he has also proven that he can score in the midrange and at the rim. A tough matchup for any defender, Dent has made his name known this year on the Prep Hoops Circuit.
Jack Rose Jack Rose 6'4" | SG Westosha Central | 2022 State #213 Nation WI – Wisconsin Playground Club (Guard)
Hands down, the performance of the day goes to Jack Rose Jack Rose 6'4" | SG Westosha Central | 2022 State #213 Nation WI . Going for 53 points in two games, Rose led WPC 15U to a co-championship. Rose played with high energy on both ends of the court. He hamstrung whoever he guarded on defense, and got buckets on offense. Making five threes in a 27 point performance, Rose proved that he is more than just a midrange shooter. The Westosha Central guard is a player that college coaches should recognize while he is still an underrated name.
The 17U age group was loaded with talent. Wisconsin Playground Club, Fundamental U, and Team Speights were all expected to put on a show. Brandin Podziemski Brandin Podziemski 6'6" | SG Saint John's Northwestern Academy | 2021 State #232 Nation WI and Wisconsin RAP came out of nowhere to win the 17U Summer Challenge. Podziemski has one of the best three-point shots in Wisconsin. He scored 26 points in the championship game against Fundamental U. Perhaps the best thing about the forward is that he played up an age group. Podziemski’s ability to make shots from all over the court is unrivaled by other player’s in his class.
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