Posted On: 07/6/19 11:48 PM
From the outside, you can barely tell that it is a basketball facility. On the inside, Illinois Basketball Academy has four courts, all of which were stacked with talent during day two of the Prep Hoops Circuit Summer Challenge. There were no 17U sightings at IBA on Saturday, but there were plenty of budding 16U prospects. Wisconsin Playground Club, Y&R, Wisconsin United, and many other teams brimming with talent competed to advance. See which prospects were successful in their attempts to led their squads to the Summer Challenge championship.
Jerimiah Burke- Wisconsin United Forward
Jerimiah Burke checks multiple boxes. Burke is a great shot blocker, he can create off the dribble and hit outside shots. In a 76-67 victory, he scored 26 points, including five made threes. The WI United wing did some nice things throughout the day. Burke made a strong impression on me during day two, it is only a matter of time until he does the same to college coaches.
Zac Johnson- WI Playmakers Guard
Eight AM games are tough, just ask Zac Johnson. The WI Playmakers hit the court early on Saturday and got a hard-fought win over WHS Hoops Elite. Johnson struggled a bit in game number one, scoring just ten points. His middling first game didn’t stop him from having a breakout second game. Looking like a top ten prospect in his class, Johnson scored 23 points in an elimination loss to the Illinois T Wolves. The 6’3″ guard can score from all three levels, but he specializes as a three-point sniper. His smooth lefty three-point shot found the bottom of the net three times on Saturday.
Cade Meyer- Wisconsin Playground Club Forward
Cade Meyer’s stock has gone through the roof for a very good reason. Meyer— who recently took home a state championship in the high jump—is an explosive athlete. The 2021 forward played above the rim during Wisconsin Playground Club’s two wins. He out jumped other players for rebounds, dunks, and layups. Outshining his other teammates and competitors, Meyer scored 31 points in two games on Saturday.
AJ Braun- Team Flyght Ohio Center
AJ Braun was perhaps the most versatile center who competed at IBA on Saturday. Braun notched a double-double in his first game of the day, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. He also blocked three shots in the winning effort. Braun’s recruitment started to heat up on June 20th when he grabbed an offer from Ohio University. Ohio is just the first of many schools that will want Braun to wear their jersey.
Gavin McGrath- Wisconsin Playground Club Center
Cade Meyer was the premier frontcourt player for Wisconsin Playground Club, but Gavin McGrath did many positive things as well. He started the day off right with putback layups and a steal against the IL Bears. McGrath uses his long arms to deflect passes and challenge players at the rim.
Trevor Chatman- Tennesee Edge Guard
Coming from Tennesee, Trevor Chatman was not on my radar heading into the weekend. That changed quickly. Chatman is a scrappy, strong 6’2″ guard. His two biggest strengths are driving to the rim and rebounding. All In Athletics tried to slow down the Edge offense by shifting to a zone defense. This did not work well. Chatman stood at the free throw line and dissected AIA’s defense with his passing and scoring. Getting most of his points near the basket, Chatman scored 16 points in a 54-37 Tennesse Edge victory.
Ashawn Burbridge- Illinois T Wolves Forward
In a competitive win that advanced the Illinois T Wolves to the Elite Eight, Ashawn Burbridge played a huge role. His energy and presence were necessary for the T Wolves to get past the WI Playmakers. The 6’5″ forward made up for his previous absences; Burbridge didn’t play in the T Wolves’ last two tournaments on the Prep Hoops Circuit. Without Burbridge’s performance, the Illinois T Wolves championship hopes would have wilted away.