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Posted On: 06/11/21 12:00 PM

Floor spacing is an essential part of today’s game, especially for off-ball players. When a player can consistently knock down threes to stretch the floor, and guard at a high level on the defensive end, they make it extremely difficult to take them off the court. Let’s discuss a few of those players who have made big impacts on both ends this summer.

Jaden Jackson Jaden Jackson 5'10" | SG Bellevue West | 2024 State NE | Bellevue West

Jackson is one of the best spot-up shooters in the state, and an equally skilled defender. At the point of attack, his defensive skills remind me a lot of 2022 Westside point guard Chandler Meeks Chandler Meeks 6'2" | CG Omaha Westside | 2022 State NE . He is physical without fouling, and he moves very well in all directions. A driver can have a step or two on Jackson, and in the blink of an eye that space is erased and Jackson is back in front of his man. 

Jake Hilkemann Jake Hilkemann 6'4" | SG Lincoln North Star | 2024 State NE | Lincoln North Star

This summer has been my first look at Hilkemann, and I have been impressed with his consistency from game to game. It seems he is always creating a positive impact for Nebraska Supreme UAA with his excellent off-ball defense and serviceable point

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