July brought to our attention a lot of new names and faces. Wings who made good first impressions this summer include the following:
The big wing player from Topeka might just bring a new dimension to the talented Scots next fall. He certainly has the ability from the arc to make a contribution. He scorched the nets last month. He has good vision and can handle the ball. He makes some tough passes, including inside the paint. He uses his size effectively at both ends of the floor.
Brumbaugh got some valuable experience for the Cowboys as a ninth grader. Now he’s honing his game on the summer circuit. He has the diversity to his offensive game to score at all three levels and the athleticism to make plays in transition. He chases down transition at the defensive end. He is a lanky wing who can knock down the 3-pointer.
Like Brumbaugh, Frazier got some quality experience on the varsity as a ninth grader. Frazier blended in with an up-tempo, athletic SSA team in July and showed he can contribute in a lot of ways. He runs the floor and can guard out to the arc, but is also effective in the paint. He’s long and lean but strong. He can catch and shoot from deep or in the lane. He’s got the anticipation and spring to block shots too.
Gerdes impressed by making a lot of plays that didn’t involve shooting the ball. He works hard at both ends and plays with intelligence. But shooting from deep is his top skill, and he makes good decisions about when to let it fly. He gets the ball off quickly and can hit even when well-defended. He’s tough and makes sure he contributes in every aspect of the game.
Cooper jumped out for his overall ability, which he put on display for Phenom in July. He is a fun player to watch. First you notice his perimeter shooting, but soon you realize he’s much more than a shooter. He’s a well-built wing who can power his way to a shot in the lane, but he’s just as likely to dish off a clever pass to a teammate off the bounce or into the lane.
This guy can, and will, shoot from anywhere. He’s got the length to shoot over defenders, and the physical power to get anywhere he wants. He cruises up the court to openings on the wing and will shoot an opponent out of the game if he’s allowed to. His combination of size and shooting ability make him a matchup problem.