"It's All About The Game"

Pro City post up Pt. 2

 

 

 

 

 

Ron Bailey, Publisher

Sunday's action was solid.

 

 

July 10, 2012 - Last weekend was Nike Pro City 2012’s first, with college and professional players descending upon Georgetown’s McDonough Arena to lace ‘em up. These are brief notes regarding several participating players of note on Sunday.

Nick Faust, 6’5” Soph, G, Maryland (Emery Heights Elite) – It’s clear Faust has been working on his point guard skills, particularly patting the rock, as native of B’More’s Westside consistently dribbled the ball, particularly driving it to the hole. Indicated in fact that is his focus, as the Terps may have him in more of a ball handling role this year. Showed he’s better at getting the ball in the lane. Finished with 27 points on Sunday.

That's Alex Len attacking the baseline against GW frosh, Kevin Larsen.

He drove so much, it was to the detriment of displaying his mid-range game; Faust did take and sink long balls, but didn’t display much stop and pop action. His point guard instincts are a work in progress too, as Nick had a number of unnecessary turnovers attempting the force the ball through drive or pass, in half court and fast break action.

Alex Len, 7’0” Soph, C, Maryland (Emery Heights Elite) – A long, finesse big man, Len excelled at facing from mid-range and attacking, including one eye-popping move where he literally looked like a guard in dipping his shoulder and beating a defender to the baseline. Len is also a fairly natural shot blocker who commands solid timing. Dropped 21 points.

Len, weighing around 230 pounds must get stronger, but also should focus on his back to the basket game, as his footwork and ability to take a bump are not the best. He understands this.

Ian Hummer, 6’5”, Jr, F, Princeton (Hoop Magic) – Long known for his toughness and ability to exploit weaknesses, Hummer a lefty, is now becoming a true swingman – he can be devastating on drives when he slashes and finishes with regularity. Is strong and can take a bump. Will rebound also. Finished with 18 points.

Hummer needs to continue is ball patting work, while also not forsaking mid to long range shooting, since that will open his game up. Focusing on perimeter defense, particularly lateral quickness, would help too.

Keithan Savage, 6’3”, Fr, G, George Washington (Hoop Magic) – Savage should come into the Atlantic 10 and immediately show he’s a combo guard that shoots and finishes. Has sneaky athletic ability, allowing him to punish rims on the break, strap up and get steals, and attack the tin. Had 19 points.

To maximize his impact, Savage should continue his outside shooting work; he’s solid from distance but needs to improve that and mid-range stop and pop stuff. Can also play with more intensity on a consistent basis.

 


 
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