Championship Sunday Recap of the Chicago Summer Jam

15 Jul

Champions were crowned, and the last official day of the first live period of July concluded.

Tyler Brimhall 6’4″ swingman Cache Valley Elite 17u

Brimhall put Cache Valley on his back in the team’s opening round bracket victory vs. Michigan Playmakers, scoring 22 points, including five three-pointers.  At 6’4″, Brimhall has great size for a college level two guard, he gets great lift on his jump shot, and seemingly had unlimited range on his three.  He’s effective coming off ball-screens, or pulling up off the dribble.  Tyler has good ball skills that allow him to aggressively attack the lane and get to the rim.  He can be a teams leading scorer, serve as a facilitator, and play tough defensively, an overall good all-round player.

Jason Anderson 5’11” point guard Cache Valley Elite 16u

Anderson was tough to handle in his team’s semi-final victory.  The one thing Jason does when he steps out on the floor, is compete.  He’s the vocal leader of a talented team that knows how to play the game.  Anderson likes to get others involved on offense first, but when he decided to shoot he was deadly, hitting tough pull-ups and three pointers throughout the game.  He’s IQ for the game also stood out as well, defenders can’t take plays off when he doesn’t have the ball in his hand, as he took advantage of a few back-door cut opportunities for easy baskets.  Jason was also very aggressive on the defensive end of the floor.  He didn’t let anybody blow past him, and is a very good athlete for his size.

Alex Illikainen 6’9″ power forward Howard Pulley 17u

Alex is a stretch four forward with great length, size, and athleticism.  He can do a little bit outside, but did most of his damage in the semi-final victory down low.  He does a great job of carving out space down low before the entry pass, giving his man a clear target to get the ball.  And when he got the ball, he did a great job of feeling his man out and taking advantage of what the defender gave him, scoring with either hand.  Alex also rebounded the ball at a high-level defensively, and can get up and down the floor and create mismatches in the full-court.  He currently has ten plus offers now, but more to come after at times playing this weekend in front of at least 20 coaches.

Bjorn Broman 5’1″ shooting guard Howard Pulley 17u

An interesting occurrence happened in Howard Pulley’s semi-final game, apparently a circuit broke loose and the lights dimmed for a minute.  And before the lights went out, Broman hit two or three threes.  Now I don’t know if he actually “shot the lights out,”  but he might’ve had something to do with it.  Broman can shoot, from anywhere on the floor, he does a very good job without the ball and defenders can loose track of him sometimes.  He also has some flash to his game, he can create off the dribble for himself.  Bjorn can be both effective in an up tempo style of play or a half court set.

Julian Torres 6’9″ power forward Mac Irvin 17u

Torres is huge, at 6’9″ 250 pounds, you can’t miss him when he is out on the floor.  Despite his size, he moves well out on the court.  He’s got some skill in him as well.  He can finish around the basket with both soft and power finishes, and is effective when he gets the ball in a face up situation.  Torres has a nice touch from the mid-range that at times can be stretched out to a three-pointer.  He emerged as a beast at rebounding the ball, and playing quality post defense throughout the day.

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