With the Peach Jam garnering all the national attention, the NY2LA Summer Jam slipped through the cracks. On a lazy Saturday in July, right smack in the middle of the two legs of the July evaluation, I thought this might be a perfect time to recap. If you visit NY2LASports.com, you’ll notice that the Summer Jam wasn’t lost amongst the coaches. Many of the big boys attended, including Tom Crean, Tom Izzo, Billy Donovan, Tubby Smith and Sean Miller.
Ray McCallum’s Team Detroit won the platinum bracket, giving them the highest honors in their age division for the tournament. McCallum and teammate Trey Zeigler also won Co-MVP, so congrats to both of those two. Its no secret that Ray has long been one of my favorites and I absolutely love his game. He’ll find himself stuck behind other guards on UK’s list but it won’t be because they’re better point guards. The fact of the matter is that Calipari loves point guards with a score first mentality and that’s just not Ray’s game. NY2LA did a little scouting on Ray and I really think they hit the nail on the head:
The first thing that stands out about McCallum is his enormous leadership qualities and his understanding of the game. Not as blessed athletically as some, McCallum is still able to make plays off the bounce and beat his man off the dribble. There is little wasted motion in his game, he pounds his dribble and snaps his passes, and notched another impressive win on his belt against the ICAN All-Stars.
This one from the championship run:
Dynamic floor general was back at it again during the final day of the NY2LASports.com Summer Jam. McCallum can impact the game without dominating the ball, and while his talents may go unrecognized because he isn’t a monster in the scoring column each time out, anyone with a basic knowledge of the game can appreciate what he does for his squad as a charismatic commander who leads by example.
Also at the tournament was the Hoop Planet AAU team that includes Jelan Kendrick on their roster. Kendrick is having a great summer and seems to have continued that trend in Milwaukee, despite being on the losing end of a few contests. Here’s the NY2LA scouting report for Jelan:
Talented guard is a leader in every sense of the word. His Hoop Planet team has been on the losing end of a couple of close contests here in the NY2LASports.com Summer Jam and Kendrick is making it a point to get his team together after every game and talk about what they are doing well and what they need to do better. A positive competitor, his energy on the court is tremendous, and his desire to win is second to none. With a host of elite college coaches looking on, Kendrick showed a quick dribble and burst and some serious hang-time around the cup on his way to two 25+ [point] performances on day two.
Kendrick recently spoke about how the UK coaching staff had been showing him a lot of attention while at Memphis, even offering a scholarship, but had not been in contact since the switch. The lack of interest must have nothing to do with his summer performances because Kendrick has been nothing short of amazing all summer long.
In Vegas, the champion Team Detroit squad will be adding another huge bit of talent as Dominique Ferguson makes the switch from his former SYF team to McCallum’s championship winning squad from up north. Earlier this week, Ferguson sent out the following tweet: “getting ready for vegas, playing with Team Detroit.” The rich get richer.