The annual NY2LA Sports Futures Camp hit the hardwood in Illinois late last month and while last week we looked at some of the top overall performers in the various classes, this week we plan to look at some of the below the radar prospects who elevated their stock with solid efforts as well. Here’s a quick look at ten Class of 2019 prospect who made their presence felt in impressive fashion at the NY2LA Sports Futures Camp…
(Note – Listed in alphabetical order)
QUINN CAFFERTY – 2019 – PF
6-4 – RACINE ST. CATHERINES – RACINE, WI
A tough blue collar young interior talent, Cafferty is a max effort talent who has no problem with physicality on either end of the floor. He competes, can clean the glass on both ends, and he has a solid feel for scoring around the basket and out to 15 feet with consistency. An intangible guy who every team needs on the floor to win, Cafferty does whatever is asked of him at a solid level with a high motor and he is impressive with his ability to fill the box score. A solid day of work for the up and coming young forward.
MICHAEL HODGES – 2019 – PG
6-1 – SCHAUMBURG – SCHAUMBURG, IL
A talented guard with decent quickness and skill, Hodges can handle the ball and breakdown opposing guards while having the ability to create or score at multiple levels. Still developing in some areas offensively, Hodges is also a solid instinctive defender who makes plays and brings solid activity to that end of the court. A quality sleeper to keep track of.
COLLIN DIETZ – 2019 – SF
6-5 – WASHINGTON – WASHINGTON, IL
A skilled wing who is just scratching the surface, Dietz can rip the nets from beyond the arc and he has an improved ability to put the ball on the floor and score at the mid-range level or in traffic at the basket. He has plus length, which helps him rebounding the basketball and defensively. Like his physically tools and instincts and as he continues to improve his speed, quickness, and explosion his best basketball lies ahead. A solid day of work for him as well.
TYLER ELLINGSON – 2019 – SG
6-3 – SUSSEX HAMILTON – MENOMONEE FALLS, WI
A classic catch and shoot marksman with range that extends well beyond the arc, Ellingson started slowly but then he started to find his flow spotting up on the break and keeping his spacing to create open shots for himself in half court sets and beyond. Still needing to improve his lower half across the board, Ellingson has an excellent feel for the game and his ability to shoot the basketball with range and a high level of efficiency makes for a quality young wing with a high ceiling.
DANIEL FILIPPONE – 2019 – SG
6-0 – ANTIOCH COMMUNITY – ANTIOCH, IL
Another solid marksman at this stage with range and an ability to knock down the jumper, Filippone probably projects to the next level as a combo guard or even a lead guard so he will have to continue to develop his handles, breakdown skills, and lower half. That being said he’s instinctive, has excellent feel, he has solid vision, and his ability to put the ball on the money passing it is sound. Add to that and excellent perimeter stroke and an ability to hit the mid-range pull up off the dribble and you have a lot to work with here. Really like his potential as he continues to develop and improve both physically and skill wise.
JAYLON GENTRY – 2019 – PG
5-10 – BROWN DEER – BROWN DEER, WI
A solid athletic young floor general with a nice ceiling, Gentry has handles, quickness, and vision and he pairs that with an ability to create and deliver timely passes. Add to that an improving perimeter stroke and nice activity and potential on the ball defensively and it’s easy to see why this young floor general is an intriguing young point guard to keep track of. One to watch.
EVAN TAYLOR – 2019 – SF
6-4 – GLENBARD WEST – GLEN ELLYN, IL
Really like a lot of things about this young wing as he has plus length and a versatile skill set that he combines with decent athleticism and instincts to fill the box score. He can defend, score, and clean the glass while also having above average potential defensively both on and off the ball. Still raw in some areas, when Taylor is active and engaged he can score at multiple levels and become a matchup problem for opposing teams. A high ceiling kid who is just scratching the surface of his potential, Taylor was impressive throughout the camp.
JOHNTAE MARTIN – 2019 – SF
6-3 – MILWAUKEE WASHINGTON – MILWAUKEE, WI
A powerful young wing with athleticism and quickness, Martin’s strength combined with his ability to run the floor and play in up tempo and half court sets is an intriguing combination that creates matchup problems. He attacks well off the bounce, has a developing perimeter game, and he can clean the glass and fill the box score when active. Defensively he can play the 1, 2, 3, or 4 in any given set and his instincts are above average as well. A max effort player who is at his best when active and engaged, Martin is a solid young prospect with nice upside and potential who impressed with his overall floor play throughout the day.
MARQUISE MILTON – 2019 – PG
5-10 – RACINE HORLICK – RACINE, WI
Another solid young floor general with some decent toughness and instincts who impressed. He handles the ball well, sees the floor well, and his perimeter stroke can finish at any level. Still developing and raw in some areas, Milton is a solid leader on both ends with instincts, feel, and skill who opened some eyes throughout the day.
DREW WIEMERS – 2019 – SG
6-3 – MOLINE – COAL VALLEY, IL
A developing young wing with decent size, length, and range, Wiemers can knock down the open jumper and score at the mid-range level or in transition. Physically he needs to develop his strength and lower half quickness and explosion but overall there is a lot of clay for him to mold into a solid prospect with hard work. A quality sleeper with potential.