The annual NY2LA Sports Futures Camp hit the courts in Illinois late last month and the annual exposure showcase did not disappoint as talented prospects from across the Midwest made their presence felt. Today is our last installment from this year’s event as we take a look at the top six Centers in attendance regardless of class…
(Note – Listed in Alphabetical Order)
OWEN COBURN – 2019 – C
6-11 – SPIRIT LAKE – SPIRIT LAKE, IA
A long developing interior prospect with solid instincts and feel, Coburn has the potential to be an impact player on both ends given his size, length, and ceiling. He can finish with either hand around the basket and has the ability to step out to 12-15 feet on occasion as well. Defensively he can alter shots and as he continues to develop his physical tools and lower half agility and explosion he could become a dominant force defensively. Still raw in most areas, Coburn’s activity and aggressiveness will be the ultimate factor in how high he elevates. He looks like a potential high major talent with continued hard work.
NOBAL DAYS – 2019 – F/C
6-9 – RACINE PARK – RACINE, WI
A talented and improving big who can slide between either position in the paint, Days skill set has improved and that was evident as he faced up and knocked down jumpers from the mid-range level and beyond the arc at times. He can finish around the basket but his back to the basket game is still raw and a work in progress. Defensively he has timing and activity and he uses that with his size and length to alter and block shots while also cleaning the glass on both ends of the floor. He sees the floor well and is an advanced passing big man at this stage. Already coveted by some high major programs, Days continues to look and fell the part of a high major prospect and if his improvement continues to trend in the direction that it has recently he will continue to see his stock soar over the next 24 months. An impressive day of work.
SKYLAR KOOYENGA – 2018 – F/C
6-9 – WARREN TOWNSHIP – GURNEE, IL
A raw interior talent with size who can also slide between either spot in the paint, Kooyenga can finish around the basket and step out to 12-15 feet as well. Still needing to add strength and lower half explosion, his instincts and feel are advanced and he has a solid understanding of positioning on both ends while being able to contribute on the glass. Needs to improve his lower half across the board and add strength but there’s a lot of clay to mold into a quality prospect and he’s a legitimate Division 1 caliber talent already. As bigs tend to develop later, expect him to continue to take steps forward in the coming months and he should generate a lot of Division 1 looks and offers during the spring and summer.
SERYEE LEWIS – 2020 – F/C
6-7 – MARIST – CHICAGO RIDGE, IL
A talented young big with raw skills and a nice ceiling, Lewis has some solid physical tools to work with and he can finish around the basket on the offensive end of the court. Runs the floor well and defensively he’s solid and disruptive when active and engaged. Still developing, there’s a lot to like at this stage and with hard work and development Lewis looks the part of a Division 1 talent with mid to high major potential long term.
MICK SULLIVAN – 2018 – F/C
6-9 – MARMION ACADEMY – AURORA, IL
A classic blue collar mix it up in the paint type, Sullivan brings intangibles, toughness, and max effort to the table and that could be what endears him to a lot of Division 1 programs by the end of the next summer. He attacks the glass, plays hard, runs the floor, can finish, and is in the mix on ever 50-50 ball and/or situation that happens around the basket. One of those types you love to play with and hate to play against, Sullivan has some nice skill out to 15 feet and his physical strength and tools combined with his effort make him a double double type long term. Another legitimate Division 1 prospect that impressed.
BENJAMIN WOLF – 2018 – F/C
6-9 – NAPERVILLE CENTRAL – NAPERVILLE, IL
Another plus length big who can slide between either spot in the paint, Wolf has a nice skill set that is versatile and at times dominant. Physically he moves well, has solid agility, is a decent athlete, and he runs the floor well. Defensively he has solid instincts and feel and when you combine that with his agility and size you have a solid prospect on that end who brings a lot of effort and intangibles to the court. He can finish at multiple levels offensively, sees the floor well, and shows solid activity on the glass. Like a lot about this young big who should garner lots of mid to potential high major Division 1 attention with continued hard work and development.