Flyin to the Hoop: Day Two

Luke Kennard

KETTERING, Ohio - It was a good day of action at Flyin to the Hoop led by a head to head match up between Justin Jackson and Luke Kennard. Also a pair of Our Saviour underclassmen were excellent.

Jack Gibbs, PG, Westerville North – Headed to Davidson next year, Gibbs had a very solid outing. He is a score first point guard with a winning mentality on both ends of the floor. Gibbs was excellent on defense making several steals and communicated well to go with that. Offensively he made shots, showed some ability to get into the lane, and overall is just crafty. While he does nothing that blows you away, Gibbs was very solid and helped his team get a big win.

Jamar Hammonds, SG, Trotwood-Madison – Hammonds was nothing short of spectacular in his team's losing effort. A big time scorer coming into the game, Hammonds had 28 in the first three quarters and helped the Rams to a third quarter lead. He did it every which one with athleticism, long range shooting, and attacking off the dribble. A high energy kid, Hammonds really made things happened and showed he can compete at a high level.

Jalen James, PG, La Lumiere – Not a true point guard he doesn't always make the best decisions, but he does find a way. In a nice fourth quarter rally James played a starring role helping to beat the press and also get to the foul line where he converted. James can make some big shots, and is solid in terms of not being turnover prone. He isn't perfect, but James is having a solid senior year and did it again on Saturday night.

Justin Jackson, SF, HCYA – Jackson was a scoring machine for his team, and if he had much help he would have had huge assists numbers as well. He is still at his best in the mid-range using his impressive floater, but now Jackson is rebounding better and taking more pride on the defensive end. One of the most gifted offensive players in the class, Jackson put up over 30 points and quite simply was unstoppable all game long.

Sam Logwood, SF, La Lumiere – Once again Logwood really came to play and was vital in the Lakers coming back to get the win. Logwood is an excellent athlete who locks down on defense, and was very active. Once he really made a conscious effort to rebound the ball in the second half that did a lot to change the game. Now he must continue to improve his handle, but with his attitude and mindset Logwood is continuing to open up a lot of eyes with his play.

Johnathon Wilkins, C/PF, La Lumiere – Wilkins isn't a gifted offensive player yet, but he was at the back end of the La Lumiere press and caused problems with his natural timing and length with blocking shots. Also Wilkins was excellent on the glass snatching rebounds, especially on defense where he would then start the break with excellent passing. Once his offensive game continues to come around he will really being to flourish.

Cheick Diallo, C, Our Saviour – Diallo just continues to get better and better every time he steps on to the court. An excellent athlete he did a good job of blocking shots, but also does the little things on defense like moving his feet and being in the right position. Add in that he dunks everything he can on offense and is showing a little bit of a handle and the sky is the limit for Diallo who took over in the second half as his team needed. Upside is the key word here, and there is no limit to it for Diallo.

Luke Kennard, SG, Franklin – The performance of the day came from Kennard who was spectacular in his team's win. Kennard is a big time shooter, but he does more than just that. Kennard can get to the rim some off the bounce, is an excellent passer, and then is an above average athlete as well. He put all of that together to go for over 30 and lead his team to a win. The one growth area for Kennard is he is very left hand dominant off the dribble, so he must continue to refine his off hand.

Kassoum Yakwe, SF/PF, Our Saviour – When it comes to just being a raw athlete, very few are better than Yakwe who plays at a level far, far above the rim. Also he is getting more skilled, though that is still a little bit down the line. Yakwe is aggressive when in his range and just finds a way to produce. Now he is still raw, but right now he is looking like he could be one of the best forward prospects in the class.

Dayton was in the gym for Sam Logwood and Johnathon Wilkins.

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