The 16U field at the 2013 Under Armour Summer Jam presented by NY2LA Sports #UASUMMERJAM2K13 features a loaded field with some of the nation’s top players. Previewing the event, we highlight some of the opening round games and players to keep an eye on this week…

PLAYERS TO WATCH
(Note – this is not an exclusive list)

Alex Illikainen – 2015 – F – Minnesota Cyclones
6-9 – Grand Rapids HS – Grand Rapids, MN
Illikainen is a skilled forward, capable of stepping out and shooting the ball. The 6-9 post also prides himself on the defense end.

Anthony Carver – 2015 G/F – Wisconsin Shooters
6-3 – Wisconsin Lutheran HS – Milwaukee, WI
Carver is coming off a breakout performance at the Next Level Invitational. The 6-3 wing exploded offensively for some big games. Carver, who once appeared to be a post prospect, has quickly improved his perimeter skills, including his three-point shot.

Carlos Thrash – 2015 – PG – Team Loaded
5-5 - Lloyd C. Bird HS – Chester, VA
Despite his 5-5 frame, Thrash has learned how to overcome and excel on the basketball court. Thrash is an outstanding perimeter defender, using his quick feet and hands to get after his opponent. On offense, Thrash has developed a very quick shot, both inside the paint and beyond the arc, to avoid getting it blocked.

Chase Jeter – 2015 – F – Dreamvision
6-10 – Bishop Gorman HS – Las Vegas, NV
One of the best in his class, Jeter is an exciting young prospect for Dreamvision. The 6-10 forward does a little bit of everything, including blocking shots, passing, handling the ball, and finishing down low.

Chris King – 2015 – G – Kingdom Hoops
6-1 – Hoover HS – Des Moines, IA
Coming off a terrific showing the Next Level Invitational, King will be looking to ride his momentum into the Summer Jam. A shooter that can fire off shots in a hurry, King often gets hot from beyond the arc.

Cody Schwartz – 2015 – F – Wisconsin Blizzard
6-8 – West De Pere HS – De Pere, WI
Schwartz has had an outstanding spring/summer and could be on the verge of taking off on the recruiting trail. At 6-8, Schwartz shoots the ball like a guard and can also put it on the deck and attack the rim.

Danya Kingsby – 2016 – PG – Milwaukee Rebels
5-10 – Hamilton HS – Milwaukee, WI
Kingsby is one of Wisconsin’s brightest up and coming stars. The sophomore floor general is at times unstoppable getting to the rim, but is also very unselfish, always looking for his teammates.

Derrick Jones Jr. – 2015 – G/F – We R 1
6-7 – Arch Bishop Carroll HS – Marcus Hook, PA
His physical abilities are among the best in the nation, and now Jones is developing his skills to go with it. A high-rising, athletic wing, Jones often plays above the rim on offense and makes a ton of plays on defense. 

Diamond Stone – 2015 – F/C – Young Legends
6-10 – Whitefish Bay Dominican HS – Wauwatosa, WI
One of the most dominating and physically imposing players in his class, Stone looks to lead the Young Legends to the 16U title. There are few players who can stop him on the block, and now Stone is working on his perimeter skills as well, showing an improved 3-point shot.

Doral Moore Jr. – 2015 – C – Atlanta Xpress
6-11 – Luella HS – Stockbridge, GA
Moore gets it done defensively in the paint, being active on the glass and swatting away shots inside. At times, the 6-11 center can also look very comfortable offensively, playing with his back to the basket and even knocking down mid-range jumpers.

Ernest Aflakpui – 2015 – F/C – We R 1
6-9 – Arch Bishop Carroll HS – Collegeville, PA
Aflakpui has a nice upside and with work, has continued to improve during the travel season. The 6-9 big man is long and athletic, making him one of the best rebounders and shot blockers in the country.

Glynn Watson – 2015 – G – Illinois Wolves
6-0 – St. Joseph HS – Bellwood, IL
One of the biggest surprises nationally this spring, Watson has been dynamic in the open floor, leading the Wolves to some big wins. A smart player with a high basketball IQ, Watson usually makes the right play.

Jake Jurss – 2015 – SG – DTA
6-2 – Sheboygan Lutheran HS – Sheboygan, WI
Jurss is a pure shooter, capable of racking up points in a hurry. The 6-2 guard can be a high volume scorer and doesn’t need a lot of room to get his shot off.

Jemell Posey – 2015 – PG – Milwaukee Spartans
6-2 – OldMar Christian – Milwaukee, WI
Posey and the Spartans had a terrific showing the Next Level Invitational. The 6-2 guard is always making plays for his team and is a tough finisher at the rim. Posey racks up points and assists throughout each game.
 
Jeron Rogers – 2015 – F – REACH Legends
6-7 – North Farmington HS – Farmington Hills, MI
Rogers loves to play around the rim. The 6-7 forward has a knack for collecting offensive rebounds and finishing through contact. Rogers can do some things on the perimeter as well, including slashing to the rim and knocking down a jumper from time to time.

Jimmy Whitt – 2015 – G/F – KC Run GMC
6-3 – Hickman HS – Columbia, KS
Whitt knows how to score the basketball from all areas of the floor. An outstanding mid-range jump shooter, Whitt also has very good athleticism which he’ll use from time to time to rise up and make a big play.

Kevin Puryear – 2015 – PF – KC Run GMC
6-7 – Blue Springs South HS – Lee Summit, MO
Puryear’s best attribute is his ability to pass the ball from the high post. The 6-7 forward is a physical player inside, but can also make plays from outside the paint as well. Puryear also excels on the glass, often grabbing double digit rebound totals.

Lamonte Turner – 2015 – PG – Atlanta Xpress
6-2 – Oak Christian HS – Atlanta, GA
Turner loves to break down his defender off the bounce and is one of the best in the country at doing so. A quick lead guard, Turner is also an excellent passer, slicing up the defense when he gets into the paint.

Leroy Butts – 2015 – F – DC Assault
6-7 – Bishop O’Connell HS – Washington, MD
A long, athletic forward, Butts can cause multiple problems for the opposition. The 6-7 forward has the ability to play inside or out on the perimeter.

Markis McDuffie – 2015 – G/F – Sports U Team Izod
6-6 – St. Anthony HS – Paterson, NJ
McDuffie is a very good shooter for his size. At 6-6, McDuffie can stretch the floor for Sports U Team Izod and has made vast improvements in his game over the past year.

Matt Heldt – 2015 – F/C – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
6-10 – Neenah HS – Neenah, WI
A skilled forward, Heldt is known for being efficient in the paint offensively, and blocking shots using his excellent timing defensively. At 6-10, Heldt doesn’t waste a lot of time in the post. There’s not much hesitation in his game. He gets the ball down low and makes his move.

Nicholas Marshall – 2015 – C – Team Thad
6-11 – Lexington HS – Lexington, TN
Marshall patrols the paint for Team Thad. Using his strong build, Marshall can be a physical matchup for any opponent. He’s still developing his skills, but the 6-11 center can be very good around the rim and has shown good touch on the ball.

Nick Noskowiak – 2015 – PG – Wisconsin Playground Warriors
6-3 – Sun Prairie HS – Sun Prairie, WI
The Marquette commit is a triple-threat offensively. Always taking what the defense gives him, Noskowiak can knock down some tough shots from the outside, get to the rim, and also make some difficult passes using his vision.

Obediah Church – 2015 – F – Peoria Irish
6-7 – Springfield HS – Springfield, IL
Church has certainly elevated his stock during the travel season. The 6-7 forward is an active player inside, using his length to cause problems for the opposition on both ends.

Matt Rafferty – 2015 – F – Chicago Lockdown
6-7 – Hinsdale Central HS – Darien, IL
Rafferty is comfortable with his back to the basket or facing up and knocking down jumpers. The 6-7 forward is also very aggressive on the glass.

Nick Rutherford – 2015 – PG – SYF Players
6-3 – Pike HS – Indianapolis, IN
Rutherford is a terrific lead guard for the SYF Players. The 6-3 floor general is generally always around the ball, scoring and pushing in transition, as well as hitting open teammates for assists.

Prentiss Nixon – 2015 – G – Illinois Wolves
6-1 – Bolingbrook HS – Bolingbrook, IL
A solid defender and orchestrator of the offense, Nixon gets it done on both ends of the floor. The 6-1 guard has improved vastly on the offensive end, becoming a very good shooter and facilitator.

Ray Smith – 2015 – SF – LV Prospects
6-5 – Las Vegas HS – Las Vegas, NV
Smith has a very big upside. The 6-5 wing is a smooth, athletic player that is always good for a few highlight plays. Smith is a very creative attacker, full of moves he can use once he heads to the rim.

Samir Doughty – 2015 – G – Philly Pride
6-2 – Communications Tech HS – Philadelphia, PA
A 6-2 combo guard, Doughty loves to score off the dribble, whether it’s getting to the rim, or pulling up off the bounce. Doughty isn’t afraid to play with the bigs inside either, using strength and body control to convert some tough finishes.
 
Spencer Haldeman – 2015 – G – Iowa Barnstormers
6-1 – West Dubuque HS – Peosta, IA
Haldeman is a smart point guard who excels and slinging the rock and knocking down open 3-pointers. The sophomore is a strong point guard, capable of leading a team.

Stephen Harris – 2015 – G – Gateway
6-2 – Webster Grove HS – St. Louis, MO
Although he can shoot the ball from the outside a bit, Harris is best known for his ability to get to the rim. Harris has terrific body control and is very good at scoring in traffic.

Tim Delaney – 2015 – PF – We R 1
6-8 – Pittman HS – Mullica Hill, NJ
Delaney is a versatile forward that can knock down shots from outside the paint. On defense, the 6-8 big man is physical and plays excellent post defense. Committed to Villanova, Delaney will hurt defenses in the pick n’ roll game.

Tyler Hall – 2015 – SG – Quad City Elite
6-3 – Rock Island HS – Rock Island, IL
When he’s on, Hall is as tough as anybody to stop. The 6-3 shooting guard is excellent at creating his own shot from the outside and has been known to cash in on some difficult plays.

SOME KEY MATCHUPS
(Note – this is not an exclusive list)

WEDNESDAY JULY 17, 2013
Chicago Lockdown vs. Team Loaded 757 – 8:20 PM – Brown Deer High School Court 3
Making some noise this spring has been Chicago Lockdown led by Matt Rafferty and Harrison Niego. They’ll be up against fast-paced Team Loaded 757 on opening night.

Team YOBO vs. REACH Legends – 9:30 PM - Brown Deer High School – Court 1
Led by the trio of Lamonta Stone, Jeron Rogers, and Jaylin Walker, the REACH Legends open up against Team YOBO, surrounded with talented shooters.

THURSDAY JULY 18,, 2013
LV Prospects vs. Baltimore’s Finest – 8:00 AM – Homestead High School Court 5
Ultra athletic wing Ray Smith and the Las Vegas Prospects get a much anticipated game against another loaded Baltimore’s finest squad.

Wisconsin Playground Warriors vs. Team Loaded – 8:00 AM – Homestead High School Court 2
Leading a very talented Playground Warriors squad is Marquette commit Nick Noskowiak, who will be tested against a fast and physical backcourt of Team Loaded, featuring a terrific defender in Carlos Thrash.

We R 1 vs. SYF Players – 8:00 AM – Homestead High School Court 3
We R 1 features a talented frontcourt trio of Tim Delaney, Ernest Aflakpui, and Derrick Jones Jr. They’ll be up against the SYF Players, led by their exciting point guard Nick Rutherford.

Sports U Team Izod vs. KC Run GMC – 9:10 AM – Homestead High School Court 5
KC Run GMC’s duo of Jimmy Whitt and Kevin Puryear open the morning with an intriguing game against the powerful frontcourt of Team Izod, featuring Markis McDuffie.

D-Rose All Stars vs. Minnesota Cyclones – 9:10 AM – Homestead High School Court 1
D-Rose All-Stars and the Minnesota Cyclones can be as dangerous as anybody in the field. The high-scoring D-Rose All-Stars get the defensive-minded Cyclones led by Alex Illikainen in a clash of styles.

Illinois Wolves vs. Atlanta Express – 9:10 AM – Homestead High School Court 2
The Wolves have four guards in the backcourt that are capable of going off at any moment in Jordan Ash, Glynn Watson, Prentiss Nixon, and Roosevelt Smart. Touted point guard Lamonte Turner and 7-0 Center Doral Moore will try and slow the Wolves down.

Dream Vision vs. Young Legends – 9:10 AM – Homsetead High School Court 3
After going home early at the Next Level Invitational, Diamond Stone and the Young Legends look to rebound against Chase Jeter and Dreamvision, in what should be an exciting individual matchup in the front court.

Team Thad vs. DC Assault – 10:20 AM – Homestead High School Court 2
Two of the tournament’s favorites square off in the opener as Team Thad, who has great size at the wing and the frontcourt, including 6-11 Nicholas Marshall, take on the always dangerous DC Assault, led by Leroy Butts.

Utah Prospects vs. Philly Pride – 10:20 AM – Homestead High School Court 5
Brock Miller, Jesse Wade and the Utah Prospects take on Sam Foreman, Samir Doughty and Philly Pride in what could be a battle of two tournament sleepers.

Wisconsin Blizzard vs. Michigan Hurricanes – 10:20 AM – Homestead High School Court 6
Two intriguing forwards will be featured in this game between the Blizzard and Hurricanes as versatile Cody Schwartz battles against 6-7 Alexander Burney.