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SW Illinois Jets 2021 class is seeing a boost in recruiting stock

The SW Illinois Jets are a staple of the RecruitLook Hoops League. They’ve been the champions at multiple years at different age groups, and their 2021 class has several hoopers that were already on the radar of college coaches with D1 offers. Now, after successful high school seasons, several SW Illinois Jets are set to soar this summer.

Brennan Weller – The 6’5 wing from Edwardsville had a monster season, which has improved his recruiting stock. He was named to the All-Tourney Team at the Collinsville Tourney after averaging 20.8 points a game. The lefty scorer lead Edwardsville in scoring at 19 points a game including shooting 44% from 3-pt. Weller has shown an all around improved game.

Ethyn Brown – The 6’2 lead guard had a great junior season for the Belleville East Lancers. Averaged 13 points a game and 3.4 steals per game while shooting 39% from 3pt. His on the ball defense turned up even more than when we saw him last over the summer. He’s a hard-nosed point guard that won’t back down from any challenge. He’s the type of player the makes the entire team better with his toughness. We have heard that coaches from the LM/MM and IVY Leagues have been in contact with him.

AJ Smith – The 6’5 forward played some of the best ball of his life this season. He started to produce at a high level towards the end of AAU season, and that carried over to the high school season. Smith averaged 18 points a game and led Metro East Lutheran in every statistical category. He improved his ball handling and was simply taken over games with his skill set and toughness.

Quani Rudd – Quani is one of those players that gets the coaches drooling over his pure athleticism. He has size at 6’5…he has bounce as he plays above the rim… he can defend 1-4 on the court… and his skill-set is starting to come along with his inside-outside scoring ability. As he fine tunes his fundamentals and learns to play more in a system, he is going to be getting more than the SIUE & SEMO offers that he currently has.

Cole Farrell – the 6’4 PG from Hazelwood Central continued to build off a successful summer; he opened up the season with two double digits games against great teams in Atlanta and really has become an elite defender. The high flying wing continues to play above the rim and just oozes with athletic ability. He could blow up if he can get more consistent with his jumper.

Ja’markus Gary – Gray doesn’t get enough pub because he often impacts the game on the things that don’t show up in the boxscore. The 6’1 guard is averaged 10 points a game for the Alton Redbirds, but he was constantly called upon to defend the other teams best player…and most nights stepped up in a big way.

Shaun Riley II – The 6’5 forward is averaged 10 points a game and 8 rebounds a game for O’Fallon. Riley holds a couple D1 offers as they see the potential in the SF to play inside-out. He could improve his stock if he can show that he can hit the mid-range and 3-pt jumper. His athletic ability to exploit defensive matchups is interesting for college coaches; he can play down-low with a series of go-to moves, and he can work some on the perimeter while putting the ball on the floor.

Tommie Williams – The 6’4 guard from Belleville West averaged 15 points a game this year on 42% shooting from the field. The more we saw Tommie, the more we liked we he brought to the table. He is long and bouncy at the guard position and can play both the 1 & 2. His shot is a work in progress to be more consistent, but his dribble penetration option (Shoot the 3, mid-range pull-up, to the rack, dish it) is where he shines best. And throw in his toughness on the defensive end…there is a reason why college coaches are checking in on him.

Nathan Hall– The 6’7 small forward from Collinsville could burden the load when needed — 8 games scoring double-digits. But when you have Ray’Sean Taylor, an Illinois player of the year finalist, on your team, you tend to play a role. Hall found his role as an inside-out threat for the Kahoks. He was so effective working soft spots in the zones and finding ways to get scoring chances as defenses surrounded Taylor…Hall shot 55% from 2-pt! He showed he can step out and hit the 3, too, which is going to open more scoring chances this AAU and next high school season. Don’t sleep on his athleticism… at 6-7 Hall can run the floor and finish with authority at the rim. We have him pegged for a breakout.

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2019 Larry Hughes Elite Camp Preview

Press Release

August 2nd, 2019

RecruitLook Hoops will once again host the Larry Hughes Elite Camp on August 10-11, 2019 in St. Louis. This is an invite-only camp that will bring in some of the top high school basketball recruits from across the country. The two-day event will feature a mixture of 60 national recruits in the 2020, 2021, and 2022 recruiting classes – all getting the chance to learn from NBA-veteran and skills trainers.

NBA veteran, Larry Hughes, along with state-champion high school coach, Justin Tatum, will be the lead instructors for the Camp that will take place at Hughes’ brand-new facility.

Hughes has an impressive resume having played thirteen seasons at the highest level of professional basketball in the NBA. He was drafted by the 76ers in the 1st round (8th overall) of the 1998 NBA draft out of Saint Louis University, where he was named Freshman of the Year. Hughes was recognized as a versatile and athletic guard with strong defensive abilities, and was selected to the 2004-2005 All-Defensive 1st Team.

“Larry is passionate about spreading his basketball knowledge to the younger generation, which aligns with our vision and overall goal of RecruitLook Hoops,” says Mike Enright, Founder of RecruitLook. “It’s paramount that we have an influential partner like Larry to assist with the development of the next generation of basketball players.”

This camp will also feature wearable technology that is found in top-notch NBA facilities, including the RSPCT Basketball System to track shots, and the Kinexon’s sports technology cameras to measure player movement. All the data is tracked and logged into a digital locker, which will be shared to college coaches of all levels.

“We founded Larry Hughes Basketball Academy as well as our BTS (Basketball Training System) to develop athletes’ basketball abilities and basketball IQ — as well as their character and life skills,” says Larry Hughes, Founder of LHBA and BTS. “We share the same vision when it comes to assisting youth within the sport of basketball. We’re excited to build leaders on and off the court.”

The Larry Hughes Elite Camp provides athletes with an opportunity to showcase their skills against elite competition, while also learning more about the game of basketball and life-skills from special guests. In addition to the drill work and skills sessions the campers will receive, the camp will focus on teaching valuable lessons off the court.

The camp is not open to the public, only family members of the campers. Media requests need to be submitted to info@recruitlook.com.

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