CYM Standouts – Breakdowns by Aaron Pearlstein, Ethan Piechota and Alex Brown

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Austin Weiher | Team Blue #10 | Big | 6’8 | 225 lbs.

CYM Provided Stats: 25.6 points, 10 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 steals.

Highlights:

Strengths: Weiher is one of the most talented bigs in the CYM program, earning praise from many ex-NBA coaches and player as well as training with Jason Maxiell. Weiher is a strong-framed big with vertical athleticism, the ability to finish through contact on the interior, rebound at a high level, and put the ball on the floor. Operating mostly inside the arc, Weiher is coordinated at his size with good hands, footwork and sets strong screens. Around the rim, he’s able to score through contact and around and above traffic with his combination of balance, body control, functional strength and vertical pop. He runs the floor well and has the ability to shoot from mid-range with good touch and a high release point. Defensively, Weiher’s strength and size allows him to hold his own on the interior in post defense, and his overall feel and positioning create advantages as a rebounder. Averaging nearly two steals per game, he is an opportunistic off-ball defender that plays passing lanes well with his long and advantageous reach.

Improvement Areas: At 6’8, Weiher could really maximize his game and make his skillset even more translatable to the next level by continuing to expand his range as a three-point shooter. Of the attempts he’s taken this year, his base appears volatile mechanically and he has a slight hitch in his upper body, which occasionally throws off the trajectory of his shot. However, when Weiher is able to set his feet, square his base and obtain a smooth energy transfer from his lower body, the hitch has far less of an effect on his shot. With Weiher’s positive mechanical flashes, mid-range shooting ability and good touch around the rim, his shot indicators for the future are promising and something he can build upon moving forward.

Jeremy Burright | Team Steel #11 | Wing | 6’7 | 210 lbs.

CYM Provided Stats: 15.7 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2.2 steals

Highlights:

Strengths: Burright is an inside-outside offensive threat with the comfort to shoot off the dribble and off the catch. Although he isn’t a dynamic space creator with the ball in his hands, he can comfortably handle pressure and changes pace with ease in the open court, allowing him to create separation for himself and finish around the rim with either hand. He’s a high-feel mover off the ball that makes intelligent and timely cuts to the rim and relocates to open space on the perimeter. Burright is a proficient decision-maker that doesn’t force bad shots or turn the ball over. He has the ability to make basic reads as a passer and has proactive vision as a driver, resulting in him averaging over 5 assists per game. Defensively, Burright’s size and athleticism allow him to guard multiple positions, but his versatility is truly maximized and becomes apparent with his evident feel and engagement defensively. 

Improvement Areas: A well-rounded player that contributes positively on both ends, Burright’s game could be taken to the next level if he’s able to provide more volume from a self-creation standpoint. With a competent handle at its base that can be approved upon, Burright would benefit greatly from being able to create his own offense against standstill defenses, rather than the flashes of scoring often only seen in the open court. Furthermore, to round out his offensive attack, improving as a shooter would be a great way to fill that versatile wing scorer mold he is striving for. The comfort is already there regarding pulling up off the dribble, shooting off the catch, and taking rhythm looks as a P&R handler when the defense plays under the screen. Overall, he just needs reps here and more time in the gym. With added overall aggression, burst, and a more dexterous handle, Burright could really add to his skillset.

Trent Washington | Team Blue #2 | Guard | 6’2 | 190 lbs.

CYM Provided Stats: 14.3 points, 3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 3 steals.

Highlights:

Strengths: Shooting nearly 48% from three-point range on good volume and making a sizable impact defensively as well (3 SPG), Washington is an top three-and-D guard prospect in the CYM. He has a pretty stroke off the catch with a consistently solid base and smooth follow through. With the 3pt shooting gravity that he possesses, he is able to attack closeouts and make plays for others off that breakdown, although he could certainly do this more often. Defensively, Trent has great lateral mobility and uses a strong base to own his space well. He can get skinny over screens, play up into handlers, and has some quick & active hands to generate steals. Off the ball, he is one of the most aware of his responsibilities in the league, and one of the most capable at generating deflections and defensive events. Competing on defense and showing a care factor are very important at this level, and Trent passes that test quite well.

Improvement Areas: Trent fills his role well, but could really boost his stock by improving his creation volume on & off the ball. Essentially, as a guard, advantage creation is quite important, and while Trent has shown the ability to capitalize off of advantages (or breakdowns), he could augment his game significantly by focusing on creating them more often. Growing into this role would be great for the overall impact of his offensive game, and the flashes have been there.

Zachary Hinton | Team Purple #5 | Wing | 6’6 | 200

CYM Provided Stats: 27.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals.

Highlights:

Strengths: Hinton can shoot it from the perimeter, rebound at a high level for a wing, and make plays in the open court. He has flashes some instinctual cutting as well, and with his athletic ability he can provide an advantage with a head full of steam. He does this especially well out of ghost screens, as his burst typically gets him enough separation to make a play at the rim. He has shown a mental process for playmaking off breakdowns that can be built upon as well.

Improvement Areas: While Hinton has proved he can score with the best of them at this level of play, adding additional value as a defender would significantly improve his stock overall. This would include getting better at ball screen navigation, off-ball positioning, and sharpening his footwork. Getting acclimated to and really processing a team defense scheme will be an area of development. Adding to his package as an on-ball creator and playmaker would be beneficial as well. Being an athletic wing that can score is one thing, but being able to play both ends at a high level (with regards to the level of play) is a whole another level.

Deonta Terrell | Team Black #10 | Guard | 6’4 | 205lbs

CYM Provided Stats: 26.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2 steals

Highlights:

Strengths: Deonta Terrell has a great, well-rounded offensive game built around his consistent jump shot that rarely changes based on circumstance. At 6’4’’ 205 lbs, Terrell moves effortlessly in the open court and can use his strength and speed to get to the basket easily. Terrell has an above-average pull-up game that keeps a consistent threat on the defense. Additionally, he shows an ability to be a transition initiator consistently with a well-equipped dribble package highlighted by a strong speed dribble that Terrell keeps close to his body and in full control in the open court. This allows Terrell to get to the basket fast and efficiently as well as find others in transition. Defensively, Terrell is a pest in the passing lanes – averaging 2.2 SPG. Able to completely disrupt opponents’ transition play – feasts in transition defense where he creates .7 TPG and holds opponents to .69 PPP. 

Improvement Areas: As a two-guard, Terrell could create even more scoring opportunities for himself by moving more off the ball offensively and not relying on speed in the half-court to beat his defender and generate breakdowns. Terrell can get caught watching the ball offensively when he could be generating some breakdowns as a cutter or relocator. Cutting only accounts for 3.3% of Terrell’s play types per game, and with an increase in cutting or movement without the ball, Terrell can get to efficient spots much easier as well as keep his defender on his toes. Terrell often is left trying to create offense through isolation and most often relies on his jump shot, and could use that added diversity in his game to really blossom, and help foster a more efficient offensive package. Additionally, Terrell needs to focus on keeping his chest and frame aligned with the hoop on drives to increase efficiency and success at the basket, as he often can get to the basket but can get thrown off by contact. Defensively, Terrell needs to work on improving his lateral quickness to mitigate getting beat off the dribble and would lead to more opportunities in the open court for the high-flying two-guard.

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Ruben Acosta | Team Blue #1 | Point Guard | 5’11 | 170lbs

CYM Provided Stats: 8 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals.

Highlights:

Strengths: The 5’11’’ point guard is a very determined and skilled defender averaging an incredible ~5 steals per game with passing chops. He’s able to stay with a matchup consistently all 94 feet and disrupts opposing point guards game constantly. His continuous energy is unmatched on the court and defensively plays much bigger and stronger than his height suggests. He is often switched onto bigger matchups but holds his own on the perimeter and consistently causes matchups to lose touch of the ball when they drop it or cross it in front of their bodies. Offensively, Acosta has a serviceable lefty shot from deep but seems to feel more comfortable inside the deep shot such as mid-range and around the basket. Additionally, Acosta has a great feel for his surroundings offensively and showcases this continually in his facilitation and passing game, averaging ~9 assists per game.

Improvement Areas At 5’11’’ Acosta has to rely on his speed and stamina a lot more than most other guards – he shows this defensively but is often mismatched in size and pays for it often especially in pick and roll settings. One of his biggest areas of improvement here would be getting over screens, especially at the top of the key. Offensively, Acosta needs to continue to develop a more refined offensive game to keep the defense guessing when he has the ball, as he mostly initiates offense off C&S. Diversifying this offensive game would put more pressure on the defense and open up the court for more opportunities in scoring and passing. 

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