2021 17u AAU Team Profiles: Lehigh Valley Force-2022 National
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*All class of 2022 prospects unless noted
Kola Lysynecky 6’7 Center (Easton Area HS): Lysynecky has a nice stroke from deep. He hits standstill three-pointers at a solid rate and makes opponents pay when they play off of him. Has a quick first step off the dribble for his position and finishes effectively around the basket with his soft touch off the glass. Lysynecky scores well in the post. Is comfortable scoring with his jump-hook or drop-step moves. Also creates high percentage layup opportunities for himself on give and go cuts. Defensively, he does a good job forcing opponents into lower percentage shots at the rim, quickly moving to the help side when an opponent beats a teammate off the dribble. Lysynecky also is a solid rebounder, using his size and strength when boxing out to make it difficult for opponents to get second chance opportunities.
Austyn Lutes 6’6 Power Forward (Easton Area HS): Lutes is skilled around the basket. He scores proficiently on the block using his nice jump-hook or drop-step moves. Can hit the fifteen foot jumper when flashing to the foul line. Also attacks closeouts and rolls out of ball screens well, creating high percentage finishes around the basket for himself. Lutes uses his high motor to make his presence felt on the offensive glass for second chance layups. Shows upside making three-pointers in spurts when spotting up as well. Defensively, he does a nice job using his size and length to make it difficult for opponents to finish over him around the rim. Lutes also makes a solid impact on the defensive glass, using his intense desire for the ball to come down with important rebounds.
CJ Santos 6’4 Wing (Nazareth Area HS): Santos does a good job getting into the lane with his quick crossover or jab-step moves. He creates separation well in the paint with a nice spin move. Finishes effectively around the rim with a soft touch off the glass and comfort for scoring through contact. Santos can hit standstill treys when the ball is swung to him on the perimeter as well. Defensively, he moves his feet well when defending on the ball, forcing opponents into contested mid-range shots. Also uses his length effectively, making it difficult for opponents to rise up over him from beyond the arc or in the mid-range.
Sean Howlett 6’2 Shooting Guard (Notre Dame Green Pond): Howlett is a good shooter from beyond the arc, needing very little time and space on attempts with his high release point. He makes three-pointers off of movement or on standstill attempts. Creates high percentage layup opportunities for himself on sharp backdoor or face-cuts to the basket. Also shows in spurts the ability to hit mid-range pull-ups coming off ball screens. Defensively, Howlett is consistently in the correct spots on his rotations when one pass away or coming over from the help side.
Joshua Farrell 5’9 Point Guard (Liberty HS): Farrell is a consistent threat from beyond the arc. He makes three-pointers at a solid rate when spotting up. Gets dribble penetration effectively with his quick first step and sharp behind the back move. Creates space nicely in the lane with a jump-stop or up-fake to get to his mid-range pull-up. Also is a solid passer, finding teammates for open treys on drive and kicks or high percentage layups from push ahead passes in transition. Defensively, Farrell is quick laterally, making it difficult for opposing point guards to get dribble penetration on him. Also creates steals at a good rate, plucking the ball away from opponents when they are weak with their handle or jumping into passing lanes when an opponent telegraphs where they are going to throw the ball.
Koye Whitman 6’4 Combo Forward (Nazareth Area HS): Whitman gets to the basket well against opposing forwards with his good burst off the dribble. He uses his strong body to finish proficiently around the rim through contact. Has a nice standstill jumper from fifteen feet. Whitman is also a threat to score when posting up, finishing effectively with a nice spin move. Defensively, he does a good job getting set near the rim when an opponent drives recklessly to draw charges. Also is a solid rebounder, having a knack for being around the ball when it comes off the rim. Whitman is committed to Bryn Athyn College.
Beau Altman 6’3 Wing (Twin Valley HS): Altman gets into the lane at a solid rate with his good burst and jab-step move. He finishes effectively around the rim both on and off the glass with his left hand. Creates high percentage second chance scoring opportunities for himself with his aggressiveness on the offensive glass. Can also make an impact as a playmaker, using his size to see over defenders and find teammates for cutting layups or open threes. Defensively, Altman does a nice job using his length to cause deflections at a good rate and when closing out to force opponents into lower percentage attempts.
Harrison Durner 6’2 Wing 2023 (Nazareth Area HS): Durner can stretch the floor from long range. He makes treys proficiently on the move or when spotting up. Explodes to the rim well off of ball screens, finishing effectively around the basket with finger-rolls and inside hand layups. Also does a nice job getting to his mid-range pull-up when getting out in transition. Defensively, Durner has good instincts when timing his jump, altering opponents’ shots at a solid rate for his position. He also uses his length well when guarding on the ball, causing steals by keeping his hands up straight if an opponent picks up their dribble and tries to throw an overhead pass.
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