- Jared Exler
2021 17u AAU Team Profiles: L&L Running Rebels
Updated: Sep 11, 2021
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Liam Joyce 6’6 Power Forward (Allentown Central Catholic HS): Joyce brings a strong and physical presence to this squad on both sides of the ball. The 2021 PIAA 4A state champ and first team all-state selection is a solid athlete, blocking opponents’ shots at a good rate coming over from the help side or when they try to rise up over him for layups at the rim. Averaged two blocks per game this past high school season. Joyce is also a volume rebounder, using his brawny frame to consistently get good position on opponents when boxing out. Pulled down eight boards per game this past high school season. Offensively, Joyce is calm and collected in the post, very rarely rushing his moves. He uses a nice drop-step and hook shot to score efficiently in this area. Also is effective running the break hard in transition, and has the ability to finish above the rim with one hand slams. Joyce has shown strides this spring attacking closeouts from the perimeter to get all the way to the rim, and has also shown the ability to take advantage with his shot from long range if an opponent leaves him open.
CJ Miles 6’1 Combo Guard (Scotland Campus): Miles was one of the top scorers in the state of Pennsylvania this past high school season, averaging near 26 points per game. The PIAA 5A second team all-state selection uses his good burst and creativity off the dribble with a quick crossover move to get into the lane at a very good rate. He has a smooth pull-up and floater in his mid-range game, along with effectively using finger rolls around the rim to score against taller defenders. Miles does a nice job drawing fouls on opponents when driving to the hoop and is a reliable free throw shooter. Averaged just under seven free throw attempts per game while shooting 79 percent from the line this past high school season He also needs to be accounted for from beyond the arc, making 51 three-pointers in 18 games this past high school season. Makes treys productively when spotting up or shooting off the dribble. Miles is a solid playmaker, finding teammates effectively for high percentage layups in the lane on drop-offs or rewarding them on fast breaks when they run the floor hard. Averaged 3.6 assists per game this past high school season. Defensively, he is quick laterally, limiting opponents from getting dribble penetration on him. Also creates steals at a very good rate, jumping into passing lanes promptly if an opponent throws a lazy pass, as well as using active hands plucking the ball away from opponents when they are weak with their handle.
Qadir Mitchell 6’1 Point Guard (Stroudsburg HS): Mitchell is a versatile shotmaker. He can space the floor effectively with deep range on his shot, making three-pointers at a good rate when spotting up. Can also stop on a dime quickly with a smooth pull-up in the mid-range. Mitchell is a solid finisher around the rim, using good body control and crafty finishes to make layups proficiently with both hands. He uses his solid vision to create for others, finding teammates who are cutting to the hoop for high percentage layups both in the halfcourt and transition. Averaged five assists per game this past high school season. Defensively, Mitchell shows solid instincts, forcing opponents into lower percentage shots. He recovers quickly if he gets beat off the dribble, in addition to making good contests on an opponent if they try to rise up over him in the mid-range or at the rim.
Edixon Gomez 6’2 Shooting Guard (Bethlehem Catholic HS): Gomez is a sniper from long range. Has solid mechanics on his shot with a quick trigger, making three-pointers at a very good rate when spotting up or coming off screens. He complements his potent shooting ability well with a soft pull-up jumper in the mid-range, in addition to finishing tough layups through contact at the rim. Gomez rebounds well on the defensive glass for his position, using his strength when getting position and has a knack for being around the ball to corral important boards. Also shows a solid understanding of where to be on this end, rarely being out of position on his rotations.
Will Meeker 6’4 Small Forward (Parkland HS): Meeker does a nice job letting the game come to him. He rarely takes bad shots, with the majority of his field goal attempts coming within the flow of the offense. Is a very good shooter from beyond the arc, with a fluid release. He makes three-pointers proficiently when spotting up or moving to an open spot. While Meeker’s long range shot is his bread and butter, he is also able to score using a smooth mid-range pull-up or sharp cuts to the basket for high percentage layups, showing opponents that he is more than just a shooter. He shows some playmaking upside when penetrating to the hoop, finding teammates effectively for high percentage layups on drop-offs in the lane.
Lucas Lesko 6’5 Combo Forward (Northampton Senior HS): Lesko makes solid impacts on both ends of the floor. Has a smooth shot with a high release, making three-pointers at a good rate when spotting up. He is able to create high percentage layup opportunities for himself from the wings, doing a nice job attacking closeouts and using a controlled spin move on opponents to get all the way to the hoop. Lesko gets efficient scoring opportunities with hard cuts to the basket, taking advantage when an opponent overplays him or is out of position. He can take defenders into the post and finish effectively over them with a hook shot. Defensively, he moves well when rotating to block or alter opponents’ shots at the rim with deceptive leaping ability.
Danny Quinones 6’0 Shooting Guard (Dieruff HS): Quinones gives this squad spark plug scoring ability. The southpaw needs very little time and space on his shot, making three-pointers effectively when spotting up. He has good burst off the dribble, getting by opponents at a good rate to finish proficiently at the rim with crafty finishes off the glass. Quinones also makes his presence felt in transition, using his quickness to push the ball up the floor after a rebound and create high percentage layup opportunities for himself. Defensively, he does a nice job creating steals, taking advantage when an opponent is weak with their handle.
Aidan Sands 6’3 Wing (Berks Catholic HS): Sands is another floor spacer for this squad. Has good form on his shot, making three-pointers effectively when spotting up. When opponents crowd up on him to take away his shot, he can put the ball on the floor and finish with soft floaters in the mid-range or nifty finger rolls at the rim with both hands. Defensively, Sands does a nice job jumping into passing lanes to create steals when an opponent throws a lazy pass.
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