NCB On The Trail: 2013 UA Summer Jam

MILWAUKEE -- The Under Armour Summer Jam presented by NY2LA Sports was one of the must-see July events for college coaches. More than 900 college coaches from all over the country made the trek to Milwaukee for last year’s event and the arena was packed just as packed this time around, as coaches piled in to get a firsthand look at the elite talent.

The event -- in its fifth year and organized by Antonio Curro -- attracted elite travel teams from across the country that competed in pool play and a single-elimination tournament with each squad guaranteed to take the court four times.

This year’s event had significant star power, especially in the frontcourt with top-10 seniors Cliff Alexander (No. 2), Karl Towns Jr. (No. 6), Kevon Looney (No. 9) and Myles Turner (No. 10) facing off in high-level matchups with few -- if any -- empty seats in the gym.

Here’s a breakdown of how the elite bigs and others top prospects performed during the five-day event.
MILWAUKEE -- Maryland-bound 2014 shooting guard Romelo Trimble (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell) has had the hot hand for DC Assault this entire week at the Under Armour Summer Jam presented by NY2LA Sports.

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Kelly Kline/Under ArmourMaryland-bound 2014 guard Romelo Trimble is a powerful backcourt player with a sweet shooting stroke.
Trimble, the No. 45 prospect in the ESPN 100, has been all business and has played with off-the-charts confidence. He has not only been consistent but has also made big shots when his team has needed a basket.

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MILWAUKEE -- ESPN 60 center Diamond Stone (Milwaukee/Dominican), who is running with the Young Legends 16U team this week at the Under Armour Summer Jam presented by NY2LA Sports, has had a number of dominating performances, including a 31-point, 12-rebound, five-block outburst on Saturday morning against the LV Prospects.

And there have been plenty of college coaches on hand to take in his strong play.

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Burton impresses at UA Summer Jam 

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MILWAUKEE -- One player who has continued to impress this week for the Houston Defenders at the Under Armour Summer Jam but is flying slightly under the radar is ESPN 100 small forward/shooting guard Joe Burton (Porter, Texas/Atascocita).

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Kelly Kline/Under Armour ESPN 100 SF/SG Joe Burton's scoring skills have several programs in the Big 12 after him.
Burton’s knack for scoring makes him a dependable option on the offensive end and has some excellent high-major programs in hot pursuit. He list offers from Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Houston, Texas A&M, Boise State, Oklahoma, Oregon State and UTEP.

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MILWAUKEE -- We're just days into the Under Armour Summer Jam presented by NY2LA Sports, and we've already seen a number of high-profile matchups.

Thursday ESPN 100 No. 2 recruit PF Cliff Alexander found himself matched up against another top-10 big man for the second time in as many days, as the power forward locked horns with No. 6 prospect and Kentucky commit Karl Towns Jr. A day after topping No. 10 player Myles Turner and his Texas Select squad, Alexander powered his Mac Irvin Fire squad to 75-67 win over Towns Jr. and Sports U.

These two big bodies fought for low-post position early in the contest, with some serious bumping and good ole-fashioned competition. Alexander, at 6-foot-8 and 230 pounds, and Towns, checking in at 7-foot-1 and 235 pounds, were fierce in competing as the matchup lived up to the hype.

The two went head-to-head on a number of possessions; here's how each player performed in the highly anticipated matchup of elite posts.

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MILWAUKEE -- The Under Armour Summer Jam presented by NY2LA Sports had a number of high-level matchups on Day 1. But the one that had everyone's attention on Wednesday -- including a who's who of college head and assistant coaches -- was when a pair of unsigned post players who are being pursued by every elite college basketball program in the country squared off.

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Kelly Kline/Under ArmourNo. 10 recruit Myles Turner has an incredible shooting touch for a 6-foot-11 center.
ESPN 100 No. 2 overall prospect Cliff Alexander (Chicago/Curie) of the Mac Irvin Fire and No. 10 recruit Myles Turner (Euless, Texas/Trinity) of Texas Select 17 met up on Wednesday night. The Fire beat Texas Select 59-36, but to witness the talent, size, power and skill that make Alexander and Turner special players was worth the few possessions they defended each other even though the game had already been decided.

Here’s a breakdown of how each player performed in the much-anticipated matchup of elite big men:

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