During the first NCAA evaluation period in July, Utah Pump-N-Run’s 17U Red Elite team went 8-0 to win the highest division at the Double Pump Summer Tipoff Tournament in Anaheim, CA this past weekend. Led by the hot shooting of guards 6’1 Jake Miles, 6’3 Jake Connor, and 6’0 Diego Valenzuela, the team played a traditional brand of inside/outside basketball coupled with strong team defense to wrack up the wins.
In the championship game vs. OC Pride, UPNR 17U found success with a balanced team attack. 6’3 Geno Luzcando and 6’3 Jake Lindsey controlled the game ending with 10pts, 4rebs, and 5asts and 19pts, 6rebs, and 5asts respectively. Others contributed as well including 6’9 Tyler Rawson with 9pts,10rebs, and 2blks.
Luzcando is currently receiving high interest from Boston College among other schools.
Several college coaches were inquiring about junior-to-be Jake Lindsey. Lindsey has been a wonderful addition to the 17U team this summer after suffering an injury during the spring travel circuit. A levelheaded player with high skill level, he filled up the stat sheet in multiple games during the tournament. In one game he about logged a triple double with 10pts, 10rebs, and 8asts.
Commented 17U Coach Todd Phillips, “This team has found a way to stick together and pull out wins. They don’t care who scores the most, they just want to win. A different player steps up every game. I’ve been very impressed with their unselfish play, a team trait that must continue for us to find success.”
Coach Phillips has been utilizing various “small-ball” lineups with the 17U group throughout the season. Thanks to the versatility of players like 6’5 Alec Monson, a highly skilled player that can shoot from deep range but also score inside, the team has so far been able to score efficiently against tough defenses.
Players 6’9 Jordan Jones and 6’5 Jordan Darger have stepped in and played well for stretches to help 17U log wins.
6’9 Tyler Rawson came up clutch for Utah Pump-N-Run throughout the tournament, but especially on championship Sunday. In the semi final game, Rawson scored four key points and grabbed three rebounds in the final two minutes of the game to help the team pull out a win against Superior Athletes, an ultra athletic, well coached team that beat UPNR 17U earlier this season. Superior Athletes features multiple Division 1 talents, including one of the top players on the west coast, shooting guard Jeremy Hemsley, who has already received offers from multiple schools including Arizona State and Colorado. The team also features Ron Freeman, who has received a scholarship offer from Utah State, among others. The team knocked off top ranked Double Pump Elite earlier in the tournament.
Earlier on in tournament play, 17U knocked off a very talented Danny Granger Elite (NM) behind eight three pointers by Jake Miles.
17U will have their hands full in this week’s Best of Summer tournament in Los Angeles. Their pool consists of Branch West Elite and star recruit Eric Cooper Jr. from Long Beach as well as the always-tough LakeShow.
- Geno Luzcando – 6’3 PG 2014 (Wasatch Academy)
- Jake Connor – 6’3 SG 2014 (Highland)
- Alex Monson – 6’5 F 2014 (Olympus)
- Jake Miles – 6’1 SG 2013 (Morgan)
- Jordan Darger – 6’5 F 2013 (Orem)
- Diego Valenzuela – 6’2 G 2013 (Chile)
- Jordan Jones – 6’9 C 2013 (Weber)
- Jake Lindsey – 6’3 G 2015 (Olympus)
- Tyler Rawson – 6’9 F 2014 (American Fork)
For a detailed list of results, visit www.utahpumpnrun.org/schedule.
UPNR 16U Update
Utah Pump-N-Run 16U Red, ranked #11 in the country, advanced all the way to the Final 4 before losing to the eventual champs, Oakland Rebels. The team once again was led by very consistent performances from multiple players. 6’4 Malek Harwell, who is receiving strong interest from more than 10 schools, logged multiple games of more than 15 points. After several fantastic games, 6’5 Noah Togiai, and 6’6 Jarriesse Blackmon are now both receiving interest from most schools in Utah. Blackmon turned heads of multiple scouting services during the tournament because of his ability to defend key opponents. One game, Blackmon logged 7 deflections and 4 blocks.
6’3 Riley Court is a heady, versatile guard that so far has flown under the radar. He has interest from Utah State and BYU and others are sure to follow. 6’7 Brayden Holker, 6’6 Nathan Dow, 6’0 Gabe Colosimo, and 6’0 G Nathan Klekas contributed to wins along the way and have been playing very solid basketball.