Week three of the High IQ Academy was not short of star power on the floor this week. This week sees a highly anticipated matchup between the top-ranked players in the 2022 and 2023 class as AJ Casey (Whitney Young) matched up against JJ Taylor (Kenwood Academy). Both players competed at a high level for a fall league game and didn’t back down at all to the high level of competition.
Neither team was a one man show as both clubs are littered with high ranking players up and down the roster.
This was a game we can potentially see come March for a city or state championship.
2021 Jalen Houston 6’1 175 PG (Bogan High School)
Jalen isbeyond focused as he enters his final season of high school basketball and it is showing with his performances on the court. The main take away I have got is how adapt he has been with adjusting his style of play to the players he is on the floor with. That is huge for a lead guard at this level to know when to be aggressive and score and when to play a more traditional role of a point guard and get his teammates involved in the game. He is not just getting his guys involved in the game he is making life easier for them with his speed and strength getting into the lane drawing two defenders and making on time passes to his shooters. He also had the play of the day with a one-handed dunk down the middle of the lane. He reminds me a lot of Eric Bledsoe with his stature and feel for the game on both ends of the floor he will be a major target for college coaches as the season gets started.
2021 Phillip Berryhill 6’6 165 SG (Curie High School)
Phil has been dominating so far in the fall league and that was the case on Sunday as he has continued to show improvement in his decision making with the basketball in his hands. He showed great playmaking ability from the off-guard possession either scoring or assisting on all his teams’ baskets down the stretch. A player of Phil’s caliber has shown the ability over the course of his career to be a high-level scoring threat from all three levels of the floor. Now going into his senior season, he is showing not only the ability to make others better but the willingness to trust his teammates to make plays as well. That will be a major factor for his ball club who is always a fixture in the city and state championship picture.
2024 Michael White 5’8 150 PG (Hyde Park Academy)
The freshman guard will have four years to find his footing within the high school game but the future is very bright from the limited time I was able to watch him play over the weekend. He did the things that will not show up in the box score which is a great attribute for a player at this stage in his growth. He was able to use his size to advantage by drawing charges and picking up the opposing team’s guards full court. On the offensive side of the floor, he showed a smooth handle and solid form on his jumper. Being a left-handed guard, he has a solid handle on the ball and with his shooting ability can play either of the guard’s spots. He will be a name to closely monitor as he progresses over the next four years.