iBall United is excited to announce the First Team Selections and release all game video for the 2017 Men’s iBall Pro Combine (iBPC), a pro basketball exposure combine featuring 100 of the nation’s top men and women free agent basketball prospects which took place on June 24-25 in Pottstown, PA.
The 2-day event included speed and agility tests, skills evaluations, tournament-style games, and all-star showcases and was scouted by coaches, scouts, and administration of multiple US-based and international clubs, agencies, and other personnel.
Demetrice Jacobs was recently named MVP of iBPC17. Joining Demetrice on the 2017 Men’s iBall Pro Combine First Team are Jon Graham, Denzel Jackson, Desi Washington and Kassim Green. More information about each player can be found below.
iBall is a licensed sports marketing, management, and consulting agency, and scouting for #ibpc17 was compiled under the direction of multi-year professional basketball player, Crista Ricketts, who currently serves as the Director of Scouting at iBall United.
PG SG, 6ft 5in / 195.6cm, 195lbs / 88.4kg, New York, NY
Demetrice Jacobs is a floor general that excels in every facet of the game. Standing 6’5″ / 196 cm, Jacobs is able to see, shoot over, and physically overpower smaller guards. Jacobs also excels in the open court, making sharp passes to teammates for easy layups or finishing fast breaks above the rim, through contact, and with an emphatic dunk.
Jacobs has great body control and uses wide and strong shoulders to create space and protect the ball when attacking the basket. He uses a great change of pace and reads the pick and roll very well, using the screen to attack the basket. When the defender goes under the screen, Jacobs reads well to knock down the three point shot. A lefty, Jacobs can also catch and shoot quickly and effectively, with consistent mechanics and range beyond 23 feet.
As a defender, Jacobs is great on and off the ball. His long arms create havoc in the passing lanes and swift lateral movement and strong upper body help him stop penetration and deflect and steal balls from the dribble of opposing guards. Jacobs’ timing, strength, leaping ability, and commitment to defense also make him a superior shot-blocker.
Games Stats (and overall ranking)
16.0 points (#5), 7.5 rebounds (#2), 3.8 assists (#3), 1.3 steals (#10), 1.3 blocks (#4)
Athletic Tests Stats (and overall ranking)
Vertical jump 28.5 inches (#10), Lateral lane shuttle 3.84 seconds (#16), Multi-directional movement 6.67 seconds (#15), Overall rank (#15)
C PF, 6ft 8in / 203.2cm, 230lbs / 104.3kg, Bowie, MD
Jon Graham is a versatile center/forward who has a terrific feel around the rim and can also step out and be effective on the perimeter. Graham shows strength and poise when playing with his back to the basket. He will drop step or quickspin and finish with power or use a very soft touch with both left and right jump hooks. Graham also stretches the defense well with range beyond 22ft / 6.25m. On defense, he uses good length to protect the rim and a high basketball IQ to be in position. He is always on a relentless pursuit of rebounds on both the offensive and defensive glass (#1 rebounds) and positions himself in position for put-back opportunities. Graham has the skillset, work ethic and personality to adapt to multiple pro team roles. Jon is the son of former University of Maryland great Ernest Graham, who was a third round draft pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1981 NBA Draft and also played internationally and mostly in Argentina.
iBall Pro Combine Rank/Stats: #4-Points (16.5 /gm) #1-Rebounds (10.8 /gm) #20-Assists (1.0 /gm) #16-Steals (1.0 /gm) #1-Blocks (1.8/gm 1#20-Athleticism
PF SF, 6ft 7in / 200.7cm, 215lbs / 97.5kg, Philadelphia, PA
Denzel Jackson is a highly skilled, and extremely athletic forward that plays with a possesses a high basketball IQ. Jackson has a strong frame, and freakish athleticism which allows him to make a major impact on both the offensive and defensive side of the floor. On offense, he is extremely comfortable running the offense in that he is talented in creating scoring opportunities for his teammates (#1 assists) as well as for himself. Jackson’s athleticism and acrobatic finishing ability made him deadly when driving to the basket. He puts the ball on the floor well and finishes in traffic. His talent defensively is spectacular, using his impressive foot speed and length, Jackson proved that he can be an elite on-ball perimeter defender. Jackson showed the innate ability to get steals by playing the passing lanes which he consistently turned into easy transition baskets. His willingness to guard the most talented offensive players proved Jackson to be a superior two way player. Jackson plays with a very high motor which allows him to crash the glass hard on every possession.
iBall Pro Combine Rank/Stats: #15 -Points (9.5 /gm) #4 -Rebounds (7.0 /gm) #1 -Assists (5.3 /gm) #10 -Steals (1.3 /gm) #5 -Athleticism
PG SG, 6ft 2 in / 188cm, 190 lbs / 86.1 kg, Harrisburg, PA
Desi Washington displays ankle breaking ball-handling skills and deep shooting range with a quick stroke, clean shooting motion and sharp release. Washington is a floor general that is a scoring threat at all times with the ability to score from all positions on the floor. His moves are quick and concise and when driving to the basket, he does not shy away from contact. Greg Alessandroni, Coach of the 2017 iBall Pro Combine Championship Team, Earl ‘Yogi’ Strom, noted that “(Washington) has great court vision, and when he decides he is going to score – he will score.”
Rank/Stats: #3-Points (17.3 /gm) #19-Rebounds (3.5 /gm) #3-Assists (3.8 /gm) #6-Steals (1.8 /gm) #6-Athleticism
SF PF, 6ft 4in / 193cm, 240 / 108.86 kg, Philadelphia, PA
Kassim Green is a strong and physical forward who can score in bunches and in a multitude of ways. Green displayed the ability to produce efficiently as a high level scorer (#1 points) from the interior as well as the outside behind the arc. He used his impressive combination of size, strength and skill to constantly keep defenders off balance. Green has a natural ability to score the basketball characterized by a polished array of interior moves along with a consistent stroke from the three point line even when contested. Green does a great job at creating opportunities for himself to get open shots which he then converts on at a high percentage. Green is active on the offensive glass and uses superior power to finish rebound-to-scoring opportunities.
Rank/Stats: 1-Points (19.5 /gm) #16 -Rebounds (4.0 /gm) #16 -Assists (1.3 /gm) #16 -Steals (1.0 /gm) #24 -Athleticism
RED vs ORANGE – https://youtu.be/_TNLCDe6adU
BLACK vs GREEN – https://youtu.be/awfsz93LsLs
PURPLE vs BLUE – https://youtu.be/MvkBC4j3OWQ
BLUE vs ORANGE – https://youtu.be/uB9aYyE5I-g
BLACK vs PURPLE – https://youtu.be/rCQ4VMQI_iQ
BLUE vs GREEN – https://youtu.be/X3dFR5wNfC8
RED vs PURPLE – https://youtu.be/GpoQmKXyCFM
Championship Game – “RED vs GREEN” (MEN) – https://youtu.be/ncEWwlXGIJ8
All Star Game – https://youtu.be/_JQRa7eDT6g
A complete list of all 2017 Men’s iBall Pro Combine players can be found here.
Scouting report contributions were made by iBall Coaches Eric Cantrell, Terrell Stokes, Greg Alessandroni, James Brant, Cornel Merricks, Pat Crarey, and Danny Pendleton.
Athletic Tests were conducted by Matt Cubbler and his team at MAXOUT and skills evaluations were derived from tournament game-play and skills sessions with Tony Devine and his team at The Original Profender. Scouting highlights for MVP’s were filmed and produced by Big Star & Raw Sports Films.
Additional scouting assistance was provided by iBall Coaching and Marketing Interns Jonathan Hein and Scott Brown Jr.
For more information about iBall Pro Combine, go to: http://iballunited.net/iball-pro-combine/
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