#OTRHoopsReport: What We Learned – Breakdown Classic – Dec. 9, 2013
Amir Coffey of New Hope, Minn., showed and proved that he is back and should be considered amongst the nation’s elite wing players in the class of 2016. *Courtesy of USA Basketball
MINNEAPOLIS – The Breakdown Classic has emerged as possibly the nation’s premier single-day event featuring boys and girls games in the country. We were on hand with plenty of ink and paper for the talent on hand. We learned a good deal about both Amir Coffey and Jackson Greenwaldt during the day.
1) Amir Coffey is back and has not missed a beat.
Amir Coffey of New Hope, Minn., has emerged as one of the top class of 2016 wing players in the country. After suffering a fractured tibia, the 6-foot-7 swingman is back in full game action for Hopkins High. Coffey showed here that he is a legitimate high major offer. A smooth left-handed wing player, he was at his best in the open floor today remaining impactful on both ends of the as his outside shot struggled to fall. He gets it honestly as his sister, Nia, is a lefty as well and was a high school All-American last spring. Amir was invited to the USA Basketball Mini-Camp back in October. Though he couldn’t participate due to injury, the invitation alone put the basketball world on full alert that the powers that be see Coffey as a long-term option for USAB teams in the future.
2) Who is Jackson Greenwaldt?
Jackson Greenwaldt of Albertville, Minn., used a huge stage on Saturday evening to put himself on the map. The 6-1 point guard should be considered one of the top options in the class of 2015 inside the North Star State. All Greenwaldt did here was aptly take on one of the state’s premier backcourts on their home floor in front of over 3,000 people. A truly skilled point guard, he led the pace for St. Michael-Albertville throughout the course of the game. Greenwaldt made open shots off of the catch and the bounce in addition to serving as the primary ball handler against Hopkins. He’s a prospect that we will keep an eye on over the next six months. Even though his team lost the game, our respect was earned on this night.
Brandon Clay is the Director of Scouting for the OTRHoopsReport.com. Clay is also the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc., and ProspectsNation.com. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001 as an evaluator, event operator and trainer. You can reach him at BrandonClay@PeachStateBasketball.com