Sophomores Bronson Ban (Los Alamitos) and Kalil Scales (Tesoro) were recognized as standouts at the Jake Reed Fall Nike Blue Chip camp in November. The invitation-only recruiting event was held at the Matthews Sportsplex in Matthews, N.C.
Luke Christiansen who attended the event on behalf of 3d-Rising reports that “every player in attendance at a Jake Reed event has been individually vetted by Jake himself or through trusted contacts. Reed’s events claim to have sent 90% of their players to Division I programs since he began organizing them in 2001. Up and coming talent from around the country traveled to the south for the chance to make an impression on big time college coaches. Denver, Syracuse, Cornell, Maryland, Navy, Michigan and North Carolina are just a few of the top programs that regularly frequent this prestigious recruiting event.”
Christiansen’s notes on Ban and Scales are presented below.
Bronson Ban, Midfield, Los Alamitos (Calif.)/3d Los Angeles, 2018
This midfielder was a force facing off and also proved to be a scoring threat on offense. He began the game winning the face straight away and pushing the ball up field dishing it for a nice goal. He continued to win the next several face-offs straight out front. Once the opposition attempted to adjust, Ban used his strength to win the face back to himself, and moved the ball up the field to a wing. In set plays he showed well catching the ball on the wing, selling a nice hitch to commit the defender then finishing high and to the far side.
Kalil Scales Midfield, Tesoro (Calif.)/ 3d Orange County, 2018
Scales showed great athletic ability during the event, and provided some of the more enjoyable plays to see. While on defense he knocked the ball from the offensive player and scooped the ground ball while under pressure from two opponents. He then cleared the ball up the wing making a mesmerizing jump cut on the wing to blow by two opponents then made a nice pass to his attackman. On offense showcased his scoring ability making an alley dodge and rocketing the shot into the top corner.