CGM Prep Academy is a newly-developed prep school program in the valley. The program has reeled in a large number of players for their post-grad program and teams in their first year. The program will be led though by the play of their national high school team. One of the top prospects in the program is 6-foot-6 sophomore wing Jerry Lliya. Lliya is a big-time young prospect with loads of athleticism, and currently has 3 offers for himself on the table.
Lliya is a native of Nigeria and a new member of Arizona's 2020 class. In our next player ranking in our scouting report, the Arizona Hoop Review, which only goes out to college coaches across the country, Lliya will definitely make a big introduction and will among the elite prospects in the class. His size, length, athleticism and overall motor are serious attributes for a prospect so young.
As a result of such future potential and upside by Lliya, he has already generated three serious offers for himself from Baylor, Texas Tech and Tulane, according to Lliya and his head coach Derrick Ulrich. Lliya also advised me that he is also generating loads of interest from such schools as Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Georgetown, Memphis, Arkansas and UCLA.
Lliya is an ultra-athletic wing prospect with an ability to play well above the rim in a halfcourt set or in the fullcourt, while slashing to the basket. He attempts to dunk everything, every chance he gets and is a human highlight reel in the open floor. While his overall offensive skills still need work, his size and bounce off the floor at such a young age are very unique. Lliya has an inconsistent shooting stroke still, so he is at his best while slashing to the basket or from mid-range. He is an excellent offensive rebounder after putbacks or dunks off missed shots.
Lliya's best attribute is his excellent motor. He has a motor that doesn't stop and continues to run at a high rate for long periods of time on the floor, and never seems to slow down, which allows him to make plays consistently on the court. He has the potential to become a very good defender, as a result of such energy and work ethic, and with continued focus, he could become a lock-down defender over time. A definite high level two-way player.
With many other top-rated prospects still on the way to the program this month, according to Ulrich, Lliya is definitely one prospect that should begin to bring many college coaches to the state as they learn of this young man and his potential for the future.
I will continue to follow the recruitment and the progress of Lliya this high school season, and bring you any updates as they continue to develop.