Recently, I had the opportunity to watch one of Arizona's top young prospects perform, and I came away very impressed at how advanced this young man's approach to the game of basketball clearly was. The most interesting fact is that the prospect I was watching was a mere 12 years of age. Rising 7th grader Alek Severkovski is one prospect to remember for the future, and will quickly become one of the state's elite guard prospects over time.
Severkovski is an advanced guard prospect with superior ball-handling skills and quickness. Capable of getting anywhere he likes on the floor and amidst defenders, Alek is a true-point guard prospect with the ability to make plays for himself or others at a high rate - so much that he controls the game with the basketball in his hands. Alek has command-presence on the basketball court, and is able to keep defenders at bay with a fast cross-over dribble, and a command of the basketball that most top-rated high school prospects do not have. Defenders almost have no chance of defending him one-on-one, as he pushes the basketball up the court at a rapid pace in an attempt to penetrate defenses and find the open teammate on the floor.
Alek is a pass-first point guard prospect - a rare find in today's game of basketball. He gets just as much excitment in finding an open teammate, as he does scoring, which he is able to do at a nice pace as well. He has a nice shooting stroke, which keeps the defense honest, but his ability to blow by defenders and score off dribble-drives to the basket is electric.
Currently, Alek attends Sonoran Trails Middle School and is still undecided on which high school he will attend in the future. Other than basketball, his hobbies include hanging out with his family and friends. His favorite NBA team is the Oklahoma City Thunder, and his favorite NBA player contiues to be future NBA Hall of Famer Allen Iverson.
While Alek's favorite college program is currently the University of Michigan, he also loves Duke, Arizona and North Carolina, and is hopeful to develop into a desired college prospect for either of these historic programs.
"I work hard on and off the court," said Alek. "I enjoy school and my grades are very important to me. I practice every day on my ball handling skills and shooting. I'm a leader and very passionate about basketball."
This young man looks to be well beyond his years, and prepared for a promising future ahead of him.