PGU Scout Kevin Geisler examines the game of 2016 Arizona target Michael Cage Jr. Cage Jr, son of a former NBA player, also plays high school ball for the nationally renowned Mater Dei Monarchs.
Michael ‘MJ’ Cage Jr.
HS: Mater Dei
AAU: California Supreme
PGU Rank: GOLD
#: 35 (HS), 15, 35, 98 (AAU)
Comes from a great basketball program in Mater Dei and is son of former NBA player, has been groomed to compete at the highest levels….. Great size at 6-9 and has a good frame as well….. Is active around the hoop and gets both defensive and offensive rebounds through positioning and timing….. Good length….. Can shoot the midrange jumper, has nice touch out to 15-17 feet….. Can lack fluidity at times, not a jumper or vertical athlete…… Needs to develop more back to the basket moves….. Feel for the game and shooting ability make him one of the better post prospects in the 2016 class.
Fluid hips, not overly athletic off screens but breaks off them well and can throw picks. Will fake set to pull man off and then roll to the basket.
Not a true pick and roll PF due to his lack of speed in the lane but with continued growth into his body and familiarity with the system this could become an asset in the future.
Not the most aggressive dunker for his size but is able. He excels off lobs even though he lacks vertical strength.
Some of the best rim awareness I’ve seen in a 2016 player, he loves to plod around the basket waiting for tip-ins and rebounds. Sometimes a little slow getting to the basket but when the ball is in the air he’s active and pursuant.
Decent footwork for player his size, has a nice floater and hook. Uses hips for extra leverage. Has an above average turn-around elbow jumper. Will need to work on creating more space by working on his ball handling skills. His ball fake is average at best and rarely puts players on their toes.
A good denier. Has great length so he challenges players to put it up on him and is fantastic pursuing blocks from behind. Best of all he is patient.