Ilver just came over to the states this year, from Estonia, so people are still somewhat unaware of the 6’8 junior wing forward.
When asking the people who have seen Ilver, they say, “oh he can shoot it”. Given his physical appearance, that is easy to pass him off as, just a shooter. Let’s not get it wrong, Ilver is a knockdown shooter, for sure. During the FIBA U18 European Championship, Ilver knocked down 40% of his 3-point attempts, playing for his native Estonia. He did pretty much the same during Hargrave’s Military Challenge, knocking in 9 3s in the 2 Games.
But back on track, Ilver is more than a shooter. He showcased good straight-line athleticism, even despite his young-looking body, he is playing above the rim when necessary. He is also tough, as you would expect from an Estonian, as he is a very active off-ball defender and scraps on Boards.
With that said, expect high major recruitment to come. He was originally slated to be at, now defunct, Lincoln Academy. He is now with former college coach Curtis Peery at Massanutten. Watch closely, Ilver is a bucket getter, with tools, toughness, and size.