Omslaer brothers off to great start at Academic Elite 1

Unlike most basketball players, the Omslaer twins have been teammates since the minute they were born–except, of course, for the minute between their births, as Parker Omslaer (St. Peter’s Prep’ 17) was born just one minute before his brother Ryan Omslaer (St. Peter’s Prep ‘17), who ironically holds a single inch over his brother.

And according to Parker, Ryan makes sure to hold it over him, “bringing it up at every chance.” Their competitive nature helps drive the two of them to improve on the basketball court, always having someone alongside which they can improve.

“We always like to compete against each other, to see who can maybe make the most points in a game or most rebounds or blocks, so it’s definitely a competition between us to get better, to succeed and do better,” said Parker.

That said, when that one inch is the difference between 6-foot-10 and 6-foot-11, it doesn’t change much in regards to the dominance the twin brothers can have on the basketball court.

Needless to say, the two brothers have been using their towering heights to their advantage so far at this week’s Academic Elite Camp, both on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, and it’s been turning heads for the past 36 hours.

On the basketball court, being brothers provides an extra layer that most teammates take years to develop. Ryan and Parker are able to understand each other’s abilities and tendencies better than the average teammate, and it pays off without question.

“Definitely working together since we were so young, we have a feel for each other’s game,” said Parker. “It definitely helps knowing when he may cut, or spin or post up. It helps knowing when we’re going to do something.”

Both Parker and Ryan have shown so far this week that, despite their size, they are very comfortable with the ball in their hands. Each has impressive athleticism that helps create opportunities to score with authority on the offensive end.

Defensively, shot-blocking and rebounding are obviously the most notable ways they can impact their teams’ success with their size, and they do so very well.

That said, each brother is looking to improve certain aspects of his game this week and throughout the summer before their senior year.

“The thing I most want to improve is to get more confidence,” said Parker. “During my high school season I didn’t play as well as I wanted to, towards the end I was playing better, but now this week is just a boost in my confidence. Also, maybe work on some post moves that I don’t usually do.”

“Working on post moves, I did some stuff in the first game, not as much the second, but just getting confident in them and seeing what works and what doesn’t work, stuff like that,” added Ryan.

In the recruiting world, according to Parker, many of the schools who reach out to the two of them–such as Brown, Army West Point, and St. Michael’s–tend to bundle them together, asking the common question “do you want to play with each other?”

“We haven’t really talked about it, but I wouldn’t be opposed to it,” said Ryan.

“I guess it just depends on how well we fit into their program, I may fit somewhere better than he will,” added Parker.

If they can continue to show off their similar abilities the way they have been in their opening couple of days at camp, there should certainly be some kind of offer on the table for the Omslaer brothers.

Whether they continue to be together–as they have for all but that one single minute–will just be the next step in the process.

 

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