Gabe Brown is one of the fastest rising prospects in the entire Midwest for the class of 2018. He now had five scholarship offers, from Detroit, Oakland, Milwaukee, DePaul and Loyola-Marymount. But when he took the court in Lansing for the 12th-annual Bank Hoops All-State Camp, Brown competed like he was the most anonymous kid in the gym, scratching and clawing for recognition. The furthest thing from a preening D1 prodigy, he shared the ball and was a positive teammate. Brown’s ideal mix of length, bounce and shooting range that made him a tough cover, and then an outright terror when he was hustling all over the court defensively. Combine those physical advantages with Brown’s motor, and those scholarship offers should continue to flow for this camp MVP.
Khalil Allen 5-7 Fr Kalamazoo Central: “He not only resembled Cassius Winston in facial and body features, he also resembled Winston in his play during the games,” said a coach. “Allen repeatedly froze defenders with a slick hesitation move and got to the rim whenever he seemed to want to, finishing and occasionally dropping dimes to cutting teammates for layups.”
Charles Anderson-Louie 6-3 So Warren Woods Tower: Talent that needs to be refined. Good second effort on the offensive glass, can deliver passes. Needs to move his feet quicker on defense.
“Big, strong shooting guard with similarities to Willie Green, without the athleticism,” a coach said. “Can stroke it from deep consistently. Maybe the best on the day in his class shooting it.”
Britton Angell 6-2 So Big Rapids Crossroads: Left-hander who knocked down three-pointers off the catch and dribble. It’s no surprise that he came from such a successful 15U AAU team, Champ Sports Gold, as Angell willingly did the little things and dirty stuff you have to have to win.
“Good handle and did a nice job of making plays for teammates in transition,” a coach said. “Strong off-handed dribbler, but weak off-handed finisher.”
“He was impressive in games as a ‘PTRW’ guy,” said another. “He made the extra pass and boxed out even if the rebound was out of his area.”
Case Conley 6-4 So Williamston: Nice physical tools on the wing. Varsity ready and another reason why Williamston will be right back in the top 10 for Class B.
“Ran rim-to-rim all day,” a coach said. “on one particular play, he secured the defensive rebound, hit the outlet and beat everyone down to get the offensive rebound for the putback.”
“Big, thick physical guard who can shoot it and be as clever and crafty as it takes to get the job done,” said another.
Nate Flannery 5-11 So DeWitt: Another one, like Briton Angell, whose winning AAU ethos carried over with his camp poise. Played the point without dominating the ball, sees the floor, patient. Toughness on both ends of the floor reminds one of a recent camp alumnus from Mid-Michigan, Laingsburg’s Ryan Wade now at WMU. The shooting, however, isn’t exactly channeling Erik Kangas.
Jake Jensen 6-2 So Clarkston: Played with a chip on his shoulder, pushing the ball and making things happen. Attack mode motor with the ball kept defenders on their heels while also having to respect that the jumper was on. Better shooter off the catch than dribble. Clarkston is loaded in the class ahead of Jensen, but as he bides his time he’ll emerge as a factor and college prospect in his own right eventually.
Robert Johnson 5-11 So Northville: Athletic guard who elevated on his jumpshots and finished drives high on the glass.
“Aggressive combo guard,” a coach says. “Plays hard.”
Eli Neuman 6-1 So Bloomfield Hills: Good defender between his wingspan and motor. Active and made himself hard to guard without the ball.
“Very skilled and a very good shooter,” one coach said. “Super coachable and wants to get even better. Knows the game and plays like he loves it.”
“Wore No. 44 and played like ‘The Logo’ at times,” another coach said. “He was able to score inside and out as well as eating a lot of glass and stepping up to defend to guys who were more active on the other teams.”
Quinn Starkey 6-1 So Chelsea: Driver who also hit the three-pointer off the catch.
“Guard with a very strong handle who gets to the rim at will,” a coach said. “Finishes well, but sometimes took a tougher shot than necessary. Good shooter off the dribble from 15 feet and in. Very efficient game.”
Trent Summerfield 6-3 So Forest Hills Northern: “Very solid guard who doesn’t wow you in the layup line, but once the game starts you wish you had him,” a coach said. “Plays with a good pace and understands the value of changing speeds. Knocks down the open jumper and finds the open man with ease. What he lacks in athleticism he makes for with intelligence. He’s very slim and his scrappiness will only take him so far guarding bigger, strong players; needs to get in the weight room.”
Jose Torres 6-1 So Grand Rapids Catholic Central: He was a varsity freshman for CC, which projects as a top 10 Class B team in the foreseeable future.
“One of the camp’s better shooters from behind the arc,” said a coach. “Big-bodied guard who plays under control and competes all the time. Does a nice job in the halfcourt with the ball in his hands, and spaces well off the ball in the fullcourt.”
Zach Trent 6-2 So Burton Bentley: Played well in drills before hitting some rough waters in games. Crafty, strong scorer at the age-group level who will be very tough to handle as an upperclassman as his moves become more instinctive and fluid.
“He showed flashes of everything I’ve heard about him,” a coach said. “Definitely not afraid to shoot it and showed he could knock it down for stretches. Certainly not a guy opponents want to see heat up. Did a nice job of getting into the lane when defenders closed out poorly, but struggled to finish in close quarters. Seems very mechanical with the ball in his hands.”
- Nolan Foster 6-10 So Mattawan
- Caleb Hodgson 6-9 So Dansville
- Jalen Thomas 6-9 So Detroit U-D Jesuit
- Sage Walker 6-9 So Ithaca
- Spencer Brown 6-8 So Walled Lake Northern
- Dreyon O’Neal 6-5 Detroit Edison
- Sean Cobb 6-6 So Williamston
- Davis Lukomski 6-7 So Novi Catholic Central
- Mike Fletcher 6-7 So Flint Carman-Ainsworth
- Demetriess Champion 6-5 So Detroit Country Day
- Romeo Weems 6-5 So New Haven
- Cade Coleman 6-5 So Davison
- Reece Castor 6-4 So Gladstone
- Chandler Turner 6-4 So Detroit Renaissance
- Myron Gardner 6-5 So Detroit Loyola
- Giovanni Miles 6-2 So Novi
- Zach Trent 6-2 So Burton Bentley
- Ryan Wade 6-1 So Ann Arbor Skyline
- Harlond Beverly 6-2 So Southfield Christian
- Xander Okerlund 6-2 So Maple City Glen Lake
- Mark Watts 6-1 So Old Redford Academy
- Julian Dozier 5-10 So Detroit U-D Jesuit
- Drew Lowder 5-10 So Ann Arbor Pioneer
- Deandre Carter 5-10 So Muskegon
- Zach Goodline 5-10 So Coloma
- Isaiah Bridges 6-4 So Midland
- Javian Fowler 6-5 So Grand Rapids Union
- Khalid Fleming 5-9 So River Rouge
- Christian Knox 5-10 So Ann Arbor Skyline
- Troy Lattimore 5-11 So Walled Lake Northern
MVP Marcus Wourman 5-8 8th East Lansing: Bank Hoops camps have seen their share of young point guard prodigies. Wourman is the next one. Time will tell, will he end up the next Cassius Winston, or Juwan Moody? High IQ and skill set, he handled the ball and ran the show at his own pace, mixing in his own buckets while finding the open man. Should work on his floater in the lane that he’ll need as a small, young guard when he reaches the varsity level.
“One of the best point guards in camp regardless of age,” a coach said. “You can tell this kid is going to be a player. Never seemed rattled and scored with ease despite being one of the smallest kids on the court. It says a lot when you’re the youngest guy out there and players two years older are still giving you the ball to bring it up the court. Haven’t seen a middle schooler this good at camp since Cassius Winston.”
Pierre Brooks 6-2 8th St. Clare Montefalco: Nice combination of size and skill, as he could rebound it then bring it up and make a play with the ball. Advanced feel for the game, and able to see things happen over smaller guards defending him. Shot selection left something to be desired.
“Long, big guard who certainly has a couple inches of growth left in him,” a coach said. “Played like a seasoned guard against older competition. Certainly a gamer. Sneaky in the passing lanes, but one area of improvement would be his defense on the ball.”
Trey Gardette 5-9 8th Ann Arbor: Terrific pushing the ball in games, we also liked how Gardette did his business in drills. Not a few guards, when pushed out of their comfort zone in some stations, look lost without the ball in their hands. Not this kid, who embraced rebounding, setting screens, just a well-rounded player. When he did have the ball, had a nice mix of shoulder fakes, change of speeds, to create space against older defenders.
“Extremely fast guard,” a coach said. “Will be very dangerous once he uses his speed on both ends of the court.”
KJ Rai 6-4 8th East Lansing: Always seemed to pop into play with a nose for the ball and rebounded it all day long. Good size for his age, and used it on the glass. Fought for position defensively and blocked shots.
“Another reason East Lansing High School will be in good shape even after Brandon Johns graduates in a couple years,” a coach said. “Good footwork for his age. Gets pretty good position in the post and found a body when a rebound came off. Needs to improve quickness, but that should come with time and coaching.”
Ayden Rutan 5-5 8th Leslie: Alma College assistant coach Ryan Clark, a Leslie HS grad, ran a drill station at the camp. He had to be a proud and optimistic alumnus seeing the talented trio of Leslie eighth-graders, Rutan, 5-7 Tristan Feighner and 5-6 Nolan Frohriep. Rutan was the smallest player at camp. He controlled tempo and made right decision after right decision.
“Young, fearless lefty that acted like he belonged with the older guys despite his smaller stature,” a coach said. “Excellent shooter and passer.”
“The future of the Leslie backcourt is good with them waiting in the wings,” another coach said. “Feighner is a streak shooter from 3 who is better in the half-court than an up-and-down game. Rutan is a small guard with a big heart! Very strong handle. Knows how to finish on bigger defenders by using the rim to protect his shot. Changes pace very well, keeping defenders on their toes.”
These were some of the standout wing forwards, combo forwards and tweeners from the Bank Hoops Underclassman Camp.
Preston Briggs 6-5 So Traverse City Central: On measurables one of the top prospects in camp. He has the length and bounce to cover space, the versatility with which you can do so much. Coachable, engaged, played hard. Still young in that Briggs will look so smooth and natural then suddenly the finish might be awkward.
“Long and athletic wing who was all over the court,” a coach said. “His strengths could be in one possession as I watched him come out of nowhere to get a defensive rebound, lead the break then finish with an ‘and-one.’ Very good finisher on the move both in transition or the half-court. Needs to get stronger and improve his shot behind the arc.”
Ryan Dorff 6-4 Fr Mattawan: Nice looking shot for his size and age. Legs weren’t all there by the time we saw him in the last round of games, but Dorff hit well in drills. Didn’t look like a kid who hasn’t yet attended high school with the way he moved off the ball and spaced the floor. Came shot ready on his cuts and used his body to make space and finish under taller defenders, and to back down and shoot over smaller ones.
Logan LePage 6-3 So Corunna: Corunna is joining the basketball mainstream, and a possible gem may have been uncovered in the process. Just looks the part as an athlete more than 90% of the players at camp.
“Big guard who is dangerous in the open court and has a variety of finishes at the hoop,” a coach said. “Has a game reminiscent of Dylan Alderson at the same age. Plays very hard on defense and showed he was capable of guarding the 2-4. Rebounds well on both ends. A streak shooter from outside. Improved jumper will increase his recuitability.”
Brandon Michrina 6-2 So Sterling Heights Stevenson: In the final round of games, Michrina seemed to find a second wind that others didn’t have. Sporting the grey tee under the jersey Georgetown style, the darker it got the better he played. Beat bigger players for rebounds, and smaller players for layups. Knocked down open 3s and also a tough step-back from the corner over the camp’s biggest player Nolan Foster.
Nate Nemens 6-3 So Sterling Heights Stevenson: No one at camp seemed to enjoy running out and setting screens quite like Nemens. That same workmanlike energy translated to the glass, where he rebounded outside his area. First on the floor after loose balls. Will need to become an offensive threat as an upperclassman — had a nice half-hook into the lane, but was inconsistent finishing at the rim or hitting from the short corners.
Jason Raedy 6-3 So Saginaw Nouvel: Invaluable because he likely led the camp in offensive rebounds. Totally instinctual and energetic hunting down misses or working for two, three, four tips before it goes down.
Prince Rush 6-2 So Muskegon: The Muskegon program continues to churn out talent. Three of the top 25 overall players at camp were Big Reds, sophomore guard DeAndre Carter, freshman guard Vernon Nash and this guy. Rush has a nice combination of strength and length so rebounded well on both ends. Moved well off the ball and was a willing screener. Ran the floor. Flip shot 3 but it went in. Can he guard 2s and 3s?
Thomas Sylvester 6-4 So Novi Catholic Central: Took advantage of playing with a 6-9 passer in Caleb Hodgson by making strong cuts and inverting the offense to post up. Triggered the break with quick outlet passes.
Tyler Welch 6-3 So Monroe St. Mary Catholic: “I liked him,” a coach said. “Long and rebounded well outside his area. Doesn’t always look athletic, but plays very hard.”
MVP Edwin Victory 5-9 Fr Grand Rapids Christian: Looks ready to give some minutes to spell D1 junior Duane Washington for the No. 3 Class A team in Michigan. As fast as any guard at camp with the ball. Country Day’s Wendell Green scores it better, though Victory has similar talent as a small guard and like Green is a top 10 overall incoming freshman.
“No one could stay in front of him, he got to the rim at will,” a coach said. “Great in an open court game. Was especially efficient in the pick-and-roll game. Sometimes got caught too deep on over penetration. Streak shooter with awkward form who needs to work on consistency in his form from long range to get better results.”
Noah Baylis 5-11 Fr Holly: Played with freedom, feel and deep eager range. Mixed in some slick passes amidst the jumpers.
“Will he be the next big scoring frosh for Holly?” a coach asked. “He shot the hell out of it all damn day.”
“A solid all-around player,” said another coach. “Had no problem knocking down the open J. Very high IQ. Could sacrifice some flash for efficiency in certain situations. Needs to play harder on defense.”
“This incoming freshman was finally playing against his age group,” added a third coach. “He shot the ball extremely well all day including 5-for-5, most off the dribble, in one game. Had his teammates standing cheering by the last one. Also mixed in some floaters and dimes to big man Nolan Foster.”
Mark Miller 6-3 Fr Grand Blanc: Tough, talented Flintstone.
Said one coach: “To be blunt and to the point, he was very good. Total package.”
“A poor man’s version of a young Lamarcus Aldridge,” said another. “Very smart running the floor. He’s smart and elusive enough to avoid picking up charges while still finishing at the rim. Very nice inside-outside game in the half-court. Can defend any position on the perimeter. Continued growth and athletic development, and this kid could be special.”
Vernon Nash 5-7 Fr Muskegon: A clerical error had him in the wrong drill group, but once we saw how Nash was competing even against opponents a year older and eight or nine inches taller. Typical tough Muskegon kid that way. Skilled and smart enough to make the right decisions and pass on the move. Also able to run a half-court offense patiently, though he too often settled for shots in the last game.
Noah Pruitt 5-8 Fr Okemos: He was talented but young and small at last year’s camp. Now with a bit of size and a summer season of varsity ball behind him and Pruitt is tougher and more able to execute. Projecting how much experience he’ll get over the next four years in one of the state’s top three leagues, Pruitt should be highly recruited as an upperclassman.
“Quick, very solid pass-first point guard,” a coach said. “He was very scrappy on defense and didn’t seem to mind mixing it up with anyone. One of the best on-ball defenders in camp. Knocked down open shots. Sometimes got caught inside with nowhere to go because of over-penetration.”
“Very heady, solid, quick point guard that plays hard,” said another. “Plays excellent defense. Needs a little work on the 3 ball to round out his superior all-around game and athleticism.”
Jarvis “Jay” Walker 6-0 Fr Muskegon Mona Shores: Comes from a basketball family, a pedigree which was apparent with how he attacked drills and competed in games. Baby faced Laval Lucas Perry type who thus surprises you making athletic plays.
“Maybe not in the layup line, then wows you once the game starts,” said a coach. “Very steady guard who is not afraid of anything. One of the best on-ball defenders at camp. Has a knack for getting his shot off in traffic and displayed a solid mid-range game. His shot from deep will have to improve for him to thrive at the varsity level, and beyond.
MVP Xander Okerlund 6-2 So Glen Lake: It’s probably 50/50 that nine months from now Okerlund will be 6-4 and coming off a high school season that saw him average at least 20 a game. If that comes to pass, Northern Michigan will have the closest thing to Chris Hass. Plays with the same kind of feel and smoothness, with points from pull-ups, 3s, fastbreaks and free throws. Scores while still making more smart passes than taking poor shots. When your initials are X and O you’d better be a smart player, which he is residing a couple plays ahead of his young high school peers. Which is why no one in camp go their hands on more balls. And experience helps. Over the past two seasons he’s a veteran of over 100 15U AAU games, likely the most among campers at that level. He embraced his matchup with AAU teammate Cade Coleman, in one stretch Xander extending at the basket to score over the camp’s top wing prospect, setting off a flurry of another layup, then a jumper, then an assist. Needs to sometimes play outside himself, sprint more and harder, as well as he’s playing the potential is so much more.
“My choice for camp MVP would be DeAndre Carter, or Xander,” a coach said. “He’s improved as much as any kid in the state over the past year. Competes all the time. He seems to have a fire in his eyes when he plays and leaves it all on the floor. A lanky, true scorer who can hit the open shot or finish at the hoop. He has a nice mid-range game off the dribble. He rebounds well for a guard and isn’t afraid of a little contact.”
Elijah Bell 5-9 So Detroit Consortium: Attack mode point guard who had a strength advantage on most defenders, so if he got his shoulder in them or all the way past them kept the pressure on all afternoon with how he was able to get into the paint. Even when he was going hard was able to maneuver the momentum, a rare trick for talented but youthful guards.
“One of the top three point guards at camp,” one coach said. “A shorter version of John Bagley. Can handle, defend, and shoot the open shot in a controlled way with great rotation.”
“Strong at the rim with either hand and makes the right pass when things close down,” said another. “Seems to score in bunches. Nice looking shot from 21 feet and in. Good rebounding guard who isn’t afraid to lead the break. Plays tough on ‘D,’ but sometimes got caught gambling off the ball.”
Isaiah Bridges 6-3 So Midland: Outstanding high school player. He was as productive as any kid at camp, with at least 20 and 10 in all three games, with a high of 32 points. If a year from now he’s either finishing above the rim or playing guard full time, it will be easier to project Bridges to the college rank. Could end up like CMU’s Kevin McKay.
“Not many of the campers or coaches would get this, but Bridges played like a Wes Unseld clone,” a coach said. “He went ‘hard as a mofo’ in drill stations, and harder in the games. Offensively Bridges has the skill set to play all five positions, complete with a nice mid-range game as well as a vast array of post moves and good court vision.”
“Undersized big, with a high motor!,” said another coach. “Runs the floor in both offensive and defensive transition. Has enough skill to lead the break if he sees daylight, or finish on the move. If he didn’t get to the rim immediately, did a good job moving without the ball. An improved jumper and this kid could be a matchup nightmare.”
Reece Castor 6-4 So Gladstone: It’s a long trek from the U.P., and Castor was all business making it a worthwhile trip. He was engaged and competitive throughout drills and that carried over to games. Would have loved to see his shot chart, as he was always using footwork and strength to get an even better look. Quick hands and instincts, allowing him to beat smaller guards to 50/50 balls. Similar to former Grand Valley State star Justin Ringler, with a mix of Jordan Bitzer. To project as a guard at the next level, will have to improve defensive quickness.
Said one coach: “Castor scored the ball whenever he wanted. At times it even appeared that guys were a bit scared of him.”
“One of the top three forwards at the camp,” said another. “Plays extremely hard and strong. Takes it to the basket and finishes. Great body for an incoming sophomore. Mature mind and body. Plays beyond his years.”
“Athletic guard who can lead or finish transition with the best of them,” added another. “Sneaky athlete, may have had the best first step at camp. Can score off the wing and even saw him play with his back to the basket and display a nice up-and-under move off the post catch. Finishes with contact and was consistent from 22 feet and in. I feel like his handle hasn’t caught up to his athleticism. But when it does, look out!”
Zach Goodline 5-10 So Coloma: Light on his feet and strong with either hand. As skilled as any player at camp, able to get the ball where he wanted. Small but hit some tough shots when he chose to drive while keeping defenses honest with the jumper. But where Goodline really shines is as a playmaker.
“Smart and tough point guard who got to the rim at will, as no one at the camp could stay in front of him,” said a coach. “Finished in a variety of ways when help didn’t come and found the open shooter when help did. Deadly in an open court, fast paced game, and poised enough to slow things down when numbers weren’t in his favor. Teammates seemed to like playing with him. Defends and plays the passing lanes very well, but could be more aggressive on the ball.”
“Goodline had a lot of fun making sweet highlight type passes during the games,” a second coach said. “He can also score the ball effectively.”
“Great vision,” another said. “Understands the game. Needs to make the easy, open pass when it presents itself.”
Dayton Keller 6-4 So Jackson Lumen Christi: Widebody post player with toughness and skill of the type who should average 20 and 10 as an upperclassman. While he doesn’t project like the 6-9 types in attendance, he produced against them in drills and games.
“He’s grown taller and filled out, to make a very interesting power player with skill,” a coach said. “Could turn out to be the skilled, tough enforcer type who can shoot, that every coach would love to have playing for them. He’s on his way.”
“Strong banger who may have been the surprise of the camp,” said another coach. “Can knock down jumpers from the ‘L’ or the corners, while having the most polished post game in camp. Defensively and offensively rebounds very well. Ceiling is limited due to height, but is a high school post that any coach in the state could build a team around.”