2015 Perimeter Standouts From Bank Hoops All-State Minicamp

AJ Atwater  5-11  Sr  OtsegoIn the midst of football season, but when you can shoot you can shoot and Atwater knocks down shots by rote. High IQ, efficient player. Good grades, low risk recruit."Has a pure stroke and confidence to go with it," a coach said. "Has a strong frame and gets after it on defense.""True floor general," said another. "Guys certainly respect his game, because whenev...
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Bank Hoops All-State Minicamp All-2015 Team

MVP  Jerald Booker  6-1  Sr  Walled Lake WesternGuards who play the right way are golden in this type of venue. It's not easy to do what Booker did for a hi-my-name-is camp team -- control tempo, lead on defense, keep teammates involved on offense, and score without gunning it. Smart leading the break and could score from all three levels. Moved and cut when he didn't have the ball. Showed som...
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Bank Hoops All-State Minicamp All-Underclassman Team

MVP  Darian Owens-White  5-10  So  YpsilantiHe's the son of a college head coach, Adrian's Mark White, and plays for one of the state's top prep coaches, Ypsilanti's Steve Brooks, and by no means has Darian squandered that pedigree. He had the efficient, skilled, smart playmaking game you'd expect. Made decisions at the right spot and didn't over-penetrate. Owens-White would pull the ball out ...
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Bell on Ball: Welcome good news for Aquinas

Aquinas is currently without head coach -- the school's all-time wins leader -- Dave Hammer, who is on medical leave because of an ocular condition. But the recruiting train rolls on. The Saints have long targeted AJ Atwater, and cashed in with a commitment from the 5-11 Otsego senior. Atwater is battle-tested, a three-year starter for one of the state's top Class B teams and a two-time vet of 17U...
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Bell on Ball: Welcome good news for Aquinas
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Aquinas is currently without head coach -- the school's all-time wins leader -- Dave Hammer, who is on medical leave because of an ocular condition. But the recruiting train rolls on. The Saints have long targeted AJ Atwater, and cashed in with a commitment from the 5-11 Otsego senior. Atwater is battle-tested, a three-year starter for one of the state's top Class B teams and a two-time vet of 17U AAU. He's best known for his three-point shooting, and rightfully so, while also bringing physical defense, a high hoops IQ and improving point guard skills. Otsego will be one of the rare teams in the state blessed with five senior starters who will play college basketball: Atwater, 6-1 Solomon Barwegan, 7-0 Seth Dugan, 6-4 Chris Pearl and the currently injured 6-3 Mike Williams.

Three in-state rookies on NBA rosters
Three Michigan-made rookies are on NBA rosters as the season opens tonight: Devyn Marble with the Orlando Magic, Shayne Whittington with the Indiana Pacers and James Young with the Boston Celtics. All took very different routes to the League. Marble was the late blooming son of Roy Marble who was passed over by the in-state schools while at Southfield-Lathrup only to make his mark at Iowa. He finished his Hawkeyes tenure in the top 10 of six school records and was the No. 54 pick of the 2014 Draft. Like Marble, James Young played AAU ball for the Family. He was everybody's All-American (but not Mr. Basketball in 2013) in his one season at Rochester before a one-and-done with Kentucky that saw the Wildcats reach the NCAA championship game. Young parlayed that into the No. 17 selection in the draft. Whittington is a center who rose from the obscurity of Class D Lawrence to a five-year stint at Western Michigan, culminating in an NCAA Tournament berth in 2014. It was his outstanding performance at the Portsmouth Invitational that convinced the Pacers to give Whittington a guaranteed deal despite later breaking his leg.

 

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2016 Perimeter Standouts From Bank Hoops All-State Minicamp
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Tariq Archibald  5-8  Jr  Ortonville Brandon
One of the state's significant sub-genres of player, Pontiac point guards, ran strong through the turn of the century. Maurice Searight remains the favorite guard this space has covered. It's endangered now, but able vessels of this diaspora still exist, like Archibald. Maybe not as much glitter in the veneer, but rock solid where it counts. He's a smooth A-to-B guard who mixes in his own offense. Will have to get more explosive for high school shots to become college shots at his size.

"Solid vocal point guard who does everything well," a coach said. "Doesn't wow you with flare, but gets the job done with efficiency. Plays tough on-ball defense, but will need to continue to get stronger to allow him to match up better with bigger guards."

Payton Dewildt  6-1  Jr  Midland
The jumper sets it all up for this combo guard who brings to mind John Flynn with his build and ability to get off his shot. Dangerous three-point shooter off of screens or as a pitch option in the corner. Uses strength at the block and can finish with either hand. Not a break-down point guard but sees the open man, is unselfish and makes good decisions against helping and double-teaming defenders. At his height, development of mid-range game will be key.

"Classic lefty, Gail Goodrich shooter," a coach said. "Solid small college player, at least."

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University of Detroit Adds Guard, Forward Pair
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With the October 6 commitment of Detroit Western's Gerald Blackshear and Josh McFolley to the University of Detroit, 20 Michigan seniors have now made their college commitments.

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Dilon Aten  6-1  Sr  Wayland (ACB BankHoops)  Cornerstone
This is how you become a small college power, keeping at home all-staters talented enough to have played at bigger schools. Cornerstone did it in the spring with Holland Christian's Kyle Steigenga. Aten can help you running a team, or picking up the scoring when he has to. The last time an all-state point guard went from Wayland to Cornerstone it worked out well, Wes Hudson was the 2014 WHAC MVP.

Gerald Blackshear  6-8  Sr  Detroit Western (1Nation)  Detroit
Energy guy whose motor when paired with athleticism and wingspan make Blackshear productive without having plays called for him. Guards the bucket, pursues rebounds and rim runs for dunks. Ability to check inside and out is attractive. He'll join AAU and former Mt. Clemens teammate Josh McFolley at Detroit Western, and then at Calihan Hall.

Deleon Brown  6-2  Sr  Grand Rapids Christian (SYF Players/GR Storm)  Colorado
A smooth shooter who hit for 20 points per game as a junior and vaulted into one of the state's top 10 overall recruits. Creating space is creating space, and Brown's ball-handling give him point guard potential in addition to his scoring prowess. Brown chose the Buffaloes ahead of a bevy of mid-major offers, and will likely play a post-grad year prior to facing the rigors of the Pac10. 

Malik Clincy  6-2  Sr  Grand Rapids Northview (WM Lakers)  Cornerstone
Between Aten and Clincy, Cornerstone has already inked two top 30 overall prospects, securing a future backcourt that could keep them in national contention through the end of the decade. Either of them can play on or off the ball, Clincy an athletic lane scorer and creator who will knock down clutch shots and give effort defensively. He's one of the state's biggest sleepers, and looked just as good as any of the 2015 Detroit area guards in AAU.

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2015 Perimeter Standouts From Bank Hoops All-State Minicamp
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AJ Atwater  5-11  Sr  Otsego
In the midst of football season, but when you can shoot you can shoot and Atwater knocks down shots by rote. High IQ, efficient player. Good grades, low risk recruit.

"Has a pure stroke and confidence to go with it," a coach said. "Has a strong frame and gets after it on defense."

"True floor general," said another. "Guys certainly respect his game, because whenever he was in he ran the show. Very nice handle and didn't over-dribble. He also used the dribble well to create good passing angles. Was one of the best post-feeders at the camp. Defensively he gets after it. Poor shot selection at times would be his only flaw on offense."

Solomon Barwegan  6-1  Sr  Otsego
Former Vicksburg standout is now a key member of one of the state's best Class B teams. Barwegan can shoot from 3 or mid-range and is much improved with the ball. He was all business all day and produced throughout.

"He seemed to just make the right play each time," a coach said. "he hustled, passed and shot lights out. Loved his energy!"

"One of the most solid perimeter participants at camp," said another. "Has a game reminiscent of Bobby Naubert. He played hard and well all day. Could have been called the Drill Sergeant from his perfect execution during stations The nice thing was once the games began he continued to keep you watching. Very good point guard who can play in transition or the half-court. Knocks down the open shot and drives it well enough to draw help and make good decisions off of it. Plays very hard on defense and uses angles well, which makes up for some lack of elite quickness. needs to continue to work on athleticism, but overall one of the best players I saw."

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