MVP Hayden Stauffer 6-5 So Centreville: Centreville? Yes, Centreville! Very well-coached, and put it to good use. One coach compared him to Holt’s Jaron Faulds when he was a young camper. Faulds is now 6-10 and the top post in the 2017 class. That kind of height is not out of the question for Stauffer, who has a 6-8 grandfather and 6-10 uncle. Carrying a 4.0 gpa thus far.
“Surprise player of the camp,” a coach said. “Displayed very good footwork in the paint and had one of the best drop steps I’ve seen in awhile. Attacks rebounds with two hands, keeps the ball high and stays after balls being tipped around. The best thing to see was him find a body every time a shot went up. He is going to have an awesome high school career, and could really be a serious college prospect if he continues to grow. Did everything you want a young big fella to do. I wonder if he can hit free throws, because the way he plays he will certainly shoot a few this upcoming season.”
Jacob Boonyasith 6-3 So Jenison: Boon goes the dynamite! He was solid at the Underclassman Camp, but better here if for no other fact than his shot was falling more consistently in games. Good feel for the game so even when playing with new teammates he found himself in the right spots and knocked down shots from all three levels. Produces with or without the ball. Great size for a sophomore guard, he’s shed the baby fat and there may still be an uptick in athleticism to come.
Denver Cade 6-1 So Buckley: You’ve heard of three-sport high school athletes. But three in one season? Cade is the top runner on Buckley’s cross country team, a member of the soccer team, and has clearly been in the gym as well as he looked improved on the court after a successful AAU season. He played with some talented and unselfish teammates, and rewarded their generosity by knocking down shot after shot. Cade has improved in his driving and scoring game, and figuring out how to get his shot off against bigger, athletic defenders. 4.0 gpa always helps.
“Scorer!,” a coach said. “He knocked down a bunch of 3s, and scored other ways. Not always pretty but he put it in the bucket. Played hard and wasn’t afraid to get on the floor for loose balls. When he handled the ball in the open court sometimes missed teammates ahead of him, and will have to keep working on his defensive quickness.”
Matt Loney 6-2 So Frankfort: This kid is just a great teammate, can fit in any spot and bring positive energy. Walks it as well as talks it, as Loney plays at 100 percent. Pushes it and is athletic in the open court, constant motion and understands space in the half court. Repeatedly beat older players for 50-50 balls and on the offense glass to create second and third chances for his team. Tremendous wingspan allows him to cover a lot of space. Major point of emphasis over the next six months will be consistency of the jumpshot.
Pierre Mitchell 5-10 So Detroit Loyola: There are a bunch of promising point guards in the state’s 2018 class. Mitchell may be the best pure passer of the group. While his team may have been the most talented at camp, Mitchell helped create an unselfish ethos that carried over to the others and made good players look even better. Still not the guy you’d chose first to take a jumper, but he’s getting much better there.
“Leader!,” a coach said. “Found the open man and knocked down perimeter shots with a greater consistency than in the past. Plays very hard and is not afraid to defensively chase down rebounds from the guard spot. Plays well in the up and down or half court game speeds. Keeps defenders from getting comfortable by using change of pace. Sometimes can be overaggressive for the steal and get burned. Shows the ability to stay in front of anyone, just needs to do it all the time and not get greedy.”
Brandon Wade 6-1 So Ann Arbor Skyline: Much prefer watching him, than coaching against him. Attacking point guard, but does it wisely and is equally dangerous as a scorer or distributor off the dribble. Terrific pedigree. His dad was a standout point guard at Toledo, and Brandon has been a big-time winner in AAU, and will soon be the same at Skyline thanks to all their young talent. Wade has offers from EMU, Northern Illinois and Toledo.
“Another very good young point guard with unbelievable vision,” a coach said. “His Skyline teammates must love him, because he always seems to get the ball to teammates in good scoring positions. Gets in the lane well and uses his length to create good passing angles and hits shooters right in the pocket. Plays solid on the defensive end as well. Jumper was a little inconsistent, but didn’t let it affect his overall game, which shows great maturity.”
MVP Dylan Alderson 6-4 Jr Clarkston: Validated his status as a top 10 overall prospect in Michigan’s 2017 class with his athleticism, college wing size and skills. Has some wiggle off the dribble, which is rare for a player his age who can often get by on physical advantages alone. Alderson has offers from CMU, Toledo and Wright State, with surely many more to ensue.
“Looks a little bit better every time I see him,” a coach said. “Showed he could knock down the jumper more consistently than I recall. Handles the ball like a guard and finishes like a wing. D1 body and athleticism, how high he goes will depend on his ability to diversify his game and desire to play defense. If there’s one thing I’d like to see, it’s more ‘nasty’ in his game — dive on the floor, knock someone down, BANG someone on the box out. He doesn’t intimidate high school kids like he’s capable of with what God has given him.”
Tariq Derrickson 6-0 Jr Pontiac Notre Dame: He didn’t have anything like the rep of the other players on this list coming in, but that’s what the camp is for, and Dickerson earned it on the court. Old school Pontiac guard with swagger, flash, and the production to back it up. Fast with the ball end-to-end, then can stop on a dime to shoot. His lefty release is a little low and to the side, but he’s shooting a true jumpshot with a quick release, and buried mid-range shots out to 20 feet all day long.
“Smooth lefty guard with, probably, the best pull-up at the camp,” one coach said. “Looks very smooth going left, but loses some of that when he goes right. Looks very comfortable shooting it from deep and played hard on defense. Needs to get stronger and improve his right hand.”
“He was one of the quickest players here,” another coach said. “Shot is unorthodox, but he made plenty of jumpers in drills and games. Has the ability to be a great defender.”
Austin McCullough 6-4 Jr Portage Central: The combination of natural talent, improving shot, full-on motor and 4.0 gpa make McCullough one of the most recruit-able players in the state’s deep 2017 class.
“He played like he was trying to make a team,” a coach said. “Would kill you but had a smile doing it. Would rebound, push the ball, pass or score it, just make plays.”
“He would’ve been the most athletic kid in camp if it weren’t for (senior MVP Emmanuel) Gildo,” another said. “A menace in transition who is hard to stay in front of when he’s going downhill. Can score the ball in a variety of ways in the half-court as well. I love this kid’s game, but he needs to stay hungry and continue to get better. I say that because, even though he was one of the top players in camp, in my opinion I didn’t see any part of his game that had drastically improved since the last time I saw him.”
Darian Owens-White 6-0 Jr River Rouge: A Type O point guard, universal blood type who can be thrown in with a new group and run them like they’d played together for a year. The son of a college coach, and plays for a former college coach, and clearly he’s been paying attention. Substance over hype kind of kid, so needs the right AAU environment to shine. Here, his teammates gave him the ball and played off of him, and all prospered. He has an offer from Toledo. For more, and possibly bigger, offers to come, his shot needs to become more consistent, and he’ll have to get more explosive. But even if he’s not blowing by you, Owens-White has plenty of tricks to get defenders off him.
“Point guard who is always in control,” a coach said. “Completely controls the tempo of the game. Makes great decisions in transition, can find the open man off the dribble drive and knocked down jumpers off the dribble or off the catch. Used his length well to make passing difficult for guys he was checking. He’s improved his overall game as much as any player in the state over the past year.”
Jesse Scarber 5-8 Jr Detroit King: Plays like a 1990s PSL guard, tiny but tough as venison jerky. The point guard doesn’t have to be the best player on the court — his teammates just have to think he is, and Scarber is the type of guy who engenders that type of confidence from those around him.
“Was extremely impressed with this kid,” a coach said. “Unselfish and can see the floor, and score when needed. In the first half of the game I saw he got his teammates involved advancing the ball up the floor, penetrating and getting them open shots. The second half he took over scoring on five straight possessions, on a mix of attacking the basket, scoring off a steal, a pull-up jumper and a 3 ball.”
“Lightning quick, pure point guard,” said another coach. “Great communicator and court presence. Gets into the lane at will and finishes well in traffic. A pest on the ball, and ball hawk in the passing lane. Streaky shooter whose college interest should increase as his shot consistency does.”
Nick Welch 6-6 Jr Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central: After kind of just fitting in and going about his business, Welch earned his spot on the all-camp team with an epic third game. When most had their legs going, he kept coming at you. Instead of being a tweener at 6-6, Welch parlays it into a matchup dilemma for opponents.
“Didn’t wow me, but a solid player,” a coach said. “Finishes well around the rim, knocks down open jumpers and didn’t make many mistakes. Rebounds well on both ends, but could be more aggressive on the O boards. Lacks an edge to his game, needs to get stronger and mix it up a little more.”
MVP Emmanuel Gildo 6-4 Sr Lansing Waverly: It’s one thing to be the best athlete in camp. And another to play as hard as anyone in camp. When those two things converge in the same player? You get the consensus MVP. He had multiple posterizing dunks, including a tip on 6-10 Innocent Nwoko. Played with some edge and nastiness too, which you gotta love. He’ll have 20-10 walking into the gym this year for Waverly.
“D1 athleticism, the highest flyer there,” a coach said. “Add some more skillwork and he’s a player in high demand.”
“Where did he come from?,” asked another coach. “Most explosive kid at camp. Showed the ability to dunk on people as well as hit the 3 if they played off too far. Came through the lane like a train in transition, and played controlled and made good decisions in the half-court. Great motor and sturdy frame. Should be able to guard the 1, 2 or 3 at the next level.”
“Undersized height-wise, but has the athleticism to make up for it,” another coach said. “Attacked the rim with authority and not afraid to put anyone on a poster.”
Jerry Ben 6-8 Sr New Haven: He was the 2016 MVP at last fall’s camp as a junior, and turned in another strong performance this time around. Gets the nod over New Haven’s other big man Innocent Nwoko for his more consistent motor in games. The best basketball remains in the future for this Cornell commitment and still relative newcomer to the game.
“This kid always plays his tail off, but in the past I would have said he was as raw as sushi,” a coach said. “He has progressed to medium rare. Improved footwork and a nice little hook have been added to his arsenal since the last time I saw him. Always defends, but now scores a little bit too. Excited to see his continued development.”
Andrew Kline 6-4 Sr Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes: He was hurt early in last fall’s camp, but made up for lost time here. Great size in the backcourt, and kept the ball hot, making his teammates better and scoring himself when there was daylight. Able to pass one-handed, with either hand.
“Big point guard!,” a coach said. “Saw the floor as well as any player at camp. Nice handle and used deception as well, as he never seemed to telegraph a pass. Can knock down the open jumper; needs to improve on finishing around the hoop against bigger defenders.”
“Looks more like a Class A guard than Class D, easy to see how they got to Breslin last year with him on the floor,” said another coach. “Talented big guard who can finish in traffic.”
Logan Ryan 6-8 Sr Canton: Reminds you of a not quite as tall Jared Stolicker, Ferris State’s center, with his agility. Athletic and high-points rebounds. Would like to see him post up and mix it up more. Tools to just get better.
“The definition of a stretch 4,” one coach said. “Shoed the ability to knock down the 3 from both the top and corner. I anticipate a ton of high pick-and-pop in Canton this winter. Solid rebounder on the defensive and, but needs to hit the glass more regularly on the offensive end. Also needs to improve laterally in order to guard more athletic forwards at the next level.”
“Runs the floor like crazy,” another said. “Can really get up and down and he’s not even close to knowing what he can do with this game. Loved him.”
Shae Somers 6-0 Sr Elk Rapids: After an off-season to forget, with “highlights” including a broken ankle and near death experience, Somers came in with something to prove. What did he prove? That at still just 16, fully qualified and the swagger back, he may be the most attractive buy low-sell senior in Michigan. When the jumper was falling like it was in Lansing combined with the quickness and skill to get into the pain at will, he’s a tough cover.
“Classic heady point guard with confidence and quickness,” one coach said. “Pass-first guy that is money when open. On my court he had a 30-point game while being a pass-first point, how? I saw it with my own two eyes.”
“Shae has always been a strong floor general and show the ability to knock down the open jumper when I have seen him, but Sunday he truly looked like a ‘scorer’ as well,” said another coach. “He showed the ability to score with a variety of finishes around the hoop and also looked like he’s really improved his in-between game.”
Marcellous Williams 6-2 Sr Farmington: Slasher, maybe a tweener, but athletic and got it done on both ends of the court.
“One of my favorite players at camp because he brought great energy and was very coachable,” said one coach. “Looked like the best player in his drill group and played extremely well during games. Very good defender. Can attack the basket and finish at the rim.”
“Very good player in transition,” another coach said. “Showed the ability to finish above the rim and spce out and knock down the open jumper if the defense protected the hoop. Needs to improve on understanding spacing in the half-court game — when the game slowed down, he seemed to stay sped up.”
Dylan Alderson 6-4 Jr Clarkston: Athletic finisher with touch. Aggressive offensively and defensively, where Alderson often used his big frame and explosion in short spaces to knock dribblers off the ball and quickly turn it the other way. What really starts to separate him is that Alderson has a strong handle and agility with the ball. He played on a very good team at camp and didn’t force the issue but rather took advantage of all the other passers and shooters. Still not a knock-down three-point shooter, but has his moments. He’s a transfer from Davison, where he set the school’s single-game scoring record, to Clarkston, with offers from CMU, Toledo and Wright State, and the potential to go at least A10.
Bank Hoops All-State Minicamp
Aim High Sports, Lansing
- 9 am Registration
- 10 am Introduction/Drill group assignments
- 10:10 am Drill Stations 1
- 10:30 am Drill Stations 2
- 10:50 am Drill Stations 3
- 11:10 am Drill Stations 4
- 11:50 am Drill Stations 5
- 12:15 pm Lunch
- 1 pm Team assignments
- 1:15 Games 1
- 2 pm Games 2
- 2:45 pm Games 3
- 3:30 pm Games 4
- 4:15 pm Games 5