All-State Camp: 2018 Second Team

Keyon Brown  6-2  Sr  East English Village: Could see him as a third guard at the college level, able to come in and create offense in a hurry. Attacks downhill, a tough cover with herky-jerky, change of pace dribble drive game. Valuable addition for East English Village a top 5 team in Class A.

“Tough Detroit-style guard,” said a long-time Detroit coach. “Has some Rip Hamilton in his game with the ability to hit the mid-range off the dribble. Does a nice job of getting to the rim but sometimes should pull up or kick out instead of a more difficult finish. Strong overall handle and uses his body well to protect the ball. Competes on defense on the ball, but sometimes loses his man off it.”

 

Alex King  6-4  Sr  Grand Rapids West Catholic: Looks like a good MIAA wing prospect with wingpsan and fundamentals.

“Attacks the basket and finishes well,” a coach said. “Good size for a wing at a 6-4 and solid jumper.”

“Alex was one of the smartest players at camp,” said another coach. “Has a good feel for the game. Can be more aggressive offensively, sometimes passed up open looks, he did everything else pretty well. Good passer in the half-court and did a good job crashing the offensive and defensive glass.”

Julian Savoury  6-8  Sr  Belleville: Underrated but not for long, recently gaining a pair of NAIA offers and more looks to come as the starting center for a top 5 Class A team. Plays steady with good hands, which made him one of the most productive forwards at camp, consistency over flash. Kept the ball high and finished efficiently. Can turn ends easily.

Very long and active,” a coach said. “Despite having the slenderest frame of all the bigs, Julian stuck his nose in there and got dirty. Active rebounder who finishes well once he squares himself to the hoop. Good timing on blocked shots and plays with a motor. Doesn’t have a perimeter game to speak of and his back-to-the-basket game is limited. Got forced off the block making his jumphook 10 feet instead of five.”

Jordan Winowiecki  6-5  Sr  Warren De La Salle: Much improved, more confident player than the one who was at the previous year’s camp. Does subtle things that make him hard to play against on either end, winning basketball learned both in high school and AAU. Good at finding spots to get off his shot and can do it over people from deep. Size and skill combination make him a recruit-able prospect.

“Prototypical DLS two-guard,” a coach said. “Scrappy defender, high IQ and moves well off the ball. Definitely took advantage of Coach Esler not calling a set because he didn’t see a shot he didn’t like. Needs to improve his ability to drive and to make good decisions off the drive to keep teams from running him off the three-point line.”

All-State Camp: Underclassman First Team

MVP  Pierre Brooks  6-4  Fr  Detroit Douglass: Has to actually, you know, do something in high school. But for his age, Brooks has maxed out his resume. A winner in AAU, consistent standout at camps and exposure events and workouts with Micah Lancaster, one of the top trainers in the world. Brooks is a coach’s son with a big body for his age, so fit right in going against the camp upperclassman. Shots that may have been questionable at last year’s camp, were good looks this time around as he’s become more consistent. Was competitive, vocal and a leader in drills if not as much in games. While he can hit from three-point range, is at his best pulling up or posting up at the elbows. Good vision on the break, and the strength to deliver the ball. Able to bull his way into the lane, but would behoove Brooks to work the angles and glass instead of going over the top which is a much tougher shot — at least until he’s older and gets the bounce to make those dunks and not finger rolls. Once he learns the intensity needed daily at the varsity level, could claim status at the top freshman in the Mitten.

“Game that reminds you of a young Denzel Valentine,” a coach said. “Tough point guard whose eyes are always up the floor. Defends and plays the passing lanes very well, and seemed to be more aggressive defensively than at past camps. Once he goes from playing hard most of the time to playing hard all the time .. look out!”

William Dunn  6-7  So  Quincy: Had never heard of Dunn when he stepped onto the floor at the 2016 camp. This time around he came in ranked the state’s No. 5 2020 prospect and did nothing to dissuade the assessor that dubbed him such with how he produced against upperclassmen. Got beat up a little in the paint, but then paid ’em back pulling defenders out of the paint and dropping three-pointers over them. And unlike so many “stretch 4s”, Dunn has the footspeed to defend on the perimeter, not just shoot from it.

“Incredibly coordinated for his age and size,” a coach said. “Crashed the glass on both ends of the floor and has nice timing going up to block a shot. Showed the ability to defend bigs off the dribble. Good on the block, can knock down the open jumper and was the second-best passing big in the camp next to (overall MVP Luke) Maranka. He’s bouncier than one would first think and plays with a streak of toughness. Would like to see him be nasty all the time and also be more interactive with teammates. He makes the types of plays that can excite and build momentum, so the more energy he shows the more others will feed off it. Should be a D1 lock.”

Ta’vas Lawler-Showers  6-0  So  Marshall Academy: It wasn’t just seniors like Southfield Christian’s Bryce Washington and Buckley’s Austin Harris who were repping Class D at the camp. This kid was one of the big surprises.

“Extremely quick and drove it all over the floor during drill work,” a coach said.

“May have been the best ball-handler at camp — and with Drew Lowder there, that’s saying a lot,” another coach said. “Was very good in transition and could get in the lane with ease in the half-court. Sometimes over-penetrated and had nowhere to go with it so forced an off-balanced shot. Needs to know what he’s trying to do with the dribble at all times. Can shoot it well both off the catch and the bounce. Solid competitor on the defensive end.”

KJ Rai  6-4  Fr  East Lansing: Was bumped to the upperclassman games based on how he’d performed at past Underclassman Camps. He didn’t just it in, but excelled. Natural moving wing who can really shoot it off the catch. Would expect him to be an understudy to Noah Schon as a freshman at East Lansing, a top 10 Class A team.

“Becomes more and more of a complete player each time i see him,” a coach said. “Knocked down shots consistently in drills and in games. Has added a nice step-back, but doesn’t overuse it. Seems to be more versatile and athletic on the defensive end too.”

Julian Roper  6-2  Fr  Detroit Country Day: He and DCD sophomore Wendell Green are one of the top underclassman backcourts in Michigan. Considered an early top 10 2021 prospect based on his age group AAU career, and certainly did nothing to hurt that rep here.

“The second-best freshman I saw,” a coach said. “Can shoot it and get to the basket. Caught a nice alley in transition during games. Would’ve liked to have seen him play against the older players sometimes it was too easy for him with his age group.”

“Julian is an extremely talented and athletic guard with great size,” said another coach. “He can do just about anything he wants offensively. Very gifted scorer on all three levels. Rebounds well on the offensive end for a guard and is an improved pass from times I’ve seen him in the past. Doesn’t always sell out on the defensive end like he’s capable. Would also like to see a player of his caliber be more vocal.”

RJ Taylor  5-9  8th  Midland: He was the top middle schooler at the Underclassman Camp, and the same at the All-State Camp. He’s at an advantage to most kids his age coming from a family of basketball coach and players. But it’s one thing to know what to do do, and another to go out and execute and that’s where RJ separates himself because he has good physical tools for his age as well. Love the burst from the pack to start the fast break. Makes good decisions at speed. Gets “hockey assists” and encourages unselfish play with how he keeps the ball moving. Shot it consistently in drills. On a D1 trajectory

“Made tough finishes with either hand,” a coach said. “Plays hard and was not intimidated by anyone. Player to watch over the next four years as he’s only an 8th-grader.”

 

All-State Camp: 2019 First Team

MVP Drew Lowder  5-11  Jr  Ann Arbor Pioneer: He already has three D1 offers, a number that should continue to multiply. Strong enough, and a competitor, he held his own with taller players in drills. Can be a very good scorer off the drive or jumper, and can also be a pass-first point guard. As he continues to mature Lowder will be able to more ably mix the two and be that much more dangerous.

“Quickest player at camp,” a coach said. “He got into the lane whenever he wanted and finished over bigger defenders. He’s my camp MVP.”

“Smart and tough guard who can flat out score it,” another coach said. “He’s one of the best in the entire state at getting his own shot. He can score on all three levels and finishes at whatever angle necessary to get the job done. He also showed he could pass the ball pretty well too. He’s a pest on the ball when he wants to be, but sometimes gets lost on the ball. Improved body language will also help him, as he’ll need to be a leader of his team in the coming years.”

Isaiah Bridges  6-4  Jr  Midland: No one will confuse him with Dathan Ritzenhein, but a fall of cross country has Bridges getting up and down, and off, the floor easier than in AAU. Aggressive and hungry rebounder who high-pointed and two-handed the ball against taller opponents both in drills and in games. Scores in the paint with a well-practiced jump  hook. Despite those assets it’s a mistake to think of Bridges as an undersized floor, because when out on the floor and making decisions with the ball just looks like a basketball player. Passing ability allows you to invert the offense through him. Has worked on the perimeter shot but it’s still not easy and natural, which would bump him up a level as a recruit. 3.8 gpa.

Clayton Dykhouse  5-11  Jr  Zeeland East: It may not just be football success for the Chix.

“Very versatile combo guard,” a coach said. “Knocked down open jumpers and finished around the hoop a variety of ways. Did a nice job using deception to keep defenders guessing. Always seemed to make the right play in transition. Showed the ability to change direction with fluidity and change speeds effortlessly. Offensive game is complete, but needs to take advantage of his athleticism to play harder defensively.”

Jeremy Luciani  6-7  Jr  Marshall: Really liked him in July with the Prospectors, and backed that up here. Strong, tough 4 man similar to a Marshall forward from a generation ago, Patrick McClockey, who played at Oakland. Good feel and balance on the blocks. Not afraid to put a body on someone boxing out or setting a screen. Throw in a nearly 4.0 gpa, and Luciani will certainly have some options in a year.

Very good footwork in the post when he caught with his back to the basket and had a really nice looking hook shot over his left shoulder,” a coach said. “Very efficient at putting it on the deck as well. Needs to be more physical before the catch and create a bigger target. He does a nice job in help defense and rebounds on both ends like a man. He runs well in transition and has no problem catching and finishing on the move. Needs to continue to work on quickness and athleticism as it’s good for the high school level but will need to get better for college.”

Xander Okerlund  6-4  Jr  Maple City Glen Lake: After a breakout AAU July, came in a bit rusty to five-on-five after being cloistered on the Leelanau Peninsula, and didn’t shoot it as well as we’ve become accustomed to seeing. But Okerlund has to much talent and skill not to produce, and made plays with his length and hoops IQ.

“I’ve seen him play a ton and like his game too much not to have him on here,” a coach said. “Seemed like his shot was off and he knew it, so he became more of a facilitator this go around. Uses his length to create angles and made passing look easy. Can pass equally well with his let and right hands. Not looking to score as much may have been a blessing in disguise, because in my mind it allowed him to display his ability to play the point. Played hard defensively and seems like a really good kid.”

Sage Walker  6-9  Jr  Corunna: Making the transition from project to prospect to player. Much more productive than he was at last year’s Underclassman Camp. Walker caught the ball well, kept it high and finished efficiently often with dunks. Good straight-line speed for his size and caught and dunked on the move. 3.9 gpa.

“Lack of ability to finish may have been a knock in the past, but Sage finished with both hands around the hoop,” a coach said. “Also attacked the rim with numerous big dunks and consistently knocked down 15 footers. Active on the glass and does a good job protecting the rim. Played well in the pick-and-roll game. Needs to continue to work on having a lower pass and develop offensively with his back to the hoop. Awesome personality and very coachable.”

All-State Camp: 2018 First Team

MVP  Bryce Washington  6-4  Sr  Southfield Christian: Used to playing with talent both at Southfield Christian and The Family, and Washington brought the same unselfish ethos to camp. Transition menace with double-digit D1 offers and nearly 4.0 gpa. Finishes easily going both ways. Tall and athletic enough to get the rebound, then use explosive first step to clear himself of the crowd and push the ball. In the half-court, makes the extra pass, skip pass and attacks gaps with the dribble drawing fouls. Scrapped on the offensive glass. Needs to get stronger, tougher to finish through contact when defenses contract.

“Bryce is the equivalent of a five-tool player in baseball, as he does everything on the court pretty well” a coach said. “He’s best in the open floor, whether it’s with the ball or filling the wing. Scores it well and makes good decisions when in the lane. Very good overall athlete and seems like the type of kid who would’ve been good at whatever sport he dedicated himself to. Excellent teammate and very coachable. If there is a weakness to his game, it would be his ability to create his own shot in the half-court.”

Tevin Ali  6-6  Sr  Lansing Waverly: In his three years as a camper, has steadily evolved and improved, emerging as an athletic, versatile, legit college prospect. Gets off the floor really easily to dunk or block shots. But not just running and jumping around, a smart position defender too, who can also get out on the floor and check.

“One of the best rebounders I saw,” one coach said. “Ran the floor extremely well, finished in traffic and even threw one down over his defender.”

“Ali is a superb athlete,” another coach said. “A beast in transition that makes you think twice about drawing a charge. He runs the wings like a man on a mission and can lead the break off a rebound if he has real estate to work with. He’s a big guard at the next level in my mind. Can defend a variety of positions, in high school all five spots, and in college at least three. He’s a consistent jumper away from being a very recruitable kid.”

Caleb Cooper  5-10  Sr  Holt: He should thrive under new Holt coach Darren Zwick, who was one of the best in the business in his last stint in the Mitten at Lansing Catholic. Passes the most important point guard criterion — others want to play with him. Why? Cooper puts the ball right where teammates need it, whether bigs rolling to the hoop. shooters spotting up or runners and cutters on the break (even had a touch-past assist), hits ’em in the hands repeatedly. Is patient and will find post-feed angles. Very quick and can break down his man and finish naturally with either hand if there’s not a 6-9 waiting for him. Fast, aggressive, gambler on defense who works hard to get over screens.

“Super quick and crafty point guard who plays with confidence and knows how to create angles to score and pass,” a coach said. “He’s an efficient killer in transition who can score or kick it out on time. Knows how to get his shot off inside despite being smaller. Was good from 3 and in the lane, but didn’t observe much of a mid-range game. He’ll need to have one if he’s going to be effective at the next level with better rim protectors. Competes on defensive end and good communicator.”

Cole Kleiver  5-11  Sr  Williamston: All-state guard from Bank Hoops’ preseason No. 1 Class B team. Plays with a ton of confidence and you would too if you shot it like Kleiver. Also a slick handle and able to get into the lane to score or pass with either hand.

“Crafty guard who can kill you from deep,” a coach said. “Plays with swagger. Makes very good decisions with the ball in transition and does a good job of passing peole open. Plays tough defense but is limited somewhat by size and athleticism. Sometimes gets in trouble when he tries to do too much, so just needs to realize that sometimes simpler is better.”

Luke Toliver  6-2  Sr  Paw Paw: If it’s possible to be overlooked and slept on despite having a 50-point high school game as an underclassman, Toliver may qualify. Played very hard in drills and games. Lots of bounce and energy. Eager and tough defensive rebounder for a guard. More scorer than shooter. Smooth and confident and nice elevation, not always consistent, shot from deep and then can counter with pull-ups or create and go all the way in. Toliver will attack space and if closely guarded not explosive, but uses an assortment of fakes, look-offs to create opportunities. Ideal motion offense guy because he’ll pass, screen away, then is able to score from various spots, even post up. Unselfish on the break and doesn’t sit on the ball in the half-court. Would like to see him play lower on defense.

“Got buckets in drills and games,” a coach said. “Worked extremely hard. Very impressed by his tough shot-making ability.”

Javien Torrence-Jackson  6-2  Sr  River Rouge: The Panthers are becoming Point Guard U, as well as Hyphenated Name State, with Torrence-Jackson succeeding Darian Owens-White and Lamonta Stone, now at Wayne State and EMU respectively. JTJ is different than those guys, in that he’s physically imposing for the position, with strength and length. He was the defender who caused the most problems for Drew Lowder, a junior point guard with multiple D1 offers. Communicated on the defensive end. Offensively surprised smaller guards because he was still able to break them down off the dribble, and as a lefty already had them unbalanced. Looked like a real point guard running pick-and-roll, handling ball on the break and dishing off in the lane. Would like to see more legs, less upper body, on the jumpshot, and more right-handed finishes.

All-State Camp: Top Prospect Team

6-9 junior homeschooler Luke Maranka turned heads and impressed coaches with his all-around game at the 13th-annual Bank Hoops All-State Camp.

MVP  Luke Maranka  6-9  Jr  Hoop Heaven (home school): Intriguing combination of size and skills, defending the rim like a center and handling the ball like a wing. Can face up and use a big step to get from 20 feet to the rim similar to Bank Hoops Camp alumnus Holden Greiner, who was an all-league forward at Lehigh. Aggressive and active in drills looking to dunk. Soft touch on the turnaround jumper. Not a bevy of low-post moves, but was patient and did a good job staying patient and orientating himself to the rim when he did get post touches. Fun to play with, as he was more likely to find a cutter than jack a shot if catching the ball on the wing. If he’s going to play on the perimeter, needs to use that wingspan to close out on shooters.

“Long and athletic wing/post with the ability to put it on the deck,” a coach said. “Used his length well to create passing lanes off the drive or off the catch. May have been the best passing big at camp. Finished around the hoop. Hit the glass hard on both ends. Type of kid who can rebound and lead the break. Showed nice timing when coming over from help-side to block shots. Needs to hit the weights and get stronger, but overall I’d certainly rank him a D1 prospect with a very high ceiling.”

Pierre Brooks  6-4  Fr  Detroit Douglass: Big body for his age, so fit right in going against the upperclassman. Shots that may have been questionable at last year’s camp, were good looks this time around as he’s become more consistent. Was competitive, vocal and a leader in drills. While he can hit from three-point range, is at his best pulling up or posting up at the elbows. Good vision on the break, and the strength to deliver the ball. Able to bull his way into the lane, but would behoove Brooks to work the angles and glass instead of going over the top which is a much tougher shot — at least until he’s older and gets the bounce to make those dunks and not finger rolls. Once he learns the intensity needed daily at the varsity level, could claim status at the top freshman in the Mitten.

“Game that reminds you of a young Denzel Valentine,” a coach said. “Tough point guard whose eyes are always up the floor. Defends and plays the passing lanes very well, and seemed to be more aggressive defensively than at past camps. Once he goes from playing hard most of the time to playing hard all the time .. look out!”

Austin Harris  6-4  Sr  Buckley: Came into camp known as one of the state’s top available seniors, and did nothing to dissuade that notion. Exploded in the second game against fellow Class D all-stater Bryce Washington, hitting six consecutive three-pointers. Not just a spot-up shooter, can handle and get into the lane where he’s patient, crafty, married to his pivot foot and uses his 200-pound frame to his advantage. Point guard skills and vision leading the break. Did a good job attacking a ball-handler’s lead foot on closeouts, but needs to get his hands up.

“One of the most solid perimeter participants at camp, and can flat out stroke it!,” a coach said. “Played hard all day, and played well all day. Knocks down the open shot and drives it well enough to draw fouls, or use his body to finish when he has the space. Plays very hard on defense and uses angles well, which makes up some for his lack of elite quickness. Needs to continue to work on athleticism, but overall one of the better players I saw.”

Christopher Haut  6-8  Sr  Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central: Just scratching his potential and 4.0 gpa sweetens the deal for college programs. Long, bouncy forward who blocks shots, is agile enough to get out on the floor and defend and gives multiple efforts on the glass. Shoots the closest thing to a one-footed, full hookshot of anyone in the state. Has a long, quick first step that could be really dangerous with a foundation of rudimentary jab step moves. Left-handed, so Haut will be that much more problematic to defend as his offense evolves.

“Big man with a nice and efficient handle,” a coach said. “Fantastic rebounder. He’s very active on both ends of the floor, which is the biggest reason I feel CJ is a consistent jumpshot away from being a potentially great player. Would make the perfect stretch 4, but right now guys could play off him and limit his driving ability due to an inconsistent jumper.”

Drew Lowder  5-11  Jr  Ann Arbor Pioneer: He already has three D1 offers, a number that should continue to multiply. Strong enough, and a competitor, he held his own with taller players in drills. Can be a very good scorer off the drive or jumper, and can also be a pass-first point guard. As he continues to mature Lowder will be able to more ably mix the two and be that much more dangerous.

“Smart and tough guard who can flat out score it,” a coach said. “He’s one of the best in the entire state at getting his own shot. He can score on all three levels and finishes at whatever angle necessary to get the job done. He also showed he could pass the ball pretty well too. He’s a pest on the ball when he wants to be, but sometimes gets lost on the ball. Improved body language will also help him, as he’ll need to be a leader of his team in the coming years.”

Bryce Washington  6-4  Sr  Southfield Christian: Used to playing with talent both at Southfield Christian and The Family, and Washington brought the same unselfish ethos to camp. Transition menace with double-digit D1 offers and nearly 4.0 gpa. Finishes easily going both ways. Tall and athletic enough to get the rebound, then use explosive first step to clear himself of the crowd and push the ball. In the half-court, makes the extra pass, skip pass and attacks gaps with the dribble drawing fouls. Scrapped on the offensive glass. Needs to get stronger, tougher to finish through contact when defenses contract.

“Bryce is the equivalent of a five-tool player in baseball, as he does everything on the court pretty well” a coach said. “He’s best in the open floor, whether it’s with the ball or filling the wing. Scores it well and makes good decisions when in the lane. Very good overall athlete and seems like the type of kid who would’ve been good at whatever sport he dedicated himself to. Excellent teammate and very coachable. If there is a weakness to his game, it would be his ability to create his own shot in the half-court.”

Haney takes on Dawkins case

Michigan native Christian Dawkins, a centerpiece in federal charges from what some are calling the biggest scandal in college basketball history, one which has already cost Louisville’s Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino his job, has turned to the Great Lakes State for his legal representation, with attorney Steven Haney.

“Much has been said about fraud and corruption in college basketball,” Haney said in a press release. “Anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of the reality of the business of college basketball and the NCAA would question the scope, timing and targets of this investigation. One shouldn’t be prematurely condemned based on speculation, accusations and misinformation. There is a story to tell here and that story is one decades long.”

Dawkins is charged in connection with an undercover investigation that commenced in 2015, resulting in federal charges levied against college basketball coaches, sports executives and financial planners.

Haney, a Lansing native whose practice is based out of Southfield, is a former college basketball player himself and in the past an agent and attorney for NBA Hall of Famers Earvin Johnson and Dominique Wilkins.