All-State Camp: Underclassman Second Team

DJ Allison  5-9  8th  Kalamazoo: A returnee after attending the Underclassman Camp, and seemed more relaxed and confident the second time through. Good fundamentals and decisions for his age.

“Nice poise for a young floor general,” a coach said. “He showed an improved stroke from the outside. He played on both ends of teh floor and despite being just an eighth-grader, tried to check whomever was bringing up the ball.”

Ethan Dunn  6-7  8th  East Lansing: Despite being the youngest player in his drill group, didn’t play fazed or intimidated. Could’ve said he was a 10th-grader and still would have been impressive. There’s not much size in-state in the class above him, making Dunn that much more valuable as he moves on to high school and becomes a recruitable prospect.

“Rebounded well and chinned it,” a coach said. “Good hands and and showed good touch. Kept ball high away from smaller players.”

Huge eighth-grader,” another coach said. “Has a frame taht should fill out nicely as he gets older. Foot speed and quickness will be essential for his development. Doesn’t seem to hurry when he touches the ball down low and has nice spacial awareness. Uses his body well off the drop-step and shows good balance on the move. Even though he was younger, didn’t seem to mind mixing things up inside. If he works as hard at his school workouts as he did during the drill sessions here, his future in this game will be very bright.”

Trevon Gunter  6-0  So  Kalamazoo Christian: A coach’s dream because he competed from the very first drill through last game, and carries a 4.0 gpa.

“Plays hard all the time,” a coach said. “Slashing guard who runs the floor and finishes well in transition. He has sneaky athleticism and always seemed to find a way to get his hand on the ball. Takes good angles off the bounce and uses his body well. He’s an in-your-face ball-hawk who keeps his hands active.”

“Shot the ball well for most of the day,” another said. “Has great shoulders, would like to see him use his body more on drives.”

Brayden Mallak  5-11  So  Oscoda: “Solid point guard with a knack for getting his shot off despite lack of height and elevation,” a coach said. “He also has no problem knocking down the open jumper. Plays hard on defense and has a sneaky quick first step that give him an agle he rarely gives up. Needs to continue to work on athleticism and range on his jumper. The deeper he can knock it down, the more effective that first step becomes.”

Derek Sackitt  6-6  Fr  Battle Creek Pennfield: Liked him earlier at the Underclassman Camp, and he acquitted himself well again. Got knocked around a bit by bigger, older players in drills but took it in stride and kept competing. Good hands and was able to catch and dunk pretty regularly. Banger, grinder, interior guy now who will have to revamp his shot to become a face-up threat, and time is certainly on his side to do so for this 14-year-old.

All-State Camp: 2019 Second Team

Thomas Henderson  6-2  Jr  Detroit Public Safety: Part of a strong camp contingent from Detroit PSA. He was competitive and aggressive in drills and games. Accepted defensive challenges and locked in on and off the ball. Has the gift to come in fast and hard, but finish softly. Kept head up and pushed the ball on the break.

“Scrappy and tough, I really like this guard!,” a coach said. “Played with a passion and purpose on D. Has a nice floater and seemed to always beat the first man he saw in transition. A streak shooter from behind the arc as I literally saw him go through stretches of making and missing multiple 3s in a row. Needs to improve as a passer, as he projects as more of a point guard-sized player at the next level.”

Jack Luciani  6-6  Jr  Marshall: Uses core and leg strength to his advantage, always finding a body when shots went up, sealing to receive the ball and rooting guys off post position. Consistently ran the floor hard. Knocked down a three trailing the break.Would like to see him had a rip-through move and jab-step series to become a more diverse scoring threat facing the basket from the elbows and wings.

“Tough and rugged 4 man who plays hard and really runs the court well,” a coach said. “Built like a defensive end and knows how to use his body. Can handle it a little and does a nice job of sealing off defenders and squaring his shoulders to the rim on baseline drives and power moves from the short corner. Showed decent range on his jumper as well. Needs to continue to work on quickness and athleticism.”

Jake Schuler  6-4  Jr  Rochester Adams: Even if his game is subtle, Schuler’s frame, wingspan, grades and fundamentals say very loudly, College player. He was on arguably the top team at camp and was the quintessential glue guy, grinding inside, handling outside, piling up hockey assists and setting an unselfish tone. Perfect for a motion offense as a sharp passer, willing screener and high IQ movement away from the ball. Knows how to post seal and finish. Rebounded with toughness, triggering the break either with the pass or pushing the ball himself. Good defender on the ball. Instincts led to a lot of 50/50 balls sticking to him. Coaches will want to see him play lower, looser and get more jump in the jumpshot.

Coleman Street  6-2  Jr  Arbor Prep: Smooth talent who let the game come to him offensively but showed nice flashes when it did. Extended and finished well, and had touch off the glass. Good feel and vision on the break. Confident jumpshot when he looked for it.

“Didn’t see much from him offensively, but could certainly play for me with that type of defensive intensity,” a coach said. “Very long and active. Played with good pressure on the ball and anticipated well off the ball. Maximized his length with good closeouts. Showed he could finish in transition. Type of player any high school coach would love to have, his offensive game will have to grow for the next level.”

Brian Taylor  6-4  Jr  Detroit Edison: Right now a role player deluxe for preseason Class C No. 1 DEPSA with scholarship potential similar to Jaylin McFadden of Ferris State via East English Village. Good team player who made the extra pass, didn’t force penetration and was patient find angles to feed the post. Wingspan and defensive potential. Able to get off a smooth mid-range shot. Will rebound. Body control as a finisher with the potential for more explosion as he gets older and stronger.

“His most effective offense came in transition,” a coach said. “He runs the floor well and finishes on the move with fluidity. Played the passing lanes well on defense and was a very good shot blocker. Sometimes got blown by due to overly aggressive and high closeouts. Will have to work on his perimeter game, right now would be considered a tweener.”

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.”

Grant Huebel  6-1  Sr  Oscoda: In the midst of a playoff-bound football season for Oscoda, but looked to still have his hoops legs and touch. With Hillman’s Gunnar Libby matriculating to UM-Dearborn, Huebel succeeds him as the top senior in Northeast Michigan. The first time he hit an acrobatic, athletic, fearless layup through and around defenders, you thought maybe it was a fluke. Then he did it again and again.

“Attacked and finished all day long,” a coach said. “It didn’t matter whom he was playing against.”

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. Active on the glass.

“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.

Underclassman Camp Class of 2021 Second Team

Cade Conley  5-10  Fr  Williamston: Looked like a junior member of his brother Case’s Parallel 45 16U team knocking down flurries of three-pointers in drills and games. Has a shooters’ mentality that the next one is going in. Moved well off the ball but has to quick-finish because isn’t yet explosive ot the rim. Spaced the floor not just with his shooting and cutting but also ball movement, made smart skip passes. If anything Cade’s game is more similar to another Williamston player Cole Kleiver, whose tough off the dribble repertoire he’ll want to emulate. His brother’s a lanky 6-6 wing, so expect a jump in size and athleticism.

“Makes up for athleticism with a lethal jumpshot,” said one coach. “As they say, if you can shoot it we can use you. Plays hard on defense, just seems to lack physical attributes to stay in front of quicker players. Makes good decisions, plays at his pace and isn’t easily sped up. Very steady and doesn’t get too high or low.”

Owen Lobsinger  6-4  Fr  Flint Powers: There were flashes of a smooth skill level for his height and age, that were really intriguing. Nice feel, balance, touch around the rim. Gets to bucket easily, predicated on a long, deceptive first step. Did get enveloped a few times by Matt Nicholson’s 7-2 wingspan, but who didn’t? On the same camp team as Hudsonville soph Max Perez, one of the elite point guards in the building, and no dummy he Lobsinger cut and moved off the ball hands ready.  Surprised with one play where he showed a quick step to drive the baseline, then dished it off behind his ear to a cutting teammate. Could invert and find angles with the bounce pass to enter the post. Tended to play upright and coast defensively, escorting his man to the basket instead of getting nasty and in his way. Would expect that after a year with Greg Burks at Powers, those flashes will be extended stretches of dominant play at next year’s camp.

“Versatile big kid,” a coach said. “Showed flashes of being one of the best players in camp, but lacked consistency. Very good player off the baseline. Can knock down the open 3 and will go by and finish if you close out high. Was an adequate passer and had good vision for the position. Will need to improve his motor and toughness to reach his full potential. Didn’t really run to score in transition or get after it on the glass. The tools are definitely there, just need some heating and sharpening!”

Kaleb Mitchelson  5-11  Fr  Muskegon Reeths-Puffer: GVSU assistant coach and Rockets legend JR Wallace will be happy reading this to know that Mitchelson ws one of two R-P standout guards here, with sophomore Emcee Williams. Kaleb was a ball boy spending formative years on the Muskegon Heights bench where his dad Tim Mitchelson was an assistant coach with Keith Guy, so he’s been absorbing hoops forever. Loves to initiate the contact whether getting his shoulder into a defender, or dragging the dribble in the open court and letting his man run into him. Did more as a passer than scorer in the lane. Was able to square his body and keep quicker guards from getting into the lane. Needs to get lower and more explosive himself when coming off screens, with our without the ball.

“Heady and scrappy point guard who may lack elite quickness but makes up for it by using his body well to protect the dribble and working in straight lines once he gets an angle,” a coach said. “Can knock down the open jumper and showed a nice floater in the lane. Sometimes got too deep in the paint and was forced into difficult shots. Although physically he doesn’t look like the ‘cut out’ version of a ballplayer, the effort he gave during drills shows why he is able to compete with whoever was on the floor. Seems like a kid who isn’t afraid of hard work.”

KJ Rai  6-4  Fr  East Lansing: Stood out at the 2016 camp with his fundamentals, and a year later he’s added strength and athleticism, making him a threat to crack the lineup for a top 10 Class A team in East Lansing. Most dangerous as a catch-and-shoot threat from various angles and distances. Used body, creative release points to score over taller defenders inside. Quick release, and nailed a corner three-pointer over the closeout of 6-10 Matt Nicholson.  Consistently ran the court both ways, getting wide on offense, getting back and matching up on defense. Had a hard time defensively staying in front of Kenowa Hills sophomore Isaac Warning, a fitting name as it’s a warning to Rai of what sort of talent he’d face at the varsity level, wide, strong, and a load off the dribble.

“Seems to be steadily improving,” a coach said. “Solid footwork was on display when he was in the post and also showed a respectable perimeter game. He competes hard on both ends of the floor. He was very active and vocal in drill sessions, which tells me he values the opportunity to get better.”

Brendan Sullivan  6-1  Fr  Davison: Did a lot of good work off the ball. Like another Davison wing, junior Bryce Lott, plays hard and with winning intentions. Consistently beat the defense down the court for long receptions and layins. Quick to run down rebounds and loose balls, but was rare kid here for whom that didn’t mean he thought it earned him the right to multiple dribbles. Sullivan just got the ball to a point guard and was on his way. Hit some tough turnaround shots with defenders right there. Conversely was hard to shoot against as Sullivan closed out with high hands. Needs to work on keeping chin to rim even with contact, because even if he did draw a foul Sullivan would find himself spun off balance with no chance of a three-point play.

“Seems like the ultimate glue guy, not afraid to do the dirty work,” a coach said. “Athletic power wing who rebounds strong on both ends, defend the 3 and the 4, set solid screens and finished around the hoop. Hit consistently from mid-range in drill sessions. Didn’t shoot a lot during games and could be more aggressive. Need to continue to develop his perimeter skillset to maximize his effectiveness on the offensive end.”

Underclassman Camp Class of 2021 First Team

Elijah Beil  5-7  Fr  Linden: What this camp is all about, as this kid came in as a relative unknown and exited mentioned in the same breath as the top 2021 guards here like Brody Parker and Trey Gardette. Seemed to always be seeking an advantage. A lagging transition defense, he’d push the ball right past them for a layup. A fresh ball-handler, Beil would pounce him on the in-bounds. Size was a factor when he’d penetrate too deep and disappear among defenders, but one-on-one against bigger players he attacked them and kept them guessing all day. Skilled, crafty and fearless are good attributes for the position. Unlike too many kids didn’t just chuck the ball up to the bigs, but used a bounce pass post entry to feed them moving in rhythm; also gave them catchable balls from the screen-and-roll. Looked long and delivered to guys in stride in transition. Was similarly efficient handling the ball using shoulder fakes and changes of pace to beat his man. Still had his legs and was knocking down jumpers through the very end of his final game.

Trey Gardette  5-7  Fr  Ann Arbor Huron: For the second year in a row, turned in a strong camp performance. Quick and competes, the aggressor with the basketball or checking it.

“Smooth penetrating guard,” a coach said. “Plays hard on both,  ends of the floor. Finishes through contact in traffic with either hand. Made the right pass when defenses collapsed. Better in transition than in the half court, and consistency from behind the arc is a point of improvement.”

Brody Parker  5-8  Fr  Troy: Ballyhooed playmaker from REACH lived up to his reputation. Similar to class of 2020 first-teamer Max Perez, an all-in point guard constantly putting pressure on the defense with penetration and shooting; also comparable to one of last year’s Underclassman Camp stars, Zach Goodline.   When Parker’s and Perez’ team played the younger player a couple times was baited in trying to answer a score with one of his own no matter what getting caught in bad spots. Still, loved the confidence when after missing his last two shots, Parker pulled up on the break and nailed a 3 from nearly the same spot as his previous attempt. Hit shots off the dribble and catch, does it confidently and percentages should go up with strength and reps. He was often faster with the ball on the break than the transition defenders without it. Unlike the majority of high school guards who become statues after passing it, Parker’s already an active cutter. Touched the ball every trip but didn’t let it ripen, got teammates involved via various routes. That’s good practice for this winter, as Troy has three college-caliber seniors who’ll need chances. Needs to offer more defensive resistance — decent habits and fundamentals, but executed with more conviction.

Dereck Sackitt  6-6  Battle Creek Pennfield: He was the most regular dunker on the day after only Clarkston’s  6-10 Matt Nicholson and Detroit Western wing Connor Bush, who are both a class older and legit D1 prospects. Sackitt looks like a stretch 4 in the making because he was much more comfortable putting it up from the short corners with his unorthodox shot, sans guide hand, than posting up. Not soft though, did his work on the glass, played up to his height. Defended well around the rim, walling off, extending to block shots without overindulging. It’s a long day especially for the big guys and Sackitt was dragging by the time we saw him in the third game, but he’d already won us over with how he competed and his energy in drills.

David Wilkerson  5-6  Fr  DeWitt: The best thing you can say about Wilkerson is his camp team ran smoothest when the ball was in his hands and not some of his better known, older teammates. And just wait until his jersey number, 26 in this case, isn’t wider than his torso. A blur of arms and legs pushing the ball, weaving through the defense calling to mind former Underclassman Camper Darian Owens-White, now a freshman at Wayne State, at the same age. Nice up court vision and delivered passes on the money that surprised given his size, to lay them in over that distance. Made basic point guard plays consistently, getting into the lane and pitching out for shots. Knew when to pull it out, when to get rid of it, when to attack. His eyes lit up when checked by similarly small guards and showed a nice jumper of his own. Looked from some screen-and-roll situations, but didn’t have an experienced post player to run it off. Pretty tricky picking his spots and was able to influence the game defensively jumping it with ball pressure. Also saw him create a turnover by drawing an offensive foul. Had trouble when bigger guards would get a shoulder into him and operate into the lane. In two years there won’t be many schools with better point guards than DeWitt with a then sophomore Wilkerson and senior Nate Flannery, an Underclassman Camp standout last summer.