Michigan’s 2016 class lost the country’s No. 1 player, Detroit’s Josh Jackson; a national top 10 prospect and MSU commitment, Flint’s Miles Bridges; an athlete with multiple high-major offers, Battle Creek’s Devon Daniels; and a surefire D1 forward, Saginaw’s Algeveon Eichelberger, to prep school, turning an elite class to a below average one. But there is still some emerging talent, and smart college recruiters will make the most of it at the mid-major levels. Here are the seniors off the board, thus far.
Jerry Ben 6-8 Sr New Haven … Cornell: All kinds of raw, but plays with energy, athleticism and embraces the dirty work of a 4 man. A project but with big upside for the Ivy League.
Braden Burke 6-10 Stevensville Lakeshore … Robert Morris: Coach Sean Schroeder does a great job coaching forwards at Lakeshore, and Burke doesn’t disappoint with his skill level in 6-10 form. While his game can still be erratic, he’s a nice fit for the NEC.
Austin Davis 6-10 Sr Onsted … Michigan: Improved fitness and maturity have really helped Davis’ stock, as he’s now finishing above the rim with regularity and some nastiness. And at still just 16-years-old, he should just continue to get better on that front. Old school big man who won’t wow you but embraces the physicality of it all.
Kameron Hankerson 6-4 Sr Novi…Wisconsin-Green Bay: Combination of length and explosion make him intriguing, as he contributes across the board despite averaging single digits as a junior. Maturation into a multi-level scorer saw Hankerson transform from sleeper to D1 recruit.
Cody Kegley 6-0 Sr Yale … Northern Michigan: From the Thumb to the U.P. Kegley is a gym rat and pure point guard who competes from tip to horn. Good in the pick-and-roll because he can get in the lane or shoot it. Athleticism and strength will need to develop.
Spencer Littleson 6-4 Sr Rochester Adams … Duquesne: One of the state’s most improved players over the past 18 months. Can play off the ball and knock down shots, or handle the ball and carry the load himself. Doesn’t yet look like an A-10 defender.
Jaylin McFadden 6-5 Sr Detroit East English Village: … Ferris State: Do-it-all x-factor for what should be the top team in the PSL. McFadden rebounds like a forward and can handle like a guard while checking up and down an opposing lineup. Strong GLIAC recruit.
Kevin McKay 6-4 Sr Warren De La Salle … Central Michigan: No one defining skill, but is just a versatile player that you want on the court because he wins, both with De La Salle and in AAU with Detroit Showtime. All-around game will complement the smaller out-of-state guards CMU is bringing in for 2016, along with current freshman shooter Corey Redman, a likely redshirt.
Brailen Neely 5-9 Sr Detroit Western … Oakland: A prototypical Derrick McDowell guard who helped the coach to his first state championship. Fearless shooter and much-improved defender. While even 5-9 may be generous, he picked the right program in Oakland where another little PSL guard, Khalil Felder, could be the best player in the Horizon.
Innocent Nwoko 6-10 Sr New Haven … Central Michigan: Rim defender who has had athletic ability, but now it’s more apparent as he gets more comfortable with the game. More aggressive offensively, looking to dunk. Far from a finished project, but great tools with which to work.
Danny Pippen 6-8 Sr Detroit Allen … Kent State: The Flashes will look to replace one athletic Michigan 4, Khaliq Spicer, with another, Pippen. Finishes on one rim, defends the other, and can really run between them. Could be an elite, versatile defender in the MAC. A healthy Pippen should help take Allen from one of the state’s biggest underachievers in 2015 to a state contender … if they can get out of Michigan’s roughest Class C district at Loyola.
Rahsaan Pope 6-4 Sr Romulus … Saginaw Valley State: College wing size, long and smooth if not explosive, can handle, pass and shoot it off the catch or dribble. Decision making and situational awareness are growth areas.
Chris Rollins 5-10 Sr Detroit East English Village … IPFW: Pure point guard who is fast, fearless and unselfish. Put him on a college weight program, and watch out.
Ryan Schuller 6-10 Sr Sturgis … Michigan Tech: Vastly improved over the past six months. Already has a strong frame and isn’t afraid to use it. Mechanical and a project, but he embraces the process and by age 21 could give Michigan Tech a MAC-caliber center in the GLIAC.
Jason Williams 5-10 Sr Detroit Allen … East Tennessee State: Prolific scorer, the faster the game, the more he flourishes. No fear as a driver and an improving shooter. Should really flourish with college coaching as he develops as a point guard and defender.
Cassius Winston 6-1 Sr Detroit U-D Jesuit … Michigan State: A household name in the state since his freshman year, and has already led U-of-D High to its two greatest seasons. A YMCA game for the 21st century and the perfect passer for the kind of high-flying talent already in and coming to East Lansing. Underrated as a scorer — Winston was tops in the EYBL last spring.
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 a deep Michigan 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
Guard play can make or break the camp experience for the other players. The 2015 Bank Hoops Underclassman All-State Minicamp was lucky that most of the backcourt play was unselfish. Here are some of the guard standotus.
Jacob Boonyasith 6-3 So Jenison: He helped his cause before the balls came out when he measured at 6-3. Heads up, played at his pace and able to get the ball where he wants. Used his size to rebound and made the right, simple bounce passes on the break. Can create, shoot and score from all three levels, though didn’t always finish as strong as he can when the athletes started flying around the hoop. Not just a shooter, had some nice drop-offs from the drive as well. Top 10 combo guard in the 2018 class.
Nathan Burk 5-10 Fr Jackson Western: “Crafty lefty who could really shoot it,” a coach said. “Able to create his own shot and get easy baskets for teammates.”
Denver Cade 6-0 So Buckley: Shot it without hesitation, with confidence, and looked like the player who helped Parallel 45 win tournaments in May. Tough from well beyond the arc and has a mid-range counter game. Strong with the ball and rebounds. Needs to develop explosion and repertoire to finish against bigger and more athletic players.
Nigel Colvin 6-1 Fr Taylor Prep: Taylor Prep was well-represented and Colvin is another newcomer with potential. All drive, but usually did some good things when he did.
Caleb Cooper 5-6 So Holt: One of the more serious defenders in camp. A pass-first point guard on the other end. Lefty with a quick release when he did shoot it.
Jason Dietz 6-2 So Troy: Does a lot of smart subtle stuff which combined with what looks like will end up legit next-level size for his position and this is a kid to follow. Knack for being in the right spot to make plays. Can score from the arc, but over next three years will have to become a knock-down shooter for the next level.
Bryce Drews 6-2 So Hillsdale: One of the biggest point guards in the 2018 class, and still showed some breakdown game against smaller defendres. He was on a talented team at camp and did a good job finding the hot hands while stepping up and hitting shots on his own. He’ll be a four-year starter for Hillsdale.
Justin Fischer 6-1 So Warren De La Salle: No team had two guards out there playing harder than the one with Fischer and Muskegon’s Willie Shanks. The former is a top 10 point guard in the 2018 class. Would pick you up and really compete defensively. Active and talked on D; got into the passing lane with both hands and feet. Made the right decisions on the break. He’ll give the Pilots the true point guard they missed in 2015.
Tyree France 5-5 8th New Haven: In games when he was able to get up and down so that size didn’t matter, made some great passes on the break. He didn’t just hit the streaking wings, but found trailers too. A coach’s son, and it showed.
Carey Haney 5-10 Fr Williamston: Drive-and-pitch point guard with speed to spare off the outlet. Cut smartly when he didn’t have the ball. Knocked down the 3 when he had time to step into it. Good tools that will really come to the fore as the game becomes more natural.
Alex Hanshaw 6-0 Fr Thornapple Kellogg: Good complementary player because he often found himself in the right spots, made the right decisions finding shooters, while using his size to score inside. Has a forward’s game, but guard height.
Payton Harley 6-0 So Wyoming Godwin Heights: Another of Godwin Heights’ impressive camp contingent. Liked him much better than at other camps because of improved shot selection, showing the ability to catch and shoot or create his own space when he did choose to score. Responded to challenges without losing overall focus. Needs to improve passing execution, keep it crisp when he’s playing the point.
Austin Harris 6-1 So Buckley: He’s able to keep the ball away from smaller guards when they have it, and use his size advantage to hound them when they have it. Kept the ball hot and knocked down shots when it was his turn. Made 3s from the catch or dribble. Has a point guard handle and college size, with the decision making developing.
“Looks like he doesn’t miss when he spots up,” a coach said. “One of my favorite guys to coach because he was a great teammate. Looks like he thrives off of defense. Play went up a level every time he made a stop.”
Zach Hernandez 5-10 So Portage Central: True point guard who knew how to make things easy with the bounce pass.
Ronald Jeffery 5-7 Fr New Haven: Fast with a motor, he was one of the most active and aggressive defenders in camp. Needs refinement on offense.
Jake Jensen 5-8 Fr Clarkston: Confident shooter who played well off his big men. Picked his spots to drive, but if didn’t draw foul tended to get to deep and swallowed up by the size in the paint.
Robert Johnson 5-8 Fr Northville: For a rising freshman, he has a rare combination of athleticism to finish in the lane with a skill level to get there when he wanted. Looked good pushing the ball. Johnson could be an elite guard in the class of 2019 as the perimeter on his jumper continues to grow.
Artavious King 6-0 So Holt: A top 10 combo guard in the 2018 class. Combination of powerful build and burgeoning skill level make him really tough for other underclassmen to handle when he’s attacking the basket.
Cole Kleiver 5-11 So Williamston: Solid, steady ball-handler. Strong and confident enough to handle it full-court with defenders riding him. Got into the paint with an assortment of shake-free moves and made smart plays. Will be a capable replacement for Riley Lewis next season.
“Can shoot it,” a coach said. “Understated calm, cool baller.”
Matt Loney 6-2 So Frankfort: One of the most productive players in camp. With a 6-7 wingspan can check the 1-4. Pushed the ball well, with good blend of energy, athleticism and hoops IQ which allows him to set a quick pace while still making good decisions. Finishes well with combination of extension and skill. Improving as a shooter.
“Loved the way he shot the ball, he can really fill it up all over the floor,” a coach said. “He rarely missed when open. Love his length, he always plays hard and he is super fundamental. Was a fun teammate, always encouraging.”
Ryan McMullen 6-3 So Gull Lake: “Good slasher and athlete,” said a coach. “Really nice size for a high school wing. Has a lot of upside.”
Demond Mills-Bradley 5-8 So Clarkston: Very quick. Made good decisions on the break. Sometimes sat on dribble too long.
“He can score and shoot and play the game the right way,” a coach said. “Outstanding attitude also and great sportsmanship.”
Goliath Mitchell 5-11 So Goodrich: He played varsity ball as a freshman then a lot of high-end AAU ball with the Mustangs, and the pedigree was evident in his business-like approach to drills. Solid all-around point guard, with the increasing physical tools to make him a prospect. Won’t wow but the kind of guard coaches want out there. Had a nice pass-shot balance. Used the glass well.
Noah Pruitt 5-4 8th Okemos: He was solid in drills then despite his size was able to see that success carry over to the games. Smooth and confident with the ball, and also made smart, strong cuts without it. Patient waiting for daylight and finding his own scoring chances.
Gerald Sambaer 6-1 So Okemos: Good speed with the ball in the open court. Improved shot selection will make those advantages that much more dangerous.
Jon Sanders 5-4 Fr Detroit CMA: Left-handed point guard with a good skill level and game IQ. For now lacks the physicality to always see through on his good intentions.
Hunter Schattler 5-9 So Rochester: Looks like a young John Flynn with his strength, skill level and knack for scoring the ball.
“Basketball player,” said one coach. “Can score, shoot and pass. Understands the game and makes teams guard him.”
“Extremely skilled guard,” said another. “You can tell he has done a lot of skill training. Look forward to see how he performs in the OAA this season.”
Nic Sura 6-1 8th St. Joseph, East Lansing: He’s got some chutzpah to his game, didn’t look like an 8th-grader out there as the most physically ready of the middle school guards. Could score off the bounce and spot up for the 3. Lanky basketball build that looks like it could eventually give him legit college wing size.
Sam Vasiu 5-4 8th Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern: Another middle schooler that impressed with his decision making. If he ends up as tall as his brother, sophomore Benson Vasiu, it gets interesting.
Hayden Voss 5-11 Fr Dansville: Made some smart decisions on the screen-and-roll, which will make for a profitable future paired at Dansville wit 6-8 freshman Caleb Hodgson.
Chase Wasilk 6-3 So Clarkston: What you like about Wasilk is he doesn’t have to dominate the ball to produce. Uses his length defensively. Good in the halfcourt because he knows how to work it into the post and he can knock down the 3. He’ll be a college player; if he starts playing lower, slashing, more aggressive as he matures, it will be at an even higher level.
Footage from the Bank Hoops All-State Underclassman Minicamp, held July 31 in Lansing.
Some of the prospects in the video include:
- 2 Noah Pruitt 5-4 8th Okemos
- 22 Brady Flynn 6-5 So Birmingham Seaholm
- 25 Markeese Hastings 6-4 So Wyoming Godwin Heights
- 34 Austin Harris 6-1 So Buckley
- 35 Matt Loney 6-2 So Frankfort
- 36 Jacob Boonyasith 6-3 So Jenison
- 37 Sage Walker 6-7 Fr Ithaca
- 45 Denver Cade 6-0 So Buckley
- 46 Bryce Washington 6-4 So Southfield Christian
- 48 Owen Dolle 6-4 So Detroit Cass Tech
- 49 Kyle Stockmeyer 6-2 So Reese
- 51 Bryce Drews 6-2 So Hillsdale
- 53 Payton Harley 6-0 So Wyoming Godwin Heights
- 57 Isaac Hungerford 6-2 So DeWitt
- 61 Xaviel Fields 6-4 Fr Taylor Prep
- 62 Khalid Fleming 5-8 Fr Taylor Prep
- 65 Willie Shanks 5-11 So Muskegon
- 70 Carey Haney 5-9 Fr Williamston
- 71 Lamar Norman 6-0 So Wyoming Godwin Heights
- 72 Trey Vallar 5-11 So Kalamazoo Central
- 81 Luke Hyde 6-5 So DeWitt
- 85 Miigwaanhs Barrientoz 5-8 Fr Traverse City West
- 87 Blake Verbeek 6-9 So Grandville Calvin Christian
- 88 Danny Kolp 6-8 So Petoskey
- 89 Jacob Polakovich 6-7 So Grand Rapids Catholic Central
- 91 Justin Lary 6-3 So East Kentwood
- 92 Tristen Mysen 6-6 So Oxford
- 93 Sean Cobb 6-6 Fr Williamston
- 94 Caleb Hodgson 6-8 Fr Dansville
Some established players held serve, while others claimed their part of the map amongst a strong group of frontcourt prospects at the Bank Hoops Underclassman All-State Minicamp.
Devon Ali 6-3 So Lansing Waverly: Like his potential because of he just seemed to unfold and look more like 6-5 around the rim. Needs to play quicker, more assertive.
Owen Dolle 6-4 So Detroit Cass Tech: Steady and productive. Pulled off the feat of player hard without overextending himself to force things with the ball. Plays wide around the rim where he finishes and draws fouls. Steps out to take Laimbeer outside shots. He’ll have to improve his quickness and perimeter if close to done growing.
Xaviel Fields 6-4 Fr Taylor Prep: A bunch of potential, with wingspan, bounce, enthusiasm and a dangerous shot when hot. All right hand. Had the ball in his hands a lot in games, but sometimes seemed to forget he was in the same rotation as best guard and center in camp.
Brady Flynn 6-5 So Birmingham Seaholm: Like Bloomfield Hills senior and former camper Jacob Hecker, Flynn is another blue-collar 4 from the burbs. 6-5 with fundamental chops will take you a long way at 15. He consistently out-worked and out-produced seemingly more talented opponents with feel, confidence and execution. Ran the floor hard and finished the break in more than just the simplest approaches. Looks ready to step in and give Seaholm 10 and 10.
Markese Hastings 6-4 So Godwin Heights: Godwin is the defending state champion in Class B, and with the depth of young talent they had at camp don’t expect the Wolverines to slip any time soon. Two of them were long, athletic, forward converting to wing types, Hastings and Avery Moore. Hastings used his physical advantage on the defensive end, in drills and games. Decent looking form on his shot even when it wasn’t falling.
Isaac Hungerford 6-2 Fr DeWitt: Watch out for DeWitt in the coming years. Luke Hyde and Tanner Reha both made the camp’s All-2018 team, and Hungerford wasn’t that far off for 2019. All three are plus athletes and already know how to play hard. Hungerford has a nose for the ball and keeps plays alive. He’s an athletic scorer on the baseline and offensive glass, and was also able to pass after he put it on the floor.
Danny Kolp 6-8 So Petoskey: It’s easy to understand why those really watching him for the first time would come away so impressed by Kolp. His combination of length, bounce, speed and skill is rare. He beat other bigs down the court for dunks in games, and was aggressive at the rim in drills too. Needs to keep building his post game and strength. He’s a D1 player, it’s up to him to find the level. By 2020 Kolp could be the best player in this class. The next Gordon Hayward, or the next Steve Polonowski?
“Look at him as a long-term stretch 4 or small forward,” a coach said. “He can handle it, has good athleticism and range. Uses his long arms to his advantage. He was dunking with authority in drills.”
Avery Lewis 6-5 So Ann Arbor Huron: He was an x factor guy for the very good Gators 15U AAU team, and showed that same versatility here. The kind of guy who will get you a quiet 15 and 10. He isn’t yet as explosive or skilled as his older brother Mike, who was a standout forward for Huron, but is already bigger. Left-handed and passed it well in traffic. Most effective scoring when facing up to drive. Uses width and leverage defensively and to rebound.
“Big strong body that goes to work,” a coach said. “Quintessential workmanlike big that you want on your team.”
Avery Moore 6-3 So Godwin Heights: This was about the time you looked at the roster and could only shake your head, Godwin has another one? Lots of energy on the boards. Has the makings of a shooter with right release point and arc.
Tristen Mysen 6-6 So Oxford: He competed and succeeded in drills which at times were a murderer’s row of some of the state’s top young forwards. Not the most explosive, his athleticism manifests more in balance and dexterity, which show this his inside scoring game and comfort with the ball out on the court. Working on his wing game, Mysen showed a strong first step now he has to figure out what to do once he covers all that space.
“Rebounder!,” a coach said. “And can run the floor. Not bad around the rim but needs to improve offensive game. He does that — up and up.”
Jacob Polakovich 6-7 So Grand Rapids Catholic Central: Some good things to work with here, could see him becoming a GLIAC post recruit like former camper Cole Walker, now at Ferris State. Plays with a good base in the post, has a decent touch and will kick it back out to shooters. Needs to get deeper position more often to take advantage of his post game. Polakovich needs to work on his pivot foot because he’s effective as screener, passer and shooter from up top. In that same area defensively needs work, reading screens, hedging.
Kyle Stockmeyer 6-1 So Reese: He played two ages up in AAU so Stockmeyer wasn’t fazed by the competition. Good passer. Wingspan allowed him to defend taller players and extend to finish around the rim. Found a body when rebounding. Could get into trouble when driving inside when there was a lot of athleticism and size.
Sage Walker 6-7 Fr Ithaca: One of the top bigs in the 2019 class. He doesn’t guard the rim as well, but in physique and skills is reminiscent of Thomas Kithier at the same age, no faint praise. Another coach compared him to Seth Dugan. Sage’s dad, Mike Walker, was a 6-11 center from Oscoda who came out in the state’s legendary class of 1991 to play at Evansville and CMU. The younger Walker has a face-up, jab-step game from the elbows and usually kept the ball high.
Tyler Whisman 6-4 Fr Jackson Western: He looks varsity ready. From behind it was easy to mistake the sturdy frame of Whisman’s with another 2019 forward Sean Cobb. Good in transition, defensive as well. Moves like he’ll end up as a wing or even guard.