Sy Barnett 6-2 Jr Charlotte: Football legs caught up to him by the third game, but he was one of the most impressive offensive performers on the day. Turned heads in drills with a big dunk.
“Long-range shooter with no conscience,” a coach said. “One of the best shooters there, if not the best. His mentality is what sets him apart.”
“This kid has sneaky bounce/athleticism,” said another coach. “Really impressed with his ability to shoot it during games.”
“Very methodical guard who showed surprising athleticism with an easy transition throwdown in a game I was watching,” another coach said. “Can burn you if left open from deep and plays at his own pace, as he doesn’t seem to get sped up. Would like to see him speed things up from time to time though. He is another kid who seems to take much more pride on offense than defense.”
Max Gaishin 6-6 Jr Stevensville Lakeshore: Another college forward right off the frontcourt production line at Lakeshore. Made some tough catches and finishes.
“Another kid I had never heard of, but showed that he has the chops to be a force this season,” a coach said. “Solid rebounder on both ends, who boxed out well to make up for what he may lack in pure athleticism. The most impressive thing was his craftiness in the post. Despite being shorter than some of the bigs he was playing against, never saw him get his shot blocked. Solid fundamental post moves and counter moves. Kind of plays reminiscent to Kevin McHale in regards to craftiness. Showed the ability to knock down the 15 footer as well. His downside, will need to get stronger and quicker if he is going to stay in the post at the next level.”
Jermaine Goliday 6-2 Jr Muskegon: A tough cover with the ball, as Goliday has a nose for the hole and gets there with hesitation, misdirection, jump stops and myriad release points. He can score it from all three levels. Passes enough to keep defenders off guard. Needs to play as hard on defense.
Matt Havey 6-1 Jr Lansing Christian: Lansing Christian looks like the cream of Class D in Mid-Michigan with standout junior guards from the camp like Havey and Forest Bouyer.
“Solid all-around player,” a coach said. One of the toughest kids at camp. Saw him dive for loose balls on multiple occasions. Knocked down the open three and showed an adequate handle. Sometimes over-penetrated and got himself in trouble against rim protectors.”
Gunnar Libby 5-8 Jr Hillman: Like Havey above, his skill level and confidence transcended his Class D background.
“Quick, small, crafty point guard,” a coach said. “Very good passer and shooter! Had a nice handle and used it to get by defenders and find the open man. Played hard on the defensive end, but sometimes got caught reaching into the cookie jar. Struggles a little defending stronger guards who could put him on their hip.”
Gabe Meriwether 6-2 Jr Bellaire: Has the extra step that makes him a scholarship guard, particularly when paired with his motor. Meriwether can play the 1 or 2, shoot it, finish the break or slash from the wings. Should put up monster numbers in the Ski Valley for the next two seasons like Brandon Dingman and Chris Hass before him.
Jeremy Pung 6-6 Jr Fowler: With a couple inches the GLIAC would be all over him, because he’s strong and can get off the floor. Prototype MIAA at 6-6.
“Much more athletic than he looks walking around,” a coach said. “He really loves to finish through contact and will throw one down on you if your playing soft. Aggressively pursued rebounds on both ends of the court. He showed an improved ability to put in on the deck from the high post and get to the rim. He could really be a dominant player from that high post if he develops his jumper. Does a nice job of half wrapping on post D to make post entries more difficult for guards.”
Christian Rodriguez 5-9 Jr Wyoming Godwin Heights: Between Lamar Norman’s MVP performance with teammates in attendance and playing well at the Underclassman Camp, to Rodriguez’ typically top-shelf effort here, Godwin could be in the midst of the next Class B dynasty.
“Lefty quick guard one of the rare true point guards that make others better around him,” a coach said.
“Very good pass-first point guard,” another coach said. “He plays very well in transition and is always trying to penetrate to get someone an open shot. Also on display was an improved jump shot from 15-18 feet. Still needs to improve his long-range game and would like to see him take as much pride on defense as he does on offense.”
Bryce Williams 6-2 Jr Saginaw Heritage: A couple college coaches were disappointed their secret was out, about the lanky guard with high upside and high grades. Combo guard who can pass on the break or in the lane. Can turn ends quickly to finish in transition. Wing shooter who is accurate though release needs more lift, quicker release.
Eric Williams 6-3 Jr New Haven: New Haven has a lot to replace on the perimeter, but Williams, a transfer from St. Clair, is a good start.
“New Haven is loaded and Eric looked their best shooter at the showcase,” a coach said. “Should have plenty of opportunities to shoot his rainbow 3s with all of their talent. ”
“One of the best finishers at camp,” another coach said. “Showed a nice floater, finger roll and reverse layup in order to prevent bigger defenders from tossing his finishes. Had no problem throwing it down if he was in the clear. Needs to work on his perimeter game in order to be more effective in the half court.”