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.”