|Standout senior guards from Bank Hoops All-State Camp|
|Written by Stephen Bell|
|Friday, 26 October 2012 02:45|
Tyler Applegate 6-1 Sr Vandercook Lake
Buried shots dead and also led the camp in behind-the-back assists -- could do it while dribbling full-speed -- though his overall playmaking game can tighten up. Upper-end grades help the cause.
Said a coach: "Doesn't do much other than shoot of the catch, but when he's open was automatic!"
Abe Barwegan 6-1 Sr Vicksburg
Knock-down shooter in drills, who hit them in games when given the opportunity, and played a solid all-around guard game. Improving his left-right quickness, which helps.
Sam Baumgartner 6-2 Sr Petoskey
Physical guard at 6-2, 190 who finishes well and fit in perfectly on an unselfish, ego-less team that meshed to go 3-0. Petoskey puts out lots of college guards, because like Baumgartner they value the ball and have defensive effort. Good patience finding gaps to attack and create. A subtly creative scorer.
Andrew Burmeister 6-3 Sr Macomb Dakota
Another long-time camper whose game has really evolved, from primarily a tough baseline scorer as a youngster to an all-around college guard prospect. Good backcourt size, and a knack for being around the ball and making plays.
"Very good plasser who sees the floor well," a coach said. "Sometimes he tried to be a little too flashy, but looked good when he was keeping the game simple. Just needs to realize his strengths and play towards them."
Ben Coburn 6-1 Sr Ortonville Brandon
"This kid can play," a coach said. "Made shot after shot and ran the floor and was rewarded with respect from his teammates who found him on offense. Can pass a defend too. A very solid and good under-the-radar player."
Jordan Dasuqi 6-2 Sr Clarkston
Dasuqi parlayed his camp performance into a verbal commitment to Lake Superior State a week later. He's the best prospect Lake State has plucked from Oakland County since Ben Dewar was tearing it up at Walled Lake Western in the late 90s.
"Definitely one of the five best players at camp," said one coach. "Nice body for a guard. He handles the ball very well and doesn't turn it over. Makes good decisions in transition and scores in bunches. Can shoot, dribble, pass and defend, not to mention has the fundamental soundness that most Clarkston guys display."
"He played hard-nosed team basketball," said another coach. "I loved the way this kid plays. He doesn't blow you away talent-wise, but finished well and played unselfishly. He was the only kid I saw take a legit charge. He rebounded, hit open jumpers (three-point range and pull-ups), finished around the rim, defended and found open teammates."
Another coach: "As good as advertised. Played hard on offense and defense. Engaged the coaches while he was on the bench and was ready t go when he hit the floor. Coaches' dream."
Kamari Davis 6-2 Sr Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard
Came to play with a strictly business approach.
"Tough kid that used the dribble to get to the hoop, he uses his body to either finish or draw a foul," a coach said. "Hard-nosed defender who looks like he put some work into the weights this summer. Would be more complete if his jumper were more consistent."
Chase Fairchild 6-2 Sr Rockford
Like Dasuqi, a mentally tough guard from one of the state's most demanding big-school programs, with outstanding grades. A few players at camp must not have seen either the state finals or the Grand Rapids Storm, how are you going to leave Fairchild open? Quick hands, pretty release, he's a good shooter even against defense, let alone with daylight to set up.
Ben Goldman 6-1 Sr Ortonville Brandon
Surprised coaches who had seen him before with how well he shot it. Much improved and looks poised for a strong senior year.
Brian Harris 5-11 Sr South Haven
Looks like a solid in-state juco guy. Athletic, aggressive, working on becoming a true point guard. Nice strep-through and scoop shot.
Shaun McKinney 6-3 Sr Laingsburg
Rugged guard played on a bad wheel but still made plays. A creative passer with good vision and the hands to slip them in, strength to get them there; and a driver/finisher when playing at 100 percent. Rebounded with second and third effort.
Brian Morton 6-2 Sr Lansing Eastern
We already wrote about him with the "10 coaches' players," but Morton played well enough to get the extra run. He asserted himself physically on both ends, and was a really team-first, unselfish passer.
"Quick guard who seems to do better in a fast pace than half-court sets," a coach said. "Crafty finisher in transition and a streak shooter who can scorch the nets when hot."
Zak Noor 5-10 Sr Troy
Does a lot of good things as a quick point guard. Shoots it well enough from 20 to keep defenses honest. Major question mark is his size.
Robby Ranville 6-3 Sr Marshall
Really played well and solidified himself as a small college prospect with options. "The kid with the mask" was one of the memes at Aim High that day. One of those rare high school shooters who looks like it will be a smooth transition to college.
"I've seen him a ton on the AAU circuit and just love his shot," a coach said. "He looked like he may have been trying to prove he could play some point guard, but when he just shot it, it was money."
Dee Roberts 6-1 Sr Lansing Waverly
Underrated Lansing kid who plays a lot like Robbie Harman did in Traverse City before matriculating to Central Michigan -- lots of athleticism in a small guard package. Good wingspan though and plays tough. Not a lot of high school guards can catch oops like Roberts did.
Ryan Schall 5-11 Sr Comstock Park
Really helped himself, looked like less of a system guy than he did in AAU with the West Michigan Lakers and more of a naturally talented, true point guard. Terrific feel and timing on his passing, and knocked down a high percentage of his shots.
"Just seems like a winner," said one coach. "Competes all the time and always keeps his teammates involved. One of the most solid, all-around players at the camp. He displayed a great handle and never missed the open guy up the floor or off a cut. Always looked to penetrate, which is just what you want out of a point guard, but didn't get to see his jumper very often. Plays the passing lanes and gets a lot of steals."
"My favorite true and pure point guard at camp," said another coach. "Plays both ends. Handles, passes, defends and pushes the ball. John Stockton play-a-like and look-a alike!"
"Looks like Steve Nash with the blow-by, one handed scoop on the finish to avoid the outstretched arms of the help defender," a third coach said. "Solid player with a high IQ. Shares the ball and makes teammates better. Good speed/quickness. Displayed a lot of energy."
Tyson Thomas 5-11 Sr Lansing Sexton
Slasher, athletic, makes plays on the defensive end. Sits on his dribble too long, he's not a point guard and the longer he has the ball, the slower he plays. Good upside for a small school as he works on his skills.
JD Tisdale 6-6 Sr Swartz Creek
Long-time camper turned in one more solid run, then committed to Bowling Green a week later.
"Gotta love a 6-6 athlete who has a high basketball IQ and can make jump shots," a coach said. "JD is the total package and the fact that he can pay the point only increases his attractiveness is a college prospect."
Jeremy Williamson 6-1 Sr Lansing Sexton
Williamson's transfer from Jackson (where he averaged three three-pointers per game) to Sexton puts the Big Reds into legit Class B three-peat territory. Over eight years and 20 camps, approximately 500 games total, no one has shot it quite like Williamson did Sunday in a Wooten-esque barrage. The next simply didn't move when he was draining three-pointers. We could be talking about the next Kyle Vinales here.
"He's pretty well-known at this point, but he clearly separated himself from the pack at this camp," a coach said. "One game I was watching him and he was absolutely unstoppable getting to the rim and hitting jump shots all over the place. He is very quick, crafty, and is just a pure shooter. I saw him score about 15 points in a five minute stretch, making every single shot, until he had a heat check pulling up contested from about 30 feet. It rimmed in-and-out or I would have lost it!"
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