|Standout upperclassman wings from Bank Hoops All-State Camp|
|Written by Stephen Bell|
|Friday, 26 October 2012 02:50|
Michael Alexander 6-5 Sr Holly
He'll have small college options because he has nice size, is versatile, attentive on D, and doesn't need continuous touches to contribute. When he did have the ball, had a good feel and vision.
"Plays hard and showed very good hustle and energy in the drills and games," a coach said.
Zach Baker 6-5 Jr Grand Rapids NorthPointe Chrisitan
He got stuck on a team without real point guard play, and he's not necessarily a creator. But Baker does a lot of good things off the ball, plays physically, can finish and rebound.
Lawrence Bognar 6-0 Sr Perry
"Could play for me, anytime," a coach said. "If there was a big rebound to be had, he got it. Old man type game, but I loved it."
"Toughest kid in camp," one coach said. "Worked hard in stations. Was all over the court during games. Stepped in and drew a charge on (6-4, 270) Colin Jones of Holt. On another play, after a teammate fell to the ground, he ran over and helped him up. Lots of energy who actually poured everything he had into the defensive end. If I'm a small school, I'm taking another look at him. Or better yet, maybe he can play middle linebacker for a MAC school. Reminds me of Brian Urlacher."
"I didn't want to take him out of the game because of all the little things he does that no one else will do," another coach said. "Guy plays hard 100 percent of the time. Took one of the few charges of the day. A coach's dream -- listens and let's his play do the talking."
Carlos Fordham 6-5 Jr Goodrich
Goodrich has terrific perimeter size in its 2014 class with Fordham, and Grant Smith who was profiled with the junior guards.
"Long, long, long ...," said a coach. "He also has a nice high jump-shot that no one is blocking. A rangy kid that will need to add strength."
Evan Fosha 6-4 Jr Ann Arbor Richard
He got stuck on a team without much pure point guard play, so his stats suffered, but you could see the physical tools in drills
"Solid from for a 2-3, but needs to hit the weight room and get stronger," a coach said. "Puts the ball on the floor well in transition and can get to the rim, but doesn't show much consistency with his perimeter game."
Richard Gold 6-4 Jr Detroit Loyola
He's been coming to Bank Hoops camps for awhile, and this was his best showing.
"Back on the upswing and shot the ball extremely well," one coach said. "Maturing and playing like a more polished player, with a purpose."
"He's slimmed down and improved his ball-handling and decision-making off the dribble, which helps him in playing the 2 and 3," another coach said. "Can hit the open jumper from 10-25 feet with consistency. Showed some increased athleticism with a couple of transition dunks. Uses his body well to get post position, but with that big body would like to see him get into the paint more often off the dribble."
Kaylin Johnson 6-3 Jr Flint Northern
He was terrific for the Family 16U at the end of the July period, and picked up where he left off. His name isn't as well known as some, but legit top 20 guy in 2014 -- and rising. Aggressive, put-together, explosive power guard, who may have had the best dunk of the camp. While he was in attack mode, Johnson also played smart, knew when to go hard, and when to pull the ball out and look for other options.
"Shot it pretty well and turned all head when he dunked on a couple defenders on court 2," a coach said. "When he is focused, I'll take him against many of the top-ranked shooting guards in 2014, easily."
Zach Littleson 6-4 Sr Rochester Adams
Tough, physical kid. Kind of a tweener, but strength will help him at the MIAA or WHAC level. Just produces and can shoot it from 20 feet and in.
Jalon Plummer 6-4 Sr Romulus
Solidified his place as one of the state's top 10 uncommitted senior. Showed he's much more than just a shooter. Able to take a defensive rebound to the other end and make plays.
"Would be my camp MVP," a coach said. "Did it all from the drill stations to the games. A true competitor who is unbelievably athletic. Finishes above the rim and doesn't force things. Sees the floor very well and has a really good feel for the game. Seems like a magnet to the basketball, just one of those kids whose hands the ball always seem to end up in. And when it did, good things happened."
Skylar Ross 6-3 Sr Lansing Christian
Has a chance, because he's a natural scorer who can both shoot it long or go to the hole. But to get there, will have to get lighter on his feet, particularly to keep up on the defensive end.
Kyle Shomain 6-3 Sr Mt. Pleasant
Hustled, played hard and produced.
"Just gets it done offensively," a coach said. "Can score in a variety of ways because of his strength. Kid can play and win!"
Michael Siegel 6-6 Sr Fremont
He'll play somewhere because he's just a solid all-around player -- and 6-6. Unselfish, sees the floor, can feed the post and work a two-man game when the shot is falling.
Earl Swift 6-3 Sr Southfield
I liked his potential back at Grand Valley State's prospects camp in June. This time around, Swift seemed more dialed in and produced accordingly. Impressed because he was good offensively with or without the ball -- smart using screens, and a slashing scorer. Scored at the rim or with a soft pull-up shot. Good feel around the hoops, and can use the glass from mid-range.
"Nice big-bodied guard who plays very hard and gets the most out of his ability," a coach said. "Can shoot it if left open and finishes well in transition."
"Very strong and goes to work around the offensive glass," another coach said. "Very athletic."
Nick Troxell 6-4 Jr Lakeland
A bit nicked up from soccer, but love his potential. Few players got off two feet with his kind of explosion.
Josh Whitney 6-5 Sr Lansing Christian
Another camper who helps his cause with a 4.0 gpa and ACT score over 30, and he's a player whose off-court smarts translate to the game, which isn't always the case. Whitney has that basketball body that coaches love and can mold. Ran the floor well, and ran hard all day. Needs to keep working on his jumper, as he projects as a wing.
Christien Wright 6-4 Sr Birmingham Country Day
Terrific motor and didn't let up, putting together at least one huge scoring game.
"Undersized forward who goes to the hoop with a reckless abandon," a coach said. "Very aggressive rebounder on both ends of the floor who finishes around the rim with both hands. Can post up, very good seal with his back to the basket. Needs to work on his perimeter game to improve his chances of playing at the next level."
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