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Class of 2015 Commitments PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 29 July 2014 05:21

Deyonta Davis  6-9  Sr  Muskegon  Michigan State
He's a rare combination of innate ability, physical potential and well-coached background. While Paul Davis was ranked higher, Davis is MSU's best frontcourt recruit since Zach Randolph in 2000. He committed to the Spartans before his junior season, then went on to set the MHSAA record for blocked shots while starring for an undefeated state championship team. Then came high-end production on the Nike EYBL, and DD is on everyone's shortlist for the McDonald's All-American game. 

Lacey James  6-7  Sr  Wayland  Detroit
The Titans have had success with West Michigan forwards during Ray McCallum's tenure, Kalamazoo Central's Doug Anderson and Western Michigan Christian's Evan Bruinsma. The three, Anderson, Bruinsma and LJ James, don't favor each other as players, but were all winners in high school. James teamed with point guard partner Dilon Aten to lead Wayland to the Class B quarterfinals and also had a long history of success in AAU with ACB/Bank Hoops. Their recruitment was quieted in July as neither played, Aten with a broken jaw and James with precautionary health concerns. But the gifted lane scorer had such a strong history against all-staters like Deyonta Davis, Nick Perkins, Brad Brechting and Aaron Overhiser that Detroit was more than happy to take his early commitment. LJ has the frame and hands of a college 4, with a wide base to rebound and defend and soft touch to finish. Like Milan's Perkins, he doesn't play above the rim, still the mid-majors love them because they produce at a high-major level.

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GVSU: All-Camp Team PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:53
2015 MVP  Mikhail Myles  6-3  Sr  East Lansing
The camp's highlight maker before going down late with a hamstring injury, which had slowed him at the beginning of the AAU season. Really long with great legs, finishes above the rim, and really attacks it. True jumpshot that hits often enough that Myles is a tough all-around cover; very good from range when he has time to set up. Terrific defensive tools that will be refined after transferring to East Lansing from Corunna.

2016 MVP  Spencer Littleson  6-4  Jr  Rochester Adams
Solid to good at everything, so you tend to take him for granted until adding it up. His consistency and size give Littleson an edge over many of the other talented 2016 guards in the state. Shot it well in drills, executed smartly in 3-on-3 and got teammates layups in 5-on-5. Good athlete but doesn't force it plays at a healthy pace.
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Izzo Shootout Standouts PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:52
Into its second decade, the Izzo Shootout continues to be one of the must-see statewide events. Even with upperclassman superstars like MSU pledge Deyonta Davis, Eric Davis and Josh Josh Jackson away from their high school teams because of national, or international, commitments, there was enough talent on campus to keep MSU coaches interested and fans entertained. Here are 10 prospects who helped themselves.

Brandon Allen  5-10  Jr  Haslett
Haslett beat Detroit East English Village because he was too fast and strong for their guards, Allen getting them on his hip and his shoulder through to move the ball where he wanted. Had an assist even Cassius Winston might envy a 35-foot bounce pass for a bucket. Typically a shot-maker, he could have finished at a higher percentage but Allen's aggressive approach on both ends of the floor set the tone for the local team to beat what should be one of the top squads in the PSL. While EEV was without Karmari Newman in that game, as it was a wash as the Bulldogs ran out another standout junior guard, Chris Rollins last seen in De La Salle purple. But it was Haslett with the best guard, Allen, and forward, the physically improved and always soft-shooting 6-7 senior John Hudgins.

Brian Bowen  6-7  So  Saginaw Arthur Hill
One All-American out of town at the NBA Top 100 camp? Just put the ball in the hands on the next All-American. Such is life on the Hill, where Bowen showed off his ball-handling game in the absence of Eric Davis. Because he plays with an All-American guard on both his high school and AAU team, the Family's Cassius Winston, it was intriguing to see that part of Bowen's game. He has some wiggle and can cover space. The hoops IQ as a passer has always been there. He can create from the top or the wings.
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University of Detroit: All-Camp Team PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:51
Guard MVP Josh McFolley  6-0  Sr  Detroit Western
He's taken his game to the next plane as an explosive driver and finisher. That's convenient, as McFolley was already the most prolific streak shooter in the 2015 class. Gets separation whether for jumper space, or past his man. Skilled and smart enough to play the point, and defensively can shut down the spot on the other end. Horizon or MAC guard for sure.

Big Man MVP Michael Edwards  6-9  Sr  Westland John Glenn
He's been on quite a run, starting with an impressive showing amidst a bunch of other D1 big men at U-M's "college practice camp." Then Edwards earned an offer at Akron's camp, and repeated the feat from the Titans after his performance at Calihan Hall. What's really helped Edwards is how he's slowed down offensively. His drives and attacks can still look awkward, but are more under control, confident in what he's doing and with release points that are tough to defend (left hand still needs work). Then there's what Edwards has always done. Which is the floor and finish with dunks as well as any big man in Michigan who doesn't share initials with a 1980s fantasy role playing game. Coaches like his potential defensive versatility, big enough to defend the hoop or close it down outside.

Underclassman MVP Gregory Eboigbodin  6-8  So  Detroit U-D Jesuit
Rebounds like a potential high-major 4 man. Will grind and fight defensively and still be able to free himself and pursue the glass outside his immediate area. Good athlete in an up and down game, but not particularly fluid. Post game is MIA.
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U-M: In-State Upperclassman All-Camp Team PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 13:49

MVP Seth Dugan  7-0  Sr  Otsego
Not a bad run for the Big Farmer, with his second MVP performance in the past three weeks. Michigan coach John Beilein told the campers that the U-M College Practice simulation wasn't a tryout. For a player like Dugan -- a 7-footer who can actually play and is being recruited by half the Big Ten -- it sure was. He got coached hard all day, looking good in all post drills but one, partnered with his competitor for the state's top 2015 center designation, Cedar Springs' Bradley Brechting; then had a fullcourt battle with the camp's most heralded post prospect, Ohio junior Jon Teske. When other bigs were flipping and forcing hook shots at the direction of the rim, Dugan was shooting and dropping them over the rim. As the afternoon progressed Dugan's teams piled up wins, in three-on-three and five-on-five. His team finished the day undefeated when the ACB/Bank Hoops lifer ran end-to-end, drew the foul, then sunk the game-winning free throw complete with crowd noise. Knows how to screen and pop or screen and roll. While he's shown 20-foot range, and isn't shy about showing it, Dugan showed a different wrinkle when after missing one from the top of the key, he put it on the deck and drove for a left-handed layup. Naturally large kid who with less golf and more weights in college, will be an easy 270 before you know it. Still needs to keep the ball high consistently in every situation, and show power finishes even when tired, and similarly was better defensively when the legs were still fresh.

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