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Upperclassman Frontcourt Standouts from Bank Hoops All-State Camp PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephen Bell   
Monday, 29 September 2014 17:10

Adam Abraham  6-6  Sr  Grand Haven
One of the surprise players of camp, clearly well-coached by the late Steve Hewitt at Grand Haven.

"Was a matchup nightmare for other bigs during the drills and in the games," said one coach. "Had the most consistent mid-range jumper of any big in attendance and was good enough with the ball to get a step on taller defenders as they stepped out on him. Played very hard on both ends of the floor and always seemed to be around the ball. He has more athleticism than you may think at first glance as he had some throw-downs with no problem. Continued improvement on his ball-handling will be huge for him as bigger schools will probably label him a tweener. Will make some coach very happy at whatever schools he lands."

Austin Bykerk  6-8  Sr  Hudsonville Unity Christian
He's long, bouncy and when assertive and consistent like he was here, Bykerk looks like a scholarship player. Poor man's Evan Bruinsma who can board, dunk and shoot.

"Could not keep him off the boards," a coach said.

"Very good showing by this long and athletic big man," another coach said. "Handles the ball well for a big and makes good decisions with it. Clearly prefers catching at the high post or short corners to playing back to the basket, however, not afraid to get in there and bang for rebounds. He does a nice job keeping the ball high on put-backs and finishes."

Sean Corcoran  6-6  Sr  Flint Powers
This was his first full-on basketball since an ugly ankle injury in the first session of July AAU. Runs well, plays hard. Thin but will scrap. Liked how he talked on D and closed out. Can shoot from the short corners. Sometimes hands come and go. He'd played against New Haven center Innocent Nwoko both in AAU and in team camp, here Corcoran got to play next to him and show his game more out on the floor.

"Very active wing that ran his lane well in transition, and even pushed it up a couple times," a coach said. "One of the better offensive rebounders at camp. Finishes well with either hand once he gets near the rim. Needs to work on perimeter game in order to become a more complete player. Played hard and rebounded well on the defensive end.

Bank Hoops All-State Minicamp All-Underclassman Team PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 September 2014 03:21

MVP  Darian Owens-White  5-10  So  Ypsilanti
He's the son of a college head coach, Adrian's Mark White, and plays for one of the state's top prep coaches, Ypsilanti's Steve Brooks, and by no means has Darian squandered that pedigree. He had the efficient, skilled, smart playmaking game you'd expect. Made decisions at the right spot and didn't over-penetrate. Owens-White would pull the ball out and re-start things, which you don't see a lot in camp games. Wings loved playing with him because of all the drive-and-pitch looks in the half-court, and the two-thirds bounce passes when they ran the floor. Fundamental but not robotic, he's a slick ball-handler who will deliver with some flair on occasion. As long as he fills out physically and shows he can knock down shots, MAC point guard at least.

"Mini version of Michael Ray Richardson," a coach said. "The ball is on a string with this kid. I love him. Huge college upside." 

Anthony Bethea  6-4  So  Muskegon
He's working hard to get in the mix and help Muskegon defend its Class A crown. While a tweener if you project him to college right now, as a 10th-grader he's a load and tough inside-outside cover.

"Very good young wing-post," a coach said. "Love this kid's energy and attitude and it doesn't hurt that he's a pretty darn skilled sophomore with some length to boot. He always plays hard and with a smile. Nice to see a kid compete the way he does on both ends of the court. Crashes the glass on both ends of the floor and has nice timing when going up to block a shot. Showed the ability to defend many different positions. Needs to continue to improve his perimeter game and his right hand to become more complete and a top prospect in his class."

Last Updated ( Friday, 26 September 2014 16:23 )
Bank Hoops All-State Minicamp All-2016 Team PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 September 2014 03:49

MVP  Jerry Ben  6-9  Jr  New Haven
A Ben Wallace type all-energy raw 4 man who out worked and out jumped others to the ball all day. He doesn't have the skill of Deyonta Davis, but does similar athleticism, length and timing. Pursued rebounds well outside his area and had a quicker second jump than any forward at camp. Teams are going to have a real dilemma getting off shots against New Haven this winter, between Ben and 6-11 junior Innocent Nwoko, another camp standout.

"Worker; learner," said a coach. "Al Horford/Moses Malone/Dennis Rodman basics. Raw right now but may have the highest upside in the camp. I absolutely loved him. Great teammate, great attitude and exponential talent going forward. Wow!"

"Similar to Innocent in athleticism, attitude and personality, but not as skilled," said another. "Back-to-the-basket game is non-existent and needs a lot of work. Doesn't handle it well enough to be a stretch 4, so developing in the post is essential. Plays very hard on both ends, but needs to show more patience on the offensive end. Dominant on the defensive ends with both his ability to block shots and rebound. One of the best defensive rebounders at the camp. You can't teach what he has, so his work ethic will be the key dictator of where his potential takes him." 

Braden Burke  6-9  Jr  Stevensville Lakeshore
Yet another talented, coached up Lakeshore forward, though if anything Burke plays like a more finesse version of Marc Larson (Mattawan/Bowling Green). Slight build was sometimes exploited in station work by the true centers like Seth Dugan and Innocent Nwoko, then Burke thrived against similarly sized opponents in the afternoon. Runs well, and can be a presence on both rims.

"Looked OK in the drills, but looked great in the games," a coach said. "Showed range all the way to the 3 line and could also knock down the mid-range. Very good footwork in the post when he caught with his back to the basket and had a really nice looking hook shot over his left shoulder. Needs to be more physical before the catch and create a bigger target. Defensively he is athletic enough to guard just about any 4 man out to the three-point line. He also does a nice job in help defense coming over and blocking shots."

Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 September 2014 17:02 )
Bank Hoops All-State Minicamp All-2015 Team PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 23 September 2014 21:10

MVP  Jerald Booker  6-1  Sr  Walled Lake Western
Guards who play the right way are golden in this type of venue. It's not easy to do what Booker did for a hi-my-name-is camp team -- control tempo, lead on defense, keep teammates involved on offense, and score without gunning it. Smart leading the break and could score from all three levels. Moved and cut when he didn't have the ball. Showed some ups when he blocked a shot.

"Very solid player in all aspects of the game," a coach said. "Great feel as he never seems rattled and plays fast, but never in a hurry. Strong handle, nice jumper, efficient passer and finishes well through contact. Athletic enough to really push the ball in transition and smart enough to pull it out when the break isn't there. Competes on the defensive end, on and off the ball. Doesn't have that high-end athleticism, but will make some smart college coach that looks past that very happy in the future."

Demarco Dickerson  6-2  Sr  Detroit Loyola
May have helped himself as much or more than any player at camp. Dickerson was productive all day long, a smooth, confident shooter who was able to create his own shot while also a pass to threat. He also drew the rare camp charge. Played with a flare that fans enjoyed, and an attitude his coaches loved.

"If you didn't knokw who he was before, you know who he is now," said one coach. "Very coachable. Has some Pistol Pete to his game and Demarco was one of the best playmakers at the camp. Teammates learned quickly to keep their hands ready because if you're open he will find you. Shot it well in half-court from mid-range and deep and also played very tough defense. Despite slender frame, he wasn't afraid to get in there defensively or go to the glass. Sometimes got in trouble when he tried to do too much, so just needs to realize that sometimes simpler is better."

Last Updated ( Saturday, 27 September 2014 04:02 )
Eric Davis and the State's First 2016 Recruit Commit PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 03 September 2014 18:55

With the early signing period just two months away, the verbal commitments are starting to pile up for Michigan's class of 2015. Here is who has cast their lot thus far.  

Dilon Aten  6-1  Sr  Wayland (ACB BankHoops)  Cornerstone
This is how you become a small college power, keeping at home all-staters talented enough to have played at bigger schools. Cornerstone did it in the spring with Holland Christian's Kyle Steigenga. Aten can help you running a team, or picking up the scoring when he has to. The last time an all-state point guard went from Wayland to Cornerstone it worked out well, Wes Hudson was the 2014 WHAC MVP.

Malik Clincy  6-2  Sr  Grand Rapids Northview (WM Lakers)  Cornerstone
Between Aten and Clincy, Cornerstone has already inked two top 30 overall prospects, securing a future backcourt that could keep them in national contention through the end of the decade. Either of them can play on or off the ball, Clincy an athletic lane scorer and creator who will knock down clutch shots and give effort defensively. He's one of the state's biggest sleepers, and looked just as good as any of the 2015 Detroit area guards in AAU.

Deyonta Davis  6-9  Sr  Muskegon (Indy Heat/ACB BankHoops)  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.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 September 2014 20:49 )
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