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Storm Classic Breakouts and Off Beaten Path PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephen Bell   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 22:10

Everyone knows Josh Jackson can play. West Michigan fans were excited to see him live at the Grand Rapids Storm Classic. But the tournament ran deep with talent beyond the obvious. Here are 10 17U prospects that had the college coaches take notice.

Dilon Aten  6-2  Jr  ACB/Bank Hoops (Wayland)
He had a rough opener against an aggressive and ready King James team, as ACB was in press break oblivion. But Aten's too good to get derailed, he's been winning big in AAU forever. Knows the point guard balance while still a threat shooting off the dribble or catch. Hangs in defensively. Consensus amongst the college coaches was that he's a scholarship player.

Deleon Brown  6-3  Jr  Grand Rapids Storm (Grand Rapids Christian)
The state's top 10 2015 combo guard prospects all played in the Storm Classic. Brown made a case for being No. 2 in the class after 17U MVP Eric Davis. He's a lanky and efficient lefty who shot it well all weekend. Good at creating space and elevating to get his shot off, and his mechanics up top have gotten more consistent. No slouch on the defensive end either.

Sean Corcoran  6-6  Jr  Parallel 45 (Flint Powers)
The light went on for him during his junior season at Powers. Easy runner, active to the ball, 50/50 hands receiving it but smooth shooter when he does, finishes either hand. Corcoran's confidence rose as he became comfortable with his new team, which not coincidentally began winning once he did. Intrigues for small college level, key to realizing that potential is core strength and explosiveness.

Khari Fanning  6-3  Jr  One Nation (Southfield)
Southfield hasn't lacked dunkers over the years, and Fanning may be the best. The rare high schooler who catches alley-oops well above the rim. Needs to keep improving and do more when back on the ground.

Quae Furlow  6-4  Jr  Elite Skills (Three Rivers)
Furlow is part of the fallout from scam Freedom Prep in Iowa. He landed back home in 3 Rivers, where he'll be a student but not player in the class of 2015. Last year he and Dre Dentmond were the Mustangs' most talented 17U players, and now still just 17 Furlow is even better. He's a powerhouse offensively with a JR Rider body, able to bully but skillfully his way to the hoop, then drain 20 footers off the bounce. High risk, high reward recruit who needs to seriously grow up.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 April 2014 05:36 )
Bank Hoops Spring Camp All-2017/18 Team PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephen Bell   
Sunday, 06 April 2014 23:22

Matt Beachler  6-1  Fr  Lowell
For as good a three-point shooter as he is, Beachler showed signs of becoming a dangerous all-around guard. Plays with some bounce. Looked at home with or off the ball.

"Was very impressed for him only being a freshman," a coach said. "Has really good body control and court awareness. Interested to see how much better he gets over the next three years."

Last Updated ( Monday, 07 April 2014 03:49 )
Bank Hoops Spring Camp All-2016 Team PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 April 2014 02:31

MVP  Austin Davis  6-10  So  Onsted
Rare big that is so offensively gifted at his age, that his team, in a camp environment, made a concerted effort to pound the ball inside. He has moves from either block and with either hand. Agility will have to improve to get out and guard ball screens.

"Space-eater extraordinaire with good size," a coach said. "Physical big that called for the all often and scored regularly on the block. Fought hard for position and showed an ability to score on moves to the middle or baseline. Step-out range from about 17 feet."

Last Updated ( Friday, 04 April 2014 16:01 )
Spring All-Camp Teams 2014-15 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 02 April 2014 16:04

Class of 2015 All-Camp Team
MVP  Jalen Fykes  6-3  Jr  Flint Hamady
Junk Yard Dog swingman who produces more like 6-6 on the glass. He plays like a player of the same name, Jalen Adams. Could shoot to 20 with good rotation, but lacked arc.

"Best pure athlete at camp," a coach said. "Caught a lob over the backboard on a baseline inbound and almost broke the rim. Very scrappy defender. Needs to improve fundamentally, but elite athleticism."

"Supremely athletic player that likes to get out in the open court and finish," said another. "Good passer from the high block area. Max effort guy with improving perimeter game, but needs work. Potential as a lockdown defender. Best basketball is ahead of him."

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 April 2014 22:10 )
Bank Hoops 2014 All-State Team PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephen Bell   
Saturday, 22 March 2014 03:24

Player of the Year
Josh Jackson  6-7  So  Detroit Consortium
Considered by some the state's best prospect since Chris Webber, he has a chance today, Saturday, to do what No. 4 did at Country Day 25 years ago -- lead his team, as a sophomore, to a Class C state title. During the regular season Consortium beat big school powers like Saginaw, Detroit Southeastern, Detroit Country Day, Romulus and Arthur Hill. Jackson is the rare young player, let alone anointed superstar, who plays hard all the time, on both ends of the floor. He averages 28 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists per game.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 22 March 2014 16:04 )
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