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Bell on Ball: REACH wins Mustangs Spring Showdown PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephen Bell   
Tuesday, 07 April 2015 05:42

The state had one event in the NCAA's opening live period, the Mustangs Spring Showdown. REACH beat the Detroit Stars in the 17U final. It was the second championship in as many weekends for REACH. Here are some standouts from the tournament's oldest division.  

Jason Bur  6-4  Jr  Parallel 45 (Petoskey): Not sure what his position is, but does enough well that the small college coaches will figure one out for him. Good length, a versatile defender, will scrap on the glass and hit shots out to the arc. Needs to get more going as a wing slasher, and all-around triple threat.

Jamal Cain  6-7  So  Detroit Stars (Detroit Cornerstone): Cain is the best prospect in the Stars program since Vincent Hunter. He impacts the game with his length and smooth wheels closing down on defense or running the floor to finish a variety of dunks. If his shot improves (it's heavy and dies on the rim) and he defines himself offensively, Cain could be naming his school in a year. 

Dylan Carl  6-9  Jr  Grand Rapids Storm (Alma): He's a unique prospect for the state's 2016 class with his height and ball-handling. Carl has a Detroit offer and the Titans had a coach at all his games. Good shot-blocker though swats down too often. He acquitted himself well matched up with Mike Edwards, the 6-9 John Glenn senior who two days later would commit to Georgia. Outside of the shot blocking, lack of strength and base limit Carl as a post defender, and post scorer.

Greg Elliott  6-2  So  Detroit Stars (Detroit East English Village): He always finds a way to impact a game. It's almost impossible not to when you have Elliott's wingspan, energy and unselfishness. He doesn't need a lot of shots, but he's efficient when he gets them, befitting his Rip Hamilton mask. He's good with or without the ball, and looked comfortable shooting the 3 off the catch. New-found aggressiveness found Elliott finishing with a two-handed dunk and looking like Brandon Jenkins.  

Jalen Gibson  6-7  Sr  Mustangs USS (River Rouge): One of the state's top 10 uncommitted seniors, a D2 forward for sure with Horizon and Summit schools showing interest. He wouldn't be an immediate impact prospect at the latter schools, but has some good physical tools and shooting touch that gives one hope for the future. Hit shots out to 20 feet. Doesn't show a post game or a consistent next-level motor. 

Trishton Jackson  6-2  Jr  REACH (West Bloomfield): He recently took a visit to MSU for football, where the Spartans are looking at the high school QB as a college receiver, and that athletic ability is clear early on the bball court. He gets to the hole so easily, but can get nonchalant with the finishes. When focused, Jackson is a top five overall player in the 2016 class.

Jalen Martin  6-4  Jr  REACH (Chandler Park): While the Stars' frontline was taller, Martin had the upper-hand in age, muscle and intensity and scored 31 in the 17U final. D1 wide receiver prospect is one of the most impressive looking athletes in the state. Gets off the floor very quickly and at that size makes him an imposing finisher. Good hands and pursues the ball. Can finish through contact, while not always an aesthetic masterpiece the production is there.   

Hunter Page  5-10  Jr  REACH (Jackson Western): Last spring, Page was making plays against REACH's 16U. Now he's making plays for them at 17U. A balanced pass-score threat who complements well REACH's bigger guards. Plays both ends of the floor. Gets to the line. 

Gary Perry  6-8  Sr  REACH (Madison Hts. Bishop Foley): An uncommitted senior, possibly D2 or the kind of big many juco teams will covet. Always big and basic, and that's not changed. You like how Perry tries to dunk everything, just wish it didn't take so long for the moves to happen.

Chris Rollins  5-10  Jr  Detroit Showtime (Detroit East English Village): While his inconsistency gives coaches pause, when Rollins is on he's very good. Nice feel and anticipation of when to deliver the ball. While slight, finishes well because he's quick through daylight and keeps his chin to the rim. Plays with the positive energy you like from your point guard.

Donnie Tillman  6-6  So  Detroit Stars (Findlay Prep/Detroit): Tillman clearly has found the weight room and Ninja blender at Findlay Prep. The one time Cass Tech underclassman returned huge and horsed his way through the paint for a dunk workout until getting hurt in the championship game. Very similar to Forest Hills Central's Xavier Tillman with the soft mitts and passing vision.

Jason Williams  5-10  Jr  Detroit Stars (Detroit Allen): He's explosive and fearless going to the rim and the brisk pace of the championship game funneled right to Williams' skill set. If he can get more consistent shooting and defensively, mid-major offers will come. 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 April 2015 05:28 )
Bank Hoops Spring All-Camp Team PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 April 2015 03:34

MVP  Anthony Johnson  6-5  Jr  Detroit Southeastern
He was all-conference in his first season in the Detroit PSL and repped those bonafides with an energetic performance from start to finish of the Bank Hoops Spring Minicamp in Flint. Johnson is aggressive and can force-feed the ball into defenses and finish for and-ones. Still a bit unorthodox and raw and ends up taking -- albeit often making -- tough shots. Where Johnson separates himself is with his motor and willingness to make plays without the ball.

"He can score from anywhere on the court, and passes well," a coach said. "He dove for loose balls, which you don't always see in camp games."

Last Updated ( Friday, 03 April 2015 04:39 )
Bank Hoops Overall and Big School All-State 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 30 March 2015 18:57

MVP  Deyonta Davis  6-10  Sr  Muskegon
His resume stands alone on this list, the only Mr. Basketball, McDonald's All-American, state champion and state record-holder. Davis averaged 19 points, 17 rebounds and 7 blocked shots per game while shooting 66 percent from the floor. He signed with Michigan State and will also play in the Jordan Brand All-American game.

Brian Bowen  6-7  So  Saginaw Arthur Hill
An underclassman All-American, Bowen got better and better and didn't shirk the big stage, with 21 points and 11 rebounds in the Class A final. He scored 30 in the quarterfinals, and 31 and 30 against rival Saginaw High. "Tugs" has been offered by MSU, Iowa State and NC State.

Austin Davis  6-10  Jr  Onsted
Bank Hoops' Class B MVP, he is one of the rare high school big man who consistently puts up huge numbers, and Davis did it for the second season in a row showing why half the Big Ten is recruiting him. He averaged 26.2 points, 17.3 rebounds and 4.8 blocks per game. He's been offered by CMU and Toledo.

Eric Davis  6-3  Sr  Saginaw Arthur Hill
Bank Hoops' Class A MVP, Davis led the Lumberjacks to the Class A championship game and was one of the three Mr. Basketball finalists. He averaged 27 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals per game. Davis signed with Texas and will play in the Jordan Brand All-American game.

Trevor Manuel  6-9  Sr  Lansing Everett
Manuel made his return to Lansing memorable, in his one season at Everett leading them to the Class A semifinals. He averaged 23.5 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocked shots per game. Manuel signed with Oregon.

Cassius Winston  6-1  Jr  Detroit U-D Jesuit
Before Winston arrived on campus, the Cubs had never reached a state semifinal. Now they've been to two in a row behind the play of their standout junior. He averaged 22.4 points, 5.7 assists and 6.5 rebounds per game. Winston has been offered by MSU, UM, Ohio State and Iowa.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 April 2015 02:32 )
Bank Hoops Small School All-State 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 March 2015 03:01

Class C All-State

MVP  Bryce Windham  6-1  Sr  Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central
An all-state level player in three sports, Windham is looking to follow up a football state championship run as SMCC's QB on the hardwood as their point guard. He reached the state semifinals as a sophomore. As a senior he averages 20.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game. Windham is the school's No. 2 all-time scorer and holds records for assists, rebounds and points in a season and game.

Brandon Dingman  6-3  Sr  Mancelona
A stone scorer from behind the arc or in the lane, Dingman surpassed the school's all-time mark early in the season. He sent on to average 30 points on 59 percent from the floor along with 6.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2 steals per game.

Shawn Pardee  5-11  Jr  Millington
With one Millington all-state guard, Austin LeVan, slowed with injury, Pardee stepped up as one of the state's most prolific scorers. He averages 25.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4 assists and 1.7 steals per game for Millington's quarterfinalist team.

Corey Redman  6-5  Sr  Boyne City
He's signed with CMU, and perhaps not coincidentally Boyne City won its first regional since the last time it had a D1 recruit, Oakland's Jason Rozycki in 1998. Redman also led the Ramblers to their first back-to-back Lake Michigan Conference crowns in over 20 years, averaging 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists per game.

Ryan Wade  5-10  Sr  Laingsburg
With Greg Mitchell leaving the Laingsburg bench after 25 years for Hope College, Wade did his part to continue the program's winning tradition for first-year coach Dan Blemaster going undefeated in the CMAC and winning a district crown. Wade, a preferred walk-on at WMU, averaged 19 points, 3.5 assists and 3 steals per game.

Khari Willis  6-1  Sr  Jackson Lumen Christi
An MSU football recruit who would have liked been at least a mid-major point guard recruit had he chosen the basketball route. Willis averaged 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 April 2015 02:26 )
2016 Perimeter Standouts From Bank Hoops All-State Minicamp PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 October 2014 06:23

Tariq Archibald  5-8  Jr  Ortonville Brandon
One of the state's significant sub-genres of player, Pontiac point guards, ran strong through the turn of the century. Maurice Searight remains the favorite guard this space has covered. It's endangered now, but able vessels of this diaspora still exist, like Archibald. Maybe not as much glitter in the veneer, but rock solid where it counts. He's a smooth A-to-B guard who mixes in his own offense. Will have to get more explosive for high school shots to become college shots at his size.

"Solid vocal point guard who does everything well," a coach said. "Doesn't wow you with flare, but gets the job done with efficiency. Plays tough on-ball defense, but will need to continue to get stronger to allow him to match up better with bigger guards."

Payton Dewildt  6-1  Jr  Midland
The jumper sets it all up for this combo guard who brings to mind John Flynn with his build and ability to get off his shot. Dangerous three-point shooter off of screens or as a pitch option in the corner. Uses strength at the block and can finish with either hand. Not a break-down point guard but sees the open man, is unselfish and makes good decisions against helping and double-teaming defenders. At his height, development of mid-range game will be key.

"Classic lefty, Gail Goodrich shooter," a coach said. "Solid small college player, at least."

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