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Eric Davis and the State's First 2016 Recruit Commit PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephen Bell   
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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Further 2018 Standouts From Underclassman Camp PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephen Bell   
Sunday, 10 August 2014 16:46

Cody Blankenburg  5-6  Fr  Lansing Sexton
Transitioning from youth phenom to high school player. Can navigate traffic and finish through contact. Good handle but needs to keep the ball hotter, not sit on his dribble. Having coaches like Carlton Valentine and Ray Mitchell at Sexton bodes well for his future.

"Scrappy guard who doesn't seem to mind mixing it up with just about anyone," a coach said. "Can knock down the open shot and was one of the best on-ball defenders at the camp. Sometimes got caught inside with nowhere to go due to over-penetration." 

Braiden Childress  6-3  Fr  Baldwin
Rare combination of size and skills for his age, much bigger than his all-state brother Brandon was going into high school. Lack of toughness and hustle are more in line with his age, doesn't understand playing hard which he'll have to if Baldwin has March aspirations. 

"High IQ to go along with a man-sized frame," a coach said. "He plays well in a halfcourt set or transition. Finishes at the rim with either hand and makes the right pass when things close down. Nice looking shot from 19 and in, but it turns into a bit of a push as he moves behind the are. Very strong rebounding guard who isn't afraid to lead the break. Plays tough on D but struggled at times to stay in front of smaller and quicker guards."

Randy Frison  5-2  Fr  Romulus
Another off the Romulus guard assembly line, just in miniature. Competed the whole day. Quick release and nice arc on his shot, and knew how to get it off at his size.

"Little guy, BIG heart!," a coach said. "Played hard all the time. Has a nice handle and is deadly from 3, as most kids from Romulus seem to be. Will be a solid guard as he matures."

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 August 2014 03:04 )
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More Soph Standouts from Underclassman Camp PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 August 2014 19:15

Matt Beachler  6-2  So  Lowell
It was the end of a whirlwind week for Beachler which saw him win a 15U title in Las Vegas with the Mustangs and visit CMU to pick up his first D1 offer. Which led to Beachler not being on his A stuff as one of the state's top 10 2017 prospects, and with legendary shooting performances in camps past. Still all the tools were there and he was better in drills than games.

"Beautiful looking shot, but didn't take it very often unless open," a coach said. "Needs to play hard all the time and understand 2017 is a long way away." 

Noah Erxleben  6-1  So  Harbor Springs
Smart and efficient offensively, found space and knocked down shots all day long. Solid but yet explosive or creative with the ball.

"Set shooter who was deadly from the corner," said one coach. "Can put it on the deck going right, but needs to work on the left."

Jawuan Griffin  6-0  So  Belleville
His name looms large in Belleville basketball history, as Griffin looks to make a mark of his own. Aggressive guard who was especially dangerous when stepping into his shot, dangerous when in rhythm. The hotter his touch, the harder he played. Needs to work on angles and delivery when passing in the halfcourt.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 August 2014 03:19 )
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Underclassman Camp: All-2018 Team PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 August 2014 20:46

MVP  Pierre Mitchell  5-10  Fr  Detroit Loyola
Everything you want from a young point guard in terms of both talent and instincts. Always in attack mode putting pressure on the defense, and even made good decisions when it looked like he was going too fast. Potentially the kind of guard you can build Breslin runs around in Class C.

"Heady and tough point guard who got to the rim at will, as no one player at the camp could stay in front of him," a coach said. "Finished a variety of ways when help didn't come and found the open shooter when help did. Deadly in an open court fast-paced game and poised enough to slow things down when the numbers weren't in his favor. Teammates seemed to like playing with him. Streak shooter who needs to work on consistency in his form from long range in order to get more consistent results. Defends and plays the passing lanes very well, but feel like he could be more aggressive on the ball."

Jake Lee  6-4  Fr  Petoskey
He played two ages up in AAU, so more than held his own against 2017 kids here. The refs let 'em play inside which was to Jake's advantage as he piled up deuces via put-back and had two games topping 30 points. He had to shoot 70 percent from the field -- and probably rebounded and scored half of the remaining 30 percent. Lefty shot makes him an even tougher cover. He's fundamentally advanced and productive, but still so young you have to project a high ceiling. Petoskey is trending to be a top 10 team in 2016 and Lee will be a big part of that. He could be the next Sean Sheldon out of Northern Michigan.

"Runs like a deer in both offensive and defensive transitions," a coach said. "Has enough skill to lead the break off a rebound if he sees daylight or finish on the move. If he doesn't get it on a rim run in transition he immediately looks to post seal the first guy he sees in an attempt to create a passing angle. He and (2017 Fowler Jeremy) Pung were the best post sealers and back-to-the-basket guys at camp, and with a few more pounds Lee's seal will be even better. Sometimes he could be muscled off the block. Rebounded strong on both ends. An improved jumper and this kid could be a matchup nightmare."

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 August 2014 21:21 )
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Underclassman Camp: All-2017 Team PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 August 2014 18:14

MVP  Austin McCullough  6-3  So  Portage Central
Sharing a name with Steve Earle's best song would be reason enough to favor him. But McCullough did it all on merit. This was his first Bank Hoops camp, but he quickly grasped the ethos and worked hard in drills and games. Do-it-all rebounding, running wing who plays like Taylor Perry at the same age. McCullough was patient for things to open up but once they did quick to see and attack mathchups. Passed it well with assists on a skip pass, or a look-away dish. Overall defensive footwork needs work, but he embraced the challenge of checking the camp's other top wings. 4.0 gpa makes him that much more attractive a recruit.

"Athletic slasher who can lead or finish with the the best of them in transition," a coach said. "I like the comparison to Taylor Perry, as he seems to have the same type of 'sneaky' athleticism. Can score off the wing and even saw him play with his back to the basket with a nice up-and-under move off a post catch. Finishes with contact and consistent from 17 feet and in. Improved shooting range will open up the drive even more for him as teams try to figure out how to stop this kid in years to come."

Cedric Benton  6-0  So  Ann Arbor Pioneer
Really liked him in AAU for Common Bond, and didn't disappoint upon further viewing. Powerhouse scoring guard who finishes with regularity (used a 'Y' to protect the ball and get inside shots off cleanly) and has it all as a scorer but for that set shot.

"High motor kid who is dangerous in the open court," a coach said. "Strong, big-bodied guard who knows how to put a defender on his hip and finish through the contact that he creates. Anticipates well in the passing lanes but sometimes his gambles cost his team easy buckets. Very good on-ball defender. Needs to work on being shot-ready off the catch."

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 August 2014 21:25 )
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