Toledo’s is an “out of state” camp in name only for most of Michigan, and there was as usual a strong contingent of Northerners competing in Savage Arena for the Rockets’ showcase. Prospects from eight states and Canada were in attendance, with some from Michigan among the very best.
Marcus Bingham 6-8 Jr Grand Rapids Catholic Central: He was outstanding a few weeks ago at Ferris State’s elite camps, and gave a repeat performance at Toledo. Has an NBA type wingspan at 7-2 1/2, which meant shooting against even college players wasn’t problematic. Against the older players, Bingham hit a three-pointer from the corner, OK. But maybe the big guy got lucky. A minute later he nailed a step-back 21 footer from the left wing, and that was no mistake. Mid-major lock on his current talent who could go bigger if he adds 25 pounds.
Jacob Boonyasith 6-3 Jr Jenison: He might not be a top pick if lining up to play, but he would be after they looked at the first box score. Not just a shooter but a scorer, Boonyasith plays with a lot of poise and at his own pace creating shots in sometimes frantic conditions. Repeatedly beat defenders with a quick release from mid-range. Not many kids in the state make tough shots with as much regularity as JB. Needs to get better on the defensive end.
Cade Coleman 6-4 So Davison: He and AAU teammate Zach Trent of Bentley were two of the youngest players in camp, but also two of the best shooters. Coleman didn’t shoot it particularly well in drills but he came alive later on as they tagged up with 6-9 Calvin Christian junior Blake Verbeek forming the core of one of the camp’s best 5-on-5 groups. Cade is the next Spencer Littleson but a year ahead of schedule. Played a lot of point guard in the spring so had to adjust to being off it but as he did the talent came through. Has the skill and size to beat you from all three levels and in a scrimmage against the Toledo college players he hit a three-pointer and pull-up jumper, with a quick but controlled release over a 6-7 defender. Needs to get tougher, meaner, and use his physical advantages relentlessly.
Tre Harvey 6-0 Jr West Bloomfield: Even after graduating Trishton Jackson, WB will have one of the state’s stronger backcourts with Harvey and senior Kevin McAdoo returning to the Lakers. With makeshift teams of players looking to impress in this kind of venue, an unselfish guard is worth his weight in the precious metal of your choice, and Harvey was golden. He kept the ball moving while not neglecting his own offense, made the simple plays and even fed the post. Needs to get his shot release point off his chin.
Duane Washington 6-2 Jr Grand Rapids Christian: He got stripped of the ball on his very first possession against the college team, then regrouped and went out and earned a scholarship offer from the host school. Scored with the jumper, at the basket, and made plays for others. Don’t forget how good GR Christian was last year before their transfers were eligible, and Washington was a big part of that success. While not overwhelming in any one aspect of his game, though he’s a damn good shooter, Junior is efficient in every part of it.