MVP Seth Mann 6-5 Sr Petoskey: He scored 21 points against Manton and 13 against Marquette as the Northmen went 2-0. Mann is a motion offense savant with a quick release, one of the best catch-and-shoot prospects in Michigan’s senior class. Seems to add something to his game by the week, and can also counter close-outs by putting it on the floor and attacking the rim. Competes on the glass. Needs to player lower, wider on defense and off the ball. Add in Mann’s high-end grades and pedigree learning from one of the winningest coaches in state history, Dennis Starkey, and you have one of the most recruit-able available players in the 2018 class. One college coach has compared him to Brad Buddenborg, who was a key player for Oakland out of Garden City at the turn of the century as the Pioneers/Grizzlies transitioned to the D1 ranks.
Ethan Ancick 6-7 Sr Manton: Traverse City West’s Ryan Hayes, headed to Michigan for football, wasn’t the only power forward in the tournament coming off an outstanding fall spent playing tight end. Ancick, a transfer from Walled Lake Northern who is originally from Manton, had a strong football campaign catching the ball for the Rangers. He’s a college prospect on the hardwood too, with a strong base and soft mid-range touch. The key is to think less and just let himself go, free the animal within!
Danny Kolp 6-9 Sr Petoskey: He had 19 points, six rebounds and two blocks against Manton and 13 points, six rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots against Marquette. Healthy and playing with confidence make Kolp a different level player than most have seen the last couple years. There aren’t many 6-9 kids who move with such ease. A natural athlete with a versatile offensive skill set. With the surplus of in-state talent in the 2018 class GLIAC schools filled up early on guys with D1 physical profiles, and should he stay healthy Kolp certainly fits that bill for Northwood.
Marius Grazulis 6-10 Jr Marquette: He’s one of the biggest players in the 2019 class, every bit of 6-10. Hoops are in his blood, as a third-generation Lithuanian — one of just three countries where basketball is the No. 1 sport — whose dad played at Kalamazoo College, sister at Davenport and brother AJ plays for Michigan Tech. Grazulis is still figuring out his body, but is one to remember when he does.
Jayden Perry 5-7 Sr Manton: He was without his longtime backcourt partner and fellow diminutive gunner Hunter Ruel, but has the toughness to handle the extra burden. Perry scored 20 against Petoskey. Combines both speed and quickness. Perry will pull from deep but can also stop his penetration abruptly to nail pull-up shots, a crucial skill at his height. Size will scare off some, but speed and skill package will put him on a college roster next year.
Brady Stoerkel 5-10 Sr Traverse City West: One of three capable ball-handling guards for West, it was Stoerkel’s turn to shine in P-town. One has to respect and embrace his fearlessness, penetrating and attacking. Sometimes that can get him in over his head, put a plus player overall and you don’t want to limit the aggression.