Some of the best young Detroit area talent was on hand for the Warriors Jamfest in Livonia. The strongest division was 16U, where the North Oakland Wolfpack held off fellow suburbanites TEAM Basketball in the final after the two beat the Playmakers and Warriors respectively in the semifinals. Here’s a look at 10 impressive 2018 prospects from the 16U division.
Nate Davis 6-2 So TEAM Basketball (Rochester Stoney Creek): With teammates Justin Fischer and Jason Dietz not fully healthy, Davis has done yeoman’s work in TEAM Basketball’s backcourt. Turned the corner easily and improved physicality allowed him to finish consistently at the rim. Even when looking for his shot showed a point guard’s mentality and kept the ball hot.
Justin Fischer 6-3 So TEAM Basketball (Warren De La Salle): Working his way back after being out injured for three-and-a-half months, and there are flashes of why we were so excited for what would’ve been his sophomore season at DLS. Point guard with size and terrific placement on his passes.
Austin Harris 6-2 So Parallel 45 (Buckley): A true combo guard who has taken advantage of his team’s void in the lane to become a consistent threat in the post against smaller guards, in addition to his ability to hit jumpers off the catch or dribble.
Trayvon Jackson 6-8 So REACH (Detroit Western): Uses length to envelop would-be post scorers. Lefty who can easily knock down the 20 footer. Top 10 player in the class with a more consistent motor and rebounding intent.
Antonio Marshall 6-2 So Playmakers (Detroit King): Long for days and combined with quick hands make him a potentially big time defender. Offensively played well with the Playmakers’ penetrators to knock down three-pointers.
Tristen Mysen 6-6 So North Oakland Wolfpack (Clarkston): He was a plus for the Wolfpack all weekend, as one of the bigger players in the division but didn’t coast on that, as he ran the floor and competed on the class. His perimeter continues to expand as Mysen showed he could step out and hit the corner 3.
CJ Robinson 5-10 So North Oakland Wolfpack (Clarkston): True point guard leader who was named MVP after the Wolfpack claimed the 16U title. Can beat you from the arc or at the rim, and is now an even tougher cover with the floater in the lane going down. Where he really separates himself is that Robinson plays as hard on defense as he does offense. When he raises the intensity on that end the team follows suit.
Huston Tucker 6-3 So Warriors (Walled Lake Central): Plays bigger than his height. Went hard after the tough, 50/50 rebounds, not just the ones that fell to him. Slasher with some bounce.
Chase Wasilk 6-4 So North Oakland Wolfpack (Clarkston): He’s really improved. Love his size on the wing, is tight in his cuts and curls and has a long first step when he does get the ball. Not just a scorer, he’ll set strong screens just as readily as use them himself.
Dlano Woods 5-11 So Michigan United (Chippewa Valley): Do-it-all guard, who often had to for a Michigan United team that was solid but with no other stars. Creative, relentless, old school scorer off the dribble. Needs to mature as a true point guard and counter game changes as they occur.