Cameron Boatman 5-10 Sr Hazel Park: We knew Hazel Park had a couple sophomore guards who can go, but apparently it’s not all underclassmen at Bob Welch High.
“Tough, scrappy and physical guard,” one coach said. “Finished well through contact. Played well in transition, but seemed to run out of gas at times. Conditioning needs to improve.”
“Quick point with handles,” said another. “Going more vertical than horizontal with fewer dribbles and he will be that much better, because he has the tools.”
Justin Gibbons 6-4 Sr Northville: One of the most recruit-able seniors in the camp, given his combination of athleticism and grades. The big thing as he projects to the next level will be defining his position, as he has the wingspan and hops to hold his own rebounding, and can step out and shoot it; for the high school level, it’s refining his footwork to best cash in on his physical advantages.
DeYuan Heard 6-6 Sr Dearborn Advanced Tech: Intriguing, as he moves easily at 6-6 and as much as any forward at camp looked the part. Lefty who can finish and step outside and shoot. Not as tall, but brings to mind Jordan Nobles from Canton, now a red-shirt freshman at EMU.
Grant Mitchell 6-2 Sr Kalamazoo Loy-Norrix: He really helped his cause and looked like the kind of versatile athlete who could help a lot of MIAA programs. Good guard size. Strong finishing with his left hand, and also finished in a game with a two-handed dunk. Ran hard in transition both ways.
“D3 kid who plays extremely hard,” a coach said. “Strong, physically and fundamentally. Finishes around the rim really well with either hand.”
Innocent Nwoko 6-10 Sr New Haven: He’s already committed to CMU, but not above getting some good work in. Looked to dunk it, with authority, when there was daylight, which is a good look for him. Sometimes floated on defense and didn’t guard the rim, which is what he got a scholarship for.
Said a coach: “Raw big that dominated the games and will improve greatly with a signature move, hopefully an automatic left and right hand jump hook.”
Shawn Pardee 6-0 Sr Millington: There always are, but the class of 2016 seems especially full of talented guards for the small college level. While he had a big scoring year as a junior, Pardee’s rep was originally made as a guy who could run a team equally well pushing the ball or in the half-court.
“Everybody knows he can shoot it,” a coach said, “but Pardee spent most of his time in games getting to the basket and finding teammates for easy baskets.”
Hunter Page 6-0 Sr Jackson Western: He’ll make some small college happy because of how he competes.
“Scrappy point guard who has a knack for getting into the lane,” a coach said. “Has a nice floater game if given room to get it off and willingly kicks it out if not. Improved three-point game has made him a tougher check. On the defensive end, he makes up for what he lacks in speed with using good angles to avoid getting beat and funnel guards to his help.”
Zac Sinke 6-5 Sr Grand Haven: Does a lot of stuff off the ball to helps his team win off the ball. Nice pick-and-pop prospect for the MIAA. Sets screens like he means it, on or off the ball, but then shows a consistently soft touch to college three-point range. Would like to see him use his size to post up, too.
Tillmen Thompson 6-0 Sr Flint Madison: Went out there like he has something to prove, both in drills and games. Aggressive defender whether jumping the passing lanes or getting after his man one-on-one. Physical on the other end as well attacking and finishing in the lane.
Tabin Throgmorton 6-4 Sr Clarkston: Like Class of 2017 Camp MVP Dylan Alderson, another Clarkston player with college size on the wing. Known as a shooter, but not bad with the ball in his hands.
“Always could shoot it with his feet set, and now looks very comfortable going off the dribble and pulling up,” a coach said. “Needs to work on lateral speed and strength in order to guard quicker and more physical players at the next level.”