2023 MVP Adam Ayrault 6-4 Jr Grosse Pointe North: Fast-rising prospect who in a statewide 2023 class deep with scholarship guards, still stands above with his athleticism/skill/size combination. True triple-threat, with some oomph. Good elevation on shot to score mid-range and post. Part Ben Dewar, part Paul Williams as a shooter/slasher who’ll find 25 points somehow, with some Will Bowles as an undercover blond rim rocker from the Eastside. Highlight dunker. Makes plays defensively on athleticism more than soundly playing gaps. 4.0 gpa. “A shooter who does a lot of other nice things on the floor,” said a coach. “He has a great high release, a high hoops IQ, and can go up the ladder in a hurry,” a college coach said.
Noah Adamczyk 5-11 Jr Bloomfield Hills: Talented point guard whether on the break keeping the ball hot, or attacking with the pick-and-roll as a finisher or passer. Has hangtime and touch around the rim. Requisite quickness and plus ups for the position as a scholarship guard.
Jayce Cusack 6-3 Jr Lake Odessa Lakewood: He was first-team all-league as just a sophomore an it’s easy to see why. What first stands out is that he has a point guard handle and feel at 6-3. Solid shooter who looks to make plays. Smooth and creative finisher. “Nice all-around game: Shot, handles, passes and defends,” a coach said. “Years ago he’d be considered a ‘bigger guard,’ but now he’s just the right size to run a team in college.”
Lee Hardy 6-6 Jr North Farmington: No frills 4 man who provides value with second effort points. Likes to initiate contact and board both ends. Rim protector. Plenty of time to work on his offensive skill level, but is at a nice starting point because Hardy has pretty good hands. Comes from a top high school program, so you bet he’ll improve and be taught right, and there are post minutes galore with Bashir Jihad matriculating to Ball State.
Terrance Jones 6-1 Jr Kalamazoo Central: Two of the better junior point guards at camp came courtesy of the Maroon Giants, Jones and JP Spybrook. Able to put pressure on the defense by getting into the paint, where he could score or make good decisions off of two feet. Willing defender.
Leo Kent 6-4 Jr Rochester Stoney Creek: Like Cusack above, he was part of a well-coached, hard-playing GR Storm-Moorehead team in the AAU season. A transfer from Flushing, and day-in-day-out OAA competition and practices will help sharpen Kent’s natural abilities. Of which there are, good backcourt size, shot ready with range well beyond 20, and can pass or finish off the drive. Plays with confidence.
Peyton Rummler 6-7 Jr Rochester Stoney Creek: Coming back from a twice-broken leg and while may not have full explosion back, he moved without hesitancy and played physically. Active, kept the ball high, finished through contact. Can face up to pass or shoot from the elbows.
Jordan Scott 6-2 Jr Plymouth Christian: Good vision and passing touch on the break, and could also pull up to shoot the 3 or make the extra pass. Light on his feet aware and quick, more nasty on defense will complement his offensive skill. 4.0 gpa and a three-sport standout who had a visit with CMU baseball after the camp, then returned home where he is the leading scorer for Plymouth Christian’s soccer team..
Grant Stockford 6-3 Jr Clinton: Good size and athleticism out of the backcourt, dunking in drills and on the break. But a true guard too not just a run-jump guy, who can turn the corner with some wiggle.
Hutch Ward 6-8 Jr Kalamazoo Central: Rangy and rugged on the glass and as a finisher, one of the better combination of motor and frame at 6-8 200 in the state’s junior class. Good-looking 3 ball from the corners or stepping into it from the wings. Gets to the ball and extra possessions for his team. Seems to know just one speed, and was still crashing the boards, defending and running the court through the last rounds of games. A scholarship forward with a go-to post move and bang-bang dunks in the kill zone.
Christian Zielinski 6-2 Jr Homeschooled: Slashing point guard who was the strongest guard in camp and tough to handle once he got a shoulder into you. Passer or finisher off the drive. Uses athleticism, instincts, hustle to make plays out on the floor. College player, with defense likely going a long way towards determining level. “A physical guard who was always looking to advance the ball,” a coach said. “Unselfish but can also shoot it when he wants to.”