Lansing Waverly senior Emmanuel Gildo left his mark with motor and bounce.
Emmanuel Gildo 6-4 Sr Lansing Waverly: One of state’s most underrated players despite a bunch of 20-10 games as a junior. Explosive and plays with an edge (“He’ll throw an elbow and not car,” one coach said) which enables him to play above his height. Athletic powerhouse who can hit from mid-range. Seems aware that at 6-4 he can’t get by on hops alone, and played with a motor the entire day.
“D1 athleticism that was the highest flyer there,” said a coach. “Add some more skill work and he’s a player in high demand.”
“Undersized, but has the athleticism to make up for it,” said another. “Attacks the rim with authority and not afraid to put anyone on a poster.”
Dylan Alderson 6-4 Jr Clarkston: Athletic finisher with touch. Aggressive offensively and defensively, where Alderson often used his big frame and explosion in short spaces to knock dribblers off the ball and quickly turn it the other way. What really starts to separate him is that Alderson has a strong handle and agility with the ball. He played on a very good team at camp and didn’t force the issue but rather took advantage of all the other passers and shooters. Still not a knock-down three-point shooter, but has his moments. He’s a transfer from Davison, where he set the school’s single-game scoring record, to Clarkston, with offers from CMU, Toledo and Wright State, and the potential to go at least A10.
Hayden Stauffer 6-5 So Centreville: An unknown coming in, but turns out he can really play. Very well-coached, but also with skill, timing, length that can’t be taught. Great seal, played with length, touch, activity and a nose for the ball, around the hoop. Covered space. One coach compared him to Holt’s Jaron Faulds when he was a young player at camp. Faulds is now a top 5 player in Michigan for 2017. Stauffer is a 4 so will have to keep growing to project D1, but you have to like the odds with a 6-8 grandfather and 6-10 uncle. He sweetens the deal with a 4.0 gpa, so he’ll play college ball somewhere whether he gets taller or not.