Isaiah Bridges 6-5 Sr Midland: A miniature version of former fellow SVLer Draymond Green, a forward who can do a bit of everything. He’s quick to rebound and showed strong hands to get the ball from taller players. Used his body to finish inside and showed a mid-range game including a pull-up over 6-10 Nolan Foster. Has grades to match the game.
“He’s slimmed down and added another gear,” a coach said. “He has a knack for rebounding and the ball always seems to find him. Has guard skills in transition whether it’s with the ball or off the wing. Plays with confidence, a good motor and high IQ. An underrated defender who uses his body to take away the drive. Improved consistency from the outside will equal greater recruitability.”
“He can defend four positions on the floor and offensively can play five positions effectively,” said another coach. “There was always the question of ‘Can bridges get off the floor?’ — he’s improved his vertical, as he dunked on defenders during stations and in games. Fundamentally sound using footwork, boxing out.”
Nolan Foster 6-10 Sr Mattawan: Shot it decently from 3, and no one is going to bother that shot, he hit one in a came over the camp’s other 6-10 center Ryan Corner with a smooth, high release. Showed the kind of impact defender he can be when he sprinted back to block a shot. Took advantage of the wide-open games to get some easy put-backs. Looks like he could be the next Zach Hankins, if Foster rim ran more consistently and hunted more dunks than 3s.
“Nolan looks the part as much as any kid in the state,” a coach said. “He has a prototypical big body with enough athleticism to warrant D1 offers. At times he dominates the glass and has developed a go-to move with a nice jump hook over his left shoulder that is nearly unblockable. He has great hands and carves out space inside on defense and offense. He competes on the ball defensively, but could be a game-changer if he was active off the ball. His motor will need to improve to be an impact player at the next level.”
Jovan Martin 6-5 Sr Royal Oak: He has the physical gifts and size of a D2 wing, a good slasher and open court finisher, who could end up at that level with an improved handle. Size and athleticism to play ‘up’ and compete on the glass against forwards. Similar to Chris Pearl, who plays for Grand Valley State.
“Long and athletic guard,” a coach said. “He’s a very good offensive player when given space to operate in the half-court and excels in transition. Can finish at the rim and has a nice mid-range game. Defensively he didn’t use his length to his advantage, as he plays with his hands down. Needs to get more comfortable, stronger handle the ball against pressure.”
“Initially came off as just a volume shooter, but as I watched him more he showed a well-rounded game,” another coach said. “He was strong going to the basket and has pretty good hops. Also is an above average passer.”
Jackob Martinson 6-5 Sr Big Rapids: Plays with such a high motor and produces at such a high rate, it demands you take notice — here, just like two months earlier at Ferris State’s prospects camp. In size, energy, toughness, team play, reminds you of a player from Big Rapids rival Reed City, Jared Holmquist who was twice first-team MIAA for Trine. Similarly Martinson should be very, very high on the lists of current MIAA teams. Looked good in drills, finishing well with both hands, and kept it up the rest of the day, still sprinting in transition in the third game. He was at home on the catch-and-shoot 3s, and would counter with aggressive drives against closeouts and chest-to-chest finishes. Played with a bunch of good guards and always had his hands ready, and finished at a high rate. Also led the break himself a couple times. Scored with a jump hook. Defensively could bang inside against taller forwards or check on the perimeter against wings.
“Big body with some skills and played with a chip on his shoulder,” a coach said. “Makes up for his athletic limitations with hard work and grit. Scored from the inside and outside. Knows how to use his body to create space on the block and shoots it well enough that you have to respect him. Also a very good passer from the high post.”
Evan Thomas 6-4 Sr Okemos: One of the strongest academic resumes in camp, and it comes attached to a real hooper. Expect a big year from him at Okemos, where there will be more shots available this year. Looked at home and well-coached in drills, then steadily produced in the games. Slasher who piled up and-ones. Good length and used it defensively and on the glass. Can check all three perimeter positions. Similar in size and all-around game to former Okemos wings and Bank Hoops campers turned MSU walk-ons like Mike Kebler and Conner George.
“Extremely efficient player,” a coach said. “Doesn’t wow you with flare, but kills you with fundamentals. A good enough athlete to match up with just about anyone his size and competitive enough to usually with the matchup. Plays hard on both ends of the floor. If he has a knock it’s that he doesn’t do any one thing at an ‘elite’ level, but he does do everything pretty well.”