These prospects either jumped a tier in college recruiting status, or fully laid a stake in that field, with their play at the Bank Hoops All-State Camp.
Jamar Bibbs 6-5 Sr Melvindale: Part of a strong Melvindale contingent at camp. Intriguing prospect as he could defend all three perimeter spots at the next level. Long, lanky athlete with a big first step then point guard vision for dropoffs in the lane. Bouncy and dunked in game. Unorthodox but streaky good shooter.
Gage Coonan 5-10 Jr Saginaw Heritage: A transfer from Bay City Western who will help make life easier for top 5 overall 2024 recruit and camp alumnus Tyler Ode at Heritage. Right-handed but is quick and loves to beat you going left. Good footwork, knows his spots and how to find them, good arc on his shot. Not big but gets back and plays hard defensively.
Cassius Bont 6-0 Fr Byron Center: He’ll never be the best ninth-grade guard named Cassius to come through the camp, but this is an impressive runner-up finish. A true combo guard who can drive it with awareness on the baseline then knock it down starting in the same corner the next trip. Vocal, confident and wants the ball. Made good decisions on the break or off ball screens in the half court. Hustled back on D, harassed the ball and didn’t give up on plays like someone who wants varsity minutes as a freshman.
“Tough player, I wouldn’t have known he was only a frosh until I asked him,” a coach said. “Plays like a seasoned high school player with a good court sense and veteran savvy. Shot it well and played within a team concept, which isn’t always the case for guards in camp games.”
Quintin Hillacker 6-1 Sr Marine City Cardinal Mooney: Shot it confidently and accurately off the catch or the dribble. Also dangerous against closeouts as he has a quick first step and the build to absorb contact. Ran the court hard either all the way to finish or to spot up. Going the other way, needs to stop the ball higher/sooner in transition D.
Joey Pierson 6-3 Jr Canton: Canton steadily rolls out college prospects and Pierson could be the next due once a senior. Point guard at 6-3 who made good decisions with the ball and passed with one or two hands. Basket-oriented vision in transition. Has some wiggle into the lane and can kick for 3s. Matches up willingly on D but will need to get stronger. Coaches will be pleased when they ask for transcripts.