Malachi Black 6-7 So Detroit Henry Ford SCS: Long, smooth forward who looks the part. Nice shot from the corners. Serious potential if he gets some dog in him.
“Intriguing prospect who looked great at times,” a coach said. “Needs to play downhill more, as he seems to settle for the 3. The fact that he can knock it down should only open up drive-by scoring opportunities since guys guarding him may have trouble dealing with his length once he gets a stop. Good timing when blocking shots, though sometimes was too quick to leave his feet. Solid rebounder on the defensive end, but missed rebounding opportunities on the offensive end.”
Mason Docks 5-11 Fr Williamston: Following in the footsteps of his brother Chris Harrison-Docks as a future D1 point guard. He had some studs but also unselfish and smart older players on his camp team, but fit right in, whether pushing the ball with authority, or playing off it and knocking down shots. Williamston has state title aspirations in Class B. That’s a tough task with a freshman point guard, but if you had to try to do it with one, Docks isn’t a bad choice.
“There are high expectations for him, and doesn’t disappoint,” a coach said. “Embraces the role of being a floor general and always seemed to make the right play. Keeps teammates involved and scored when the opportunity presents itself. Seems to play better against pressure than in space. Needs to find his spots on the floor that he likes to get to for scoring opportunities.”
KJ Rai 6-5 So Okemos: More than enough physicality and talent to hold his own going against older players in drills and games. Played with one of the state’s top point guards on his camp team, Zach Goodline, and worked a nice two-man game with him. Cut hard, showed good hands, and used combination of strength and body control to finish. Attacked closeouts strongly from the corners. KJ showed a diverse one-on-one repertoire in drills, mixing the 3 with drives. Would like to see more fluidity on the catch-and-shoot, and play lower, wider on defense. Did a good job with his footwork on closeouts, but did it with his right hand up which would only impede the 10 percent of the population which is left-handed.
“Knocked down shots with consistency in drills and games,” a coach said. “He seems more comfortable in transition than I remember him being in the past. Ball-handling has improved as well. May have plateaued early in terms of speed and athleticism, so will need to keep building his skills.”
J Wallace 6-3 Fr Williamston: “He was every bit good enough to play ‘up’,” a coach said. “Is he really only a frosh? He was one of the better guys in each of his games.”
Great size for a young guard — and guard he is, pushing the ball in transition, seeing the court and finding teammates. Was able to finish through contact, and also got really hot from behind the arc. Shoots it with confidence, though will need to work on his release point. Williamston has one of the best teams in the state, but Wallace, ninth-grader or not, will be right in the mix.
Colin Weber 6-4 So Hopkins: His coach from The Family had told us we had Weber underrated in the 2021 class — and that’s very true. Big — wide shoulders, long arms — physical aggressive left-handed wing who moves easily in the open court and has the toughness, concentration to attack and finish in the half-court. Quick first step and will go right at you, but can mix it up with a nice spin move. Nice hops, got off the floor really easily to dunk an alley-oop. Plays low and wide on D. Needs to get more right-handed finishes and at 6-4 become a true guard over the next two years. The best prospect from Hopkins since former CMU guard Tim Kisner, though stylistically more resembles current Chippewa Kevin McKay.