Hailing from Mitten basketball hot-spots that have been producing, in the case of the Saginaw and Muskegon area, some of the state’s top players for a decade, the top prospect team from the Bank Hoops unsigned senior workout is full of various 2021 recruits who had they had typical 17U and senior seasons would be better known. All these guys can play, and have the chance to be doing it for years ahead.
MVP Jalen Broyles 6-5 Sr Ypsilanti Lincoln: Long, versatile and smooth, Broyles is exactly the type of player this camp was for — relatively unknown, but with some of the greatest long-term potential of any of the state’s unsigned seniors.
Derrick Campbell 6-3 Sr Saginaw: Bouncy, slashing scorer coming off a breakout, all-league senior season for Saginaw High. Hard cover as he has set-up, and free-up moves, then explodes to the rack. Bounces around, spins, keeps coming with a knack for adjusting and finishing once he gets to the rim. Campbell has some natural scoring tendencies but stays cognizant of teammates and will do boring but needed chores like feeding the post; had dish to Grand Rapids Catholic Central’s Ryan Grantham for a dunk.
Carmelo Franklin 5-10 Sr Saginaw Arthur Hill: The smallest player at the camp but didn’t back down from anyone, a proactive playmaker whose decision-making from the 1 has improved from his underclassman days. Can kick it up on the break or drive and dish in the half-court. Can really shoot it as well. Size and stocky build could hurt him in some recruiters’ eyes, but the more you watch Franklin the more you realize all the ways he produces.
Drew Hess 6-1 Sr Oscoda: He was well over a 1,000-point scorer at Mio then led Oscoda to the state quarterfinals in Hess’ one season as an Owl. Hess didn’t shoot it as his reputation suggests during his 17U AAU stint which may have obscured to some eyes just how much better an all-around player he’d become, as well as maturing into a strong, confident athlete. And he’s back to shooting the blood out of the ball, including an NBA range 3 in one of the camp games. Had a stretch where he was really feeling it, and teammates happy to get Hess the ball and keep it rolling. Can pull up and elevate and is a strong finisher picking his spots. Didn’t turn the ball over against quick, athletic guards. It’s easy to see why Hess has picked up two offers in just the last week.
Malcolm King 6-3 Sr Southfield Christian: A value recruit on many levels — still 17, from a championship program, the son of U-M’s Jimmy King. And he can play, one of the best three-point shooters at the event. Didn’t just hit the open ones, but a number of tough 3s with a man in his grill. Did a lot more than that on offense, as has hangtime as a finisher and in one camp game a behind-the-back assist to his name, in another a strong finish over 6-6 Kobe Holliday from Centerline. Good feet on D and lots of potential on that end as well with consistency and buy-in. The type of burgeoning talent for whom prep school would make a lot of sense — a young guy who just needs reps.
Jayland Randall 6-4 Sr Chandler Park Academy: Versatile, all-around guard with size and creativity as both a scorer on the drive and a slick interior passer. Has vision both for shooters spotting up and cutters. One-on-one skills who can go out and manufacture a bucket when needed. Long-strider with the dribble covering a lot of space easily in the full-court, and uses his size and length to find tough release points in the lane. Could direct more energy at the rim when finishing instead of ending up off balance and out of bounds.
Kendall Smith 6-8 Sr Muskegon Reeths-Puffer: Fits the profile of forwards who have thrived at Lake Superior State — big frame, steadily improving, late blooming, glass eating, team player. Lo and behold, within 24 hours of the camp Smith was in the Sault receiving a Lakers offer. Rim-ran consistently from the first to last game. Early on Smith was a bit too dainty when finishing, once nullifying a terrific cut, but regrouped and it was dunk city after that. Had a series against camp MVP Jalen Broyles where Smith horsed the 6-5 Ypsi Lincoln senior for a jumphook in the paint, then took him to the corner on the next trip and hit a three-pointer. Showed he could face and drive and finish on either side. Good talker on defense.