Coming from behind but doing it fast, Michigan’s 2022 class is full of emerging prospects coming off breakout junior seasons chased by strong AAU performances.
Kareem Aburashed 6-9 Jr Detroit Country Day: Active off the back side and gets off the floor quick. Good hands, basketball orientation and can go get the ball. Can step out and shoot the 3 from up top. Would like to see more consistent physicality, grind and dirty work, but for sure a top 30 kid in the state’s junior class. Playing AAU for Bates Fundamentals Red.
Drew Barrie 6-4 Jr Midland: He was Midland’s leading scorer as a sophomore then averaged 20.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists as a junior, earning offers from Michigan Tech and Lake Superior State. Strong, efficient scorer who is confident getting to his spots. Much smoother shooting from three-point range. Playing AAU for REACH.
Brock Broderick 6-3 Jr Traverse City Christian: He averaged 21.6 points and 11.2 rebounds as a junior. While he doesn’t score at a similar clip as Class D in AAU with Parallel 45, produces because he’s competitive and has a knack for being around the ball. Long and athletic. Shot needs more rotation.
Peyton LaCombe 6-7 Jr Ludington: He’s already an established standout player with Ludington, back to getting to Breslin with the Orioles as a freshman starter. In high school LaCombe is a rugged but undersized-for-next-level post. In AAU with the Grand Rapids Storm, the state’s tallest travel squad, he’s a starting 3, and has showed a comfort level away from the hoop with the ball and the versatility to defend along the front line. There may be more naturally talented forwards on this Storm team, but they don’t play as hard or as consistently as LaCombe, who has a veteran’s presence and edge.
Rasheed Sampson 6-7 Jr Ann Arbor Pioneer: He shares names with two of the greatest centers in ACC history, and to Sampson’s credit what he does best is block shots. One of a number of project bigs for the Playmakers in AAU with 6-7 Omari Byrd from Ypsilanti Arbor Prep and 6-8 Matthrew Coffey from Mt. Clemens.
Juwan Maxey 6-0 Jr Detroit Renaissance: He’ll be a four-year varsity guard in the PSL who blossomed into an all-city player as a junior. Plays with confidence, aggression and patience of a veteran ball-handler. Maxey can get into his shot with squared up, consistent form quickly and smoothly. Just not big nor explosive. Playing AAU for Bates Fundamentals Red.
Cole Vickers 6-3 Jr Canton: 19 points and 6 rebounds as a junior, a 10 point jump from his sophomore season. Crafty, skilled slasher who gets to the line. Could be a good MIAA player.