With a field including the schools from last year’s Class B championship game, Benton Harbor and Grand Rapids Catholic Central, plus a Class A power in Canton and myriad dependable West Michigan programs, and the first Grand Valley State summer shootout was a ripe recruiting ground. Braeden Proctor’s take on some of the top prospects at GVSU.
Darrell Belcher 6-2 Sr Grand Rapids Catholic Central: A returning starter from CC’s state finalist team who will be relied on more heavily this season. A terrific high school forward who is a strong help-side shot-blocker. Contests anything around the rim. Explosive athlete who comes up big on the offensive glass and can track down balls outside his area. Slasher with a counter floater from the elbow. He hit a pull-up 3 in the second game we saw but needs to get more consistent from deep.
Mykel Bingham 6-7 Jr Grand Rapids Catholic Central: Not just a curiosity because of his fraternal relation, the younger Bingham continues to carve out his own game — with enough similarities to make it interesting. The smoothness is the main one. First touch of his first game, Bingham hit a step-back 15-footer from the wing. nice touch around the rim and used the glass. Active on offensive boards and rim ram in transition.
Justin Brown 6-6 Sr Benton Harbor: He was a rotation guy on Benton Harbor’s state championship team who took on a bigger role here with Carlos Johnson at the Nike underclassman event in St. Louis. Explosive, powerful leaper. Moves well. Solid three-point shot when set but a bit slow. Needs to stay focused — engaged and playing hard.
Ryan Corner 6-9 Jr Allendale: Got up and down the floor well. Passed well with back to the basket, though not very aggressive in trying to get position on the block and demanding the ball. Rebounds well — tips ball to himself to keep possessions alive; tracks well off the glass. A top three big in the 2020 class, but one of only two healthy and currently playing.
Clayton Dykhouse 5-11 Sr Zeeland East: Very shifty. Tons of feigns, movements with the ball. Changes pace very well. Great first-step acceleration. Good finisher for his size with a polished mid-range and in game. Smooth shot mechanics. Looks like future All-MIAA guard.
Luke Laketa 6-5 Jr Hanover-Horton: Put up some good numbers as an underclassman and showed how. Has some solid iso game for his size. Handles are a little loose but he can surprise with his combo moves. Solid shooter. Loved using head and shot fakes. Attacks well on straight line drives.
Trent Summerfield 6-2 Sr Forest Hills Northern: Known as a shooter, he showed some playmaking ability from the wing, finished well in transition and even handled some point guard duties. Made simple, effective passes rather than swinging for home runs and the offense ticked along efficiently.
B. Artis White 5-10 Sr Canton: Remarkably consistent for a high school guard, this guys has just shown up for years and this was no different. He and Vinson Sigmon were the best guard combo at GVSU and will make Canton again a top 10 contender in Class A. White has great elevation on his jumper. It’s a quick and pure shot. Very fast both laterally and North-South. Quick hands. All-league potential at the mid-major level and could play higher.
Owen Worthington 6-2 Fr Grand Haven: Proved his worth against the older players with hustle. God on the floor for a loose ball. Shooter with a nice follow through. High IQ and poise for a freshman.