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There’s talent beyond Muskegon High in the Muskegon and lakeshore area, here are some standout Big Reds and beyond from the Muskegon summer league.

James Gilbert  6-3  Sr  Muskegon Mona Shores: A slashing wing forward who gives Mona Shores some attitude and toughness getting into the lane. Nose for the ball on the offensive glass. Could take higher percentage shots as nearly all his finishes are floaters and finger rolls at the front of the rim which become increasingly tough shots against better competition.

TJ McKenzie  6-3  Sr  North Muskegon: Similarly effective as when we saw him less than a week ago at GVSU’s elite camp.

Kalil Stimage  6-1  So  Muskegon Reeths-Puffer: He was a bright spot in spots for a Rockets squad having an off night. He was the fastest guard with the ball end-to-end against Mona Shores. Made a nice decision and delivery at speed to hit junior guard Emcee Williams for a three-pointer. R-P has a strong sophomore guard combination with Stimage and Kaleb Mitchelson. Stimage will be in July back with one of the state’s top 15U AAU teams UTS Elite.

Eonte Tornes  5-9  Sr  Muskegon: A volume shooter when younger, his shot selection has improved with maturity but still with the talent to get you 20 when needed. Can score it from all three levels and is the kind of foul shooter you want handling it late in games. Drives to score or pitch and is good at setting up junior three-point shooter Vernon Nash. Part of an active, aggressive defensive backcourt with fellow senior Deante Carter. The Big Reds are a load when all those guards are humming and coming downhill at you.

Jarvis Walker  6-2  Jr  Muskegon Mona Shores: Recently received an early offer from Grand Valley State. He’s long been productive and knew how to play, more effective now has his skills and handle improve and he finishes more consistently. Has more wiggle than you might think given his muscular build. He beat Reeths-Puffer off the dribble, in the lane at the basket and from the charity stripe in Mona’s first win; then against North Muskegon went outside and in one stretch hit three straight 3s before a heat check came back negative in their second win. Effective whether isolated or using ball screens. Communicated like an upperclassman should on defense. Makes the right decisions on the baic passes. Over the next two years would like to see Walker develop as a free-flowing, instinctive, open point guard, less systemic, to make him doubly valuable at the next level. About as low-risk as a recruit comes, a high gpa kid whose parents played (Ferris State) and sisters play (WMU) college ball.

DeAirrus Ware  6-3  Sr  Muskegon: He was a three-year starter at Reeths-Puffer where there were flashes but it never quite all came together. Now it’s clicking for Ware who seems to improve weekly. He had a dunk against West Ottawa even though it kind of bounced around and rattled in, still drew “oohs” from the crowd because it was such an explosive move, covering a lot of distance both horizontally and vertically in an instant. That quick-twitch helps him on the glass too. All-around player who gets points in the offense without getting out of it, runs hard all over the court and will feed the post or make the extra one to find shooters. Has grades and test score and already offers from Davenport and NMU.

Tanner Wiegerink  6-5  Jr  West Ottawa: The Panthers’ amazing teams from the past two seasons have benefited from lengthy combo forwards Jake VanTubbergen and Tyler Bosma, who were Bank Hoops first-team Class A all-state for their respective senior seasons. Wiegerink arrives from the JV with a similar physical profile. And while those are some serious sneakers to fill, he’s an ideal fit for WO’s system and has a future as a player in his own right. Against Muskegon he consistently high-pointed with two hands defensive rebounds despite dealing inside with Big Reds forwards Billie Roberts, a junior tight end who will play ‘power five’ football, and super-bouncy DeAirrus Ware, one of the fastest-rising 2019 recruits in Michigan. Wiegerink ran well in transition both ways. Effective offensively when curling, cutting and diving to the basket because he has soft hands and finishes high. Not as remarkable when inverted and on the wing as he becomes a predictable passer instead of a triple-threat.

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