There are a lot of talented 5-11 two-guards in high school basketball. That’s not going to cut it on the next level, so here are some standout upperclassman performers from the Bank Hoops All-State Camp with the height height on the wings (6-4+) that would allow their games to translate to college.
Drew Barrie 6-4 Jr Midland: Had a great day after he shook off the football legs. Plays at his own pace and gets where he wants to go. Made tough shots going over the top in the lane or off the glass from the wings. Tough and physical competitor who quietly grinds and produces.
— Drew Barrie (@DBarrie30) October 25, 2020
Pierre Brooks 6-6 Sr Detroit Douglass: There is high school size, and then there is Big Ten size and this MSU commitment is tipping towards the latter. Took a lot of guys’ best shots, but when it got serious and Brooks had to remind everyone who was the big dog in the gym, he’d take it to the blocks and beat ’em up. At the same time, went out and competed with no airs, didn’t get any favors from the whistles and just kept going. Has the all-around game to potentially mirror Spartan legend Denzel Valentine.
Dylan Cragg 6-4 Jr Grayling: Competed rep for rep with some of the state’s best players at his position in drills. He was dunking then, and still finishing above the rim in the last game of the day, the real test. Solid frame to go with the hops. Athleticism makes him a pick 6 threat playing the gaps on defense. No go-to move per se, but does a little bit of everything on offense and will cobble together double digits between the jumper, breakouts, free throws and general paint miscellany. A good prospect now, who just gives the feeling that with some tightening of the skills and loosening as a facilitator, as even another tier to reach.
Jude Drake 6-5 Jr Jalen Rose Academy: Length for days, helping him cover space easily in the full or half-court. Time and again Drake would take a defensive rebound end-to-end. High-arcing flip shot bottomed out from 3 when he was in catch-and-shoot rhythm. Piled up tips on D. Can go left or right, slippery and deceptive getting into the lane, where more Villanova-style two-foot, chin-to-rim power finishes would balloon his scoring average, as would more activity and cutting. Combination of size and skill level make for a very intriguing future.
Joe Francis 6-4 Jr Adrian: A volume shooter who when he got rolling it was easy to see how he already has Adrian’s single-game scoring record. Similar to long-time Bank Hoops camper Xander Okerlund in his slender length and unorthodox but confident shot. Doesn’t over-dribble. An opportunistic defender with both alertness and hands, if not exactly a sell-out physical guy. Francis is now chasing the 3s with above-the-rim finishes, with some surprising authority.
Jared Lary 6-5 Sr Cleveland, OH Lutheran East: The defending camp MVP, this Grand Rapids native was a tough cover because he has big steps, the shiftiness to shake loose, then wiggle to create in the lane which is a rare three-piece combination. A true combo guard at 6-5 who was equally effective in the full or half-court. Can extend for creative finishes or drive for assists to spot-up shooters or cutters; also got assists out of ball-screen scenarios. Consistency in the J and strength as a finisher will take his game to the next level. More handles, but similar to former Bank Hoops camper Thomas Staton, who was a D1 starter at UMKC via Clarkston. Lary has a Cleveland State offer.
Gryphon Mayes 6-5 Jr Pinckney: Worth making the extra pass to Mayes as he can knock down the 3 off the catch. Also can score in the lane on pull-ups and curls, taking advantage of his wingspan and high release point. Ran the floor hard and was a poised and efficient if not explosive finisher. Good and willing post feeder, a rarity in a camp game. Smart position defender with quick hands, could be even better on that end if plays lower consistently.
Xander Middleton 6-4 Jr Monroe: Checks a lot of boxes — a coach’s son from one of the state’s strongest leagues, with a 3.9 gpa. Nice-looking mechanics on the shot and a consistent catch-and-shoot threat from 3. Unselfish passer and team player. Played with high hands defensively even on the perimeter. Can finish stronger.
Jayland Randall 6-4 Sr Chandler Park Academy: Coveted combination of height, length, speed and point guard skills. Versatile, athletic, unselfish and covers a lot of ground on both ends. Gets to the cup easily, and if he starts dunking regularly once there, it’s all over. Has a North Carolina AT&T offer.
Hunter Soper 6-5 Sr Croswell-Lexington: Easily one of the five best players in the gym on this day.
— Hunter Soper (@soper_2) October 19, 2020
Brent Wiles 6-4 Sr New Haven: Wiles‘ camp performance was previously noted, but worth doing so again as he simply out-worked and out-produced “bigger name” players all day long. Not surprisingly, he’s received offers from Adrian and Olivet since he was last written about.
Ty Wyman 6-6 Sr Blissfield: He was still just a 16-year-old senior at the time of the camp, checking in at 210 lbs off of Blissfield’s undefeated football team. Rare skills with his shooting touch, movement without the ball and side-step 3. 4.0 gpa. Whom he can defend will determine his level.