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Small schools, Big time wings: Soper & Sanders at All-State Camp

Croswell-Lexington senior Hunter Soper.

6-5 Croswell-Lexington senior Hunter Soper and 6-4 Hanover-Horton junior Carson Sanders are Class C players with next level game, athleticism and swag. Both were among the most impressive performers at the Bank Hoops All-State Camp, competing in drill groups each of which had multiple players with D1 offers.

Soper woke up the gym by starting drill work with and and-one dunk, and he never let up. The rare and coveted 3.9 gpa and 39″ vertical combo. He ran the court all day while blocking shots, finishing with dunks and triggering the break with rebounds and great passes. Soper has an offer from Cornerstone and he has the same kind of quick rise/then float ups of Eagles legend Kyle Steigenga. He brings more than just the athletic pop, as he can cut and pass in the half-court and is generally just a playmaker on and off the ball. Soper shares small town star duties at Cros-Lex with sweet-shooting Tyler Johnson and comes from a well-coached, team-oriented AAU program in Oakland Elite, so plays an egalitarian, unselfish game that allowed him to pile up big stats in camp games without forcing shots or interrupting flow. He’ll need to start packing on the lbs to take the college pounding.

Hanover-Horton junior Carson Sanders.

Sanders grew up quick as a sophomore for Hanover-Horton, which was one of the state’s top teams regardless of division last season. The Comets killed most everyone so he got work off the bench, while at the same time battling college-bound seniors every day in practice. That’s left Sanders with an abundance of confidence, and the skills to back it up. How much confidence? Like in one game the first time he touchced the ball shooting, and making, a 17-foot pullup against Detroit Douglass senior Pierre Brooks. Sanders uses the same traits — a quick first step, long strides, finishing from either side of the basket — to score running the break or slashing in the half-court. Has energy and active hands on defense. Can shoot it from 3 but can be better.

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