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To the Fore: Frontcourt standouts at Underclassman Camp

East Lansing’s 6-6 2024 Christian Dunn (left) and Zeeland East’s 6-9 Layne Risdon at the Bank Hoops Underclassman Camp.

Getting work against fellow tall peers in drills then going 5-on-5 and still asserting themselves in a guards’ game, these were some of the top performing frontcourt prospects, posts or otherwise, at the Bank Hoops Underclassman Camp.

Isaiah Atchinson  6-6  So  Montague: He was an impact varsity freshman for Montague and was consistent here in the paint, on both ends. Uses wingspan to both wall off and block shots as needed. Strong finisher who can face up and drive with a big first step.

Terrance Davis  6-6  So  Muskegon: Big build but with quick twitch — combine that with how hard Davis played both in drills and it’s easy to see why he’ll be a main rotation guy for a Muskegon team that is a favorite to play at Breslin in March. Good talk on D. Blue-collar mentality and positive energy with teammates, make him a guy you want on your team, and as his skills expand could end up a very valuable prospect — and he was already shooting it well in drills.

Christian Dunn  6-6  So  East Lansing: Battles his 6-10 brother Christian Dunn, an East Lansing senior, in the driveway, and there was no one that tall here. A chore to play against, as he kept playing hard and physical. He may have been the best post defender at camp, as Dunn both blocked shots and rooted guys out of their comfort spots. Oh the other end used his frame to get space and angles to make shots. If you didn’t get physical with him early, would bury his man in the secondary break and score with deep position.

Jaden Garwood  6-2  8th  U-D Jesuit Academy: Big, strong and wide, like a young Thiyo Lukusa, able to move himself and others.

Parker Lepla  6-6  Fr  Goodrich: Did a bit of everything you want from a forward. Moved athletically at ease with his young tall frame. Good help timing on blocks.

“He was solid in the scrimmages — scored on the blocks, defended and rebounded,” a coach said.

Gerrard McCoy  6-4  So  Detroit U-D Jesuit: A consistent finisher all camp who is rangy strong and kept his chin to the rim. Runs hard and kept competing. One of better rebounders in the camp. Workmanlike approach and showed with improvement in his shot from last fall’s underclassman camp to now — and he was the co-MVP of that one. He should be a solid role player as an upperclassman behind similarly sized and skilled upperclassmen for the Cubs, with the potential to flash soph double-doubles like Zavier Banks did at U-D last year, then emerge as a serious recruit himself with more wiggle and comfortable true guard game.

Xander Nash  6-6  Fr  Imlay City: Similar, and not because of Thumb geography, to a standout from last fall’s all-state camp, Croswell-Lexington’s Hunter Soper now at Lake Superior State, in build, gait, feel and space around the basket. Comfortable putting the ball on the deck and a scoring threat that route thanks to a big first step. One of the most impressive combinations of size/skill/athleticism at the camp.

Cameron Regnerus  6-6  So  Grandville: He already has a few inches on brother Landon, who is now a freshman for Olivet College. Looks young so one is optimistic he could even get taller to true college post size, which is most suited for how his game is now styled.

Cameron Ryans  6-2  8th  Grand Rapids Northview: Will conceivably end up a guard like his brother EJ Ryans, a 10th-grade standout at camp, but right now is one big eighth-grader. Shot it well in games and drills, and was dialed in and competed in drills.

Tyler Spratt  6-3  So  North Farmington: Good three-point shooter both in drills and games, and made it easier for himself in the latter with how he cut without the ball. Played with high hands defensivel. The kind of jack-of-all-trades athlete for which North Farmington coach Todd Negoshian is great at finding a role, and eventually projecting to a college backcourt as his off-the-bounce game grows.

Mason Struck  6-5  So  Chesaning: Thrived with a solid fundamental base of footwork and soft hands. Can attack or pass from the blocks; has patience and a secondary move; and can finish either left or right. Tagged a man and carried his weight on the glass. Already a productive high school player as a just a ninth-grader, one to watch as his skills and perimeter continue to expand.

Bryce O’Mara  6-7  So  Grand Blanc: All-around forward who can get up and down the court, finish and shoot. Good-looking corner 3 ball. Best case scenario is a recent Bobcats rival, Powers’ Owen Lobsinger an underclassman camp alumnus himself not at WMU. Looked at ease defending out on the floor. For Grand Blanc to defend its Division 1 state title it could need more blue-collar toughness on the glass from O’Mara.

Layne Risdon  6-9  So  Zeeland East: On cue, with Zeeland East big man Nate Claerbaut, a Bank Hoops camp alumnus himself, matriculating to Ferris State, in steps another legit college prospect in the post for the Chix. Risdon has lots of tools coaches covet — showed consistent fundamentals as a shooter in drills, and the ability to turn ends, run and finish in games, all in the form of a 6-9, rising sophomore. Kept the ball high and clean on put-backs. Rim protection, rebounding, finishing will be his calling card to early varsity PT, with his offensive knack making him a recruit as an upperclassman.

 

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