From home schoolers to youngsters from Class A state powers, the sophomore class at the Bank Hoops All-State Underclassman Camp was deep and talented.
Jackson Bowden 6-3 So Davison: High IQ, skilled and will get his nose dirty on the glass and defensively. Lefty was a dual threat on the break as a pusher or finisher. Looked at his best operating in the post taking advantage of mismatches and not settling for 3s.
“Good defensive instincts, anticipates well,” a coach said. “A tweener who will need to find a position.”
Carson Case 6-1 So Benzie Central: To come in as one of the best young shooters from a Parallel 45 program known for them carries some pressure, he backed up the potential and budding reputation. His eyes got wide playing with a point guard the caliber of 2027 MVP Stevie Hall, and feasted on corner three-pointers. The drill work was good for Case, as he transitions from wing forward to true guard, getting low off the dribble.
Derek Chapin 5-11 So Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills: Kenowa’s culture breeds physicality and competitiveness, and Chapin fits the bill. Deceptively athletic, a strong downhill driver that keeps coming at you. Can also hit the jumper. Whom he can check off the dribble may determine level as a prospect.
Breckin Cicalo 5-6 So Flint Powers: Got at him if you’re a bigger guard at your own discretion, he is not just a quick but a physical, aggressive defender who gets up into you and is a consistent pest pressuring the ball. Similar approach on offense where he gets a shoulder in, creates and finishes at a higher rate than you’d expect.
Jacob Figaro 6-2 So Detroit Cass Tech: One of the most gifted runners-jumpers-dunkers at camp, as both a graceful and explosive athlete. Shot it well in drills though aimed it at times which made it tougher in games.
Elijah Jenkins 6-2 So Lansing Waverly: Explosive slasher with the frame to back it up. Has a good perimeter role model at Waverly in former camper Deunte Phifer. Good-looking jumpshot with some daylight. Sometimes just went three-point line to three-point line instead of maxing out his physical advantages and making his own luck.
Noah Kimbrough 5-7 So Macomb Dakota: Physical, athletic attack-mode driver. Tight handle with one of the deeper bags in camp with change of pace moves, inside-out dribbles, shoulder fakes and crossovers. Score first but also able to find shooters off the bounce. Easier to guard when sitting on ball hellbent on driving, rather than mixing it up with shoot-pass balance.
Reagan Kringle 6-4 So Kalamazoo Homeschool: Good frame and skill combination that has him on the cusp of some really good things. Could beat you various ways offensively, with a three-pointer, sweeping drives across the lane and a deceptively quick first step for straight-line drives against fellow forwards. Plays upright and will need to improve his agility and explosiveness as an upperclassman.
Landon McGraw 6-1 So Salem: He had one of the best jumpshots in camp, with elevation and a high release point as a left-hander. Was all the more dangerous with it in games as he put up shots within the flow, counters with a mid-range shot. Patient, methodical playmaker with good vision in the lane, and pushes it on the break.
Kaden Mourning 5-11 So Ann Arbor Huron: High school programs carry brand reputations and certain expectations. Huron’s is as strong as they come, and Mourning lived up to them with a serious, defense-conscious approach. Athletic finisher.
“Tough guard,” a coach said. “Great patience and control.”
Taj Osborne 5-9 So East Grand Rapids: His skill and creativity, and to be coached up at EGR with fundamentals and toughness, are a promising combination. Good finisher with various angles and double clutches. Rare young player who uses the Euro step consistently and effectively, at speed and without wasted space. Good three-point shooter who may need a quicker release against older, taller defenders.
Ethan Seyffert 6-6 So Byron Center: He’s one of the luckiest sophomore forwards in Michigan to have the chance to get beat up in practice all winter by Byron Center’s long, athletic, dunk-drunk upperclassman frontcourt. Quick on defense as a shot-blocker. Good hands and feel for spacing on the screen-and-roll, but finishes could be too finesse.
Cameron Smith 5-3 So Muskegon Mona Shores: Vision and deliver in the lane off the dribble. Smart, fundamental, heads up point guard who keeps the ball hot and makes the extra pass. Aggressive on D and forced turnovers. Will need to work in all the small ball tricks and always bring the pressure, to not let taller defenders shrink the court.
Solomon Spann IV 6-2 So Birmingham Brother Rice: IV 4 III! A shot ready for the state’s best league, pretty form with a quick release. Pretty athletic with reach for tip-backs. Needs to get dirtier off the ball and defensively.
Brian Stovall 6-2 So Detroit Cass Tech: One of the most mature and strong players at camp, and played up to it with physical finishes and mixing it up on defense, too. Showed a step-back 3, as well. A mix of similar types just helped Cass Tech win a state championship, so he is on the right path.