With school starting around the state, these incoming ninth-graders are ahead of the curve, some of the best players at the Bank Hoops Underclassman All-State Camp.
Kamari Howard 6-0 Fr Detroit Douglass: Big kid who is a mismatch problem in age group competition. Mixed it up, had a scorer’s knack, feasted on putbacks and passed out of double teams. Jump rope away from glory. Howard was part of a strong Douglass 2027 contingent, with point guards Jacodi Nathan and Deanthony Murphy.
La’Trell Johnson 5-8 Fr Benton Harbor: Scrappy guard joining a high school program known for them. At his best getting a shoulder in early, then finishing through contact at the basket. Give him a bit of daylight, and he’s taking a chunk.
Sam Ledlow 5-10 Fr Portage Northern: Huskies coach Kevin White must be giddy for the first day of classes for this guy. One of the best perimeter shooters in the camp regardless of class. From drills, to games, and not just one hot game — though there was a stretch where he hit three straight 3s — but was consistent throughout.
Kenneth White Jr. 5-5 Fr Arbor Prep: A mature and fundamental point guard. Showed rare patience, working angles for post feeds. Good recognition of his teammates’ sweet spots. Played bigger than his size in the lane because of his pivots, and could score with a crafty up-and-under.
Anthony Willis 5-10 Fr Grand Rapids Northview: Another good one coming up for Northview, a long, graceful, athletic guard. Double trouble off the bounce, as Willis has an explosive first step, then really extends to finish at the rim.