It was a first look at many rising freshmen at the Bank Hoops Underclassman All-State Camp. While it’s just a moment in time with years of basketball to go, if their performances here are any indication you’ll be hearing about these class of 2027 prospects, likely sooner than later.
Major Barnes 5-7 Fr East Kentwood: The kind of guard who should fit in well at East Kentwood, where coach Mike Thomas values aggression and defense. Vocal, true point guard. Patient and smart waiting for cutters, and could really thread the needle with the bounce pass.
“Good floor general and decent leader,” a coach said. “Can shoot it!”
Seth Hahnenberg 6-5 Fr Lansing Catholic: When second-year Lansing Catholic coach Jake Bullock praised this young man’s potential one took notice. Bullock was recently on a D1 staff at WMU and played himself during the last golden age of Lansing area basketball, so he’s not going to be impressed just because a player is tall. And Hahnenberg is more than that — though it sure doesn’t hurt either. Good legs and he was still dunking late in the afternoon. Shot it well in drills — then all the more impressive when Hahnenberg was knocking down contested jumpers in games. Could also put it on the floor to score with a big first step. Finished consistently, keeping the ball high and sticking with it on the offensive glass. Needs to get more serious and meaner on defense.
Kingston Money 6-2 Fr Warren De La Salle: He may not have won the bet for an in-game dunk, but an impressive showing nonetheless for an athletic, powerful guard reminiscent of recent Pilots like Tamario Adley (Wayne State) and Triston Nichols (Saginaw Valley State), Bank Hoops Camp alumni themselves. Didn’t shy from the dirty work, as he was quick to the glass and competed defensively. Good on-court talk for a young guy. While rebounding like a forward, drove it like a guard with spin dribbles mixed in with straight-line attacks.
Kaelin Tate 5-10 Fr Paw Paw: “One of the best ‘dogs,’ he always brings the energy and comp,” a coach said. “Willing to sacrifice his body for the ball, take charges and physically attacks you on offense.”
Plays fast, but still made the pass at the right time. All-around offensive player who can beat you with the dribble, and cuts smartly without it. Good at getting a shoulder in to initiate contact, then finding the look he wants. Did “non-guard, just basketball player” things like rebound, block a shot from behind, or clever gym rat stuff like a step-through layup, or shoulder fake for a mini-Smitty.
Brayon Taylor 5-6 Fr Grand Rapids Christian: Incredibly improved from previous camps, starting with confidence then manifesting with aggression, getting into the lane to create for teammates time and again.
“His court feel is well beyond his years,” a coach said. “Flight of frame, but uses handles, timeing and feel to blow by defenders and hit pull-ups.”