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Underclassman All-State Camp: 2021 First Team

Jake Emerzian  5-11  So  Rochester Adams: Surprise player of the camp, as he practiced with REACH’s 15U all spring but didn’t play. Left-hander who is efficient off the dribble creating space for his shot. Made the right point guard decisions in transition; needs to improve handle as a half-court creator. Played tough and beyond his size on the boards. Dug in on D against camp MVP Keyon Menifield.

Ryan Grantham  6-2  So  Grand Rapids Catholic Central: The Cougars will again be a top 5 Class B team, and Grantham has some things going for him to fight into the mix. Put up the ball with confidence — with good reason when he caught it in his shot pocket — and plays defense like he cares, with quick feet and high hands challenging shots. Finished with either left or right; good hand-eye coordination on the move. Good ups and a motor, with second, third efforts on the glass; high-pointed, two-handed rebounds, tips on the offensive glass.

Kevyn Robertson  6-3  So  Walled Lake Northern: Steady, reliable, high IQ two-way player. Seemed to be in the right place at the right time, on either board. Versatile defender. Makes lots of simple, but crucial, winning plays. Minimized dribbles, didn’t shoot outside his comfort zone, and scored effectively as a result. Passed smartly on the break or block-to-block. Will have to keep up transitioning from forward to a slashing/shooting wing over the next two seasons.

Derek Sackitt  6-6  So  Battle Creek Pennfield: Still just 15. Tried to dunk everything, which isn’t a bad trait, though in a couple drill stations they weren’t going down consistently. Provided a defensive presence around the basket, blocked a bunch of shots from the weak side. Surprised with his increasing skill level, including a Euro step into a finger roll while moving at a pretty good clip. Shot has improved as well. Overall was outstanding in drills, but sometimes got lost offensively in games, needs to define his position. Has the physical tools and age for that to come.

Ty Wyman  6-4  So  Blissfield: High-end three-sport athlete. Net sang when his 3 ball was falling. Has a good feel, fading to the open spots and then knocking them down; can create space for his shot with a mere look-off. Really good when driving against similarly sized or taller players, gets them off balance while keeping his eyes on the rim; uses rim well for protection; can get finish tougher, more consistently on offensive boards. Able to extend and get good release points. Did his share on the glass. Made smart decisions on the break. Did a good job using his wingspan to close things down defensively enabling him to play off of explosive drivers. One one defensive series he freelanced a trap of the other team’s top guard, recovered to his own man to challenge the shot then got the rebound.

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