Jordan Brocks 6-2 Fr Detroit Public Safety Academy: Hard worker on the glass. Nice target on the break or cutting in the half-court, finishing efficiently. Athletic, good motor, hands, is going to only get better. Would have at an even higher clip with more power and explosion.
Gryphon Mayes 6-4 Fr Pinckney: Nice long-term window because of his age, wingspan and defensive potential. Challenged shots on the perimeter, and blocked them in the paint. Screen setter, garbage guy on offense right now inside, with a nice release from three-point range. Easy to see how AABA’s 2022 team was so good with guys like Mayes and Cooper Fairman, they just know how to play.
Jake Peterson 5-4 Fr Forest Hills Northern: One of a pair of FHN freshmen guards who played well, along with Hank Purches. Peterson is the more natural with the ball right now. He seems borne to play for Joe Soules and the Huskies, has the heart like so many of the coach’s small guards did with the West Michigan Lakers. Peterson compensated for lack of size with toughness, got after it defensively.
Maurice Sain 6-2 Fr Muskegon: Attack mode in the half-court, able to finish against contact or pitch out to shooters. Competed like an older player. Surprised defenders with his quick first step; finishes with the correct hand. Repeatedly converted against contact and fouls. Play of the day may have been when Sain jumped a passing lane for the steal then made the pass at just the right time on the 2-on-1. Will need to sharpen decision making if he is a guard when older, not getting too deep with the dribble in transition before deciding to pass, not being a ball stopper in five-out and settling for bad shots; defensively, getting caught too high against dribble drives.
Brandon Schepel 5-10 Fr Grand Rapids Christian: Playing on a very talented team, he went out and made his own luck. Showed nice point guard instincts finding cutters off penetration. Able to make the most of some ragged plays and salvage them with quick, correct decision making; knew how to find the hot hand; the exception being when Schepel got distracted trying to one-up his buddy Trucel Singleton. Not the biggest but finished at a higher rate than many guards because he used the glass preferring two points over the pretty attempt; got there with a quick first step. Worked hard defensively.