With past Bank Hoops Underclassman Camp MVPs some of the best players to come out of Michigan this century, these young prospect stand on the shoulders of giants, and look poised for the kinds of careers that future campers will look up to, as well.
Class of 2025 MVP
Sharod Barnes 6-2 So Orchard Lake St. Mary’s: Even as a middle schooler he had a business approach to this camp, and now he’s doing it with superior physical tools. Used explosive drives to get to the rim at will, all day long. But also mixes in a pull-up game. Intense, physical, consistent defender. In a deep, talented crop of 2025 guards in Michigan, Barnes has physical advantages on most. “He’s D1 for a reason!,” a coach said. “He was good at prior camps but damn, he’s gotten so much better. How good can he be?”
Class of 2026 co-MVPs
Jacob Pleyer 6-1 Fr Watervliet: A machine in drills, where he looked like original camper Dustin Dibble, a D1 guard for UMKC out of Petoskey … but that could be the floor. Even his misses looked good. Cut hard, talked on D, made sure drills ended with a defensive stop and rebound. Could hit the 3 but also a smooth pull-up. Pushed the ball heads up. “Believe the hype,” a coach said. “Pleyer is a ‘Playa’.”
Keshawn Summerville 5-9 Fr Lansing Waverly: Between this being his third camp, and a summer, no pun intended, with one of the state’s best teams under his belt, Summerville was an MVP not just in his unselfish play, but in his confident, positive leadership, which isn’t an easy trick in a camp environment. This isn’t just a happy hippie award though — he can flat out go. Terrific feel and timing on his passes. Fundamentals for the coaches and some flair for some fans in his playmaking. Showed consistent shot mechanics, and could hit it one-on-one from 20. Not big, but clever scorer around the rim, and will stick his nose in on the glass. “In the two games I saw a good part of, he had close to triple-doubles in both of them,” a coach said.
Class of 2027 MVP
Stevie Hall 6-0 8th West Bloomfield: One of the top playmakers at camp regardless age. Plays the right way, figured out his teammates’ strengths quickly, and played to them with his passing. Lefty who can pass with one or two hands. A good shooter from 20 but one with patience for his age, only rarely getting caught up in turn-taking camp ball. “I saw Jalen Rose play in high school and this young man reminds me mor of than than he does his father (Cass Tech coach Steve Hall), whom I also saw play in high school. A very willing distributor and uses the shot fake well to set up drives ot the basket in which he will finish and/or make slick passes to cutters or shooters on the perimeter for uncontested looks.”