Here are the top five sophomore prospects, based on their camp performance, who didn’t make the overall honor team from the fifth-annual Bankhoops.com Underclassman All-State Camp.
Nate Davis 5-11 So Rochester Stoney Creek: Reminds you a bit of Korey VanDussen with his deceptively big drive-by step. Smooth handle makes him a textbook A–>B point guard. Quick to the hole and able to take a hit and finish. Played both physically and with quick hands on defense. He’ll have to continue to build his scoring game and range to become the 20-point threat college coaches are looking for.
Luke Hyde 6-5 So DeWitt: If there were an MVP for the morning drill session, it would have been Hyde after he did damage around and above the basket for two hours. Got lost sometimes in games, but still made plays thanks to his hustle and wingspan, and you have to like his physical profile.
“He was the best player in drill stations,” one coach said. “Extremely athletic, I thought he was going to bring down the rim in drills.”
“Love him,” another coach said. “No idea what position he plays in high school, but this guy could be a lockdown two-guard at the next level. Coach-able, defends and can score. Great frame with a strong body and a strong mind too. It’s all up to him. Gotta think outside the box and make himself the best big perimeter player he can be, working on his handle and shot.”
Drew Knickerbocker 6-3 So Lapeer: Long and crafty. His perimeter range is extended because of how far he can get with one dribble. What separates him as a young player is that Knickerbocker was equally good off the ball, a high IQ cutter.
“Lapeer, East or West, hasn’t had a player like this in close to a decade,” a coach said. “Lanky with with a nice inside-outside game. Can drive to the bucket, hit you with an up-and-under or hurt from three-point distance. Extremely coach-able at camp in drills and games.”
Tanner Reha 6-4 So DeWitt: He may have most helped himself before the first whistle when Reha measured in at 6-4, which is taller than he may look due to the Mickey Mantle neck. That’s enough height to go along with his already filled out frame to project him as a Taylor Perry type for the MAC, or best case scenario Michael Bramos with a couple more inches and thorough ironing of the jumpshot. Defends well because of strength, toughness and being coached to know his spots. Reha has quick and repeated lift, making him a load around the rim particularly against players similarly aged or younger. The best way to defend him continues to be let him shoot, because he’ll make some, but not bury you from deep.
Trey Vallar 5-11 So Kalamazoo Central: He and Holt’s Artavious King were the most physical guards in camp. Vallar was on the same team as his Mustangs AAU backcourt teammate Lamar Norman, but played in a different rotation than the camp MVP and his own talent was apparent. He has the vision and demeanor of a true point guard, and with his strength is able to snap off passes in traffic. Has not just the strength but hangtime to make him an and-one threat. Used a separation dribble to hit 18 footers. Ran back hard on D. Will have to keep working on his skills and shot as other guards catch up physically.
“He got better as the day went on,” a coach said. “Stocky guard with the quickness to get to the rim at will.”