Caleb Hodgson, a 6-8 freshman from Dansville, was the top 2019 prospect at Aim High and made the overall All-Camp team. Here are the other elite performers who will go from the Bank Hoops Underclassman All-State Camp to the halls of a high school for the first time a month later.
DeAndre Carter 5-9 Fr Muskegon: Explosive handle and quick trigger jumper make him one of the more polished and talented guards in the 2019 class. Had his moment showing a true point guard game, and watched enough of Deyonta Davis to already know how to drop in money lob passes. True talent who should be in any discussion of the state’s top 10 incoming freshmen. His dad was a 6-5 point guard and if Junior gets up there, it’s over.
Khalid Fleming 5-8 Fr Taylor Prep: Ditto for Fleming. Though not as flashy as Carter he has the making of a high-end point guard and a guy who will contribute immediately in high school. Coaches loved how hard he competed in drills. He fit in well with his older Northern Michigan teammates in the games and helped contribute to some pretty basketball.
“Got rid of the ball on the break instead of keeping it and trying to score,” a coach said. “Nice rotation on his jumpshot. He can thrive in an open court or half court setting. Has to get quicker on his feet, not a great defender.”
Sean Cobb 6-6 Fr Williamston: Steady inside-outside forward who plays like a mix between Lester Abram and LaDontae Henton. Those are two of the state’s greatest players of the past quarter century, which tells you the level of potential here. But to channel more of the latter, Buckets, Cobb will need to fire up the horsepower and start creating his own luck when he’s not getting the ball in his sweet spots. An efficient scorer who will continue to build his one-on-one game.
“Very good right now, but the future is where it’s at,” said one coach. “All potential — strong long body with huge feet, he should grow qutie a bit more. Relentless on the boards. Team player. Good passer. Could afford to be more selfish. Raising the throttle on the motor will put him over the top.”
Zach Trent 6-2 Fr Flint Powers: He has the potential to be the state’s next Matt Beachler, but didn’t enjoy the touches in his first two games that Beachler once did with a legendary camp shooting performance when he was just going into eighth grade. When Trent and Sean Cobb got in the same rotation they worked well off each other as an inside-outside threat. He already has the shot and size to project him as a MAC guard. An underrated driving game to counter the close-outs.
Josh Warren 5-8 Fr Woodhaven: A coach’s son, which helps explain how he’s ahead of the curve for a kid who has yet to start high school.
“There were a lot of tough, hard-nosed guards at camp, but none looked as tough as Josh,” a coach said. “Attacked the basket hard and had multiple and-one finishes. He was the hardest competitor in drills with a worker’s mentality.”