MVP Isaiah Jones 6-4 So Flint Carman-Ainsworth: Between ups and reaction time to the ball, played more like he was 6-8. Good hands. Didn’t just get by on strength and athleticism — was engaged, competed, played hard. Seems to always produce when we’ve seen him in the past, and didn’t disappoint here.
“Isaiah was the most explosive player at camp, an absolute freak of an athlete,” a coach said. “So much that he reminds me of Doug Anderson. Plays with a very high motor on both ends of the floor. He had no problem finishing against bigger defenders in drill work or in games. A downhill type player with an efficient handle who excels in an up-and-down game. Could be labeled as a ‘tweener’ due to his size, so an improved jumpshot will only help his future recruitment.”
Derreck Bolton III 6-1 So Detroit Cristo Rey: Shifty one-on-one scorer who could also hit from 3. Showed vision in transition. Good ups, played big on the glass. Flashes of defensive potential when played with high, active hands.
“He was a scoring machine at times,” a coach said. “Uses his length to his advantage. Finished well around the hoop and was at his best in the open floor. Knocked down the 3 in the half-court. Would like to see him get more gritty on the defensive end. With his length, he could get his hands on a lot more balls and be a difference maker with a greater commitment to that end of the court.”
Max Burton 6-6 So Williamston: Looks the part, long and can really shoot it. When he plays up to his height inside, lives up to the part, too. Showed a handle against pressure when he had to.
“Good enough handle to beat guys his size and a good enough shot you can’t play off him,” a coach said. “Very active on the offensive glass, but doesn’t always find a body on the defensive glass. Goes in strong against smaller defenders but seemed to shy away from the bigger, more athletic players at the camp. Runs the floor very well and has good hands. Plays high in the post on offense, so can be moved off the block. Defensively, he did a great job as a rim protectors off the helpside.”
Maurice Sain 6-3 So Muskegon: Slasher who plays hard. Active and stays around the ball. Dialed in during drills, a serious player.
“Goes and gets it off the class,” said a coach. “Very good finisher in transition. Strong game from 15 feet and in. High motor kid who seems to love to compete. He can guard the 1-4 at the high school level. His development on the perimeter offensively will be important in the years to come.”
Julian Scott 5-11 So Detroit Country Day: A standout in drills with his detail and defense. A steady, smart decision-maker with the ball. Good attitude, good teammate.
“This is the type of kid everyone wants on their team,” a coach said. “Plays very hard and plays the right way. Very good perimeter defender! Does a lot of little things that don’t show up in the scorebook.”
Jack Shrader 5-9 So Fowlerville: May have caused the most buzz at camp, as he came in as a complete unknown to most only to have few guards mix the pass and shot better than Shrader. Knockdown shooter in drills. Really knew how to set tempo. Calm and mature decision maker. The far court at Aim High is used for the Moneyball Pro-Am, and in the last set of games he hit a 3 from the NBA line. Showed little fear on defense.
“Extremely efficient and competitive,” said one coach. “Pass-first point guard in the half-court who could both finish and distribute in transition. Very crafty around the rim to make up for lack of size and vertical game. Always seemed to make the right play. Unlike most young point guards, Jack rarely found himself over-penetrating. Played solid defense on the ball and was always in the right position off the ball.”