Drew Barrie 6-3 So Midland: Strong body with a quick first step, a nice combination to build upon. He played as a varsity freshman in the Saginaw Valley and two years of 15U AAU, and is able to play the game with a calm mind which isn’t always easy for younger players. Quietly tough. Has really embraced playing physically, hitting guys when a shot goes up, blocking shots. A decent three-point shooter who is crafty with the glass mid-range and in. Great system guy who needs to play lower, looser, more freely to take the next step individually.
Jaden Borseth 6-3 So Ewen-Trout Creek: He had the longest drive to the camp, all the way from the U.P., and made the most of the trip. He just got stronger as the day went on. Active on the offensive glass. Patient with a nice hoops IQ; had an assist from the right block to the far left wing.
“Physical post player who showed a pretty good feel for the game,” said a coach. “Nice jumper from the short corners. Aggressive attacking the high post and baseline, but lacked the craftiness and/or athleticism to finish consistently on bigger players.”
Luis Capella-Lebron 5-10 So Coldwater: The water may be cold, but the young talent is hot as he and another Coldwater sophomore, shooter Brandon Downs, both played well. Much like the camp MVP, Grand Blanc freshman RJ Taylor, LCL is a point guard who embraced the concept of making his teammates better. One of the very best passers in the camp, combining both vision and then crisp, fundamental delivery to guys in their sweet spots. And it takes a special gift to know those spots, when you’re with new teammates. Skilled and creative off the dribble as well. Got to the cup to score when he saw daylight or liked his advantage. He had a great matchup of three-named guards, with Grand Blanc freshman Amont’e Allen Johnson, and had no fear going at one of the most physical guards in camp. Didn’t see him take many jumpshots.
Cooper Fairman 6-3 So Saline: A return camper, whose improved on an already sound foundation. Plays hard, stays around the ball. Worked on bothends of the court. Shot the 3 in transition or half-court.
“Very competitive kid, and very active rebounder, on both ends of the floor,” a coach said. “Scored a bit inside and outside, but it seems like he’s going to be more of a perimeter player. With that being said, his ball-handling is serviceable now, but will need to improve.”
Ethan Hill 6-4 So Muskegon: Top 5 talent at camp. Big body, nice physical tools, son of a good D1 player. He’s playing in the right high school program, to capitalize on those gifts while improving in other areas. Easy three-point range, though sometimes fell in love with it.
“Could be special, but needs to embrace playing hard the 95-percent of the time the ball isn’t in his hands,” a coach said. “A very good rebounder with great hands, but didn’t always attack the glass. Showed that he could handle the ball and shoot it respectably, but didn’t seem to take advantage of his size against smaller players.”