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Underclassman Camp: Mid-sized motors and matchups

These were some of the standout wing forwards, combo forwards and tweeners from the Bank Hoops Underclassman Camp.

Preston Briggs  6-5  So  Traverse City Central: On measurables one of the top prospects in camp. He has the length and bounce to cover space, the versatility with which you can do so much. Coachable, engaged, played hard. Still young in that Briggs will look so smooth and natural then suddenly the finish might be awkward.

“Long and athletic wing who was all over the court,” a coach said. “His strengths could be in one possession as I watched him come out of nowhere to get a defensive rebound, lead the break then finish with an ‘and-one.’ Very good finisher on the move both in transition or the half-court. Needs to get stronger and improve his shot behind the arc.”

Ryan Dorff  6-4  Fr  Mattawan: Nice looking shot for his size and age. Legs weren’t all there by the time we saw him in the last round of games, but Dorff hit well in drills. Didn’t look like a kid who hasn’t yet attended high school with the way he moved off the ball and spaced the floor. Came shot ready on his cuts and used his body to make space and finish under taller defenders, and to back down and shoot over smaller ones.

Logan LePage  6-3  So  Corunna: Corunna is joining the basketball mainstream, and a possible gem may have been uncovered in the process. Just looks the part as an athlete more than 90% of the players at camp.

“Big guard who is dangerous in the open court and has a variety of finishes at the hoop,” a coach said. “Has a game reminiscent of Dylan Alderson at the same age. Plays very hard on defense and showed he was capable of guarding the 2-4. Rebounds well on both ends. A streak shooter from outside. Improved jumper will increase his recuitability.”

Brandon Michrina  6-2  So  Sterling Heights Stevenson: In the final round of games, Michrina seemed to find a second wind that others didn’t have. Sporting the grey tee under the jersey Georgetown style, the darker it got the better he played. Beat bigger players for rebounds, and smaller players for layups. Knocked down open 3s and also a tough step-back from the corner over the camp’s biggest player Nolan Foster.

Nate Nemens  6-3  So  Sterling Heights Stevenson: No one at camp seemed to enjoy running out and setting screens quite like Nemens. That same workmanlike energy translated to the glass, where he rebounded outside his area. First on the floor after loose balls. Will need to become an offensive threat as an upperclassman — had a nice half-hook into the lane, but was inconsistent finishing at the rim or hitting from the short corners.

Jason Raedy  6-3  So  Saginaw Nouvel: Invaluable because he likely led the camp in offensive rebounds. Totally instinctual and energetic hunting down misses or working for two, three, four tips before it goes down.

Prince Rush  6-2  So  Muskegon: The Muskegon program continues to churn out talent. Three of the top 25 overall players at camp were Big Reds, sophomore guard DeAndre Carter, freshman guard Vernon Nash and this guy. Rush has a nice combination of strength and length so rebounded well on both ends. Moved well off the ball and was a willing screener. Ran the floor. Flip shot 3 but it went in. Can he guard 2s and 3s?

Thomas Sylvester  6-4  So  Novi Catholic Central: Took advantage of playing with a 6-9 passer in Caleb Hodgson by making strong cuts and inverting the offense to post up. Triggered the break with quick outlet passes.

Tyler Welch  6-3  So  Monroe St. Mary Catholic: “I liked him,” a coach said. “Long and rebounded well outside his area. Doesn’t always look athletic, but plays very hard.”

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