Hype Scrimmage Day Two Recap

1 Dec

Detroit Loyola

Pierre Mitchell ( 2018 5’9″ point guard)- Mitchell has yet to play in a high school regular season game, but plays with the poise and confidence many freshman do not have.  First off, he’s a scorer, from all three levels.  He can shoot the three, score in the mid-range with deadly floaters and runners, and finish against taller defenders at the rim.  But Pierre can also be a true point guard.  He made some flashy passes on the break, and can quickly beat defenders off the bounce going either direction and get into the lane.  Mitchell can also be a pesk when Loyola decides to pressure opposing team’s ball handlers.

De’Quan Powell (2016 5’10” combo guard)- Powell should pair nicely with Mitchell in the Bulldog back court.  De’Quan increased his production on the day with the absence of DeMarco Dickerson.  He hit some contested mid-range jump shots at the elbow, and made some nifty drives to the basket.  But where De’Quan made a significant impact on Loyola’s games throughout the day was on the defensive end of the floor.  He takes pride in his defense, as he hustled to loose balls, got on the floor, and came away with steals.

Melvindale ABT

Elijah Smith (2017 6’5″ forward)- Smith is hard to miss when he’s on the floor, a 6’5″ 200 + lbs frame.  Smith seems to enjoy contact, using his body to carve out space vs. smaller opponents to get his hand on almost every rebound.  Don’t mistake him for being slow, he’ll get up and down the court just fine, and get off the court in a hurry as well.

Ann Arbor Skyline

Brandon Wade (6’0″ combo guard)- Another freshman guard yet to play a high school game.  Wade has good range on his jump shot, with a smooth and fluid release.  Moves well without the ball in his hand, showed flashes of being able to take defenders off the dribble, kept his head and set up teammates to score, and always seemed to be around the ball on defense.  Skyline will be a interesting team to follow this year.

Other standouts:

Lavail Russell (Melvindale ABT 5’10” point guard)

Jack Ammerman (Ann Arbor Skyline 5’9″ shooting guard)

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