Michigan Warrior Jam Fest Opening Night Recap

2 May

IMG_0494While many Michigan teams left the state for Indiana, the Warrior Jam Fest is still a quality field of competition.

Brandon Johns 6’7″ forward Triple Threat 16u (pictured)-

Arguably the best freshman in Michigan, Johns met little setbacks in a 66-42 rout of the Macomb County Cougars.  Brandon stuffed the stat-sheet, 15 points, seven rebounds, five steals, four assists, and two blocks.  He was highly efficient doing so, every time he had the ball, it felt as if he was going to make the right play.  He can handle to ball well for player his size, step-out to the perimeter and shoot, and find open teammates with a stellar IQ and vision.  On defense, his long arms challenge shots when he’s in the paint, but also can defend the perimeter and even guard the middle of the floor when in a pressing situation.  Johns’ permanent position is yet to be determined, his length indicates even more growth in the future, and upside should rise as well.

Jordan Graham 6’5″ forward Michigan Warriors 16u-

Graham is just so silky smooth.  Even when it seemed he wouldn’t be the team’s leading scorer, Jordan still contributed a team-high 17 points in an opening night win.  Jordan is playing more of a power forward role now compared to the high school season.  However, he excels on the wing attacking the rim and getting to the basket.  Graham will be a double-double machine by June.

Daijon Parker 6’6″ forward Michigan Warriors 16u-

The Westland John Glenn big man played behind a future division one commit in the regular season, but in less than a month on the circuit Daijon has shown what he can do as well.  Parker’s calling card is rebounding.  He’s not jumping out the gym for rebounds, but Parker is very fundamentally sound on the glass, boxing out, and aggressively challenging for boards with two hands.  Parker scored just six points on the night, but his 13 rebounds resulted in various second-chance opportunities for teammates.  Rarely gets out of position on defense, and is a quality weak-side shot blocker.

Kaevon Merriweather 6’1″ guard Michigan Warriors 16u-

It’s been well documented Romulus is a guard factory, producing division one guards in three of the last four years.  Merriweather is next in line.  Kaevon, a freshman, plays up one level.  However, physically Merriweather does not resemble a freshman.  Thick shoulders, and the ability to play above the rim.  Similar to any Eagle, Kaevon competes relentlessly on defense.  In a span of two minutes when ASAP cut a once double-digit lead to six, Merriweather forced three turnovers in less than a minute which generated points for his team and a lead the Warriors would coast the rest of the way for a victory.

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