Warrior Jam Fest Day Two Recap

3 May

IMG_0502Pool play ended, and a bracket games commenced.

Dequan Powell 6’0″ guard Michigan Playmakers 17u (pictured)- 

While known for a defensive player, Dequan was able to give the Playmakers offensively, 13 against Hoop Grind and 11 vs. the Warriors.  Many of which came off jump-shots, an area he has improved drastically compared to a year ago.  Connected on four threes in the two combined games, and several mid-range pull-ups, while also playing well defensively.

Dwight Burton 6’1″ guard Michigan Playmakers 17u- 

The Playmakers already have a solid group of guards, but Burton can put them over the top.  In his first tournament with the team this Spring, Dwight did not disappoint, 16 in the first game, nine against Hoop Grind, and 13 coming vs. the Warriors.  In one particular stretch against the Warriors, Burton looked unstoppable, scoring seven straight, a nice take to the basket, a three, and a circus shot through contact at the rim.  Overall, Burton has a nice first step, a variety of moves to attack the basket for a scorer, and quality ball-handling abilities.  His best move of the day was coming down on the break with one defender with him, faking a behind-the-back pass, the defender following, and Burton sliding in for an uncontested lay-up.

Mike Bruce 6’3″ guard Michigan Warriors 17u-

Plays more an off-guard role compared to his point guard responsibilities at Belleville during the season.  Bruce scored 13 points in the loss to the Playmakers, and was the catalyst for a near comeback trailing double-digits throughout the game.  Bruce displayed an improved mid-range game, and attacking the offensive glass for second-chance baskets.

Tabin Throgmorton 6’3″ guard Team Basketball 17u-

At Clarkston Tabin was a role player, now he does it all for Team Basketball.  Score, rebound,  handle the ball, facilitate, shoot, he finds so many ways to beat opponents.  Very crafty and one step ahead of defenders.  Also hit a game winner for his team on the day.

Kyle Woodruff 6’2″ guard Michigan Mustangs-Woodruff 17u-

Didn’t let the high-intensity/emotional game shake his play, scoring nearly a third a of his team 56 points with 23.  Hit clutch threes down the stretch in the second-half coming off screens, and was impeccable from the free-throw line.

Other standouts on the day:

Kaevon Merriweather 6’1″ guard Michigan Warriors 16u- Ceiling is extremely high for Merriweather.  Will be in contention at Romulus come Summer League for minutes.

Antuan Johnson 6’5″ forward Michigan Playmakers 17u- Freak of an athlete.  Nearly had a SportsCenter highlight worthy dunk.  Still found ways to clean the glass, and change shots.

Andia Marsh 6’1″ guard Michigan Warriors 17u- Lived at the free-throw.  Tough to stop when gets downhill.

Brian Walker 6’4″ forward Ypsi Cavs- Showed flashes at times of being able to shoot/score the ball.

Dave Wren 6’1″ guard Ypsi Cavs- One of the best unsigned senior point guards in Michigan at the moment.  Gracefully gets around the floor, pass first, and plays above the rim.

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