Great Lakes Classic Recap Part 2

17 May

Kyle Hayes 6’7″ forward 1Nation 17u- When he wants to, Kyle can impact a game.  In his first tournament of the Spring, Kyle had a stellar performance against the Ohio Cagers, 17 overall points.  He found success in running the floor, getting out in transition, and finishing around the rim with either hand, to go along with an impressive dunk.  However, he also made a statement defensively.  He blocked several shots at the rim and had multiple solid defensive series for a forward.  Hayes is in the proverbial “tweener” role, as his position is yet to be determined at this point in time.  June will be a big month for the Arbor Prep Gator.

Josh Long 6’6″ forward 1Nation 16u- Long did not play the previous high school season due to state transfer rules, but hasn’t missed a step so far.  Josh is a true mismatch type forward.  Long is usually placed on the block, but with a skill set of a wing, Long can face up, shoot, attack off the bounce with his right hand, and finish above the rim.  Competes with a tenacious effort, should develop into a versatile defender, and rebounds as if he were 6’10.”  Had 24 points against Reach.

Armonee Felder 5’10” guard 1Nation 16u- Felder needed to shoulder an even greater scoring load with his team playing with seven guys on the weekend, and the Pershing Doughboy did just that.  He’s quick, shifty, and can blow by defenders with either hand.  Was in consistent attack mode all weekend, fearlessly attacking the rim against taller defenders and drawing contact.  But what can set the younger Felder apart in the state is a consistent jump shot, he looked confident when resorting to a three pointer, and connected on several high-difficulty step-back ones.  Continuing to work on recognizing when to distribute and when to score.

Byrce Washington 6’3″ guard The Family 15u- Washington tallied 22 points in their win against the Michigan Gators Saturday afternoon.  Bryce didn’t take a high-amount of shots to get there either.  He was in the right spot at the right time for either a pass or an offensive rebound for a tip-in.  Plays off the ball, has terrific body control, and seems to still be growing.

Vincent Williams 6’6″ forward Michigan Gators 15u- Williams was the reason the Gators nearly beat The Family Saturday afternoon, as the Toledo St. John’s big man scored 24 points.  Williams is far from a finished product, but showed what he can do against equally talented posts.  Playing above the rim, establishing deep post position to go along with strong hands, and playing with an overall sense of aggressiveness.  Rebounds his area well, and challenged shots in the lane.  Decent footwork and lateral mobility.

Darian Owens-White 6’0″ guard The Program Elite 16u- Darian is the ultimate extension of a coach on the floor, as a son of a state championship winning coach.  Owens-White does not get phased with pressure or change his game due to what the opponent does.  He can handle the ball for a point guard, set-up/run a half-court offense, find an open man, and hit mid-range jump shots when all else fails.  Heady defender, keeps man in front, and rarely found out of position.

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