Great Lakes Classic Part Three Recap

18 May

Champions:

15u Michigan Gators

16u 1Nation

17u Ohio Basketball Club

Dwight Burton 6’2″ guard Playmakers 17u- Burton continued on a solid month of May at the Great Lakes Classic.  Burton can score, and he does so in bunches.  Tallying double digits in games against the Storm, 1Nation, and Reach.  The Mumford Mustang excels in isolation situations, and creating his own shot.  Burton is very patient about how he sets up defenders.  He hit mid-range pull-up jump shots, floaters, and lay-ups in the lane.  However, Burton also can be a nightmare for opposing guards with a weak handle.  He has quick hands, and is laterally quick.

Miguel Priest 6’5″ forward Playmakers 17u- Priest was full of energy on the weekend.  He’s a unique blend of an inside-outside offensive talent with strength and build.  Priest did most of his damage attacking off the wing with his left hand.  Miguel is physical and initiates contact with opponents, to go along with finishing above the rim on occasion.  Priest also crashes both glasses, and is starting to develop into a consistent shot-blocker.  What position Miguel will play at the next level is yet to be determined.

Spencer Littleson 6’3″ guard 1Nation 17u- Littleson was consistent in every game on the weekend for 1Nation, as it was almost guaranteed he would have 15-20 points and a few threes.  Hit mid-range pull-ups, spot-up threes, and even had a few deadly step-back crossover jump shots.  Does not press or try to do too much on a team with as much individual talent on 1Nation.  Just plays his role.  Rarely made mistakes either offensive or defensively.

Michael Flowers 6’0″ guard 1Nation 16u- Mr. Clutch.  Flowers seemingly scored 20 points per-game with ease on the weekend.  But he also has a flair for the dramatic.  A full-court game-winner with 1.8 seconds left in bracket play on Saturday.  When he keeps his shooting form consistent, Flowers can catch momentum from the perimeter and produce big numbers.

Kareem Murray 6’2″ guard Reach 17u- One of two Western Cowboys for Reach, Murray knows and loves to win.  With as much guard talent Reach has, Kareem did two things on the weekend.  Play aggressive defense, and shoot the three.  Murray displayed a consistent jumper from the perimeter, and does a strong job of keeping his man in-front.  Actually TALKS ON DEFENSE.

Brandon Wade 6’0″ guard Michigan Gators 15u- The Michigan Gators don’t get the chance to play in such high-level tournaments often, but the team did win the 15u gold title, defeating The Family in the championship.  Wade is the piece which makes the Gators go.  Serving as the team’s primary ball-handler, and decision maker.  He has a high IQ and vision which all lead guards must have.  Brandon gets around the court wherever he wants and did not backdown against guards with more notoriety than him.  Good athlete, quick, also has deep range from three, and plays confident.

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