U of D Mercy Shootout Day Two Thoughts

24 Jun

Day two of the U of D Mercy Titan Shootout.  AM champions Rochester Adams.  PM Champions Detroit Renaissance.

AM Session

Spencer Littleson 6’3″ 2016 point guard Rochester Adams- There was no more fundamentally sound guard than Littleson on the day.  Spencer has a full arsenal of moves to get open for what he does best, shoot.  Step-backs, spins, cross-overs, he will get a shot off.  But than opponents have to know where he’s at when he doesn’t. He flashes hard to get open and uses screens well.  His motor never runs low, and was 5-8 from the three-point line in the championship game.  Knows when to score and when to distribute.  For sure division one lock at this point.

Walter Kelser 6’0″ 2016  point guard Walled Lake Central- If Kelser was three to five inches taller, there would be a debate to who the top five in Michigan is.  When he has the ball, he looks to score.  His go-to move is the left-to-right crossover, get in the lane, and then use strength to absorb contact, stay in the air, and then finish.  Decent perimeter shooter off the bounce.  If a college needs a point guard that is going to put up 25-30 points a night, then this is your player.

Isaiah Lewis 5’7″ 2019 point guard Wayne Memorial- Lewis is thin, and might be invisible if he turns sideways.  But then watch him shoot.  No lie, Lewis went at least 7-7 to start the game against Wayne Memorial, five or so threes, and a couple of mid-range pull-ups.  With form, and confidence to continually shoot, it doesn’t appear as if this was an aberration for Isaiah.  Lewis is pass-first, but opponents cannot go underneath screens on him, he will make them pay.

David Rinke 6’7″ 2016 forward Rochester Adams- Rinke is a nice man to have in the lane for a very perimeter oriented team in Adams.  And interestingly, the Highlanders’ shooting has seemed to have spread to David, who stepped out a few times to make a jumper.  Not as much a threat offensively on the block, but on an occasion sealed his man well for an entry pass for a lay-up with proper footwork and positioning.  Plays with a workman like attitude, and rebounds well in his area.  NAIA/D3 skill-set.

Keep an eye out for:

Anton Lucaj 6’4″ 2016 wing Walled Lake Central

Kajuan Graham 6’1″ 2016 point guard Bloomfield Hills

PM Session

Terrance Sewell 6’2″ 2016 combo guard Detroit Northwestern- Sewell is the closest thing Michigan has to a Dwayne Wade, everything is to the basket, and he doesn’t have to be ball-dominant to do so.  Sewell sits on the wing, watches the defense, gets the ball, then takes-off.  With his body-control in the lane and ability to finish with either hand, Sewell made a living at the free-throw line.  Another aspect of Sewell’s game that stood out was him knocking in a few threes in the corner off passes, it’s long been a part Terrance has been working on his game.  Sewell will put his new jump shot on display in July to solidify himself as a division one prospect.

Jamal Cain 6’6″ 2017 wing Cornerstone- Cain will be high-major once his prep career concludes.  It is very hard to guard Jamal at the high school level.  Athleticism check, length check, versatility check.  At his best, there is no way to stop him.  If he’s not dominating the paint for put-backs and dunks than he’ll rain threes on you.  Cain is not a pure wing yet, there are still areas to grow for him such as ball-handling and slashing ability.  But how can you not think a kid named Cain will be good?

Mark Watts 5’10” 2019 point guard Mark Watts- If the words freshman were next to Watts’ name, it would be hard to tell he is a freshman.  He even plays up a level on Reach’s 15u squad.  Watts has the even-toed demeanor and poise of a future star in the making.  Mark is a pure point guard, he lets the game come to him.  Looks to set others up before himself, and is also a rare guard who feeds post-teammates.  This year he will play more off-the-ball due to various senior ball-handlers on the team, which should help learn newer aspects of the game by the time he gets the ball in his hand full-time.

Chris Rollins 5’11” 2016 point guard East English Village- Rollins competed with a killer instinct.  I’m going to score and you can’t stop me.  Mid-range pull-ups, and driving to the basket.  But what was surprising to see was how well Rollins communicated with teammates on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor.  Setting his players up for in-bounds plays, presses, and defensive-sets.  Rollins has long been on the border for D1/D2 material and July for Showtime will be telling.

Drequan Bell 6’3″ 2017 shooting guard Allen Academy- Bell can get into a zone.  With his herky-jerky form and range, Drequan can launch threes in bunches.  Stuck in the middle of pure shooting guard and college wing.  Consistency is the only thing obstacle holding Bell from becoming a monster.

Calvin Blaydes 6’5″ 2016 forward Belleville-  Blaydes has only played high school basketball for less than two years, and the next two years can be even brighter.  Naturally athletic with long-arms but undeveloped frame and coordination, Calvin cleaned up both glasses and even went toe-to-toe with the larger, sought after Cornerstone forward Jamal Cain.  Blaydes is a project moving forward, but with the proper polishing and attention there is no reason to think he won’t continue his career for four more years somewhere.

Kylan Shipp 5’8″ 2017 guard Detroit Northwestern- Under 6’0″ guards better be scrappy, and Kylan is that.  He’s tough, strong, and never backs down.  Was a key cog for the Colts reaching the semi-finals with a surprising win against a loaded Kalamazoo Central squad.  Many points came in transition off drives to the basket.  Not a pure point guard at this point in the half-court set, but has some weapons to work with now the before mentioned Terrance Sewell and 6’6″ Detroit Central forward transfer Darius Lynum.

Greg Elliott 6’3″ 2017 wing East English Village- Elliot’s position has long been up for discussion.  A point guard, shooting guard or wing?  For Tuesday, he was a wing.  With freakish long arms, Elliott may grow even more.  He is the type of guard schools that play zone would love to have.   Got out in transition and used that length to finish at the rim.


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