Mayor’s Notebook: T.J. Kelley’s IPS Showcase Recap

14 Sep

The annual Inside Prep Sports Fall Showcase was organized by none other than T.J Kelley.  Seńor Kelley always brings together some of the best talent in the state.  And 2015 was no different.  Roughly 60 kids from across Michigan participated.  Here are those that stood-out.

Top Three Performers:

Jamal Cain Cornerstone 6’7″ 2017 Wing: Mr. Cain showed his Rivals top 100 ranking was no fluke by taking it to the field at the showcase.  On the day, Cain guarded all five positions on the floor due to superior length, athleticism, and agility.  With a polished mid-range game in the works, high majors will be calling Jamal soon to go with offers from Kent State, Oakland, and U of D Mercy.


Diego Robinson

Diego Robinson Lansing Everett 6’6″ 2017 Wing: Robinson assaulted the rims all day long.  He dunked every open look either off-the-dribble or from a standstill, and owned the defensive glass.  Robinson will continue to round out his entire skill-set before the actual season starts.


Dylan Alderson

Dylan Alderson Clarkston 6’5″ 2017 Wing: Another high-flyer on the day, however, Dylan showed off his outside game and his ability to drop dimes while playing point guard.  Has all the tools needed to become a plus perimeter defender from all three positions.  This versatility has aided Alderson in receiving offers from Toledo, Central Michigan, and Wright State.  More will definitely follow.

Other Notables:

Brandon Wade Ann Arbor Skyline 6’0″ 2018 Point Guard: Great passer.  Thrives in using body to shield defenders from the ball while getting into the lane and making point guard plays.  Soild in-between guy who makes everyone around him better.  Holds offers from Eastern Michigan, Toledo, and Northern Illinois.

Richard Talley Detroit Renaissance 5’10” 2016 Point Guard: Justin Turner is not the only guard that can play at Renni.  Talley is a soild/pesky on-ball defender with quick hands and feet.  And holy smokes can this kid jump despite his size.  Wow!

Jordan Graham Farmington 6’4″ 2017 Wing Guard: He might be the biggest sleeper in Michigan’s ’17 class.  Jordan had a great summer with the Michigan Warriors before getting hurt in July.  He can really run the floor, create his own shot, knockdown open jumpers, and has great size for a guard. Would be a steal for a low-major.

Brennan Buszka Grosse Pointe South 6’6″ 2017 Wing: Another Michigan Warrior.  Had a strong month of July, and I’ve got a feeling he’s not done growing yet.  Really good in open floor either with the ball or running the break.  A good rebounder for his size.  Student of the game type player given his dad played college ball at U of D Mercy.

Calvin Blaydes Belleville 6’5″ 2016 Forward: Athleticism is off the charts.  Ability to create own offense is developing, but never ceases from the dirty work and rebounding side of the game.  Tallest kid on high school team so that might limit his ability to play his more natural height-given position.  One premier community college took note of him.

More Standouts:
Jack Ammermen Ann Arbor Skyline 5’10” 2018 Shooting Guard: Kid can flat out shoot it

Robert Iaquaniello Walled Lake Northern 6’2″ 2017 Shooting Guard: Another one opponents can’t leave open behind the arch.

 Joe Chavey Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard 6’4″ 2016 Combo Guard: Attention D3/NAIAs, here’s a steal.  3.5 GPA and 24 ACT.  Plays extremely hard and willing to do whatever it takes to win.

Skylar Lipinski Onsted 6’6″ 2017 Forward: The future of Onsted is strong with Lipinski.  Defenders will no longer be able to double-team Austin “Big Country” Davis now that Lipinski is on varsity.

Contributed by Adam Troia



2 Responses to “Mayor’s Notebook: T.J. Kelley’s IPS Showcase Recap”

  1. Joseph Frye September 21, 2015 at 9:53 pm #

    Well scouted! Outstanding

  2. Ronald Windham September 16, 2015 at 5:21 am #

    A lot of great talent around Michigan but one guy who really stood out to me was Diego Robinson. A 6’6 wing who hustles, runs the floor, and crashes the glass is an outstanding addition to any team. With 2 years left in high school I would like to see if he can extend his range to the 3 and handle the ball better. If he keeps working to improve his game the sky’s the limit for this kid.

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