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Hype Scrimmage Day Two Recap

1 Dec

Detroit Loyola

Pierre Mitchell ( 2018 5’9″ point guard)- Mitchell has yet to play in a high school regular season game, but plays with the poise and confidence many freshman do not have.  First off, he’s a scorer, from all three levels.  He can shoot the three, score in the mid-range with deadly floaters and runners, and finish against taller defenders at the rim.  But Pierre can also be a true point guard.  He made some flashy passes on the break, and can quickly beat defenders off the bounce going either direction and get into the lane.  Mitchell can also be a pesk when Loyola decides to pressure opposing team’s ball handlers.

De’Quan Powell (2016 5’10” combo guard)- Powell should pair nicely with Mitchell in the Bulldog back court.  De’Quan increased his production on the day with the absence of DeMarco Dickerson.  He hit some contested mid-range jump shots at the elbow, and made some nifty drives to the basket.  But where De’Quan made a significant impact on Loyola’s games throughout the day was on the defensive end of the floor.  He takes pride in his defense, as he hustled to loose balls, got on the floor, and came away with steals.

Melvindale ABT

Elijah Smith (2017 6’5″ forward)- Smith is hard to miss when he’s on the floor, a 6’5″ 200 + lbs frame.  Smith seems to enjoy contact, using his body to carve out space vs. smaller opponents to get his hand on almost every rebound.  Don’t mistake him for being slow, he’ll get up and down the court just fine, and get off the court in a hurry as well.

Ann Arbor Skyline

Brandon Wade (6’0″ combo guard)- Another freshman guard yet to play a high school game.  Wade has good range on his jump shot, with a smooth and fluid release.  Moves well without the ball in his hand, showed flashes of being able to take defenders off the dribble, kept his head and set up teammates to score, and always seemed to be around the ball on defense.  Skyline will be a interesting team to follow this year.

Other standouts:

Lavail Russell (Melvindale ABT 5’10” point guard)

Jack Ammerman (Ann Arbor Skyline 5’9″ shooting guard)

From One Eagle to Another, Skyline’s Tristan Wilson Defines True EMU

27 Mar

WilsonWebAfter averaging 15.2 points, eight rebounds, and 4.2 blocks in his senior season for the Eagles of Ann Arbor Skyline, senior forward Tristan Wilson has decided to continue his basketball career at Eastern Michigan University.

The youngest of the four public high schools in Ann Arbor, expectations for Skyline were generally low at the beginning of the 2013-2014 high school season.  After an erratic 2-3 start to the season, the Eagles finished the season 15-5, making their way to the state quarterfinals before bowing out to Muskegon.  However, Skyline was able to defeat statewide ranked teams such as Ann Arbor Huron, and Kalamazoo Central.

“Best season in school history,” Tristan had to say.  “Won districts for the first time and regionals, and as a whole just made a better overall teammate and player.”

Eastern Michigan runs in Tristan veins.  His father, Theron Wilson, is the schools all-time leading shot blocker.  A second key piece for Tristan deciding to become an Eagle was because of the connection he developed with Head Coach Rob Murphy, and assistant coach Mike Brown.  His length, athleticism, and defensive presence were all selling points to the EMU basketball program, and sees himself a perfect fit in the Eagle 2-3 zone defense.

“I’ll be playing the 4 (position),” Tristan had to say.  “Athletic, long, in the left or right of the 2-3 (zone) kind of like Glen Bryant, one of their graduating seniors from this past season.”

Wilson is now the second in-state commit for the Eagles.  The first was Canton’s Jordan Nobles, a fellow 6’8″ long and athletic forward.

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