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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.

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.

Great Lakes Classic Day One Thoughts

16 May

Drequan Bell 6’3″ guard Reach 16u- Bell’s range has steadily deepened the past month or two.  The Allen Academy Wildcat led Reach in their opening game with a team-high 22 points.  Hit timely deep three pointers across the perimeter in the first-half, and then displayed his athleticism with a powerful dunk to close the game.  Also used his length on defense to deflect balls coming off pick-and-rolls for steals.

Dequan Powell 5’10” guard Playmakers 17u- Powell has been one of Michigan’s biggest stock-risers in the class of 2016, as his production has meant an increase in victories for his team.  Powell tallied 15 points in the team’s victory against Detroit Showtime.  Dequan was automatic from 10-15 feet, consistently sinking mid-range jump shots in both halves.  However, one aspect Powell does well for a smaller guard is rebound, offensively and defensively, don’t be surprised if he sneaks in and gets an extra possession for his team.

Thomas Kithier 6’7″ forward/center Mustangs 15u-Faletti- Kithier will have to increase his production if the Mustangs are to continue their dominance in the state for 15u, as fellow front-court mate Jalin Tobias will be out for at least rest of the Spring session.  Kithier did just that in a win against the Warriors.  The Dakota big man caused a great deal of havoc at the free-throw line and in.  His ability to put the ball on the floor or pass from the interior can really space the floor for his team.  Relentlessly attacked offensive and defensive boards, and played quality low-post defense.

Reach 15u Loaded With Guards- Reach consistently has some of the best guards in the state year after year, and their 15u team is no different.  Pershing’s Ron Hill, Chandler Park’s Matthew Richmond, Southfield’s Dave Hearns, and Western’s Anthony Roberts were all vital and had their moments in a blow-out victory against Team Hype.  Roberts provided the bulk of the scoring load, hitting jump-shots off the dribble, and finishing in the lane, while also playing pressure defense with the other three guards to cause Hype problems just bringing the ball up the floor.  This group will be interesting to watch and develop.

Other Standouts:

Richard Talley Playmakers 17u- Talley can be counted on for five to six steals a game, and none other was bigger than his game-winning steal and lay-in with less than five seconds to put the Playmakers up on Showtime.

Chris Rollins and Karmari Newman-  The two shook off less-than average first half performances to propel Showtime into possibly stealing a victory.  Rollins scored 13 in the second-half, while added 12, each adding two threes in the final 15 minutes, while also increasing their defensive intensity in the process.

Jamal Keese 6’3″ guard Reach 16u- Caught the eye of the crowd with an impressive tip-in offensive rebound for a dunk which sealed the fate of the opposing team’s hope of a comeback.  Finished with 15  points in the process.  Runs the floor well for lay-ups, and is consistently gives effort and energy on the defensive end of the floor.

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