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Top Half-Dozen 2016 Guards Without Collegiate Offers

15 Jul

Teams can have all the size in the world, but if guard play is absent, vertical gifts can easily become evaporated.

Throughout the course of July, players are evaluated by colleges from all levels.  Some will gain interest, while others will gain offers.

Here are six rising 2016 guards that hold zero collegiate offers entering their final month of AAU competition from the great State of Michigan.

jasonwilliamsJason Williams 5’10” point guard 1Nation/Allen Academy

Read Jason’s high school stats, and it sounds like a career most can only dream of.  25.6 points-per-game, 6.1 rebounds-per-game, 6.6 assists-per-game, and 4.2 steals-per-game in his junior year.  Williams is quick, and hard to stay in front of for most at the high school level.  Many of his points come in the paint, floaters, runners in the lane, and is a deceptively strong finisher for his size.  He’s also a winner.  As in the last three years, he been a major cog in forming Allen Academy into a legitimate contender for a Class C Detroit charter school, with a record of 45-21.

UnknownDwight Burton 6’2″ off-guard Michigan Playmakers/Detroit Mumford

Burton has come a long way in a short time.  He’s only played organized basketball since the end of his freshman year, but his unique journey to basketball success is beginning to pay off.  He doesn’t shy away when the stage is too bright, and won’t back down from larger names.  Burton has an explosive first step, and can take any defender off the dribble and attack the basket.  Burton does need to improve on protecting the ball at all times, as he becomes careless with the ball for moments.  But with his natural scoring ability, raw talent, and athleticism, there is not too much against Burton not to make him a scholarship player.

DSC_00511Karim Murray 6’1″ off-guard Reach/Detroit Western

Murray’s stock is at the highest for the month of July.  Although he doesn’t have the desired 6’3,” or 6’4,” frame, he has the broad shoulders and muscular build without even entering a college weight room.  His best attribute is his perimeter defense, he uses his strength and lateral foot-speed to keep opponents in front of him, and can guard up to three positions on the floor.  Murray is also one of the best finishers with either hand when attacking the basket off weak close-outs, and is starting to develop into a consistent perimeter shooter.

3l9a6613Terrance Sewell 6’2″ off-guard Reach/Detroit Northwestern

Everything with Sewell is to the basket.  He’s not ball dominant to do so.  He patiently waits for the opportunity once he sees an alley to the basket, then he attacks the rim with full force.  Lives at the free-throw line, and is also starting to become a high-level rebounder on both sides of the floor.  Like Murray, Sewell has the build of a college level two guard.  Is a consistent perimeter jumper away from offers.

Rahsann Pope 6’3″ combo guard Michigan Warriors/Romulus

16811122-standardGreat size, length, and skill for a college guard.  Can really be a stat-sheet stuffer.  Has the type of frame that can put on and maintain weight and strength.  Smooth style of play, almost too smooth and passive at times.   Like him with the ball more as a point guard to make plays for either himself of others.  Can shoot a bit here and there, but strength is getting into the lane with quick first step.

DSC_1876Walter Kelser 6’0″ point guard Walled Lake Central

Kelser can put up big numbers on any given night.  Walter is a high-volume scoring point guard that hasn’t seen a shot he doesn’t like.  He can score from all three levels, but loves to draw contact and shoot free-throws.  Not a total facilitator make the game easier for others type of guard, more of a system type player and what a college coach wants from their floor generals.


Michigan Players in the NBA to Start 2014-2015

27 Oct

nba-logoBasketball season is back, and the NBA tips-off first. Michigan has had a long tradition of producing pros, and this season in the association, for at least opening day, there are eleven players who are from Michigan, or played in the state as an amateur on a team’s roster. From Grand Rapids, stretching all the way across to Detroit, Saginaw, and every town in between, here are the players representing the mitten for 2014-2015.

James Young Rookie: 6’6″ 215 lbs Shooting Guard, University of Kentucky (Rochester High School) Boston Celtics

Shayne Whittington Rookie: 6’11” 250 lbs Power Forward, Western Michigan University (Lawrence High School) Indiana Pacers

Roy Devyn Marble Rookie: 6’6″ 200 lbs Shooting Guard, Iowa (Southfield-Lathrup High School) Orlando Magic

Willie Green Twelfth Year: 6’3″ 201 lbs Shooting Guard, University of Detroit Mercy (Detroit Cooley High School) Orlando Magic

Draymond Green Third Year: 6’7″ 230 lbs Small Forward, Michigan State (Saginaw High School) Golden State Warriors

Christ Douglass-Roberts Sixth Year: 6’7″ 210 lbs Shooting Guard, Memphis (Detroit Cass Tech/Detroit Northwestern High School) Los Angeles Clippers

Ray McCallum Second Year: 6’3″ 190 lbs Point Guard, University of Detroit Mercy (Detroit Country Day High School) Sacramento Kings

Christ Kaman Twelfth Year: 7’0″ 265 lbs Center, Central Michigan University (Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian High School) Portland Trail Blazers

Wilson Chandler Eighth Year: 6’8″ 225 lbs Small Forward, Depaul (Benton Harbor High School) Denver Nuggets

JaVale McGee Seventh Year: 7’0″ 270 lbs Center, Nevada, (From Flint) Denver Nuggets

Jason Richardson Thirteenth Year: 6’6″ 225 lbs Shooting Guard, Michigan State, (Saginaw Arthur Hill High School) Philadelphia 76ers

Michigan Class of 2013 Receiving NBA Caliber Recognition

17 Oct

matthewsIn Michigan’s class of 2013, more than twenty players committed to division one schools.  With just one year of college on their resume, a few have appealed to become very promising NBA prospects in the future.

According to NBADraft.net, three members of the class of 2013 are ranked top 50 sophomores for the national class of 2017.  Rhode Island’s EC Matthews, Iowa State’s Monte Morris, and Michigan’s Derek Walton.

The highest was EC Matthews at number 7, a 6’5″ 190 pound combo guard.  In his freshman season, EC averaged 14 points, and four rebounds a game for the Rams while playing more than 30 minutes each contest.  Matthews guided Romulus High School to the 2013 Class A state as a senior.


Coming in at 30, was Michigan’s Derrick Walton Jr.  Walton started 36 of the 37 games for the Wolverines his freshman campaign, averaging 7.9 points a game, and three rebounds and assists as well.  Walton attended Chandler Park Academy for high school and played under his 20131203_Derrick_Walton_shoots_against_Jabari_Parkerdad.  A four year varsity participant, Walton received the Michigan Gatorade National Player of the year award his senior season, where he averaged  26 points, seven points and steals a contest.

Number 45 on the list is Monte Morris.  Morris played in all 36 games for the Big 12 champions Iowa State, starting the last 17 contests.  Morris averaged seven points, three rebounds a game his freshman season, and broke the record with 4.79 assist to turnover ratio.  Morris came to Iowa State after a successful prep career at Flint Beecher, capturing two consecutive Class C titles his junior and senior campaigns, culminating with the state’s Mr. Basketball Award his senior season.





8030804For a complete list of the t0p 50 sophomores in NCAA division one basketball, please click here

Upcoming Camps and Showcases

3 Aug

arloNow that the July Live Period is now over, one of only ways for prospects to get their name out there is through camps and showcases.  Recruiting websites, like yours truly, will attend these camps scouting the courts for talent and writing up recaps filled with notes from the day’s of action.  I am providing a list of camps that will help the recruit improve their stock over the last couple of months before the high school season begins.  This list of camps will continue to grow as I find more camps in the state.  Although there is usually a fee to participate in these camps, players, it is important to attend these camps for multiple reasons, to get your name out to recruiting websites, two, to improve your own individual game, and three, see your competitions game and learn on what you need to be to become the best in your class.  I hope everybody has an opportunity to get out to a least one of these camps.

Bank Hoops Underclassmen All-State Mini Camp (Aug. 3 10-5 pm at The Cage in Swartz Creek)

Hype Athletics Triple Threat 2 Day Camp (Aug. 15-16, 9 am-12 pm at Hype Athletics in Dearborn Heights)

Michigan Elite 25 Camp (Aug. 17-18, Sept. 22, 29, Oct. 13, 20 at Detroit Cass Tech) *invitation Only

Inside Prep Sports Fall Super Showcase (Sept. 15 10 am-4 pm at Hype Athletics in Dearborn Heights)

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12 Sep

In case you haven’t heard, Martin Luther King has had to forfeit their victory over Osborn on 9/7/12 due to ineligible player on the team. For those of you who have been involved in the PSL, you know that this is not the first time, including in basketball. How many times have we seen a team have to lose multiple games if not the season to an ineligible player? Due to this incident, King will now have to win out if they have hope of making the playoffs. This is just terrible for the kids on the team, to see their hard work go for nothing. The kids have nothing to do with this issue. This falls in the lap of the coaches and the entire athletic department. How can you allow a player you know is ineligible play? It is mind-boggling to think a coach would even risk playing a player like that knowing the consequences could be lost games. This has to change quickly if the PSL wants to become a dominant force in the state of Michigan like many know they can be.

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