Underclassman Camp: All-2018 Team

MVP  Pierre Mitchell  5-10  Fr  Detroit Loyola Everything you want from a young point guard in terms of both talent and instincts. Always in attack mode putting pressure on the defense, and even made good decisions when it looked like he was going too fast. Potentially the kind of guard you can build Breslin runs around in Class C."Heady and tough point guard who got to the rim at will, as no ...

Bank Hoops All-State Minicamp All-2015 Team

MVP  Jerald Booker  6-1  Sr  Walled Lake WesternGuards who play the right way are golden in this type of venue. It's not easy to do what Booker did for a hi-my-name-is camp team -- control tempo, lead on defense, keep teammates involved on offense, and score without gunning it. Smart leading the break and could score from all three levels. Moved and cut when he didn't have the ball. Showed som...

Underclassman Camp: All-2017 Team

MVP  Austin McCullough  6-3  So  Portage CentralSharing a name with Steve Earle's best song would be reason enough to favor him. But McCullough did it all on merit. This was his first Bank Hoops camp, but he quickly grasped the ethos and worked hard in drills and games. Do-it-all rebounding, running wing who plays like Taylor Perry at the same age. McCullough was patient for things to open up ...

Upperclassman Frontcourt Standouts from Bank Hoops All-State Camp

Adam Abraham  6-6  Sr  Grand HavenOne of the surprise players of camp, clearly well-coached by the late Steve Hewitt at Grand Haven."Was a matchup nightmare for other bigs during the drills and in the games," said one coach. "Had the most consistent mid-range jumper of any big in attendance and was good enough with the ball to get a step on taller defenders as they stepped out on him. Playe...

Bell on Ball: Michigan's Top 10 Freshmen
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Youth AAU is fun and all. But we like to see underclassmen get it done in a high school environment as well. Here are the 10 best 2018 prospects we've seen, an obviously fluid list as their careers progress.

1. Brandon Johns  6-8  Fr  East Lansing: Media calling him one of the best players in the state before the season did him a disservice. Now one of best prospects? No doubt. The inside-outside threat is trending somewhere between the next LaVell Blanchard and Al Horford.

2. Foster Loyer  5-10  Fr  Clarkston: The hoops pedigree has been more than apparent as he's come in and run the show for the undefeated Wolves. Oh what alchemy this cross between Monte Morris and Davis Kool, he'll be the biggest Loyer out of Oakland County since Geoffrey Fieger.

3. Zavon Godwin  6-4  Fr  Roseville: Sir'Dominic doesn't have a patent on Rocking Roseville with dunks, as Godwin has a rare combination of length, pop and hand-eye for a ninth-grader. Given he can also step out and shoot and he looks like the next Lester Abram.

4. Tanner Reha  6-3  Fr  DeWitt: How good was the Lansing Spartans 14U last year? Reha joins Johns and Loyer as three of those teams members amongst the top four freshmen. He scored 22 against East Lansing in the opening week of the season and hasn't looked back. Rugged, athletic body with an much improved outside touch.

5. David DeJulius  5-10  Fr  Detroit Edison: All kinds of talent as a ball-handler and has the mature, running back build to get where he wants with the ball on the varsity level. At his best playing a true point and getting easy shots for teammates, still figuring out when and where to mix in the shot.

6. Davion Williams  6-1  Fr  Belleville: Explosive power guard who brings to mind Rico Harris. He's done a lot of good already, whether clutch play down the stretch in December at Ypsilanti Lincoln, or coming off the bench to score in double digits in the Tigers' upset of Romulus.

7. Pierre Mitchell  5-10  Fr  Detroit Loyola: True point guard has just the right mix of skill and mentality to fit in on a balanced Loyola team that has high aspirations for March despite no superstars.

8. Jake Lee  6-4  Fr  Petoskey: The first JV player on the list, coming out of a program where even HOF coach Dennis Starkey's son Cory wasn't a varsity freshman. He now starts for Bucknell, and Lee himself is drawing D1 interest while getting 25 and 15 in junior varsity ball thanks to his interior fundamentals, underrated toughness and ability to run the floor.

9. Thomas Kithier  6-7  Fr  Macomb Dakota: Rare combination of solid build, touch and feel for space, given his youth. Kithier and soph point guard Jermaine Jackson will do a lot of future damage in the MAC.

10. Quinn Blair  6-5  Fr  Dearborn Divine Child: Already has a pretty sophisticated offensive game off the ball that reminds of the Simons brothers out of Cadillac via CMU and Drake.    

2016 Perimeter Standouts From Bank Hoops All-State Minicamp
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Tariq Archibald  5-8  Jr  Ortonville Brandon
One of the state's significant sub-genres of player, Pontiac point guards, ran strong through the turn of the century. Maurice Searight remains the favorite guard this space has covered. It's endangered now, but able vessels of this diaspora still exist, like Archibald. Maybe not as much glitter in the veneer, but rock solid where it counts. He's a smooth A-to-B guard who mixes in his own offense. Will have to get more explosive for high school shots to become college shots at his size.

"Solid vocal point guard who does everything well," a coach said. "Doesn't wow you with flare, but gets the job done with efficiency. Plays tough on-ball defense, but will need to continue to get stronger to allow him to match up better with bigger guards."

Payton Dewildt  6-1  Jr  Midland
The jumper sets it all up for this combo guard who brings to mind John Flynn with his build and ability to get off his shot. Dangerous three-point shooter off of screens or as a pitch option in the corner. Uses strength at the block and can finish with either hand. Not a break-down point guard but sees the open man, is unselfish and makes good decisions against helping and double-teaming defenders. At his height, development of mid-range game will be key.

"Classic lefty, Gail Goodrich shooter," a coach said. "Solid small college player, at least."

University of Detroit Adds Guard, Forward Pair
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With the October 6 commitment of Detroit Western's Gerald Blackshear and Josh McFolley to the University of Detroit, 20 Michigan seniors have now made their college commitments.

Dilon Aten  6-1  Sr  Wayland (ACB BankHoops)  Cornerstone
This is how you become a small college power, keeping at home all-staters talented enough to have played at bigger schools. Cornerstone did it in the spring with Holland Christian's Kyle Steigenga. Aten can help you running a team, or picking up the scoring when he has to. The last time an all-state point guard went from Wayland to Cornerstone it worked out well, Wes Hudson was the 2014 WHAC MVP.

Gerald Blackshear  6-8  Sr  Detroit Western (1Nation)  Detroit
Energy guy whose motor when paired with athleticism and wingspan make Blackshear productive without having plays called for him. Guards the bucket, pursues rebounds and rim runs for dunks. Ability to check inside and out is attractive. He'll join AAU and former Mt. Clemens teammate Josh McFolley at Detroit Western, and then at Calihan Hall.

Deleon Brown  6-2  Sr  Grand Rapids Christian (SYF Players/GR Storm)  Colorado
A smooth shooter who hit for 20 points per game as a junior and vaulted into one of the state's top 10 overall recruits. Creating space is creating space, and Brown's ball-handling give him point guard potential in addition to his scoring prowess. Brown chose the Buffaloes ahead of a bevy of mid-major offers, and will likely play a post-grad year prior to facing the rigors of the Pac10. 

Malik Clincy  6-2  Sr  Grand Rapids Northview (WM Lakers)  Cornerstone
Between Aten and Clincy, Cornerstone has already inked two top 30 overall prospects, securing a future backcourt that could keep them in national contention through the end of the decade. Either of them can play on or off the ball, Clincy an athletic lane scorer and creator who will knock down clutch shots and give effort defensively. He's one of the state's biggest sleepers, and looked just as good as any of the 2015 Detroit area guards in AAU.

2015 Perimeter Standouts From Bank Hoops All-State Minicamp
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AJ Atwater  5-11  Sr  Otsego
In the midst of football season, but when you can shoot you can shoot and Atwater knocks down shots by rote. High IQ, efficient player. Good grades, low risk recruit.

"Has a pure stroke and confidence to go with it," a coach said. "Has a strong frame and gets after it on defense."

"True floor general," said another. "Guys certainly respect his game, because whenever he was in he ran the show. Very nice handle and didn't over-dribble. He also used the dribble well to create good passing angles. Was one of the best post-feeders at the camp. Defensively he gets after it. Poor shot selection at times would be his only flaw on offense."

Solomon Barwegan  6-1  Sr  Otsego
Former Vicksburg standout is now a key member of one of the state's best Class B teams. Barwegan can shoot from 3 or mid-range and is much improved with the ball. He was all business all day and produced throughout.

"He seemed to just make the right play each time," a coach said. "he hustled, passed and shot lights out. Loved his energy!"

"One of the most solid perimeter participants at camp," said another. "Has a game reminiscent of Bobby Naubert. He played hard and well all day. Could have been called the Drill Sergeant from his perfect execution during stations The nice thing was once the games began he continued to keep you watching. Very good point guard who can play in transition or the half-court. Knocks down the open shot and drives it well enough to draw help and make good decisions off of it. Plays very hard on defense and uses angles well, which makes up for some lack of elite quickness. needs to continue to work on athleticism, but overall one of the best players I saw."

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