Up North Challenge 17U All-Tournament Team

MVP  Seth Dugan  7-0  Jr  ACB/Bank Hoops (Otsego)It's easy to see why mid-major coaches were so worried after the King James tournament. Dugan was just as good here, and if he plays like that in July high major offers are sure to ensue. He'll be visiting Michigan, Wisconsin and Purdue in June and Vanderbilt is showing interest. Half-hook off of either shoulder was dropping as Dugan was abl...

Storm Classic Breakouts and Off Beaten Path

Everyone knows Josh Jackson can play. West Michigan fans were excited to see him live at the Grand Rapids Storm Classic. But the tournament ran deep with talent beyond the obvious. Here are 10 17U prospects that had the college coaches take notice. Dilon Aten  6-2  Jr  ACB/Bank Hoops (Wayland)He had a rough opener against an aggressive and ready King James team, as ACB was in press break o...

Izzo Shootout Standouts

Into its second decade, the Izzo Shootout continues to be one of the must-see statewide events. Even with upperclassman superstars like MSU pledge Deyonta Davis, Eric Davis and Josh Josh Jackson away from their high school teams because of national, or international, commitments, there was enough talent on campus to keep MSU coaches interested and fans entertained. Here are 10 prospects who helped...

Spring All-Camp Team 2016

MVP  Austin Davis  6-9  So  OnstedRare big that is so offensively gifted at his age, that his team, in a camp environment, made a concerted effort to pound the ball inside. He has moves from either block and with either hand. Agility will have to improve to get out and guard ball screens."Space-eater extraordinaire with good size," a coach said. "Physical big that called for the all often and ...

Eric Davis and the State's First 2016 Recruit Commit
Bank Hoops - High School

With the early signing period just two months away, the verbal commitments are starting to pile up for Michigan's class of 2015. Here is who has cast their lot thus far.  

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.

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.

Deyonta Davis  6-9  Sr  Muskegon (Indy Heat/ACB BankHoops)  Michigan State
He's a rare combination of innate ability, physical potential and well-coached background. While Paul Davis was ranked higher, Davis is MSU's best frontcourt recruit since Zach Randolph in 2000. He committed to the Spartans before his junior season, then went on to set the MHSAA record for blocked shots while starring for an undefeated state championship team. Then came high-end production on the Nike EYBL, and DD is on everyone's shortlist for the McDonald's All-American game.

Further 2018 Standouts From Underclassman Camp
Bank Hoops - High School

Cody Blankenburg  5-6  Fr  Lansing Sexton
Transitioning from youth phenom to high school player. Can navigate traffic and finish through contact. Good handle but needs to keep the ball hotter, not sit on his dribble. Having coaches like Carlton Valentine and Ray Mitchell at Sexton bodes well for his future.

"Scrappy guard who doesn't seem to mind mixing it up with just about anyone," a coach said. "Can knock down the open shot and was one of the best on-ball defenders at the camp. Sometimes got caught inside with nowhere to go due to over-penetration." 

Braiden Childress  6-3  Fr  Baldwin
Rare combination of size and skills for his age, much bigger than his all-state brother Brandon was going into high school. Lack of toughness and hustle are more in line with his age, doesn't understand playing hard which he'll have to if Baldwin has March aspirations. 

"High IQ to go along with a man-sized frame," a coach said. "He plays well in a halfcourt set or transition. Finishes at the rim with either hand and makes the right pass when things close down. Nice looking shot from 19 and in, but it turns into a bit of a push as he moves behind the are. Very strong rebounding guard who isn't afraid to lead the break. Plays tough on D but struggled at times to stay in front of smaller and quicker guards."

Randy Frison  5-2  Fr  Romulus
Another off the Romulus guard assembly line, just in miniature. Competed the whole day. Quick release and nice arc on his shot, and knew how to get it off at his size.

"Little guy, BIG heart!," a coach said. "Played hard all the time. Has a nice handle and is deadly from 3, as most kids from Romulus seem to be. Will be a solid guard as he matures."

Bank Hoops All-State Minicamp September 21
Bank Hoops - Camps

Michigan's longest-running college exposure event, the 10th-annual Bank Hoops All-State Minicamp, will be held 10 am-5 pm Sunday, Sept. 21 at The Cage in Swartz Creek. Boys' players in grades 9-12 will be drilled and compete in games in front of coaches from NCAA Division 2 & 3, NAIA and junior college programs. This year's camp will be held Sunday, Sept. 21 at The Cage in Swartz Creek, Mich. To register click here, for more information read below.

More Soph Standouts from Underclassman Camp
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Matt Beachler  6-2  So  Lowell
It was the end of a whirlwind week for Beachler which saw him win a 15U title in Las Vegas with the Mustangs and visit CMU to pick up his first D1 offer. Which led to Beachler not being on his A stuff as one of the state's top 10 2017 prospects, and with legendary shooting performances in camps past. Still all the tools were there and he was better in drills than games.

"Beautiful looking shot, but didn't take it very often unless open," a coach said. "Needs to play hard all the time and understand 2017 is a long way away." 

Noah Erxleben  6-1  So  Harbor Springs
Smart and efficient offensively, found space and knocked down shots all day long. Solid but yet explosive or creative with the ball.

"Set shooter who was deadly from the corner," said one coach. "Can put it on the deck going right, but needs to work on the left."

Jawuan Griffin  6-0  So  Belleville
His name looms large in Belleville basketball history, as Griffin looks to make a mark of his own. Aggressive guard who was especially dangerous when stepping into his shot, dangerous when in rhythm. The hotter his touch, the harder he played. Needs to work on angles and delivery when passing in the halfcourt.

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