Posted On: 09/27/16 9:51 PM
Saturday was the big day at Cornerstone University for the Prep Hoops Michigan Top 250 Expo. There was a ton of great prospects from the of 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 classes at the event. We will have tons of coverage from the event being posted in the near future. First up are our top 10 overall performers from the camp.
It was a big weekend for Meriwether as he picked up an offer from Madonna University this weekend (NAIA) and also was perhaps the best player at the event this weekend. Showed off his freakish athleticism during the skill session and games. Had a very impressive dunk in the first game where he blew by his man, took one dribble from the 3 point line and finished a powerful 2 hand dunk. He also is not afraid to play physical when on the perimeter or inside when attacking the hoop, which helped him on both ends of the floor. Showed off his nice jump shot from three and mid range, where he has plenty of bounce and a nice looking release. Never seemed to tire the entire event and had a motor that outworked nearly everyone. You could tell this kid loves to compete and get after it every time down the floor. NAIA and D2 schools should be all over him this fall.
6’6 SG/SF Jake Van Tubbergen (West Ottawa – 2017)
One of the best players at the camp, Van Tubbergen continued to dominate like he did in AAU. In skill session he was finishing above the rim and showcasing lots of solid combo moves during the skill session. He also has a real nice post game for a wing and continued to create problems against the other campers during the entire event. In games he was unstoppable in transition and was also dominant scoring at mid range. He attacks the glass hard and rebounded well during the games on both ends of the floor. His long arms also helped to make Van Tubbergen stand out on the defensive side of the ball, where he picked multiple point guards who were shorter than him. In our eyes, Van Tubbergen is a D1 talent, but wouldn’t be shocked if he ended up at the D2 level because he’s blown up so late. GLIACs and elite NAIAs should be making him their number 1 target going forward for the 2017 class as he can play the 2, 3 or 4 positions with relative ease.
6’5 SF Keion Epps (Wayne Memorial – 2017)
Whenever Epps walks into a gym, people should turn to watch. He is electifying whenever he’s on the floor and is a walking highlight. He plays way above the rim and the faster the game gets, the better he is. He also showed off a willingness to handle the ball for his team during games and when he had it he was very aggressive attacking the rim. On the defensive end he showed he was able to guard multiple positions and was one of the best rebounders at the camp regardless of position. When he grabbed the ball he looked to take it himself or start transitions by hitting outlets. Epps is committed to Eastern Michigan and is one of a number of players on Wayne Memorial that will make them one of the most exciting teams to watch this coming high school season.
6’9 PF Cass Phillips (Lakeland – 2018)
The breakout player of the camp, Phillips really started catching eyes during the games, as he controlled the glass, rim protected well, and was efficient scoring down on the block. He showed that he was also a pretty good athlete for his size and was more than capable of finishing above the rim. After this huge weekend, Phillips has quickly become a hot commodity for college coaches looking for a big man in the 2018 class.
Jackson was one of the most talented players at the event. He can play the 2-4 positions with equal effectiveness and showed that. He handles the ball well and also is athletic and tall enough to be a threat inside. He has a nice jump shot from the perimeter as well. What really set Jackson apart is that he loves to defend. His physical gifts allow him to defend every position on the floor in high school and he really seems to enjoy locking kids up. Jackson has multiple D1 offers already and should pick up a few more over the next year.
Alverson is known as a freak athlete who plays well above the rim. That is well warranted as he displayed that athleticism once again at the Top 250 expo. However, he also showed that his skill set has improved a lot over the last few months and his handles and jump shot have gotten much better in a very short time. This made Alverson extremely difficult to defend. He also has gotten a lot stronger physically which helped him to rebound and finish around the hoop against opponents all day. Alverson has picked up mainly D2 interest so far but if he keeps improving like he has then it would not be shocking to see D1s starting to take interest in him.
6’9 PF Nolan Foster (Mattawan – 2019)
Foster showed why he is arguably the number 1 big man in the state in the 2019 class. In the skill session he displayed excellent post moves down on the block as well as solid footwork for a kid his height and age. In the post skill session, he also showed off excellent defensive abilities as he walled up well and used his very long frame to alter and block everything. In games he was simply dominant and was probably the most well rounded player in the 1st skill session. He was scoring at will around the hoop and was even a threat shooting at mid range and from 3. He rebounded very well on both ends of the floor and also did an excellent job of rim protecting. Defensively no one had a bigger impact in the games than Foster, as he blocked or altered nearly everything that was around the rim. Foster brought energy all game as well as he was rim running well for putbacks and also was talking more than anyone else on the floor every game. Foster showed that he is already a D1 lock, which is rare for someone his age. How high he goes will depend on how well he keeps improving but going High major is not out of the question for him at all.
Beverly was the most dominant player offensively of the entire event in either session. He scored at all three levels and did it not only in a high volume, but also did it very efficiently too. He had a very large amount of dunks during games and mixed those up with plenty of three pointers and mid range buckets as well. Beverly is a future D1 player in the 2019 class in all likelyhood and it will be exciting to see him play alongside so many other talented players on a loaded Southfield Christian team.
6’4 PG/SG Reece Castor (Gladstone – 2019)
Castor was one of only a handful of underclassmen that played in the 2017-18 session. Yet you would not have ever guessed he was an underclassman if you were watching him for the first time. He is already very well built physically compared to most kids his age and also showed off a feel for the game that is years ahead of kids his age. In the skill session he was smooth as he breezed through every new drill that was given to him and the others. In games he was excellent as he never tried to force anything like many kids do in camp based games. He passed the ball well, defended and knocked down shots whenever he was open. Castor is without doubt a D1 talent and it will be intriguing to see how he keeps improving from here after showing off such a well rounded skill set already.
There had been rumors swirling about this kid coming into the event that he may well be the top player in the 2020 class. After watching him at the Top 250 expo, he made a very strong case to be just that. Johnson for starters is simply bigger and more physical than nearly every kid he has come across at his age. He is built like a kid who is a 2017 player rather than an incoming freshman. He also has a skill set that is well ahead of where nearly everyone his age is at. Johnson thrived when he was in the post and was one of the few players in the camp capable of constantly battling 2019 PF Nolan Foster. In the skill sessions, those two went at each other and it was fun to watch. Also in the games, Johnson was dominant as he was simply bullying kids in the paint for easy finishes and rebounds. However, Johnson is much more than a post player. He handled the ball in games and ran point as much as he was down on the block. His handles are solid and he used them to get by a lot of smaller defenders. His mid range game was also tough as he was able to utilize both his size and athleticism to create space and knock down pull ups as well as turnaround fadeaways with ease. If he can continue to work on his three point shot, he will be nearing the full package in terms of his offensive arsenal. Johnson appears to be a D1 lock and it will be very interesting to see how his freshman season on varsity goes.