Posted On: 09/30/16 7:27 PM
The Prep Hoops Top 250 Expo played host to hundreds of prospects. The first session played host to 2020 and 2019 kids. The 2019 class in particular had a real strong showing and was loaded with really talented prospects. There were dozens of kids who really caught our eye from the 2019 class. Below are 10 of those 2019s who stood out in front of us during our expo:
Angell’s style is what caught my eye. At 6’1 and with long arms, he is a plus sized point guard. However his skillset fits that of what most point guards are. He handles the ball well and has good vision when the ball is in his hands. He simply makes plays. In the skill session his length allowed him to be somewhat of a mismatch problem for most kids in the early session. He has lots talent with the ball and his length and athleticism allowed him to compete with taller wings who were generally slower than he was. In games Angell displayed his point guard abilities by dropping dimes with ease. He also has a smooth looking lefty shot that kept defenders honest and made them play up on him. He used his quickness then to get by them and finish around the hoop with consistency as well. Angell will be the star player for the Class D school and is expected to have another big season after performing well his freshman year on varsity.
6’0 PG Lorne Bowman (Detroit Western – 2019)
One of the better known 2019s participating in this event, Bowman comes from one of the best basketball schools in the state in recent years. So unsurprisingly, they have yet another top talent player going through their school system. Bowman is a scoring point guard and put that on display at our event. In games he was tough to stop as he was scoring at will at all 3 levels of the court. Bowman was one of the best scorers at the camp from the perimeter. He also did a good job of being a playmaker for his teammates, creating nearly as many buckets for teammates as he did for himself. A very good point guard who will is one of the best in the 2019 class.
5’10 PG Miigwaanhs Barrientoz (Traverse City West – 2019)
This kid is a gamer. Does not talk a lot but got the job done in whatever he was doing. In skills session he just knew how to do everything and breezed through them. In the games he showed that he was an aggressive score first guard he kept defenders honest with a decent balance between jump shots and driving to the hoop. He is a strong guard who did not shy away from contact or bigger players and held his own when the games got physical. He has played a lot of basketball and has a feel for the game that helps him to beat players who may be taller or quicker or have some physical advantage over him. Barrientoz is a gamer and whenever he was in the games, his team seemed to do better as well.
This was the first good look we at Prep Hoops have gotten of Flannery. If there was one thing I quickly noticed when watching Flannery, it’s that he is a coach’s kid. He has a very high IQ when playing and is always efficient whether that’s scoring or finding teammates for buckets. He also is the definition what a pure point guard should be: he runs the offense, finds open teammates and controls the tempo. That last part was what really caught my eye. He never got rushed by his opponents and always controlled the pace of the games. In skill sessions Flannery showed off his well rounded skill set and also showed off the ever important fundamentals that every player needs. Flannery will be on varsity this year for a very good Dewitt team with multiple college prospects. It will be exciting to see him run that offense this coming season.
Groom is a player who needs confidence instilled into him. If you watch him you can tell he is extremely talented and very fundamental. At this event he seemed to be pretty confident and it showed. He never tries to do too much and is a team first player who will do whatever the coaches want him to do. In games Groom displayed a really nice looking shot and he showed a great touch at mid range and in when looking to score. Offensively he is smart and understands that passing the ball is a lot more effective than dribbling so he really looks to swing it once he has it. He does not let it stick in his hand often and in camp settings, it can be a great thing to see. Groom also displayed solid skills during the session. He looked a bit timid but seemed to grow more and more comfortable as the day wore on. It will be really intriguing watching Groom and fellow camper Brady Swinehart play together for Ionia this coming season. Both will need to have huge roles for the Bulldogs going forward.
Hudson is a bully for his position. In games and in the 1 on 1 sessions, Hudson simply bullied most kids to the hoop for easy finishes. He displayed good handles to complement his physicality and ability to get to the rim and it made him too tough a task for most kids to handle in the morning session. Hudson transferred to Detroit Loyola for the upcoming high school season and is expected to take up a big role for them as they again look to compete for a Class C state championship.
6’6 SF Davis Lukomski (Detroit Catholic Central – 2019)
Perhaps the most versatile player in the camp for the morning session, Lukomski displayed a really well rounded skill set that allowed him to play the 1-5 positions for his team during the games. It is rare for players at any age to do that and be successful at all 5 positions, let alone as a sophomore in high school. Lukomski showed off a high motor as well that helped him to outwork most kids as well to complement the rare skill set. That motor allowed him to rim run a lot and pick up many easy put backs in transition. He regularly brought the ball up the floor for his team and then after giving it to a teammate would go to the block and post up and finish inside. If his opponents keyed on him on the block, he would move to the perimeter and knock down threes, especially from the corners which appear to be where he favors shooting based on watching him in games. In the skill session, Lukomski put himself with 3 or 4 of the other top post/wings in the 1st session, regularly competing against the likes of Nolan Foster, Carlos Johnson and Jaden Mabin. He more than held his own in that group. Once he starts adding some muscle, Lukomski will start to really ramp up his college interest. At this stage, the comparison to fellow Catholic League player Quinn Blair seems very warranted, and like Blair, it seems to be a safe bet that Lukomski will end up at the D1 level when all is said and done.
I watched Mabin the week before in a workout and was impressed then. This was just further confirmation. Bottom line is that Mabin can play. He may only be 6’0 tall but his long wingspan allows him to play with ease against players 3 or 4 inches taller than him with ease. He is simply very solid at nearly everything and you cannot just key on one specific skill for him like you can do for so many players that age. If you try to get up in him, he is crafty enough to go by you and make a play at the hoop. If you sag off, he is very comfortable knocking down shots from the perimeter. What I really like about Mabin more than anything on the offensive side though is how he defends. He seems to enjoy going against other top players on the perimeter and does not really get phased by them or the reputation they could bring with them. His long arms really make him a problem in passing lanes and even blocking shots. Mabin is a really under the radar player and if he keeps growing, could turn into one of Michigan’s best “diamonds in the rough” in south west Michigan.
When watching Swinehart, it just seemed like he was smarter than most the kids on the floor. He was patient with the ball and kept it moving and then made smart cuts without the ball for easy baskets. On defense he just knew where opponents were trying to pass the ball to and he jumped the passing lane countless times to stop their possessions. Swinehart has a shot that is very effective but he has a funky leg kick that goes with it. His touch around mid range is great though and he really loves to shoot those 10-16 foot pull ups. As a PG he does a great job of finding teammates and generally does not let the ball stick in has hand for too long. He simply keeps the play ticking which is what you want from a Point guard. He will be entering his 2nd year on varsity and will be expected to be one of the leaders in a lot of statistical categories for Ionia this coming season.
6’8 C Nate Talbot (Lake Orion – 2019)
Talbot played great in the games. He along with 2019 Nolan Foster were two of the most dominant posts in the morning session. Talbot does a great job at finishing around the rim. When he is at the line he was knocking down free throws at a very high rate. For big men to do that, it makes them even more attractive as prospects. Talbot also is a really good passer. When teams tried to run gadget traps or pressure, he would run to the mid court line, grab the ball and survey the floor well, making plenty of passes for assists or to teammates who made the easy passes to others. Talbot also rebounded well and is a very strong big man compared to most of his peers. If Talbot can continue to work on his quickness in defending in the half court and continue to work on extending his shooting range, he could become one of the most sought after bigs in 2019.