Posted On: 08/29/17 5:30 PM
The Prep Hoops/Endless Motor Sports Level Up Elite 80 Showcase at Milford High School was filled with elite talent ranging from high Division 1 to small college level prospects. There was a plethora of high-level, versatile prospects that put on quite the show throughout the day.
Below are five in state standouts from the 2018 class who played well:
Marcus Bingham- 6’10 PF Grand Rapids Catholic Central/Indy Heat (Michigan State commit)
Bingham was without question the biggest name at the event. He is a top 100 player in the country in all scouting service outlets and is a MSU commit. Many scouts think he has some of the highest upside of any player in the country in 2018. Bingham played very well from beginning to end, and played much harder than you would expect most kids to play. In skill session, Bingham used his length and skillset to cause issues, as he has the ability to play inside and out. Defensively he blocked and altered plenty of shots in the skill session. In the games, he was effective whenever he was on the floor. In transition in games, he consistently scored. His length, athleticism and mobility allowed him to finish a ton of opportunities. He also finished off plays around the hoop. He cleaned off the offensive glass and scored frequently off of it. Bingham will be one of the leading candidates for Mr. Basketball this year, and his unique ability to shoot, handle the ball,cover the floor and rim protect, he should be a future star at MSU.
Norman was his usual self in this event In drills he was solid, but did not wow anyone. However when the games started, he dominated. He had a stretch in one of the games where he scored around 17 points in less than 3 minutes. He never shies away from big moments or challenges, and he stepped up big against high level competition. Norman shot the ball well from three in every game, and he showed off his explosiveness in transition and in the halfcourt when defenders did not close out properly. He is an extremely tough cover because of his shooting ability and range, and then his blazing straight line speed. Norman is also an elite finisher, and his body control and athleticism allow him to glide over and around taller defenders to finish. He now has double digit D1 offers, and it would not be shocking to see him have over 15 by the midway point of his upcoming senior season.
Markeese Hastings- 6’7 Forward Godwin Heights/1nation
He, like Norman, did ok but not great in the drills, but when the games started he too was dominant. Hastings again outworked virtually everyone, and that led to plenty of easy dunks, rebounds and putbacks. However, he also showed off a quickly improving skillset. He knocked down some perimeter shots and had some good passes to teammates either around the hoop or spotted up. Inside, he was a force against guys who were generally taller than him. His athleticism allowed him to have a ton of dunks, and he really stood out athletically compared to his peers. Hastings also has double digit D1 offers, and should continue to pick up additional offers going forward if he prolongs his recruitment into the season.
Polakovich dominated the interior in both drills and games. Any time he got the ball around the block, it was virtually game over for opposing teams. He had a soft touch and finished through contact regularly. He also does not quit on plays, and even when he missed shots, he would stick with the play and get his own rebound to finish. Defensively, he dominated the paint and did a great job at blocking/altering shots, and also controlling the glass. Polakovich also really surprised a lot of people with his shooting ability. He made it to the final 4 in the three point contest, when all the other people who competed were guards. Currently, he has D2 and NAIA offers, but he does have quite a bit of D1 interest. He is one of the top uncommitted big man prospects in 2018 in Michigan, and will be the leader of one of Class B’s preseason favorites in Grand Rapids Catholic Central.
Mason Pline- 2018 6’8 Forward Fowler/UA G3 Grind
Pline was one of the most skilled big men in attendance. He put that on display in the skill sessions and games. His ball handling ability for his size and build is solid, and he can bring the ball up the floor if he has a matchup of similar size on him normally. His jump shooting at the event was, albeit a little streaky. He went through stretches in both the drills and games where his shot looked great, and other times not so much. However, he is a very good shooter from certain spots on the floor, and moved well off the ball to get into those areas. From either wing position, he is a good catch and shoot player, who also has a nice stepback going to his left from the top of the key area. In games, he frequently dominated on the glass, and competed hard against opposing players from start to finish. He is extremely strong, and when he was able to come down with the ball, there was virtually no chance of opposing teams getting it back. What stood out the most to me in the games was Pline’s passing ability. He frequently was able to come down with a rebound, and then he immediately fed one of the guards for quick outlets that led to buckets, or he threw long, accurate passes to teammates leaking out for baskets. He was effective without being the main scoring option, and that is extremely important for him making an impact at the next level. Pline currently has offers from Air Force, Grand Valley State and Ferris State. He should continue to be recruited by Low/mid D1 and high D2 programs.