Posted On: 08/30/17 7:00 AM
The Prep Hoops/Endless Motor Level Up Elite 80 Showcase at Milford High School was filled with great guard play from Division 1 to small college prospects. There was a plethora of high-level, versatile prospects that put on quite the show throughout the day.
Here are the 2019 guard standouts from the event:
Robert Johnson III (2019/5’11/West Bloomfield) – the pure speed and lateral agility that Robert has really stood out during station work. Johnson was able to stay in front of his man on most instances and beat them to the spot in several one on one drills. Offensively, he was able to simply blow by in isolation situations without forcing his defender to turn their feet. We were curious to see if that type of acceleration would translate with 9 other players on the court, and it did. The speedy guard was able to blow past defenders at will off the dribble on numerous possessions, but Robert doesn’t lack skill either. He showed some ability to suddenly change direction with crossovers and hesitation dribbles when the help came before finishing with really nice up-and-under finishes at the rim. Johnson looks to be one of the fastest guards in the state, and with his ability to handle the ball West Bloomfield should have one of the best backcourts in the state with a tandem of Robert and Donovan Moore.
Trey Syroka (2019/5’9/Toledo Whitmer) – although we had never viewed the Whitmer floor general prior to Saturday, he came in with a reputation as an elite passer and he didn’t disappoint. Trey displayed elite vision all day long, and did a superb job at making his teammates better as he delivered pinpoint assists all over the court. Syroka was lethal in high pick and roll with teammate Carrington McCaskill, finding his roll man several times for dunks and lay-ups. In transition he was great at keeping his head up and advancing the ball ahead without overdribbling, allowing his wings to have space when finishing. Trey also displayed a tight handle with good control of the ball and the ability to change direction in tight spaces. He gets to his spots on the floor and controls the pace of the game effectively. While Syroka isn’t a big threat to score at this point in his development, his impact on the game is absolutely huge.
Elias Ramirez (2019/6’0/Bay City Central) – known for his shooting prowess from distance, it was Elias’ court vision and passing that really stood out during five on five competition. Ramirez thrived as an on-ball playmaker that found cutting teammates in stride for easy shots over and over again. He had a few highlight-reel dimes where he made the defense commit to stopping his penetration before dropping a no-look pass with accuracy for lay-ups. While his shot wasn’t falling with its normal consistency in the early games, Elias found his stroke during the late afternoon sessions. He knocked down a few catch and shoot threes and mixed in a nice looking stepback off the bounce as well. His handle appeared a bit tighter in drill portions as well, and it would appear Ramirez is trending in the right direction heading into his junior season.
Deondre Bonaparte (2019/6’0/Ferndale) – Bonaparte had one of the most well rounded performances in the five on five game portion of the event after being sidelined with a minor lower-body injury for parts of the drill session. Deondre showed a nice looking stroke, connecting on multiple shots from distance off the catch. Off the dribble he was able to get a step on his defender with a right to left crossover followed up by a spin move that allowed him to convert at the rim. Known as an on-ball guard that is a scorer, Bonaparte showed some flashes of being a creator for others as well. There were a few instances where Deondre was able to get into the paint and find teammates for dumpoffs once the opposing big rotated over. That type of development is what will take his game to the next level moving forward, as his ability to score off the catch and the dribble is already formidable.