Posted On: 12/23/17 10:13 PM
This non conference matchup featured two historically successful powerhouse programs in Detroit Renaissance and Saginaw high school. Renaissance is again one of Michigan’s most talented teams, while Saginaw is in a rebuilding stage, but look close to being a elite team once again in 1-2 years time. The game was competitive from start to finish, with both teams trading buckets for large stretches of the game. Renaissance got out to a 6 point lead after 1, and slowly extended the lead after each quarter. Come the final whistle, Renaissance secured a nice 56-46 victory.
MVP: Carrington Mccaskill- 2019 6’7 PF Renaissance
Mccaskill is a top 10 player in our rankings, and he more than backed that up in this game. He was dunking everything, and even had the Saginaw crowd getting to their feet a few times on his dunks. Mccaskill also once again showed out an improved jump shot. He knocked down one corner three in the first half that looked smooth, and also hit a deep mid range shot to go with it. Once again, he used that athleticism and those long arms to be a above average rim protector as well, blocking 2 shots and altering a couple more. Mccaskill finished with an impressive 27 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. He is trending towards becoming a high major player the way he has looked recently.
Best offensive performance- Carrington Mccaskill
Hard to give this award to anyone else when you drop an efficient 27 points and score from all three levels. Mccaskill had at least 5 dunks in the game, and also had a nice low post basket that displayed good footwork and touch. As stated above, he also knocked down a deep mid range shot and a catch and shoot three from the corner. That offensive versatility with his size and athleticism makes him a tough player to defend, because he can beat you in a variety of ways.
Holmes does not get talked about as much as a few of his teammates, but he is extremely important nonetheless. He does a lot of the dirty work that makes life much easier for Mccaskill and Turner, and does it without complaining. Holmes is extremely strong, and he uses that to be a great low post defender. Against Saginaw, he did a great job defending Koby Barnett, holding him to one point. He also rebounds well. His strength inside forces players to put a lot of focus on him because he can easily muscle through weak box outs for boards. This opened up lanes for teammates like Mccaskill to get easy rebounds. Holmes locked up top 5 in 2019 Mike Fletcher just a few days before, then proceeded in locking down the paint in this game once again. JUCOs looking for a tough interior defender should look at Holmes for next year.
Best shooter- Sir’Real Smith- 2021 5’11 G Saginaw
Smith showed out in a big way this game. He was Saginaw’s best scoring threat without question, and was the reason this game was competitive. His confidence exceeded that of a freshman. Smith knocked down a game high 5 threes, and finished with an impressive 19 points. He came out of this game looking like the top underclassman by far.
Turner continued to impress following a great performance against Carman Ainsworth. He had perhaps the best individual performance of the entire day at the Horatio Williams Tip off Classic. Against Saginaw, he handled the pressure from Saginaw better than everyone else. He looked relatively comfortable and did not turn the ball over. He also was efficient scoring. Turner scored effectively from mid range and the rim. Turner finished with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists while handling Saginaw’s pressure and not turning the ball over.
Easy choice for this game. Smith kept Saginaw in it while the rest of his team struggled to make shots. He scored both off the dribble and off the catch. When stud 8th grader Ty Rodgers can finally play high school ball, Saginaw should have a pair of big time talents to lead Saginaw for years to come.
Best intangibles- Koby Barnett- 2018 6’5 Forward Saginaw
Barnett did not convert a field goal, but he did have a solid impact on the game for Saginaw. Especially on the defensive end. Barnett had multiple blocks and steals, and also had 8 or 9 rebounds as well. If Barnett can replicate that performance while scoring a few baskets every game, he could be a all conference SVL player this year.
Best handles- Freddie McIntosh- 2020 5’9 PG Saginaw
McIntosh was flat out shifting players in the first half. He had 2 or 3 moments where players nearly fell over because of his speed and able to change directions so quickly with the ball. McIntosh frequently penetrated Renaissance’s defense, but failed to convert his shots. Normally, that is not a issue for him, so I will chalk it up to just a bad game scoring. But his handles were impressive regardless.
Biggest takeaway for Saginaw: They need to find ways to score
Besides Smith, Saginaw high struggled mightily to score. They had plenty of opportunities to score, but just simply did not convert when the needed to. They played some good defense though. Especially at the guard spots. Saginaw’s point guards are so quick, that they caused Renaissance’s point guards to struggle just to get the ball across half court in the first half. Turner was the only one who could break the defense comfortably.
Biggest takeaway for Renaissance: The Phoenix have the talent to beat anyone
They proved this by going right to the wire with Carman Ainsworth just days earlier. Besides Turner and Mccaskill, who are D1 locks and potential high major players, Renaissance has several other future college players in Holmes, Henderson and Garland. If Renaissance can start pulling out close games consistently, they could be a threat to beat any team in the state.