Posted On: 12/23/17 1:12 AM
On December 22, I made a trip over to Corunna high school for a day long event featuring teams from all over the eastside of Michigan. There was plenty of good college prospects from various levels playing in games today.
I recently posted an article talking about the standouts from the first two games. Find the standouts from those games here.
Game three was the showcase game of the day, as top 10 in Class C Detroit Loyola took on Top 10 in Class A Hazel Park, who already have 2 headline wins over East English and UD Jesuit, two other top 20 overall teams in Michigan. Although the game should have been highly competitive, it proved to be the day’s most lopsided game as Hazel Park’s combination of speed, athleticism, unselfishness and balance overwhelmed Loyola. Hazel Park pulled out another impressive victory, winning by a score of 82-61.
The fourth game featured Davison, one of the top teams in the Flint area, and Waverly, a traditionally successful Lansing area team. This was turned out to be the most exciting game of the day, as it was a 1 point game at half and went to overtime. Both teams traded baskets all the way to the final horn, and Davison pulled out a tough 75-73 overtime victory.
Myron Gardner- 2019 6’5 SF Detroit Loyola
Garder was the top prospect in this game and he certainly played like it. He showed in AAU he could play as a wing on the perimeter. In this game however, he played more as a traditional post and dominated the interior. He has a great frame that he uses to bully through contact and to go grab rebounds. He displayed a great ability to double and triple jump, and still be able to out jump other players, high pointing the ball through contact. His touch inside was fantastic too, he scored 8 field goals, and 7 of them were around the basket. Several of them were off the dribble and were heavily contested. His athleticism was on display too as he had a huge putback slam in the first half that had power and flair. Gardner is a D1 lock who should start getting some serious high major looks sooner than later. He finished with 29 points, 16 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Cam Hudson- 2019 6’0 PG Detroit Loyola
Bullied the Hazel Park players on both ends. He scored all his points around the rim, scoring 10 points on 5 field goals. He also worked hard on the glass, grabbing 9 rebounds. When Hudson got downhill, it was tough to stop him because of his brute strength for a point guard.
Devin Pettus- 2018 5’11 PG Hazel Park
Was once again impressive. He performed well against East English a few weeks prior in front of me and it continued in this game. Against East English, Pettus appeared to be Hazel Park’s best three point threat. He confirmed that thought in this game as he knocked down a game high 4 threes. To go along with his shooting from deep, he scored at the rim and drew fouls to get to the free throw line. He finished with a team high 23 points. Pettus also was effective on the defensive side of the ball. He grabbed 4 steals and turned defense into offense, frequently finding teammates running a lane and feeding them for layups. He had 7 assists as well. NAIA’s looking for a nice under the radar point guard who could come in and make an impact should look at Pettus.
David Hearns- 2018 6’1 PG Hazel Park
Hearns was killing it as a playmaker and defender. Loyola’s guards struggled to handle the pressure, and Hearns was the main cause of that. He frequently pick pocketed the point guards and got easy baskets for his team. Much of Hearns damage came in transition off of turnovers. He finished with 11 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. NAIA programs should check him out. He could be an instant impact guard at that level.
Looked like the best athlete on the floor at times, and that says a lot considering Carl Bow is his teammate. Washington scored every one of his points off either transition finishes, straight line drives to the rim, or off of smart basket cuts. He also played tough defense and had 4 steals. Washington finished with 14 points on 7 field goals. JUCOs looking for an athletic slashing guard on the wings should check in on him.
Carl Bow- 2018 6’2 CG Hazel Park
The explosive combo guard was playing the role of playmaker this game. He struggled to score but still made a big impact by dropping 7 assists and getting 3 steals. He almost had the play of the game though when he nearly put down a massive dunk in traffic. Bow also chipped in 8 points despite it being an off night scoring. D2 programs looking for a skilled, athletic slasher at the guard spot should take a serious look at Bow.
A big bodied wing with serious skill, Coleman started the game off real strong. He has always been comfortable on the perimeter, and he knocked down a couple quick jump shots early on to highlight that. He also showed some great vision with some nice dimes. Coleman has a great combination of shooting ability and size, and he looks like one of the top prospects in the Flint area for the 2019 class.
Brendan Sullivan- 2021 6’4 SF Davison
He starts as a true freshman for a good Class A team. That should be a good indicator of his talent. His best attribute looked like his ability to defend. Several times Waverly players put the ball on the floor and tried to break Sulivan down, but his lateral mobility and ability to anticipate was great and he cut off his man and either created a turnover or forced a off balance shot. He also displayed some solid fundamental skills offensively, but seemed a little bit timid. If he adds some consistent aggression on that end, he could be a nice offensive threat to compliment Coleman and Austin Roland
Ali did not start in this game for reasons unknown, but he made a big impact when he came in. In the second quarter alone, he had 4 straight baskets midway through the quarter. He scored once on a nice post up. A teammate threw a lob pass in and he used soft hands to catch it and go up quickly for a easy finish. On 2 others, he had nice baseline/wing drives and finished at the rim, using it to protect his shot from defenders. His 4th bucket came off an easy 2 hand dunk that got the crowd to its feet. Ali has shown some nice improvements with his ball handling. Combining the improved handles with his already good post game makes him a very good college prospect for NAIA programs to pursue. He already has a few offers at that level and should get a few more plus some division 2 interest potentially. Ali looks like one of Mid-Michigan’s top available senior forward prospects. He is a late bloomer, but is one worth seeing.