Posted On: 12/23/17 12:58 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.
The opening game of the event featured the host team Corunna taking on Sterling Heights Parkway Christian. Corunna is a Class B team that is filled with talented 2019 and 2020 prospects, while Parkway Christian is a solid Class D school that has good size 1-5 and are senior dominant. It was close game from start to finish and was one of the more competitive games of the day. In the end, Corunna’s defensive pressure and ability to find shooters was too much for Parkway Christian, and the Cavaliers pulled out a 64-58 victory.
The second game was between Class D Detroit Public Safety Academy and Class B St. Clair High school. This game featured one of the better individual matchups of the event, as 2019 guard Thomas Henderson matched up with 2018 Ferris State commit. Neither player disappointed as both led their team in scoring, but St. Clair’s discipline and off ball movement killed DPSA, and they pulled out a 64-49 victory.
Logan LePage- 2019 6’4 Guard Corunna
LePage messed around and almost had a triple double. He dominated right from the get go against Parkway Christian and continued to do it from start to finish. LePage frequently got all the way to the rim. That can partially be put down to Parkway Christian’s sub par defense at times, but also it was a credit to LePage seeing openings in the defense to attack. He also did a great job creating for teammates. Because he was so effective getting to the rim early, he began racking up assists late in the first quarter all the way to the end of the game. LePage also was active on the glass. He pulled down 8 of them, and finished with 20 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals.
Sage Walker- 2019 6’9 Center Corunna
Walker started the game out on fire. He had 6 quick points and was looking like he was going to go for a huge night. As the game wore on however, Parkway Christian made defensive adjustments to contain him and he began to get in foul trouble. Walker looked very comfortable at the free throw line, going 5-6. He also had 4 blocks, highlighting his value as a rim protector. He only had 4 rebounds in the game though, so that is something he should look to improve upon. Right now GLIAC and MAC schools should be looking at Walker. The upside is there and he shows flashes of serious talent.
Kyle Hensley- 2018 6’6 Forward Sterling Heights Parkway Christian
He was a true inside-out problem for Corunna, and he was Parkway Christian’s top overall player in this game. He showcased a little bit of everything in this game. Inside, Hensley looked similar to former Flushing star Joe Kujat. Hensley was crafty inside and used his body well to create space without actually lowering his shoulder and picking up offensive fouls. His touch around the rim all the way out to the three point line was great. He knocked down 2 threes and went 7-8 at the free throw line. Hensley also showed some ability to play as a rim protector. He swatted 3 shots and altered a couple more. Hensley finished with 25 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks. NAIA programs in Michigan should take a look at this versatile forward.
Ben Davidson- 2018 6’3 Combo guard St. Clair (Ferris State)
Davidson needed to have a big game, and he did just that. He came out hot, scoring 12 of his team’s 20 first quarter points. He struggled with foul trouble in the 2nd quarter, but picked up his scoring again in the second half. Davidson did most of his damage off the ball, scoring multiple times off of backdoor cuts when his defender got lazy and turned his head. Even if he was not getting fed off of cuts, the defense had to collapse to try and avoid easy layups, which opened up lanes for teammates like Mattson to get opportunities themselves. Davidson did hit some jump shots, but he did most of his scoring in transition or with backdoor cuts. He finished with an efficient 26 points, but could have scored an easy 30 if he would have finished a few more of his layups in the third quarter. Davidson is committed to Ferris State, a top 10 Division 2 team nationally.
Had a much stronger first half than second half, but was overall was impressive for the game. Was at his best attacking the rim, where he used a variety of moves to get around defenders. He used a smooth, quick euro step to get around his man and finish several times, and used it to create space and find teammates as well. His vision is good and he frequently drove and looked to kick to teammates spotted up around the perimeter. He finished with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
Mario Mattson- 2018 6’2 Shooting guard St. Clair
Mattson looks like a skinnier version of Davidson. Same hair and a similar build, albeit a skinnier version. Mattson was, in this game at least, St. Clair’s best half court offensive threat with the ball. Public Safety keyed on Davidson hard, and whenever he gave up the ball they focused on not letting him get it back. This opened up lanes for his teammates to attack. Mattson in particular took advantage. He did a great job at putting the ball on the floor, and when he got to the rim, he did not throw wild shots up. Instead, he frequently jump stopped, used a shot fake, and finished once his man flew by. He also hit some threes and mid range shots off the catch, and kept Public Safety’s defense honest and forced them to contest him out to the three point line. Mattson scored 18 in the game.
Thomas Henderson- 2019 6’1 Guard Detroit Public Safety Academy (DPSA)
Henderson has been impressive this season individually. He kept it up in this game, despite fouling out with around 3 minutes left in the game. Henderson did much of his damage around the rim, using speed and angles to routinely finish around and over St. Clair’s defenders. He probably could have ended up with 30 if he would have finished more consistently. He also hit some shots from mid range out to three, showing he was capable at all three levels. Compared to his other games this year, this actually was a below average game for him.