Posted On: 12/23/17 7:00 AM
Ecorse High School was the place to be last weekend, playing host to the Hoops 4 Hope Holiday Classic. The two day event had a ton of quality prospects at all levels competing under one roof.
A full rundown of the weekend standouts below:
Best Prospect/Overall Performance: Chandler Turner (2019/6’6/Detroit Renaissance)
With his high-flying teammate Carrington McCaskill out of the lineup with a minor injury, Chandler took on the scoring load with 28 points in slightly less than 3 quarters of game action. Turner was on fire from distance, knocking down three triples, with one coming from 28 feet. The versatile wing also came off down screens before attacking the paint and finishing through contact on multiple occasions with superb body control. Chandler brought the hardhat as well, crashing the offensive glass for putbacks. Defensively, he jumped passing lanes for steals and turned those into transition buckets. We really like Turner’s ability to be effective from nearly any spot on the court, he’s skilled enough to play 3 positions on offense in any given game. He’s a very unique prospect at 6’6 that is just now scratching the surface of his potential
Best Defender: Jordan Whitford (2019/5’11/Detroit King)
The Crusader floor general was relentless with on his on-ball defense against Chicago Harlan. Forcing several turnovers, Jordan made life miserable for the opposing guards. Whitford simply didn’t allow any airspace, displayed active hands and just disrupted the entire Harlan offense the entire time he was on the floor. The speedy PG also chipped in with double digit points, displaying a nice handle with ability to get to the rim and hit the midrange jumper off the bounce. Jordan is among the best defenders in the state, he moves his feet well, gives up his body and goes hard on every possession.
Most Upside: Charles Brown (2018/6’5/Detroit Pershing)
The word that comes to mind when discussing Charles is upside……..he has tons of it. At 6’5 with great length and the ability to add 25 pounds while maintaining his athleticism, Brown checks all the boxes from a physical standpoint. The fluid guard/wing dropped 16 points against OLSM and it looked effortless in the process. Charles is a great finisher, as his body control and leaping ability allowed him to contort his body to create angles to convert in traffic. He’s a good shooter when his feet are set, knocking down shots from distance off the catch twice. What I love most about Brown’s game is his playmaking ability as a passer. Charles consistently finds teammates in scoring position at the rim off high ball-screen action or when attacking the paint from the wing. If he can tighten up his handle a bit, there are definitely some lead guard qualities to his floor game.
Best Under the Radar Performance: Reggie Williams (2019/5’11/Saginaw Arthur Hill)
Reggie had some flashes where he looked nearly unstoppable against Renaissance. He’s extremely athletic, with plus speed in the open court and some explosion at the rim when finishing. Williams was able to knock down multiple jumpshots off the dribble to keep the game competitive in the first half. Reggie showed his leaping ability on a chase down block in transition that had the crowd buzzing. He’s not a well-known prospect just yet, but that will likely change by March.
Best Inside/Outside Prospect: Caden Prieskorn (2018/6’6’/Orchard Lake St. Mary’s)
Prieskorn did it all on both ends of the court in a true inside/outside game on his way to 16 points, 8 rebounds and a block versus Pershing. Caden started off the game on the block where he imposed his size and strength by backing his defender down and converting at the rim. He would also display his shooting prowess, knocking down two shots from distance with great arch. The 6’7 forward was even creating off the dribble, attacking the paint and finding shooters for triples when the helpside defense arrived. On the defensive end Prieskorn boxed out well, pursued the ball, made good rotations and provided some decent rim protection. Not a bad day on the hardwood for the gridiron star that holds offers as a quarterback.
Future Star: Keon Henderson (2021/5’10/Detroit Renaissance)
Keon has the look of a big time point guard in the very near future. He displayed elite vision on several occasions, breaking his defender down off the dribble before hitting teammates with precision passes for easy buckets once the help arrived. Henderson has a ton of shiftiness in his handle, tremendous first step acceleration and great top-end speed that makes it nearly impossible to contain him off he dribble. With natural physical development, he’s going to be able to absorb contact a bit better and that should enable him to become a better scorer. When that happens, look out.
Best Shooter: Paire Hill (2018/6’2/Detroit Pershing)
Paire buried three triples on the day against Orchard Lake and was excellent when his feet were set. Hill was the only Doughboy that was able to hurt the OLSM 2-3 zone and his makes were from well beyond 22 feet. He has a quick release, even if it is a bit of a swingshot and Paire is likely one of the better shooters in the state that receives little attention. If he can learn to attack closeouts to diversify his game a bit he’s going to be a dangerous scorer.
Best Glue Guy: Drevon Taylor (2018/6’5/Detroit King)
Absolutely love what Taylor brought to the table against Chicago Harlan. The King forward took full advantage of his size and strength advantage in the paint, as he grabbed several offensive rebounds for putbacks and backed smaller defenders down in the post before converting at the rim. One of the best midrange shooters in the state, Drevon buried multiple shots from the elbow and baseline in the 15-18 foot range. Taylor played strong position defense and walled up the opposition whenever he was tested. He’s a battle tested veteran that knows his role and competes as hard as anyone.
Best Intangibles: Devin Holmes (2018/6’5/Detroit Renaissance)
With two Division I prospects on his Phoenix squad, Holmes’ contributions can get lost in the shuffle at times. Devin is one of the more versatile defenders in the state and it was on full display against Chicago Harlan. He locked down guards when forced to switch on screens by sliding his feet when hedging, walled up in the post and had several deflections/steals. On offense, he repeatedly abused smaller defenders in the post and finished through contact on numerous possessions. Devin is a key component for a Renaissance team with the talent and size to do some damage in the state playoffs.