Posted On: 12/31/17 4:30 PM
Renaissance High School was the place to be Saturday, playing host to the Motor City Roundball Classic. Generally regarded as the best Holiday event in Southeast Michigan and this year was no different.
A full rundown of Saturday’s top performances below:
Avery Lewis (2018/6’6/Ann Arbor Huron)
The Huron forward was clutch when it mattered, sinking 2 free throws with left with less than 2 seconds remaining in overtime to seal a victory versus Detroit Renaissance. Lewis has a Ben Simmons like impact at the HS level, where he’s not a very good outside shooter but his vision/passing at his size are absolutely superb. Avery makes the game so much easier for his teammates by creating quality shots off the dribble for his teammates. Defensively he’s very versatile, as he can check up to 3 positions in high school. The valuable two-way player finished with 11 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal in one of the most complete games you’ll see this year.
Chandler Turner (2018/6’5/Detroit Renaissance)
Turner had a big hand in Renaissance’s near comeback, pouring in 19 points and 9 rebounds. The Phoenix wing is one of the most versatile offensive prospects in Michigan, as he can play the 1-4 spots in any given game. Against Huron he started off on the perimeter, burying two triples but did the majority of his damage in the paint. Chandler went to the block and scored with his back to the basket, from offensive rebounds or converted at the line after drawing contact. Very workman like day for Turner who battled hard on the glass and embraced physicality.
Carl Bow (2018/6’2/Hazel Park)
Huge day for the athletic Viking point guard, as he shredded the Pershing defense in both the half-court and transition in leading HP to a double digit win. Carl repeatedly beat his man off the dribble and dropped off a plethora of dumpoffs to his cutting teammates for dunks and layups on his way to 7 assists in a great display of vision and passing. As an off-ball guard, he showed a vastly improved jumpshot, knocking down three catch and shoot triples with great mechanics. Always a nightmare in transition, Bow finished with authority at the basket in space. Carl ended his day with 25 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds in the standout performance of the day.
D’Juan Seal (2018/6’2/Detroit Pershing)
Seal did what he does best against Hazel Park, get to the rim and finish on his way to 18 points. D’Juan was extremely aggressive from the wing and used his strength and athleticism to bully his way to the rim and convert or draw fouls. Frankly, there were a more few times where he deserved to be at the charity stripe, but the refs didn’t quite see it that way. Seal also buried a three from the left wing and was lethal in transition.
Anthony Roberts (2018/6’2/Henry Ford)
The combo-guard came out on fire for the Trojans, connecting on three triples in the first half and finished with 18 points in the game. Known for his outside shooting, Roberts showed some shot creation ability with a sweet spin move that nearly made his defender fall before flipping a finger roll to finish the play off. The Bryant commit is a versatile guard that can play off-ball or on, and is one of the more undervalued prospects in Michigan. With good size and shooting ability, we expect Anthony to do big things at Bryant.
David Hearns (2018/6’1/Hazel Park)
Hearns had a complete two-way game against Perhsing, finishing with 14 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Offensively he knocked down two catch and shoot triples, but his playmaking off the dribble was most impressive. David was able to beat Pershing’s extended defense over and over before finding his teammates on lobs when the Doughboy bigs hedged. Defensively, he showed active hands and was able to come away with a few steals that directly resulted in transition layups for Carl Bow.
Lewis Willis (2018/6’2/Ann Arbor Huron)
Big time game from Willis, as he was the focal point of a River Rat offense that was clicking against Renaissance. Lewis utilized a lethal floater to score on at least 4 occasions once he was able to get an inch of separation on Phoenix defenders. His playmaking was excellent, as he was able to find teammates in the paint for easy baskets once Renaissance bigs extended their hedge to take away the floater. Willis added two catch and shoot threes and finished with 18 points and 4 assists.
Charles Brown (2018/6’5/Detroit Pershing)
Charles continues to display one of the most skilled offensive games in Michigan, he can do it all from the perimeter. Brown flourished off the high ballscreen, getting into the teeth of the Huron defense before changing direction and forcing fouls where he converted at the charity stripe. He knocked down a triple off the catch from the right wing and went to work on the block on the switch and punished smaller defenders. Charles also showed good vision off the bounce, finding teammates for layups when his driving lane was cut off when Hazel Park bigs showed. Brown would finish with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
Devin Holmes (2018/6’5/Detroit Renaissance)
Big time game from Devin on the defensive end, as he hounded Huron’s Avery Lewis all game long and held him to 11 points and forced several difficult shots. When Lewis went to the bench, he also took on the task of checking Lewis Willis and acquitted himself well on that front as well. Offensively, Holmes came to life in the second half when it mattered most. He showed some playmaking skills that surprised some in the crowd, beating defenders of the dribble and finishing with his off hand on a few occasions. He also came up with huge rebounds on both ends, ran the floor and finished in transition. Without Devin, Renaissance loses by double digits easily and his 15 point, 4 rebound effort is a large reason why the Phoenix were able to force overtime.