Detroit Country Day guard Mikkos Stewart was a spark plug for the Yellowjackets in a tough loss against Detroit Catholic Central. The freshman looked like a seasoned veteran capable of playing against anyone.
Here’s our take on Stewart’s game:
Shooting – Stewart is an excellent shooter off the dribble from both midrange and distance. His ability to hit contested perimeter shots is among the best we’ve viewed all year from any prospect regardless of class.
Ballhandling/Shot Creation – Mikkos is very hard to contain off the dribble, as he changes direction very well with the ball to get separation on his defender before rising up for jumpshots. His ability to go left or right makes it hard for defenders to influence him a certain direction, and he can get a quality shot off at nearly any time.
Changing Speeds – Stewart is well ahead of his time in terms of keeping defenders off balance by playing at various speeds. Often times young players play at 100mph every possession, making it easy for the opposition to key on. Mikkos accelerates and puts the brakes on extremely well.
Areas for Development:
Passing/Vision – while Mikkos has tremendous ability as an on-ball scorer, he did not display the ability to create easy shots for teammates. Considering his ability to get space on his defender off the dribble, this is the next progression in his development toward being a complete lead guard with all the attention he draws.
Off Ball Movement – Stewart didn’t move a ton when he was playing off-ball, and part of that was because he did have the ball in his hands frequently. That said, when he played more of a shooting guard role, he didn’t display sharp cuts or instinctive relocation. Would love to see him have more spatial awareness, as it would help him become even more efficient while working less.