Posted On: 12/15/17 6:26 PM
The Horatio Williams Tip Off Classic has always been filled with some of the state’s top talent. This event has the format of Detroit Public School league teams versus other schools. PSL basketball has always been special. This year the event took place at the historic Cass Tech High School, reigning city champions. As usual, this event did not disappoint.
The third game of the day featured a matchup between perennial PSL contender East English Village and Class A sleeper Hazel Park. Hazel Park has made the switch from Class B to A this year. They have a team that is comprised of almost entirely seniors, while East English has a good blend of players from every class comprising their team.
This game was a track meet from start to finish, and both teams played an uptempo, full court defense that led to lots of transition baskets. Hazel Park had the size and experience and in the end it paid off, as they weathered every run East English had in the game and pulled out a 86-72 win. Below is a scouting report on some of the players who played well for both teams.
Washington was the beneficiary of quite of few transition baskets for Hazel Park. He ran the floor well and got rewarded by his teammates with plenty of easy buckets. Washington displayed plus athleticism in the game, as he had several dunks against East English. He also got involved on the glass, grabbing 7 rebounds to go along with a pair of steals and a block. The only thing we did not see from Washington this game was if he had a perimeter jump shot. He did all his damage around the hoop or at the free throw line. If his free throws are any indicator, his jump shot might be one of his bigger weaknesses, as he went 4-7 at the line. Instate NAIA or JUCO colleges in Michigan looking for an athletic 2 guard who can rebound and slash should take a look at Washington.
Devin Pettus- 2018 5’11 PG
Pettus really impressed me against East English. Last year at the Red Hawk Showcase, he was one of their top players against Grand Rapids Union and impressed then. Pettus led the team in assists, dropping 5 dimes. He threw multiple successful lobs to teammates that were inch perfect passes.
Pettus also handled East English’s pressure defense very well, and frequently was the one to break the full court press and give Hazel Park the advantage in transition. He is extremely quick with the ball, and used that speed to never allow East English to trap him in areas where his teammates could not help him out.
Pettus also looked like he was HP’s best perimeter shooter as he knocked down a pair of them and looked comfortable doing it. He did struggle at the line, going 1-3, but his shot looked good and I think it was just a bad game at the line. NAIA programs looking for a PG who can potentially come in and help out right away should give Pettus a look.
Carl Bow Jr- 2018 6’2 CG
Bow is the most well known player on this team. He has been one of the better known players in the Detroit area since he was a freshman, and has always been a productive player. He slipped off the radar a bit in the past year or so, but he put himself firmly back on the radar with a big performance in this game. He has always been known as an elite athlete, and that has not changed. Bow frequently used his athleticism to finish at the rim. He also had a big time oop dunk off a lob from Pettus that brought the crowd to their feet and had several offensive putbacks. His speed and athleticism also allowed him to jump passing lanes well and get Hazel Park transition opportunities going the other way. Bow also displayed some playmaking ability, dropping a pair of nice assists and passing the ball well up the floor to break East English’s full court press. The biggest question mark around Bow is can he consistently knock down shots from the perimeter at the next level. In this game, Bow did not make any threes, but he attempted some. It still looks like it could use some improvements, but the mechanics are not bad so it should not be a huge issue to fix if he works on it. What is for sure though is that Bow is one of the best available players in Michigan, and he could see his recruitment pick up late at the D2 and maybe even D1 level if he and Hazel Park have a big year in Class A this season.
Julian Jones- 2018 6’4 SG/SF
Jones, like Washington, is not as well known as his teammates Carl Bow or Dave Hearns. However, that does not mean Jones does not have serious talent. Against East English, Jones surprised some people with what he could do, especially attacking the hoop. Jones has great length. His wingspan is likely around 6’7 or 6’8, which allows him to effectively defend the 1-3 spots with ease, and maybe even the 4 if high school teams they play are undersized. Jones thrived in transition, where he caught a couple oops and brought the crowd to their feet. Like Washington and Bow, he did not display if he could shoot from the perimeter, but if he is used in college as an athletic defender, he could get away with not needing it as much as others due to his length and athleticism.
Adams was perhaps the biggest standout in this game for Hazel Park. Neither team had anyone above 6’5 in their rotations, so the game was played at a very high pace. Adams proved to be a major problem for East English, as he was the tallest player on the floor when he was in, and he had the athleticism and mobility to run with the point guards for both teams. In transition, Adams showed some good ball skills by using a nice euro step to get around a defender. When he was catching the ball in transition, he showed off some serious bounce, getting off the floor for some easy dunks. And in the half court he showed that he could hit a mid range jump shot with ease. His mechanics looked good and he elevated well to shoot over defenders hands when closing out. Adams also was tenacious on the glass, grabbing a game high 11 boards. JUCO programs should be all over Adams, as he appears to be one of the best under the radar prospects in 2018.
David Dejulius- 2018 6’1 PG (Michigan commit)
Dejulius was not at his best this game, but he was still awfully productive. He finished with 23 points and 5 assists. This tells you how good Dejulius is and ridiculously high his standards are. At his best, he can easily put up an efficient 30 points, and can get a similar number of assists pretty consistently.
Against Hazel Park, Dejulius started out hot, scoring 9 quick points in the first couple minutes of the first. He cooled off as the game wore on but late in the fourth he again made some tough shots and assists as he tried to bring East English back into it. Dejulius did a good job at drawing fouls when he wanted to attack. He shot 9-12 at the free throw line in the game. And teams focus so hard on him, that it opened the floor for his teammates to get open looks. Dave should have had more than 5 assists realistically, it just seemed like an off night in general for East English.
I also thought that he could have been more aggressive hunting for his shot. He drew fouls getting to the hoop with ease, and I think he could have done it all game and ended up shooting around 20 free throws if he would have kept attacking. I also think he was too passive. Hard to believe when a player drops 22 points, but it seemed like he was in attack mode the full 32 minutes like he needs to be. Nonetheless, Dejulius did have a solid game statistically, and it just goes to show you how good this kid is. He is committed to Michigan and is a top 100 player in the country in my opinion. He should be a great player at Michigan after this season.
Colin Golson- 2020 6’5 PF
Golson was the only real bright spot for East English from start to finish in my eyes. He is their tallest player in the rotation, and also their most physical. He was the most physical player in this game for them, and he used that to be active inside. There are other players on this team who get more credit, but if East English is to have success this year, Golson will need to play above his age like he did this game. If he does, it helps to make them one of the top teams in Class A. Golson finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds. He definitely needs to improve at the free throw line as well. He went 1-5 there. If he can do that, he will quietly have himself a real good season.
Tariq Shepherd- 2019 5’10 PG
Shepherd usually gets the envious task of guarding the team’s best perimeter players, and that didn’t change versus Hazel Park. He also was usually at the top of East English’s full court trap, and he had to do a ton of running around for much of the game. He is best known for his defense, but late in the game he also showed off some good things offensively. He hit numerous floaters and looked very comfortable doing that. That is a very important weapon a point guard needs and if this game was any indicator, Shepherd already looks to have it in the bag. He also finished well at the hoop and showed some good ambidexterity. He holds a couple D1 offers, and that number should increase in the coming months.
Jayshawn Moore- 2020 6’3 SG
Moore has all the physical tools needed to be a successful D1 player. He stands at a decent height at 6’3, and his wingspan allows him to play a few inches taller than that. He knows how to defend in man to man and knows how to effect the game without scoring. Moore got involved on the glass this game, and will need to continue to do that going forward to help counter East English’s undersized team. He snagged 6 rebounds from one of the guard spots. Moore also knocked down a pair of threes and finished with 7 points. I would like to see Moore improve his ball skills some. He has made improvements since AAU, but he still needs to continue to work on his ball handling and making his jump shot quicker to get over taller defenders.
Keyon Brown- 2018 6’0 PG
Brown recently transferred in to East English, but looks to already have a decent role within the team. He is not going to be a high volume scorer consistently, but he looked like he will be a swiss army knife-type player for this team. He finished with 8 points, and also got involved some on the glass and creating for others. He grabbed 4 rebounds and dished out 4 assists as well. Offensively he generally looked to keep the ball swinging, and only looked to score when there were open opportunities.
Godwin is a physical freak, and highlighted those attributes in this game. He used a high motor to be a major factor on the glass, grabbing a team high 9 rebounds. Offensively he is mostly utilized as a wing his teammates throws lobs to or feeds at the high post for him to attack the rim. He plays as the 4 or 5 generally for East English, but he will play at the next level as a slashing 3 or as a small ball 4.
Once again, Godwin’s motor was unmatched when he was in. He is relentless attacking the hoop and the boards, and teams have to put a body on him, or he will find a way to come up with it. That was the case against Hazel Park. His athleticism also allowed him to be a major factor on the glass, as he swatted away 3 shots. What hurt Godwin was he was going full throttle, and did not know when to stop. He got himself into foul trouble, and was off the floor more often than his team, and he would have liked. He was highly productive when he was in, but he was not in the game nearly as much as he should have been due to the foul trouble.
Godwin has multiple offers at the D2 level, and additional interest at the D1 level. If he goes D2, he could make an instant impact right away for a championship caliber team, and likely have a highly successful 4 year career.