Posted On: 12/31/17 3:00 PM
With it being the new year, that means that the MHSAA regular season is fully underway, and every team has played at least a couple of games this season. There have been some big games already, and players have been picking up offers. The senior class has been steadily thinning out, as almost every week a senior will announce his commitment to play for a college team after this season.
There still are quite a few quality prospects at each position still available though, and at each level of college as well. The 2018 class in Michigan is one of the deepest in decades, and players that are ranked in the 100s or lower would likely be much high if they were in graduating classes earlier or later. In this first article, we will highlight a handful of some of the top available point guards in the 2018 class. Below is part 1 of our top available point guards.
Ja’Kavien Lewis- 5’11 Flint Carman-Ainsworth
Lewis has had a very strong start to the season, and it in turn has led to him picking up offers and additional college interest. His most recent offer is from D2 Saginaw Valley State, and he also holds another D2 offer from Northwood, as well as additional D2 and D1 interest.
Lewis is one of the state’s best on ball defenders, and he consistently picks up multiple steals every game as well as creating several more turnovers that may not count as his steals. He also has shown a lot of improvement on his jump shot in the past year, and can score attacking off the dribble. His playmaking and leadership abilities are also among the best in Michigan, and it is something that I think is underappreciated because so much of his reputation is based on his defense. Lewis will make some coach at the D2 level extremely happy, as he should make a decent impact right away as a freshman if he does go that level.
Robinson is a big game player, and he showed that once again in Clarkston’s most recent clash against East English Village. Robinson came out hot, scoring 18 points in the first half. In last year’s state championship game, he also played very well, scoring 14 points efficiently and defending Ohio State commit Duane Washington extremely well.
He has steadily improved his shot over the years and now he is a very good shooter off both the catch and dribble. He also has the ability to play comfortably on or off the ball on both ends of the floor, which allows for colleges to be more flexible with utilizing him. Like Lewis, Robinson is best known as being one of the state’s top defenders. It is a guarantee he will guard opposing team’s top perimeter players, and he usually makes opponents work for every single point. Robinson holds a D2 offer from Lake Superior State, and should continue to pick up interest and offers from GLIAC and WHAC schools.
A high energy guard who can play as the pg or off the ball, Harley is another lockdown defender who can control games without even scoring. Over the last year though he has really developed a nice jump shot and is a capable scorer off the dribble in isolation situations, or playing off the ball and shooting threes off the catch. NAIA programs should be all over Harley and D2 programs should monitor his recruitment as the season rolls along.
Kaevon Merriweather- 6’1 Belleville
Merriweather might be the most physically gifted 2018 point guard regardless of if they are committed. He has a great frame physically that he uses to absorb contact with, and is even capable of finishing above the rim. At times he will fall in love with the jump shot and settle, which makes things easier for opposing teams. However, if the shot is falling, Merriweather becomes a lethal 3 level scoring lead guard who can takeover games.
Merriweather is also an elite football prospect, and has some D1 looks on the gridiron. He also has D1 and D2 interest on the hardwood, as he starts for one of Michigan’s most talented high school teams.
Devin Pettus- 5’10 Hazel Park
Pettus has slipped under the radar for his high school team. There are a few better known players that generally steal the headlines. Hazel Park is also a top 5 team in Michigan with a number of impressive wins. Pettus has been absolutely vital to that despite not garnering as much attention as others. There not many question marks for this team. One minor question for them is shooting from deep, but Pettus has proven in multiple games that he is a very good shooter from deep. He has hit 2 or more threes in the 3 games I have covered this year, and does it shooting a decent percentage. He also is lightning quick with the ball and throws great lob passes to cutting teammates. Pets seems to thrive in a uptempo offense and he could make a great impact at a NAIA program that loves playing uptempo.
Davis is one of the state’s best student athletes. He boasts a 4.0+ GPA and has the talent on the court to make him a very valuable commodity potentially for small colleges. He plays the right way and can fill a variety of roles within a team. He also has a winning mentality from his time with TEAM Basketball, one of Michigan’s best non shoe programs. Davis is a fundamental, high IQ guard who can play at the point or shooting guard spots effectively. His jump shot has improved since the spring which allows him to play as a shooting guard, and he has the vision and composure to be an effective point guard at the next level as well.
Right now it looks like it is a two horse race between Kalamazoo College and Hope College, and whichever D3 program lands him will be getting a excellent student and individual who will be a major contributor on the floor.
David Hearns- 6’1 Hazel Park
Hearns has been considered one of the better guards in Michigan for years. He is one of the leaders and stars for a loaded Hazel Park team that is turning a lot of heads. Hearns is another guard like Pettus who thrives in up tempo settings, and he gets it done on both ends of the floor. The smooth southpaw is great at creating turnovers and shooting passing lanes for steals going the other way. Hearns also is one of HP’s top three point shooters alongside Pettus. His handles are also good and he might be his team’s top breakdown player in the halfcourt. NAIA and D2 programs should keep an eye on Hearns going forward.
Hill is without question one of the state’s top point guards. If he was closer to 6’0 his recruitment and reputation within the state would be much better. Hill is a surprisingly good athlete who can finish above the rim despite only being 5’9. He has a nice release on his jump shot as well and can score at mid range with runners and floaters as well. He is at his best though running an offense and setting up teammates. If a team has weapons around him, he can really do damage as a facilitator who puts up decent numbers scoring efficiently. He should be a great in state JUCO prospect that top programs should go for.