Posted On: 01/23/18 10:38 PM
The Fast Break Invitational is one of the top one-day events in the state. Top teams from all across southern Michigan came to Belleville high school for big showcase games. Each game featured multiple college prospects, and every game was essentially competitive.
Coming into this event the matchup between Detroit Renaissance and John Glenn was intriguing. Renaissance possesses one of the most talented teams in the Detroit area, and have played one of the tougher schedules in the state so far. John Glenn has consistently been one of the better under the radar teams in Class A these past few seasons. So far, John Glenn has had a sub par start, but they have the talent and are relatively young, and possess one of the best point guards in the 2019 class in Joe Moon IV. Unfortunately, Moon was out this game with a ankle/foot injury.
Going into tip, everyone expected Renaissance to roll away with the game. That proved to not be the case though. John Glenn was able to hang around and stay competitive from start to finish, and although Renaissance managed to get a fairly comfortable win, I think John Glenn can take away a few positives from this game and build on them. In particular their ability to balance the scoring load without their star player. If Moon does return soon, they will have a potential takeover guy as well to add into the fold. Renaissance managed to win the game by a score of 62-53.
Below is my scouting report on some of the top players from the game.
Mccaskill was yet again a human highlight film. He had at least 4 dunks, 2 of which were of the poster variety. More than just a dunker, Mccaskill also stepped out and hit a three. This is the 3rd game this year that I have seen Mccaskill at least 1 three in a game.
At 6’7 with athleticism and shooting ability, he right now projects to become a very valuable forward prospect for Mid major plus to high major minus programs. Carrington also grabbed a team high 8 rebounds and was simply electric all game long. John Glenn had no answer for the budding 2019 forward. Mccaskill finished with 25 points and 9 rebounds. He scored in a variety of ways besides threes and dunks too. Low post offense, offensive put backs, dribble drives and free throws all were additional ways in which he accumulated his 25 points. What was most impressive of all was that he shot 11-13 from the field and chipped in 2 steals as well. About as close to perfect of a game that you will see. Mccaskill picked up a VCU offer in the days following this game as well.
Turner was efficient in this game. Like Mccaskill, he scored in a variety of ways. He seemed a little more passive trying to score than I was hoping he would be but he still had an efficient 15 points, going 7-12 from the field. Turner knocked down a three, scored at mid-range off pull-ups, and got to the paint and scored through the trees as well. Turner also did a good job filling the rest of the stat sheet. He grabbed 5 rebounds and had 5 assists as well. His playmaking ability from the wings is a valuable trait for teams. Combining that with his 3 level scoring ability and you have a pretty well balanced guard that can hurt teams in a variety of ways. He did just that against John Glenn.
Like Mccaskill, Turner has a handful of Division one offers from the mid major level. But if he keeps developing his game he could turn himself into a potential mid major plus or high major type recruit. Princeton is the most recent school to pursue Turner, as they were at the game watching him. Highlighting his status as an elite student-athlete.
Cortez Garland- 2018 5’10 G
Garland’s name gets lost in the background compared to the two 2019s listed above, but he has quietly been an important player these past two seasons and has been pretty consistent when doing it. He posted 9 points and 4 assists in this game, and did a great job at penetrating the John Glenn defense and finding teammates like Mccaskill in easy positions to score. Garland is a quick guard who can hurt teams attacking the hoop or stepping out and shooting. In this game, he was doing his damage attacking the rim. Like Holmes, I think JUCO programs should be on Garland.
Love his style of play and how he impacts the game without needing to be a high volume scorer. Holmes is as strong as a bull and he does not give much ground when opponents try to back him down low or try to bang inside fighting for rebounds. Holmes sets hard screens and has good hands as well. He is primarily just a cleanup type player offensively, but he did have a nice dribble drive basket in the first half I believe. Holmes also defended the paint well and can even step out and guard on the perimeter occasionally if he gets switched onto perimeter players. His stat line was modest as he only had 6 points and 2 rebounds, but he defended really well and did a ton of little things that made him tough to leave off the floor. JUCO programs looking for a tough interior glue guy should be all over Holmes.
Renel Thrasher- 2019 G
With star guard Joe Moon IV out with a foot injury, Thrasher and teammates needed to step up in order to compete with one of Detroit’s most talented squads. Although not contributing much in most the other statistical categories, he did provide John Glenn their top offensive spark. Despite scoring a team high 16 points, it took him 18 shots to do it, which is a credit to Renaissnace for making Thrasher work for his points. He did hit 3 threes and had a pair of steals as well. When Joe Moon returns though John Glenn should have one of the better backcourts in the area.
Tre Robinson- 2020 G
Robinson played the role of facilitator primarily for John Glenn he had 7 points on 3-5 shooting, but also had 5 assists. He scored a pair of his field goals attacking the rim and also stepped out to three-point land and went 1-2. Robinson’s best years are ahead of him. With continued development on his jump shot, he could be a pretty well rounded point guard offensively.