Posted On: 02/26/18 5:45 PM
Lincoln King Academy was the place to be on Saturday, playing host to the Cornerstone Classic. It was a great tune-up event as teams are getting prepared for the state playoffs.
A full rundown of Saturday’s notable performances from bigs below:
Kip Clark (2020/6’5/Detroit Western)
Clark had a very good outing against Divine Child, posting a double-double and dominating the paint. Kip showed really soft touch around the basket and was nearly automatic on putbacks when the opposition didn’t foul him. Perhaps even more impressive, the sophomore knocked down free throws at an extremely high rate with an effortless looking stroke from the charity stripe. Clark was an absolute load on the glass, as he swallowed space in the paint and gained inside position by simply overpowering the opposition with superior size and strength. Kip is an intriguing prospect with soft hands and good touch, if he can continue to refine his body and improve his athleticism he’s got a ton of potential, especially if he grows. It will be fun to track his development over the next few years.
Aundre Polk (2020/6’8/Old Redford)
Not a big day on the stat sheet for Polk, but this up and coming prospect is oozing with potential if the eye test is utilized. The first thing that pops out is his combination of height/length, and it is as advertised. Beyond the measurments though, Aundre is flashing a ton of skill as a sophomore. He knocked down a baseline jumper from 16 feet away with a nice release point and good arch. Polk had identical mechanics at the free throw line, and converted all of his attempts. In the paint he doesn’t have a strong enough base/core to absorb contact as a back to the basket option consistently at this point, but he displayed extremely soft touch around the rim on putbacks with both hands. I really think Aundre is going to surprise some folks with just how good he’s going to be next year.
Kyle Washington (2018/6’3/Hazel Park)
More of an undersized power forward, Washington had the impact of a player much bigger. Kyle had absolutely no fear of the much respected Old Redford frontcourt and repeatedly challenged them for rebounds and won his fair share. The Viking senior simply outran Old Redford in transition, outworked the opposition on the glass and generally displayed a non-stop motor on his way to 14 points and 12 rebounds. There was nothing flashy about his game, but he’s the type of invaluable HS prospect that competes on every possession and is able to overcome any size disadvantage with superior effort and great athleticism. I don’t know what position Kyle translates to at the next level, but I do know he is a guy that makes good things happen for coaches when he’s on the court.
Isaiah Jackson (2020/6’8/Old Redford)
The top 50 sophomore may very well have the most physical upside in the Midwest. At a legit 6’8 with a wingspan approaching 7’0, Jackson has prototype measurements with the athletic abilities to match. He put that athleticism to good use against Hazel Park, blocking 7 shots and altering a ton more. Offensively he did a tremendous job running the floor and finishing in transition in highlight-reel fashion in addition to converting on putbacks. He also displayed grab and go ability, pulling down defensive boards before pushing the ball for 3-4 dribbles and hitting teammates with accurate passes. Another day at the office for the Raven big man with 12 points, 15 rebounds and 7 blocks.