Posted On: 02/13/18 7:10 PM
King High School was the place to be on Sunday, playing host to the Detroit Public School League Quarterfinals. The previously scheduled games were postponed due to inclement weather, but I actually preferred the weekend consolidation format, as the gym was full in great day of hoops between 8 quality teams.
A full rundown of Sunday’s top wing/forward/big performances below:
Chandler Turner (2019/6’5/Renaissance)
Chandler was at his best in isolation against East English where he used change of speed dribbles to get space before rising up and burying jumpshots on his defender or finishing at the rim. Turner also did a superb job at moving off-ball and relocating when his teammates penetrated, as he was able to get free for open jumpers or cuts to the basket for layups. The 6’5 junior also did a great job of attacking the glass and using his length to get into passing lanes and protect the rim, finishing with 18 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals and a block while helping the Phoenix punch their ticket to the PSL semifinals
Charles Brown (2018/6’5/Pershing)
Brown continued his breakout season in a victory over Henry Ford. The athletic wing knocked down three catch and shoot triples and has been a very good shooter off the catch this year. Charles attacked closeouts from the wing where he was able to use his long strides to get to the rim with only 1 dribble before finishing. More of a finesse/skill prospect at this point, the senior did some good work on the offensive glass, giving multiple jumps before converting putbacks. Great all around day for the versatile wing with 17 points and 7 rebounds.
Zavon Godwin (2018/6’4/East English Village)
Absolutely huge performance from the Bulldog senior. Playing out of position, Zavon gave up 3-4 inches to Carrington McCaskill in the post but was able to compensate with motor and great athleticism. Godwin high-pointed rebounds in traffic on a consistent basis, displaying some impressive quick twitch explosion on several occasions and ended up with 15 rebounds. The bouncy 6’4 senior threw down highlight reel dunks all game long and was able to finish with the off-hand for putbacks on his way to 16 points,
Gary Solomon (2018/6’5/DEPSA)
The LIU-Brooklyn commit had a strong all around game in a big time victory against Cass Tech, chipping in 12 points, pulling down 10 rebounds and dropping 6 assists. Known as a very good outside shooter, Solomon didn’t do a ton of damage from the outside but that didn’t stop him having a huge impact on the game. Gary got to the rim and forced contact repeatedly, knocking down free throws and finishing at the rim as well. He was huge on the glass, coming up with defensive rebounds in traffic and played a physical brand of basketball. Solomon was superb as a playmaker, as he dropped dimes once helpside defense arrived to cut off his lane and gound gaps in Cass Tech’s zone defense.
Johnny Davis (2018/6’8/Pershing)
Potential is starting to turn into production for Doughboy big man. Davis controlled the glass all game long, grabbing 13 boards in addition to blocking a few shots and altering several more. While his rebounding and defense are the things that stand out in the box score, Johnny showed some realy growth on the offensive end. During one notable possession, he hit his defender with a pivot toward the middle before coming back left and finishing with soft touch. That type of footwork is certainly a new development and one that is promising. Davis also had a few putbacks and knocked down free throws at a decent clip.
Carrington McCaskill (2019/6’7/Renaissance)
The Renaissance junior is the best athlete in the state and it shows in game settings. Carrington absolutely dominated the offensive glass, bringing the rim down with thunderous tip dunks and using soft touch for putbacks on numerous occasion. While his explosiveness is certainly the best part of his game, McCaskill is rounding out his ball skills, as he was able to take his defender off the bounce from the wing before finishing with a nice finger roll. His ceiling is literally unlimited, and high major offers may be 6’5 this Summer if his much improved perimter shot reamings consistent on the AAU circut.
Jalyn Benning (2018/6’5/Pershing)
Benning may very well have turned in the best two-way performance of the afternoon, with a stat line of 10 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks. Offensively there was nothing flashy to his game, he simply imposed his will ont the offensive glass and finished once on putbacks over and over again. Jalyn had the highlight of the day when he absolutely crushed a tip-dunk on three unsuspecting Henry Ford defenders that will be talked about for quite some time. Defensively, the 6’5 forward has very underrated quick twitch explosion, as he gets off the ground extremely quick and used his light feet to block shots and alter a ton of attempts in the paint.