Posted On: 02/4/18 3:52 PM
The Fast Break Invitational is one of the best single day events in Michigan during high school hoops season. Teams from the Ann Arbor and Detroit areas come to Belleville high school to take part in some highly anticipated games. Each game at this event proved to be very competitive and exciting for fans to see. The nightcap game proved to be no different.
West Bloomfield was taking on host team Belleville high school in a highly anticipated matchup between two top 20 teams in the state. West Bloomfield recently reached full strength while Belleville has possessed one of the most talented and exciting teams in Michigan. Many times big games such as this one fail to live up to the hype, but this one more than lived up to the billing.
West Bloomfield took advantage of a lethargic Belleville early on, and were able to maintain a comfortable lead going into half 37-26. The second half was much more competitive though, and if it were not for a last second basket by West Bloomfield, the game would have gone into overtime. West Bloomfield picked up an impressive 64-62 victory, and reminded everyone why they are a dark horse team in Class A. Below is my breakdown on a handful of top players from both teams.
Donavan Moore- 2019 6’3 CG
Moore became eligible just days before this game since transferring from a small school in Illinois. He is one of the top prospects in our 2019 rankings and he backed that up in a big way in this game. Moore set the tone with a put back dunk to open the game, and he continued to dominate the game by making a living slashing to the hoop and getting to the free throw line. Moore has a ton of bounce and used that to his advantage to finish over the taller Belleville players. He made 10 field goals in the game, 9 of which were at mid-range or inside the paint.
Donavan needs to continue improving his jump shot though as it appears to be the biggest area of improvement going forward. His shot is not broken by any means but he does not get a full extension on his follow through and uses a little too much arm rather than legs to shoot the ball. He did hit a three however and is capable from deep if left alone.
Moore’s best trait though is on the defensive end. At 6’3 with very long arms and great athleticism, Moore can effectively defend anywhere across the backcourt, and can even guard a small forward occasionally. He did a great job at staying in front of his man and just contesting shots. He did not gamble and put his team in bad situations really either. Donavan finished the game with 28 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists. He holds double digit D1 offers already, and that number should continue to increase this spring and summer as he runs with The Family in the EYBL circuit.
Tre Harvey- 2018 6’3 SG
Harvey is one of the top unsigned seniors in the state, and alongside now Eastern Michigan guard Kevin McAdoo, Harvey helped lead West Bloomfield to the final four before being defeated by eventual state champion Clarkston. Harvey makes a killing shooting the ball, and has really good size to make him an even better shooter. His overall ability to score should not be disrespected. He possesses a solid floater and ability to score at mid-range off the dribble.
Against Belleville, Harvey struggled a little bit to get a shot to fall, but he still was a major threat and worry for Belleville. They tried to keep him from shooting threes and actually managed to succeed at it. Harvey only took two shots from deep in the game, and didn’t make either shot. He did manage to finish with 7 points on 3 field goals and a free throw. Defensively is where he made the best impact however. He finished the game with a team high 3 steals. If Harvey can continue to make himself a presence on the defensive end, he could become a solid 3 and D prospect at the NAIA or D2 level.
Tre Mosley- 2019 6’3 SG
Mosley is one of the top dual sport athletes in the state for 2019. He holds several D1 football offers, and is a pretty tough high school player for West Bloomfield as well. Mosley was second on the team in scoring, chipping in 16 points. He did a good job at disrupting the floor on the perimeter for Belleville’s guards as well. His future lies on the football field after high school, but Mosley could be a key piece to any potential championship success on the hardwood.
Chris Oviasu- 2018 6’6 F
The best post presence that West Bloomfield has, Oviasu did not have a great game statistically, but he does provide a solid interior presence for an otherwise undersized team. He only had 4 points on 2-3 shooting, but both his field goals were dunks. Standing at 6’6, Oviasu has good size and athleticism to be a solid player at a small college level. He also used that size to be a decent rebounder and rim protector. He finished with 4 points and 5 rebounds in the game.
The most well-known prospect in the game, Brown certainly drew the focus of West Bloomfield’s defense during the game. He was frequently being ran off the three-point line and when shots went up, West Bloomfield made sure to put a body on him as good as they could. He still managed to hit a pair of threes in the game. Brown is a streaky shooter, but if he gets hot he is capable of hitting 5+ threes in a game. Most of Gabe’s damage came inside or in transition. He has freakishly long arms to go with being about 6’8, so if he is going downhill he can be a nightmare to defend. He used those great physical gifts to also be a force on the defensive end. He altered several shots and even blocked 2 more as well. Brown finished the game with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks.
Devin Alverson- 2018 6’3 SF
Belleville has several elite athletes on this team. Of all the prospects that they have though, the best one might be one of the least known players in their rotation. Devin Alverson is a human highlight film waiting to happen. In past AAU events, I have seen him bring entire gyms to their feet when he gets space around the rim. Unfortunately, he did not have any real opportunities in this game to put that on display. He instead buckled down and contributed in other ways on the court for Belleville. Defensively he is capable of being one of the toughest defenders around due to his combination of size, athleticism and mobility.
He frequently gets tasked with defending top players on opposing teams. He frequently was checking Donavan Moore all throughout the game. Alverson does not complain about whatever role he is tasked with each game. Against West Bloomfield, he made his best contributions on the glass, grabbing 6 rebounds to go with 6 points. He also made plays on the defensive side of the ball, blocking 2 shots and also getting himself a pair of steals. It is tough to gauge what level Alverson will play. He is a D1 athlete without question, but it is extremely unlikely he will go that level. He is being recruited by colleges at just about every level though, so he could wind up any level ranging from JUCO up to D2.
Moore was the top underclassmen prospect in this game for either team. The 2020 wing plays inside more right now than I am sure he is accustomed to, but his athleticism allows him to still be an effective player for Belleville. Combining that athleticism with a raw but improving skill set makes Bush an intriguing D1 prospect going forward. Like Merriwether, Bush did not have a great game statistically. But Connor recently became eligible for them and is still trying to find his exact role within the team. As the season rolls on, I think his production will increase and he will have an even bigger role within the rotation. Bush finished with 4 points and 4 rebounds, and had a nice dunk as well. Right now he is more of an energy type player, but his talent alone will allow him to be a much bigger threat in games going forward.
Gabe is going to MSU for basketball, while Williams is going to MSU for football. But for those who did not know, Williams was also a 3 star basketball recruit and was one of the best prospects in the state in the seasons prior to this year. One of the most explosive athletes in the state in any sport, Williams takes full advantage of his physical gifts by consistently out muscling, out jumping and outworking many opponents. He was looking like his younger self in this one as he and Moore for West Bloomfield were frequently trading buckets from start to finish. In transition there are very few players in the state who could stop Williams. He made a killing in the open floor, finishing off dunks and acrobatic layups.
Williams also has always had a great mid-range game, and he continued to take advantage of that by burying 3 or 4 shots from 14-17 feet. There have been rumors that Williams could potentially dual sport at MSU between football and basketball. If anyone in the state could do it at that high of a level, he is the prime candidate for it. His size and physical abilities could make him a valuable defender and athlete for MSU basketball, and those same physical gifts are what make him such an exciting cornerback prospect on the football field as well. Williams finished with 26 points on an impressive 11-14 shooting, and also chipped in 9 rebounds and 3 assists as well.