Posted On: 03/21/18 8:30 AM
Calihan Hall was the place to be on Tuesday, playing host to two quarterfinal matchups in Class A. Four great teams entered the game with an opportunity to advance to the semifinals, and both games were extremely competitive and went down to the wire. The UDJ/DeLaSalle game pitted two arch rivals in the Catholic league against one another while the Novi/Belleville game was a shootout that ended in a buzzer beater.
Part 1 of Tuesday’s notable performances below:
Trendon Hankerson (2018/6’3/Novi)
But for a buzzer beater by his teammate Traveon Maddox, Hankerson was the MVP of the quarterfinals as he dropped 24 points and 3 assists. Trendon showed the ability to create his own shot off the bounce, as he repeatedly got into the paint going left before pulling up and burying midrange jumpers with superb balance. Hankerson also showed range from distance, knocking down a catch and shoot triple from the left wing. While his shooting touch will garner most of the attention, we were really impressed with his ability to convert at the rim in traffic. The 6’3 senior was able to finish through contact on a few occasions with nice body control using both hands. Trendon also displayed plus vision, hitting teammates in stride in pick and roll sets and delivering precision post-entry passes that lead to easy buckets.
Devin Alverson (2018/6’3/Belleville)
Really impressed with Devin’s ability to finish at the rim. The 6’3 wing repeatedly got into the chest of the defender to negate shotblocking before converting through contact. It also helps that Alverson is one of the more explosive prospects in the state, and that was clear when he caught a two-hand tip dunk that brought the entire crowd to their feet in the third quarter. After getting off to a relatively quiet start, Devin was a focal point of the Belleville offense during stretches of the second half. The Tigers would get the athletic Alverson the ball on dribble hand off action where he would simply bully his defender to the rim before finishing an array of tough layups. Devin finished with double digit points in tough loss at the buzzer.
Luke Pfromm (2018/6’5/De La Salle)
Luke was simply unstoppable, scoring all over the court at all three levels. On the perimeter the 6’5 wing knocked down multiple pull-up jumpers from midrange off high ball screen action. Pfromm also buried a catch and shoot triple from the right wing and looked extremely confident shooting the ball all game. Luke also used his superior size/strength to back down smaller defenders from the high-post before finishing over a stretched out 6’9 Jalen Thomas in impressive fashion. As a playmaker for others, Pfromm made accurate passes on time that lead to easy buckets for teammates. The Wayne State football commit finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists in the most well-rounded performance of the day.
Daniel Friday (2019/6’3/University of Detroit)
Tuesday was the best I’ve seen Friday as a shooter. The athletic 6’3 guard/wing buried three catch and shoot triples and looked as comfortable as I’ve seen him in that capacity. While it was great to see that facet of his game take a step forward, Daniel made a big impact in other ways as well. Known as a slasher, the junior had a great baseline drive where he was able to take a hit from a De La Salle defender and still finish at the rim to give the Cubs some momentum in the second half. Friday also crashed the offensive glass where he gave UDJ several extra possessions to keep the game close. If Daniel can be that consistent with his outside shot it is going to be a big Spring/Summer for him on the AAU circuit, as his ability as an athletic slasher in conjunction with being a threat from the perimeter will make him nearly unguardable.
Tariq Woody (2018/6’8/Novi)
Woody isn’t going to make the headlines of many sports sections this morning, but he did play a huge role in Novi advancing to the semifinals. Tariq absolutely shredded the Belleville defense all game with pinpoint passing from the high post to cutting guards for 4 assists, and he should’ve had another 2-3 to be candid. His ability to see over the top of the defense and lead teammates into easy shots was the driving force behind the Wildcats’ successful horns sets where Woody was the playmaker. The big man also did a solid job on the glass, pulling down 7 rebounds to go along with 7 points. Really loved his contribution to this game, just a well-rounded prospect.
Davion Williams (2018/6’2/Belleville)
The Belleville senior played like he didn’t want his basketball career to end, and he nearly willed his team to victory in the 4th quarter. During a two minute stretch late in the final period, Williams knocked down a triple from the left wing, forced a 5 second call on defense and then drove to the paint before knocking down a bank-shot from 10 feet to tie the game at 73 with 13 seconds remaining in the game. Davion had a big influence on this game offensively, as he bullied defenders to the rim with pure strength and hit midrange pullups on multiple occasions. The Michigan State football commit also buried another catch and shoot triple in the first half and battled on the defensive glass.