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Posted On: 05/27/21 2:28 PM

The Up North Challenge was an excellent highly competitive event. I’ve already covered standout prospects from Northern Michigan. The younger age division belonged to the west side of the state. Here are five that stood out. 

Layne Risdon 6-9 Zeeland East One half of a twin tower front court that allowed the West Michigan Lakers to win the 15U bracket. Type of prospect that passes the eye test in a major way. You simply don’t see prospects with this level of length and athleticism at this age very often. Plainly evident during warmups. Then once the ball tips and you see the aggression and defensive awareness that give this prospect a chance to be special. Seems like a lifetime ago. But it was in this same gym that I saw a rising junior from Zeeland East named Nate Claerbaut Nate Claerbaut 6'10" | C Zeeland East | 2021 State MI (Ferris St) blow up at a Bank Hoops invidual camp. A lot of parallels beyond playing at the same school. Like Claerbaut was at the time, Risdon is very skinny. However Risdon is probably further along in his development. That is saying something as Claerbaut was the top ranked center in the 2021 class. It’s a lazy cliche to say

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