Posted On: 05/25/21 3:09 PM

Despite it’s moniker over the years the Up North Challenge has expanded into a state wide showcase for young players. However the event returned to its roots this past weekend as both the 16U and 17U championships each featured a team primarily made up of Northern Michigan players. So here are four players who represented the 231 area code— plus one from way UP North. 

Quick Note: Trevin Winkle continued his strong play and could be the breakout player from the entire region. I’ve covered him before so I would encourage you to look up previous reports I have written on him. 

Luke Hazelton Luke Hazelton 6'7" | PF Glen Lake | 2023 State MI 6-7 2023 Glen Lake What a difference a year makes. Not that Hazelton ever looked bad but like a lot of young posts he was usually more potential than production. He showed this weekend that he is really coming into his own. Biggest development was the emergence of a very efficient face up game. When he caught the ball in the high post he was able get to the basket at will. Excellent passer who finished many of his drives with kick outs to open teammates. Helps that he is left handed but is

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