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Posted on September 18, 2015

2016 6'2 PG/WG Jordan Bone Nashville (Ensworth) TN., commits to Tennessee.

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Posted on September 17, 2015

2017 6'9 PF Derek Culver Warren (Harding) OH., had Purdue, Iowa, Clemson and Illinois drop in at a open run at Harding high school.

Derek

Posted on September 17, 2015

2016 6'0 PG Te'Jon Lucas Milwaukee (Washington) WI., committed to Illinois.

Lucas

Posted on September 17, 2015

2016 6'4 WG De'Anthony Melton Encino (Crespi Carmelite) CA., committed to USC.

Melton

Posted on September 17, 2015

6'7 WF Justas Furmanavicius Three Rivers (CC) MO., committed to Ole Miss.

 

 

Posted on September 17, 2015

2016 6'9 PF Dylan Painter Hersey (HS) PA., committed to Villanova.

Painter

Posted on September 16, 2015

The annual Inside Prep Sports Fall Showcase was organized by none other than T.J Kelley.  Seńor Kelley always brings together some of the best talent in the state.  And 2015 was no different.  Roughly 60 kids from across Michigan participated.  Here are those that stood-out.

Top Three Performers:

Jamal Cain Cornerstone 6’7″ 2017 Wing: Mr. Cain showed his Rivals top 100 ranking was no fluke by taking it to the field at the showcase.  On the day, Cain guarded all five positions on the floor due to superior length, athleticism, and agility.  With a polished mid-range game in the works, high majors will be calling Jamal soon to go with offers from Kent State, Oakland, and U of D Mercy.

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Diego Robinson

Diego Robinson Lansing Everett 6’6″ 2017 Wing: Robinson assaulted the rims all day long.  He dunked every open look either off-the-dribble or from a standstill, and owned the defensive glass.  Robinson will continue to round out his entire skill-set before the actual season starts.

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Dylan Alderson

Dylan Alderson Clarkston 6’5″ 2017 Wing: Another high-flyer on the day, however, Dylan showed off his outside game and his ability to drop dimes while playing point guard.  Has all the tools needed to become a plus perimeter defender from all three positions.  This versatility has aided Alderson in receiving offers from Toledo, Central Michigan, and Wright State.  More will definitely follow.

Other Notables:

Brandon Wade Ann Arbor Skyline 6’0″ 2018 Point Guard: Great passer.  Thrives in using body to shield defenders from the ball while getting into the lane and making point guard plays.  Soild in-between guy who makes everyone around him better.  Holds offers from Eastern Michigan, Toledo, and Northern Illinois.

Richard Talley Detroit Renaissance 5’10” 2016 Point Guard: Justin Turner is not the only guard that can play at Renni.  Talley is a soild/pesky on-ball defender with quick hands and feet.  And holy smokes can this kid jump despite his size.  Wow!

Jordan Graham Farmington 6’4″ 2017 Wing Guard: He might be the biggest sleeper in Michigan’s ’17 class.  Jordan had a great summer with the Michigan Warriors before getting hurt in July.  He can really run the floor, create his own shot, knockdown open jumpers, and has great size for a guard. Would be a steal for a low-major.

Brennan Buszka Grosse Pointe South 6’6″ 2017 Wing: Another Michigan Warrior.  Had a strong month of July, and I’ve got a feeling he’s not done growing yet.  Really good in open floor either with the ball or running the break.  A good rebounder for his size.  Student of the game type player given his dad played college ball at U of D Mercy.

Calvin Blaydes Belleville 6’5″ 2016 Forward: Athleticism is off the charts.  Ability to create own offense is developing, but never ceases from the dirty work and rebounding side of the game.  Tallest kid on high school team so that might limit his ability to play his more natural height-given position.  One premier community college took note of him.

More Standouts:
Jack Ammermen Ann Arbor Skyline 5’10” 2018 Shooting Guard: Kid can flat out shoot it

Robert Iaquaniello Walled Lake Northern 6’2″ 2017 Shooting Guard:Another one opponents can’t leave open behind the arch.

 Joe Chavey Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard 6’4″ 2016 Combo Guard:Attention D3/NAIAs, here’s a steal.  3.5 GPA and 24 ACT.  Plays extremely hard and willing to do whatever it takes to win.

Skylar Lipinski Onsted 6’6″ 2017 Forward: The future of Onsted is strong with Lipinski.  Defenders will no longer be able to double-team Austin “Big Country” Davis now that Lipinski is on varsity.

Contributed by Adam Troia

Posted on September 15, 2015

Case

By Ethan Knoop

 

To say the first ever Northwest Ohio Boys Basketball Showcase and Combine was anything less than a complete success would be doing the event a complete injustice; it was a weekend to remember for a long time to come. With virtually all of the top talent in Toledo and beyond in attendance, with the exception of a few players missing, it was truly something special to have everyone in the gym together. There was plenty of fun, competitive, spirited, high-energy, high-effort basketball from everyone who participated. A special shoutout needs to be given to guys like Zeek Hill, Ant Singleton, Jeremy Green, and Cornelius Hester for all of their time and effort in making the first annual event a great success and a good time had by all!
 
Many of the young fellas participated and deserve recognition for their efforts and strong play throughout the weekend:
 
'16 G Daijour 'DayDay' Whittington (Woodward) - Whittington could very easily be worthy of the event's MVP award as he maintained spectacular play both Saturday night and all throughout Sunday afternoon. A versatile and athletic wing, Whittington can slash to the basket with ease, and is consistent from the outside. He can be something special in transition, and has bounce, as he was the Slam Dunk Champion for the event. The one thing that separated him from virtually the rest of the field all weekend was his ability to make everyone else around him better, as he did that time and time again.
 
'16 F Montrece Collins (Whitmer) - Collins has been rising up recruiting boards for many of the area D2 programs as he now holds three offers. With a mature and physical build that leads you to believe he can already compete at the collegiate level, he was a bully down in the paint. One particular play he used a big time drop step and put a defender in the rim along with the ball in what was arguably the play of the weekend. Collins also has a pretty jump shot extending out to three point range that he showed off throughout the weekend. With offers from Urbana, Ferris State, and Ohio Valley, Collins plans to take visits to Grand Valley State and Ferris State over the next few weekends. One could argue Collins is the best college prospect Toledo has to offer in the 2016 class.
 
'16 G Sam Hickey (Whitmer) - Hickey was another one who had a stellar weekend and could be in consideration for an MVP award. Hickey is well known as a knock down perimeter scorer and he proved that time and time again all weekend and on into the Three Point Competition where he was crowned the Champion. He is absolutely lethal knocking down shots coming off of screens moving either direction. With a will to win and a high motor that never 'shuts off' Hickey is always a joy to watch. Two things that impressed with Hickey's play in the event was his rebounding and knack to attack the basket. Hickey was in the paint more times than not fighting for rebounds and leading fast breaks. Hickey would be a great fit at the D2 level, and schools need to hop on board with his recruitment quick.
 
'20 Zeb Jackson (Maumee Valley MS) - Jackson will be the next in line behind guys like William Buford, Marc Loving, and Nigel Hayes before him. Playing up in the High School division Jackson was the best player on the floor in many of the games. Flashy, with spectacular ball-handling, a consistent three point shot out to NBA range, a quickly developing high IQ, and a true passion for competition are just a few things that Jackson possesses. Jackson simply 'gets it' and is a true floor general even in the 8th grade. Playing for the King James AAU organization, Jackson is a virtual lock to land with a high-major college program in the coming years if everything continues to develop according to plan.
 
'16 F TJ Munn (Start) - An intriguing prospect, Munn was impressive throughout play on Sunday afternoon. He can score from all levels, is an active and creative wing with bounce and athleticism. Lets his play do the talking. Will be one to keep an eye on in City League play this season.
 
'17 Alontay Gould (Scott) - One who is never too shy to talk and have fun on the court, he backed it up more times than not all weekend. Scoring from all over the floor, he showed a real knack for transition scoring that was special. Gould is always engaged defensively as well which is something that stood out in the showcase format throughout the weekend. He should be a real 'X-Factor' for Scott High School this season as he will find himself in the starting lineup.
 
'16 F Kameron Singleton (Defiance) - Always fundamentally sound, Singleton showed more of the same this weekend. He has really picked up his scoring, and built upon his solid play in the State Tournament. Good size and length make him a difficult matchup for opponents, especially out on the perimeter where he possesses an improved jump shot. Deceptive footwork makes him an active and effective defender. Doing the little things well and continuing to improve he is rounding out into a nice D2/D3 college prospect.
 
'16 PG Keith McClure Jr. (Toledo Christian) - McClure is the best point guard in Toledo you've never heard about. A coaches son, he sees the floor well and is an excellent distributor of the basketball. Can get creative to finish scoring opportunities around the rim, and has continued to work on his outside shooting where you could see the improvement over the weekend. Apt to beat defenders off the bounce, McClure is a highly skilled handler of the basketball as well. One can only hope he gets the credit and notoriety he deserves in this his upcoming senior season. A small college is going to get themselves a good one in McClure.
 
Cameron Copeland (Rogers) - With his play in the Saturday night games.
 
'16 Cameron Copeland (Rogers) - With his play in the Saturday night games he showed why he is the best point guard in Toledo in his respective class. He truly is exceptional and special to watch in transition when the basketball is in his hands. Continues to be a better scoring threat each time he steps on the floor. Doesn't get the credit he deserves for his defensive work as he can be an absolute pest. Has been plagued by ankle injuries and he aggravated it once again Saturday night which kept him out of play on Sunday. One thing I always appreciate about Copeland, he is always in the gym to watch others even when he isn't playing, so of course he was there on Sunday to watch.
 
'17 Jalen Elliott (Bowsher) - Can fill it up from deep, Elliott is one of the more lethal threats from the outside in the city. He possesses good size, but still has room to grow controlling his lengthy frame. Needs to have a more consistent motor, but when he wants he can bring plenty of energy to a game. Gets up and down the floor real well, but needs to improve his finishing around the basket. There will no doubt be games this season where Elliott scores in flurries. Should become a nice JUCO prospect.
 
'19 PG Payton Moyer (Toledo St. Johns) - Moyer is a very polished young point guard who is yet to play in a game at the High School level. Good competitor, with a pretty release from the outside that was virtually automatic from deep when his feet were set. Doesn't try to do too much, but finds his place to be effective in a game. Going to be a nice player at St. Johns for years to follow, should see some JV playing time this season on a team loaded with guards.
 
'18 PG Carl Banks (Scott) - Never shies from the competition, Banks took every matchup throughout the weekend personal, and outplayed his opponent more times than not. An above average deliverer of the basketball, he has superior ball handling, and is becoming a better and better scorer of the ball. Impressed with the improvement of his shot from the outside, and his energy on the defensive end, Banks was the Skills Competition Champion. Barring any surprises, Banks will be the starting point guard for Scott from Day 1 this season.
 
'16 F Samer Jabbo (Bedford, MI) - Showed out at times in Sunday's play, Jabbo has good size and was active in all areas of play when he's on the floor. A proven scorer at all levels, Jabbo is a heady kid that's a joy to watch. Should be one of the more complete players in Southeast Michigan this upcoming season.
 
'17 G TQ Belcher (Rogers) - Known for his outside shooting, Belcher was a bit off from his usual efficiency from deep. While he did knock down a handful of three pointers, Belcher was more impressive slashing to the basket and running out in transition. An above average defender, TQ brings energy and has a swagger about him out on the floor. Will be relied on upon heavily as a scorer for Rogers this season.
 
'17 G DJ Triplett (Whitmer) - He won't 'wow' you in any specific area of his game but he simply finds ways to quietly effect a game. Has one of the fundamentally sound shots from the outside when he's on he can score in bunches. Has deceptively good bounce as he had multiple dunks in transition that he made look effortless. An ok frame, but looks to have room left to grow. It may sound a bit cliché, but Triplett is the definition of a true 'glue guy.'
 
'18 G Josh Ellis (Toledo St. Francis) - Very streaky shooter that has the potential to score in bunches. Would like to see better shot selection and more control offensively, but plays and competes well on both ends. Had multiple high scoring games. Will need to distribute the ball better, but the skill and talent is there to potentially be a special player in the future. Will be relied upon heavily to do it all for St. Francis this season.
 
'16 F Alex Arellano (Paulding) - Has a tall sleek build that will make him a quality 3 or 4 at the D3 college level. His strength is his shot from outside as he has proven to be a very consistent scorer from there. Was active in the paint at times, will need to bulk up some and work on his quickness. All in all has a very well rounded skill set with above average basketball IQ.
 
 
 
* Deonte Henderon (Start) and Devon Beale (Whitmer) each had their moments throughout the weekend but their best may have come in the Combine portion of things as both tested extremely well in the max vertical jump. Henderson scored a 36" jump, while Beale registered a 35.5" jump.
Posted on September 15, 2015

2016 6'5 WF High Point (Christian Academy) NC., committed to Bucknell.

Ben

 

Posted on September 15, 2015

2016 6'3 WG Bryce Peters Long Beach (Damien) CA., committed to Colorado.

Peters

 

Posted on September 15, 2015

2016 6'9 WF/PF Zach Hollywood Boubonnais (Bradley) IL., committed to James Madison.

Zach

Posted on September 15, 2015

2016 6'6 WF Phil Bledsoe Wheeling (Park) WV., committed to Marshall.

Phil

 

Posted on September 15, 2015

2016 PF Quate McKinzie Burgaw (Harrell's Christian) NC., has committed to Buffalo.

Quate

Posted on September 15, 2015

2016 WF 6'7 Miles Bridges has announced his final 3, Michigan State, Kentucky and Indiana.

Miles

Posted on September 15, 2015

2016 PF Kenny Wooten Monteca (HS) Ca., committed to Nevada.

 

Kenny

Posted on September 15, 2015

Jenkins

Posted on September 14, 2015

Willie Jackson 6'6 WF Garfield Heights (HS) OH

 

Frankie Hughes 6'5 WG Garfield Heights (HS) OH

 

Andre Wesson 6'5 WG Pickerington (Central) OH

 

Tervell Beck 6'7 WF Cleveland (Central Catholic) OH

 

Maishe Dailey 6'6 WG Beachwood (HS) OH

Posted on September 14, 2015

Jarrin

2016 5'11 PG Jarrin Randall Chicago (Morgan Park) IL., committed to Western Michigan

 

Posted on September 14, 2015

2016 6'5 combo guard DaShawn McDowell Oklahoma City (Southeast) OK., committed SMU.

Shawn

Posted on September 14, 2015

2015 WF Kipper Nichols who committed to Tulane, has left the school and enrolled at Northwestern in the BigTen. Nichols who signed his LOA with Tulane, in April 2015.Kip

Posted on September 9, 2015

2016 6'0 PG Ellis Jefferson San Antonio (Louis D Brandeis) TX., committed to Central Michigan.

Ellis

Posted on September 9, 2015

2016 6'5 combo guard Sayeed Pridgett Oakland ( El Cerrito) CA., has committed to Montana.

Sayeed

Posted on September 9, 2015

Javin

2016 PF Javin DeLaurier Charlottesville (St. Anne's-Belfield) VA., will visit Duke Oct. 23.

 

Posted on September 9, 2015

6'10 2016 C Schnider Herard Plano (Prestonwood) TX., final five schools include: Kansas, California, Mississippi State, Purdue and Texas Tech. Herard has 2 visits.

Sept 25--Texas Tech

Oct 11--Kansas

 

Herard

Posted on September 9, 2015

6'5 UNLV transfer Lamar Bigby has transferred to Nevada.

Lamar

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