Team and Elite Camps: Week 1
Inside Prep Sports/By TJ Kelley
Last week's Elite Camp at the University of Detroit and the team camp at Eastern Michigan University provided a strong atmosphere for teams to show a glimpse of what next high school season beholds as well as an opportunity for players to showcase their abilities. Here's a look at the top players from this past week's events:
6'6" 2013 wing Paris Bass (Birmingham Seaholm) From the UD-Elite camp: He's very long and has a good skill set where he's comfortable with the ball in hands on the perimeter. He beat defenders with a huge first step and liked to shoot perimeter and mid-range jumpers. He has an intriguing game that needs to find consistency in his shot. Bass needs to get stronger but I wouldn't be surprised to see division one program recruit him with the thought of a red-shirt year.
6'3" 2013 wing Darius Bean (Detroit Westside Christian Academy) From the EMU team camp and UD-Elite camp: He's a phenomenal athlete who has the physical and athletic attributes but needs to develop his skill set. Wherever he winds up in high school next year (Detroit Midtown Academy just closed) and on the college level will work with clay just waiting to be molded.
6'4" 2013 wing Tyler Conklin (L'anse Cruise North) From the EMU team camp and UD-Elite camp: Conklin has good size, athleticism, and showed versatility in his scoring by going to the basket or hitting jumpers from the mid-range. Conklin has strong interest from division two programs with a few division one programs sniffing around.
6' 2013 combo guard Nick Daniels (Westland John Glenn) From the EMU team camp and UD-Elite Camp: There was no doubt that Daniels can score from the perimeter and in as he was aggressive in both events. He'll need to define himself as more of a point guard on the next level but will also be able to play off the ball for the division one level. At EMU's team camp, he took a foul for blocking and followed that up by taking two charges in the lane.
6'6" 2013 forward Richard Freeman (Lawrence Central) From the UD-Elite camp: He was one of the most energetic players in the event as he rebounded, took the ball to the basket on a huge first step, and looked to score from the mid-range, perimeter, and off tip dunks. He holds an offer from IPFW.
6' 2013 guard/wing Shavon Gayle (Windsor Catholic Central) From the UD-Elite camp: Very good size and a phenomenal athlete who easily dunked with two hands off the vert. He does need to knock down perimeter shots consistently and is decent getting to the basket and is a great finisher.
6'7" 2013 forward Jalen Hayes (Lansing Sexton) From the EMU team camp: Hayes was the best post forward on Saturday and combined strong rebounding games with high production in the scoring column. He's too quick for forwards to guard him in the post or mid-range. He nailed a half-court three at the end of regulation in one game that one coach to shout out, "I think you've found a home." Eastern Michigan is one of his many offers. (pictured)
6'5" 2013 forward Devon King (Detroit Westside Christian Academy) From the EMU team camp and UD-Elite camp: His energy and athleticism were obvious at both events. When he ties those qualities with guard skills and defines a position then he will be a serious player.
6'4" 2013 shooting guard Deiondray Martin (Detroit Community) From the EMU team camp and UD-Elite camp: The Eastern Michigan commit is a versatile athlete who scored from the perimeter and gets to the basket in two or three dribbles. He competed on either side of the court and is a monster in transition whether it was pushing the ball up to teammates or finishing on the break.
6'4" 2013 wing Jalon Plummer (Romulus) From the EMU team camp and UD-Elite camp: Plummer brought energy, rebounding, defense, and scoring from 19' and in to the 5 on 5 games. He shot the ball well and showed very good form in doing so. He has strong division two interest and might have a few offers from GLIAC schools.
6'3" 2013 wing Bishop Robinson (Kalamazoo Loy Norrix) From the EMU team camp and UD-Elite camp: Robinson attacked the basket time and time again and either drew fouls or scored far more than coming up empty. He spun off of defenders waiting to take charges and finished at the basket. The biggest hit on Robinson has been his ability to make jumpers either in the mid-range or from the perimeter and he was a productive shooter at both events.
6'6" 2013 power forward Kaion Seales (Detroit Westside Christian Academy) From the EMU team camp and UD-Elite camp: Seales provided matchup problems all day as he drew bigs out to the perimeter and drove to the basket and punished smaller defenders for rebounds and put backs at the UD-Elite camp. After participating in 7 on 7 football games at EMU, he joined his high school team on the hard court for a game and did much of the same while throwing down dunks on the break. He's a tweener forward who should have division one interest but that could easily turn into offers by the end of July.
6'6" 2013 wing guard JD Tisdale (Schwartz Creek) From the UD- Elite Camp: He was another high energy player who attacked the basket relentlessly and was productive in doing so throughout the day. Some see him as a wing while others see him as a point guard but the truth to the matter is he's a player who can guard the 1-3. He created for others and scored at and above the rim repeatedly. He holds an offer from Bowling Green and he met with the U of D staff after the day's event.
6'5" 2013 small forward CJ Turnage (Milan) From the EMU team camp and UD-Elite camp: In both events, Turnage broke defenders down or bulled his way to the basket where he scored on dunks, reverse lay ups, and lay ups. He has very good size and is a strong athlete who knows his strengths. Consistency is the key for Turnage's recruitment.
6'9" 2013 center Rashawn Walker (Detroit Westside Christian Academy) From the EMU team camp: Walker only played in one game for Westside Christian Academy and was a monster offensively and on the boards. He scored on the left, right, and in front of the basket after making strong pivots or powering his way to the basket on one dribble. He made a five foot baseline jumper and had at least five monster dunks. Without taking notes he only missed one field goal attempt en route to 25+ points and fifteen rebounds. He runs very well, has a good frame, length, and athleticism. What high school he attends is still up in the air as Midtown Academy closed.
6'3" 2013 combo guard Jonathan Williams (Southfield-Lathrup) From the EMU team camp and UD-Elite Camp: Williams was the top guard at the UD Elite camp and EMU team camp as he broke presses, got to the basket, made jumpers off the bounce, and defended on the ball and passing lanes well. He has offers from most MAC and Horizon schools.
6'6" 2013 small forward Bo Zeigler (Detroit Community) From the EMU team camp and UD-Elite camp: Zeigler's athleticism was obvious in both events as he dunked when the opportunity arouse. He grabbed rebounds and looked to get the ball up the court by either passing or taking it himself. While he hit some mid-range and perimeter shots he like many others needs to consistently make these shots.
6'6" 2014 guard/wing Tyrone Acuff (Detroit King) From the EMU team camp: Watch out! For a kid that hasn't played travel basketball he was sharp on Saturday running the point for the Crusaders. He was a nightmare to match up with as he has the size to keep anyone smaller or light than him away from the ball. He fed the post to 5'11" teammates, hit perimeter shots, got to the basket, and made plays. High majors will be in the King gymnasium all of September and throughout the high school season if he continues to play on this level.
6'7" 2014 small forward Isaac Bowles (Detroit Cesar Chavez Academy) From the UD-Elite camp: Bowles has a great frame and is starting to add muscle. He had numerous dunks as he got out on the break early rather than cherry picking. He hit some jumpers including a few perimeter shots throughout the course of the 5 on 5 games. His sill development wil determine on which division one level he'll wind up.
6'2" 2014 shooting guard Rob Deiz (Detroit Westside Christian) From the EMU team camp and UD-Elite camp: He has good size and is a solid athlete who shot the lights out in a late game on Saturday, at one point he hit three perimeter shots in a row either off the catch or pulling up. Not sure if this is a permanent move for the kid who was at Ferndale High School this past year.
6'8" 2014 forward Jaylen Johnson (Ypsilanti) From the UD-Elite camp: His length, production, skill, athleticism, and energy have the makings of what should be a high major player. He rebounded well, blocked shots, hit jumpers, dunked, and got to the rim on one or two dribbles.
6'2" 2014 shooting guard Cameron Morse (Flint Carman-Ainsworth) From the UD-Elite camp: Morse was one of the top performers regardless of class as he showed a consistent jumper from the perimeter and mid-range. He's a good athlete who finished at the rim, pulled up for jumpers, and was solid shooting off the catch.
6'6" 2014 small forward Demarco White (Southfield Christian) From the EMU team camp: High energy, athletic, long, and a solid skill that with improvement makes for a division one player. He moves very well and it's a toss-up as to which he terrorized more, opponents or the rims.
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