Inside Prep Sports' Fall Super Showcase: Underclassmen
Inside Prep Sports/By TJ Kelley
Adding to the strength of talent at the Inside Prep Sports' Fall Showcase were the underclassmen which represented well as these young players learned skills in an environment which pushed them physically and mentally through drills, teaching, and games. Here's a look at a number of the top freshman and sophomores:
6’9” 2016 center Austin Davis (Onsted) Natural size and while he needs to trim up a bit he’s not a plodding big man but one who can play above the rim, has very good hands, has decent footwork, and soft touch around the basket. He was comfortable playing with his back to the basket and going left or right along with finishing with either hand. (Pictured)
6’2” 2016 shooting guard Quinn Erway (Saginaw Heritage) He was active all day and the lefty found ways to score from the perimeter and in during games. Erway was solid in the open court pushing the ball and showed decent ball skills in drills. He also has the length and moves well enough to guard multiple positions.
6’ 2016 shooting guard Spencer Littleson (Rochester Adams) He showed solid guard skills in drills and implemented them throughout the day and his three games. He’s a good athlete who made efficient decisions in games whether it was passing or scoring. He’s another great student which in itself will attract college interest.
6’ 2016 shooting guard Hunter Page (Jackson Lumen Christi) The lefty shot the ball well extremely well in the mid-range throughout the day. Shooting is his bread and butter and he finds his spots well and proved he’s a solid shooter off the bounce and catch.
6’5” 2016 wing Daniel Pippen (Detroit Allen Academy) Long, lanky and the build of a kid that will grow. He shot the ball well from the mid-range and hit some perimeter shots in shooting drills and games. He played at and above the rim in drills. He’s a division one prospect who has a strong shot at gaining momentum in his recruiting this upcoming season.
6’ 2016 guard Billy Thomas (University of Detroit-Jesuit) One of many strong shooters from Michigan’s 2016 class didn’t disappoint as he showed a strong pull up jumper in games and off the catch especially in drills. He knows his spots on the floor and has good footwork in his shot approach.
The incoming freshman class made their presence known with height, skill, athleticism, and a competitive nature. They could easily make a case that their group was the top group at the Inside Prep Sports’ Fall Super Showcase.
6’3” 2017 guard Dylan Alderson (Davison) Skilled guard who more of a facilitator over scorer. He made slick assists all day that led to easy lay-up opportunities. He’s a good athlete who played at and above the rim and make jumpers from the mid-range as well as the perimeter.
6’5” 2017 wing Brian “Tugs” Bowen, jr. (Saginaw Arthur Hill) He showed as much potential as anyone in IPS’ Fall S.S. as he rebounded well on either side of the court, pushed the ball, made jumpers, and was a slick finisher after beating defenders with an efficient first step.
6’10” 2017 center Eke Donatus (University of Detroit-Jesuit) Athletic, mobile, thin, a shot blocker, ran the floor very well, and showed good hands throughout the day especially in drills. He has good feet but is much more comfortable facing the basket. Eke is the top center prospect in Michigan’s 2017 class and has the interest of each school who has stopped into the University of Detroit-Jesuit’s open gyms.
6’3” 2017 small forward Keion Epps (Detroit Douglass) A kid who looks like he’ll continue to grow as he’s gangly with big feet. While he’s thin he rebounded very well and was quick to get back and score on offensive rebounds. He’s a bit of a tweener forward who was a decent shooter in mid-range shooting drills while showing ok skills in ball-handling drills.
6’8” 2017 center Greg Mike (University of Detroit-Jesuit) He has good size and is a good athlete who showed a good hustle in spurts. He rebounds well but while he has some tools is raw offensively and understanding that he will probably make a better Reggie Evans over Kobe Bryant would help.
6’3” 2017 wing Brock Washington (Southfield Christian) Washington will more than likely continue the winning ways at Southfield Christian as he has good tools in the mid-range and showed a solid handle in beating defenders off the dribble as well as drills. He has the natural tools such as length and athleticism and has the opportunity to be a special player as he develops.
6’7” 2017 power forward Will Weems (Detroit Western) He showed very good skill for his size, rebounded well, and he has the length and size to be a dominant forward in years to come. Weems is still finding his athleticism but still plays above the rim and finished on either side of the basket consistently. He showed that his strength offensively is facing the basket and making mid-range jumpers.
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