Best of the Best Recap

Inside Prep Sports/By TJ Kelley

12/22/13

With twelve of the state's best teams and many of the state's best players competing, Detroit Renaissance was the place to be Saturday. While it wasn't March, water found it's balance as teams and players stepped up in winning fashion at the Prep Spotlight's Best of the Best.

Here are the quarter by quarter results and standout players:

Ann Arbor Huron 17, 26, 44, 65 Detroit E. English Village 16, 31, 50, 60

Saginaw Arthur Hill 20, 40, 58, 71 Southfield Christian 12, 21, 38, 56

Detroit Country Day 18, 36, 59, 80 Detroit Cass Tech 22, 45, 56, 75

Detroit Douglass 17, 33, 55, 70 Saginaw 15, 29, 46, 65

Detroit Consortium 7, 23, 38, 58 Detroit Southeastern 11, 19, 25, 43

Detroit Pershing 15, 29, 41, 57 Ypsilanti 16, 24,  37, 54

All-Best of the Best Team:

6'4" 2015 wing Xavier Cochran (Ann Arbor Huron) A great performance for the lefty as he poured in 29 from the perimeter, mid-range, above the rim, put-backs, and going to the basket.  He is Huron's go to scorer and was 9 of 19 from the field with three from the perimeter.  He also added seven rebounds.

6'3" 2015 combo guard Eric Davis (Saginaw Arthur Hill) Somebody must have said something in the pre-game because Davis went into beast mode in the first half as he dumped 24 in a how do you want it fashion.  Pull up jumpers, driving to the basket on either side of the rim, and threes totaled for 32 total points.  He's always had a nuce jumper but the consistency is what keeps him as the #1 player in Michigan's 2015 class.

6'7" 2016 shooting guard Josh Jackson (Detroit Consortium) I think that I've seen Josh play so many times that when he drops 26 points with a dozen rebounds and four steals that makes it an average game.  In real life, he his average is better than most player's best.  The thing about "Double J" is he continues to improve and become more of a complete player.  His rebounding is going to another level.  If he wants it, he goes and gets it.  He's also blocking more shots, but the scary thing is he's becoming more aggressive and high school fans have almost three full seasons to watch him play.

6'5" 2014 combo guard Edmond Sumner (Detroit Country Day) He left little doubt that he is the leader for Michigan's 2014 Mr. Basketball Award as he dropped a smooth 30 from everywhere in what many mentioned was an upset win.  The Xavier signee kept it on cruise control for most of the game but turned it up in cruch time.

6'7" 2014 power forward Justin Tillman (Detroit Pershing) The state's best shot blocker and one of the top rebounders tallied 14 points, seven rebounds, and eight blocks in the events marquee game that pitted two of the state's top teams and players against one another.  While the future VCU Ram, was off the mark from the perimeter and mid-range his game spoke volumes on the defensive end as his length and enery was a game changer.  He and Sumner might be the most college game ready for the schools they are attending.

Best of the Best Glue Guy:

6'4" 2014 forward Daavi Bradley (Detroit Douglass) Not many people gave Douglass a chance against Saginaw as the Hurricanes' inexperienced video coordinator and Dayton commit, Darrell Davis, was on the track in orange sweats.  This "Peanut" had different ideas as stepped up for 17 points, nine rebounds, and three blocked shots.  Apparantely, George Washington Carver also made Red Bull from peanuts as the unsigned senior played with a ton of energy on both ends of the court and college coaches in the crowd took note.

Best of the Best Breakout Player:

6'3" 2015 shooting guard Rob Edwards (Detroit Cass Tech) Edwards made his first seven shots from the field on his way to 19 total points.  He has the size, athleticism, and shot to be a division one player.  On what level, his consistency will decide.  The shooting guard is the 2015's deepest position and can very measure up to have of the class' division one scholarships.

6'6" 2015 forward Nazir Wallace (Detroit Country Day) Naz scored from the perimeter and in on his way to 15 points, but more impressive were his 13 rebounds.  Rebounding at the rim with two hands, securing the ball, and knowing who (Edmond Sumner) to get the ball to in a timely fashion was a deciding factor in Country Day's five-point win.  He will be in Inside Prep Sports' new top 25 of 2015 at the beginning of the year.

6'5" 2014 forward Jalen Harmon (Ypsilanti) Throw out stats, Harmon was a beast on the glass and defensively all game long.  He will be as much of a factor in Ypsilanti's success as any other individual.  He could have easily been under the glue guy category as he personifies the team guy.  He is a guy whose name viewers can count on hearing if Ypsilanti makes it to the Class A Championship game.

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