7th Annual Inside Prep Sports' Fall Showcase
Inside Prep Sports/By TJ Kelley
The 7th Annual Inside Prep Sports' Fall Showcase once again provided a deep field household names, sleeper players, and a great environment for aspiring college players to showcase their talents as well as learn drills which will help their improvement. Here's a look at many of the events standouts:
The IPS' Fall Showcase's Player of the Day: 6'7" power forward Aaron Foster-Smith '14 (Taylor Truman, MI.) brought it all day long in drills, hustle, attitude, and versatility. This future mid-major plus player has the athleticism, developing skill set, attitude, toughness, and will to play on either side of the court to turn a lot of heads this upcoming season and Foster-Smith started this school year by attending Inside Prep Sports' Fall Showcase. Each of the Showcase's coaches spoke highly of the kid with the fro-hawk. Here's his high-light reel from the day with thanks to Prep Hoops TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fR3vUsDqouA
Top Prospect: With upwards of 30 Division 1 prospects and an even number of Division 2 prospects in attendance, 6'10" '15 power forward Trevor Manuel (Lansing Sexton, MI.) showed the skill set, athleticism, and production of a player that's bound for the high major level. He already holds offers from Michigan St., NC State, Providence, and Eastern Michigan. Here's his high-light reel from the day with thanks to Prep Hoops TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzXlzBpuhwM
Top Post Player: Perhaps the toughest award to choose as there were a bevy of players getting it done in the paint. 6'7" center/power forward Anthony Wartley-Fritz '14 (Taylor Truman, MI.), 6'9" center Reynaldo Cheney '14 (Grand Rapids Creston, MI.), 6'7" center Andre Frederick '14 (Detroit Douglass, MI.), 6'7" center Ryan Roberts '15 (Northville, MI.), 6'9" center Nolan Linville '13 (Fraser, MI.), 6'9" center Mike Edwards '15 (Westland John Glenn, MI.), and 6'9" center Rashawn Walker '13 (Detroit Osborn, MI.) all stood out as did a handful of other 6'8"+ centers. Each player showed their strengths, will to compete, and a signs of camaraderie as they all encouraged eachother to play hard, dunk, defend, block shots, and put it on the more vertically challenged players at the day's Showcase.
Top Power Forward: Aaron Foster-Smith '14 (Taylor Truman, MI.) rebounded, defended multiple positions, scored in the post, and stepped out to hit perimeter shots as well as mid-range jumpers. As he furthers his guard skills and learns to beat defenders off the dribble, this will be the last time Foster-Smith is listed as a power forward.
Top Small Forward: 6'7" Bo Zeigler '13 (Detroit Community, MI.) is a three-time IPS Fall Showcase attendee and the progression has shown each year. The uber-athletic forward/wing displayed the abilities to get to the basket, knock down jumpers form 19' and in as well as make those around him better. I'm not sure how he wound up on the same team as Sumner and Diane, jr. but it is what it is and they put it together as if they had been teammates for years.
Top Point Guard: 6'3" Edmond Sumner '14 (Detroit Country Day, MI.) had two of the best scorers in the day's event on his squad and Sumner made the right plays as his teammates completed their scoring opportunities and he made the right scoring decisions. His ability to create for others, get to the basket, and make mid-range and perimeter shots were ideal for the point guard position. Sumner lists Toledo, U Mass, and Kent State as schools who have offered.
Top Shooting Guard: 6'2" Maury Diane, jr. '14 (Detroit Country Day, MI.) was a solid scorer and was very efficient in the shooting section of drills. His abilities to get to the basket, play above the rim, and make jumpers off the dribble or pass were text book.
Top Defender: While 6'8" center Gary Perry '15 (Madison Heights Bishop Foley, MI.) is still learning the post position he showed the timing, athleticism, and strength to block shots in each of his three games as well as in drill work. The kid with the size 22-shoe moved through the paint well and it didn't take long for the offense to think twice about going tot he basket when Perry was looming. He is one of many future centers in the 2015 class that have high major potential.
Breakout Player: Unless you've seen Detroit Northwestern in the 2010-'11 or the early part of the 2011-'12 season or stopped into the Romulus Summer League you haven't seen Detroit Western's 6'8" '13 power forward Romondo Ray. Ray had a solid following of Division 2 coaches throughout the day and for good reson as he is the state's biggest inigma at the power forward position as he produced from 15' and in but he still has the upside which screams future accolades on the Division 2 level.
Hustle Award: Fresh off his commitment to Navy, 6'9" center Nolan Linville '13 (Fraser, MI.) was there to grab rebounds, defend the post, out run opponents, and be a physical post player. It was great to see a player committed to the division one ranks put forth the effort as if he were working for a scholarship. No plays off!
Most Athletic: 6'5" small forward Mychal Mulder '13 (Windsor CC, Ontario) The kid has bounce and speed which led to dunks on the break in many of fashion. He knows his opportunities and Hoop Mix Taped err I meant Prep Hooped opponents throughout the day.
Most Versatile: 6'8" Jamal Poplar '14 (River Rouge, MI.) showed the ability to hit knock down jumpers from the perimeter and mid-range, stick with rebounds, improving handles, length that frsutrated the offense, and the athleticism to dunk whenever the opportunity arose. Putting it all together this season will bring in high major offers by the end of March.
Top Underclassman: Many would think this is a no brainer for this award to go to 6'10" power forward Trevor Manuel '15 (Lansing Sexton, MI.) as there were so many future scholarship players in the '15, '16, and '17 classes that jumping to the obvious choice might seem foolish. Looking forward this award could have also gone to 6'7" forward Will Weems '17 as one would not know that he was an eighth grader playing amongst future college players.
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