Inside Prep Sports’ Fall Super Showcase: Recap II
Inside Prep Sports/TJ Kelley
One has to have a positive outlook on the future of Michigan high school basketball when looking into the 2021 class as big guards, versatile wings, and developing forwards lead the charge. The 13th annual Inside Prep Sports’ Fall Super Showcase had a strong group from this class and here’s a look at many of the day’s standouts.
6’3” 2021 guard Jaden Akins (Farmington, MI.) One of many talented guards from Michigan’s 2021 class who already have the height, the athletic lefty is arguably the top scorer in the class. His ability to score from the perimeter off the bounce as well as the catch, step back for mid-range jumpers, and get to either side of the basket has gained the interest of Big Ten schools with Purdue stopping in to Farmington’s gym last week.
6’6” 2021 wing Pierre Brooks II (Detroit Douglass, MI.) The first freshman to ever be voted first team all-league, Brooks II combines size, skill, toughness, athleticism, energy, and an improving jumper to the table. The high major prospect will more than likely match his dad’s height of 6’8” and he has a frame that suggests he can be 230+ pounds by the time he’s 20. Brooks grasped the showcase’s offense and was a top performer in the shooting, ball-handling, and defensive stations. Cleveland State, Detroit-Mercy, Duquesne, and Houston Baptist have offered this strong student.
6’6” 2021 wing Parker Day (Saginaw Heritage, MI.) Size, strong grades, and production for the skilled and athletic wing who showed his ability to get to work either baseline and make jumpers. Day and the previously mentioned Pierre Brooks have a lot of similarities, most notably their will to use their size and aggressive scoring nature. He has good size and schools who recruited CMU junior Kevin McCarthy and/or William & Mary freshman Quinn Blair you’ll really like this Saginaw Heritage sophomore.
6’1” 2021 point guard Blake Lund (Linden, MI.) Linden High School is just west of US-23 between Flint and Brighton. Within the next three years, the school’s location may no longer be a Jeopardy question as the Eagles’ should be a favorite to win the Flint Metro League this season and through to at least 2021. Over the spring and summer, Lund helped lead the Oakland Elite 15u to a handful of championships and it wasn’t by chance. Basketball IQ, understanding of the floor, angles, quick decisions with positive results, and hand down/man down shooting along with a 4.0 GPA are strong qualifiers that draw college coaches. The IPS Fall Super Showcase was no different as the talented sophomore snapped nets, dropped dimes, created havoc on the defensive end, and made those around him better. American freshman Jacob Boonyasith comes to mind in comparing players at the same stage.
6’2” 2021 shooting guard Jayden Nunn (Flint Carman-Ainsworth, MI.) The aggressive guard showed over the spring and summer his ability to put up buckets in a hurry with the Oakland Elite 15u team with the IPS Fall Super Showcase being no different. He like others in Michigan’s 2021 guard class has good size and athleticism which removes the two big “ifs” when projecting levels for underclassmen. While he shot the ball fairly well over the event, it was consistent extension when finishing at the rim and efficiency getting to the basket which made him all that more dangerous on the offensive end. His 3.5+ GPA will also keep many doors open as he furthers himself on recruiting radars.
6’1” 2021 guard Nicholas Olmeda (St. Claire Shores Lakeshore, MI.) Hampered by an injury from April through the end of July, Olmeda wasn’t able to build off a strong freshman year where he was a focal point for Lakeshore. He’s another big guard in the 2021 class and with a GPA just shy of a 3.9, he has many characteristics of a future scholarship player. He was vocal throughout the Showcase, shot the ball well from the perimeter and mid-range, and showed the strength to finish through defenders.
6’8” 2021 Javantae Randle (Detroit Douglass, MI.) Long, lanky and a good athlete whose abilities will improve with dedication in the gym. Randle was active, runs well and showed decent coordination in the IPS Fall Super Showcase. He’ll lose the “raw” tag by becoming a better student of the game and working on different skill sets.
6’1” 2021 guard Devon Womack (Ann Arbor Huron, MI.) He’s made a nice transition over the past year to develop his guard skills from a power wing. The versatile Womack dropped some of the baby fat which has helped improve his foot speed which is obviously key to developing guards. You are what you can defend. Despite slimming down, he has good size and is a good athlete who made productive plays in the half court by finding teammates for lay ups and getting to the free throw line for jumpers. Ann Arbor Huron is a destination for college coaches looking into the 2021 class as they look to have four future scholarship players. Womack is also a very good student.
More sophomore evaluations on the way…