Inside Prep Sports’ Fall Super Showcase: Recap III
Inside Prep Sports/TJ Kelley
Inside Prep Sports’ Fall Super Showcase has been in a staple in Michigan basketball since 2006 and the competition was strong once again. Here’s a look at more upper classmen who stood out on Sunday, September 9th at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
6’4” 2019 forward Clifford Barrow (Dearborn Advanced Tech, MI.) A very good frame, 3.3 GPA and a face up forward with good athleticism. Barrow does a great job of squaring up to the basket and giving an open target for perimeter and mid-range jumpers off the catch. He’s a very good small school target as his ability to shoot the ball fits the style of WHAC and MIAA schools.
6’6” 2019 power forward Caleb Bates (St. Claire Shores Lakeshore, MI.) A 3.5 GPA, great size coupled with athleticism and motor makes him a scholarship target. He brought a check list to have at least three tip dunks and accomplished this as he appears to have slimmed down even more since July. He showed he can consistently make mid-range and perimeter jumpers in drills and throughout his three showcase games. He’s best when he’s embracing and tacking advantage of his size as he controls the boards. He’s also a good free throw shooter which will lead to three the old-fashioned way when he’s looking to score in the paint. He has D1 and D2 interest.
6’6” 2020 forward Kabir Bergin (Ann Arbor Skyline, MI.) 3.9 GPA and an expected SAT score to match along with basketball IQ and the ability to make mid-range shots with efficiency. He showed an affective one dribble pull up as well as the ability to make teammates around him better through efficient passing. He talks on either side of the ball and has the interest of Horizon, MAC, Ivy, GLIAC, MIAA, and WHAC coaches.
6’ 2019 guard Nigel Colvin (River Rouge, MI.) Colvin will look to lead Rouge to their third straight Breslin appearance next March and first state title since they won back to back to close out the 20th Century. Strong, athletic, and energy are staples in the scoring guards’ repertoire. September 9th was no different as he made strong finishes on the break, finished through contact, and made jumpers in drills and games. He has a tight handle and also made sound decisions throughout the day. He’s also an underrated passer as they are precise, timely, and have zip.
6’7” 2019 forward Ashton Nance (Westland John Glenn, MI.) Skilled and a good athlete. Nance needs to get stronger which will help his ability to finish in the paint. He did shoot the ball well in the showcase’s drills and looked to do the same in games. There’s a chance that he’ll have to go the juco route and as he gains strength, he should also gain more college opportunities.
6’5” 2019 wing Micah Parrish (River Rouge, MI.) The lanky, lefty stood out in drills and games as he was efficient, brought energy, and did a great job of doing the expected things that have brought in multiple D2 offers. He shot the ball well off the catch and bounce while not forcing anything. Parrish’s length, athleticism, and versatility will be key in Rouge’s run at a state title. He needs to get stronger and not
6’8” 2019 power forward Justin Rukat (Novi Catholic Central, MI.) 6.7 GPA and 57 ACT score. OK maybe not that high but a 4.75 GPA and 33 ACT will still take him places. He’s a trail four who needs to get stronger and work on his skill set but his jumper continued to rain at the IPS’ Fall Super Showcase as it has over the spring/summer. Rukat is also a good athlete who had no problem finishing in the open court, getting stronger will help him finish when contested.
5’11” 2020 point guard Justus Salaam-Clark (North Farmington, MI.) A good defender who moves his feet well on the perimeter and brings energy to either end of the court. He did a great job of seeing the ball as instructed in the day’s defensive drills which is the same thing he’s taught by his high school and grassroot coaches. Salaam-Clark’s handle continues to improve as his does jumper. He also rebounds well for a guard.
6’3” 2020 wing Josiah Smith (Novi Catholic Central, MI.) Active, 3.5 PGA, good skill set, quick, and a solid all-around player who made shots in the mid-range and perimeter. Smith moves well but could get a little lower on defense. He showed active hands and was aware on defense getting into passing lanes. A Bloomfield Hills Roeper transfer, he too can stand to take advantage of Catholic Central’s weight room.
6’6” 2019 forward John Ukomadu (Roseville, MI.) Very long, athletic, versatile, and the arsenal was on full display at the IPS Fall Super Showcase. He was solid getting to the basket with two dribbles or less and finished with dunks, lay ups, and finger rolls. He shot the ball well from the mid-range and perimeter throughout the day and rebounded like a power forward. Ukomadu also moves his feet well on the defensive end but needs to get stronger. He may have to take an alternate route to a four-year college.
5’9” 2019 point guard Josh Warren (Woodhaven, MI.) Quick, controlled, and efficient. Warren is a calculated scorer who got in the paint and dropped dimes for lay ups. He shot the ball well from 15-19’ off the dribble while also scoring off floaters going through the lane. Defensively he’s a ball stopper who jumped passing lanes for steals. Warren is a solid student with D2, NAIA, and D3 schools recruiting him.
5’10” 2019 combo guard Reggie Williams III (Saginaw Arthur Hill, MI.) A walking bucket, Williams shot the ball well off the bounce and the catch from the mid-range and perimeter. He’s quick with the ball and did a good job of getting into the lane for the score. He’s a good not great athlete and a good defender who will look to lead Arthur Hill back from a so-so 2017-’18 season.