Monday, June 16, 2008

Izzo Shootout: Top 15 upperclassmen

Listed below are the top 15 performances from the classes of 2009 and 2010 at the Izzo Shootout. Players are listed in alphabetical order. Two notable names that are missing from this list are D. Riley and D. Kirk of Country Day, who missed Saturday to take their ACT.

Eso Akunne, Fwd., Gabriel Richard- picked it up right where he left off at the Breslin Center during the state semis. Akunne is a mismatch just waiting to happen and with a high hoops I.Q. he knows how to take advantage of it.

Kyle Bryant, PF, Det. Southeastern- he has that "I want to learn" attitude to go with a soft touch around the basket. He also knows how to get position and use his wide frame to box out more athletic players.

DeAndray Buckley, wing, Romulus- people want to see him play like his brother but that is unfair to ask of him. He goes about his business in a much quieter way although he is still Nate Oat's floor general from the wing.

Terrell Clinton, wing, Benton Harbor- where did this kid come from? An explosive 6-6 wing, with solid ball control, that is destined for a breakout junior year.

Mike Green, guard, Saginaw- I still am unsure if Green is ready to run the point full time but it's very clear he can stroke the ball. The jury is still out on if Green is ready to step up and become the man for the Trojans?

Josh Herbeck, wing, Gabriel Richard- I am still unsure where this 6-3 sharpshooter fits in at the next level but after his performance this weekend I would have to lean towards the D-1 level. Also showed that he isn't afraid to put the ball on the floor.

Maurice Jones, PG, Arthur Hill- "Pookie" was the most exciting player to watch play in East Lansing. He dominated his opponents with his speed and ball control. He is now ready to be the new leader of the Lumberjacks.

Vonn Jones, PG, Hartland- we got to see the best of both worlds from Jones over the weekend. Friday he distributed the ball like a true PG, and on Saturday, without Poches or Cagle, he put up a bulk of points.

Alex Marcotullio, guard, De La Salle- the lefty scorer has taken his game to the next level by playing better physical defensive. He did a good job of freeing himself up by running off picks.

Shane Moreland, combo, Flint Powers- He's now an upperclassmen and he is playing like it. There is more to Sugar Shane's game than just scoring. He's becoming a leader and getting after it on the defensive end.

Tom Staton, wing Fwd., Clarkston- gives Clarkston an athletic edge that they usually lack. Nothing too fancy but very effective, solid shooter and passer.

Jamie Stewart, wing, Livonia Clarenceville- another big surprise at the shootout. Stewart had a solid junior season and he's showing flashes of being one of the top players in his class.

Booker Stoudemire, combo, Belleville- very underrated player. can excel at either the one or the two. His athletic skills say the two but his mind set says the one. Crazy hops for a six footer.

Drew Valentine, wing, Lansing Sexton- Mr. Utility does it all for his Big Reds. Defensively he handles the post and offensively he usually handles the point. Drew is forming into a Mr. Basketball candidate.

Trey Zeigler, combo, Mt. Pleasant- "Zeigs" didn't have much help, while most of his teammates were playing baseball, but he didn't let that slow him down. Zeigs proved that he will be able to carry the Oilers by himself this season.

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