Day 1 of the Saginaw Shootout is in the books! Over the weekend close to 20 of the state’s top teams will play, which means plenty of prospects will showcase their skills. A few teams stood out in day 1 as well, starting with the host team Arthur Hill. The Hill is young but the future looks bright as the Jacks have 8 players from the 2018 & 2019 classes with D-1 potential.
Flint Beecher looks like they’ll be ready to compete for another state title next year. The Bucs were without leader Malik Ellison, but a handful of young fellas picked it up- most notably incoming freshman Earnie Sanders.
Romulus and Saginaw High also played well and both tradition rich programs looked strong with upperclassmen experience.
Now for a couple day 1 players that stood out! We’ll start with the most dominate player at day 1 of the Saginaw Shootout: Arthur Hill’s 6-9 center Jimmy Bell. The football standout has quickly become a basketball standout. He’s strong, has quick feet, and has a mean attitude to go with it. He was blocking shots all day long and sending them all over the gym. He can shoot from outside and showed off a handful of post moves that were textbook.
A handful of other standouts (alphabetical order)
Kwani Moore, Arthur Hill- the junior-to-be will be Arthur Hill’s floor general next year. He has no problem scoring from inside or outside, however he is doing a great job getting his whole team involved. Very quick and hard to stay in front of.
Ray Mungo, Romulus- did a great job of doing a little bit of everything for Romulus. Through out the day he collected steals and turned them into transition points. One impressive play he stretched out for a steal, kept the ball inbounds, then raced down court for a nice two-hand dunk.
Earnie Sanders, Beecher- This freshman is going to be a good one! Good sized wing and was not fazed by the speed and size at the varsity level. He displayed a strong handle to go with freaky athleticism. Did a good job attacking the basket and finishing through contact.
Henry Speights, Saginaw High- Just 6 months ago he was a power forward, today he played like a natural guard. He was pretty impressive handling the ball and facing the basket from 20 feet out.
Reggie Williams, Arthur Hill- the 6-0 sophomore -to-be caught time with both Arthur Hill teams. Good combination of athleticism and high basketball I.Q. Knows how to use his strength to his advantage on both ends of the court.
Chaz Woods, Saginaw High- since hearing about the transfer move from Heritage to the High, I was curious to see how the 6-2 combo guard would do….well he fit right in. Very solid on defense, especially in trapping situations. Got out and ran, and scored with some nice moves.