Plenty of good games came down to the wire on Sunday of the Saginaw Shootout, and with good games comes clutch play and standout performances. Below are a list of players who stood out. (alphabetical order)
Jimmy Bell, Arthur Hill- Bell was just as impressive on day 2, as he was on day 1. He may not have registered the same type of numbers as day 1, but he out played other quality bigs and did it with a chip on his shoulder.
Anthony Bethea, Muskegon- tough, physical, and defensive minded, just how Muskegon likes to play. Just one of a handful of players on a very deep Muskegon team, but at 6-5 he is their anchor in the paint.
Ruffy Burks, Beecher- If you have seen 3-time state champion Quay Burks play, then you have seen his sophomore-to-be brother Ruffy play. MIRROR IMAGE in style of play. At 6-2 he hand no problem defending 6-8’s on the block. Likes to get physical but also got out and ran. On Sunday, with no Malik Ellison, it was Burks who delivered a basket every time Beecher needed one.
Markell Jackson, Muskegon- 6-4 long body with a smooth shot. Had a big day at the Saginaw Shootout on Sunday and could have a big season for the Big Reds. Came up clutch in OT vs. Arthur Hill when he hit a fadeaway 3-pointer to win it at buzzer. Real smooth game for this senior-to-be!
Nikc Jackson, Midland- Last year was a historic season for the Chemics, now with the addition of 2018 Nikc Jackson via Cedar Springs, the Chemics will look to keep that success going. In his first time seeing action with Midland, the 6-7 point-forward handled all the duties. Was the go to scorer, rebounded the ball and pushed it up court, also did a great job passing and setting up his teammates.
Charles Johnson, Ypsilanti- Gonna be a good one down the road at Ypsi. Coach Brooks raved about this incoming freshman and I see why. Was first one off the bench and made an impact at the point.
Vince Johnson, Arthur Hill- One of the few Lumberjacks with experience under his belt. Johnson provided some leadership all weekend. Saturday wasn’t the 6-1 combo guard’s best day but the senior-to-be bounced back with a couple strong performances on Sunday.
Quentin Maxwell, Detroit King- 6-4 with a good size frame. Very good all-around player but his midrange game is great! Ability to catch and shoot, 1 dribble and 2 dribble pull-ups were money on Sunday. Another solid weapon for Coach Ward as King has their sight on the City Championship.
Treveon Orr, Detroit King (pictured)- Detroit Kings’ man in the middle is the definition of blue collar play. He’s all business, was around all day Sunday and never saw him crack a smile. Coach Ward has done a great job developing the 6-8 big fella.
Josh Perkins, Ypsilanti- younger brother of current U. of Buffalo player Nick Perkins is on his way to D-1 status. Still needs to polish up his offensive game but his development is coming along.
Riley Ringley, Saginaw Valley Lutheran- high energy junior-to-be with a deadly shot from beyond the arc. Showcased a good skill level all weekend long. Wasn’t afraid to attack the paint and was crafty enough to get his shot off over taller defenders.
Jordan Roland, Beecher- With Malik Ellison and Levane Blake leading the way this senior guard sometimes gets overlooked. Nothing flashy in his game except for results. He strives in Beecher’s defensive mentality scheme and did his share of scoring all weekend long. Will have a huge season for the Bucs.
Vincent Walker, Midland- may not be as consistent of a scorer as his brother Virgil Walker was last year, when he lead Midland in both points and rebounds. But the younger brother will be just as valuable this year as his 6-4 strong athletic frame gives him the ability to play any of the 5 positions for Midland.