With close to 50 players in attendance from the 2017 and 2018 class. Here is your Nike Showcase Upper-class MVP and First-Team.
MVP: Anthony Crump, Plymouth, 2018
After dealing with a broken wrist the combo guard is finally healthy and proved it at camp. Crump has also added some beef to his long 6-6 frame. During camp he spent a lot of time at the point, and did everything you want your point to do. He kept a tight handle against smaller guards and does a great job using his size out on the perimeter. After crossing the 3-point line it took Crump only 2 to 3 dribbles to get to the basket, where he finished regularly during games. In his first game he scored a camp high 26, all within the flow of his offense. Crump could have gone for bigger numbers but that’s just not his nature as a complete player, as a coach’s son he took pride in feeding teammates. All morning long he showed off a great skill set for a 6-6 junior-to-be.
Camp 1st Team
Rob Carpenter, Berkley, 2018
6-5 freak athlete and it’s just crazy that he has only been playing organized ball for two years, giving the Berkley guard a huge upside. Carpenter was the most exciting player to watch at camp as he turned it out with a handful of dunks that drew perfect 10’s from the crowd. When he got going in transition, defenders got out the way. While Carpenter gets labelled as a dunker, he showed during drills that he has plenty of skill. He was strong with both hands, and did a good job handling the ball in transition drills.
O’Mari Duncan, Carman-Ainsworth 2018
Just love the toughness, grit, and swag this Flint standout plays with. Was probably the best defender at camp. The motor never stops for the 6-4 wing. Did a lot of scoring during games by just out working his opponent, and was eating glass all day long. Duncan gives the 2018 class another instate D1 prospect. His size, athleticism, motor, and improving jump-shot makes Duncan a very intriguing prospect.
Vince Johnson, Arthur Hill, 2017
The Arthur Hill senior-to-be stood out all day with solid consistency, nothing flashy, just the ability to compete and produce results. In drills he knocked down shots from all three levels. The 6-foot guard has gotten stronger, improved his handles, and has become a better decision maker with the ball, allowing him to play some point, which he showcased his ability to do at camp.
Jalen Rutherford, Davison, 2017
The surprise of the day and a name people will get to know fast once the season starts. Rutherford was on a mission all day and just seemed to “want it” more than any other camper. He stood out in drills with a high motor, great attitude, and an eagerness to learn. But really made his mark once games tipped-off, he was explosive putting down a handful of big time dunks and tip-ins during camps. He has good size and strength as a bigger wing.
Jacob Polakovich, Grand Rapids Catholic Central, 2018
The 6-8 stretch-4 wowed coaches and scouts with his skill set during drills. Has a natural feel playing 20 feet out, where most players his size try to force the issue. In games he looked good rebounding and pushing the ball with a strong handle. While he can play away from the basket, he ate all day with a variety of post moves. May have been the lone camper to register a double-double in every game.