Author: paul

Saginaw Hoopfest Day 1 Recap

Friday night popped off the opening night of the Saginaw Hoopfest and the teams did not disappoint by putting on a show.  A few big name players reminded everyone who they are, like Jimmy Bell with his dominance for Arthur Hill, and there were a few surprise performances, most notably Sanford Meridian 2019 guard Lucas Lueder.   Below is a list from Friday night’s standouts in alphabetical order:   Jimmy Bell, Arthur Hill- the 6-11 junior has spent the last month working on his body and looked in great shape.  He’s quicker, better conditioned, but still plays with that...

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District Semifinal notes: Class C Hamady

Flint Beecher is just rolling right now, and it shouldn’t be surprising news.  For a class C school they may have had the toughest schedule in the state, and that schedule filled with class A teams has once again prepared Beecher for March.   In the district semis Beecher steam rolled a solid Burton Atherton team 98-65. Most of Beecher’s great play as of late has to be credited to All-Stater Malik Ellison.   The unsigned senior point guard has been on a mission as of late, going back to his 63 point game just over a week ago.  He had 30 points and 5 assist Monday in the opening round of districts, to go with 32 points, 8 assist, and 5 steals last night….all while facing double teams as soon as he touches the ball.  It is Ellison’s fourth straight game of 30+ points, 5+ assist, and 5+ steals. Ellison attacks the basket fearlessly and has a very quick release, making him very hard to guard.  He has the vision to find the open teammate and just goes so hard on the court.  Some question Ellison because of his height at 5-9 but he more than makes up for it in other areas.  I have seen him plenty this year and he has shown game after game that he is as good as any player in the state right now. ...

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Bridgeport vs Frankenmuth Recap

Bridgeport and Frankenmuth combined to put on a show Tuesday in a Tri-Valley Conference rivalry.  The visiting Bearcats went home with the 69-59 win, but both teams were impressive.  With the win Bridgeport improves to 3-0 and the Bearcats look more than capable of being a Class B power.  And if that isn’t the case this year, then you can bank on it next year as Coach Eugene Seals throws out a very young line-up. Headlining that line-up are brothers Charles Garrett (2018) and Markele Garrett (2019).  Charles “Tre” Garrett is anxious to prove he is D-1 worthy and...

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Nike Showcase: Underclassmen Awards

With over 30 players in attendance from the 2019 class here is your Nike Showcase Underclassmen MVP, First-Team, and Second-Team.   MVP: Julian Dozier, U of D Jesuit With a very good group of players from the 2019 class, especially at the point guard position- Dozier stood out above the rest. Throughout the day he showcased why he already holds a handful of D-1 offers. He was dominate on both ends of the floor and was as smooth as can be in transition. Fellow campers quickly learned to always be prepared for the pass when teamed up with Dozier. In games Dozier made highlight assist after assist…then he would go into his own scoring mode. If you’re a fan of basketball then you’ll love Dozier’s approach to the game. Showed all the traits to be one of the state’s elite players- skilled, tough, always in control.   1st Team Brian Booker, Heritage 6-0 lead guard has transferred into class A Heritage after having a successful freshman campaign at Class B Carrollton. After his performance at camp he looks more than ready to take on the Saginaw Valley League. He showed in both games and drills the ability to score from all 3 levels. Has a very polished midrange game, great on-ball defender. In games excelled in pick-and-roll situations, always making the right decision. Cade Coleman, Davison Of all the...

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Nike Showcase: Upper-Class 1st Team

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...

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