Author: paul

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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Saginaw Shootout: Day 2 Notes

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...

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Saginaw Shootout: Day 1 Notes

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...

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Flint Affiliation Showdown Recap: 6th grade division

Last weekend one of Michigan’s oldest running AAU programs, Flint Affiliation hosted their annual Flint Affiliation Showdown tournament.  One of the more intriguing and competitive divisions was the 6th grade division.  When the dust finally settled The Family was left standing and went home with the championship.  The road to the trophy however was hard fought as all four teams that advanced to the final four were more than capable of winning the bracket.  The Family first fought off Saginaw’s Booker’s Ballers 29-24 in the final four before taking down the Michigan Playmakers 38-35 in the Championship.  The Playmakers...

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SVL Championship Preview: Carman vs Saginaw

The Saginaw Valley League Championship is set for tonight at Davison high school and the match-up between Saginaw High and Carman-Ainsworth could turn in to an instant classic with the amount of D-1 talent that will be on the court. The game is a rematch from a January 8th meeting when Carman took a 63-56 win on Saginaw’s home court. But a lot has changed since that meeting, particularly to the Trojans’ front court who have added plenty of grit and size in 6-5 Henry Speight and 6-7 Al Eichelberger, both are currently averaging double-doubles in points and rebounds....

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