Friday, November 6, 2009

Styles3 Elite Showcase:Report

This report is a little overdue, but nonetheless here it is. On October 17-18, I ran the Styles3 Elite Showcase, in honor of my younger brother Dorian Dawkins. The talent in Midland, MI at Northwood University was tremendous. Many thanks have to be sent out to the awesome staff that kept the event going, and the coaches were amazing; without them the event wouldn't have been impossible. Below is my observations from the weekend:

-Dwaun Anderson, the 6'3 SG from Suttons Bay (MI) could very well be the best player in the loaded class of 2011 in Michigan. He is stupid athletic, has a nice shot from outside, gets in his opponents chest on D, and is extremely intense. He went at it hard in the drills as well. Would like to see him play in a game setting. High major all the way.

-Tommie McCune, the 6'8 F from Saginaw (MI) has potential for days. Now he's starting to turn that potential into production. The mid-range jumper is money. The 3-ball is feathery, and he's as athletic as ever-and will dunk on you with ease. Once he becomes quicker, he will be a full-time SF, being able to guard the wing is something he needs to work on. High major, and another who could claim the #1 spot in 2011 in Michigan.

-Matt Costello, the 6'8 PF from Bay City Western (MI) is a coaches dream. He plays hard, he plays smart, he converts on everything he is supposed to, and he's not a project. This kid is good right now. One of the best shot blockers in the state, and his range is extending to the three point line now. His potential is crazy, could be the most productive big man in Michigan this year. Top 2 in 2012 in Michigan.

-Tommie McCune gets all the credit in 2011 from Saginaw High, but don't sleep on, 6'2 G Marquavis Ford, 6'6 Wing Trey Babers, and 6'0 G Evellis McGee. All are D1 prospects, and all played well at camp. Ford is the best shooter in Michigan for 2011, Babers gets better and taller every day, and McGee is a killer, coming to take your heart out every game.

-Detroit Pershing will be loaded again, if 6'7 Sr Juwan Howard (Western Michigan), 6'7 Sr PF Raymoan McAfee, 6'0 Sr G Kiedez Foster, and 6'3 Soph G Sherron Dorsey-Walker continue to play like they did in camp. Walker is someone who hasn't seen a shot he didn't like, but he makes a good amount. Howard is as confident as they come, and is Michigan's #1 trash talker, but he backs it up, McAfee is a major sleeper and is a D1 kid, and Foster can fill it up from deep.

-Isaiah Sykes, the 6'5 Wing from Detroit Denby is a high major talent. Does he have high major skill, that remains up for debate, but he gets the job done, and I'd be surprised if he didn't go high major when its all said and done. He can handle the rock, and pass very well for his size, and he's athletic. When he fine tune the J, look out.

-Michael Hundley, the 6'9 PF from Detroit Renaissance, will be a high major. He is another kid in 2011, who is a major sleeper but he is good. He's long, plays hard, blocks shots, rebounds, and converts down low. If he can just get stronger, he will be a beast. His high school coach, Cameron Nichols, gets the job done, and his travel team coach, Tim McCormick, is one of the best in the business. Don't be surprised to see him shoot up the rankings. Another Renaissance player, Chene Phillips, a 6'2 Sr played extremely well, and I wouldn't be surprised if he makes First Team all PSL this year.

-Sleeper alert: Derrick Barden. The 6'3 Wing from Detroit Denby is one of the best 2010 wings in the state. Before camp, I had never even heard of him. The MAC schools in Michigan, should be all over him. He's tough as nails, rebounds, scores, defends, he does it all. Mix him in with Isaiah Sykes, and Denby will be tough. 6'7 SR Brandon Williams, also was a beast all day long Saturday. Low D1s, and D2's should be beating down Brandon's door.

-Alex Gauna, the 6'9 (and growing) PF from Eaton Rapids, is as laid back as they come. But few face up 4's in the Midwest can shoot like him. The 2010 Michigan St commit will be a great addition to the 2010 MSU recruiting class because he's a guy that will play for Tom Izzo and blossom. He's not the toughest right now, but Izzo will bring it out of him, he has the skills.

-Young guns: Watch out for these 4 2013 prospects: 6'3 Wing JD Tisdale of Flint Northern, 5'10 PG Richie Lewis of Flint Northern, 5'9 Charles Tucker of Lansing Eastern, and 5'10 Derrick Walton of Chandler Park Academy. Tisdale may be the least known right now, but may have the most potential of the 3. Tucker and Walton already have big reps across the circuit, for being elite PG's; and they didn't disappoint at the camp. Lewis will benefit everyday in practice by playing against BOTB's #2 PG in 2011 Shaq Smith of Flint Northern, and to be honest, Lewis is good enough now, that Smith will benefit as well.

-Kellon McCormick, the 6'6 2012 Wing from Notre Dame Prep, may not be as big as his dad Tim right now, but expect him to keep growing, and getting better. McCormick is already one of the top 2012 Wing's in the state, and one of the elite shooters. He launches the 3 ball with ease, and more often than not, he's money. Watch out.

More to come soon.


Monday, November 2, 2009

Brandan Kearney...headed to...

-From all the information I have gathered the past week or so, I would be very surprised if Brandan Kearney, a 6'5 JR G from Detroit Southeastern doesn't select Michigan State tomorrow. According to sources close to the situation, Kentucky made a late push, to try to delay the commitment of Kearney but the Wildcats didn't offer. Michigan, was once the leader for Kearney, but when Carlton Brundidge, a 6'0 JR G from Southfield committed to the Wolverines, things changed. Ohio State has also offered, and Kearney is also considering Georgetown and Minnesota. Stay tuned for more info!