October 11, 2010

Talent on display at the Styles 3 Elite Showcase

Last year the Styles 3 showcase really helped a few players make a name for themselves on the national scene. Dwuan Anderson[db] was the best example, as he went from unranked, unknown outside the state, to a top 100 player nationally who eventually committed to Michigan State. This year about 60 players or so made their way to Midland for the second annual event. There was a lot of young talent in the building, but also a good amount of guys who already have Division 1 offers, or who have already committed such as Saginaw's [db Tommie McCune (West Virginia). Players went though drills before lunch and then played two or three games each day during the two day event. Here is a list of just some of the players who preformed well during the event, in no particular order.

Steven Repichowski: 6-foot-3, Lansing Catholic (2012)

-Has really been coming on of late. He can really score; he shoots the ball well and can also finish in traffic. Plays hard and though I don't feel he is athletic enough to go D1, I think he will be a very good D2 player

Anton Wilson[db]: 6-foot-5, Flint Carman-Ainsworth (2012)

-Has a few D1 offers including Central Michigan and Cleveland State, and it is clear to see why. He is a long athletic wing who can shoot or get to the rim; this will not be the last time I type that. Very good player.

EC Matthews: 6-foot-4, Romulus (2013)

-This is the first time I got to see him play in person and all I can say is wow. He is sickly good. Has nice length and is very athletic. Not a bad shooter at all, and when he wants to can play very hard on the defensive end. Had a few times in games where he would block a shot then go coast to coast and finish with a dunk. If he isn't the best player in the 2013 class, I haven't seen who he in person yet.

[db]Patrick Lucas-Perry: 5-foot-10, Flint Powers (2011)

-Just a pure PG, I am a big PLP fan. He can shoot or get to the rim, or just run the offense. Good leader and the kid is just a winner. Had a knee injury that made him miss the entire AAU season, but he is back. I see some D1 school getting a great PG.

Kevin Marshall: 6-foot-6, Saginaw High (2012)

-"Tank" is really starting to come on. Has good hands and moves well for his size. Good athlete and his shot is improving, after I mocked him about not being able to shoot outside the paint, he knocked down three 3s in a row.

Sherron Dorsey-Walker: 6-foot-4, Detroit Pershing (2012)

-Just picked up a Michigan offer to go with his other D1 offers. See Anton Wilson, Sherron is long, athletic, can get to the rim, just very smooth. One scout told me he reminded him of a better version of Brandan Kearney

Ray Lee: 6-foot-2, Romulus (2012)

-Romulus is just loaded. Lee is a long athletic PG who can shoot or get to the rim. I see him more of a scoring PG then a true floor general but he has several D1 offers and will most likely go high major.

Joseph Powell: 6-foot-6, Saginaw High (2014)

-The next in line for the high. The freshmen will be on varsity this year and it is clear to see why. Has a nice body, but will get stronger, and moves well. Has a nice touch around the basket and seems to play very hard in what I saw. He will be a very good player down the line.

Dominic Jackson: 6-foot-3, Saginaw High (2013)

-Really fun to watch him play, he can flat out get up, maybe the best dunker in the class. Uses his athletic ability to also be a good defender, and has a decent shot to. He will continue to improve, which is scary for anyone who has to face him.

Two 2011 players who I thought played the hardest the entire time was 6-foot-2 guard Tyler Bell from Kalamazoo Central and Michael Lewis from Ann Arbor Huron. Lewis uses his body very well, is very strong, finishes around the basket well. Bell showed a good mid-range shot and also no fear in getting to the rim. They both went to the glass on both ends and I didn't see anyone work harder during the two days there.

It was a great event that hopefully will continue to grow, I hope everyone in attendance listened and learned a lot, not only did they have the coaches that have won the last four Class A titles in the state there teaching, but also Michigan State junior Draymond Green talked to the players about always grinding. Knowing for every one person who likes your game, someone else doesn't, so you always have to work hard. A great message for all the talented young man in attendance.

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