With shooting camp wrapping up today, Michigan’s big camp weekend will be complete. I was on hand for Elite Camp and Team Camp and was able to get a good look at numerous Michigan prospects. The second day of Team Camp, high school teams were divided into divisions based on results from the previous day and then inserted into brackets. Romulus came away with the Platinum division crown, beating Huron and Toledo St. Johns in the process.
I have been writing daily scouting reports on the players in attendance at Elite and Team Camp, so here we thought I could give you a review of the camps and some of the players who I think improved their stock among Michigan coaches the most. Here is my list of the top five players at camp plus some honorable mentions:
|Ray Lee (2012, G) Ray had a good camp and judging by his tweets, he thought so too. He’s still on the outside looking in as far as offers go, and it’s hard to say if there will be one upcoming from Michigan. I would put Lee slightly behind Yogi Ferrell and Javontae Hawkins, two players who have received offers, only because he doesn’t seem as consistent. But he definitely impressed this weekend.|
|Chris Jenkins (2012, F) Jenkins was very impressive from what I saw. Great length, he just needs to know how to use it on defense. He has a smooth jumper, which is unusual given his size. He’s rail-thin but very quick and surprisingly good at maneuvering in the post. He was impressive, especially against Southfield.|
|Denzel Valentine (2012, W) Unfortunately, Denzel couldn’t make it to team camp, but he performed so well at Elite Camp that he makes the list. He stood out as one of the top three players at Elite Camp and showed the coaches that he can score on just about anyone despite what is often said about his lack of athleticism.|
|E.C. Matthew (2013, G) Right now, Matthews is one of the best players in the state in his class. He is extremely quick and tall (6-4), and has a vast array of moves that is surprising for someone so young. The coaches were very impressed with him all camp, especially with his ability to create his own shot and his athleticism. He had a breakout camp, and is absolutely someone you’ll be hearing a lot more about.|
|Marc Loving (2013, W) Loving is a wing out of Ohio who is going to make some noise real soon. He’s tall, about 6-6, and thin, but he has a silky jumpshot that he nailed with consistency during team camp. He’s also quick for his size and once he gets a little a little muscle on him he’ll be able to finish at the rim and in the post better than he already does. ESPN recently mentioned Loving as one of the 2013 prospects on the cusp of the top 25.|
Javontae Hawkins (2012, G) The only reason Javontae didn’t make the top five was because he wasn’t at Team Camp. He killed it at Elite Camp and made it clear that he plans on being one of the best guards in the state by the time he graduates. He gets to the basket whenever he wants and has a smooth, consistent jumper.
Cameron Fowler (2012, G) Fowler played well from what I saw, but he didn’t blow anybody away. He needs to work on his jumpshot, but he gets to the basket well.
Dante Williams (2011, W) Dante really showed off his jumper at Team Camp. He’s long and he played great defense. I think he settled for the jumpshot too often and he can do some real damage at the rim.
Other Recruiting Notes
- Nick Stauskas, a 2012 Canadian guard who attends St. Marks, claims Michigan as his favorite. Right now he lists an offer from Oklahoma State along with interest from Boston College, Florida St., and Georgetown. Stauskas also told Northstar Basketball that he expects Michigan to “offer very soon.” You can watch Stauskas in action above, but here’s another video as well.
- We now have a summer recruiting tour page where you can find all of our old content from this summer’s AAU circuit.
- Hotboards will be updated this week as we prepare for the “live” recruiting period in July.
- Marshall Plumlee reportedly played well at the Amare Stoudemire Skills Academy but it appears that Michigan might very well be sliding out of his recruitment, a recent update with Plumlee’s high school coach made it clear that Duke, Virginia, and North Carolina appear to be the teams at the top of his list.
- Jalen Reynolds netted a scholarship offer from Xavier over the weekend. Reynolds’ offer list now includes CMU, Detroit, and Oakland.