Scouting: Mr. Basketball MLK Classic


While everyone else was watching Michigan get run off the court in Bloomington,  I spent the day at Lansing Eastern High School watching some of the best young basketball talent in the state duke it out. I got to see 2012 Michigan prospects Jordan Hare and Sherron Dorsey-Walker in action, as well as other big-time players like LaDontae Henton, Chris Harrison-Docks, and Tommy McCune. Be sure to check back over the coming hours and days as we will be posting game video and video interviews.

Jordan Hare (6-foot-8, 2012)

Strengths: Jordan Hare is very athletic and extremely long. He is very quick for his height and well-coordinated. He does a very good job of erasing his teammates’ mistakes on both offense and defense. On offensive end, he’s a good rebounder and a big target for his guards when they look to get him the ball down low. On defense, he moves his feet well and his length causes lots of problems. His quickness was on display when he would occasionally guard out on the perimeter and stay in front of guards. His athleticism and length allow him to make a few “wow” plays per game and his potential is obviously very high.

Needs to improve: First, free throws.  Hare missed almost every free throw he took and looked very uncomfortable at the line, a place he’ll be spending a lot of time if his goal is to be a post player. He also has little back-to-the-basket post game to speak of. I didn’t see his team feed him the ball in the post and let him go to work once. He needs to be more assertive on both ends of the court and especially rebounding. He did a decent job of rebounding but he has the potential to be a great rebounder.

Final Thoughts: Jordan Hare is an extremely intriguing prospect but he’s still a project at this point. He finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks. His athleticism and length is great — he has all the tools he needs to be a very good player. He just needs to develop his offensive game and work on rebounding technique.

Sherron Dorsey-Walker (6-foot-4, 2012)

Strengths: Sherron Dorsey-Walker has great length and knows how to use it on defense. He is able to get in the passing lanes and be very disruptive on the perimeter. He also has a very smooth jumpshot and can hit from long range. He is able to do a lot with the ball at his size, including find open teammates. When Dorsey-Walker is fully engaged in the offense he can do a lot of different things: handle, shoot, orchestrate and rebound. Good all-around player.

Needs to improve: Dorsey-Walker played less than I thought he would in the game I watched yesterday for unknown reasons. Because of that, it was hard for him to develop a rhythm on the court. He took whatever he was given instead of being an instigator which, at his skill level, he needs to be. Dorsey-Walker shouldn’t be a non-factor on offense, but at times yesterday he was. Just needs to work on his consistency in all elements of his game.

Final thoughts: Sherron Dorsey-Walker is a very good all-around player who needs to work on bringing it every night. He has a good jumpshot and his offensive game is already very developed. His defense is solid. He’s clearly a very good, versatile prospect.

For the non-Michigan prospects I’m just going to be doing a quick recap instead of a full breakdown.

Chris Harrison-Docks (6-foot, 2012) Harrison-Docks had a bit of a slow start to the game I watched, but as the game went on he started playing very well. His handle and quickness can match up with anyone in the state. His speed when he gets past his man and into the lane is almost impossible to stop, and he’s a very good finisher for his size. His handle is solid, though he dribbles a little too much. His shot is improving (it’s gotten better since I saw him last summer) — his release is quicker and he’s getting more elevation. He has good vision, but he is still most definitely a shoot-first point guard.

Tommie McCune (6-foot-7, 2011) Tommie McCune didn’t do much of anything in the game I saw him play yesterday, but to be fair, he was going up against Lansing Eastern, a very good defensive team. Saginaw has oodles of athletes, and Tommie is no exception. He is extremely long and very athletic, which is mostly why he’s on his way to play at West Virginia next year. He would like to think he’s a wing player instead of a post player, but he still has a long way to go to get to that point — he still needs to work on his handle and his shooting if that’s what he wants to be. He is still what I saw last summer: a very intriguing project. McCune had just six points and eight rebounds.

LaDontae Henton (6-foot-5, 2011) It was vintage “Buckets” yesterday. In Lansing Eastern’s game against Saginaw, there was a small scuffle near the beginning of the game that Henton was wrapped up in. Up to that point, he hadn’t done much in the game. Whatever was said in the dust-up with the Saginaw players, it made him very angry. Henton went on a tear, driving to the basket, cleaning the offensive glass and locking down Tommie McCune. At the end of the game, he had racked up 29 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks. When he decides he’s getting to the basket, there are very few players — if any — who can stop him in the state of Michigan. Dayton is getting a heck of a player.

  • Aaron

    I wonder how serious of a run we made @ recruiting LaDontae Henton?
    BTW – I was @ the Detroit SE / Detroit Country Day game last night. Kearney (MSU recruit) looked pretty bad (10 pts on something like 3 of 16 shooting) and is SO skinny. Amir Williams was a beast defensively at least (something like 18 rebounds and 10 blocks). While he had about 16 points, his offensive game is very raw still – would have been a great pickup for Michigan. He reminds me of a young Alonzo Mourning (although I doubt he’ll ever be as strong as Mourning got in the NBA). Percy Gibson was pretty solid and a strong inside presence for SE. I wonder how serious a run Michigan made @ him before he chose Dayton?

  • Norad

    Saw the action Thursday and agree entirely with this scouting report. What is up with Dorsey Walker? He barely plays and seems so physically weak he cannot get separation to even get looks. I dont really see a Big Ten body or skill set.

    Spot on with McCune. Wow…what a disappearing act. Beilein obviously called that one right despite all the squacking about the kid being a top 100.

    The other “sore thumb moment” was Cha Cha Tucker. I know he is a Sophmore, but he is light years, and I mean light years, away from being remotely worth the attention and hype he has received. The Sparty lock looks like maybe a good thing. His outside shot is painful to watch and he cant shoot free throws (less than a 50% FT shooter). He flat out could not handle the Saginaw pressure and didnt want the ball when it mattered. 0 pts and 6 TO’s in 2nd half of the game.

    Dominque Jackson (2013) is one to watch for sure and Ray Lee finally showed a little of what I have heard about him for years. Best matchup of the day would have been a cage match between Justin Moss of Romulus and Buckets. I would put money on Buckets.

    • Cha Cha is a sensitive issue politically for MSU, but I’m sure they’re aware of the better point guards in that class like Walton, Morris and Highsmith.

    • Norad

      not sure why Tucker is a politically sensitive issue for MSU (I know, Steve Smith connection and a connection with Magic some 30 years ago – dont forget, Magic fired Tucker years ago so that “connection” is embelished). If anyone knows Izzo, he aint putting his job on the line for politics, but you are right, rumor is they may have already moved on with Walton, but the Highsmith kids got a Big Ten ready body whicn none of the others do.

      • The political part being how they can let the kid down easy.

    • Yeah, I don’t think Cha Cha is a lock for an MSU offer. He’ll only get it if he earns it and he has lots of competition.

  • gpsimms

    just read through the post game comments.

    are you people insanse??!?! It’s one game. We have a bjillion freshman! They’ve shown flashes of brilliance against some really great teams. “Flashes” that come from freshman are just things that they will bring with more consistency when they get older. Revoke Vogrich and Christian’s scholarships?! I know people saying that weren’t being serious but come on.

    Vogrich is a legit shooter, and has shown a few athletic takes to the basket this year. No, I don’t want him getting 38 minutes ever, but a guy like that can come up huge off the bench, as he already has THIS YEAR.

    I can’t believe how negative people are about Christian. When I see a kid who has his height run and jump the way he does, then he’s worth “risking” a scholarship. A jump shot is one of the few things that can be taught and practiced, and that’s what he needs most. Stu Douglass will never be able to alley oop the ball. Someday, Christian might shoot 35% from three.

    Just repeat after me: it was one game. It was on the road. It was in Bloomington where we’ve won twice in 50 years. We play 0 seniors, and two unrated juniors with 1 division I offer between the two of them.

    Young teams have lower lows than most. I’m sure they’ll surprise us in the good direction a few times yet.

  • MikeSal

    Amen gp amen


    Aaron, i was in Lansing to see Henton play and no! he was not a serious look to go to Michigan. He’s a great player on the h.s. level but extremely undersized for his type of game for the big 10. Your comment on Mccune and Kearney is what it is but Mccune had a off game and he’s not perfect as none of these kids are. Mccune has plenty of games left and he had a off day. I heard Kearney banged his knee in the 1st quarter of the Country day game and still manage a near triple double in their loss. There’s plenty of ball left for these tops players before march.

    • Dylan Burkhardt

      I was very impressed with Kearney against Southfield earlier this year. Not sure if it was an anomaly or if he has turned the corner. Maybe a bit of both.

      • Sam

        Yeah when we watched Kearney against Pershing he had a very good game and wasn’t missing anything. And I have no idea what this Aaron is talking about. Kearney is not big by any means but I certainly wouldn’t say he is skinny either. He has a pretty decent body right now.

        • Dylan Burkhardt

          Agree with you regarding his frame. He’s done a good job of adding muscle… He’s not a bruiser by any means but he’s significantly stronger than a “skinny” guy like Sherron Dorsey Walker.

          • Aaron

            Sorry guys – but Kerney is VERY skinny. Just saw him play on Sat

  • Off day for McCune? Like, once a week?

  • MAS

    I was at Warren Frizt to watch a few of the games here is a quick assessment of a few players discussed.
    Kearney did what he normally does in tight games not play well (same against Kazoo Central). He really struggles to get by people off the dribble which normally means he has to rely on a fade away jumper. He didn’t make many shots today and a fade away jumper isn’t a high percentage shot. LOL I don’t know what game you watched but he didn’t bang his knee and had nowhere near a triple double. BK puts up his best numbers when his team is up big.
    J Hawkins really impressed me against Cass even though Powers lost. He looked really improved from last time I saw him. Hit a couple of 3’s and scored around 20. The most impressive thing was his body control pulling up for short shots instead of charging on his drive attempts. I don’t think there is a very good chance UofM gets him but I would rather have him than SDW. I would pass on SDW based on the 3 games I’ve watched him this season.
    Leo Edwards a young 2013 got the start for Cass (looks like Aaron Prim starting center is no longer on the team) and looked much more comfortable then last time I saw him. Played well in D and if I guessimated his numbers I would say 7pts, 8 boards and 4 blocks. I think this is a kid who might develop slower than some of the other 2013s but might have a pretty big upside.
    I’ve seen Cha Cha Tucker and right now is more hype than actual player. He is too concerned with dribbling the air out of the ball instead of running the offense. 2012 class is deep and he might not even be in the top 10 in the class. I think Walton is a lot better player, actually I think DeAndre Johnson from Cass is better too. Cha Cha might be the 4th or 5th best pg in 2013. I hope he does go to MSU.

  • Aaron

    lol – Kerney on Sat pretty much got shut down by Adam Zavadil (6’3″/185 – think Stu Douglas) of DCD. I think MSU may have wasted a scholarship there :)

    • MAS

      Aaron if you read life in lansing website Zavadil is described as “long and athletic”. If Zavadil is long and athletic Stu is Doug Anderson from Mott. Zavadil is a fine HS player that is smart and played well positional defense but he isn’t close to the player Stu is.

      • Aaron

        Ok – but he’s somewhat similar. “long and athletic” is a bit of an overstatement for Zavadil :)


    Dylan, your correct on the frame of Dorsey. He is thinner than Kearney but both of them will get bigger and stronger on the next level. Aaron, what do you think a 17 yr old kid will do, just stay weak and never get better. To my dude Mas, you gotta ask yorself this, have you seen anyone in the state of Michigan at 6’6 and a guard that does what Brandan Kearney or a 6’10 player like Amir Williams. Dylan, if Williams or Kearney had went to Michigan they’d be getting all kind of breaks about this or that. Can you tell these people how the development goes for these type of players like Kearney,Brundidge,Mccune,Williams and Henton? As far as Cha Cha he has some work to do on his jumper release and his speed but he will be a solid player. The player in the 2013 class who you all will love is Monte Morris from Flint Beecher.

    • Ben

      Of course if Kearney was a Michigan commit we would be a bit easier on him but he’s not and we all know that is because we took Brundidge instead of him. Michigan State fans will do the same thing with Carlton Brundidge. This is what fans do.

      • Absolutely, you can spin both Kearney and Brundidge either way depending on where your interest lies. They have doubters about their ability at the next level. It’ll be enjoyable to watch how both react.

    • MAS

      I never mentioned Williams in my post. I love Williams and he was my #1 choice to come to UofM and Brundridge was #2. As far as seen players do what Kearney, what is his plus skill? He doesn’t have one skill that blows you away he does everything average and cannot take anyone off the dribble. Aaron stated it correctly he couldn’t get by Zavadil when he guarded him. I really would be shocked if he plays any significant minutes as freshmen. Dawson and Anderson are both better than him. Infact I would be shocked if he lasted all 4 years at MSU.