Sam Webb, Andre Barthwell, Kyle Bogenschutz, and Josh Newkirk contributed to this report.
The Other 7
|Rodney Culver – SG, Pickerington (Ohio) Central – 2015|
Sam’s Take: If asked to describe this 6-4, 175-pound guard’s game in one word it would be relentless. Relentless basket attacker, relentless defender, relentless competitor. Maybe there’s something in the water at Pickerington Central, but kids coming out of the program seem to be wired that way. During the camp he was extremely consistent getting to the rim thanks to a terrific crossover. Culver is very quick off the floor, especially in his second jump. That made him particularly adept at getting rebounds and put-backs around the rim. On the flip side his jump-shot wasn’t consistent on the day. He doesn’t have the prettiest form on it, as it looks to be more of a push-shot. Even so, he pushed one in from 25 feet to send one late game to overtime. He is getting Caris LeVert comparisons from some. He isn’t nearly as long and doesn’t shoot it as well as Caris, but outside of that I can see the similarity.
|Quentin Goodin – PG, Campbellsville (Ky.) Taylor - 2016|
Josh’s Take: Goodin had nice camp. At 6-foot-2, 175-pounds he has surprising speed for his size and was able to finish around the rim when needed. Rated a three-star prospect, Goodin is an above average athlete. He can distribute and can defend. He needs to work on his outside shot, but looked the part of a floor general in camp.
Kyle’s Take: Goodin reminds me of Darius Morris a bit with his dribble drive game, length, and swag. He has with the ball on a string. Goodin is at his best as an attacker and routinely shook defenders to get straight to the rack for either a finish or a trip to the free throw line. Goodin’s outside shot wasn’t really on display. He chose instead to get teammates involved and do his own thing in the paint. The best part about Goodin is that he wants the ball. Late in the evening the Michigan coaches put the teams in pressure situations to see who was ready to take the game winner, and every time Goodin was adamant about having the ball in his hands.
|Kyle Guy – SG, Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central – 2016|
Sam’s Take: This Hoosier state standout is a knock- down shooter. He doesn’t need much space at all to get his shot off and he has a very quick release. Respect for his jumper helps open up pathways to the basket, but he showed a strong enough handle to get by players even without the advantage that comes from hard defender close outs. There’s an edginess to him as well that coaches will appreciate. I didn’t see much in the way of creating for others, which he’ll have to do at the next level. Right now he is a 6-2, 160-lb. shooting guard. Development of combo skills could make him a hotter commodity.
Kyle’s Take: Goodin This kid really is a much smaller Nik Stauskas. You look at him and you think he’s just a shooter and not a great athlete, and then boom, he’s crossing people up, spinning his way to the rim for a nice finish with english. This happened on several occasions and Guy also found a good rhythm with his outside shot. Possibly the best pure scorer at the entire camp, Guy was extremely impressive and will make some college coach very happy some day when he’s lighting the nets on fire.
|Justin Layne – SG, Cleveland (Ohio) Benedictine - 2016|
Sam’s Take: Layne staked his claim as he best athlete attendance. This two-sport star is an explosive and effortless leaper that appears to soar even higher than he actually is thanks to his 6-8 wingspan. He‘s not your typical football player playing basketball either. He was among the best slashers in attendance and is a ball-hawking defender. We didn’t see him attempt enough jump shots to accurately assess what type of shooter he is, but at worst he is a high flying wing that will excel in transition, catching lobs, and locking up the opposition’s best offensive player. Watching him on the basketball floor also made his potential at wide receiver even more obvious. He got on top of defensive backs with relative ease at last weekend’s Nike Football Training Camp in Columbus, and only really had issues when muscled at the line of scrimmage (something that won’t be an issue as he gets stronger). Now we can see that he is a jump ball kid too. The kid has the makings of a big time wideout.
|Jalen Tate – SG/SF, Pickerington (Ohio) Central – 2016|
Sam’s Take: When you look at this kid you just wouldn’t pick him out as Jae’Sean Tate’s little brother. Jae’Sean is a 225-lb. tank. Jaylen is a 170-lb. “plastic man.” That moniker is fitting because the younger Tate is a poor-man’s Stacey Augmon. He excels on the defensive end of the floor as a help-side shot blocker, can stay in front of cat-quick guards, plays the passing lanes well thanks to his length, and is a contortionist around the rim. It’s stating the obvious to say that he needs to get bigger… a lot bigger… but his pedigree suggests he will do so.
Dre’s Take: If the name sounds familiar it is he is the little brother of Jae’Sean Tate, who will be attending Ohio State. Although he is much slighter than his brother he has a lot of heart and versatility to his game. Strength will be something he has to work on, but that does not stop him from getting to the basket to score. Jalen is a stat sheet stuffer. He will get you points, assist, steals, rebounds and block shots. His ability to do multiple things on the floor is his talent but he must get stronger to be the player he wants to be.
|Jon Teske – C, Media (Ohio) - 2016|
Kyle’s Take: Teske is all of 6-foot-10 with a very long frame and a strong overall skill set given his size and age. Teske's greatest asset is his jump shot, able to step out and knock down mid-range or corner shots to stretch the floor, but on Saturday he was mostly relegated to the paint and struggled a bit attacking and finishing over bigger defenders. Teske appears to still be putting his game together and if I were a guessing man I'd say he's definitely still growing. Though Teske has good fundamentals his game is very methodical at this stage, with clear potential to get better and better.
Sam’s Take: Jon Teske was one of the more intriguing players at the camp and not because he was consistently effective like some others in attendance. It was due instead to his great potential. Teske What Teske lacks in strengths, but he has low post moves AND a face up game. He seems to knock down 15 footers regularly, and through his work with a shooting coach he is a good bet to extend his range even further. Another impressive trait was his aggressiveness. Sure he lacks size and strength, and yes he was pushed off the block and knocked off his shot at times… but that didn’t stop him from going right back in there. And we he had an opportunity to dunk, he dunked. How many times have you seen a big man lay it in when a two-hand stuff was there for the taking? This kid didn’t do that. He is 6-10 and skilled. The physical part will come. Don’t be surprised if Michigan’s interest moves beyond the lukewarm level after this camp.
|Seth Towns – SF/PF, Columbus (Ohio) Northland -2016|
Sam’s Take: At this stage of his development Towns is best describes as a 6-7 shooter. Unfortunately for him, his jumper wasn’t really falling during the camp. His off the dribble game is still developing and that too was apparent. In order to consistent minutes at the three at the next level that part of his game has to improve. One part of his game that he is looking more comfortable with is shooting coming off of screens. That was one of his better stations during drill work on the day… a notable accomplishment for a youngster that has shown to be more adept at setting screens than using them. His body is also showing the signs of his hard work. He has clearly been in the weight room and was not out place defending big men like John Teske (who he consistently pushed off his spot in the post). That plays even more into his being thought of primarily as a four for now.
Dre’s Take: Seth is an interesting prospect in that you see the talent that he has you just want him to give you more of it. At times playing the 4-spot he had bigger slower guys on him and although he can shoot it well from deep settled for the jumper at times. Then you would see him out on the wing and blow past his guy to score at the cup. Very solid player likes to get inside to grab rebounds has a nice handle near the basket and possibly out to the three point line. As I said the talent is there you just want to see more of it.