PREPS: Michigan Jam Fest Report

Doug Anderson (Kalamazoo Central) at 6'5 and 205 might have the most potential in the state of Michigan. He's a high-major athlete who has been playing organized basketball for only three years.

PITTSBURGH, PA - The Hoop Group presented another great tournament full of talent for the college coaches in attendance of this NCAA sanctioned event. The games were held at many different universities, such as, Pittsburgh, Duquesne, and Robert Morris and over 200 teams competed in three age groups and the talent kept the spectators head on a swivel.

With so many games spread out over such a short period of time it is impossible to cover everything, so, one does one they can to bring the reader as much information as possible. This is a look into the sometimes cloudy crystal ball of the rising juniors/class of '09 and a few others that deserve mentioning from the '10 class.

Doug Anderson (Kalamazoo Central) at 6'5 and 205 might have the most potential in the state of Michigan. He's a high-major athlete who has been playing organized basketball for only three years. He had an alley-oop dunk where his head almost paralleled the rim. Every time he supplied an aerial attack another twenty players/spectators/coaches would wait in anticipation for his next. Doug-A needs to work on his guard skills and build confidence in his mid-range game. Coaches at every level were watching and looking for more and wondering if he'll develop to play the small forward/wing in the next two years.

The Hurricane's 6'9 Matt Balkema (Warren Cousino) is nearing 6'10 and 270 pounds but, he's a better athlete than one might expect at that size. He runs the floor well and is immovable on the blocks. The big fella has solid fundamentals around the hoop offensively and is an underrated passer. Balkema needs to work on his hands, defensive positioning, and sustaining weight. On the bright size he's the youngest member of cousins that range from 7' to 6'9. He is now a reported member of the MI. Mustangs 16u, in time for the Shooting Stars tournament in Akron, OH.

The top combo guard/wing in Michigan's '09 class is Keenan Coleman and he showed that he could bomb form deep and score by driving through the lane. He has nice size on a 6'4 frame and handles the ball well enough to bring the ball up the court. Coleman's ability to thrive in the in transition as well as in half court sets makes his abilities a true commodity and something that college coaches really like.

The sharp shooting 6'2 DeAngelo Hailey and playing for the MI. Mustangs (Detroit Central) is one of the states emerging sharp shooters as he buried pressure threes in games vs. Crusader Nation (MD) in pool play and in tournament play vs. D-1 Sports (NC). He shoots with confidence and has a tough drive which usually draws fouls or buckets. Hailey's biggest need isn't very pronounced at this level but, working on his point guard skills will make him one of the states most sought after players in a year or so. And any player can work on his defense.

Donnavan Kirk (Pontiac Notre Dame Prep) may be the most improved big man in his class. This 6'7 post player is catching up to the speed of games faster then I would have expected as he's not afraid to put it on the floor or shy away from the contact which would have him running last spring. Kirk's biggest need for development is a mid-range game that would make his huge first step that much more devastating for defenders.


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