These are some of the guys that don't always get the looks from the big time programs, but show up on the radar in college tournaments and showcases three or four years down the line.
But, what would a report be without some of the big time talent included as well.
Wow, does Doug Anderson bring it, whether it's for the 17 or 16u Mustangs. His dunks week after week are starting to draw comparisons to some of the nation's top performers over the past few AAU seasons. This past weekend was no different for the 6-foot-5 athletic swingman. He showed the ability to go baseline and finish in fashion as well as adding a soft touch from beyond the extra-point line.
6-foot-9 plus Matt Balkema (MI. Mustangs 16u) is a behemoth of an individual as he adds athleticism to 280 lbs. His play went in spurts as his minutes are sometimes limited but, it was nice to watch him battle against fellow big man 7-foot Kyle Rowley in an opening pool play game. He showed glimpses of talent and many positives over the weekend.
6-foot-2 Antone Bird (Stay in the Game 16u) slashed, scored, and then scored some more in a loss to the Mustangs 16u. He brought a lot of energy to the court and flat out scored as his intensity was bar-none. His athleticism allows him to play the 1-3 positions and he has the ability to develop into a nice combo guard on the next level.
David Pilalis (Wheaton Heat 17u) is under the radar like it was 1907. This kid shot the lights out in a pool play game scoring 40 and hitting eleven threes. He can handle the ball well and recognizes pressure well when he does have the ball to free himself to run to open spots on the court. Shard shooter delight.
Kyle Rowley (Full Package 16u) provides 7-feet of potential and plenty of it as he makes nice cuts in the lane and finishes well around the rim. The big fella also ran the court well and was not afraid to mix it up for a rebound. He's listed in the '09 class and has two years to become that much better.
Demetrius Ward (Mustangs 17u) brings it at 6-foot-2 and his forte over the weekend was slashing towards the rim. He also backed up and hit threes when the time called for extra points. He played hard on either end of the court and played tough defense. Ward also was offered by Western Michigan University in the last week.
These players played well but, there are many more on the way. Look for more in an upcoming report.