AAU CHICAGO: Washburn improving with time

The Windy City provided more talent than we could mention in our last roundup. Here is series II of the Chicago Shootout's review. Here's a look at seven michigan players on the rise and one special player from Indiana:

CHICAGO, IL - The Windy City provided more talent than we could mention in our last roundup. Here is series II of the Chicago Shootout's review. Here's a look at seven michigan players on the rise and one special player from Indiana:

Brad Guinane provides a little bit of everything at 6'5 and closing in on 215 lbs. for the MBA Select. He's been heavily involved in two of the last three weekends as the Workshop team has provided results. He shoots it well and is a heady player as, he proved in a victory over Full Package in a tournament game last Sunday. He's undersized at this position but, will play the three in college as he has the ability to shoot from all over the court and is a sneaky rebounder.

Vonn Jones (5'9" Hartland, MI.) is the full package at point guard and may be the best combo guard right now in Michigan's '08 class. He created plays for his Mustang 16u teammates all weekend long and scored when called upon. Jones plays defense with confidence and had no problem finishing with left or right. He played like a high major recruit and with added size he'll finalize this statement.

Troy Peter is a consistent slasher for the MBA Select and at 6'3 he'll most likely play the two-guard in college. Peter has a solid frame that allowed him to battle for rebounds and plays good post defense. I didn't get to see him shoot a lot but, what I did see didn't look bad.

Chris Tolar is 6'8 and an energetic lefty who adds sound basketball skills to the Indy Bulldogs. The bouncy forward was efficient from 12 feet in and finishes well. He'd be even more intriguing if he had more height around him as he'll play the three and four on the next level. Tolar is a player to watch as he seems to be a nice mid-major prospect.

Drew Valentine is and was the do it all player for the Mustangs 16u for the spring and on this past weekend's run. At, 6'4 he plays four positions on the court and is the product of a player and coaches' son as he is the "Mr. Intangible" player in MI.'s '09 class. Valentine is a very intriguing player now and if this recent 16-year-older grows another couple of inches then he'll find plenty of letters in the family mailbox.

The Michigan Mustangs 17u 6'11 Jason Washburn showed spurts of what should become more consistent over time. He controls the boards and provided solid post defense throughout pool play and in the tournament. He is starting to develop more of an offensive game but, still needs to polish his moves. He's showing more looks of a high-major player every time I see him.

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