The event brings much of the countries best up and coming talent and college coaches took in the competition. Michigan State, Temple, Xavier, and Cincinnati had coaches in attendance. Here are a few players that these schools were taking looks at:
The REACH Legends have one of the countries best rising sophomores in 6-foot guard Keith Appling (class of 2010). He slashed, defended, and shot the ball well at times. His legs seemed a little tired, as he played for REACH in the 16u nationals last week in Nashville, TN. He's long and has a great upside…apparently the University of Tennessee does, too as the word on the street says that the Volunteers offered him after seeing him in their state.
The host, Detroit R & G All-Stars have 6-foot-6 power forward Daniel Bellomy who owned the boards and has the soft touch that results in put back lay-ups. His strength is evident and he's dominant at times on the 15u level.
One of the more athletic players around last weekend was Michigan Mustangs-Perry 15u's 6-foot-3 wing/guard Taron Boose (class of 2010). He can outmuscle the opposition for boards and he times his jumping extremely well. He scored junk points but, that's not a knock in my book. More a sign of hustle.
The wiry 6'6 wing Mohamed Conde is the most versatile player on the Common Bond team and this past week was no different as he streaked up the court for the outlet pass. It wasn't in a cherry picking style as he blocked shots and then beat the opposition down the court for many transition scores. He's very long and knocked down numerous mid-range jumpers. He's one of Michigan's best of '10.
One of the taller players, in the entire tournament is 6-foot-10 Common Bond center Brandon Crane. He's an ever improving lefty who has good upside as he plays with enthusiasm and is a vocal presence on the bench. He's a lefty that still needs to work on things like timing and strength but, he's an incoming sophomore so there's plenty of time for Crane to be the most sought after big man in Michigan's 2010 class.
6-foot wing Justin Edmonds of the Mustangs-Perry team is intriguing as he shows that he can do a little bit of everything. He shows that he wants to bring the ball up the floor but, leaves those duties to the other guards on his team. He will however push it when there's an opening and many times that led to an easy lay-up by a teammate or Edmonds. His athleticism leads him to rebounds and his length make him a tough perimeter defender. He still has a way to go but, he's better than he was in April.
Boo Williams' representative had as much talent as any team in the tournament. On Wednesday, the 15u squad gathered the attention of the fore mentioned colleges. I was watching the game out of the corner of my eye as I was watching an intriguing Grand Rapids Storm team at the same time but, that didn't stop me from paying attention to 6-foot-7 forward Joshua Hairston. He was very active offensively and defensively. The part of game that stood out to me the most, besides his athleticism, was his ability to put the ball on the floor and beat his defender en route to a lay-up. It'll be interesting keeping tabs on Hairston and his teammates over the next years.
The Mustangs-Perry team has talent and 6-foot-6 forward Jon Horford is a definite part of that group. In a game against the Georgia Stars he had at least five blocked shots and almost as many steals. He scored fifteen in the same game by knocking down fifteen foot baseline jumpers and hitting put backs after gathering offensive rebounds. His older brother just won his second National Championship for Florida and Jonathan is more skilled offensively at the same stage, than Al.
More on the way as there are more players that stood out over the weeks games…