Michigan's Top -25 Basketball Prospects

Especially deep and talented are the backcourt players who will be seen and heard from this winter as play starts this weekend around the state.

DETROIT - Once again, the state of Michigan is proving to be a hotbed of talent as college recruiters descend on the state looking for talent to add to their team's rosters. Especially deep and talented are the backcourt players who will be seen and heard from this winter as play starts this weekend around the state. That backcourt depth is reflected in GSN's first top-25 list which goes as follows:

1. Keith Appling, G, Detroit Pershing (2010) MICHIGAN STATE

There may be other players who are more athletic, some who are better shooters and some who might be as good at leading their teams on the floor, but no one puts all the pieces together in one package as well as Appling. His experience playing in big games shows. He accepts the challenge from all comers and usually comes out on top. His combination of the ability to break down defenders off the dribble, to make the 12-18 foot jumper, to set up his teammates with his deft passing and his tenacious defense puts Appling #1 on our list.

2. Ray McCallum, G, Detroit Country Day (2010) UNCOMITTED

If not for the presence of Appling, McCallum would be a top this list because there is very little difference in the level of their respective games. McCallum, son of University of Detroit head coach Ray McCallum, knows how to run a club, get everyone their shots and spot up for his own when needed. Expect McCallum to have a banner season playing with three other Division 1 prospects (DaShonte Riley, Jordan Dumars and Donnavan Kirk). He won't be phased by the pressure of high expectations. Kansas currently leads Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas, Michigan and of course, Detroit for his services.

3. Trey Zeigler, G, Mt. Pleasant (2010) UNCOMMITTED

Zeigler is a rising star who shows off what you would expect from a coaches' son; a heady floor game, a solid mid range jumper and the ability to get to the rack and produce under pressure.

Zeigler is being recruited by schools from coast-to-coast and with good reason, seldom do you find a solid 6-foot-5 combo guard prospect with the ability to also run the point.

UCLA appears to have a slight early lead over CMU, Michigan, Indiana, Michigan State, Kansas and Pittsburgh, but Michigan appears to be making up ground quickly.

4. Derrick Nix, F, Detroit Pershing (2009) MICHIGAN STATE

No one has made more progress between his sophomore and senior seasons than Nix, who at one time was a big 310-pounder. He disciplined himself (cutting out the fast food), slimmed down, hit the weights and became one of the most dominating big men over the summer.

After MSU saw him outplay some of the most highly rated big men in the country on the AAU circuit, they moved to wrap him up and bring back the toughness and interior physicality that they were lacking. Teaming with another incoming freshman commitment for the Spartans, Ohioan Garrick Sherman, the two should provide the power interior game that MSU needs to balance out its perimeter attack.

5. Donnavan Kirk, F, Detroit Country Day (2009) MIAMI, FL

This is the one in-state prospect that got away from the Spartans.

MSU had so many talented backcourt and frontcourt prospects (Royce White, Richard Howell, Jamil Wilson, Ari Stewart, Noel Johnson) on their radar that they couldn't sign them all. Kirk, arguably the state's top small forward, will take his considerable talents to Miami, FL where he's likely to play immediately. At 6-foot-8, 205-pounds, Kirk's a strong finisher around the basket, runs the court well and just needs to get stronger on the boards to be the complete prospect.


6. Jordan Morgan, F, University of Detroit Jesuit (2009) MICHIGAN

7. Doug Anderson, F, Kalamazoo Christian (2009) UNCOMMITTED

8. Dion Sims, F, Orchard Lake St. Mary's (2009) UNCOMMITTED

9. Isiah Sykes, G, Detroit Finney (2010) UNCOMMITTED

10. DaShonte Riley, C, Detroit Country Day (2009) UNCOMMITTED

11. Brandan Kearney, G, Detroit Southeastern (2011) UNCOMMITTED

12. Alex Gauna, F, Eaton Rapids (2010) UNCOMMITTED

13. James Still, F, Detroit Community (2009) UNCOMMITTED

14. Jon Horford, F, Grand Ledge (2010)UNCOMMITTED

15. LaDontae Henton, F, Lansing Eastern (2011) UNCOMMITTED

16. Vonn Jones, G, Saginaw Arthur Hill (2009) UNCOMMITTED

17. Kevin McCarty, C, Warren De La Salle Collegiate (2009) UNCOMMITTED

18. Michael Talley III, G, Melvindale Academy for Business and Technology (2010) UNCOMMITTED

19. Carlton Brundage, G, Southfield (2011) UNCOMMITTED

20. Percy Gibson, F, Detroit Southeastern (2011)

21. Jordan Dumars, G, Detroit Country Day (2009) SOUTH FLORIDA

22. Tommy McCune, F, Saginaw (2011) UNCOMMITTED

23. Mohamed Conde, F, Belleville (2010) UNCOMMITTED

24. Amire Williams, F, Detroit Country Day (2011) UNCOMMITTED

25. A.J. Mathew, G, Ann Arbor Huron (2011) UNCOMMITTED


Jared Myliwiec, G, Wyoming Tri Unity Christian

Alex Marcotullio, G, Warren De La Salle Collegiate

John Hoskins, F, Roseville Conner Creek Academy East

Duke Mondy, G, Grand Rapids Catholic Central

Drew Valentine, G, Lansing Sexton

Darrell Canady, F, Detroit Finney

Agree or Disagree? Did we miss someone who deserves a closer look? Do you think someone's too high or someone WAY too low? Post your thoughts in the Hoops Insight message board's top-25 thread.

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