GSN was on hand to find out who the top talents were at this showcase and although it was tough to scout with four games taking place simultaneously, these are the players who stood out to us as the top five at this early AAU showcase.
1. Patrick Lucas-Perry, Flint Powers Catholic. Lucas-Perry has been considered one of the top talents of the class of 2011, but his name shot to the top of a lot of avid basketball watchers lists when he outplayed Division 1 prospect Ray McCallum (scoring 29 points and five assists) to lead Powers Catholic to a shocking upset of previously undefeated Detroit Country Day.
The Chargers followed up that feat by defeating another previously unbeaten team, Zeeland East to claim the state championship.
Perry only made a limited cameo appearance since his team was being honored that afternoon in Auburn Hills at a Detroit Pistons game.
Lucas-Perry, the brother of former Michigan State women's basketball star Victoria Lucas-Perry and brother of Michigan basketball player Laval Lucas-Perry will be one of the top targets for Michigan State and other programs for the class of 2011.
2. Tom Slaton, 6-foot-4, forward, Clarkston. Slaton is a name who flew under the radar to the more high profile players at Clarkston like Matt Kamieniecki and forward Brandon Pokley, but Slaton lit it up at this showcase. He is hearing from some local MAC schools and expects to nail down his school of choice in a few weeks. Slaton is very impressive with good ballhandling ability and solid three-point range.
3. Darvin Ham, Jr. 6-foot-5, guard, Bridgeport. The son of former Detroit Piston star Darvin Ham, the younger isn't the dunker is father is, but he still has game.
Ham showed off a nice 15-footer, strong defense and a good nose for rebounding in the showcase. He averaged over eight rebounds a game for Bridgeport and had several game of double-digit rebounds including a season high fifteen in a win against Freeland.
4. Derrick Davis, 6-foot-2, guard, Bridgeport. Davis and Ham helped lead Bridgeport to a long MHSAA tournament run which ended abruptly when they met up with the Chix of Zeeland East who ran all the way to the State Finals.
In this outing, Davis showed a nice ability to get to the basket and finish. Averaged 21 points per game and over nine rebounds. Will be a solid contributor at the next level.