Motor City Roundball: The Michigan Watch

The Motor City Roundball Classic is the nation's largest high school basketball event, as there are over 75 boys and girls' games in a five-day period. This week provided plenty of talent and many players on the Michigan radar including Sherron Dorsey-Walker, Jordan Hare, and more.

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Detroit Pershing's 6'5" junior wing Sherron Dorsey-Walker is the staff's most sought after instate recruit from the 2012 class and he did not disappoint in two games of action.  In Sunday night's loss vs. a talented Cincinnati (OH.) Withrow team Dorsey-Walker put in work on both ends of the floor as he finished with 24 points and five steals.  In Wednesday night's win vs. Jackson (MI.) he led the Doughboys' with 17 points and put in work on the glass by grabbing 10 rebounds, four of which were offensive.  The lanky junior has added more skill to his game about every six months over the course of his high school career.  The argument can be made that he is the most productive junior in Michigan' 2012 class. While playing second fiddle to Michigan State's Keith Appling, he was known as a jump-shooter his freshman and sophomore years,  but it is clear that he has taken over the reins of this team performance wise and vocally.  His play-making abilities and his transition to point guard has been smooth.  In addition he is solid in transition as well as in the half-court.  He only turned the ball over twice in the two games.  Even when he's not scoring he always plays hard while providing rebounding, defense, passing, and leadership.  Head coach John Bielein and assistant coach Bacari Alexander were on hand to watch Pershing's win on Wednesday night.

The 6'9" junior center/power forward Jordan Hare from Saginaw (MI.) Arthur Hill had a forgettable performance vs. Chicago Orr and Mycheal Henry as the Lumberjacks' guard play struggles.  Hare looked to be in a holiday funk for much of the game as he finished with unimpressive numbers: eight points and five rebounds.  Much of Hare's problems can be credited to Orr's strong and aggressive front line.  None of which are over 6'6" but all are physically developed and outweigh Hare.  The junior's better days are ahead of him as the college level often focuses on feeding the post and offenses are built on an inside-out game rather than an outside-in game which is widely found on the high school level.

Get used to the name Mar'Qyell Jackson.  The 6'5" freshman wing from Detroit (MI.) Crockett is arguably the top player in Michigan's 2014 class as he's a natural wing who played well in front of Beilein and Alexander on Wednesday night.  He's long, athletic, in tune with the game and scored 13 points with eleven rebounds (five-offensive).  Jackson extraordinary length led to three steals and his scoring came in transition as well as in the half-court.  He has a solid mid-range game where he's more of a catch and shoot player than an off the dribble shooter but he can also get to the basket.  Once he adds strength to his "Manny Harris" frame going to the free-throw line for one shot will become more of an occurrence than going to the line for two.

Martez Walker is similar to where Dorsey-Walker was a year ago as the quick shooting lefty's game revolves around the perimeter.  He led Pershing with 29-points in a loss to Orr and dropped 19 in Wednesday night's win against Jackson.  The 6'4" sophomore is nothing but arms, hands, legs, and feet at this point.  Pershing's coaching staff led by A.W. Canada does a great job of developing their players at a natural progression instead of throwing them out to the wolves.

Harper Woods (MI.) Chandler Park Academy's 6' sophomore point guard Derrick Walton runs as smooth a floor game as any point guard in Michigan regardless of class.  The Motor City Roundball Classic was a springboard for what many in the state already know the kid is talented.  In the two games this past weekend, he averaged 25 points per game, five assists, four rebounds, three steals, shot just under 60% form the field, and hit 21 of 26 free-throws.  He is the undoubted leader of his team and makes his teammates better.  He controls the pace of the game and puts pressure on the opposition on either side of the court.  Walton's does a great job of playing within himself and breaks the game down much more like a chess player than a checkers player.  He led the Eagles to victory against West Bloomfield (MI.) and Detroit (MI.) Community.  Stay tuned for GoBlueWolverine's video interview with Walton, who already looks to be a major priority for the Wolverines, in the coming days.


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