Spiece Run N Slam Notes (Part 1)

In part one of our recap of the Hensley Memorial (aka Spiece Run N Slam) All Star Classic, we recap the performances of Michigan targets Mark Donnal, Drake Harris, Derrick Walton, a big time dual-sport target, and a freshman lead guard that could be on the receiving end of more Maize & Blue attention in the coming months.

Zach Banner, PF/C, Seattle Rotary Select - Look up the definition of a five-star offensive tackle and you'll see a picture of this kid. This 6-9 295-pound senior-to-be is amazingly nimble to be so big. And this isn't a case of some big football guy trying to basketball. He has legit low post skills and soft hands. He also has infectious passion and intensity that coaches love in every sport. Banner is not ready for his dual-sport dream to die and is seriously considering giving both sports a try in college. Thirteen schools have offered that opportunity thus far. The fact thatJohn Beilein & company had a strong season is definitely a plus here. He insists distance from home won't be a factor. He also insists that Michigan will receive an official visit thanks to the outstanding recruiting job being done by Brady Hoke & company. That's as much as you can ask from a kid that has offers from seemingly every big time program in the country and currently has a wide-open outlook on his recruitment.

Mark Donnal, PF/C, Indiana Elite South – This 6-8, 215 pound youngster is just scratching the surface of what he can do. This c/o 2013 prospect has legit post moves, and feathery touch out to 18-feet (maybe further but we didn't witness any three-point attempts), and the ability to put it on the floor for a few dribbles and get to the rim. Big Ten Network analyst and former college head coach Dan Dakich coaches Donnal's team and he constantly push the talented youngster to be more aggressive... to throw his weight around. You have to pause and remember this kid is a high school sophomore. He already has a big body that will only get chiseled over time, he is skilled enough to play the four and the five, and he is very coachable. In short, he has a pretty high ceiling. If the inner-fire that Dakich is trying to stoke burns consistently, look out. Donnal has established a strong rapport with the Michigan coaching staff and indicated an offer could be coming in mid June. He plans to camp at Michigan next month.

Drake Harris, SG, Meanstreets - Physically this kid is no freshman. Harris is an explosive athlete that can leap with any player in attendance. He also possesses a pretty looking jumper that didn't fall as much as he would have wanted in an morning blowout victory over a the R.E.A.C.H. Legends. Harris' perimeter game is among his chief focuses during this AAU campaign. It should be a busy summer for Harris, who is also a noted football prospect. His dad held him off the varsity team last year so he would have only one varsity sport to focus on. That resulted in a man-amongst-boys JV season in which he scored nearly 30 touchdowns from his wide receiver spot. Needless to say, next year he'll play varsity football and will likely make a splash. Meanwhile back on the basketball front recruiting is getting hotter by the moment with more and more schools getting into the mix. Michigan has already had the physically open youngster on campus a few times and has been showing him as much attention as they can under the rules. Michigan State has made its presence felt as well, and Harris admits to have grown up a Spartan fan. Another of Michigan's chief rivals, Ohio State, made contact last week and is also moving up the charts. There's still a long way to go in this recruitment and the will surely expand, but expect the Wolverines to be a factor throughout.

  • From Scout.com analyst Evan Daniels in Spiece: Day Two, Part A
    • Drake Harris, SG, Meanstreets – He's only a 2014 prospect, but Harris, a 6-foot-3 guard, already has a strong reputation in the Midwest. Harris is a skilled two-guard that shoots it well out to 21-feet. He has a nice overall skill set and is capable of finishing at the rim with either hand. High majors are already tracking the talented wing prospect.

Tyler Ulis, PG, Meanstreets – Ulis was the smallest player on the floor, but he played the biggest. He made his team go. The 5-9 dynamo has outstanding court vision, a strong handle, and the ability to bury the open jumper. Built much like incoming freshman Trey Burke at the same stage of development, there's still plenty of time for this c/o 2014 prospect to add a few inches. Ulis is a Detroit native with familial ties to Michigan State., but also worthy of note is the fact that this young pup insists he is open to all comers. Michigan could be among his newest in the coming months.

  • From Scout.com analyst Evan Daniels in Spiece: Day Two, Part A
    • Tyler Unis, PG, Meanstreets – For a period in the first half, Eunis took over the game against Reach Legends. A 5-foot-7 lead guard, Eunis sliced his way into the paint and showed a consistent pull-up floater. In the first half he hit four of them from six to 10 feet. He also mixed in a handful of catch and shoot three-pointers. We were also impressed with his decision-making and the overall pace of his game from the point guard position.

Derrick Walton, PG, Michigan Mustangs 16's – Cerebral is the word that best describes this sophomore floor general. He has a high basketball IQ and makes the kids on his team better. The Chandler Park Academy standout is very effective at getting to the cup and his body has gotten noticeably stronger. The jumper wasn't falling in the game we watched Saturday, but that didn't impact the other aspects of his game. It should be noted that he was on fire in a later game for which we weren't in attendance (more info below). Michigan has made huge in-roads with this Walton. The Wolverines are among the programs pursuing him the hardest. Though still open, his interest in the Maize & Blue appears equally strong. He plans to camp at Michigan next month.

  • From Scout.com analyst Evan Daniels in Spiece: Day Two, Part A
    • Derrick Walton, PG, Michigan Mustangs 16's – It didn't take Walton, a 5-foot-11 lead guard, long to make an impact on the game against C-Biz. Using quick dribbles and hesitations, Walton created space from defenders and knocked down a half dozen three-pointers. He has an extra gear in transition and can easily drive by defenders. While his speed stood out, it was his jump shot that was the most effective.

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