Dre's Road Trip (Part 4): D-1 Elite

The next leg of Andre Barthwell's basketball road trip took him to Elmhurst, IL where he is taking in the D-1 Elite Hoops tournament. On day one he took in performances by Monte Morris, Jaylon Tate, Jaquan Lyle, Sherron Dorsey-Walker, and more.

Prior Road Trip Stories
Dre's Road Trip: Adidas & Reebok Round Up
Dre's Road Trip (Part 2): Adidas Invitational
Top '14 MI hoopster close to decision, or Not?
Dre's Road Trip (Part 3): Adidas & LeBron

Here in Elmhurst, Illinois at the D-1 Elite basketball tournament, York high school is a great place to watch games.  All eight courts are in one building! Players continue to show their talents to the coaches and the coaches continue to scramble to be seen by them..

Monte Morris, Dorian's Pride 16's- Coming off a good outing at the Reebok Breakout in Philadelphia, Monte impressed in the afternoon game, but not necessarily with scoring.  He did have a few acrobatic drives to the rack and some pull up jumpers, but seemed much more focused on distributing the ball to teammates. He has good length which is particularly when he rebounds in traffic. Overall Morris had a solid outing running his team and helping them to victory.

Jaylon Tate, Mean Streets 16's - His team didn't need him as much as they will later in the tournament but he still showed flashes of what he could do before he was taken out of the game. His crossover that he uses to separate from a defender is tough to deal with for anyone. Jaylon uses it to get in the lane to score or drop a passes to a teammate for a basket. He was mostly setting up teammates and defending as we said we will look for more as the tournament moves on. The Wolverines got in on him early, but moved first on other point guard targets.  If those other targets continue to prolong the process, don't be surprised if the heat is turned up on this talented youngster.

Jaquan Lyle, Spiece 16's - This young man of the class of 2014 just continues to impress.  As we told you after his Spiece performance, Lyle is a stat sheet stuffer as he does things on multiple levels. I like to see him with the ball in his hands because he has such a feel for the game. With a high basketball IQ he loves to get teammates involved, but don't sleep on his scoring. Jaquan is very good in transition pulling up for three's getting into the lane to score it or going hard in the paint. With what he brings to the table it is clear that high majors are already lining up for a shot at this talented youngster. Michigan's pursuit is just beginning.

Sherron Dorsey-Walker - R.E.A.C.H. Legends 17's – Dorsey Walker exploded for 35 points the just a few short months ago against Mac Irvin Fire and the c/o 2013's top player, Jabari Parker.  This time the Detroit Pershing star wasn't much of a factor.  His teammate Chris Jenkins actually did much of the heavy.  Jenkins had his jumper rolling from deep and was dropping three's from everywhere.  R.E.A.C.H. took Mac Irvin to the brink yet again despite the clear talent disparity between the two.  The game commanded the majority of eyes in the gym thanks in large part to Parker's presence.  That should be a huge plus showed Jenkins, but not as much so for Dorsey-Walker. 

Side notes from this tournament and beyond

  • John Beilein and Jeff Meyer are at the Kentucky hoop fest and last night they had a chance to see 6'7 Jamal Poplar class of 2014 who plays for the Westland Warriors. Also this morning they took in a game to see Demetrius Jackson class of 2013 who they have recently offered.

  • Jaquan Lyle claims offers from Illinois, Xavier, Purdue and Indiana. Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and West Virginia are showing interest. As far as his interest in Michigan he really likes the freedom that they give their players on offense. 

  • Monte Morris just picked up two offers recently from Arizona State and Murray State.

Other Hoops Notes (non Michigan)

  • Jabari Parker is the number one player in the class of 2013, and he is as advertised. He plays with easiness out on the court never in a rush. Jabari has a lot in his tool bag to work with because he can do so many things. He drops threes, he drives with either hand to score at the rack, mid range is nice, post game, post game facing up to score, blocking shots, rebounds. I guess what I am saying is the kid can flat out play.  

  • Last night I had a chance to see former Detroit Country Day guard Chris Fowler and he told me that he will be going to prep school out in Florida at IMG academy. Chris had a knee problem that seems to have gotten much better. It was just good to see the smile back on his face again he is a good kid.

  • Chris Jenkins claims offers from Iowa State, Dayton, Drake and Central Michigan.

  • Dominique Jackson, Dorian's Pride 16's- Tory Jackson's nephew is keeping the families name alive and well. He is a multiple position type that can play any position out on the wing. Dominique can play the point, shooting guard, or small forward.  Yesterday he was rolling as we had him tallied up for 25 on an assortment of moves driving the baseline, shooting jumpers, and at times cleaning up misses on the inside. At 6'3 he has good size. He is a bit wiry but tough. Jackson claims offers from most of the M.A.C. schools along with Oakland U. USC and Oregon State are showing interest as well.

  • Martez Walker, R.E.A.C.H..Legends 16's- The first thing I notice is that he changed his jump shot from a sling shot to a over the top jumper. This allows him to get his shot off quicker and be more efficient with it. He really played well in the game we seen Martez dropped 31 points and didn't even seem to break a sweat. Another kid that has a nice feel for the game, he passes very well, scores from deep or driving to rack. At times he allows the game to come to him, he is a solid defender and rebounder he is in the shooting guard-small forward range and continues to get better with each outing.  He claims offers from Iowa State, Oakland, Ohio and Eastern Michigan.

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