GBW's Spiece Day One Recap for U-M Targets

GBW is in attendance at the Spiece Run-n-Slam in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Day One provided a breakout offensive performance by Mark Donnal, strong showings from several in-state prospects, and an uplifting sight as Austin Hatch shoot around prior to tip-off Friday night.

Hatch Upbeat

Walking into Spiece Fieldhouse Friday night, well before any games got underway, GBW ran into a familiar face as 2013 Michigan commitment Austin Hatch (in a Michigan shirt) worked on his game, much to the delight of everyone looking on. According to many outsiders, for Hatch the battle to rebuild a life broken in so many ways has nothing to do with the game of basketball. But don't tell Austin he can't work his way back on and off the court. The strong willed young man, who's been through so much, is as positive and upbeat as anyone could possibly imagine given the circumstances. Hatch still has the smooth stroke from three-point range, but the return to normalcy will be a long road with everyone looking on hoping for the best.

Donnal Does Work

2013 Michigan PF commitment Mark Donnal stole the show Friday night with the Indiana Elite. Donnal poured in 22 points in a blow out loss to All Ohio Red, displaying a versatile offensive attack in the post and out on the perimeter, knocking down three's from long range. Donnal still has untapped potential in the post with his long 6'9 frame and above average footwork. Donnal is absolutely un-guardable in one-on-one situations in the post, something that will be on full display throughout AAU season. If Donnal continues to impress this spring and summer, a rise in the rankings will certainly be attainable down the road.

Walton Battles

2013 Michigan PG commitment Derrick Walton fought through cramping and minor injuries Friday night while leading the Michigan Mustangs to a victory over the Peoria Irish. Walton attacked the basket very aggressively when he got his opportunities, with his first six points coming from the charity stripe. In the second half Walton knocked down a triple while setting up his teammates on numerous occasions, as the Mustangs glided to a win down the stretch. At one point in the second half, Trey Burke's father Benji Burke stopped by to check out the Wolverines future floor general.

2014 Match-up

R.E.A.C.H. 2014 SG Darrell Davis struggled in a tough game against the King James Stars. Davis couldn't find a rhythm offensively and was unable to show off his quickness with the ball against a King James squad that imposed their will.

2014 F Vince Edwards had the typical all around game we're accustomed to seeing in King James' blow out of R.E.A.C.H. Edwards rebounded well, got his teammates involved, and was effective getting to the rim. Edwards won't wow you with his performance on the floor but he gets the job done. A nice all around 15 point effort for Edwards on Day One.

Young Explodes

James Young picked up where he left off a few weeks ago with a solid 27 point performance. The Troy native continues to display an all-around game that shows his offensive versatility. He scored in a variety of ways: drives to the basket, scoring down low and shooting it from deep. He is so comfortable out at the three point line that he tends to settle for scoring from there—although we are nit-picking about him shooting it from deep, because what James does well is let the game come to him. He plays at a pace that he rarely if ever forces shots. With his stellar play he will continue to rise up the rankings as a possible top five player nationally.


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