Dre's Blog: Spiece Eye-Catchers (Part 2)

Last weekend the GBW crew was posted up in Fort Wayne Indiana for the Spiece Run N Slam. Here is Dre Barthwell's take on who caught his eye in Fort Wayne. In part two he focuses on the 2015 and 2016 classes and the players GBW observed in those classes.

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2015

Jalen Coleman - Indiana Elite: He is a scorer, that is what he does, and he has a quick enough trigger to give defenders fits at trying to block his jumper. When Coleman starts making his way inside the paint to score at the basket more, he will become harder to deal with out on the floor. Most of the Big Ten has thrown their hat into his recruitment. Look for him to attend Michigan's Elite camp.

Prentiss Nixon - Illinois Wolves: He runs the point and has shown recently an emphasis on scoring—in one game he poured in 34 points. It is his aggressive nature as scorer that is starting to make him a more promising prospect—something I had not seen as often before. He can still set up teammates to score too, which is always a benefit. Prentiss is starting to pick up his motor some and that at times drives his defense. Look for him to be at Michigan's Elite camp.

Hyron Edwards - Indiana Elite: What a sight to see him and Jalen Coleman in the back court together. Hyron excels in an up and down game—it is the half court that he is trying to improve on, running a team, and that is coming along well. His athletic ability gets him where he wants to be out on the floor to score. In transition he is tough to handle. Good to see his continued improvement. He has multiple offers; look for him to attend Michigan's Elite camp.

Trevor Manuel - The Family: It is clear watching Trevor, who is long and athletic out on the perimeter and on occasion down low, that he wants to be a stretch four. While he can handle and looks well out there, I still would like to see him take advantage of his size down on the block. With add strength and being more consistent from the outside he has a chance to be really good. There is a possibility that he will be at the Michigan Elite camp.

Eric Davis - The Family: A flat out scorer—tough at getting into the lane to score at the cup and he can also shoot from deep. I see a combo guard position in college in his future, although I would like to see him play the point more just to get a better feel for that part of his game. I am not saying he can't be a point but he seems to be more comfortable at the two guard spot. He can play defense but with those long arms of his he should be even better than what he is showing. There is a possibility that he will be at the Michigan elite camp.

Jalen Brunson - Mac Irvin Fire: For you old heads, his father is Rick Brunson who played at Temple back in the day—and the kid has game. Jalen knows how to run a team and get his teammates involved, and at the same time has enough balance to his game to get his own shot. Went for 29 in a game we had a chance to see him in, coupled with a few dimes he dropped. The jumper is wet and he is tough at getting inside the lane to score. Many schools are clamoring for his services. Michigan is certainly in contact and wouldn't be surprised to see him at Michigan's Elite camp unless there is a scheduling conflict.

2016

Cassius Winston - The Family: A point guard supreme who shows me with each outing that he possesses Elite level point guard skills. He sees the floor extremely well, he takes care of the ball with each possession, and he has the ability to control the flow of the game. Winston gets to the rack with ease and he has a jumper to match, which makes him a difficult cover. Hard to believe he is a freshmen, playing as poised and cool as he does. I had a chance to see him play in high school and he just keeps getting better. Look for him to possibly be at Michigan's Elite camp.

Josh Jackson - Dorian's Pride: Nationally ranked and he is, as advertised, playing up with the 17's appears not to be a problem for this Elite level athlete. He has so many parts to his game, rebounding in traffic, and he's strong enough to go back up with it. Josh can get it done from the outside and is beginning to get his shot off the bounce. Throw in a few assists and a few blocks and you can see why he is impressive. As he gets older he has a chance with his 6'6 size and skill to be a big time defender. By the end of the summer I would imagine most high majors will be tracking him and trying to get in on him. Michigan is in contact with him.

Caleb Swanigan - Spiece Indy Heat: He already is receiving interest from Alabama and Auburn for football as he holds down the offensive tackle spot for his high school team. It is his quick feet, he outlet passes, he rebounds, and he dimes. I am captivated with him—to be so young, he has the tools to be really good. He is playing with the Spiece 17's, and as Trevon Bluiett told me, "He can play and we need him," which shows the importance he has for this loaded team. As he continues to drop some weight he will be even more effective. Caleb is a player and is going to make some noise.


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