FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Night one of the 2014 Spiece Run-N-Slam is officially in the books. With games spread throughout the area at various high schools, some of the top performances came on the main stage.
Things are just getting started heading into what should be an exciting and competitive Saturday, but here are some Michigan targets that kicked their weekend off with a bang:
2015 All-Ohio Red 4-star SG Jalen Coleman: Coleman is adjusting to life with yet another new team on the AAU circuit and by all accounts Friday evening it appears the four-star talent is doing just fine. Coleman hit eight threes the last time I was in attendance for one of his games and he picked up where he left off in the winter, burying a handful from behind the long line on his way to 23-points and a blowout victory. Not only was Coleman’s outside shot falling, he’s implemented the euro step into his game, working wonders as he maneuvers through the paint. Coleman even showcased some added athleticism, throwing down a back door alley oop against a 2-3 zone, something he’s not exactly known for. Over the past year, particularly since his move to a very intense program at La Lumiere (Ind.) School, Coleman has become something of a defensive stopper with terrific on the ball pressure and a tenacity that makes him valuable on that end of the floor. If this was just the start, Coleman could be primed for a big weekend.
2016 Spiece Indy Heat 5-star C Caleb Swanigan: Foul trouble stymied Swanigan in the first half as his teammate and 2015 Michigan State commitment Deyonta Davis led the way with 14-points in his absence. In the second half, Swanigan got back to doing what he does best. Spending too much time on the perimeter firing up jump shots in the first half, when he was on the floor of course, Swanigan took his 6-foot-8, 265-pound frame into the paint scoring a quick 11-points. On one sequence, Swanigan collected a defensive rebound around the free throw line, dribbled up the floor to the right, built up some steam, split two defenders with terrific footwork and walked in the paint at the other end for a two handed slam. In the half court, Swanigan took his much smaller defender to the block and got to the free throw line, also finishing through contact on several possessions.
2015 Spiece Indy Heat 3-star PF Matt Holba: This young man turned a lot of heads and had people in the gym buzzing with some above the rim plays that in a lot of ways came out of nowhere. First, it was a put back one handed slam coming in from the right wing over the top of a defender that located no one to box out. In a half court, set play, Holba went backdoor for a big time alley oop in which he threw down with authority. Offensively, turnovers will need to be cleaned up with some careless passes and I’m intrigued to see what kind of an outside shooter Holba is but at roughly 6-foot-6 with a pretty solidly built frame he seems to think the game well and bring some intangibles to the table that will be fun to watch throughout the three day tournament.
- A blowout win for Always 100 was led by 2016 Ohio forwards Seth Towns and Matthew Moyer. The combination of size, skill and aggressiveness was overwhelming on this night as Moyer and Towns exchanged several breakaway dunks, alley oop attempts and several second and third chance points inside the paint as they had their way. Towns can really handle the ball for his size while Moyer really emphasizes the pump fake and footwork inside.
- 2015 Spiece Indy Heat point guard Devin Cannady is a name to know for Michigan fans. Standing around 6-foot-1 with good quickness and ball handling ability, Cannady can knock it down from NBA range and is admittedly learning how to play with truly dominant post players. His ability to run a team is improving every possession but a pretty gifted athlete for his size, Cannady will be excited to watch flourish throughout the weekend.