Webblog: Final Spiece Evals (2015)

In part one of our final recap of the Hensley Memorial (aka Spiece Run N Slam) All Star Classic, GoBlueWolverine's Sam Webb breaks down the performances of a few more of Michigan's senior-to-be targets that were in action. Eric Davis, Brevin Pritzl, A.J. Turner, and Davon Dillard are the focus.

Eric Davis
2015 - SG/PG
Saginaw (Mich.) Arthur Hill - 6-3, 170 lbs.

The book on Davis is pretty well established and his performance at Spiece was right in line with what we saw prevously.  The Saginaw Arthur Hill star isn’t going to wow you exceptional quickness or explosiveness, nor is he going to overwhelm with his long-range marksmanship, but the kid just gets buckets.  He’s best described as a slasher that is fearless when attacking the rim.  It should come as little surprise then that he makes regular trips to the charity stripe. It seemed like every time he drove the ball on Saturday, he either scored or went to the line. He shot decently from three-point range, but he lived at the free throw line.  He is working hard to hone his point because he knows that at 6-3 and 170 lbs., he’ll be asked to play that role a lot.  He is a decent ball handler and he has improved his athleticism and strength since his sophomore season from earlier in his career. He’ll definitely add a great deal of toughness to whatever program he joins. His next big date with Michigan will be for a campus visit next Thursday.


Brevin Pritzl
2015 - SG
De Pere (Wis.) - 6-3, 185-lbs.

It didn't take long to see that long range marksmanship is Pritzl's specialty. At a shade over 6-3 he is a knock-down three-point shooter that is comfortable launching coming off of screens, spotting up, and pulling up off the dribble. Mid-range jumpers aren’t a problem for him either. Though not a superior ball-handler, he is good enough to get him to the rim on occasion and finish with either hand once he gets there.  Plus thanks to his strong body he is capable of finishing despite contact.  He is also decent athlete that can get off the floor for an occasional fast-break dunk. He even showed the ability to play with his back to the basket versus smaller opponents. That said, when he gets to the next level he won’t see as many opponents over whom he has a size advantage.  In addition, while he will certainly get stronger, he is closer to his physical ceiling than say Nik Stauskas was.  Another difference is Pritzl isn’t the one-on-one threat that is capable of breaking his man down off the bounce and creating for himself and/or others.  Before this spring many analysts and college coaches believed that the aforementioned combination of strengths and weaknesses added up to Pritzl being a mid-major player.  He is serving notice that they were wrong.  His 41-point outburst in a midday game Saturday during Spiece, followed by a match-up in which the opposition deployed a box-and-one defense just to try to slow him down is helped prove that point. Pritzl is a deft shooter with a quick release that can be lethal in an offense with heavy screen action. This is a kid that almost certainly will rise up Wisconsin’s radar.  With a Michigan visit forthcoming this Sunday, the same is obviously true of the Maize & Blue.  


A.J. Turner
2015 - SG/PG
New Hampton (N.H.) - 6-6, 190-lbs.

The decision to go to prep school has paid dividends for Turner.  The former Warren (Mich.) De La Salle star has shown much more consistency with his jump-shot in the AAU tournaments we observed him in over the last few weeks. He knocked down seven three-pointers in an outing at Spiece Saturday afternoon. He is also getting off the floor much better. Catching an alley-oop pass or flushing on a fast break is now a part of his game. He still is not the fastest guy on the court and his ball handling is not awe inspiring, but standing at 6-6, A.J. still brings a quality skillset for his size. He can handle the ball well enough to start a fast-break or get space for a mid-range jump shot. Like many kids his age, his defense needs improvement but that is not shocking. He is not at the top of the Maize & Blue board, but he remains a guy to keep an eye on.

Other notables

  • Davon Dillard, 2015 PF, 6-5, 200, Gary (Ind.) Thea Bowman Academy – This is another kid that is a four trapped in a three-man’s body.  Extremely tenacious, won’t be outworked, good finisher around the rim, but he’s 6-5.  Three more inches and he’d be all over Michigan’s radar (and a number of other high majors for that matter).



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