2007 In-State Hoops: 15 Names to Remember

The 2005 class in the state of Michigan is down relative to past years, but that is all about to change. We've already ranked the 2006 prospects. Here we give you fifteen names to be on the lookout for in the 2007 class. The current sophomore crop is deep at point guard and on the wing.

Players listed alphabetically.

Dameon Abram - Pontiac Central-6-2
Baby Abram can score inside or outside and rebounds in traffic. Nice jumper. Has the ability to get easy shots near the rack. Plays on the front line a great deal in high school because of his strong body. Buzz about him died down with his transfer from Pontiac Northern to Pontiac Central. Still a very talented player that must use the summer circuit to continue to improve his backcourt skills.

High School Position: 2,3,4
College Position: 2, 3

Kelvin Grady - East Grand Rapids - 6-0
Grady may be the best point guard in this class. Does everything a point guard should. Gets into the lane with ease, has a nice jumper, is a very good defender, handles the pill like he owns it. A FLOOR GENERAL. Extremely fast with or without the rock in his hands. Was one of the top five players at Reebok’s Camp Next in New York. Gets it done on the football field as well and doesn't back down from anyone on the court.

High School Position: 1
College Position: 1

Corperryale Harris - Detroit Redford - 6-3
Best kept secret in the D! Harris is a combo guard that a flat out player. Whatever you need him to do, he can do. Not a flashy offensive player ,but will put up points in a number of ways. Has a good jumper and can slash. Also gets a number of points on putbacks and steals. Not afraid to do the dirty work. Will rebound and play stifling in-your face defense. He is just a plain winner. If he keeps progressing he'll be very very good. Should finish as one of the top players in this class.

High School Position: 1,2,3
College Position: 1,2

Spencer Hickoff - Flint Powers - 6-3 (Transfer from Fenton)
Not a lot of people know about this kid, but he is a hidden gem. A very solid player with good understanding of the game. Isn't utilized enough on a Flint Powers team that could be aided greatly by his talent. A younger version of K’len Morris of Grand Blanc. Can score with the jumper or taking it to the basket.

High School Position: 1,2, 3
College Position: 2,3

Alex Legion- Detroit Country Day 6-4
Some have already started to underrate Alex because of his unselfishness, but he remains GBW's top player in the 07 class. He can do it all. Alex is a very skilled player that can give it to you a number of ways. He has solid handles, shoots it off the dribble very well, can shoot the three , rebounds well, is a very good passer, and has worked very hard to become a good defender. The staple of his offensive game is the ability to get into the paint and go all of the way to the basket or stopping to pop the pull up. He has a very high basketball IQ on the court and has the ability to make his teammates better. He reminds us a lot of Bernard Robinson Jr. with a better jumpshot. Alex was the top player at Reebok’s Camp Next in California (West). A big time talent.

High School Position: 1,2,3 and has played some 4
College Position: 1,2, 3

Kalin Lucas - Orchard Lake St. Mary’s - 6-0
Plays the one and can really shoot it. Very nice flow to his game and always seems to be in control when he is on the floor. Has a very mature offensive game. More of a shooter at this point but is getting better and better at going to the bucket. Good defender that passes very well. Turned heads at the Nike Hoop Jamboree last summer.

High School Position: 1
College Position: 1

Laval Lucas-Perry - Flint Powers - 6-2
Can put it on the floor and likes to drive to the basket. Has good quickness. Can shoot the three. Does not get nervous in tight situations. Will take the big shot if given the opportunity. Does not get enough shots. Understands the game really well, but isn't utilized as much as he should be on his team. Plays tough defense…just ask K'len Morris.

High School Position: 2,3
College Position: 1,2

Michael Przydzial - West Bloomfield - 6-6
Can get done on the low block, where he has very good footwork, or step out and really fill it up from three-point land. Very aggressive on the boards. Currently averaging 11.4 rebounds per game. One of the few bright spots in an extremely disappointing first season (2-17 thus far) for new coach Derrick Owens (who previously led Detroit DePorres to three state titles). If he improves his handles, look out!

High School Position: 3,4
College Position: 3

Devin Searcy - Romulus - 6-8
Runs the floor well, is a good shot blocker, and can rebound inside. Very athletic. Played against Greg Oden and didn’t back down.. Devin was at some of Michigan’s open gyms and played pretty well on a couple of occasions against the big boys. He has loads of potential. Some think when it is all said and done could be the best in his class, but he'll have to get much stronger and continue to improve his back to the basket skills to get there. He is a better athlete than Josh Southern but is not the post presence his counterpart is at this point. He must get bigger and stronger so he won't get pushed off the block so easily.

High School Position: 4, 5.
College Position: 4, 5

Joshua Southern - Saginaw - 6’8
Has a very good post presence and is not moved off the block very easy. He rebounds like a big fella should. Can score on the low block, shot blocker gets up and down the floor really well. The best big man in this class. A player that isn't really appreciated for his attention to all of the aspects of playing down low.

High School position: 4, 5
College position: 4, 5

Durrell Summers - Detroit DePorres - 6-3
Athletic and long, Summers has very good range on his jumper, nice handles, and can take you off the dribble. The third player (along with Legion and Tucker) in the early running for top player in the class. The best shooter of the trio. Can rebound and take it up the floor. His team won the head to head match-up with Tucker's Arthur Hill club earlier this season, but the two never really squared off. He had an impressive showing at the Nike Hoop Jamboree last summer. His game is really coming along.

High School Position: 2,3
College Position: 2,3

Austin Thornton - Cedar Springs - 6-4
Thornton floated under the radar a bit as a freshman, averaging nine points and five assists on a team that went 20-0. As the only non-senior in the starting line-up he deferred a lot. However, he still caught the attention of a number of college coaches. He has already visited both Michigan and Michigan State. Now fans are starting recognize why that was. He can get it done off of the dribble with the pull up or take it all of the way to the bucket. He also does a really good job of getting his teammates involved. Very good dribbling ability for his size. Needs to continue to improve his range. Doubles as the school's varsity quarterback and brings a level of toughness to the floor. Has doubled his scoring output this year on a very young team. Look for him to make some noise this summer on the AAU circuit.

High school Position: 1,2,3
College Position: 1,2,3

Darquavis Tucker - Saginaw Arthur Hill - 6-4
Dar is making an unbelievable assault on the #1 spot in the class. He is a clutch player that has come up big against the best competition. 33 points and 26 rebounds against Tory Jackson and Saginaw Buena Vista. The very next week he came back with 27 points and 12 rebounds against Alex Legion and Detroit Country Day and 40 points and 17 rebounds against Jerret Smith and Romulus. He undoubtedly has the most upside in the 07 crop thanks to his outstanding athletic ability. As a matter of fact, he is probably the top athlete in the state regardless of class. He is explosive in the open court and will try and smash on anyone! He definitely goes to the rack with a purpose. He is a finisher that is automatic when he gets the ball anywhere in the paint. He’s a good defender and is an excellent rebounder. Plays with a lot of DOG and performs well in the clutch. If he continues to improve his jumpshot and dribbling ability, he'll be #1 in a number of rankings, not just the state of Michigan. He was one of the top five players at Reebok’s camp next in California (West).

High School Position: 3 and mostly 4.
College Position: 2, 3

Players we haven't seen, but have heard about from scouts.
K.D. Bell - Kalamazoo Loy Norrix - 6-0
David Fox - Muskegon Heights - 6-0
Denny Means - Okemos - 6-6



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