Basketball: Class of 2006 Michigan In-State Top 10

<p>The 2006 basketball class in the state of Michigan is absolutely loaded. There has been a significant shake-up...with even more possible in the coming days and weeks. A few of these players were put out of the playoffs last night.</p>

Name/High School
Committed to:
Tory Jackson
Saginaw Buena Vista
Lighting quick point guard that can score from anywhere on the floor. Excellent dribbler that has the ball on a string. Big time shooter that can have a huge day from behind the arc on any given night. Underrated leaper (can rise and dunk). Plays much bigger than his size. A natural born leader. Tries to do a little too much at times. Needs to improve on getting his teammates involved. Carried his BV team on his back during the season, but they were put out in the Regionals by Harper Woods, 80-71. Look for Jackson to have a monster summer and establish himself as one of the top point guards in the country.
Deshawn Sims
Detroit Pershing
Versatile forward that is big enough to score over smaller defenders down low and quick enough to take bigger defenders off the dribble from outside. Excellent face up shooter with range out to the three point line. Needs to work on maintaining intensity (especially defensively) and has to continue to improve his back to the basket skills.
Leon Freeman
Big time scorer that is a high energy player. Can stroke it from behind the arc. Big time leaper that can go up and dunk over his man and is hard to keep off of the boards. His mid-range game is getting better all of the time. Clutch player. Needs to improve game-time concentration and defensive intensity. Needs to work on dribbling. His Belleville club was put out by Romulus in the districts despite his huge 28 point effort. Will be running with Speedy Walker's "The Family" AAU squad this summer and should gain more national recognition..
Tom Herzog
Flint Powers
Towering prospect that runs the floor extremely well. Coordinated. Big time shot blocker. Has effective moves with his back to the basket. Must get bigger and stronger. Has been pushed around by players of equal or bigger size. Mostly potential at this point. His Powers club was shocked by Perry in the Regionals 57-54.
Ramar Smith
Detroit King
Powerful wing player that is a physical mismatch for opponents at the high school level. Good first step that allows him to get into the lane as well as some of the best prospects in the country. Plays with an edge and is very good in the clutch. Needs to improve his jumper. Needs to improve his dribbling if he is to get minutes at the one at the next level. King was put out in the Regionals by Pershing 82-72 despite his 31 points.
K'len Morris
Grand Blanc
Excellent all-around player that can do a bit of everything on the court. Good passer. Underrated athlete. Range has improved to out beyond the three point line and can score off the dribble. A leader that plays with an edge. If this list were based solely upon potential, he'd rank higher. Needs to continue to improve dribbling skills and shot consistency. Has to get stronger. On the ball defense is good, but can get better ...especially against smaller players. Morris is poised to make his way further up this list. He has more upside than Smith and could claim the number five spot as soon as our next update. His 20 points helped lead Grand Blanc to a 82-53 victory over Chippewa Valley.
Eulis Stephens
Detroit Southeastern
Big leaper that can also shoot it. Needs to continue stronger and improve dribbling skills. A little too unselfish at times.
Larry Wright
Good ball handler. Can get in the lane with the best of them. Good leaper. Needs to be more consistent and assertive (that could come as he gets more comfortable in his new settings).
Wilbur Ampey
Glass eater. Very strong. Physical inside but needs to score more.
David Kool
Grand Rapids South Christian
Tough player that goes all out on the court. Willing to anything to help his team win. Good shooter. Not a great leaper. Needs to improve lateral quickness. Has to improve dribbling skills to play point at the next level.

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