Basketball: Class of 2006 Michigan In-State Top 10

Another shake-up in the rankings for the loaded 2006 in-state basketball class. All postseason honors listed.

Rank
Name/High School
Pos
Ht./Wt.
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1
Deshawn Sims
Detroit Pershing
WF/PF
6-7.5/230
 
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). Is working to improve his strength and conditioning by working out with former Michigan fullback Stan Edwards. Averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds.while leading Pershing to the Regionals. Detroit News All-State Dream Team. Detroit Free Press 1st team All-State (Class A) Selected as a member of the USA Elite team.
2
Tory Jackson
Saginaw Buena Vista
PG
5-10/180
 
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. More of a scorer than a distributor at this point and is looking to improve his point guard skills on the summer circuit with the Michigan Hurricanes. 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. Averaged 30 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals per game. Detroit News All-State Dream Team. Detroit Free Press All-State Dream Team. Selected to compete in the USA Youth Development Festival.
3a (tie)
Leon Freeman
Belleville
WG
6-3/200
 
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. Better athlete and better shooter than Ramar Smith, but lacks his counterpart's court awareness. His Belleville club was put out by Romulus in the districts despite his huge 28 point effort. Averaged 17.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.0 blocks.Will be running with Speedy Walker's "The Family" AAU squad this summer and should gain more national recognition..Detroit News 1st team All-State (Class A). Detroit Free Press 1st team All-State (Class A)
3b (tie)
Ramar Smith
Detroit King
WG
6-2/200
 
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. Game similar to that of a smaller Jerry Stackhouse. 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.Detroit News All-State Dream Team. Detroit Free Press 3rd team All-State (Class A). Selected as a member of the USA Elite team.
5
Tom Herzog
Flint Powers
C
7-0/215
 
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. Averaged 16 points, nine rebounds and five blocks. Detroit News 1st team All-State (Class B). Detroit Free Press 1st team All-State (Class B). Selected to compete in the USA Youth Development Festival.
6
K'len Morris
Grand Blanc
WG
6-5/190
Michigan
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...at least to #5. His 20 points helped lead Grand Blanc to a 82-53 victory over Chippewa Valley. Detroit News 2nd team All-State (Class A). Detroit Free Press 3rd team All-State (Class A).
7
David Kool
Grand Rapids South Christian
PG/WG
6-2/200
 
Tough player that goes all out on the court. Willing to anything to help his team win. Good shooter and clutch player that is a flat out winner. Overpowers opposing guards at the high school level. Not a great leaper, needs to improve lateral quickness, and has to improve dribbling skills to play point at the next level...but overcomes deficiencies with heart and sheer will to win. Led South Christian to the Class B state title averaging 25 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and three steals. Scored 37 points in the semifinal round and 43 in the finals...third highest in tournament history. Detroit News 1st team All-State (Class B). Detroit Free Press All-State Dream Team. Tore his ACL in an AAU contest in late May and will be out of action until September.
8
Larry Wright
Saginaw
PG/WG
6-2.5/180
 
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). Detroit News 3rd team All-State (Class A). Detroit Free Press 3rd team All-State (Class A)
9
Eulis Stephens
Detroit Southeastern
WG
6-4/185
 
Big leaper that can also shoot it. Needs to continue stronger and improve dribbling skills. A little too unselfish at times.
10
Omar Thomas
Detroit Country Day
SF
6-5/200
 
Has ability to score on the block despite his size. Good back to the basket moves and has a soft touch. Can stick the 15-footer and is a very good rebounder. A power forward's game in a small forward's body. Has to improve his off the dribble skills. Can shoot a little too much at times.

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