Early 2007 Hoops Target List

While we continue to gather information for our 2007 primer, here is a list of known targets at this point. We will be updating the list with names and interest levels in the coming days.

Point Guards & Wings

Jon Diebler - Upper Sandusky HS (Upper Sandusky, OH) - 6-5
From Dave Telep - Superior guard prospect with range on his jumper. Extremely confident and skilled shooter; takes the big shots. Big game player who has won state titles. Will hunt 3s and make shots. Solid body with good size. Would like to see him become the consistent big number guy that he's capable of. One of the best shooters in the class.

The sweet shooting guard had been considering Valpo (the school he originally committed to), NC State, Michigan, and Ohio State. That said, it looks like either Valpo or OSU will be stepping into the winners circle.

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

Malcolm Delaney PG - Towson Catholic HS (Towson, MD) - 6-3
Scout.com scouting report: Strong ballhandler and scorer from the point guard spot. Good size and he'll continue to get stronger. Will shoot it deep. Can really stroke it from downtown. Confident with his perimeter game. Developing into a marquee point man who could eventually be quite the scoring point guard. Top 100, high-major prospect in his class. As is the case with his teammate Donte Green, the Wolverines are trying to crack his list of schools.

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

Kelvin Grady - East Grand Rapids - 5-10
Does everything a point guard should. Gets into the lane with ease, has an improving jumper, is a very good defender, and handles the pill like he owns it. A pass first/shoot second FLOOR GENERAL. Extremely fast with or without the rock in his hands. Stood out as one of the top point guards at the Reebok ABCD camp.. Gets it done on the football field as well and doesn't back down from anyone on the court. Has a scholarship offer on the table from Xavier.

High School Position: 1
College Position: 1

Corperryale Harris - Detroit Redford - 6-3
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 and overcomes his extremely slender frame with a lot of heart. Will rebound and play stifling in-your face defense. He is just a plain winner. Mostly MAC interest at this point, but some of the bigger schools (including Michigan) appear to be keeping an eye on him.

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

Dante Jackson - McClain HS (Greenfield, OH) - 6-5
This versatile wing prospect averaged 25 points, 11.7 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game Last year. He had 39 points in his team’s regional semifinal loss to Columbus Linden McKinley. Turned heads at the AAU Nationals this summer when he drilled 4/5 three-pointers late in one game, then, with .6 seconds remaining he stole the ball and layed it in to seal the victory. Can play the one the two and the three. Must get stronger. Has already visited Ann Arbor a few times.

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

Kalin Lucas - Orchard Lake St. Mary’s - 6-0
Plays the one and can really shoot it. Has a very mature offensive game. His jump shot is getting more consistent by the day and he can get to the bucket with the best of them. Good defender that passes very well. Very fast and tough. Gave up football this year to concentrate solely on the hardwood.. Stock went way up after a strong April and also showed well at the Nike All-American camp in July. Visited Ann Arbor three times this summer. Both the Wolverines and Spartans have offered.

High School Position: 1
College Position: 1

Alex Legion- Detroit Country Day 6-4
GBW's top player in the state of Michigan for 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. His midrange game and pull-up ability is extremely advanced. He has a very high basketball IQ. His national stock skyrocketed after big time AAU performances in the month of April and he is ranked the #8 player in his class by ScoutHoops.com. Has offers from practically every high-major in the country. Has visited Michigan a number of times already.

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

Chase Simon - Detroit Community - 6-5
Great ball skills for a player his size. Simon is also a very good passer and can log minutes at the point guard slot. Does his damage driving to the bucket, but has to improve his jumper. Be "chased" by a number of mid majors, though some of the bigger programs are keeping tabs.

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

Durrell Summers - Detroit DePorres - 6-3
Athletic and long, Summers has very good range on his jumper, nice handles, and is extremely athletic. Still developing his off the dribble game. Can rebound and take it up the floor. His team won the head to head match-up with Dar Tucker's Arthur Hill club last season, but the two never really squared off. He had an impressive showing at the Nike Hoop Jamboree last summer. His stock is really rose after he showcased his high-flying act at this summer's Nike All-American camp. Has visited Michigan three times and has been offered a scholarship by Tomy Amaker.

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

Austin Thornton - Cedar Springs - 6-5
Thornton 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 really improve his range. Doubles as the school's varsity quarterback and brings a level of toughness to the floor. Doubled his scoring output last year on a very young team.

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

Darquavis Tucker - Saginaw Arthur Hill - 6-4
Tucker is one of the most impressive physical specimens in the class and has a well deserved reputation as a clutch player. He 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 is explosive in the open court and will try and smash on anyone! 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. The Michigan State Spartans lead for his services.

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

Billy White - Green Valley HS (Henderson, NV) - 6-6
Scout.com scouting report: Explosve lefty with a versatile game. Can play away from the basket or post up smaller players inside. Very good when attacking the basket off the wing. Quick jumper, potentially a very good defender. A high major prospect.

Listed Tennessee, New Mexico State, Arizona, Michigan in the summer. On Michigan: " "I like the way they play and I like their coaches. I could see myself playing there. My Uncle took me to see a Michigan game and since then I have liked them."

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

Chris Wright - Trotwood-Madison HS(Trotwood, OH) - 6-7
Chris Wright’s athleticism at the Nike All-American camp. On more than one occasion, he took flight a few yards away from the basket and flew in for the dunk. He was definitely one of he top finishers in attendance. He mentioned that Michigan coach Tommy Amaker told him that he reminded the Maize and Blue headman of former NBA star Dominique Wilkins. As good as Wright's high-wire act is, though, his off-the dribble game is still a work in progress. That aspect of his game will likely improve in the coming years. Made two visits to Michigan this summer and the Wolverines look to be the frontrunner.

High school Position: 2,3,4,5
College Position: 3,4,

Power Forwards & Centers

Keenan Ellis - North College Hill HS (Cincinnati, OH) - 6-10
At 6-11, 200-pounds, Ellis is a power forward that plays more like a small forward. His perimeter skills are advanced for a kid his size, as has been demonstrated by his ability to sink jumpers from 15-feet all of the way out to the three-point line. On the other hand, his slender frame allows for him to get muscled in the post and he hasn't yet developed a post game. Has given Michiga early mention, but seems enamored with Louisville.

High school Position: 4,5
College Position: 4,5

Donte Greene - Towson Catholic HS (Towson, MD) - 6-8
Green has been moving up the charts this summer thanks to his very versatile skill set. At 6-8 210 pounds, he has a very nice face-up game and an improving low-post attack. He caught our attention at the Nike All-America camp with his ability shoot and/or drive from the high post. We also noticed that he was overpowered down low at times, but what he currently lacks in strength, he makes up for with excellent athleticism. Green has both good quickness and leaping ability, which makes him a very good rebounder and shot blocker. Has shown interest primarily in the Eastern schools but the Wolverines are trying to get involved.

High school Position: 3,4,5
College Position: 4

Kosta Koufos - Glenoak HS (Canton, OH) - 7-0
Blessed with long arms (seven-foot two-inch wing span) he can block shots and rebound on the defensive end, and can use his soft touch to deliver on a nice turnaround outside of the post on the offensive end. He also displayed the ability to get up and down the floor with the best of them. That said, he is not a dominating prospect yet. At this point, smaller stronger players can move him off of his position. If he adds much needed strength, he could become very tough to deal with. Rated as the top big man at the 2005 Hoop Jamboree. Considering Michigan, but Ohio State is the prohibitve favorite for his services at this point.

High school Position: 4,5
College Position: 4,5

Devin Searcy - Romulus - 6-9
Runs the floor well, is a good shot blocker, and can rebound inside. Very athletic. Has loads of potential. Some think when it is all said and done could be the best in the in-state 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 or Paul Crosby, but is not the post presence that his counterparts are at this point. He must get bigger and stronger so he won't get pushed off the block so easily. Also must improve his hands.

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

Joshua Southern - Saginaw - 6’8
Has a very good post presence and can maintain his position down low. He rebounds like a big fella should. Can score on the low block, shot blocker gets up and down the floor really well. Ranks with Paul Crosby as the top big man in the 07 in-state class. A player that isn't really appreciated for his attention to all of the aspects of playing down low. Has visited Ann Arbor twice, but the Wolverines still have ground to make up on Michigan State and Kentucky.

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

Alex Tyus - Harmony Christian (Cincinnati, OH) - 6-8
Scout.com scouting report: Tyus is an athletic wing player also doubles as a PF. Mid-range is about the extent of his perimeter game but strong and athletic enough to make plays at the rim. Played in 14 games as a junior. Shot 33% from 3-point range during that stretch. Was scheduled to visit Michigan the weekend of September 10th, but did not make it in.

High school Position: 3,4
College Position: 3,4

Julian Vaughn - South Lakes HS (Reston, VA) - 6-9
Scout.com scouting report: Big time prospect. Has the ability to play on the perimeter as a face up forward. Developinig some go-to-moves inside. Talented player who should be among the elite kids in his class. Low post presence. Talented scorer in the paint and moves pretty well for a guy his size. Excellent student. Michigan is one of many programs that have already offered.

High school Position: 4,5
College Position: 4,5

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