Elite Camp Day 1 – Sam's Blog

GoBlueWolverine's Sam Webb breaks down eleven more of the first day notables at Michigan's first annual elite basketball camp. Another top underclassmen shines, one Michigan's incoming freshmen impresses, and a foursome from a Detroit high school show they will be a factor on the in-state scene this year. Word on Lee Bailey, Stu Douglass, Jordan Morgan, Brandan Kearney, and more.

Lee Bailey 6'0, Detroit Country Day 2011, - No youngster was more adept at beating his man off of the dribble on day one than Lee Bailey.  While he does have good quickness, his outstanding ball-handling ability was the primary reason for the relative ease with which he blew by opponents.  He also showed strong court vision both in the half court and in transition.  On numerous occasions he delivered pinpoint passes to unsuspecting teammates heading to the hole.  If he had more time with his team, many of the fumbled passes we saw last night would dissipate because kids would start to realize that if they're open, they are getting the rock.  We didn't observe him shoot many jumpers on the night, so we'll be looking for that today.  Still, it was a very impressive performance for this youngster.  He is clearly in the group of top players in the 2011 class.  It's scary to think about how good Country Day will with Ray McCallum as a Yellow Jacket. Bailey at the one, McCallum at the two, Jordan Dumars at the three, Donovan Kirk at the four, Dashonte Riley at the five, and Amire Williams off the bench.

John Bailey 6'9, Dobson High (AZ) 2010, - Bailey games is very similar to Will Regan's.  He a big man that isn't overly athletic, but has range out to the three point line.  The difference is even though Regan is an inch shorter; he is stronger and more aggressive than Bailey on the interior. 

Alex Guana 6'9, Eaton Rapids 2010, - This in-state big man has a lot of potential.  He is one of the more physical post players in attendance and also has the essential trait for every player in Beilein's offense must have… the ability to shoot from three.  He is more of a legit post than Bailey or Regan and he is a better athlete.  He is definitely stronger too.  He has a decent back to the basket game that features a few finishing moves that he seems comfortable with (drop step, half hook).  He is still a work in progress though.  After he expands his array of post moves and improves his quickness he will be tough to deal with.  If does that, the only obstacle will be aggression (or lack thereof).  If he gets more aggressive in looking for his offense, he could put up really good numbers.  As it stands, when we've seen him on the circuit and in this camp, he has been content to do the dirty work… cleaning up the glass and being a presence in the lane.  One thing is clear though… he does not shy away from contact.  He is willing to swap paint without a helmet… as evidenced by the cut he sustained above his eye last night.  It's easy to see why Beilein has already been out to his school for a workout.

Mohamed Conde 6'7, Belleville High 2010, - Conde came to Michigan's camp fresh off of being named one of the top ten players in attendance at Cincinnati's team camp the day prior.  He is a finisher that can best be described as a poor man's Brent Petway (i.e., Brent minus four or five inches on the vertical).  He is a jumping jack that fills the lane on the break, blocks shots, is active on both the offensive and defensive glass, and also has enough lateral quickness to go out and defend guards.  (He gave a hobbled Brandan Kearney a few headaches a few times on the night).  His Achilles heel is his perimeter game.  He isn't very adept at putting the ball on the floor, and he is even less effective shooting the jumper.  If he significantly improves his perimeter game his stock will go up.  Way up.

Jordan Morgan 6'9, UD Jesuit High 2009, - The biggest difference in Morgan's game between this year and last is definitely conditioning. He is in a lot better shape.  That has resulted in him running the floor a lot better and being more active on the boards.  He has a nice soft touch out to 18 feet and is a better-than-average passer.  But as his AAU coach has told me a million times, the next stage of his development is improving his aggression and finishing ability around the basket.  That said, the moral to his story thus far is he is putting in the work, you can see his effort, and he is getting better.  He should be a solid, glue-guy type of contributor for Michigan once he gets to campus.

Stu Douglass 6'4, Incoming Michigan freshman, 2009, - This young man, my friends, will be a fan favorite.  He has sick range.  Sick!  Parking lot range!  And he has no conscience on the floor.  There is no shot he that he is afraid to take.  Physically he is more ready for action than his Novak, and he looks like he will have the purest shot on the team from day one.  Then there is his swagger.  He definitely has some (cleaning up the following word for public consumption) edge to him.  His limitation, however, is he is not very adept at creating his own shot.  He's not going to create space off the dribble, and he is not going to blow by his man going to the basket.  That said, if you put Stu with a kid like Manny who commands extra attention because of his ability to go the basket, Stu can be really really effective.  We aren't talking about a conference all-freshman team type of guy or anything like that, but he'll help this team more than many might realize.

The Southeastern four – Brandan Kearney, Percy Gibson, Darren Washington, Anthony Fields, and Coach Mark White all strolled into Crisler a little later than the others due to their attendance at the Cincinnati team camp the day prior.  This foursome appears poised to make Southeastern one of the top teams in the PSL.

Brandan Kearney 6'5, Southeastern 2011, - It's obvious that Brandan's hip pointer is still bothering him.  He wasn't turning the corner like we've become accustomed to seeing, and he was laboring a bit when it came to getting elevating on his jump shot.  He focused more on setting others up as a result and also did his best to contribute defensively and on the boards.  We'll see if he is looser today after having a little rest.

Percy Gibson 6'7, Southeastern 2011, - Gibson is a true power player that uses his body well.  He has nice touch on to fifteen feet and can face up bigger, less nimble defenders and get to the basket.  As he adds more post moves to his repertoire, he will be increasingly difficult to guard.

Darren Washington 6'8, Southeastern 2012, - This youngster is still learning his body.  He is a raw athlete that needs time for his coordination to catch up with his rapid growth.  Even so, he will be an immediate factor for his team as a shot blocking help-defender.  He will need to add more brawn to hold his position in the paint (on both ends of the floor), but he has plenty of time to get it. He is one of the two youngest guys in attendance (Eli Lubick… Nate's little brother, is the other) Right now he is still growing so fast that he is going to be a bit gangly at times.  Once he gets into the weight room and becomes more acquainted with his longer limbs, look out! There's a lot of potential here.

Anthony Fields 6'0, Southeastern 2010 – This young man will help ease some of the pressure off of Kearney's shoulders.  Head coach Mark White spent time after the camp drilling him on the proper way to break down some of the defense pressure he faced on the night.  We'll watch him more on day two.

Tony Watson Jr.  6-1, Palm Beach Gardens 2009 - Could this be a young man that Michigan moves on should things slow down with Darius Morris? We don't know, but he looks like he would be a good candidate.  He has a pretty jumper with range out to three point land and a good handle, but what stands out most about his game is he is a true floor leader.  He never forces the issue and gives his team exactly what it needs.  If they need him to score, he can do it.  If he has to break his man down to set someone else up, he can do that too.  He is also a determined defender.  Plus, whenever he is on the floor, he is talking.  That means he directs traffic offensively… always placing teammates in the right spots, and defensively he calls out screens and responsibilities every time down the floor.  He isn't as strong as a Carlton Brundidge going to the hole, and he isn't as tough to guard off the dribble as Lee Bailey, but he has a nice mixture of the traits that you want in a lead guard.

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