Bball Elite Camp (Day 1) - Dre's Blog

This being the second year of Michigan's Elite Camp, it's bigger and better than last year's event. There are more young prospects in attendance, which is evidence that Coach Beilein is starting to reach kids earlier to let them know about the program he is building in Ann Arbor. A number of prospects caught our eye on day one, including 2010 target, Tim Hardaway Jr.

Tim Hardaway Jr., 6'5, 2010- Watching him play you see the jumper on full display, it was not as accurate but most of his shots were dead on they just didn't go in. Tim is very vocal out on the floor, encouraging teammates as well as giving out instruction. He handles well in the open court and finds teammates for easy buckets. I would like to see him drive to the basket more because whenever he did Thursday night it good things just seemed to happen. He put on a strong performance in front of the coaches.  He went right at Brandan Kearney, and in the process showed what an intense competitor he is on the defensive end as well.  

Duje Dukan, Deerfield (Ill.), 6'8, 2010 -This long youngster played on the same AAU team as Matt Vogrich, and much like Michigan's incoming sharpshooter, Dukan can really stroke it from deep, and I mean REALLY stroke it!  He has terrific form on his jumper and all of the coaches seemed to take notice. During drills he was very consistent from deep and during the games last night displayed it as well.  There are a lot of kids in attendance that are fairly good shooters standing still.  The difference with Dukan is he is just as good on the move.

Patrick Lucas-Perry, Flint Powers, 5'11, 2011- He continues to impress me with the way he runs a team.  His teammates have confidence in him to make the right decision on the floor. Patrick has nice explosion to the rack and a solid jumper.  He is a point guard that gets his teammates involved early and often.

Roy Marble Jr., Southfield Lathrup, 6'5, 2010- He played pretty well Thursday, one day after his unofficial visit to Michigan.  Roy can handle, he rebounds and can start the break. He didn't shoot the ball as well, but he did other things to help his team. Marble's best attribute is his ability to get to the cup and finish.  Solid player.

Josh Herbeck, Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard, 6'4, 2010 - When he catches the ball and his feet are set you might as well start running the other way. Yes his jumper is just like that.  As I have mentioned before, he has added some toughness to his game. He tries to score by driving to the rack, but that is clearly a part of his game he needs more work on. It is a work in progress, sure… but at least he is working on it and not following in love with his jumper.

Denzel Watts, Flint Carmen Ainsworth, 6'0, 2013- One of three prospects at this camp in the 2013 class.  He maybe young but don't tell him that. Very hard worker with poise to his game. Denzel has quickness off the bounce but his knees have been bothering him during camp. The skill set is still there as a point guard, he can get to the rack and score, his jumper looks nice as well but he is best at setting up his teammates for buckets.

Matt Poches, Hartland, 6'4, 2011-He is a wide receiver in football and the way he attacks the basket it shows. With his new strength he is able to get inside absorb contact and finish at the rim consistently now. His jumper was not there but one thing you know you are going to get his a full effort from him.

Trey Babers, Saginaw, 6'4, 2011-I wanted to see more from him on the offensive side of the ball because I have seen what he can do when he is in attack mode. Trey rebounded and handled it pretty well.  Don't get me wrong… the kid he scored I just want to see more him.

Urb Bingham, Detroit Country Day, 6'8, 2011-I really like this kid but he does not always bring the energy and skill to play. Yesterday was a different story.  For a kid that does his work in the post, Urb showed the ability to stroke the three from deep and put the ball on the floor to score inside.  It certainly won't hurt his prospects of being recruited that he put on this display as Beilein looked on closely.  With that said, the question still remains; can he bring that type of energy all the time?  For right now the verdict is still out.

DeAndre Johnson, Cass Tech, 5'8, 2013- Johnson may be the quickest point guard in attendance, but he is still learning the position.  That said, his upside looks good. At times he did a good job of setting up his teammates, but has to do a better job of getting them the ball where they like it.  Also want to see him keep the defense honest by scoring inside and outside.  

Dan Chilcote, Jackson Lumen Christi 6'8, 2011 - Dan had the inside outside game going yesterday, he does not back down from mixing it up down low. As he continues to grow his strength and quickness should increase to play the versatile game he is capable of playing.

Sultan Muhammad, Grand Rapids Catholic Central, 6'2, 2010- Sultan is always a kid I enjoy watching.  He has a nice game on the floor. Last night he had the jumper working and scored at the basket, Sultan had a very good showing yesterday.

Javonte Hawkins, Flint Powers, 6'4, 2012-Javonte didn't do anything great, but he was always involved in positive plays. When I see him his athleticism jumps at me.  He can score at the basket, rebounds in traffic, and is a finisher in transition.  He is still so young so he'll only get better.  He brings an energy and confidence to the game that I enjoy seeing. I can't wait to see more of him.

Kellen McCormick, Notre Dame Prep, 6'4, 2012- Nice looking youngster who has a nice pedigree to go along with nice size a good looking jumper. Good off the ball movement.

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