Jeremy Hollowell 6'8, Eric Gordon, 2012-There are times when he doesn't score a bunch of points but still contributes because he does so many other things so well. His versatility allows him to be a major factor in other aspects of the game. He rebounds, gets the break started and makes the right pass for a teammate to score. When we first introduced him to Michigan fans last year we mentioned that he was a deft perimeter shooter. But as we noted at this year's Spiece tournament a few months back, he really has expanded his offensive arsenal by getting more aggressive. Here in Indy he has shown he can score it from deep and mid-range, but he also puts it on the deck and scores at the cup even when there's traffic. What I like most about his game is that he is efficient on offense he does not take a shot just because he has not had a shot in while he does because it is the right opportunity. Defensively he blocks shots in the paint and plays solid defense on the perimeter and inside.
D.J. Balentine 6'1, Eric Gordon, 2012-In the early game D.J. was not as involved but played solidly. The second game he had it going a little more scoring at the cup and from the outside. They have him playing a combo guard which is ok, but I like him when he has the ball in his hand to make plays for others. As I have said before he is a coach on the floor he gets everyone involved and in the right position on the floor.
Sherron Dorsey-Walker 6'4, Reach All-Stars, 2012-The youngster had a strong showing at Michigan's Elite camp and has continued that productivity here in Indianapolis. It appears that he is being put in position to play the point more just needs to play with more pace still learning but coming along. He is the next in line to make a name for himself at Detroit Pershing. Last year he did a lot of damage from the outside. Now five months later he is going to the cup regularly to score although he is thin Sherron is tough. His long arms allow him to defend well out on the perimeter the more I see him the more I like him. This is definitely a youngster the Wolverines have an eye on.
Yogi Ferrell 5'10, Indiana Elite, 2012-Watching this kid play he just oozes poise. When he is on the floor it's hard not to notice the confidence that the other players have in him. That is saying a lot considering he is playing with a lot high level talent and is new to the squad this year. On his high school team he is a scorer, and yet he has made a seamless transition into being more of a distributor. That's a task that many a young point guard has failed at. All that said, when called on Yogi can still go get his own offense too. He has been amazingly strong going to the cup and absorbing contact for the and-one. Defensively he has really picked up the fly-paper man-to-man style that makes him a constant nuisance to opponents.
Hanner Perea 6'9, Indiana Elite, 2012- We introduced you to him a few years back the athleticism and hops are off the charts now. His dunks are violent. During one contest three straight times down the floor he had one dunk after another… each was better than the last one. It didn't look like he would slow down until he injured his ankle in the second half. Up to that point he was putting a serious hurt on the rim. Perea is very good around the basket needs to handle the ball better and I would like to see consistency of his jumper. Defensively he swats anything in his direction, trust me if you are near his court you will hear some ohhs and aahs. Perea's shooting may need to show more signs of improvement before Michigan moves beyond the initial interest they showed last year. Even if they don't there is no shortage of Big Ten teams showing major interest.
Cody Zeller 6'11, Indiana Elite, 2011- Zeller had his skill set on full display yesterday. He was very strong in the post moving his feet to get to his spot, once there he scored. He always gives maximum effort which makes it hard if you are guarding him and don't bring your best. He also stepped out and hit a few trey's. To top it all off he was down right nasty on a fastbreak dunk when a defender tried to block it (key word being tried). I like the aggressive side that he is showing when out of the floor this spring/summer. He wears it well. He gives major energy on defense, contesting all shots and fighting for rebounds. Zeller is becoming harder to deal with, and for other teams that's not good.
Damien Wilson, 6'6, Atlanta Celtics, 2012- This kid is a high flyer that I had a chance to see against Indiana Elite. He put on quite a first half show. He scored from deep, at the cup, off rebounds and dunks anyway he wanted to score he pretty much did, the young man had 20 first half points. Damien is a wing player that you notice right away. His handles are very solid and he has a killer crossover that allows him to shake his defender to create space. His long arms and quick feet make him a very suitable defender that will only get better with consistency.
Deuce Bello 6'4, D-one sports, 2011-Wow, wow and wow this guy has it all, attitude, effort and heart. I have seen him a couple of times now and it seems to me that no one can stay in front of this guy. Coming off of the NBA camp where he really was outstanding it is just carrying over here. What do you like? Three's? Check. Getting to the cup at will? Check. Defending consistently? Check. Getting teammates involved? Check. Q just puts It all out there on the floor no trash talking, no taking plays off he just brings it. Even more teams are going to jump in on this guy after his spring showing. Not yet sure if Michigan will be among them.
We noticed that Coach John Beilein arrived to check in at Indianapolis North Central high school at 6:00pm yesterday to receive his credentials for the tournament. He joined Bacari Alexander who was already present. Beilein and Alexander were in attendance watching the Michigan Mustangs late last night at around 10:30. most likely watching LaDontae Henton. Talking with "Buckets" as he is affectionately called, he told us that Michigan's coaching staff informed him that they would take a look at him on the circuit in July. Beilein also watched Marshall Plumlee (who officially down to UNC, Duke, and Virginia), Cody Zeller, and Kevin Ferrell.
Bonus coverage… a few more takes on Michigan targets courtesy of ScoutHoops.com's Evan Daniels
Kaleb Tarczewski, C, NE Playaz – No one improved their stock more on day one of the adidas Invitational than this 7-foot center out of Southborough (Mass.) St. Marks. His development over the past year has been fun to watch and the light is starting to come on. Tarczewski, who jumped to No. 16 in Scout.com's 2012 rankings, runs the floor well, is active on both ends and showed a drop step dunk move in his first game of the day.
Alex Murphy, SF, NE Playaz – As good as Tarczewski was, Murphy wasn't too far behind. A 6-foot-7 wing, Murphy, who checked in at No. 22 on the 2012 list, is a pretty good athlete that can finish above the rim. He had a handful of baseline jams during his first game of the day as well as a monster dunk down the lane in his second. To go with his athleticism and ability to get to the rim, he's got a pretty good-looking shot with range out to the three-point stripe.
For a more national coverage, be sure to check out Evan's full Day One recap, here.
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