Kentucky Hoopfest: Recap

Days two, three, and four of the Kentucky Hoopfest presented more hoops action and plenty of quality players. Coaches from the nation's power conferences were out in full force eyeing talent. As has been customary over the last week Michigan was on hand to see the best players. Here's a look at a handful of their top targets in attendance, as well as a few top overall performers.

(Louisville, KY) - Michigan attended many of the games that Dorian's Pride-McCormick 17u played in. Wolverine targets, Matt Costello and Ray Lee were standouts..  Costello holds an offer and Lee is waiting on his first offers.   Costello was once again solid from the perimeter and in the post while Lee found the majority of his buckets weaving through traffic on his way to the basket.  The 6'2" wing Lee, like Costello, is a member of the 2012 class and are amongst the team's leading scorers if not the leaders.  When Lee starts to consistently knock down the mid-range and perimeter shot expect offers to come pouring in.  Costello picked up an offer from Indiana to go along with existing offers from Michigan, Central Michigan, and Oakland. Below is a video interview with Costello courtesy of InsideThe Hall.com.

Kentucky Hoopfest: Matt Costello from Inside The Hall on Vimeo.

6'8" 2011 power forward Jalen Reynolds continued his solid play and his offers have grown from the University of Detroit and Central Michigan a month ago to a present list of offers from Xavier, Oakland, Pittsburgh, Southern California, and Providence.  Xavier, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Indiana, Boston College, Dayton, Duquesne, and West Virginia have all had top assistants or head coaches sitting court side getting their first looks at the high-energy four-man.

The Wolverines made it out to see Saginaw high forward Tommie McCune a number of times during the basketball season and still have him on their radar. ScoutHoops.com's Evan Daniels witnessed McCune turn in a very impressive day.

Tommie McCune, PF/SF, Dorian's Pride – Easily the surprise of the day, McCune put together a monster mid-afternoon game. A 6-foot-7 combo forward, McCune did all of his scoring facing the basket. He has a good-looking shot with range out to 20-feet or so. To go with his shot, he was relentless on Sunday attacking the rim. Granted the opposition didn't have any size, McCune virtually scored at will and showed the use of both hands around the basket.

The Michigan Mustangs 16u squad has had one of the larger followings of the tournament as Denzel Valentine had a solid tournament along with fellow Mustangs from the 2012 class 6'2" shooting guard Bryn Forbes, 6'2" point guard Anthony "Sapp" Clemons, and 5'10" point guard Christopher Harrison-Docks.  These youngsters have had MAC schools as well as Michigan, Stanford, Temple, and Utah following their progression.  Forbes is amongst the best shooters on the summer circuit while Clemons and Harrison-Docks play the same position but have very different styles to their game.  Clemons is the bigger body who can play physical and Harrison-Docks uses his ability to change speeds and handle the ball to his advantage.

R.E.A.C.H. Legends 16u squad has a zone busting crew anchored by 6'6" 2012 wing, and Michigan Elite Camper, Jodan Price who is long, lanky, and a sharp-shooter who can put it on the floor and get to the rack.  He needs to gain weight but he has a sound understanding of the game and gets points in a natural transgression.  6'4" 2012 shooting guard Sherron Dorsey-Walker is a Michigan target that gets off in a hurry with positive results from 21' and in whether off the dribble or by backing a defender off with jab steps.  He could also benefit from hitting the buffet line a few times and the weight room.  6'4" 2013 shooting guard Martez Walker has a funny left-handed shot but he shoots it from the perimeter efficiently and he needs to join Price and Dorsey-Walker at one of Detroit's many buffet restaurants when they return home.

6'6" 2012 small/power forward Zachary Grossenbacher scorched the nets in the first half for the West Virginia Wildcats 16u and had Michigan, Oakland, and others in attendance as he shot the ball at a high major level.  I'm not quick to rush him to that level now but if he grows into those barges we call feet and adds 2-3 more inches then he should have offers from major programs.  He didn't do much other than shoot the ball offensively so developing some off the dribble stuff would definitely benefit his recruitment.

Club Ohio 17u has some very intriguing mid-major prospects that have picked up recent offers.  6'8" center/power forward Jared Bryant has Bowling Green's top guy Louis Orr at every game since the evaluation period started.  Bryant is athletic and has a strong body that he uses well in the post on either end of the floor.  6'6" power forward Jalen Billups is long and showed nimble footwork while working for points in the paint.  6'3" point guard Semaj Christon gets into the paint at will with superior ball-handling and finishes strong when he reaches the cup.  Billups and Christon will have offers within weeks end.

Florida Rams 16u have some big-time2012 recruits that can fill the paint and what could be a top ten recruit in the 2013 class.  6'9" center Joell James is a big lefty who likes to get the ball down low but runs the floor extremely well while finishing above the rim on regular occasions.  He didn't seem to have a go to move but just powers defenders into submission before he adds two for his team.  6'8" Stephon Blair is the other big 2012 post on this team and his play resembles James in many ways but he doesn't have the caboose.  Both are high major players which made it interesting not to see any SEC coaches in attendance.  6'8" Malik Price-Martin is long and went to work more often than not in the mid-range where he looked to shoot it or put the ball on the deck where he reached the rim in two dribbles where he either finished above the rim or more conservatively laid the ball in.

6'8" 2011 power forward JJ Panoske is a tweener forward as he has a Kevin McHale build but loves the perimeter where he proved to be deadly from 20' and in.  He has offers from Horizon League schools and had similar level schools watching him get hot from deep.  He needs to develop his ball-handling skills which were nearly invisible for this spot shooter. Daniels noted Panoske as one to watch as well.

James Pansoke, PF, Randolph Bros – Prior to watching his morning game, I'd never heard of this 6-foot-8 face up four man. Pansoke was great in pick and pop situations and had a great stroke from long range. He buried at least a half dozen three-pointers. He has regional mid-majors tracking at this point and it's easy to see why. Although he has a lean frame, he has wide shoulders and a pair of long arms.

6'6" 2012 wing Kenny Kaminski showed why he's one of the nation's best.  He showed his versatility by creating his own shot in the paint and on the perimeter while finding 7' teammates Obig Aget and Peter Jurkin for dunks.  Kaminski is considering offers from Indiana, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Wisconsin.

Stay tuned for more of GoBlueWolverine's more from our July coverage in the coming hours and days.


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