Mid-Michigan Mavericks win Tulip Tip Off

Some of Western and Mid-Michigan's best hoopsters were on display this weekend at the Tulip Tip-Off. MichiganVarsity.com was on hand with a report on how some of the notable college prospects fared.



HOLLAND, MI - Behind some hot shooting from the outside, the Mid-Michigan Mavericks won the 17's of the Tulip Tip Off in a field of well known state teams such as the Grand Rapids Storm and West Michigan Lakers. The Mavericks defeated the West Michigan Warriors in the final, which featured Jared Myliwiec, normally of the Mustangs 16U team, and Dan Possehl, usually of the Grand Rapids Storm.

Here is a list of the weekend's top performers:

EDIT: Josh Larson-Michigan Mavericks-6-2 Guard (2008)
Originally, I mentioned that college coaches should keep there eye on Josh "Payne" a sharp shooter from the Mavericks, when in all actuality they should keep there eye on Josh Larson, an all-conference Guard from Battle Creek Lakeview. Due to an error in my notes I gave all the credit to "Payne" and mentioned that he is a virtual unknown within the recruiting circles. When I first mentioned it, I didn't however mean that "Payne" wasn't even a real member of the Mavericks. After some careful thought however, I thought that "Payne" may not be a bad name for Larson, as that is exactly what he inflicts on his opponents with his deadly outside shooting. Larson is a 6-2 Guard who had a game high 27 points in the final of the Tulip Tip Off with eight 3-pointers to his credit. If nothing else, the young man now has a new nickname to his credit and with a shot like his, Josh "Payne" Larson shouldn't go unnoticed by college coaches much longer.

Dustin Orns-Michigan Mavericks-6-1 Guard (2008)
Another under the radar player from the Mavericks, Orns plays a great floor game from the point position and is great at getting his teammates involved. Orns isn't bashful about getting his own shot either, as he scored 21 in the final over the Warriors. Has a nice stroke from the outside, and can also get into the lane.

Dan Possehl-West Michigan Warriors-6-8 Forward (2008)
Has received a lot of attention of late from higher level colleges, and for good reason, Possehl does work without anyone noticing. In the final he finished with a quiet 16 points and was dominate on the glass with more than 15 rebounds. Had a bit of a problem matching up with West Michigan Laker Forward Derek Kingshott, who took him inside and outside, but does a nice job under the basket, and has a nice mid-range shot for a big man.

Jared Myliwiec- West Michigan Warriors- 6-0 Guard (2009)
Playing up a grade didn't seem to bother Myliwiec, who normally plays for the Mustangs 16U team. In the semi-final win over the West Michigan Lakers, he hit a three pointer at the buzzer to give his team a three point win. Myliwiec struggled a bit in the final but ended up with 17 points in the semi's to go along with his game winner. Myliwiec is receiving early interest from a number of low-level D1's.

Ben Simons- Grand Rapids Storm- 6-7 Wing (2009)
Maybe the most highly touted prospect at the tournament, Simons has already heard from the likes of Michigan , Georgia Tech, and Utah , and for good reason. This lanky sophomore showed a nice touch from the long range in pool play and can really get out on the break and finish. In a win over the Central All-Stars, Simons hit three 3-pointers and had an impressive one handed dunk on the break.

Sean Jones- Grand Rapids Storm- 6-11 Center (2008)
Had a bit of a difficult time finishing down low, and was called for more travels than you would like, he did do a nice job rebounding and shows a lot of potential. Butler , Oakland and Loyola-Chicago have already shown interest in the big man.

Korey VanDussen- West Michigan Lakers- 6-0 Guard (2009)
Showed a nice game for a sophomore playing up a level. Known for his outside shooting, VanDussen didn't disappoint, in a pool play game VanDussen hit three 3-pointers and a couple of nice cross-over step back jumpers and finished with 17 points on 7-10 shooting from the floor. VanDussen struggled a bit in the semi's but had a solid overall tournament. Central Michigan, Oakland and Toledo have shown VanDussen some early interest.

David Krombeen- West Michigan Lakers- 6-2 Guard (2008)
One of the most consistent point guards in the state, Krombeen ran the fast break better than anyone else in the tournament. Has a unique way of getting to the basket and never wastes a dribble. Always with his head up finding teammates, Krombeen has what coaches want in a point guard. Grand Valley State has shown a lot of interest in his game.

Wes Trammell- Grand Rapids Storm- 6-0 Guard (2008)
Really ran the team well in pool play and hit open shots with regularity. One of the only members of the Storm who thinks pass first.

Derek Kingshott- West Michigan Lakers- 6-4 Forward (2008)
A possible Division-1 football talent, Kingshott is no slouch on the basketball court either. Kingshott gave Dan Possehl fits in the semi-final game and scored at the basket at will in the last two games the Lakers played. Kingshott has great leaping ability and really gets out on the fast break and had a nice breakaway reverse dunk in a win over the Courthouse. Kingshott will most likely have to make a decision as to which sport he wants to play at the next level.

Nate Bruinsma- West Michigan Lakers- 6-4 Wing (2008)
Showed a nice ability to get to the basket. Bruinsma's play in the semi-final loss to the West Michigan Warriors single handedly kept the Lakers in the game. Everytime the Lakers became stagnant with the ball, Bruinsma was able to create something out of nothing and keep the score close.

Terrance Walls- Michigan Mavericks- 5-8 Guard (2008)
An undersized player who makes up for it with his quickness and gets the ball out and into the break fast. Walls finishes well in the lane despite his size and has an un-orthodox shot, but it falls with regularity.


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