Brawl for the Ball Recap

There were several standouts in Grand Rapids at "Brawl for the Ball." Here are's notes on Dwaun Anderson, Landon Carnegie, Dave Lamore, Ben Lanning, the state's top 2014 prospect and many more.

Grand Rapids, MI.-A hidden gem under one roof in Grand Rapids, MI. where the Grand Rapids Storm hosted the inaugural Brawl for the Ball. Michigan's certified events have been limited over the years to notable high school leagues like St. Cecilia and Romulus so it could be expected that out of state teams might not look for an A.A.U. tournament in Michigan but there was still talent amongst the Michigan teams that were involved.

The Grand Rapids Storm-Martin team won the 17u Championship with a win over the Hurricanes-Grady, The Grand Rapids Storm-Lake 16u were crowned 16u Champions by defeating the Hurricanes Grady 16u, and All-Michigan upended the Grand Rapids Storm-Mizner squad for the 15u Championship.

Michigan State commit Dwaun Anderson was the most athletic player in Grand Rapids over the 4-day tournament and while he's far from a finished product he showed high-major ability on the break, defensively, consistency on his perimeter jump shot, and the will to take over a game in crunch time. The Michigan Mustang has a knack for blocking shots when he's the on-ball defender or weak side help which often led to fast breaks where he left the rim rattling. The 6'3 lefty needs to tighten up his right hand as he can get away with a lot when the competition isn't at his level. 6'5" 2011 small forward Ladon Carnegie from the West Michigan Lakers 17u has shown all spring that he can get out on the break, finish with authority, and knock down the perimeter shot. He's has a chance at being a late qualifier but crossing your fingers too long might get them stuck. Carnegie has the tools to be a contributor on the mid-major level but a couple of years in a quality juco program might be in the best interest for all parties involved. He also rebounds well despite his slender frame. Dave Lamore is a solid post defender and the 6'8" 2011 center surprised more than a handful of coaches when he was successful in guarding future division one four-man Ben Lanning. Lamore runs the floor well and is efficient in the post while put up double-double performances. The phenomenal student needs to work on a go to post move as he lacks explosiveness and can get caught by more athletic post defenders. He plays very wide and is sneaky strong as he moves players out of their desired post position. Lamore has the interest of Patriot League and Ivy League programs.

6'8" 2011 power forward Ben Lanning has built upon a consistent spring and had coaches flipping through rosters looking for the slender member of the Grady Elite Hurricane 17u. Lanning plays hard and works hard in the post. He's a solid athlete who is a confident scorer in transition or in half court sets which has grabbed the attention of MAC, Horizon, and Mid-Continent coaches in the last week and a half. Lanning continued to knock down perimeter and mid-range jumpers in Grand Rapids.

Ryan Majerle is a 6'4" 2011 2-guard who originally committed to UW-Green Bay but accepted the offer to the University of Toledo when Kowalchyk took the open position for the MAC program. He's a consistent player who brings strong defense, basketball IQ, and hard play to every game while posting modest numbers. Tuesday was no different as he knocked down mid-range jumpers and played solid on man and help defense which led to a few turnovers.

6'10" 2011 center Jason Pretzer doesn't mind stepping out to knock down the three and the face up jumper is where he seems most comfortable offensively for the Grand Rapids Storm-Martin 17u player but at 260 lbs. mid-major coaches will look for him to spend more time with his back to the basket. He has shown over the spring and again in this tournament that he's a good guy to go to when he's out on the break as not many defenders are willing to step in and take the charge. Even worse for defenders would be getting dunked on and getting called for the foul. He's a great student that would be a great fit for many Patriot League teams or in the Ivy League.

Paul Tenharmsel is Eastern Michigan's first commit from the 2011 class and while he has head turning bounce and can knock down jumpers from 19' and in he still has a way to go before he's a solid contributor for the Eagles. The 6'3" wing does provide toughness and when talking to the explosive lefty he's eager to talk to the EMU coaching staff and find out what he needs to work on to maximize his potential. It's true that some coaches and scouts have questioned the scholarship offer but that will only be answered in time.

Alex Williams is a solid shooter and at 6'4" he has the length, court awareness, and athleticism to gain the attention of mid-major programs. While Benton Harbor doesn't have the best track record for graduating division one qualifiers his high school coach assured me that Alex would be a qualifier. He'll be regarded as a sleeper as he plays AAU ball for Shoreline Elite 17u but anyone who watched him knock down three after three in the Brawl for the Ball had to be happy they saw the 2011 shooting guard.

Coreante DeBerry is the player to look for next year on the circuit as he has everything you can't teach plus the p-word that means his better days of basketball are ahead of him. He's 6'8" 220 pounds and a center with a 7'4" wingspan that runs the floor well and barely needs to get off the floor to throw down dunks. He won't turn 16 until September and if he was a 2013 kid instead of a 2012 kid the West Michigan Lakers' Kevin Tringali might have to get a second phone. Justin Klein has great court vision and is a solid point guard with mid-major and a potential to go higher with an improved jumper at 6'1". The Grand Rapids Storm-Lake 16u team member does a great job of creating for others and is quick to push the ball up the court either off the dribble or the quick pass. Adding upper body strength will help him finish in the lane as he does a nice job of getting in the paint. 6'8" center/power forward Khaliq Spicer continued to rebound aggressively and dunk anything that was around the rim contrary to his slender build and smiling nature. The2012 All-Michigan post player does most of his work in the paint and while he missed a 17' jumper it was good to see the attempt. Gaining confidence is huge for young post players and when that jumper starts to fall he'll see more than the two offers he has now.

Lorenzo Bonam is a 6'3" and often gets lost when people talk about Michigan's 2013 class but he has the skill and puts up the numbers which place him as a top five player in Michigan's deep rising sophomore class. He's a great finisher on either side of the rim and he does so with either hand. The All-Michigan 15u member is long and a solid perimeter defender with a nice feel for the game. Unlike many young players he scores within the flow of the game and doesn't force the issue. 6'2" 2013 wing Bishop Daniels was a great pick up for the Camp Darryl-White 16u squad. He's a slasher who gets buckets and can create for himself in half court settings. The Kalamazoo Loy Norrix like most young players needs to develop a pull up jumper and a perimeter shot to truly gain the attention of division one coaches. While Daniels isn't a lock at the high major level he's one for coaches across the division one spectrum to keep an eye on. CJ Turnage is a big bodied guard at 6'3" who is very versatile as he can guard the post and is amongst the leading rebounders game and game out for All-Michigan 15u. He showed his crafty play in Grand Rapids as he could be found working his way into the paint and finding teammates for layups or taking it the basket himself. CJ looks as if growing another 2-3 inches is in his cards and his game seems best suited at the three-position.

Drake Harris is regarded by many as the Michigan's #1 2014 prospect and when he was on the court for Grand Rapids Storm-Zuidema 15u he was the best player on the court. He has many of the tools as well as the athleticism that will keep him on the radar of high major programs. I caught wind that he may receive his first offer within the next few months but no need to let the cat out of the bag early.

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