2nd Annual Floyd Mayweather Classic Recap
Inside Prep Sports/By TJ Kelley
A no show and quick planning by the organizers of the multi-game event made what could have been an airball into a three-point play. Competitive games and the opportunity to see more players while seeing them perform to the best of their abilities summed up the four-game day. Below is a list of the game results as well as the Player of the Games, the All-Mayweather Classic Team, Glue Guy, and a few players to watch. One player played his way into the 2014 Mr. Basketball finalist group and the top two players in Michigan’s 2015 class capped the event.
Lansing Sexton 64 River Rouge 62 - Player of the Game 6’5” 2014 power forward Austin Johnson (Lansing Sexton) 13 points including clutch plays down the stretch
Kalamazoo Central 58 Lansing Eastern 54 - Player of the Game 6’3” 2016 small forward Orlando Little (Kalamazoo Central) 16 points including the offensive rebound and put back that was the game winning shot.
Detroit E. English Village 54 Flint Southwestern 42 - Player of the Game 6’5” 2016 power forward Cedrick Lattimore (Detroit E. English Village) 18 points, seven rebounds
Muskegon 88 Saginaw Arthur Hill 78 - Player of the Game 6’1” 2014 point guard Deshaun Thrower (Muskegon) 32 points including a perfect 8-8 from the field in the first half.
All-Mayweather Classic Team:
6’8” 2015 power forward Deyonta Davis (Muskegon) The Michigan State commit was the best big man in the event and while he’s still raw in the post, he has the bounce and footwork to turn nearly everything into a dunk. Davis did score with his back to the basket on a nice turnaround jumper from just outisde the block on Saginaw Arthur Hill's 6'8" 2015 center josh Jones. He finished with 16 points amongst nine rebounds, six blocked shots, and three steals.
6’3” 2015 shooting guard Eric Davis (Saginaw Arthur Hill) The top player in Michigan’s 2015 class came out like gang busters as he poured in a cool 19 points showing a full arsenal of high level shots. Pull up threes, range, step back mid-range jumpers, finishing through contact, and nearly all contested. He finished with 32 points and five rebounds.
6’5” 2016 power forward Cedrick Lattimore (Detroit E. English Village) He’s a tough matchup in the post as he has the girth, toughness, touch around the basket, and athleticism to get to finish at the rim. Lattimore was able to be more physical than most of Flint Southwestern’s team which led to his Player of the Game honor.
6’4” 2016 small forward Orlando Little (Kalamazoo Central) With Kalamazoo Central lacking the height and experience to match up with Lansing Eastern’s 6’8” 2014 power forward Dequandre Dentmond, Little held his own on the boards and in the paint on defense as Dentmond was limited to eleven points with only three rebounds.
6’1” 2014 point guard Deshaun Thrower (Muskegon) The Captain of this team kept pace with Eric Davis’ first half entourage and then sealed the deal with key 4th quarter buckets. He showed he could make big time shots as his second three of the first quarter came at the buzzer and he also added a few elbow jumpers. In my opinion, the Stony Brook commit has to be in the serious discussion of being a Mr. Basketball finalist.
Mayweather Classic Glue Guy:
5’8” 2014 point guard William Roberson (Saginaw Arthur Hill) The little lefty point guard played a lot of defense and stepped up his offense in the fourth quarter to keep Arthur Hill from making another run.
Mayweather Classic Players to Watch:
6’9” 2014 center Deitrich Cole (Detroit E. English Village) With each game he shows a little something more whether it’s rebounding, blocking shots, bringing up his RPMs, or finishing around the basket. He’s still learning the ropes and is far from a finished product.
River Rouge’s 6’4” 2014 wing Terrell Crawford leads his team in scoring every time I have watched over the last two years and at least five games. He has good size and does a solid job of getting to the basket and scoring from the mid-range. He’s a qualifier and worth the look for solid Division 2 programs.
6’8” 2014 power forward Dequandre Dentmond (Lansing Eastern) The kid has a ton of talent and always shows flashes whether it was reading passing lanes and taking off with the steal to dunk on the trailing defender, making the quality pass, or deflecting passes with his quick hands. He’d be a lot cooler if he didn’t act the part and just go for 25, 15, five, and five every game.
6’6” 2015 power forward Jalen Gibson (River Rouge) He posted a double-double with a 16-point, eleven rebound performance. He has the length, athleticism, and he rebounds outside of his area. Finding a few go to moves and comfortable area in the mid-range to score from will make him a scholarship player.
6’4” 2015 shooting guard Jaire Grayer (Flint Southwestern) Grayer had a solid scoring game and while his shot wasn’t falling with the consistency that one might find in other games, he found ways to score his 14 points.
5’10” 2015 point guard Fred Jones (Detroit E. English Village) He was able to get to the basket and finish almost at will or dropping off assists to Lattimore or Cole. Jones has good size and is quick with the ball while not forcing the issue and running the Bulldogs offense.
6’4” 2015 wing Joviar Kennedy (Muskegon) Muskegon’s defense rallied when he went out with two first half fouls and from then on stayed in foul trouble before eventually fouling out, but Kennedy will be as much a part of this team’s success and playoff run almost as much as any player.
Mayweather Classic Underclassmen Prospect Watch:
6’6” 2017 small forward Brain Bowen, jr. (Saginaw Arthur Hill) The state’s top freshman didn’t see his shot fall until a couple of fourth quarter threes, but he was in the paint battling for his five rebounds and even came up with a big block of Deyonta Davis on the short block.
6’7” 2017 power forward Isaiah Livers (Kalamazoo Central) Livers stepped up in his starting roll and accepted what is probably his toughest defensive assignment thus far in defending Dentmond. While he did have his foul troubles he still finished with eight points and a few rebounds. He showed he could finish around the basket with the more athletic and loner Dentmond looming and knocked a 14-foot jumper.
6’3” 2016 shooting guard Karmari Newman (Detroit E. English Village) The lefty didn’t assume his usual big scoring roll even with the absence of senior wing Marqy’well Jackson sitting out with a light injury. Newman made his usual scores from the perimeter, mid-range, and finishing at the basket, but not in the bulk that has his scoring average near twenty.
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