East Lansing's 6'8" junior forward Brandon Johns
Michigan’s Top Ten in 2018
Inside Prep Sports/By TJ Kelley
The 2016-’17 season is upon us and Michigan’s 2018 class is regarded as one of the best in the nation and college coaches are taking notice. Two of Inside Prep Sports’ top ten have committed to Michigan State and the other eight have high major and mid-major offers. Michigan should have at least five of these players in National Top 100 rankings and a strong possibility of all ten in Top 150s. Click on each player’s name for more on their game, recruitment, and video highlights.
- 6’8” 2018 forward Brandon Johns (E. Lansing, MI.) He’s been to the USA camps in Colorado Springs, CO. along with the size, versatility, athleticism, and skill set that make a Top 25 player nationally.
- 6’8” 2018 center/power forward Trevion Williams (Detroit Henry Ford Academy School for Creative Studies, MI.) He’s grown over 6’ since his freshman year and first jumped on Inside Prep Sports’ radar in the summer of 2015 anchoring the middle for Chicago Select 15u. A year ago, some in Michigan were just learning about the skilled big man. He holds Big Ten offers and is very skilled.
- 6’8” 2018 center/power forward Thomas Kithier (Macomb Dakota, MI.) Michigan State’s first 2018 commit made his pledge this past summer and his game continues to develop. His ability to score in the post is outstanding and he has added a consistent mid-range jumper which will expand to the perimeter from time to time.
- 6’9” 2018 forward Marcus Bingham (Grand Rapids Catholic Central, MI.) A year ago at the Motor City Roundball Classic, he didn’t show the skill set that lay hidden until the spring. He rebounds, protects the rim, runs the floor very well, and is an offensive threat from the mid-range and in who can put the ball on the floor.
- 6’7” 2018 small forward Gabe Brown (Belleville, MI.) A year ago in the Fastbreak Invitational, Brown scored 35-points…in a jv game. A couple months later on the varsity level, the lefty showed immediate double-digit production which proved to be a spring board to the spring/summer and eventual D1 offers.
- 6’2” 2018 point guard Duane Washington, jr. (Grand Rapids Christian, MI.) He has very good size, athleticism, and does a great job of making the right plays. In the Michigan Elite 25 this past August, Washington showed consistency and great leadership skills. He holds Horizon and MAC offers with interest from Big 10, Big 12, and SEC schools.
- 5’9” 2018 point guard Foster Loyer (Clarkston, MI.) Loyer became Michigan State’s second 2018 commitment last month and is a tactical technician on the court. Production, a great high school record, winning the 16u EYBL in July, and leadership help build his resume’.
- 5’11” 2018 point guard David Dejulius (Detroit E. English Village, MI.) Arguably the top scoring guard in the class, Dejulius has and will score 30+ points while adding 10+ assists to any game. He’s tough as all get out, tenacious, and committed to the University of Michigan.
- 6’1” 2018 point guard Brandon Wade (Ann Arbor Skyline, MI.) Like the three guards mentioned prior to Wade, he has great leadership skills, basketball IQ, and produces. He’s a good, not great athlete, who keeps defenders guessing with his ability to score going to the basket, pulling up for mid-range or perimeter jumpers, making tear drop floaters, and drop dimes. MAC and Horizon offers are on the table.
- 6’2” 2018 shooting guard Lamar Norman, jr. (Wyoming Godwin Heights, MI.) Arguably the fastest player with or without the ball in the state, Norman is a terror in transition and broke on the scene with his shooting performance as a freshman in Godwin’s 2015 Class B state title run. He’s transitioning into the point guard position as he is a natural shooting guard who can put up points as fast as he can go from 0 to 60.
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