Michigan Seniors Emerge: V
Inside Prep Sports/By TJ Kelley
Recruiting doesn’t end after a player’s 17u season runs out nor does it start in the spring or summer of a player’s 15u season. Late bloomers, under the radar, or hard workers, no matter what this group is they will more than likely continue to play college basketball on the college level.
5’11” 2017 point guard Nick Dekkenga (Coopersville, MI.) Aggressive, strong, tough, efficient, defense, and playmaking are qualities that Dekkenga brings to the table. He’s a quality and go to player who shoots well from the mid-range and improving perimeter game. He’s being recruited by MIAA and WHAC schools.
5’9” 2017 point guard Garrett Gardette (Arbor Prep, MI.) He’s quick, ready to take crunch time shots, and a quality defender who gets his teammates involved. Gardette is a pass first point guard who will be looked upon to take on more of a scoring role this season while making sure his teammates are ready to step up their production. He won a State title as a freshman and returned to the Breslin Center in 2015, both times with Milan.
6’5” 2017 forward Malik Rogers (Dearborn Heights Crestwood, MI.) Length, active, a terror in transition, moves well laterally and vertically, rebounds, and causes deflections with active and quick hands. A prospect NAIA’s should take a serious liking.
6’4” 2017 wing Torren Thomas (Flint Beecher, MI.) A transfer in from Illinois will help the reigning State Champion in their pursuit of a fifth title in six years. Thomas is a strong transition finisher, active, rebounds, and was solid all-around in my first time seeing the player from Minooka, IL. The defending state champions will be the Class C favorite and will be a top ten team in the state.
6’6” 2017 forward Demario Turner (Detroit Community, MI.) Turner is a productive stretch-four with athleticism, length, and more than just a shooter. He moves well along the perimeter and readies himself for the catch and shoot well with a solid base as well as a quick release.
5’8” 2017 point guard Clarence “CJ” Wilson (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, MI./The Family 16u) He’s as quick as this list gets and he can put up points in a hurry and get down and check when he wants. He’s tough, athletic, and can change the tempo of a game in a heartbeat. He’s a very much improved shooter from the perimeter.
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