Toledo Rogers’ Scrimmage: Michigan and Ohio
Inside Prep Sports/TJ Kelley
Over the years, Toledo Rogers’ scrimmage has done an excellent job attracting many of the top Detroit area teams to go along with a solid group of Toledo area teams rounding out the day’s event. This past Saturday was no different as teams prepared for the upcoming season. Here are the day’s standout teams and players:
Toledo Rogers has a solid group of sophomores in 6’4” shooter Caleb Smith and 6’6” athlete Dasean Nelson, but are led by 6’5” 2018 small forward Christian Smith who will probably have to take the non-traditional route to a 4-year school. The elder Smith is a do-all player for head coach, Ketaan Wyatt, as he brings senior leadership qualities on either end of the court as well as crunch time.
For the most part, good guard play wins high school basketball games and Hazel Park’s 4-year starters Carl Bow, jr. and David Hearns, jr. should help the Vikings make a solid adjustment to the OAA-Red joining defending Class A champion Clarkston as well North Farmington, Southfield, and West Bloomfield. Hazel Park will also move up to Class A and to a district that includes the University of Detroit-Jesuit, Oak Park, and Southfield A & T. 6’5” unsigned seniors Kyle Washington, Khari Adams, and Ju Jones forge a strong front line that brings a lot of energy, athleticism, and their lunch pails when they step on the court. They were undefeated in the scrimmage.
Wayne (MI.) Memorial will start as a pre-season Top 10 Class A team as they have a strong trio of guards who have experience and complementary styles. 6’2” 2018 Rashad Williams signed with Cleveland State and will play either guard position in high school where he is scoring threat from the perimeter and in. 6’ 2018 point guard Terrance Williams is a strong defender who does a great job of finding scorers while 6’ 2019 guard Isaiah Lewis must be accounted for on the perimeter as a solid pass in his shooting pocket is near automatic.
Ann Arbor (MI.) Huron have a solid front court with future college players 6’6” 2018 power forward Avery Lewis, 6’7” 2018 center Art Caldwell, and 6’6” 2020 center Mike Davis but were without 6’3” 2018 wing Lewis Willis on Saturday due to a prior engagement. The River Rats will look for high academic 2018 shooting guard L.J. DeWolff for perimeter scoring.
Detroit King is a preseason Top 10 Class A team and one of the state’s most improved players in 6’5” 2018 wing Antonio Marshall who has worked on his guard skills and shooting to make him one of the state’s most well-rounded players as his defense, rebounding, and toughness are paralleled by few. He won’t score 40 or 50 points, but he will get an efficient 20. 6’ 2018 guard Marcus Gibb is one of Michigan’s top shooters and his improved point guard play will a need for King. 6’6” 2019 power forward John Massey gets it done from 15’ and in while using his size, positioning, and athleticism to help secure the paint for the Crusaders.
Maumee Valley (OH.) Country Day’s 6’1” 2020 point guard Zeb Jackson was a standout for C2K 16u in Grand Rapids for the Brawl for the Ball and he’s not slowing down. The lefty hit a 4” growth spurt in the last year and as athleticism along with height propel his game, so has his recruitment. He holds Akron and Toledo offers as of now with Cincinnati, Dayton, Iowa and a visit two weekends ago to Michigan for their game vs North Florida rounding out his most recent recruitment. His length suggests that he’s probably not done growing for the versatile guard who creates for others as well as he knocks down jumpers from 22’ and in.
If anyone is feeling a little tired after the 9-5 in the Detroit metro area and doesn’t like caffeine, a visit to Oak Park for 6’7” 2020 center/power forward Maliq Carr is nature’s cure. In a close loss to Maumee Valley CD on Saturday, Carr chased down would be fast break buckets for blocks, man-size rebounds, and looked to rip the rim off every chance he had. Physically, athletically, and a motor as shown in this weekend’s scrimmage are recipes for success for big men. Carr’s development will determine his Division 1 level and sport as he is sure to have options on the grid-iron as well.