Versatile Seniors Lead the Way
Inside Prep Sports/By TJ Kelley
The ability to play and defend multiple positions well is key to winning and takes years of development. Often, the key to a winning team is the varsatility of a player or players and the more the merrier.
Mismatches, different scoring options, basketball IQ, passing, the opportunity to switch off ball screens, and added ball-handlers to beat presses pose a threat and must be accounted for by the opposition. Here's a look at some of the premier unsigned seniors in Michigan that have these characteristics:
6’5” 2017 wing Brennen Buszka (Grosse Pointe South, MI./Michigan Warriors 17u) He's an effective player whether he’s scoring or not, a good athlete, basketball IQ, rebounds, and has carries strong grades. Buska is solid shooter, with a solid skill set, passes the ball very well, and is solid finisher with either hand going to the basket
6’6” 2017 wing Jordan Graham (Farmington, MI./Michigan Warriors 17u) He’s productive, very athletic, long, and his ability to defend every position on the high school level translates well to the next level. Graham has an improved mid-range jumper that he can rely on and is an efficient scorer when going to the basket.
6’4” 2017 small forward Austin McCullaugh (Portage Central, MI./Greenwood Elite 17u) McCullaugh has great grades, and is a versatile scorer from the perimeter and in and very effective around the basket where his footwork as well as pump fakes leave defenders flopping. He has good size and plays with energy as he battles for boards as well as 50-50 possessions.
6’3” 2017 wing/shooting guard Marcus Pittman (Birmingham Groves, MI.) The productive wing has the perimeter game and athelticism to play on the perimeter and the size and grit to play in the post. He was outstanding at Detroit-Mercy’s team camp and while he was a role player in high school last year, he'll be looked upon to be a leader for the 2016-'17 Falcons. His strong grades have MIAA and WHAC coaches recruiting him hard.
6’3” 2017 small forward Henry Speight (Saginaw, MI./GreenWood Elite 17u) A bull in a China shop best describes Speight as fragile defenders don't last long with the relentless play of Speights. He's a mismatch nightmare as he's too strong for guards, too quick for post players, and a flat out productive player who gets buckets when his team needs two or three. His motor and physical play taxes the mentality and the physical will that most players don't have, especially late in the game.
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