Winter Breakout: Recap
Inside Prep Sports by TJ Kelley
The second annual Winter Breakout weathered the "winter breakout" and provided four very competitive games on Saturday in Milan, MI. No games were decided by more than seven points with one extending to over time. Many of the state's best players showed why they are highly sought after prospects, while others made a name for themselves. A shout out to Milan High School for providing great facilities and an atmosphere ripe for high school basketball. Here's a look at quarter by quarter breakdowns, the games' leading scorers, the All-Winter Breakout team, and breakout players to watch.
Melvindale ABT 11 Flint Southwestern 10, ABT 22-18, ABT 39-30, ABT 51-44 final
Melvindal ABT- 2015 gd Elmelik Martin 18 points; Flint Southwestern- 2015 gd Jaire Grayer 10
Grand Rapids Union 16 Ypsilanti Lincoln 7, Union 29-17, Union 36-28, 46-46, Ypsilanti Lincoln 59-52 OT final
Ypsilanti Lincoln- 2015 gd Sherrod Motley-Dismuke 12, 2015 fwd Devin Haygood 10, 2016 fwd Ty Groce 8, 2015 fwd Lazon Hicks 8; Grand Rapids Union- 2015 gd Curtis Davison 18, 2014 fwd Brad Buustra 9, 2014 wing Jalen Hablet-Arnold 9, 2014 wing Rashaud Orange 6
Detroit Henry Ford 16 Canton 10, Henry Ford 28-22, Canton 43-31, Canton 60-56 final
Canton- 2014 fwd Davon Taylor 25, Jordan Nobles (pictured) 18; Henry Ford- 2015 sg Josh Davis 22, 2016 pg James Towns II 20
Bloomfield Hills 24 Milan 14, Bloomfield Hills 37-31, Bloomfield Hills 53-43, Bloomfield Hills 67-60 final
Bloomfield Hills- 2014 sg Armond Cartwright 22, 2014 pf Yante Maten 17, 2014 sf Khalil Gracey 15; Milan- 2015 pf Nick Perkins 27, 2015 pg Latin Davis, jr. 13, 2014 sf Jacob Novak 10
All-Winter Breakout Team:
6'2" 2014 shooting guard Armond Cartwright (Bloomfield Hills) Cartwright's perimeter shooting kept Milan at bay throughout the game. A three in each of the games quarters on his way to 22-points gave the Knights balance as he was one of three hitting double-digit scoring numbers. He's going to make either a great small school player with a chance for a D2 to pop as long as he keeps shooting this way.
6'4" 2014 shooting guard Josh Davis (Detroit Henry Ford) Davis was on fire in the first half hitting three from beyond the arc for a total of 15 points. He was slowed a little in the second half but still finished with 22. Davis holds an offer from Eastern Michigan with high interest from nearly a dozen other schools.
6'8" 2014 power forward Yante Maten (Bloomfield Hills) The state's top unsigned senior went to work as he made mid-range baseline jumpers, spun baseline for dunks, neared double-digit rebounds, finished through contact, and was quick to block shots. Saturday night, Maten played like the state's top big man while going against Milan's division one prospect Nick Perkins for much of the day. Maten is the player that no mid-major teams wants in their league unless they play for them and has held out on offers from Detroit-Mercy, Eastern Michigan, California-Davis, Colorado, Oregon State, and Utah while Miami (FL.) and Northwestern have picked up their interest. Maten is scheduled to make his decision in the spring.
6'9" 2014 small forward Jordan Nobles (Canton) The Eastern Michigan commit showed a solid face up game vs. Henry Ford as he scored from the perimeter and pulled up for mid-range jumpers. His length gave Henry Ford problems as he blocked and altered shots. He's not known for his rebounding but pulled down eight rebounds against the smaller Trojans. 6'6" senior center Davon Taylor had a great game and Nobles used Taylor's strength in the middle to provide weak side defense.
6'7" 2015 power forward Nick Perkins (Milan) The power lefty went to work early with fifteen in the first half and is a mid-major wonder at 6'7" 200 pounds who played above the rim, knocked down mid-range jumpers, hit running hook shots, and drilled a couple of three-pointers from the corner. He is nearing double-digit offers from Horizon and MAC schools.
Winter Breakout Glue Guy:
6'4" 2014 sf Khalil Gracey (Bloomfield Hills) Gracey's fifteen points were as important to Bloomfield Hills' win as anyone's points but his energy, fight for 50-50 posessions, rebounding, and ability to defend multiple positions is irreplaceable. The Knights are a top ten Class A team and Gracey is the team's X-factor. Gracey is a GLIAC/D2/Low D1 dream.
Breakout Players to Watch:
6'2" 2015 guard Curtis Davison (Grand Rapids Union) He's a pure scorer with athleticism and a solid shooting touch from the perimeter and in. He finds open spots on the court and is quick to pull the trigger. He has 52 points in the season's first two games.
6'7" 2015 sf Devin Haygood (Ypsilanti Lincoln) He has the tools and his clutch three tied the game at 41. Finshing when he gets to the basket was the difference between 10 and 16-points on Saturday.
Underclassman Prospect Watch:
6'5" 2017 sf Jamal Cain (Melvindale ABT) Skilled, looks like a basketball player with length, athleticism, and versatility. He neared double digitis in points and rebounds.
6'6" 2016 sf Ty Groce (Ypsilanti Lincoln) While the Josh Jacksons, Cassius Winstons, and Al Eichelbergers are widely known, Groce has a great skill set, athleticism, basketball IQ, and adds to the depth of Michigan's 2016 class. I wouldn't be surprised if he stretches out to 6'9" and if that happens the current mid-major prospect becomes a high-major no brainer.
6'4" 2017 fwd Elijah Smith (Melvindale ABT) Smith is a bruiser/grinder in the paint as a freshman. He's a tough, phsyical, rebounder who can score in the paint. He has a chance of growing a couple more inches and 6'6"/220-pound basketball players usually don't have to pay for college.
5'10" 2016 pg James Towns II (Detroit Henry Ford) Towns had a handful of steals and got to the basket whenever he wanted. He did a reat job of drawing contact and had more than a few and one opportunities but the ball rolled off the rim. He's as athletic as any player his size and turning his shot into more of a jump shot instead a set shot makes him more of a beast.
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