GBW planned to be in attendance at the Nike Hoop Jamboree in St. Louis last week, but was unable to attend do to last minute circumstances. Luckily for us our good friend Vince Baldwin (from PrepSpotlight ) was present and was gracious enough to give us an update on how the state of Michigan prospects did at the camp. We’ve also included brief commentary from InsidersHoops.com’s Dave Telep.
GBW will resume its summer tourney coverage in the near future.
Vince, fill our readers in on how the high school kids from Michigan did at the tourney.
“Ok. Ramar Smith is a 6-2 freshman from Detroit Martin Luther King High. He was the Jamboree's leading scorer and was voted the #1 two-guard in attendance. He averaged 26 points per game, which was 3 points higher than anyone else at the camp. His performance earned him an invitation to the Nike All-American Camp.”
“Chris Douglas-Roberts, the 6-5 wing guard from Detroit Cass Tech, ended up 6th in scoring and was one of the better offensive performers at the camp. He can play the one, the two, and the three. He’s kind of a Penny Hardaway/Jamal Crawford type of player. He was voted one of the top 10 players at the camp and earned an invitation to the Nike All-American Camp.”
“Anthony Dorsey Sparks was next in order of performance. He’s a 6-8, 326lbs center from Detroit Murray Wright. He had an excellent week of camp. He displayed offensive skills that people had not seen before. He even brought the ball up court on several occasions and threw no look bounce passes for lay-ups. He quickly became a crowd favorite.”
”How did Sparks look weight wise? He looked to be a little overweight when I watched him during the season.”
“He’s probably lost 15 pounds since the end of the basketball season.”
What about Jerret?
“Jerret Smith measured in at 6-3 185lbs with shoes on, which is great size for a point guard. He had a very very solid week, and was one of the better team players there. In a mostly one-on-one environment, he maintained his composure and played good team basketball. He was solid, but his game just didn’t stand out as much as some others in the hectic pace of them camp.”
“Brandon Wolfe, the 6-8 junior from Detroit Redford, probably had more fun than anyone at the camp because he volunteered to play the 2-guard. They let him do things that he normally doesn’t get to do. He was able to shoot the 3 and bring the ball up-court on a few occasions. While he had a lot of fun, I prefer for him to play inside, which is where he’s going to have to play in college.”
“Tracy Smith, 6-7 freshman from Detroit Martin Luther King, had a good week of camp. If he would have put forth more effort he would have had a great week of camp. That said, he had a lot of fun, made a lot of friends, and dunked on a lot of people.”
“Lionel Sullivan, the 6-6 forward from Detroit DePorres, earned the blue-collar award for hustle, spirit, and team play…and basically had a great week of camp.”
Dave Telep added:
“Ramar Smith, a 2006 standout from Detroit King, proved to be an elite wing player. He filled it up all week long. Clearly, Smith is one of the best in his class.”
“Two of the better PGs in St. Louis were Chris Douglas-Roberts (2005) of Detroit Cass Tech and Mike Conley (2006) of Lawrence North. Douglas-Roberts is a Shaun Livingston-clone who can legitimately play three positions.”
“The ball-handling display 2005 Detroit Murray-Wright center Anthony Sparks put on was impressive. Sparks, a lefty, goes 6-8 and 328 pounds and he’ll be one of the best in his class. “
The read Dave’s entire Jamboree Recap, click here.
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Also, be sure to check Vince out at PrepSpotlight. When it comes to prep basketball in the midwest region, no one knows more!