Darien (Ill.) Hinsdale South center Barret Benson is one of the top big men on Michigan's 2016 radar…
Elite Camp Upperclassmen Report: Best of Rest
Sam Webb, Andre Barthwell, and Kyle Bogenschutz contributed to this report. The Best of the Rest (Listed alphabetically) Tony Anderson – PF, Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill - 2015 Sam’s Take: One of the bigger forwards in attendance, Anderson was a presence in the post. He bothered shots around the rim and looked comfortable with his back to the basket. He resorted to a half hook a few times and had little issue with attacking length down low. He has range out to eighteen feet and can put it on the floor some, but lacks the type explosion or quickness necessary to guard threes or take them off the dribble. Conversely, he had no issue guarding fours and fives. He is also able to take those bigger defenders off the dribble. Barret Benson – C, Darien (Ill.) Hinsdale South - 2016 Sam’s Take: The book on this 6-10 youngster is fairly established, and his performance came right out of it yet again at Michigan’s elite camp. He runs the floor extremely well, frequently beating his man down the floor… he routinely blocks or bothers shots around the rim… and he is a good rebounder. What he doesn’t have at this stage of development is a low-post arsenal. That limits his effectiveness on the offensive end since he is a definite back to the basket guy. He has plenty of time to add to his toolbox since he has two years of high school ball left. He also benefits from playing for one of the best AAU programs in the Midwest. Jarron Cumberland – SF, Wilmington (Ohio) - 2016 Dre’s Take: Powerful, big-bodied forward at 6-4 205 lbs. that routinely takes defenders off the dribble and bullies them to the basket. That he was able to do that against bigger or smaller guys was impressive. Cumberland can shoot it from deep as well as from midrange, and he sees the floor well enough to set his teammates up to score. He is a capable rebounder on both ends of the floor. Guarding great quickness is an issue, and as he faces opposition as strong as him his ability to get to the rim could be adversely affected. Austin Davis – C, Onsted (Mich.) - 2016 Kyle’s Take: “Big Country” is still growing and learning to use his feet and body in the post. When going against guys that are his size or taller, Davis struggled to finish inside over extended arms. Defensively, he is long armed and was able to get a few blocks inside. The glaring positive about Davis is he never wavered in his effort. He continued to go out there and go after the defenders, eager to compete and get better. Seth Dugan – C, Otsego (Mich.) - 2015 Kyle’s Take: Dugan may have been the most consistent big man during the afternoon session of the camp. This young man is massive and uses his size well. He has extremely long arms that allow him to shoot hook shots over virtually anyone. On defense he eats up shots around the rim. Duggan didn’t showcase a consistent jumper on Saturday, but seemed very comfortable attempting them and showed good form. He not a great athlete and that sometimes impacted his ability to finish at the rim. Still, this in-state sleeper showed why a number of schools are keeping an eye on him. He is sound big man that is solid in his role on both ends of the floor. Mike Edwards – C, Westland (Mich.) John Glenn - 2015 Dre’s Take: Edwards was on our radar two years ago, but he has taken steps back in his development since. It is important that Edwards brings the right effort every time out on the floor. He did that during Michigan’s elite camp and was extremely effective as a result. He was active rebounding and scoring at the cup, and he also showed aggressive side with two rim-rattling dunks that turned heads. He benefitted GREATLY from playing with Derryck Thornton. The talented point guard routinely got Edwards the ball in positions where he could something with it. Edwards obviously won’t play with Thornton all of the time, but that doesn’t mean he can play without passion and effort. Those are traits he must bring on a consistent basis. His new head coach Rod Watts has been working with him on doing just that. That hard work showed during the elite camp. Ty Groce – SF/PF, Ypsilanti (Mich.) Lincoln - 2016 Sam’s Take: This talented youngster lives a mere 15 minutes from Crisler arena, but he showed Saturday that he was a regular visitor last year for reasons other than proximity. This youngster possesses an intriguing combination of size and skill. He is 6-7, can put it on the floor (especially to his right) is a really good three-point shooter, and he runs the floor like a deer. So what’s the problem? He can be overly deferential and goes through spells where you don’t know he is on the court. As a pure talent he is among the best in the state. Once his motor/intensity catches up we’ll go from saying he is among the best in the state to saying he is among the best in the country. Matthew Moyer – SF/PF, Gahanna (Ohio) Lincoln – 2016 Kyle’s Take: Moyer is every bit of 6-7 now and still filling out his frame. He is clearly still adjusting to the constant growth his body is undergoing. With such long arms Moyer is a problem when he dedicates himself to the glass. He often tips balls his way on the offensive end and finishes with good touch over defenders. Away from the basket Moyer is a work in progress both when it comes to putting the ball on the deck and jump shooting. Right now he is definitely more of a four, but he is looking to tighten up his handle, his shooting touch, and improve his quickness. With two years of high school left there is still a great deal of time for his development. Skyler Nash – SG, Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young - 2016 Sam’s Take: Nash is a physically imposing guard that is a tough defender and rebounds at his position extremely well. We’ve seen him knock down shots from distance in the past, but this wasn’t one of his better days in the regard. That really limited his ability to get to the rim. He isn’t nearly as adept at taking opponents off the dribble since he added so much muscle to his frame. That said, Nash is a good athlete that could some of that quickness with work on his explosion or by simply dropping weight. Quandell Newton – SF, Naples (Fla.) First Baptist - 2015 Sam’s Take: Not a player whose name we’d heard before this camp, but in a head-to-head match-up with the more well know Tony Anderson, Newton came out on top. A series of crossovers to get to the bucket, an emphatic slam, and a couple of pull-ups beyond the arc definitely gained him notice. He wasn’t as successful getting to the rim versus defenders quicker than Anderson, but his stroke definitely made him a factor throughout the day. He looked like player that will be heard from down the line on the mid-major level if not higher. Justin Turner – SG, Detroit (Mich.) Renaissancem - 2016 Sam’s Take: One of the more effective guards getting to the basket. Not super quick but crafty with the ball… has an effective crossover and also uses a hesitation blow by defenders. He has an impressive midrange game as well. Whether it was pulling up from 15 feet and hitting a runner, he was a problem in the lane. The most impressive part of his game, though, was his on-stop motor. You’ll never have to coach effort with this kid and there was one play in particular that was indicative of that. After a missed three he sprinted to rim to follow his shot. He slithered between three defenders and out-fought them for the rebound before converting the put-back. The one thing we didn’t see him do on the day was knock down the triple consistently. But again, this is a young man we expect a number of programs, including Michigan, to keep an eye on.
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