Steve Schwanda started All Eyes on U Hoops towards the end of 2010 after having years of basketball experience from middle school to college. Steve has coached at the middle school, high school and AAU levels as well as worked in college athletic departments. All Eyes on U Hoops is an NCAA certified recruiting service that covers Michigan and the mid-west that has Division 1, Division 2, Division 3 and Junior Colleges from all across the country that subscribe to the service. Steve also started and runs the All Eyes on U Hoops website that features game recaps, articles on commitments and more. You can follow anything Steve has done at www.alleyesonuhoops.com and follow him on twitter @alleyesonuhoops.
SPARTAN SIX PACK: Basketball Recruiting!
Each month we will take a look at 6 players that either Michigan State is recruiting or who are very talented and have a chance at getting to this level:
We are starting from the backcourt and moving are way up front. So why not start with the coaches on the floor, the guys asked to run the team and make the rest of their teammates better. Of course we are talking about the Point Guards. There are three types of Point Guards that you see today, a scoring point guard, a combo guard who is forced to handle the ball because that is the team’s only option but really they just want to shoot and the true “old school” pass first point guard.
The best point guard anyway you look at it in this state is Eric Davis from Saginaw Arthur Hill. Davis is 6’3 and our #1 player in the 2015 class in the state. He has good length so he can play off the ball as well though I know he would prefer playing the point. Davis is great with the ball in his hands and not only is he athletic enough to get to the basket but he is also an above average jump shooter. His long arms also make him good on defense both guarding the ball and off the ball getting in passing lanes. Davis has been on unofficial visits to Michigan State and his high school coach is a MSU grad so I believe Davis had a good chance of joining Deyonta Davis in the 2015 class. Look for that to happen closer to August.
After Davis the next best point guard in the state is from University of Detroit Jesuit’s 2016 standout Cassius Winston. The 6’0 star has an MSU offer and played very well with Michigan State coaches watching closely during the Tom Izzo Shootout this June. Cassius has good ball handling skills and loves to run the pick-n-roll. Does a good job of finishing at the basket even though he doesn’t have the size of Davis. Since Cassius still have two and a half years left of varsity basketball the sky is the limit for him. I consider the Spartans as the clear front runner for Winston.
After Winston and Davis the next point guard in the state is also in the top ten in the 2015 class and that is Southfield Christian’s Bakari Evelyn. The 6’0 guard has two Class D state titles in two years and could very well win two more. Bakari is long and thin whose only offer as of now is Oakland. A good deal of the Big Ten and some Big 12, Big East and Pac 10 schools are keeping Bakari warm in case he makes it. I wouldn’t expect MSU to offer however unless option A-E fall through.
Sticking with the class of 2015 next up would be 6’0 Khari Willis from Jackson Lumen Christi. Willis has also been offered by Oakland, as well as Dayton, Detroit and Kent State. If MSU wanted him they could get him, but I don’t see that happening. Willis should be a very good player in the Horizon. Willis plays AAU with the Michigan Mustangs so he will have a good deal of college coaches watching him this summer but I do not see him getting to the Big Ten level.
The future of the point guard spot in the state of Michigan right now is in the hands of two young men. The first, Jermaine Jackson, already has gained a reputation around the state while the other, Christian Rodriguez, is not as well known yet, but both are getting a good deal of minutes on varsity as freshmen. Jackson who is 5’8 as of right now and plays at Mt Clemens and already has been offered by Eastern Michigan. Jermaine’s dad who is now coaching him played at University of Detroit and later professional so you know JR is going to continue to improve and he will get many more offers before his high school career is done. Jermaine is super quick and great with the ball, he has shown in AAU playing up with the Michigan Hurricanes and already in his high school season he has no trouble controlling the tempo and scoring against bigger and stronger players. Rodriquez is playing at Godwin Heights after having a good AAU season with the Grand Rapids Storm. Christian is also 5’8 as of now but does a good job of handling the ball and finding a way to get his shot off while playing against bigger and stronger guys. Rodriguez is a hard worker and doesn’t back down from anyone. I saw this first hand last fall when as an 8th grader he attended my high school fall showcase and played very well. Expect to hear much more from both of these young men over the next three and a half years.