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:
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:
After taking a look at the point guards in January today we look at the off guards that have a chance to play their way to be Spartans. The 2016 and 2017 classes in Michigan are shaping up to be very strong and the top two names on this list of 6 come from those classes.
- 1. Freshmen 6’5 Brian Bowen from Saginaw Arthur Hill has already made a name for himself in AAU and early on in his high school career. Playing with #1 2015 player Eric Davis, Brain is the #1 player in the 2017 class in Michigan and has the combination of length, athletic ability, and skill to become a top 5 player in the country before it is all said and done. Not only is Bowen coached in high school by a MSU grad, he is also cousins with former Spartan great Jason Richardson. While he isn’t a high flyer like J-Rich, at least not yet, he handles the ball well has as soon as he steps in the gym range and doesn’t look to be done growing. Needs to get stronger of course, but what high school freshman doesn’t. He is also very active on the glass on both ends of the floor and using his length to block shots well. MSU has already offered as have Missouri and Iowa State with Kansas, Ohio State and Florida among others showing interest. And if that isn’t enough, he excels in the classroom as well and has a 3.9 GPA.
- 2. Moving to the 2016 class, the best scoring guard prospect is Karmari Newman from East English Village. Newman is a great offensive player who has quickly shot up the chart in the 2016 Michigan rankings. Newman is a great outside shooter as well like Bowen, and while he is not as tall, he has very long arms. As he continues to add muscle and improve his game he will only get better. Already is a Top 5 player in the 2016 Class.
One other member of East English Village is at least worth mentioning, Mar’qwell Jackson. The 6’4 Jackson is the best unsigned senior guard in the state. While he wouldn’t appear to be in Michigan State’s plains he is very versatile and will be playing Division 1 basketball next fall. Jackson is an above average ball handling and passer, while he also can score inside and out.
In the 2015 class there are a few guys that have a chance, and while none of them may end up at MSU they are all talented and top ten players in the 2015 class.
- Xavier Cochran is a 6’5 standout from Ann Arbor Huron. He has a strong build and is a good athlete. Xavier is a natural scorer who finds many ways to put the ball in the basket. I see him as a really good A10 type player, but we will see. He plays AAU for the super talented Dorian’s Pride AAU program.
- On the west side of the state Deleon Brown from Grand Rapids Christian has done a great job of becoming the leading scorer for the Eagles this season. Deleon is super long and thin but does a good job of getting to the basket and finishing inside. Brown also has great range and is a good 3-point and free throw shooter. Once he adds muscle he should be a very good Mid Major player at worse, if not “higher.”
- The last player we mention today is 6’3 Marqual Ingram from Detroit Pershing. Pershing is of course no stranger to talented players and this year is no different with VCU commit 6’7 Justin Tillman and Buffalo bound Mory Diane leading the current number #1 ranked team in Class A in Michigan. Ingram has done a good job of being that 3rd scorer this year while also playing very good defense, including defending top 3 player in the nation in the 2016 class Josh Jackson from Detroit Consortium. Ingram has long arms and moves his feet well on defense, while also knocking down shots and handling the ball a little when he needs to. With a big spring and summer in AAU and then having a much better chance next year of being the man at Pershing his recruitment will pick up as it goes on.