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:
March is a special time of year in college hoops, but while the college fans are focused on March Madness and the current team the college staffs have to not only worry about this year’s team they always have to look to the future. We have looked at the back court the last two months and today we start looking at the front court with the small forwards or wing players.
Any list in the state or country at that position starts with 2016 6’8 Josh Jackson of Detroit Consortium. Ranked as high as #1 in the country in the 2016 class Josh is long and very skilled. He can play a 1-4 and has shown he can score inside and out. He will need to add some weight as he continues his career but there is little doubt that he is a pro. Jackson is a big time national recruit and will be a major win to anyone who gets him. Josh and Consortium played one game this season already at the Breslin Center during the Holiday Hoops Invitational. Coach Izzo was on hand to watch Josh score 21 points and get 7 rebounds in 3 quarters in a 66-38 win. The question will be, if he stays in state for the next two years of high school or will he go prep school? The smart money is on Prep School.
The next player I still consider a Michigan kid even though he now plays at Huntington Prep. Miles Bridges 6’6 2016 star is starting to get the love nationally that we in Michigan knew he would get once he left Flint Southwestern and went to one of the best and most national known prep schools in the country. Michigan State, Michigan, Indiana, Kansas, Ohio State, and Kentucky are the 6 schools I see it coming down to. Miles is super athletic and last I talked to him was still planning on playing AAU back in Michigan with the Michigan Mustangs.
One of the other players on that Mustangs U16 team that also played up last spring and summer is Devin Daniels. The 6’5 wing that transferred from Battle Creek Central to Kalamazoo Central this season is enjoying a good sophomore season as he helps the Maroon Giants. Devin is long and athletic and while he is not to Miles or Jackson’s level of national recruit, he is a Division 1 recruit with two and a half years left to improve.
One of Devin’s teammates at Kalamazoo Central, 6’4 Orlando Little, also has a chance to be special. The sophomore has already had a good deal of games where he scored over 20 points. Orlando is built a little stronger than Daniels right now and does have long arms and good skills. He is not in the big ten level just yet however he could get there.
One player that is very interesting is 6’4 2016 Kevin McKay from Warren De La Salle. Good athletic build who just makes plays. He doesn’t have a true position right now; he is just a basketball player. He can play a little inside and out. He is a good rebounder and he uses his body well to score inside while also being able to put the ball on the floor and shoot the mid-range jumper as well.
The final guy is more of a MAC level recruit as of now but is long and skilled so he has some upside. LJ James from Wayland Union is a 6’7 2015 player who plays AAU with ACB Bankhoops. He can play the 4 as well with his size, and at the next level he may be more of a step out four man who can put the ball on the floor a little as well. He does need to either add a little weight to be a true four man or continue improve his foot speed to play the win at the next level.