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 http://www.alleyesonuhoops.com/MainPage.html 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:
Today we are up to the power forwards. First on our list is now playing at Oak Hill but he is not just a Michigan kid, he is a Lansing kid. 6â€™9 2015 Trevor Manual, after winning two state titles with Lansing Sexton his first two years, with Denzel Valentine, Trevor has made the move to Oak Hill but is still playing AAU with Detroit based Nike team The Family. Trevor is super long and is pretty skilled. Both in state Big Ten schools have offered and though MSU already has Deyonta Davis in the 2015 class Manual is versatile enough where both of them would fit in the green and white nicely.
The next guy we look at just received an MSU offer 6â€™8â€ Yante Maten from Bloomfield Hills. Yante is in the 2014 class and I would expect him to visit here very soon and not leave East Lansing until he commits. Yante had a great season as he led Bloomfield Hills all the way to the Class A state finals until they lost to Muskegon, led by Deyonta Davis. Maten would much rather be a teammate with him them play against him. Yante is thicker but also has skills to step out and knock down the 17-19 foot mid-range jumper as well.
Two 2016 guys, Algevon Eichelberger 6â€™6 out of Saginaw, and Kelvon Fuller 6â€™7 from Oak Park, both have a chance to play their ways in to the big ten level. Big Al has great footwork for a young post player with good moves and touch with either hand. Fuller is a great athlete who runs well with good hands and feet. He does need to get stronger. In fact if you combined Fuller with Eichelberger you would have one killer post prospect.
One 2017 player to keep an eye on is 6â€™5 Xavier Tillman from Forest Hills Central. Tillman had a very good freshmen season for the young Rangers team. Xavier is long and has a real good build for a young post prospect. As long as he continues to grow, he should be a Big Ten level recruit. He is playing AAU with the Michigan Mustangs this spring and summer.
The last player has the look at the skill, Michael Edwards, 6â€™9 2015 Westland John Glenn, but does need to put it all together and produce more. He has to get stronger, and have a big spring and summer during AAU. I donâ€™t see him ever being a Big Ten player. But he is long, skilled and athletic.