New and Notes from the Breslin: Dwaun Anderson, George Goodman, Chris Harrison-Docks and more

Posted: December 29, 2010 by Jared Field in High School

Dwaun Anderson, Suttons Bay

EAST LANSING, Michigan — Here are a few thought on some of the players from last night’s final two games at the Meijer Holiday Hoops Invitational.

Dwaun Anderson, Suttons Bay: This is the player many waited all day to see, and boy did he disappoint. His performance on Tuesday night in a 30-point blowout loss to Saginaw Buena Vista was not unlike his two prior performances at the Breslin Center. Anderson scored 14 points on 16 shots and had his pocket picked by Buena Vista guard George Goodman twice.

Last season, during the class C final four at the Breslin, the MSU-signee shot 12-for-38 from the floor in two games against Bridgman and Melvindale ABT. Based on what I’ve seen of his skill set up to this point, I think only the hardest of the die-hard MSU fans truly believes Anderson is ready for high-major basketball. His shot is still erratic (in three games at the Breslin he is 2-for-16 from 3-point range) and his ball handling is certainly not what you’d expect from a high-major shooting guard.

Anderson is a high-major athlete, no one denies that, but I think many expected to see more of a finished product at this stage in his senior season.

George Goodman, Saginaw Buena Vista: Goodman has been a known commodity in Mid-Michigan for several years. He’s ultra-quick with long arms and a reliable outside shot. His ballhandling is a strong point, though he far too often prefers jacking up shots on the perimeter.

Against Suttons Bay, Goodman was spectacular at times, hanging and hitting shots off the dribble drive. He had a baseline, post-up spin move that was outstanding in the second half. Some deficiencies in his game still exist, however. He’s not an effective communicator on either end of the floor and he, like so many great offensive players, doesn’t play with tremendous effort on defense. In a reality, a player with his talent should be an elite defender.

One last thing: Don’t be fooled by Goodman’s numbers this season (30+ points per game); he has 3-4 really good teammates, including senior sharpshooter Derrick Washington and a very capable frontline.

Chris Harrison-Docks, Okemos: The Chieftans star guard, Harrison-Docks, played excellent through three quarters Tuesday night. I love his tenacity, his perimeter shooting ability and his handles. As a bonus, he really sits down on defense. Unfortunately for Harrison-Docks, he played a very poor final quarter and was on the business end of several crucial turnovers.

Even still, there is little doubt my mind that he was the best, most skilled player on the court.

Vince Adams, Flint Powers: Adams continues to lead the Chargers in scoring this season. The 6-2 southpaw guard, who played a precious little last season, scored 18 points on 13 shots with four rebounds. He’s the best finisher on this team and the most efficient player by far. I have little doubt that Adams will parlay his superb play into a division II scholarship.

Mack McKearney, Okemos: A GLH favorite since sophomore year, senior Mack McKearney is a power guard supreme. On Tuesday night, he led Okemos with 15 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. This young man has been coached.

Patrick Lucas-Perry, Flint Powers: Lucas-Perry had a decent all-around game, though his shooting percentage was poor (5-for-17). He finished with 15 points, three assists and three turnovers. His quickness is what separates him from other guards at this level. His size is still somewhat prohibitive, however, as he continues to struggle to finish in traffic. He forced a little in the first half, but tightened up in the second and got the win. Loved the way he competed last night against Harrison-Docks.

Javontae Hawkins, Flint Powers: Considered by many to be a surefire high major wing, Hawkins has struggled this season. He scored 10 points on 15 shots and had more than a few moments where the game seemed out of focus for him. He’s always good for a highlight dunk or two, but Hawkins must get stronger with the ball in order to be considered a top wing prospect.

Pierre Brackett, Flint Powers: I have to give Brackett credit. He, along with Adams, were exceptionally efficient in this game. Brackett does all the little things and scores when he’s called upon. He’s an undersized forward with just enough perimeter game to keep a defense honest. He had 11 points.

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  1. Breezy says:

    Good summary of the day….

    How Hawkins has high major offers is INSANE and shows you just how out of control player rankings and AAU has become. What is UM thinking about in offering this kid as a Big Ten Wing?

    Didnt see you reference the best backcourt of the day day, Majerle and Klein from Rockford, who destroyed EL’s guards, Edmunds in particular, who showed he is GLIAC at best. Way too small and his shot is so slow he couldnt even get a look. EL has a great new coach, but looked really bad against the first good team they have played this year.

    Docks should have had the ball more at the end, but you are right, he turned it over a lot when it mattered.

    • Jared Field says:

      I couldn’t make it in time for the Majerle show.

    • Jared Field says:

      On Hawkins: I can vouch for Hawk’s work ethic, so it’s difficult to comprehend his early-season struggles. There’s a really good player hidden in there somewhere. I’ve seen glimpses of it on numerous occasions in the spring/summer. He just hasn’t been able to do it at this level. For some, that’s not important. For me, I think it’s most important.

    • To doubt Hawkins’ high major potential is ridiculous. He will be fine as soon as he is truly coached again. In my opinion, that’s the difference. But the college game overall (outside of the Big Ten/Twelve) is much more like AAU ball than high school is, so that’s why coaches deem it so important….

      • Jared Field says:

        Was he “truly coached” playing for Team Detroit? I’m asking because I really don’t know the answer.

        I think coaches deem AAU ball important because they can see a bunch of recruits in the same city, often in the same gym.

        To doubt a prospect can play at the high-major level is not a disservice to the player. I’ve seen some really unbelievable players as juniors in high school who never make it to the high-major level.

        The doubt, as I understand it, is not about talent. He has gobs of that. It’s really about guard skills and strength at this point. He’s behind in that sense, but it’s better to be late to a party than not invited.

      • No, perhaps not truly coached and that may be the issue that is catching up now. AAU provides an opportunity to see many recruites, but bigger than that it puts more talent against more talent. That is what excites the coaches more. How does their recruit play against similar/greater talent. High school games may provide 1-2 very talented vs. 1-2 very talented. In AAU u can get 7-8 vs. 7-8.

        Doubting him has little to do with being a disservice. It would stand to reason that the scouts that have watched have been doing it for some time and may know a little something…so is the doubt really about them?

  2. Corbin says:

    Good observation Breezy – coach should have gotten him the ball more. From what I was told Harrison-Docks was battling flu like symptoms all week leading up to that game and I think it caught up to him in the 4th quarter. I’ve seen him play before and even though he was good enough for most of the game he seemed out of sorts even when he was playing well. He’s a kid that normally takes over the game when it counts.

    Fields I think you are right on target with your assessment of CHD. He was the best most skilled player on the court EASY. He really only stopped himself. I can see why Butler all over him. If that was a bad game he’s pretty darn tough.

    The Adams Kid from Flint Powers was the X-factor. He should be getting more pub for that team. I thought he was clearly the best player for that team last night. If he continues to play like that he will definitely get some looks.

    • Jared Field says:

      CHD’s handles are so nice that it’s hard to even call him a shooter. I’d seen him play before, so I wasn’t shocked. However, the fact the he seems to really care about playing defense separates him in my mind.

  3. F.Patterson says:

    Hawkins is the man i mean i see this kid work his butt off at the y playing with us other guys and he do his own individual drills i also watched him play aau basketball a little bit this summer no doubt that he needs to get stronger he just cant play the way he played during aau because the ball is always in that lucas-perry kid hands but to me that Hawkins kid is a D1 player and athlete the kid can score just wait til the season progress im tellin you he is a 1st round draft pick in my eyes he knows what to do to get there.

  4. SO WHAT says:

    Javonte is a good player but he’s not focused right now.O and Jared its definitely not about talent.Its all about putting those hours in those schoolbooks, the gym and humbling yourself.That guy Vince Adams worked incredibly hard over the summer and I mean he PUT IN WORK.He was determined and humbled.I wouldn’t be surprised if he got a few division one offers because he PUT IN WORK.

  5. F.Patterson says:

    On the first comment i cant see Hawk playing in the big ten he’s a runner he’s more of a big east,big 12,or pac 10 player.one more thing about him i know his father very well he’s a good man and a pastor of a church and me and his dad went to northwestern together.But i go to every game powers has and one of these games he’s going to have a breakout game so anybody who thinks this kid can’t play division 1 ball is insane.And that Vince kid is something else i can see 4 of there starting 5 playing division 1 basketball Hawk,Vince,Lucas-Perry,and Bracket can slide in a small division 1 school but i think Hawk and Vince are big keys to lead them and capture them a state championship. Are they in class A?

  6. tarzand says:

    Hawkins underachievement this season has nothing to do with coaching issues. Why don’t people mention the rise of Vince Adams this year and Demarco Sanders last year from Powers to the coaches developing players in their prospective programs? Why wasnt Harrison Docks 4th quarter struggles given credit to the adjustment of PLP on him? Hawkins has big time D1 potential, and it is early in the season. I feel he is still getting oriented to organized and structured basketball, playing in set offenses and not AAU or Beecher ball. I am a neutral fan. These are my personal observations.

    • Jared Field says:

      Beecher ball, as you call it, is my kind of basketball. It’s a far cry from AAU ball. Everyone plays defense at Beecher and they really emphasis ball skills, finishing. Coach Williams is among the best practice coaches I’ve seen.

      Coach Williams has been winning with the players that walk through the door. Probably no school district in the area has been pilfered for players more than Beecher. For a Powers fan not to respect that is a marriage of arrogance and ignorance.

    • I have seen Sanders and Adams develop and be unable to breakout until their programs had to have them to win.

      • F.Patterson says:

        Okay.But on Vince he’s came a long way from last year and he worked his butt off this summer i love watching that kid play. Hawk is going to be great he’s just going through a rough 4 games i just know Powers is going to be a great team this year and everyone say’s Hawk shouldnt have left Beecher but to me he became more of an aggresive player because all i seen his freshman year was just standing in the corner and shooting 3’s to be honest nothing against coach williams Hawk wouldnt have the offers he got if he stayed at Beecher

      • Jared Field says:

        @ Patterson: With all due respect, you are way off base. How would staying at Beecher have adversely affected his recruitment? Monte Morris doesn’t seem to be having any problems attracting scouts. Should he go to Powers too?

      • I’m with you on Vince…absolutely love the kid (if you look at the message board heading from LAST year I tried to tell people he was that good). He has been working his tail off for the past few years and has a great attitude to go with it! I also agree that Hawk will be just fine. His work ethic is second to none.

  7. J.Mack21 says:

    Man imma keep it real Hawk need to take his ass to a Prep school he has tremendous talent and the kid can go. Jared: I agree with you on that comment about the school because Monte is the truth at Beecher but he needs to be in te weight room right along with Hawk and they can be the next NBA superstars coming out of Flint but I also think he’s gotten alot better since he left Beecher but he needto showcase his skills at a Prep school on the national level with tougher and better players it’s gone only make him better and prepare him for the college level im just saying thats what I think.By the way Vince is a hell of a player him and Hawk is a great combo I think Lucas-Perry fell off his game but Powers gone be a nice lil squad this year and they have a good coach.

    • Jared Field says:

      One caveat: Exposure is a two-way street. Some of these kids, and even coaches, think that exposure is what every kid needs. They’re wrong. Playing in front of a big crowd at the Breslin, for example, is great exposure; but, what if the player(s) on stage perform horribly?

  8. J.Mack21 says:

    Also if Hawk wouldve stayed at Beecher him and Monte would fit great together and it wouldve been showtime every tuesday and friday nigh with the way Hawk can jump and the way Monte can dribble and set his man up and even score the ball cause the Lucas-Perry boy has the worst pg shot selection ever. I think Hawk needs to be surrounded with a true pg.

  9. SO WHAT says:

    If you’re a good player, coaches will find you flatout.It doesn’t matter what school u go to or who you know.What you do on that court will determine whether u got game or not.Marquise Grey made it to Michigan State out of Beecher.

    • Robbie Williford says:

      Yeah, Gray made it to MSU. What did he end up doing?
      It really does matter where you play, and who coaches you. An example: Mark Ingram did well at GB on a team that had a coach that was primarily a passing coach, and that factored into his decision to transfer to SWA. Granted, Ingram is an amazing athlete, that’s what happens. Coach have a certain style of play, and for a guy like Beecher’s coach, who can coach anybody who walks into the gym, so to speak, that’s what the basis of a good coach is. You coach whoever is around you, and you coach to their abilities.

  10. F.Patterson says:

    I agree Jared. You have a point but it be like that sometimes when you step in front of a big crowd like that. Everyone has bad games but you see when you come together as a team at the end you come out with a W. And your right about Marquise Gray going to MSU but did he get any better and no one else went division 1 or 2 after he went to MSU but i think the Monte kid will change that in 2013.

  11. So What says:

    But the point is that he still made it to MSU. But honestly AAU can get you recruited by bigtime colleges bcuz you’re competing with kids all around the country.U shouldn’t go to a school jus to play basketball bcuz being a professional basketball player isn’t promised.It’s about the education. So even if you go to a small school such as International but hit 30 a game during the aau season against real good competition, you can still go D1.You have a good education and can still play ball.But another thing. You shouldn’t only focus on basketball.You should be an athlete.Play all the sports u can bcuz college coaches luv athletes

  12. tkrob12 says:

    the lansing catholic kid repichowski put up 22 on mckearny and hawkins barely could score against him this just shows that high school does not mean much any more its all about the aau circuit in july.

  13. SO WHAT says:

    No highschool still does have division one talent in basketball.Actually highschool is more exciting then aau because its more competative and you have fans come out to watch you play and whats more exciting is that you don’t know when the college coaches are looking at you,so you HAVE to come play hard every night.AAU is good but highschool ball is also good.You don’t have to play basketball all year round just to be an elite ball player.

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