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Austin Harper, Glen Oaks

Here’s a look at the top 15 players in the MCCAA through half a season. This list is one part production and another part potential. So, for instance, Austin Harper may not have as much potential as Jamie Stewart (that’s debatable), but his production is insane. The comment section is open for suggestions.

1.) Austin Harper, sophomore guard, Glen Oaks: Harper, a WMU transfer, has been putting on a show so far this season. He is averaging 16 points per game with 11 assists. Harper, a sneaky good athlete from west Michigan, is shooting better than 60 percent from the floor and 65 percent from 3-point range. This was going to be Jamie Stewart’s spot until I saw those field goal percentages — that’s incredible for a guard.

2.) Jamie Stewart, sophomore guard, Henry Ford: Stewart is a reliable 3-point shot away from being a prototype shooting guard. He is ultra athletic with the ability to create shots for himself and his teammates. His mid-range game is impressive as well. He is averaging 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists this season. He will be playing at D-1 Montana State next season.

3.) Mike Brigham, sophomore forward, Mott: Brigham has actually been less productive than many had expected (13 points and eight rebounds). Even so, he’s still a dynamic prospect who has improved his shooting and ballhandling since last season. Look for Brigham to have a monster second half. He started lighting it up over the some and impressed some scouts in Vegas. He has at least six D-1 offers from low to mid-major schools.

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It would just be unthinkable for Saginaw High or Saginaw Arthur Hill to lose to Flushing, a team coming off an embarrassing near 40-point loss to Flint Carman-Ainsworth.

But, this is Saginaw Heritage. The Hawks can run with Saginaw’s talent, evidenced by an early-season loss to The High by only five points, but Flushing? The Hawks have better players at every position and still managed to lose to the Raiders on Tuesday night.

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My 2010 Mr. BasketballI always struggle with these lists. 
 
Are they about a team’s MVP, college potential, or high school production with strength of schedule consideration?  With this list I consider all of the above.  There’s obviously a lot of ultra-talented guys in Saginaw like Jordan Hare of Arthur Hill and Travion Babers of the High, but I need to see production to make this list so they don’t crack it, yet. 
 
If you don’t like the idea of general rankings, then just consider this ten guys to watch in Saginaw this season.  If you do, then feel free to blast away. 
 
1. Maurice Jones 5’6″  Senior  Saginaw Arthur Hill — USC commit is my pick for Mr. Basketball so to take him #1 in Saginaw is no biggie.