CITYBEAT: Flint area top 10 players – Jaylen Magee takes top spot

Posted: December 7, 2010 by Marcellus Miller in Citybeat, High School

By Marcellus Miller | Great Lakes Hoops

With all due respect to the Journal’s Bill Khan, I will offer my humble opinion on the Flint-area top ten hoopers for 2010-11.  I must say I believe Mr. Khan is going a bit too much by press clippings than performance and potential.  This year I’m even going to try something a little different, that is, including the suburban schools in the Citybeat column.  That said, here we go:

1.) Jaylen Magee, senior Flint Northwestern – Simply the most explosive of all of the area players and works harder than many kids I have seen.  He frequently came up to Mott while my aau team was practicing just to get a skill workout in with his brother.  Some of the drills he did…wow…I expect his scoring may dip just a bit due to additional talent, but the way they run and gun at NW will provide ample opportunities.

2.) Javontae Hawkins, junior Flint Powers – Better know as “Hawk”, this Beecher to Powers transfer has really made his mark on the scene this summer with Team Detroit aau program.  Now clearly comfortable and the go-to-guy until Patrick Lucas-Perry comes back from an off-season knee injury, Hawk will be the biggest recruit in the area in some time.  I expect a junior season of career highs across the board.

3.) Patrick Lucas-Perry, senior Flint Powers (if healthy) –  The rumor around town is that PLP is not back 100% from the knee injury this past off-season and has additionally hurt the ankle as well.  When healthy, he displays a quickness and game understanding from the PG position that is rarely matched.  A good mid-range shooter, I would like to see his range extend to a more consistent 3-point shot.

4.) Shaquille Smith, senior Flint Northern – Shaq has been well-known for his quick first step for some time, but it is little-known that the 5’9″ PG can get up and dunk as well.  He has also worked hard on his outside jumper and in the scrimmages thus far has been the teams most consistent outside threat.  That is a far cry from the player who took (and made) only one 3-pointer as a soph.  The floater is still deadly and know he is using his quickness on defense as well.  He could easily move up this list by year’s end.

5.) Ahasuerus McDonald, senior Flint Northwestern – The first surprise on this list considering Khan didn’t even have him listed.  After a solid season leading Northwestern to the district championship from the point last year, Syro had a stellar summer with the Mid Michigan Lakers AAU basketball club and in the summer league as well.  He is only 5’10”, but is as strong as a bull and has speed that normally doesn’t come with that.  Routinely putting up 20 plus points on the aau scene, he won’t need to do that to be successful this season because the team is loaded.  However, after the season, I expect colleges to come calling from all over.

6.) Anton Wilson, junior Flint Carman-Ainsworth – Another surprise that was not listed on the FJ list.  All he did was start last season on a upperclassmen-laden C-A team and consistently put up numbers.  Blessed with a sweet stroke from all over the court, you cannot leave this kid open, period.  He is not far behind Hawkins in terms of recruitment either.  He needs some weight and strength to finish at the glass, but he is a teachable kid that is a coach’s dream.

7.) Monte Morris, sophomore Flint Beecher – What can I say that has not already been said about this kid.  He has a smooth shot and the instincts of a veteran.  He is one of the smartest basketball players I have seen recently anywhere.  He will have to shoulder more load at least at the beginning of the season due to his running mate Antuan Burks healing from a terrible football injury.  Although slight in stature, his shoulders are big enough to do just that.

8.) Dominez Burnett, senior Flint Northwestern – The third Wildcat on this list, it is easy to see why this team is loaded!  D-Nez could very easily move several spots up by year’s end based on his production while at Hamady.  He will provide NW with a presence inside provided that he doesn’t get stuck in the mode that he has to be on the wing every play.  However, when he is out there, he can shoot it and get to the hole to create his own shot.  I would like to see him work on being a better passer, but he has some big time potential at the next level.

9.) Deandre Parks, senior Flint Northwestern – Wow, a fourth Wildcat?  Yep, and the best shooter of the bunch.  He does not create his own shot as well or as much as the other 3 but is you give him an inch, he will kill you from the outside.  He now even has a leaner while moving to his right that is deadly as well.  He handles the all well enough to get through, but needs to strengthen that as well.  The question is can all four stars shine with only one ball?  That is yet to be seen…

10.) Denzel Watts, sophomore Flint Carman-Ainsworth – A starter from day one at Carman, this bowling ball of a PG is as strong as many power forwards in the high school game.  Also coming off a torn meniscus over the summer, Denzel’s recovery has been swift to say the least.  He appears to be at the form that had people comparing him to Mateen Cleaves (although I was not one of them).  He can also shoot the trey with great prowess so you can’t just protect against the drive.  He and Wilson will bear the burden of losing senior standouts Glenn Cosey, Jaylen Larry, and Demondre Chapman.

Other interesting prospects to consider:

Senior Standouts: Vincent Adams Jr.- Powers, Kevionte Goff- Beecher, Nathan Sauvola- Grand Blanc, Dalvin David-Northern, Marques Pool-SWA, Darius Wilson- International Academy, Ke’aris Perryman-International Academy, Eric Long-Northern, Logan Hull – Swartz Creek, Josh Fugate –  Holly.

Junior Jumpers: Jordan Fields-GB, The Hickoffs-Fenton, Donald Fisher-Northern, Cory Jones-SWA, Antuan Burks-Beecher, Nathan Landsgaard, Goodrich, Cortez Robinson-Beecher

Sophomore Sensations: Dewrell Tisdale Jr.-Northern, Richmond Lewis-Northern, Eric Cooper-Beecher, Cullen Turczyn-Lapeer West, Zeshawn Parker- Lapeer West, Rayshon Thomas- International Academy; Bart Williams, Grand Blanc

Freshmen Phenoms: Ra’mon Lewis-Northern, Kaylin Johnson-Northern (second semester)

All I can say is that it will be one very interesting season considering Powers plays NW in the first game, while Northern looks to fend off Beecher at home, before travelling to NW Friday.  We will learn some things right away!  Let’s go!

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Comments
  1. Jared Field says:

    I know Bill Khan. No respect due.

  2. Jared Field says:

    Just for kicks, here’s mine:

    1.) Jaylen Magee
    2.) Monte Morris
    3.) Javontae Hawkins
    4.) Ahasuerus McDonald
    5.) Patrick Lucas-Perry
    6.) Anton Wilson
    7.) Shaq Smith
    8.) Dominez Burnett
    9.) Denzel Watts
    10.) Dre Parks

  3. prepfan says:

    no disrespect, the young man from GB you did not pick before the season is over will make you look silly. how in the world can not pick fields as one of your top ten? Also watch out for Jones from SWA.

    • Jared Field says:

      I like Fields, but who would you take out of that top 10?

      • Skywalker says:

        Good list Marcellus…. I do have a candidate for your “Junior jumpers” Sophomore at the time Nathan Landsgaard of Goodrich was the best player on the floor of their district game against Powers last year. Very athletic and can jump out of the gym.

      • Marcellus Miller says:

        I love these lists just because they spark hype and debate. I like Morris a lot, but at #2, you’re putting a big value on potential considering that’s above a PG who scored 23 on him last year and the most highly touted player in the group. And Skywalker, you are right about Landsgaard, oversight on my part as was Lucus.

      • Jared Field says:

        Find me a more efficient player in any grade.

      • Marcellus Miller says:

        Depends on what you call efficient. How about a PG that averaged 16-plus ppg, 3 apg, 3 rpg, 2 spg, 2 pass deflections, while shooting 50% from the field, and averaging over 1 point per shot attempt? Or a SF that averaged doble-figures on a team where he was the 4th option? For his age, Morris is the best right now. He won’t beat himself, that’s for sure…but #2 is putting a lot on potential greatness. And that’s cool, I just think of it more in a potential and proof sort of way.

  4. Jared Field says:

    Good call…Trevor Lucus should probably be there as well.

  5. coachIz says:

    Fields is good but doesn’t belong in the top 10. The guys listed in the top 10 can shoot and have skills that they have honed. Fields is all athlete and if he doesn’t get to the rim he can’t score with any consistency. No floater and no three, over 25-30%, in his game.

  6. BBALLFAN says:

    Fields does belong on the list.and Bart williams probably has the sweetest jump shot in the area.

  7. B-ball says:

    That’s a good list. I love to see the players play. Do anybody think Richie Lewis could be on the list? Jordan Fields would be #12 if you did 1-15.
    I haven’t heard nothing about Shaun Coffer is he playing this year?
    How is Southwestern PG’s looking?

    • Marcellus Miller says:

      Richie will be very good, now he has to go prove it. Shaun may play if he corrects his classroom things. SWA PG’s? Not so good…

  8. coachIz says:

    BBallFan, if basketball TOP 10 lists only considered one or two aspects of a player’s game then Fields and Williams would be on it. There is a lot more to basketball than driving to the hole with quickness, as is Fields’ game, or shooting the three, as is Williams’ game. Williams is close to 6-4 and has absolutely no inside game and not a lot of rebounding tenacity. He is young so maybe he will develop those areas of his game and make a list in the future.

  9. CityHoops says:

    What is your thoughts on GB seniors nate savola and brandon hill? Those two with williams and fields is nice. junior forward clarence turner is a contributing factor as well.

  10. coachIz says:

    BBallFan, Fields had ZERO and Williams had 3 tonight at Carman Ainsworth. Not close to top 10 numbers.

    • @coachIZ, was C-A just that much better? That game looked ugly by the score…

      • coachIz says:

        @Marcellus, Grand Blanc does not have a consistent scorer. Sauvola can score a little but not against anyone that is athletic. 47 points will keep the KLAA games close but playing anyone in Genesee County they’ll get run outscored consistently. They did not have an anwer for Watts or Wilson.

  11. Jared Field says:

    I’m not giving up on GB just yet. They have a ton of talent, but they do lack athleticism this season, especially compared to C-A.

  12. CityHoops says:

    GB has talent, They are just a really young team. If fields, williams, and sauvola step it up a notch and even hill they could be a really nice team. Hill showed nice things off the bench. Why doesn’t he start? But what i love best of him was his vision and he even improved his perimeter shot. GB can be a good team through out the rest of season when they find consistency. But they looked terrible vs. CA.

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