Posted On: 07/19/20 9:54 AM
This weekend felt nice. While it was certainly different, there were finally a slew of grassroots basketball games to watch. Michigan prospects from all classes impressed on Friday and Saturday. Here’s some of what caught my eye:
Jared Lary (2021, SF, Grand Rapids Christian, Adidas)
Lary was lights out on Friday. His stat line of 9 points and 5 rebounds doesn’t do him justice. In a choppy game filled with free throws and stoppages, he was the lifeblood on offense. Lary showed a nice lefty finish and range on his jumper. He attacked the rim off the dribble and made plays with the ball.
Jordan Briggs (2023, G, Muskegon, UTS Elite 15u)
Briggs was dynamic on Friday and showed why the Muskegon area is excited about him. He was quick with the ball, never wasting a dribble. Briggs freed himself and created space with a crossover and a hesitation move. He put his defender on their heels, then pulled up for a jumper, attacked and finished, or dished to an open teammate.
Ethan Erickson (2021, SG, Forest Hills Northern, GR Storm 17u)
Erickson flat out did it all on Saturday. He hit 3’s off an aggressive jab step and with a hand in his face. Erickson showed some flare in his passing ability and played hard with or without the ball.
Trip Riemersma (2021, SG, Zeeland East, GR Storm 17u)
Riemersma is the real deal as a basketball player. He’s a natural shooter, but so much more, and he proved that once again on Saturday. Riemersma once again flashed his underrated athleticism. He ran the floor and finished above the rim. He used his quick feet to create space his jumper.
Charles Riley (2021, SF, L’Anse Creuse North, Macomb Cougars 17u)
Riley was the offensive leader for the Macomb Cougars at the Prep Hoops Circuit’s Havoc In The Heartland. He was their leading scorer in both games, averaging 16 per game. Riley was incredibly active on the offensive end, getting open and showing himself to the ball handler.
Brady Titus (2022, PG, Tri-Unity Christian, UTS Elite 16u)
Titus is a star, and in my opinion, deserves to be mentioned among the elite in Michigan’s class of 2022. He may not be incredibly tall and flashy, but he’s a leader and a winner that gets results every game. Titus scored 14 points in each game Saturday, but his performance was highlighted by his defense. He played downhill, attacked the ball handler, and created turnovers.