It’s been a busy day of posting… If you missed anything we’ve posted: Video of Carlton Brundidge’s 44 point game, scouting reports on 2011 prospects at King James, and thoughts on Bacari Alexander’s hiring. To add to the fray here are just a couple more tidbits and notes on Carlton Brundidge and Isaiah Sykes (after the jump).
We weren’t the only ones impressed with Brundidge’s play in Akron. Rivals’ Brian Snow praised his performance and Scout’s Evan Daniels did as well ($). There is no doubt that Brundidge’s strong play in Akron should help his national rankings when they are updated.
We had to leave Akron on Saturday night but it sounds like Brundidge kept us his strong play in the the later rounds of the tournament as well. He lit it up versus one of The Family’s arch rivals, All Ohio Red, and also played very well in the Championship versus Ohio Basketball Club. Here are some highlights from OHSHoops.com report on the 17U action:
Brundidge scored 13 points in the first five minutes of the game, but didn’t score again until the 2nd half … In the 2nd half, Burke and Brundidge went back-and-forth putting on a scoring clinic. The Michigan commit scored 24 points in the final 16 minutes finishing with a team-high 37 points. He was able to connect on four three-point goals in the half and five for the game.
Brundidge, a 6-foot-1 junior out of Southfield (MI), was balling out weekend. If we were to name an MVP, without hesitation, the University of Michigan commit would have enjoyed the hardware.
And in the finals…
Brundidge, who earlier in the day dropped 37 points on All-Ohio Red, erupted for 22 points in the 2nd half against OBC. Judging by his play throughout the weekend, it is likely he was well over 30 points for the game. Despite his efforts, it wasn’t enough to overcome a powerful OBC squad who is enjoying a great spring thus far.
We still have video from two earlier games from The Family and will put together a highlight reel on both Amir Williams and Carlton Brundidge. For now you can check out video of Brundidge’s 44 point performance here.
Isaiah Sykes was in action for the Michigan High School All-Star game at Oakland University and reportedly played very well. Those who were present came away impressed by Sykes’ game.
While Appling and Jones were the two biggest names in the game, Sykes stole the show at times. A strong, fast wing player, Sykes scored 17 points, mostly on dunks diving and slashing through traffic to the rim. He was active and always around the ball, providing the most exciting finishes of anyone in the game.
The Oakland Press echoed similar sentiments and hints that Sykes might be planning to prep for a year:
Skyes (22 points, 12 rebounds, 7 slam dunks) was breathtaking the entire way bringing down the house with signature stuff after signature stuff, elevating way above the rim on every one. If all things go his way, this lefty slasher specialist will end up in Ann Arbor next year or the year after playing for UofM.
This is the first I have heard of the prep school option and it may just be speculation on Scott Burnstein’s part. Sykes athleticism has never been the question so it isn’t surprising to see him perform very well in an all-star game of this style. It will be interesting to see where Sykes’ recruitment goes next, he is reportedly scheduled to visit UCF next weekend.