State of Michigan Rankings: Class of 2011

After following these players around all spring and summer and evaluating their games, we decided it was time to stack them up against each other.  It might not be the most talented class but there is still plenty of talent and potential.  Here is our take on the top 10 players in the state and how they compare with one another.

Amir_Williams-214x300[1] 1. Amir Williams – Detroit Country Day/Family
Center – 6-11 –
The guy is physically dominant, he has some good post moves and he’s scary athletic.  He’s had problems producing every night but his size and potential speaks for itself.

Offers: Arizona, Cincinnati, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Tennessee, Texas, USC, Wake Forest and Wisconsin.

19965_1336983426885_1300106134_984134_4546821_n[1] 2. Dwaun Anderson – Suttons Bay/Mustangs
Guard – 6-3 –
Anderson isn’t as consistent a scorer as Brundidge, but his insane athleticism puts him above Carlton on this list.  He can handle the ball and finish at the rim exceptionally well.  He has a very consistent jumper but is always in attack mode.

Offers: MSU Commit

23322_430882798766_695178766_5635125_7088501_n[1] 3. Carlton Brundidge – Southfield/Family
Guard – 6-1 –
Carlton Brundidge is a scorer.  Pure and simple.  I would say he is the best pure scorer on this list, without a doubt.  He’s strong, he gets to the line, he’s a good shooter and he grabs rebounds better than most guards.

Offers: U-M Commit

JTLsaginawheritagebball011[1] 4. Tommie McCune – Saginaw/Dorian’s Pride
Wing – 6-7
McCune is a heck of a player.  He’s versatile enough to play on the wing or down low. His shot is a little funky, but his vision and handle is great for his size.  McCune has the chance to develop into a big-time college wing.

Offers: West Virginia, Baylor, Southern California, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Dayton, Providence, and Xavier

Jalen_Reynolds_Stevenson-210x300[1][5] 5. Jalen Reynolds – Livonia Stevenson/REACH
PF/C – 6-foot-9 –
Reynolds is a very intriguing prospect.  He needs to improve his consistency and stay in the game mentally, but he has all the physical tools to be a tremendous college player.  He has some post moves and a respectable shot.  But most of all he is athletic enough to be whatever he wants. (Photo credit: IPS)

Offers: Xavier, USC, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Providence, Washington

22051_273807677120_553137120_3787090_2492891_n[1][8] 6. Brandan Kearney – Southeastern/Team Detroit
Wing – 6-foot-5 –
I have a hard time deciding what I think of Kearney.  When I watched him earlier in the spring, he seemed a little too focused on shooting from outside and his shot wasn’t very reliable.  Most recently, I saw him knocking down shots and he was getting to the basket.  He still has potential – he’s very long, athletic, and quick.

Offers: MSU Commit

23146_100000742615014_1249_n[3] 7. Trey McDonald – Battle Creek Central/Mustangs
Center – 6-foot-10 –
McDonald is steadily improving.  His shot has improved.  He has great size, hustle, and is a respectable athlete.  However, his offensive game still has a ways to go and his ceiling isn’t as high as Williams or Reynolds.

Offers: DePaul, Miami, Arkansas, Iowa, Dayton, WMU, CMU, and Oakland

41496_100000549556771_501_n[1] 8. Ladontae Henton – Lansing Eastern/Mustangs
Forward – 6-foot-5
I saw Henton most recently at the KY Hoopfest, and he looked great.  His shot is very accurate and consistent and he is still quick enough after his knee injury to get by guards who are smaller than him.  He’s a truly versatile player and a talented scorer.  The problem is that he may have already peaked.

Offers: Dayton, Penn State, Utah, Cleveland State, Duquesne and South Alabama

plp 9. Patrick Lucas-Perry – Flint Powers/Mustangs
Guard – 5-foot-11
He has great handle and a very good shot.  His vision is excellent.  He’s quick but not incredibly so, and he knows how to finish at the basket.  The downside is that he’s really small.

Offers: Harvard, Oakland, and Northwestern. MSU/U-M interest.

35751_1504412218187_1470690121_31339405_7089061_n[1] 10. Percy Gibson – Southeastern/Team Detroit
PF – 6-foot-8
Gibson doesn’t possess the same size, potential, or athleticism as a Williams or Reynolds but he can play.  He’s a good rebounder, his touch around the basket is exceptional with some impressive post moves.

Offers: Dayton, USC, Providence, Colorado, Temple, CMU, FIU

No rankings are perfect and there is certainly room for argument across the board. The production versus potential debate can literally last for hours. If you’ve got differing opinions we’d love to hear them in the comments.

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