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Young, Big & Ready To Shine – Cagers Paradise In The Paint

By: Scott Burnstein, April 10, 2017, 11:43 am
The state of Michigan has a dearth of talented young, spry post players in the mix these days on the boys basketball floor. Here’s a breakdown of some of the best underclassmen big fellas in the Mitten, according to your boy Burney:
Taylor Currie (Clarkston Soph. C) – They call him “Swaggy T” for a reason. Just so much swagger in the paint it’s downright SCARY!!!
Sean Cobb (Williamston Soph. PF) – Brings the noise, brings the pain EVERY possession
Maliq Carr (Oak Park Soph. PF) – Extremely intriguing double-double machine out of the OAA White, expect an even more of an eruption from this Knights BIG NASTY next year
William Dunn (Quincy Fr. C) – Fundamentally sound, active, aggressive and coachable, averaged 14 points, 8 boards and 3 swats a night as a fab frosh in ‘17
Nolan Foster (Mattawan Soph. C) – Tantalizing prospect in the middle, plays with a chip on his shoulder
Mike Fletcher (Flint Carman-Ainsworth Soph. PF) – Keeping that Flintstone tradition of toughness alive and well
Javian Fowler (Grand Rapids Union Soph. PF) – Freakish athlete who attacks the glass and goes at the rim like a wild bull
Caleb Hodgson (Dansville Soph. C) – Tall glass of water projecting a significant upside at the next level
Carlos Johnson (Benton Harbor Fr. PF/C) – The No. 1 player in the state’s Class of 2020, the kind of kid commanding immediate respect on the hardwood and in college recruiting circles, helped lead Benton Harbor into the Class B final four last month with a season average of 15 points and 15 boards per game
Dreyon O’Neil (Detroit Old Redford Soph. PF) – Recent transfer from Detroit Edison, cool, rugged customer patrolling the post, has an edge to his play and a high basketball IQ
Jalen Thomas (Detroit U-D Jesuit Soph. C) – A raw, unpolished gem on the blocks
Sage Walker (Ithaca Soph. C) – The picture of a Sir-Grind-A-Lot Special on the hardwood in football-obsessed town