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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Michigan basketball recruiting notebook >> GVSU Lands Stoney Creek’s Trevor Smith, LSSU gets steal in Drew Hess

By: SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, April 30, 2021, 8:02 pm

A few key late-in-the-game college connections were recently made for some mighty fine Class of ’21 recruits:

Trevor Smith (Stoney Creek 6-2 G) — The breakout star in Oakland County this past summer inked with Grand Valley State. Smith pumped in 22 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals per game, razzling and dazzling every inch of the way as he shed defenses aimed at stopping him time and time again. GVSU walks away with the definition of a value grab in this fearless floor general.

Drew Hess (Oscoda 6-2 G) — One of the most underappreciated gunners in the Mitten, this diamond in the ruff recruit signed with Lake Superior State. Hess is a shooter and a scorer who is equally timely and efficient at his craft making it rain. 

Deon Hayes (North Farmington 6-3 G) — The best kept secret on the westside of Metro Detroit prospect wise penned his NLI to Kentucky State. Hayes is athletic, intelligent and a real closer in crunch time. Definitely one of the most clever point and under-the-radar explosive guards to ever emerge out of Nogo Nation.

Will Smythe (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 6-3 G) — Arguably the top 3-point shooter in the entire MHSAA, Smythe has opted to accept a preferred walk-on spot at Big Dance darling Loyola (IL). Smythe’s consistency, deep range and work ethic should put him in position to earn a full scholarship soon.

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Going a little smaller

Albion reeled in three of Metro Detroit’s most deadly long-distance bombers in Bryce Lubin (Novi), A.J. Aburashad (Birmingham Detroit Country Day) and Drew Daiek (Riverview Gabriel Richard)

Calvin got pledges from Daane Harvey (Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern) and Austin Van Elst (Middleville Thornapple).

Olivet snagged a diverse range of talent from across the state in Nolan Finkbeiner (Hemlock), Jake Oswald (Ortonville Brandon), Freddy Hull (Muskegon), Jordan Shepherd (Grosse Pointe North), Lorris Upshaw (Detroit Cass Tech) and Landon Regnerus (Grandville).

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Name to know this spring:

Muskegon’s 6-8 junior forward Ethan Hill. We’re talking a true lean, mean and motivated machine out of the frontcourt. He’s active, he’s long and he’s hungry. IUPUI and Southern Utah both just offered.