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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Northern Exposure Express — Power about to be on in ‘Up North’ hoop scene

By: SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, January 21, 2021, 6:30 am

“Up North” Boys Basketball Power Rankings

1 Jayden Alfred (Mancelona 6-4 Sr. G/F) — Explosive on the wing, just a smooth operator in every way.

2 Drew Hess (Oscoda 6-1 Sr. G) — Mio transfer who torches nets and has range from the parking lot, think Up North version of Steph Curry, the MHSAA’s defending 3-point champ.

3 Jack Stefanski (Frankfort 6-7 Sr. F) — Maybe the grittiest player in all of small-school hoops in the state, high motor baseline to baseline, lethal basketball IQ, natural leader.

4 Evan Solomon (Charlevoix 6-3 Jr.G) — Slick and savvy point guard, the prototypical facilitator with a quick trigger. 

5 Cole Jenema (Cadillac 6-7 Jr. F/C) — The most upside of anyone in the area, fast-improving big with a soft touch and expanding perimeter game. 

6 Corey Deer (Gaylord 6-4 Sr. G/F) — Maybe the most underrated player in the area, a do-everything dynamo who can float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.

7 Wyatt Nausadis (Traverse City St. Francis 6-2 Soph. G) — Swag nasty of a floor general, coldblooded in the clutch, outthinks and outworks defenders.

8 Carson Briggs (Traverse City Central 6-6 Sr. F/C) — Committed to Western Michigan to play football, Briggs brings a gridiron mentality into the post on the hardwood and is a fearsome rim runner in his “second sport.”

9 Josh Burnham (Traverse City Central 6-4 Jr. F) — Blue Chip football recruit ready for a killer campaign shooting the rock and being an overall menace inside and out.

10 Luke Hazelton (Maple City Glen Lake 6-7 Soph F.) — Caution when approaching, this kid is about to be perpetually flammable on the perimeter.

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Player to watch — Jager Mix (Onaway Jr.)