June 28, 2009

Recap of the 2009 Central Michigan Shootout

The dust has settled on a very busy weekend for CMU as the 2009 Central Michigan Shootout has concluded. Many of the top high schools featuring some of the best players in the state were present as Lansing Waverly High and Toledo Waite walked away divisional champions in the single elimination tournament that concluded the event. Here are some of the awards ChippewaCountry bestowed.

Best Team:Toledo Waite
Honorable Mention: Lansing Waverly and Mount Pleasant

The nod goes to Toledo Waite over Lansing Waverly here. The two teams never played each other in the Shootout, so the decision was not an easy one. Toledo Waite was a very deep team led by 2010 forward Antonio Allen and 2011 guard Ke'Sean Harris and they really pressure the ball. Any team that did not have capable ball handlers to break their press had little chance to beat them. Although they lost a close game late Friday night to East Grand Rapids, they were still very deserving of the best team award. Lansing Waverly was a team that got better and better as the tournament went on. They are a very young team that lost the first game they played against Mount Pleasant, but behind 2011 guard Skyelar Moore, 2010 guard Justin Martin and 2012 guard Rashaun Carroll, they continued to improve. Waverly is well coached under Craig Fields, they didn't make many mistakes and the players were patient running the offense, look out for them come the regular season. Special mention to Mount Pleasant here as well. They went 4-0 on Friday but were unable to participate on Saturday due to some players having baseball.

Best Player: Trey Ziegler, Mount Pleasant
Honorable Mention: Dwuan Anderson, Suttons Bay

The showdown between Suttons Bay and Mount Pleasant on Friday was not a great team matchup (Mount Pleasant won by 30), but it was a great individual matchup between 2010 guard/forward Trey Ziegler and 2011 guard Dwaun Anderson. Ziegler, who was battling tonsillitis, turned his game up a notch against the athletic Anderson and ended up scoring around 30 points. Trey showed the ability to get into the lane and finish and showcased some solid range as well. The younger Anderson had some trouble checking Ziegler on the defensive end, but had his flashes. On one steal Anderson got a one on one with a Mount Pleasant defender and instead driving around him, just jumped over him for an attempted dunk. He was fouled and missed the dunk, but the moment showed why Anderson has offers from CMU, Michigan State, Michigan and Utah currently. You could make a case that this matchup pitted the top players in the 2010 and 2011 classes against each other.

Top Coach: Craig Fields, Waverly
Honorable Mention: Jared Redell, East Grand Rapids

As mentioned previously, Waverly coach Craig Fields has a very young roster, but he gets them to consistently play smart and efficient. He maximizes his talent and had his team prepared for every game. A defining moment came when his team lost to Mount Pleasant on a questionable foul call at the end of the game. Rather than get caught up in the heat of the moment, he gathered his disappointed players and talked to them. He then had them all proceed to shake hands with Mount Pleasant after the game and he calmly talked to the referees after the game. Classy moment and a great way to properly handle situations involving tough calls.

Best Game: Kalmazoo Loy Norrix v.s. Ypsilanti
Honorable Mention: Toledo Waite v.s. East Grand Rapids

Kalmazoo Loy Norrix came into their final game Saturday against Ypsilanti undefeated in the open tournament. Ypsilanti was another young team led by 2010 guard Aaron Richmond and 2012 point guard Tristan Simmons, and like Lansing Waverly, they got better and better as the tournament wore on. Loy Norrix is led by talented 2010 guard Jeff Hoskins and had efficiently disposed of every team they played so far. What transpired was a back and fourth game that saw Ypsilanti hit some big shots down the stretch and hold on to the victory. The jet quick Simmons is definitely a name to look out for in the future as he made great decisions with the ball all game and handled the full court press administered by Loy Norrix towards the end of the game very well.

In the other game, eventual divisional champion Toledo Waite was defeated by a Colin Voss led East Grand Rapids team in a fast paced game that was full of spurts. Toledo Waite finally ran into a team with enough ball handlers capable of breaking their press and didn't have the open lanes they were used to with the 6-foot-7 Voss roaming. East Grand Rapids would pull away late and win 55-43, but the game was much closer than that as Toledo Waite just could not hit a shot in the last five minutes or so.

1st Team All-Shootout

F Colin Voss, East Grand Rapids
F Antonio Allen, Toledo Waite
G/F Trey Ziegler, Mount Pleasant
G Dwuan Anderson, Suttons Bay
G Derrick Davis Jr., Bridgeport

2nd Team All-Shootout

G George Goodman, Saginaw Buena Vista
G Jeff Hoskins, Kalmazoo Loy Norrix
G Aaron Richmond, Ypsilanti
G Ke'Sean Harris, Toledo Waite
G Skyelar Moore, Lansing Waverly

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