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BASKETBALL: Top Performers From Day One Of The PSL Holiday Hoops Classic

   | Branden Hunter

BASKETBALL: Top Performers From Day One Of The PSL Holiday Hoops Classic

DETROIT - The fifth annual Detroit Public School League Holiday Hoops Classic tipped off Thursday morning. Detroit Cass Tech played host to some of the best boys and girls teams from around the state, against the best the PSL had to offer. The city teams went 4-1 on the day, with several players delivering big games on day one.

1.Detroit Pershing 2014 power forward Justin Tillman: There has been much debate about who is the best player in the state, or who will win Mr.Basketball. Tillman might be putting those debates to rest with the performances he has been putting on. The 6-7 Tillman finished with 20 points, 18 rebounds and 7 blocks in a 55-42 win over Southfield. He scored in a variety of ways, showcased his athleticism on a couple alley-hoop dunks and played like he was the best player on the court.

2.Detroit King 2014 guard/forward Tyrone Acuff: At 6-6, Acuff is able to do it all for his team. He can play inside, but is athletic and skilled enough to play on the perimeter. King routed Ferndale 72-42, with Acuff dropping 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Acuff did a lot of his damage in the third, scoring 12 points in the quarter. He's one of the top unsigned seniors in the state.

3.Clarkston (Mich.) 2014 guard Nick Owens: The Wolves don't have one particular star, just a collection of smart and skilled players. Owens was money from behind the arch, hitting four 3-pointers and finished with 20 points. Clarkston ran its sets almost to perfection and Owens was wide open on a lot of his shots and lay-ups. Hard to beat a team like that, that plays so well together.

4.Detroit King 2014 forward Dayvon Austin: I call Austin the bully on the block, because he's just that in the paint. He's on 6-3, but is an excellent rebounder and can score from a few spots on the court. Austin plays angry, and tough on both ends and recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds. Football is also something he is good in, so you can see where the toughness comes from.

5.Detroit Cass Tech 2015 point guard K'lynn Willis: At 5-2, Willis won't intimidate you, but her game might. She scored 14 in a 52-33 win over Oak Park (Mich.), and could have had more had she made her free throws. Still Willis is highly skilled with the ball in her hands and doesn't let her size affect anything. She's definitely one of the top juniors in the state.

6.Southfield (Mich.) 2017 point guard Amauri Hardy: The underclassmen in the state of Michigan are a talented bunch. Hardy doesn't look like a ninth-grader at 6-2 and doesn't play like one at times. The left-handed Hardy likes to attack the bucket and can shoot it if given the opportunity. The Bluejays lost to Detroit Pershing, but Hardy played well with 15 points. Keep his name in mind.

7.Detroit Cass Tech 2017 forward Octavia Hearn: You could tell just from watching her play that her future is bright. Hearn is 5-9 and uses her size well. She grabbed just about every rebound, finishing with 12, and added 10 points. The Lady Technicians have a lot of older talent on their team like Lauren Elliott and Taylor Parker, but Hearn has a high ceiling as well.