REACH Legends Grab Wins, Showcase Basketball Prospects in July Tune Up
DEARBORN HEIGHTS - AAU basketball is back in the full swing of things, and before the live period begins, where coaches are allowed on the AAU circuit, players participated in the July Tune Up.
Held at the H.Y.P.E. Recreation Center in Dearborn Heights, (Mich.), several metro-Detroit teams, and teams from Ohio, and Canada participated in the two day event. The age groups ranged from 17-under teams, all the way down to fourth graders. The Reach Legends are one of the top AAU programs in the area, and this year they took home trophies in the 17-Under, 8th-grade, and 4th-grade brackets.
On the first day of the event, five players in the program really stood out and remain prospects to keep an eye on:
Marquel Ingram, Detroit Pershing (Reach 16-Under) - The 6-2 Ingram transferred into the basketball powerhouse, and should step up nicely in the line-up. He has a great feel for the game, setting up his teammates, but also scoring the ball for himself. Ingram could very well be one of the top incoming juniors in the state of Michigan. Detroit Mercy has already extended an offer to him.
Justin Tillman, Detroit Pershing, (Reach 17-under) - Arguably the best player in the state, Tillman was dominant at the camp, using his 6-7 frame to his advantage. Tillman blocked shots on the defensive end, and many shots he did not block, he was able to alterd with his long wingspan. Offensively he's athletic around the rim, and is still developing his low-post game. Michigan is currently courting him for their 2014 class.
Rodney Scales, Oak Park (Reach 16-Under) - The traditional big-man is nearly extinct in the game today, but Scales brings that presence. He's only 6-6, but plays much bigger and is still growing as an incoming junior. Scales ran the floor well, grabbed rebounds aggressively, and was not afraid of physical contact down low. He and 2016 prospect Kelvon Fuller will be a nice one-two punch at Oak Park this year.
Armonee Felder, Detroit Pershing (Reach 8-graders) - The future of the Doughboys program is bright. After Kahlil Sr., and Kahlil Jr., both had stellar careers at Pershing, Armonee looks to make a name for himself. The 5-8 point guard is quick, likes to attack the basket, and has that court vision a true point guard needs. His name can be included into the hat of the top 2017 prospects.
Mory Diane, Detroit Country Day (Reach 17-Under) - Diane maybe one of the most underrated players around. He plays at a school loaded with other Division 1 athletes, so his skills might not be showcased as much as it may be in other divisions/conferences. Nonetheless, the 6-3 guard can score in a variety of ways, whether it is at the rim, or with his sweet pull-up jumper. Mory holds seven scholarship offers from the likes of Detroit Mercy, Toledo, Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, and more.