Day 1 at the University of Michigan Team Camp had tons of talent on hand and plenty of high-major prospects. Hit the jump for a full rundown of notable names and performances.
Bryce Washington (6’2/Guard/Southfield Christian) – the most productive prospect we viewed all day, Bryce was absolutely relentless attacking the basket in both transition and in the half-court. Washington has blazing speed with the ball in the open court, and he utilized that to score on numerous occasions with thunderous dunks or finishing through contact. He displayed a really good looking stroke from distance off the catch, where he connected on multiple triples in the 2 games we took in on Saturday. He showed a bit of creating ability in the half-court as well, where he was able to bury a few midrange jumpers off the bounce. Bryce is a high-level athlete with a nice looking jumpshot that will continue to develop his ballhandling and creating abilities. Michigan has certainly shown some preliminary interest in Bryce, and the staff was on hand to take in a few Southfield Christian games, but we don’t ultimately expect Washington to receive an offer at this point.
David DeJulius (6’1/Point Guard/East English Village) – a name all Michigan fans are familiar with, the 2018 point guard commit for coach John Beilein did not disappoint. In a highly anticipated matchup against Pete Nance and Richfield Revere (Ohio), DeJulius made a big effort to get his teammates involved during the first half and racked up several assists on kickouts after penetration. In the second half, David got a bit more aggressive looking for his own shot. He buried a series of jumpshots out of pick and roll sets on his way to double digit points and hit teammates for a few assists on kickouts again. We really love the fit between Michigan and DeJulius, he really excels in pick and roll sets off the dribble where he has the option to shoot from the perimeter or draw the defense and find teammates for good looks. He has a college ready body right now, and we expect him to log some minutes as a freshman with his ability to shoot the ball.
Pete Nance (6’8/Forward/Richfield Revere) – a very intriguing prospect at this point, Nance has a great physical profile at a legit 6’8 with great length. While Pete seemingly has a ton of upside based on his measurements, vision and bloodline, his production isn’t where you’d like it to be just yet. During the 3 games we viewed on Saturday, Nance reached double digit points only once against a well below average L’Anse Creuse North team. He failed to record over 8 points against Detroit East English Village or Belleville, both top 20 teams in Class A (most competitive classification in Michigan). We took much more stock into his performances against those squads, as he does not play high-level competition in High School or the AAU circuit. Against those two teams, Pete displayed tremendous vision from stagnant positions, where his size allowed him to see over the top of the defense and hit teammates with accurate passes for easy baskets over and over again. At this point in his development, Nance is not a scorer, but much more of a distributor. While Nance spends the majority of his time on the perimeter, he’s much more effective in the paint as a scorer. His go to move is a fluid spin over his right shoulder where he displayed really nice touch when finishing with a left hand layup or jumphook. His handle was a bit loose, and he was not comfortable dribbling the ball against pressure defense, as he turned it over multiple times when being pressured or in traffic. Pete’s jumper is inconsistent, as his shot lacks arch and can be flat. He’s a much better shooter from midrange than distance at this point. His jumpshot efficiency is best when he can step into a midrange jumper from the elbows with room to see, as he did against L’Anse Creuse North. Defensively, Nance showed some really good attributes as a helpside shotblocker. He blocked MSU football commit Davion Williams (Belleville) on multiple occasions when attempting to finish at the rim. Williams is no slouch either, as he holds several D1 basketball offers and is a tremendous athlete. As a rebounder is where Pete is really lacking, he stood around and spectated far too often while his teammates were boxing out and pursuing the ball in all 3 games we viewed. His effort and motor in that regard leaves a lot to be desired considering his size advantage. Nance does not embrace physicality at all, and is not comfortable in tight spaces where contact is inevitable. As a perimeter defender, his stance was extremely upright and he lacked good lateral movement. Pete was able to somewhat compensate with his tremendous length as he was able to recover at times. Athletically, Nance does not possess quick-twitch explosion like his father or brother Larry. His straight line speed and lateral movement are in the average range, and his verticality isn’t really functional in a half-court setting. Pete is a bit of a tweener, his ballhandling and shot aren’t really competent enough to play the perimeter while his lack of physicality and motor make it tough for him to play the post. While some view Nance as a wing, we see him as a 4/5 long term, where he can operate at the high post and playmake for others or hit the midrange shot. On the recruiting front, Pete is scheduled to take an official visit to Ann Arbor on July 1st, and its no secret that Michigan appears to be the heavy frontrunner in this race. Head coach John Beilein was present for all 3 of Revere’s games on Saturday, and we expect Nance to commit sooner rather than later. Wolverine nation should bring some patience, as Nance may turn out to be a fine player, but he’s a few years away from being a contributor at the high-major level, development is needed.
Harlond Beverly (6’3/Guard/Southfield Christian) – we were very impressed with Beverly on Saturday, he has the look of a high-major prospect. Harlond displayed good ballhandling and change of direction, as he was able to create space against a Benton Harbor defender with a nice crossover before knocking down an 18 footer from the left wing. While he has a set shot with less than picture perfect form, the results are good. Beverly connected on multiple threes off the catch on Saturday and has good arch on his shot. He’s a nice athlete where he excels with open-court speed and good verticality at the rim where he had a few highlight-reel dunks on defenders. Beverly needs work on his playmaking ability for others, as his vision isn’t great at this point. Defensively, we like his length and activity a lot. He had active feet and jumped passing lanes for steals several times. The Michigan coaching staff certainly had eyes on him throughout the day, and Harlond definitely has the feel of a high-major prospect on the verge of blowing up and should be a name to monitor moving forward.
Carlos Johnson (6’4/Forward/Benton Harbor) – the sophomore to be has garnered a lot of hype over the last year as the top 2020 prospect in Michigan, and he certainly produced on Saturday. While the reported height of 6’6 is exaggerated, as he’s closer to 6’3, he plays like he’s 6’6. Carlos has a great motor, rebounds the ball at a high rate, and generally plays hard. On the perimeter, Johnson shows above average ballhandling and change of direction for an underclassmen and is able to get a step on his defender at times. Carlos’ shot is a work in progress at this point, as its a bit flat and he’s not connecting at a high rate either off the catch or the bounce. What Johnson lacks in shooting touch he compensates for in vision. He absolutely destroyed the opposition with his passing either off the dribble or the high-post, where he repeatedly found teammates for easy baskets with accurate and timely dimes. He’s also a good offensive option in the post, where he bullies defenders with superior strength and athleticism and displays good footwork as well. As of right now, Carlos is a bit of a tweener. He has the game of a 3/4, but his perimeter shot isn’t good enough to play the wing, but he’s too small to play the post. That said, he’s only a sophomore to be, and shot development may progress and growth may come. If Carlos grows another 2-3 inches, he’s going to be an absolute monster that is a nationally ranked prospect sooner rather than later.