Day 2 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.
Drew Peterson (6’6/Wing/Libertyville HS) – our evaluation is mitigated by the fact that we witnessed Peterson go down with an apparent minor ankle injury late Saturday during a game at Team Camp, so it is likely he was playing at less than 100 percent. That said, Drew has a nice looking stroke with a quick release. He buried multiple threes during both games we viewed on Sunday. He’s also comfortable going into the high post against smaller defenders where he displayed a nice turnaround jumpshot from 10-15 feet on a few occasions. As a ballhandler, Peterson has control of the ball but doesn’t display the ability to change direction or speed in order to get separation from his defender. At the next level, he’s likely a catch and shoot prospect that comes off down screens in order to get clean looks. He also showed good vision when in stagnant positions, often in the high post when the double-team arrived. He consistently keeps his head up and looks for cutters, and should’ve racked up nice assist numbers but he’s not surrounded by a plethora of talent on his High School team. Athletically, Drew has below average lateral movement and straight line speed and doesn’t possess much elevation around the rim. In terms of his Michigan interest, Coach Beilein was on hand for both of the games we viewed on Sunday. We don’t think Drew will be offered before the July live period, as the staff is likely to wait on offered prospects to make decisions. However, we do think Michigan will be tracking Peterson closely in July. If he plays well during that time and Plan A targets fail to jump aboard, an offer is certainly possible and maybe likely. Drew is viewed as a replacement for Duncan Robinson by the staff. This is our second time viewing Peterson live, and we think of him as a good, but not great shooter, with good vision and the ability to attack closeouts off the dribble with continued development.
Marcus Bingham (6’9/Forward/Grand Rapids Catholic Central) – we were extremely impressed with Bingham on Sunday against Massilon Jackson (OH), his upside is simply at an elite level. Standing at a legit 6’9, with a wingspan that likely exceeds 7 feet, his physical tools are at an NBA level. Offensively, Marcus has all the weapons you want from a forward in modern basketball. Bingham stretched the floor from distance with a beautiful looking stroke with great arch, even if his release is a bit slow. We don’t view it as a concern considering his height and length, its unlikely many players at the college level will disturb his release. As a ballhandler Bingham was extremely fluid, with the ability to change direction and speed to get separation on his defender. He also has above average footwork, as he shows the ability to jab step and use pivots on the perimeter in order to get defenders off balance before taking a hard dribble in the opposite direction. While Marcus is more of a perimeter forward at this point, he did show some willingness to play with his back to the basket in the post. Often times, he settled for a fadeaway jumpshot over his left shoulder that looked fluid, even if he didn’t connect. With regard to rebounding, this is where Bingham has some growing to do. Marcus didn’t have a great motor on the glass, far too often we watched him fail to box out or pursue the ball, especially on the defensive glass. He should be able to impact the game tremendously in that area at the High School level considering his massive height advantage. He needs to embrace physicality and contact much more than he currently does. Athletically, Bingham is a really fluid prospect that doesn’t really show much quick-twitch explosion just yet. But we think he’s still growing into his body and will make reasonable strides athletically in due time. Although it isn’t quite out in the public just yet, the Michigan staff has certainly been in contact with Marcus prior to the team camp and head coach John Beilein was present and very observant during the game vs. Jackson. If Bingham plays well in July and spots are still available, we certainly expect him to receive an offer. Being candid, Marcus may be the type of prospect you offer right now. He appears to be the perfect fit for Michigan on multiple levels and looks to have NBA potential. DJ Wilson is the perfect player comparison here. He will certainly be reflected in the top 100 of the initial Endless Motor rankings to be released this week.
Carlos Johnson (6’4/Forward/Benton Harbor) – while Carlos typically has a non-stop motor, he appeared to be a bit sluggish for most of the game we viewed on Sunday against West Bloomfield. Johnson came alive in the later portions of the game and looked fantastic. During one possession he received the ball on the left wing before crossing his defender over, nearly making him fall, and then hitting a quick spin move when helpside defense arrived before finishing with a smooth finger roll. That play sort of epitomizes Carlos as a player, really good attacking the rim off 2-3 dribbles where he can score or create for others. Once again though, he couldn’t connect on his jumpshot. Johnson needs to improves his mechanics, as he has a late release point that often results in his shot being flat. He also attacked the offensive glass really well in the 2nd half, and kept possessions alive or had putbacks. The Michigan coaching staff kept tabs on Johnson periodically and he’s one to watch moving forward. If he grows to the 6’6 range he’s going to be a really nice combo-forward prospect with continued development.