This past Saturday and Sunday Toledo St. Johns hosted their Summer Shootout featuring a multitude of talented and successful programs from across Ohio and the Detroit area of Michigan. Competing throughout the two days along with the host St. Johns were: Chaminade-Julienne, Detroit MLK, Detroit East English Village, Whitmer, Mentor, Genoa, and Rogers. As was the case at last year’s shootout, this one featured some quality matchups and talented individuals. Here are some of those that stood out:
2018 PG David DeJulius (Detroit EEV) – DeJulius had a buzz going in the gym on Saturday afternoon as everyone was well aware of the University of Michigan commit and his game, throughout play he did not disappoint. DeJulius displayed a tight handle, and lethal stepback jumper that he used time and again to knock down shots. His activity on the defensive end was noticable as well, along with his strong and physical build, looking capable to compete at the next level already. While he didn’t play in every game scheduled for his school on Saturday, DeJulius was special and will fun to watch in Ann Arbor next season.
2018 F Christian Smith (Rogers) – Smith is coming off of a highly productive junior season that saw him accumulate many accolades, he looks poised for even greater things heading into his senior year if Saturday was any indication. With a backcourt in question, Rogers is lacking in the ball-handling department and Smith looked to fill that void, doing so effectively and efficiently. He brought the ball up the floor on numerous occasions and looked to be in more of a playmaking role, something that can only benefit he and his teammates. Smith, who has always been a capable scorer from out on the perimeter on in, looked trimmer and more lean physically as he transitions into a true threat out on the wing.
2018 F Vince Williams (St. Johns) – Williams is one of the more skilled talents in the Midwest with his ability to rebound the basketball, score it, and pass it. He displayed all three on Saturday with his length and high basketball IQ. Williams wowed the crowd on multiple occasions with some beautiful passing as he creates open looks for his teammates. His consistency each and every time he steps out on the floor is something special. Look for him to have a big July period out on the AAU circuit with his All-Ohio Red team, maybe even adding an offer or two from a Big Ten school along the way.
2019 F Leon Hughes (Whitmer) – Hughes is a young and raw talent that played some key minutes for Whitmer in crucial moments of games this past season. His play on Saturday looks like he is ready to step into a much larger role this upcoming season, as he seems more than capable of putting up double-double numbers. He activity and energy in the paint stand out as he seems to always be around the ball. Hughes displayed a few different interior moves that he can score with consistently, taking advantage of his matchup. Hughes was impressive and he looks to only be getting started.
2018 SG Houston King (St. Johns) – King played well on Saturday, knocking down multiple shots from all levels, pushing the tempo, and getting out in transition. A valued defender, King was locked in and caused problems for opponents with his length. He plays so well with the aforementioned Williams, and the duo was a site to see as they read and play off of one another so smoothly. King will have a crucial final summer AAU period coming up as he will have the opportunity to impress D1 coaches once more before heading into the Fall.