The Nike Global Challenge, a tournament in Washington D.C. that featured some of the best high school and U-19 players in the world, was last weekend and two Michigan players had great showings.
Young took home MVP honors from the event for good reason. A scoring machine, Young put up big numbers for most of the weekend and played a huge part in his USA Midwest team’s upset win over Canada in the championship. He possesses a unique blend of size, athleticism and skill that all add to his scoring prowess. Canada had no answer for Young when he had a full head of steam heading at the rim, especially after he knocked down a few triples in the second half. Young proved his elite status this weekend and shows no signs of slowing down.
A relatively new name to the circuit, Clark also made a name for himself in the championship game against Canada. Clark has an uncanny ability to get in the lane and make plays for others, setting up multiple wide open dunks for his teammates throughout the day. He blew by the Canada defense and guarded the point guard position extremely well. His toughness, motor and quickness all make him a coach’s favorite. Look for Clark’s recruitment to soar at the conclusion of July.
Young and Clark are already two known commodities on the recruiting scene and both are among the top contenders for the Michigan Mr. Basketball award next season.