SLAM picks Michigan standouts from Buckeye Showcase

October 6, 2012 in High School

By Patrick Hayes

A couple weeks ago, I linked to a preview of a first-ever Michigan vs. Ohio high school all-star game at the Buckeye Elite Showcase in Columbus. SLAM Magazine’s Rodger Bohn made it to Columbus for the game and here are his thoughts on some of the Michigan players he saw:

Josh Jackson, 6-6, SF, Detroit Consortium (MI), 2016

The top freshman in Michigan’s 2016 class did not disappoint, changing the game with his freaky athleticismand living up to every bit of the hype. Jackson slashed to the cup, blocked a ton of shots, and naturally threw down a number of ridiculous dunks. There are still plenty of holes in Josh’s game, but the potential is definitely there for him to be the next star wing out of the D.

Miroslav Jaksic, 6-11, C, Walled Lake Western HS (MI), 2013

The best senior center in the state of Michigan slipped through the cracks a bit after moving to the states from Canada, but has now firmly supplanted himself on many BCS programs’ recruiting radars. A lefty, Jaksic does a great job holding position down low, has a feathery touch, and can turn toward either shoulder coming out of the post. Miroslav tells us that he plans on reclassifying to the Class of 2014 after this season, which will only enhance the amount of love he will receive from college coaches.

Cassius Winston, 5-10, PG, Detroit Academy (MI), 2016

The best point guard in Michigan’s freshman class showed that he could hold his own with all that Ohio had to offer. Bringing an old school approach to the game and an excellent court presence, Winston used his varying speeds and a number of ball fakes to get by defenders en route to the cup. Though his Michigan squad got hammered in the Ohio/Michigan showdown, Winston rebounded with a really strong Sunday performance that included this ridiculous buzzer beater.


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