Western Michigan Recruiting
Kellen McCormick is a 6’8″ bomber out of Pontiac Notre Dame (Pontiac, MI).
McCormick has a high basketball IQ and has a rare ability for a kid with his length to really stretch a defense as he’s ready to catch and shoot from just about anywhere on the court 25-feet and in.
McCormick played his AAU ball with ACB/Bank Hoops, which was coached by his father, ex-UM star, NBA journeyman and current basketball broadcaster Tim McCormick.
He’s the fourth commit for Steve Hawkins and the Broncos in the 2012 class and brings big-time range as well as the potential to develop into a rare inside-out threat at the mid-major level. He has a nice frame on him and it should for a decent enough amount of muscle to be added once he gets working with Tim Hermann (the strength coach at WMU). He will be a handful on the pick and pop right out of the gate and also possesses a nice touch from the short corner and in the mid-range. He passes well and moves well while he needs to develop defensively and on the glass.
Look for the Broncos to add at least one more piece for 2012 (possibly two).
The other members of the 2012 class are Jared Klein (Otsego, MI), who was an AAU teamate of McCormick’s, Taylor Perry (Rochester, MI) and Connor Tava (6-6 Warren De La Salle, MI).
Despite only entering his junior season next fall, R.J. Curington has been a player many have kept an eye on for a couple years around the country. After terrorizing local players around Dyer (IN) in junior high school Curington made the move to Oak Hill Academy as an 8th grader, spending two years on the ‘Red’ squad at the elite basketball powerhouse. This past season Curington moved up to the ‘Gold’ squad as a sophomore and he has had a huge spring on the AAU circuit with CIA Bounce and is beginning to fulfill the potential many saw in him early on.
Standing at 6-foot-5 and weighing in at 195 pounds Curington combines excellent size for a young wing with tremendous athletic ability. He has become a lethal scorer this spring and early summer as his skill development has been right on schedule and his confidence in his improved perimeter scoring skills is evident. Those traits have quickly raised his recruiting profile into one of the top targets for many schools in the Class of 2013.
Motivated by the shooting deaths of two older siblings, JaVontae Hawkins keeps his eyes on the prize in life
One of the more impressive players on the spring AAU circuit that has cemented his name among the top players in the Class of 2012 has been JaVontae Hawkins. The 6-foot-5, 202-lb shooting guard has turned in some very impressive performances with the Michigan Mustangs, officially breaking out in a big way back in April at the King James Shooting Stars event in Akron.
“This spring I just showed everyone that I can play against top talent and broke [out of] my shell by making athletic plays on both ends of the court and playing the shooting guard position at my best,” Hawkins told NBE earlier this week.
College coaches on the road in July will get a chance to see Hawkins at events such as the ScoutsFocus International Elite 80 Showcase July 10th and 11th in Greensboro (NC) and during AAU basketball’s Vegas week to close the live evaluation period. In the meantime Hawkins will continue to hone his skills for his moment to shine.