Mayor’s Notebook: A Look at Toledo Elite Camp

6 Jul

The Toledo Elite Camp bought out top talent from several states and Canada. The theme was talented bigs.

20160626_145124Blake Verbeek 2018 6-10 Calvin Christian- 6-10 shooters do not grow on trees. With the ability of a shooting guard, Blake stepped out and knocked-down three pointers across the perimeter while also mixing in a few mid-range jumpers.  Polishing out a complete arsenal of skills and finding ways to impact games without just shooting will make Verbeek much more appealing to high-majors.  Recently visited Creighton.

20160626_151821Marcus Bingham 2018 6-8 Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills- I would like to see Bingham’s wing-span, at-least 7-3.  His shot wasn’t particularly falling on the day, but the ability to post-up and shoot over defenders while also creating with a decent handle allowed Bingham to earn an offer.  Bingham is a type of player college coaches want to get a hand on because his talent is translatable to fit various styles of play.

20160626_144824Mark Mayle 2018 6-8 Malvern Ohio- The King James 16U big man put on a pick-and-roll clinic.  Mayle’s high basketball IQ gave him open look after open look which most of the time he converted with ease.  Then he had some electric dunks right on top of his defender’s head.

Julian Savoury 2018 6-5 Belleville- Savory has a motor that won’t quit.  Pulling rebound after rebound.  He displayed a nice touch finishing around the hoop.  There is definitely a lot of upside to like in this prospect.

Duane Washington 2018 6-1 Grand Rapids Christian- Has really grown as a player this past Spring and should translate into a big July.  If it was not for the numbers on the back of his shirt, Washington would’ve been mistaken for a Toledo player, as he was not flustered in any way while scrimmaging the college team. Has a nice feel for balancing when to score off the bounce with counter moves and when to distribute.  Earned an offer immediately following conclusion of the camp.

Now for a quick look into the future. Rising ninth grader Antwan Ficklen is a name to remember. He made good decisions with the rock against peers, and handled the pressure well against the college team. Anthony had a great Spring for the Michigan Warrior eighth grade team.

Contributed by Al Troia

Mayor’s Notebook: U of D Mercy Highlights

24 Jun
Rising sophomore guard Mark Watts has established himself in the 2019 class.

Rising sophomore guard Mark Watts has established himself in the 2019 class.

University of Detroit Mercy held their annual elite camp last week. It was the first under new head coach Bacari Alexander.  Coach Alexander is optimistic for what the future holds at UDM.  And while on the job for the past two months, Coach Alexander has devised a strategic, multi-phase step plan organized to the very last detail on how to reach the ambitions he has for the program.

“Well we’re on day seventy-one here,” said Bacari, “we used the first thirty days to get the roster in-order.  The second thirty days will be used to get the right staff in here and hopefully we use the last thirty days to get a strength and player development routines established. We got the corner of McNichols and Livernois jumping again. Remember the Titans.”

Standout Performers

2019 Allen Academy Mark “Rocket” Watts guard- Rocket had his improved offensive game on display.  He has clearly established himself as one of the top players in the 2019 class.  He holds an offer from Oakland while receiving interest from Xavier, Michigan State and Detroit.

2017 Ypsilanti guard Jamezell “Big Game James” Davis guard-  Standing at 5-9 ,Davis used his quickness to get to the rack and set-up his teammates all night.  He’s firmly ready to lead the Ypsi charge for Coach Brooks this upcoming Winter.

2018 Lamar Norman Godwin Heights guard- Norman was unstoppable in transition all day long.  Definitely can go get a bucket when needed.  Offers from Toledo and Ferris State.

2018 DJ Lundy Romulus forward- Playing on the same camp squad as his former Belleville teammates Davion Williams and Gabe Brown, Lundy cleaned up miss after miss and was hitting open jumpers.  It’s clear Lundy has worked on his game this summer.

2018 Jacob Boonyasith Jenison guard- Ability to knock-down the three-ball, especially playing with unfamiliar point guards, stood out. Kid can really shoot it.

2018 Jacob Polakovish forward Grand Rapids Catholic Central forward- He used his 6-7 frame to rebound the glass on both ends of the floor.  Ran the floor really well for a big.

Contributed by Al Troia

Mayor’s Notebook: Top 16u Teams

20 May

The 16U division has several teams capable of picking up hardware every weekend. Rosters remain subject to change.  This is Summer ball after all.

In no particular order.

Mustangs-Faletti- Things start-up front with Trevion “Tractor Trailer” Williams, a dominating 6-7 wide-body from Dearborn Henry Ford Academy. They also feature the 3D, DeWitt’s dynamic duo in 6-6 Luke Hyde and 6-4 Tanner Reha.  Add Danny Kolp 6-8 from Petoskey and this team definitely packs a punch inside.

Reach Legends- Nice front-court tandem between 6-7 Quinn Blair (Dearborn Divine Child) at one forward and Tray Jackson 6-7 Detroit Western at other the forward to cause match-up problems.  Rashad Williams has had a pleasant Spring scoring the ball, and Matthew Richmond is a steady extension of a coach on the floor.

1 Nation- This team can really run.  Godwin Heights guard Lamar Norman is a deadly scorer.  Markeese Hastings, also from Godwin Heights, adds length inside.  Jalen Tobias is tough to keep off the glass to go along with an improving skill-set, and P.J. Mitchell from Detroit Loyola is really coming into his own shooting the ball and has improved defensively.

FAMILY- This team is led by David DeJulius, he is a great floor general and has the ability to take over a game.  Add 6-4 Bryce Washington from Southfield Christian and 2019 diminutive but skilled guard Julian Dozier from U of D Jesuit to bolster up the back-court.  Up front is Deante “Spider” Johnson 6-8 from Detroit Edison holding down the paint.

Michigan Gators- The Gators are an old school type team that rely on yet again a good backcourt.  Brandon Wade does it all and is a top five player in the ’18 class.  His splash brother, Skyline teammate Jack Ammerman, can shoot it from anywhere.  Ann Arbor Huron forward Avery Lewis has a high-motor and is an inside threat for the Gators.

Michigan Warriors- The warriors have a deep line-up.  Their back-court has Belleville’s speedy grid-iron guard Karme Carey and Milan sharpshooter Trevor Ballard.  Walled lake Northern’s Huston Tucker, DJ Lundy from Romulus and Devin Alverson from Belleville command respect in the paint.  This team already took gold at the Chicago Jamfest

TEAM BASKETBALL- Team Basketball is well coached and they come at you with a pair of talented and high IQ guards in Nate Davis 6-2 (Rochester Stoney Creek) and Justin Fischer 6-2 (Warren De La Salle) . This team makes few mistakes on the offensive end, especially in the half-court.

North Oakland Wolfpack- The Wolfpack are led by Clarkston guard C.J. Robinson.  Robinson a plus scorer and loves to get to the rack. Tristen Mysen, a teammate of Robinson at Clarkston, is a presence on the glass at 6-6.  The Wolfpack captured gold at the Warrior tournament.

Contributed by Adam “Mayor” Troia

A Day to Remember

26 Jan

IMG_1856Year one laid the foundation, and year two raised the standard for all future Coaches Against Violence Invitational events to follow.  The Coaches Against Violence Invitational, founded by Steven Manrique of the Prep Ball Report and Dearborn ATA boys basketball coach Greg Boler, strives not only to provide a competitive high-level basketball event, but as the name says form a collaboration of coaches from across the Metro-Detroit community to address the issue of youth violence.  Specifically held at the end of the Martin Luther King Jr. week, the 2016 event saw growth in terms attention surrounding the games, community support, and diversity among the teams.

Thank you to all schools, coaches, players, parents, and media involved throughout the course of the day.  Your support does not go unnoticed.

A special mention goes out to both Macomb Community College and Marygrove College for their support of the 2016 Coaches Against Violence Invitational, as both school had representatives in the stands searching for prospective players.  Both aiding in another goal of the invitational, to provide exposure and platforms for these student-athletes to continue their careers both academically and athletically following 12th grade.

We would also like to recognize the first ever sponsor in Coaches Against Violence Invitational history, La Carreta Market.  La Carreta has three locations located throughout Southwest Detroit’s Mexicantown.

Mumford sophomore guard Brandon Green leads the Mustang youth movement.

Mumford sophomore guard Brandon Green leads the Mustang youth movement.

Game One: Detroit Mumford (3-6) 61  Melvindale (6-4) 50

Less than 14 hours following an epic game-winner at the buzzer the night before at Gibralter Carlson, Melvindale was unable to continue the momentum going against Detroit Mumford.  With aggressive guard play, particularly on the defensive end of the floor, and timely shots, the Mustangs held off a late Cardinal surge in the fourth quarter.

With a strong nucleus of underclassmen, the Mustangs will be a team to watch in the coming years once individual talent starts to mesh with team concepts.

MVP: Mumford sophomore guard Brandon Green with 20 points.

Game Two: Detroit Chavez 59 Taylor Prep 51

With no seniors on the roster and only one junior in the starting lineup, Chavez jumped on the young Tigers early and held an 8-12 advantage throughout the course of the game.

MVP: Chavez junior wing Teddy Frazier with 16 points.

Game Three: Detroit Public Safety (5-6) 45 Detroit Southeastern (3-9) 43

Buckets were few and far in-between for these two teams.  However, the game was well worth the struggle in the concluding seconds.  Southeastern connected on a three and then stole the ensuing DPSA throw-in to cut the lead to one possession.  With one second remaining on the clock, DPSA missed the front-end of one-and-one giving the Jungaleers a chance.  However, Southeastern was unable to heave a shot off, giving the Eagles a victory.

MVP: DPSA junior guard Michael Smith with 16 points.

Junior guard Kylen Shipp is enjoying a productive year in the Colt backcourt.

Junior guard Kylen Shipp is a key piece in the Colt backcourt.

Game Four: Detroit Northwestern (6-3) 71 Ypsilanti Arbor Prep (6-3) 60

Rebounding, points in the paint, and transition offense were keys for Northwestern on the night.  The starting backcourt combined for more than half their total points, and several role players came up with stops on defense, hustle plays, and 50-50 balls.  Northwestern is starting to place themselves as a potential dark horse in a wide-open Class B, perhaps even a deep city title run if one of the teams from the larger division doesn’t arrive for 32 minutes with the Colts.

MVP: Northwestern junior point guard Kylen Shipp with 20 points.

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Senior guard Luster Johnson aims to conclude prep career strong.

Game Five: Detroit Consortium (5-5) 57 Ypsilanti Lincoln (4-5) 39

Consortium is known for the historic 2013-2014 season which culminated in a Class C state crown, however, over the past decade the Cougars have been one of the state’s most winningest teams.  Since the 2007-08 campaign, Consortium has won at least 15 games.  It will take a strong finish this year to accomplish such a goal, but when a team can compete on both ends of the floor, odds will more often be in their favor than not.  Consortium’s pressure-defense prevented any continuity in Lincoln’s attack, and their efficiently structured offensive sets both took time off the clock, and morale from the RailSplitters.  Coach Tuomi is among the state’s top coaches and seizes the most out of the players he has to work with, and would be no surprise to see the Cougars end their season for the second time in three years at the Breslin Center.

MVP: Consortium senior guard Luster Johnson with 21 points, four rebounds, and four assists.

Game Six: Detroit Allen Academy (9-2) 61 Detroit Cornerstone (3-5) 59

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It was a slugfest in the paint all night between Jamal Cain of Cornerstone and Danny Pippen from Allen Academy.

This game was not a game, it was a war.  These two programs are under the direction by brothers who in their short coaching careers in Michigan have done far more winning than losing.  This was the definition of a high school basketball game.  Players who have known each other since grade school competing, boisterous cheerleaders, and a crowd summoned to their feet throughout the game.  And thankfully all in attendance were treated to an extra four minutes of action.  A four minutes which saw Allen do just enough to squeak past Cornerstone.  This could only be round one between these two, a potential rematch is on the horizon if both teams reach the Breslin Center come March.  Regardless, the fervor felt throughout the gym for those two hours will be difficult to duplicate, and no one summarized the game better than Allen Academy’s Danny Pippen who said after the game “That was probably the best game I ever played in.”

MVP: Allen Academy senior forward Danny Pippen with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Coaches Against Violence All-Invitational Team

First Team

5’9″ Detroit Northwestern junior point guard Kylen Shipp

6’3″ Detroit Northwestern senior wing guard Terrance Sewell

6’0″ Detroit Consortium senior combo guard Luster Johnson

6’7″ Detroit Cornerstone junior wing Jamal Cain

6’8″ Detroit Allen Academy senior forward Danny Pippen

Second Team

5’11” Detroit Allen Academy senior point guard Jason Williams

6’2″ Detroit Mumford sophomore combo guard Brandon Green

6’0″ Melvindale junior combo guard Montrez Fuster

6’5″ Detroit Consortium senior forward Jaylen Sykes

6’7″ Arbor Prep senior forward Kyle Hayes

 

 

 

Mayor’s Notebook: A Holiday Feast

5 Jan

Special thanks to Mr. Randy willams for putting on this awesome event which featured over 50 games.  Thanks to T.J. Kelley for helping the media.  This event also has one of the best announcers in the game, Mr. Eric Tate, also known as three times.

Teams making noise

Let’s start in class B.  Everyone is talking about New Haven, but WATCH OUT for River Rouge.  They picked up a 69-55 win over Cinnanatti Withrow on day two to move to 4-0 and they take on Taylor Kennedy Tuesday.  They are led by 2017 guard Darian Owens-White, who picked up an MVP award and watch out for 2016 Dorian Watson as he is much improved.
Grosse Pointe South- They pulled out a overtime win over a good Novi team to move to 4-0 and play Canton on Tuesday.  2017 forward Brennan Bushka scored 22 points on his way to an MVP award.  Senior forward Jack Maher can shoot it, and junior point guard Zane Draper can play as well
Detroit Western- The Cowboys are on a 31 game winning streak after knocking off a good walled Lake Central team on day five.  Oakland commit Brailen Neely grabbed the MVP award.  He teams with sharpshooter Armami Tinsley, defensive specialist Karim Murray, energy man Josh Long, and the scrappy Kyree Boynton to make up the most dangerous squad in the PSL and will push for another Class A title.

Day four saw an instant classic as the now 3-1 Belleville Tigers beat a good Saginaw team by three. 2016 forward Calvin Blaydes was the MVP after putting up 25 points in 13 rebounds, sophomore sensation Davion Williams added 17 points and 8 rebounds, and senior forward Trevor Melinda chipped in with nine points and five rebounds.
Who Showed Out

2016 Rochester Adams Duquesne commit Spencer Littleson 38 points vs. Novi
2018 Ann Arbor Skyline guard Jack Ammerman 36 points vs. Hazel Park (nine three-pointers)
2016 Novi guard Kam Hankerson Green Bay commit had games of 21 points and 19 points.
2016 Southfield guard Mike Flowers had games of 31 and 37 points
2018 Frankenmuth Forward Mario Whitley had 27 points vs. Bloomfield Hills
2016 North Farmington guard Jacob Joubert had 12 points including a game winner and is much improved from a campaign a year ago

Mayor’s Notebook: Fastbreak Invitational Recap

23 Dec

Special thanks to T.J. Kelley and Belleville High School.  They combined to host Saturday’s Fastbreak Invitational which was a feast for basketball lovers from around the area.

Game 1 Lenawee Christian 47 Armada 42

Game 2 Arbor Prep 70 Melvindale ABT 49

Arbor Prep came out firing and built a 46-20 halftime lead.  Unsigned 6’7″ senior big man Kyle Hayes scored 20 en route to AP’s fourth win on the young season.  It was a good win with Milan transfer Garrett Gardette still ineligible for a couple of more games.

Game 3 Onsted 65 Riverview Gabriel Richard 32

When 6-11 Austin “Big Country” Davis comes down on the Onsted’s first possession and makes a three from the top of the key, it means that the opponent is in for a long day.  The Michigan commit had 24 points, 15 rebounds, and five blocks while junior front-court mate Skyler Lipinski added 16 points.  Riverview Richard was led by Tim Augustyniak with 11 points, while Anthony “Flo” Brown chipped in with 9.
Game 4 Ann Arbor Huron 68 Southfield Lathrup 44

It was a close game until Huron went on a 23-8 run to close the game helping the River Rats get the victory.  The Rats are not as individually talented as in years past, but play hard, and are well coached.
Game 5 Belleville 70 Oak park 57

Belleville opened up a 16-4 lead to end the first quarter then went into the half up 12.  The Tiger attack was led by Calvin Blaydes.  He displayed an improved touch from the perimeter as he hit four three pointers on his way to 21 points.  Oak Park made a run late behind point guard Trevon Gardner’s 18 points.  However, Belleville’s depth was too much for the Knights to withstand in the end. Super sophomore guard Davion Williams added 17 points and 8 rebounds, and Karme Carey added 11 for the Tigers.

Mayor’s Notebook: Breaking Down the Winter Breakout

16 Dec

T.J. Kelley recently hosted the fourth annual Winter Breakout.  As usual at a IPS event, there was plenty of talent on display.

Game One Wayne Memorial 57 Howell 47

Game Two Grand Rapids Union 53 Detroit Loyola 52

This was a quality game.  Union jumped out early behind senior Bruce Burstra (11pts) and junior Jared Sietsema.  However, the Bulldogs came back to take a one point lead at the end of the third, behind senior combo guard Dequan Powell’s 11 points.  Down one, Loyola’s sophomore point guard and CMU commit Perrie Mitchell  missed a driving lay-up attempt with time expiring to give Union the win.

Game Three New Haven 64 Yspilanti Lincoln 46.

This was New Haven’s freshman Romero Weems’ coming out party.  As New Haven showed they will be a top contender in Class B.  Weems had 17 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks in New Haven’s dominating win.

Ty Groce paced the Rail Splitters with 15 points, 5 assists, and 6 rebounds.

Game Four Ann Arbor Pioneer 72 Conerstone 57

This game was nip-and-tuck through three quarters.  Then the Pioneers pulled away late.  Cedric Benton had 19 points, fellow junior guard Deric Murray also played solid for the Pioneers.  Freshman Drew Louder was impressive as well.  Pioneer moved to 2-0 on the season as they defeated Ann Arbor Skyline in overtime the night before.

Conerstone’s junior Jamal Cain showed why he is a top three prospect in the 2017 class by putting up 16 points, and 13 rebounds for the Wolves.

Mayor’s Pre-season Class D Rankings

7 Dec

1. Lenawee

2. Our Lady of the Lakes

3. Powers North Central

4. Inter-City Baptist

5. Tri-Unity Christian

Mayor’s Pre-season Class A Rankings

7 Dec

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The state’s most competitive division will be one to watch.

1. U of D Jesuit- The third time could be the charm for the Cubs, as U of D has ended their season in the state semi-finals the previous two years.

Key players- 6’0″ senior guard Cassius Winston, 6’9″ junior forward Ike Eke, 6’8″ junior forward Greg Eboigboden, 6’0″ sophomore guard Elijah Collins, 5’9″ freshman guard Julian Dozier

2. Detroit Western– Western will have their whole team from day one this season.  The Cowboy backcourt will be the team’s strength, with the ability to apply pressure defense, and make perimeter shots.

Key players- 5’10” senior guard Brailen Neely, 6’0″ senior guard Armani Tinsley, 6’2″ senior guard Karim Murray, 6’6″ junior forward Josh Long, 6’5″ junior forward Demoines Whitney

3. Detroit East English Village- On paper one of the deepest teams in the state having played together both during the high school and travel seasons.  But must execute as a cohesive unit to reach potential.

Key players- 6’3″ senior guard Karmari Newman, 6’5″ senior forward Cedric Lattimore, 6’4″ senior forward Jaylin McFadden, 5’11” senior guard Chris Rollins, 6’4″ senior wing Lamar Neely, 6’7″ senior forward Joe Barron, 5’10” senior guard Nate Bowlware, 6’3″ junior guard Greg Elliott

4. Macomb Dakota- Have the size, smarts, and guards to make a run for Class A.

Key players- 6’0″ senior guard C.J. Marshall, 5’8″ junior guard Jermaine Jackson Jr., 6’6″ junior forward Braeden Sackely, 6’7″ sophomore forward Thomas Kithier.

5. Clarkston– That team from up north always finds ways to win.

Key players- 6’4″ senior guard Tabin Throgmorton, 6’4″ junior wing Dylan Alderson, 5’10” sophomore guard Foster Loyer.

6. Grand Rapids Christian– With two transfer forwards GRC is suddenly a player in Class A, will need a point guard to develop.

Key players- 6’7″ junior forward Xavier Tillman, 6’6″ junior forward James Beck.

7. Detroit Renaissance– All the pieces in play to make a run for city and state crowns.

Key players- 6’3″ senior guard Justin Turner, 6’6″ senior forward A.J. Jackson, 5’10” senior guard Richard Talley, 6’4″ junior guard LaRhonde Lucas, 6’5″ sophomore forward Jalen Tobias.

8. Lansing Everett- Gone is Trevor Manuel, but three standout guards will lead Everett to many victories this season.

Key players- 6’4″ senior guard JaMyrin Jackson, 6’1″ senior guard LeAndre Wright, 5’10” junior guard Nyrell Powell.

9. Kalamazoo Central– Despite losing their best player via prep school, the Maroon Giants have the talent to remain top dogs in Southwest Michigan.

Key players- 6’0″ senior guard Jeremiah Richard, 6’7″ junior forward Isaiah Livers, 6’5″ junior forward Rog Stein, 6’4″ junior guard Ontario Burnett.

10. East Kentwood- The Falcons put together a perfect regular season, and return a balanced group of seniors at every position.

Key players- 6’7″ senior forward Andrew Madison, 6’2″ senior guard Micah Rosser, 6’2″ senior guard Brandon Fuller.

11. North Farmington- Billy T will be eligible for the whole year this season, and he has help on the way with a transfer from Michigan and Georgia.

Key players- 6’0″ senior guard Billy Thomas, 6’2″ senior guard Obi Duru, 6’3″ senior guard Alex Darden, 5’10” senior guard Josh Hogans, 6’3″ junior guard Amauri Harden, 6’6″ forward Nate Brooks.

12. Belleville- Could easily be mistaken for a J.V. with the amount of youth the Tigers have.  Their game, however, is varsity approved.

Key players- 6’5″ senior forward Calvin Blaydes, 6’6″ senior forward Trevor Molinda, 6’3″ sophomore guard Davion Williams, 6’2″ sophomore guard Kmari Carey, 6’2″ sophomore wing Devin Alverson.

13. Romulus- Not the most talented of Romulus teams, but will compete.

Key players- 6’3″ senior guard Rahsaan Pope, 6’7″ senior forward Trey Carter, 6’0″ senior guard D’Angelo Hansbro, 5’10” senior guard Sevann Williams, 6’2″ senior guard Khari Williams, 6’0″ sophomore guard Kaevon Merriweather, 6’0″ sophomore guard Rashaad Williams.

14. Ypsilanti– The Grizzlies lack size, but Coach Brooks’ team will guard the length of the floor.

Key players- 6’2″ senior guard Corey Allen, 6’1″ senior guard Rayjon Williams-Jackson, 5’10” junior guard Marlin Talley, 5’11” junior guard James Davis, 6’5″ sophomore forward Josh Perkins.

15. Muskegon- No big names this year for Muskegon, but the Big Reds will find ways to win games with players having to take on different roles.

Key players- senior guard 5’10” Michael Littlejohn, 6’0″ senior guard Linwood Lee, 6’5″ junior forward Anthony Bethea.

 

 

Mayor’s Pre-season Class B Rankings

7 Dec

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Class B is wide-open for the taking this year.

1. Wyoming Godwin Heights- The champs will be favored once again to repeat with a mixture of veterans and talented youth.

Key players- 6’2″ senior guard Richard Major, 6’0″ senior guard Leon Redd, 5’10” junior point guard Christian Rodriguez, 6’5″ sophomore forward Markeese Hastings, 5’10” sophomore point guard Susu Davenport, 5’11” sophomore point guard Peyton Harley, 6’1″ sophomore guard Lamar Norman.

2. New Haven- Lost just one game a season ago, and return the two tallest players in the class.

Key Players- 6’10” senior forward Innocent Nwyoko, 6’10” senior forward Jerry Ben, 6’3″ junior guard Eric Williams, 6’5″ freshman wing Romeo Weems.

3. River Rouge- The Panthers returned to prominence last season, but lose four starters from a 19 win team a year ago.

Key players- 6’6″ senior forward Javon Lawrence, 6’2″ senior guard Dorian Watson, 6’0″ junior point Darian Owens-White, 6’3″ junior wing Delonte Peterson

4. Benton Harbor- This will be the last go-around for one of the best backcourt combinations in the state.

Key players- 6’3″ senior guard Jaton Gunn, 6’0″ senior guard Curtis Dawson, 6’1″ junior guard Roy Anderson.

5. Detroit Consortium- The Cougars are always a tough out regardless of who is on their roster.

Key players- 6’1″ senior guard Luster Johnson, 6’5″ senior forward Jaylen Moore, 6’4″ senior forward Jaylen Sykes, 5’10” senior guard C.J. Figueroa.

6. Onsted- Game plan for the Bulldogs all year should be feed the post.

Key players- 6’10” senior forward Austin Davis, 6’7″ junior forward Sylar Lipinski.

7. Detroit Osborn- Osborn has dominated the division II portion of the PSL in recent years, the Knights make the jump to division I this year to see how good they really are.

Key players- 6’7″ senior forward Devin Dubois, 6’0″ junior guard Armonee Felder, 5’11” sophomore guard Jamarria Hall

8. Hazel Park- Talented youth make the Vikings a player in Class B.

Key players- 6’7″ senior forward James Jenkins, 5’11” junior guard Cam Boatman, 6’1″ sophomore guard Carl Bow, 6’0″ sophomore guard Dave Hearns

9. Alma- Feed the big!

Key players- 6’9″ senior guard Dylan Carl

10. Stevenvsille-Lakeshore- Feed the big!

Key players- 6’10” senior forward Braden Burke.

11. Detroit Northwestern- A productive month of June team camps should propel the Colts to take their play a level higher.

Key played- 6’2″ senior guard Terrance Sewell, 5’10” junior guard Kylard Ship

12. Detroit Henry Ford- After a historic run to the Breslin Center, the Trojans must replace four starters and a healthy amount of role players.  Hustle and grit will be the formula for Ford to win games.

Key players- 6’0″ senior guard James Towns, 6’3″ senior forward Alston Hunter, 6’2″ senior guard Jeremy Crawley, 5’10” senior guard Angelo Walker, 6’0″ sophomore guard Damon Gilmore.

13. Wayland Union- An inside and outside presence will be tough for opponents to stop this season.

Key players- 6’0″ senior guard Avery Hudson, 6’7″ junior forward Zack Nieukwoop

14. Flint Southwestern– Michigan is eagerly awaiting for a Flint team from Michigan to return to respectability.  Will the Knights be this year’s team?

Key players- 6’1″ senior guard Tevin Taylor, 5’7″ senior guard DeShaun Pride.

15. Williamston- Return six seniors from a 17 win team and gain a top freshman in the state.

Key players- 6’0″ senior guard Riley Lewis, 6’5″ freshman forward Sean Cobb.

 

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