Archive | December, 2012

Romulus Day One Recaps

24 Dec

The Romulus Holiday Hoops Classic turned out to be a great two day event.  Here are some of the results of the games on the first day.

River Rouge 68 vs. Cody 62– Jr. Terrell Crawford scored 22 points against Cody.  A name to remember for the future.

Ford 69 vs. Pontiac 60– Senior point guard Dijon Cogdill added 26 points for Pontiac.  Jarod Jones also added some highlight dunks for Pontiac.

Walled Lake Western 54 vs. Southfield Christian 48– The defending Class D champions were not able to get the w against Walled Lake and their big Miroslav Jaskic.  The center scored 13 for Walled Lake, while Demarcus Bailey, a sophomore, tallied 15.  For the Eagles, Bakari Evelyn scored 14 points, but four of those were in the second half.  Demarco White added 14 for the Eagles as well.

Romulus 70 vs. Detroit Community 53– Multiple division one recruits took the floor in the spotlight game at Romulus’ Holiday Hoop Classic on Friday.   This game seemed relatively competitive throughout a good portion of the first half.  The score at the end of one was 15-13 Romulus .  But in the second quarter, things started to get away for Community.  This was where South Florida commit, Bo Zeigler, started to get in foul trouble.  Resulting in him have to sit the bench throughout most of the quarter.  While the superstar was on the bench, Romulus extended their lead to 42-28 at halftime.  In the second half, more of the same for Romulus.  When you have one of the best finishers in the state, EC Matthews, coming downhill at you, it is over.  Not to mention his partner-in-crime, Missouri bound Wes Clark.  That is the formula for Romulus extending their lead to 55-37 with 2:52 left in the third.  But Community would not go away.  Making it a 57-51 ballgame at the end of three.  Romulus would not worry, they would extend their lead to 70-53 to hold onto the victory.  EC Matthews scored 16 points, Leo Edwards added 16 as well.  Senior Jalon Plummer added ten points, and held Zeigler to only 6 points.

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Romulus’ Holiday Winner’s Circle Classic 2012

20 Dec

This Friday and Saturday, the Romulus Eagles will host their annual Christmas Showcase with some of the area’s top teams participating.  Here is the schedule for the event:

Friday: 3pm-Windsor CC vs. Detroit Western; 4:40pm-Detroit Cody vs. River Rouge; 6:20pm-Detroit Henry Ford vs. Pontiac; 8pm-Walled Lake Western vs. Southfield Christian; 9:40pm-Romulus vs. Detroit Community

Saturday: 1pm-Novi CC vs. Ypsilanti Lincoln, 2:40pm-Gibraltor Carlson vs. Belleville; 4:20pm-Ann Arbor Skyline vs. Windsor CC; 6pm-Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy vs. Toledo Rogers, 7:40pm-Detroit Southeastern vs. Ann Arbor Pioneer; 9:20pm-Romulus vs. Detroit Douglass

There are a couple of games that intrigue me.  One of them is the Romulus vs. Community game.  Romulus has several kids who are committed to play division one college basketball including, Rhode Island commit EC Matthews, Wes Clark who has committed to Missouri, and Leo Edwards a Louisiana Tech commit.  Also from the Eagles, watch jr. guard Juwan Clark and senior guards Lowell Wade and Jalon Plummer.  Community has South Florida commit Bo Zeigler, and not to mention a name to remember for the future, Jerrell Martin a forward.

On day two, once again, the Eagles square up against another one of the state’s top teams, this time being Detroit Douglass.  On the Hurricanes  is a class of 2014 standout, Darrell Davis who is regarded to be one of the top players in not only the DPS, but the State of Michigan.

Should be a great two day event at Romulus, top teams going at it against each other, what else could a high school basketball fan ask for?

Predictions for Detroit Public Schools League Basketball

20 Dec

The Detroit PSL basketball league portion of the schedule opened up on Tuesday, and this year looks to be once again another competitive year within the DPS. The league sports many of the state’s top ranked teams, as well as some teams that could surprise us come playoff time. There are two divisions in the DPS, the East Division and the West Division. Between the two divisions, the East is completely stacked this year. Teams like Douglass, Southeastern, Pershing, and East English Village all carry players that are holding offers and gaining interest from some of the country’s best college basketball programs. On the flip side, the West may only have one or two teams that can compete for a city title, however, more teams in that division are unknown at this point in the season. For example, Western has always been a doormat in the league but this year things could be different for the Cowboys. With that being said, this ought to be one exciting season.

East Division

(1.) Pershing (2.) Douglass (3.) Southeastern (4.) East English Village (5.) King (6.) Osborn (7.) Denby (8.) Central (9.) Davis

West Division

(1.) Cass Tech (2.) Renaissance (3.) Cody (4.) Western (5.) Ford (6.) Mumford (7.)Northwestern (8.) CMA (9.) Westside

Players to Watch

Jaylen Bufford- Denby, Darrell Davis- Douglass, Alex Burney- Osborn, Kenyatta Singleton- Southeastern, D’Cari Charleston- Southeastern, Justin Tillman- Pershing, Martez Walker- Pershing, Darsean Woodson- Pershing, Khalil Felder- Pershing, Armani Lee- King, Marqywell Jackson- East English Village, Antoine Benford- East English Village, Kenny Carpenter- Cass Tech, D’Andre Johnson- Cass Tech, Kyle Steward- Cass Tech, Deangelo Stewart- Cass Tech, Joshua Davis- Ford, Romondo Ray- Western, Clark Bishop- Renaissance

Interview with Eric Davis of Saginaw Arthur Hill

16 Dec

Eric Davis is a sophomore at Saginaw Arthur Hill, who is one of the top guards in the class of 2015, evident by the fact that schools like Kentucky and MSU are already showing interest.  Eric can flat-out score the ball, but his bread and ball are his shooting abilities.  If he fills out his 6’3″ body, and becomes more aggressive with his driving game, this kid will absolutely receive attention from the top programs in the country.

Results of Metro Detroit/Saginaw Valley League Challenge

16 Dec

Flint Northern: 71 West Bloomfield 67- Raymond Lewis scored 18 for the Northern Vikings.

Gibraltar Carlson 70 Saginaw Buena Vista 53- Jr. guard Jared Henson totaled 23 for the Marauders.

Ypsilanti 52 North Farmington 32- The Phoenix recieved good guard play from freshman Corey Allen.  The front line of Ypsilanti caused problems all game for the Raiders.  Led by LaVonte Davis’ 18 points.

Ann Arbor Huron 92 Taylor Truman 68- Jr. Point Guard Antonio Henry scored 17 for Huron, while jr. Aaron Foster-Smith added 27 in the losing effort for Truman.

Saginaw Arthur Hill 77 Detroit King 67- Only leading by two going into halftime, Arthur Hill would come out fast to start the second-half, which was started by a highlight dunk by senior wing Jalen Adams.  King would make things interesting in the 4th, but in the end, sophomore sensation Eric Davis put Arthur Hill on his back.  Going for 30 points in capturing the game MVP.  Adams had 19 points.

Saginaw 57 Southeastern 56- The battle of two top ten ranked teams in the state proved to be one of the best games I have ever been to.  Southeastern had the Trojans on the ropes throughout the entire first half, building a 31-19 lead going into the lockers, in large part due to the big men of the Jungaleers, causing problems on the offensive boards for Saginaw.  Never count out a champion, the defending Class A champions, Saginaw, would pick up the defensive intensity in the second.  Keon Addison proved to be the playmaker the Trojans would need, being a defensive leader for Saginaw, as well as putting up 15.  Markell Bradshaw and Julian Henderson both added 14 for the Trojans.

Interview with Jalen Adams

16 Dec

Interview with Ernest Johnson

16 Dec

Interview with Ypsilanti’s Jaylen Johnson

16 Dec

Jaylen is a six foot nine skilled big man, who can hit a open jumper from the elbow, as well as show off his athleticism for dunks.

Metro Detroit/Saginaw Valley League Challenge

14 Dec

Tomorrow December 14, I will be attending my first high school basketball games of the season at West Bloomfield High School for the Metro Detroit/ Saginaw Valley League Challenge.  Here is the schedule for the day:

12:30pm-W. Bloomfield vs. Flint Northern; 2pm-Gibraltar Carleton vs. Saginaw Buena Vista; 3:30pm-Ypsilanti vs. North Farmington; 5pm-Taylor Truman vs. Ann Arbor Huron; 6:30pm-Detroit King vs. Saginaw Arthur Hill; 8pm-Saginaw vs. Detroit Southeastern

A couple games that catch my eye are the King vs. Saginaw Arthur Hill game.  The Hill has one of the top C/O 2015 guards in Eric Davis.  To complement Davis, Jalen Adams will provide highlights galore in this game.  The second game that caught my eye is the North Farmington vs. Ypsilanti.  Another top 2015 player, 6-6 Jeron Rogers will be in action and could very well put on a show.

This will be a great day of hoops in the Metro Detroit Area.  The defending Class A champs will be in attendance, Saginaw, as well as some other up and coming teams, should be a talent rich challenge.

Players to watch: Flint Northern’s Amari Ivory. Arthur Hill’s Eric Davis and Jalen Adams. Buena Vista’s Vonta Brookins, Armondi Rogers and Carl Moore, Saginaw’s Julian Anderson, Keyon Addison, Jerry Smith and Markell Bradshaw.  Truman’s Aaron Foster-Smith, Anthony Wartley-Fritz, Devin Goodwill, Devian Newbill.

Update on Southfield’s Lawrence Marshall

12 Dec



I recently had a chance this week to talk to one of the State of Michigan’s most celebrated defensive ends, Lawrence Marshall of Southfield High School.  Lawrence told me that some schools that have offered have been Bowling Green, San Diego State, Toledo, Indiana, and Pitt.  This past Friday, the Orange of Syracuse have placed an offer to Lawrence.  The two in-state school, Michigan and Michigan State, have offered Marshall, with MSU offering the first week of the state playoffs, and Michigan offering two weeks ago.  Lawrence also has had a chance to visit Indiana, Bowling Green, Michigan, Ohio State, and Michigan State.  Some schools that are showing interest in Lawrence’s talents are West Virgina, and the University of Alabama.

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