Archive | October, 2013

Romulus’ 2014 Deonte Bell’s Profile

31 Oct

tae•           Height, Weight, and position?

6’0″, 155 lbs, PG

 
•           High School, Summer team and Graduation Year?
 Romulus High school, Michigan Warriors, 2014
 
•           Players you try to model your game after?
Point guards like Deron Williams, Chris Paul, and Rajon Rondo.
 
•           Important Stats
12 points and 6 assists with minimal turnovers.
 
•           Most memorable game in your career so far?
Starting my first varsity game against Dearborn High at Dearborn.
 
•           Colleges that you would like to attend?
Any school that would love to have me and fits my play style
 
•           Colleges that have shown interest in you so far?
Albion, Earlham, Wayne State
 
•           What makes you unique from other players at your position?
I think my speed, quickness, and athletic ability makes me unique, also my ability to get in the lane and make plays not only for myself but for my teammates as well.
 
•           Strengths and areas you are improving in?
My strengths are that I am a hard worker who enjoys putting in the work it takes to get better.  An area that I am improving in is my shooting; I need to become a more consistent shooter.
 
•           How did the offseason go?
Great, hardly took days off.
 
•           Goals for the upcoming season?
Bring in another state championship and go to a division one college.
•           What role do you see yourself having this year for your team?
Contributing to my team anyway I can, make my teammates better, and most importantly being a leader.
 
•           What will a coach be getting out of you at the next level?
A good kid and a gym rat, someone who will be willing to put in countless hours of work.
 
            •           What will go into your decision about choosing a college?
Style of play, coaching staff, and academics.
 
•           Most influential person in your life? Why?
My dad.  Just seeing him go to work every day for our family inspires me to be a hard worker.
 
•           Legacy you want to leave at your school?
I want to help bring in our schools third state championship
 
•           Where do you see yourself in 15 years?
If not playing basketball professionally, then being a successful electric engineer who plays some ball in his free time.   
 
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•           Fun/ interesting fact about you?
My favorite subject in school is math.
 
•           Awards, Accomplishments, other comments?
2013 Class A State Champion
•           Academic Information
3.3 GPA
ACT score of 20
 
•           Contact Information
Deonte Bell
313-460-4056

U of D Jesuit’s 2014 Nick Mutebi’s Profile

28 Oct

IMG_5352• Height, Weight, and position?

6’3’’,  195 lbs, Power Forward/Small Forward

• High School, Summer team and Graduation Year?

U of D Jesuit, Michigan Blue Angels AAU, Class of 2014

• Players you try to model your game after?

Anderson Varejao, Victor Oladipo, Shane Battier, Luol Deng

• Most memorable game in your career so far?

By far winning ending the drought by winning the first Catholic League Basketball title in 21 years for U of D Jesuit.  Nothing beats that feeling of bringing home a well-deserved title against your rival.

• Colleges that you would like to attend?

No target schools for me really. I just want to find a place that is the right fit for me, helps me improve my game, and most importantly gives me an excellent education and puts me closer to achieving my goals.

• Colleges that have shown interest in you so far?

Albion, Lake Forest College, Washington University in St. Louis, and Case Western Reserve University

• What makes you unique from other players at your position?

My size by far.  I’m pretty undersized for my position, but what I lack in size, I make up for in skill, effort, and energy.  I pride myself in making the hustle plays that not many make, and I’m a defense first type of guy.  Also, I am an excellent rebounder.

• Strengths and areas you are improving in?

Strengths: Rebounding, off the ball defense, energy, and hustle

Areas of Improvement: ball handling, and jump shot range

• How did the offseason go?

A lot better than I planned. Got stronger, faster, and improved on all areas of my game.

• Goals for the upcoming season?

Beat Cleveland St. Ignatius and Toledo St. John’s, back-to-back Central Division Regular season champs, back-to-back A-B Catholic League Champs, repeat district champs, make it past regionals, and finally a trip to the Breslin Center for state playoffs.

• What role do you see your self-having this year for your team?

Team capitan, top 5 in scoring, and top 3 in rebounding.

• What will a coach be getting out of you at the next level?

A kid with great character, and does nothing but gives his energy and heart for the sport he loves.  Plus, one who puts his academics first, works hard, and is just a great team player.

• What will go into your decision about choosing a college?

Location, academic program at the College/University, and whether or not the school has the major I intend on studying in school.

• Most influential person in your life? Why?

By far it is my parents. Both of them grew up in Uganda, a country in Africa, and came over to America for education and to live a better life. The fact that they worked so hard for me and my brothers to live a good life helps motivate me to work as hard as they did, and to achieve all of my dreams.

• Legacy you want to leave at your school?

Part of the class who changed the culture of sports at U of D Jesuit.

• Where do you see yourself in 15 years?

Hopefully finished with medical school, and a doctor of some sorts working in sports medicine.

• Highlight Tape

• Fun/ interesting fact about you?

I referee soccer and I’m a member of the National Honor Society.  Also, people say that I am a really good dodgeball player.

• Awards, Accomplishments, other comments?

Scholar-Athlete Award

• Academic Information

3.7 GPA, ACT – 24

• Contact Information

Email: nickmutebi34@gmail.com

Phone: 313-289-3362

Cass Tech 2016 Donnell Alexander’s Profile

28 Oct

• Height, Weight, and position?

5’8″, 155 Ibs  PG

• High School, Summer team and Graduation Year?

Cass Technical High School, 2016  ASAP Blazers

 

• Most memorable game in your career so far?

When I had my first 20 points in Ohio.

• Colleges that you would like to attend?

Ohio State, Oregon, and UCLA

• Colleges that have shown interest in you so far?

Temple

• What makes you unique from other players at your position?

I am a correctable player.

• Strengths and areas you are improving in?

My feet are starting to get quicker.

• How did the offseason go? 

Good, I got a lot of work.

• Goals for the upcoming season?

To jump higher and shoot better.

• What role do you see your self having this year for your team?

It might be another learning experience for me.

• What will a coach be getting out of you at the next level?

A great student athlete willing to do whatever it takes.

• What will will go into your decision about choosing a college?

Which play style fits me best.

• Most influential person in your life? Why?

Chris Paul because he was on j.v and was an All-American who made it big.

• Legacy you want to leave at your school?

To work hard and be one of the greatest at my school.

• Where do you see yourself in 15 years?

Living in a big house in a beautiful city.

• Fun/ interesting fact about you?

I love to eat!

• Awards, Accomplishments, other comments?

City Champions, City Runner up, basketball captain.

• Academic Information

4.0

• Contact Information

1-313-523-8148

Pre-season Class of 2014 Rankings

21 Oct

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Los Angeles LakersAlthough the class of 2014 in Michigan has lost a few players deciding on choosing the prep school route, the class still runs deep with talent and depth.  The list contains ESPN nationally ranked players, and runs all the ways to players wanting to make a name for themselves in their last season of high school basketball.   Your’s truly and fellow rising prep reporter Jeff McKinney have compiled a list that represents the best of what the State of Michigan has to offer in terms of senior basketball talent.

1. Edmond Sumner 6’4″ PG Country Day (Verbal to Xavier)

2. Justin Tillman 6’8″ PF Detroit Pershing (Verbal to VCU)

3. Jaylen Johnson 6’8″ PF Ypsilanti (Verbal to Louisville)

4. Darrell Davis 6’4″ combo guard Detroit Douglass (Verbal to Dayton)

5. Yante Maten 6’8″ PF Bloomfield Hills

6. Marqywell Jackson 6’6″ wing East English Village

7. Aaron Foster-Smith 6’7″ PF Taylor Truman (Verbal to U of D Mercy)

8. Luke Meyer 6’9″ PF Addison (Verbal to CMU)

9. Ja’Christian Biles 6’2″ SG Oak Park (Verbal to Youngstown State)

10. Mory Diane 6’3″ wing Detroit Pershing (Verbal to Buffalo)

11. Deshawn Thrower 6’0″ PG Muskegon (Verbal to Stoney Brook)

12. Tyrone Acuff 6’6″ wing Detroit King

13. Kenny Carpenter 6’4″ wing Detroit Cass Tech

14. Mike Laster 6’4″ wing Detroit Cass Tech

15. Justice Green 6’0″ PG Flint Carmen-Ainsworth

16. Leonard Harper-Baker 6’5″ wing Detroit Southeastern

17. Rashaud Orange 6’4″ SF Grand Rapids Innovation Central

18. Darryl Bigham 6’4″ SF Detroit Southeastern

19. Jaleel Hogan 6’7″ PF Mt. Pleasant (Verbal to U of D Mercy)

20. Terrell Hales 6’4″ combo guard Detroit Douglass (Verbal to Cleveland State)

21. Jordan Nobles 6’8″ wing Canton

22. Darohn Scott 6’8″ PF Grand Rapids Christian

23. Juwan Clark 6’2″ PG Romulus

24. Martel Handley 6’1″ SF Saginaw Arthur Hill

25. Kris Clyburn 6’4″ SG Romulus

26. Khadim Dieng 7’0″ forward Grand Rapids Northpointe Christian

27. Lindsey Hunter IV 5’1″ PG Southfield Christian

28. Charles Keys 6’6″ SF Detroit Cass Tech

29. Ray Croon 6’5″ wing Livonia Franklin

30. D’Juan Williams 5’10” PG Westside Christian

Follow Jeff on Twitter: @McKinneysWorld

Follow me on Twitter: @PrepBallReport

Goodrich 2015 Jaylin Fordam’s Profile

21 Oct

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• Height, Weight, and position?

6’2″, 165 lbs, and combo guard.

• High School, Summer team and Graduation Year?

Goodrich High School, Michigan The Family and Class of 2015.

• Players you try to model your game after?

James Harden

• Most memorable game in your career so far?

My final four game in King James tournament, I dropped 36 in the second half.

• Colleges that you would like to attend?

Ohio State University, Kansas University and Duke University

• Colleges that have shown interest in you so far?

Michigan State , George Mason , University of South Florida, Western Michigan and Central Michigan University

• What makes you unique from other players at your position?

Scoring ability.

• Strengths and areas you are improving in?

Scoring , passing, and strength.

• How did the offseason go?

Camps and AAU tournaments.

• Goals for the upcoming season?

Win a state championship

• What role do you see your self having this year for your team?

A leader.

• What will a coach be getting out of you at the next level?

A Player that plays his role and gives a 110%.

• What will will go into your decision about choosing a college?

Playing time and where I fit in the best.

• Most influential person in your life? Why?

Dad because he taught me the game I love most

• Legacy you want to leave at your school?

A positive person.

• Where do you see yourself in 15 years?

The NBA.

• Awards, Accomplishments, other comments?

I like becoming a better person everyday.

• Academic Information

G.P.A 3.4

• Contact Information

jfordham4@gmail.com

Arthur Hill’s 2014 Martel Handley’s Profile

21 Oct

1360728493521• Height, weight, and position? 

6’3″, 175 lbs, shooting guard.

• High School, Summer team Graduation Year? 

Saginaw Arthur Hill, Saginaw Underdawgs, 2014

• Most memorable game in your career so far?

Last season against Bay City Western.

• Colleges that you would like to attend?

Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina.

• Colleges that have shown interest in you so far?

Western Michigan

• What makes you unique from other players at your position?  

My ability to score.

• Strengths and areas you are improving in?

Need to get stronger, and better with off-hand.

• How did the offseason go?

Pretty good, I also play football.

• Goals for the upcoming season?

Become a better player and role model for my team.

• What role do you see your self having this year for your team?

A team captain.

• What will a coach be getting out of you at the next level?

Leadership and more focus.

• What will will go into your decision about choosing a college?

Best offer.

• Most influential person in your life? Why?

Mom and dad, because they would’ve wanted me to succeed in life.

• Legacy you want to leave at your school?

That I was a hard worker and dedicated.

• Where do you see yourself in 15 years?

Playing in the NBA.

• Highlight Tape

• Fun/ interesting fact about you? 

 I never settle even though I know I  accomplished something.

• Awards, Accomplishments, other comments?

Third leading scorer for my team last season.

• Academic Information

3.5 GPA, top 10 in my class

• Contact Information

martelhandley@gmail.com

Goodrich 2014 Carlos Fordham’s Profile

21 Oct

• Height, Weight, and position?

6’4″ 165 lbs, small forward.

• High School, Summer team and Graduation Year?

Goodrich High School, Saginaw Underdawgs, 2014.

• Players you try to model your game after?

Russell Westbrook, Jeff Greene, Doug Andrerson.

• Colleges that you would like to attend?

South Florida, and Dayton.

• Colleges that have shown interest in you so far?

Kansas, South Florida, USC, Ferris, Owens, Saginaw Valley State, Lake Superior State, Marieta, Central Michigan, Defiance, Heidelberg.

• What makes you unique from other players at your position?

Very athletic, fast, and court vision.

• Strengths and areas you are improving in?

Weakness – 3 point shot,
Strength- jumping, running, midrange, and passing.

• How did the offseason go?

Very well, I improved a lot overall.

• Goals for the upcoming season?

Average more rebounds than last year an assist.

• What will a coach be getting out of you at the next level?

A jumping machine. I like to jump a lot on the court. And a very good midrange.

• What will will go into your decision about choosing a college?

Education and location.

• Most influential person in your life? Why?

Mother, she has alway been there when others left.

• Fun/ interesting fact about you?

I play the keyboard and record music.

• Contact Information

Twitter: @_CJFJ

 

Brother Rice’s Steve Westbrook’s Profile

20 Oct

photo-1• Height, Weight, and position?

Height: 6’0, Weight: 190lbs, Position: combo guard

• High School, Summer team and Graduation Year?

High School: Brother Rice High School, Summer Team: Michigan BBC Select, Graduation Year: 2014

• Players you try to model your game after?

I try to model James Harden and Kobe Bryant.

• Important Stats

Season stats: 10.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 5.2 apg.

AAU stats: 15.2 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 6.8 apg.

• Most memorable game in your career so far?

My most memorable of my career was scoring 26 points against the Spiece EYBL team at the GRBA Nationals during the AAU season.

• Colleges that you would like to attend?

Hope College, Ferris State, Marietta, University of Indianapolis, Grand Valley, Albion, and U of D Mercy,

• Colleges that have shown interest in you so far?-

Hope, Ferris State, Albion, Cornerstone, Calvin, Marietta, U of D Mercy, and University of Indianapolis.

• What makes you unique from other players at your position?

Being a strong big guard who can handle the ball and rebound real well.  I am a shutdown defender.

• Strengths and areas you are improving in?

My strengths are driving to the basket and drawing fouls and getting out in transition and scoring.  I can also set up my team mates real well in a half court offense.  I am trying to improve my shooting consistency from three point territory and extending my range.

• How did the offseason go?

My offseason went really well with Michigan BBC Select.  We have won 3 tournaments and I got a lot of exposure .

• Goals for the upcoming season?

Winning the Catholic League, Making it past regionals, being team captain, and being a leader on the team.

• What role do you see your self having this year for your team?

I see myself as an important scorer and shutdown defender on the team.

• What will a coach be getting out of you at the next level?

A coach will get a player that doesn’t take any plays off and plays hard defense.

• What will will go into your decision about choosing a college?

Going to a school where I can play right away and having a great relationship with the coaching staff.

• Most influential person in your life? Why?

My Dad is the most influential person in my life because he was the one who introduced me to basketball when I was little and he has coached and taught me the fundamentals of basketball.  He has made me the type of player I am today.

• Legacy you want to leave at your school?

I want to leave the school with a legacy of hard work, dedication, commitment, and loyalty.

• Where do you see yourself in 15 years?

Probably coaching basketball.

• Highlight Tape

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQ7ImYDn5DE

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQs5QTbvrJs

• Fun/ interesting fact about you?

I can watch basketball highlights all day long.

• Academic Information

2.9 GPA, ACT: TBA

• Contact Information

Cell: (248)-631-9783

Email: smwestbrooks@ameritech.net

Gabriel Richard’s 2017 Anthony Brown’s Profile

20 Oct

IMG_4395• Height, Weight, and position?

6’0, 155 lbs, guard

• High School, Summer team and Graduation Year?

Gabriel Richard, Motor City Magic, Detroit Elite and D-up Ballers, 2017

• Players you try to model your game after?

Kyrie Irving and Rajon Rondo.

• Important Stats

18points 7 assist 6 rebounds

• Most memorable game in your career so far?

8th grade year at the lebron James shooting stars classic having a double-double 26 points 11 assist on the Ohio Heat.

• Colleges that you would like to attend?

Ohio State, U of M, Duke.

• Colleges that have shown interest in you so far?

I’ve got a letter from U of D.

• What makes you unique from other players at your position?

I see the floor well, strong with hands, high basketball IQ, and a great rebounder.

• Strengths and areas you are improving in?

Ball Handling, Finishing at the rim and court vision is my biggest strengths. I’m really working on being more consistent with my 3 point shot.

• How did the offseason go?

I really have no off season.  I was in the gym almost every day or in the weight room.  I also traveled to Indiana for AYBTS (American Youth Basketball Tournaments) nationals I played very good.

• Goals for the upcoming season?

My goal for the upcoming season is to develop as an athlete and a leader on and off the floor.  Another goal is to lead my team to a state championship

• What role do you see yourself having this year for your team?

The role I see myself having this year is floor general.  I look to make my teammates better.  I will do this by being a threat to the other team so it can open up to my teammates to score and make plays.  I also want to be more vocal leader on defense and offense because that’s what great players and point guards do

• What will a coach be getting out of you at the next level?

Someone who puts in the extra work and who works hard.  Coach will also get a leader not only on court but off court too and a good decision maker as well.  He will also be getting a player who takes criticism also a player who has a desire to win so whatever I have to do to win I’m whiling to do it

• What will go into your decision about choosing a college?

My relationship with the coach, the fan base, and the type of offense they run.

• Most influential person in your life? Why?

My older brother is the most influential person in my life. He taught me how t play basketball. He pushes me every day to become better basketball player.  My brother will be intending college for basketball next year and I’m going to follow in his footsteps.  My brother is the constant push in my life.

• Legacy you want to leave at your school?

I want to leave a winning legacy at my school.  I want people to remember me not only as an athlete but a hardworking student who does not take failure for as an option.

• Where do you see yourself in 15 years?

I see Myself Playing In the NBA

• Highlight Tape

• Fun/ interesting fact about you?

I like reading books.

• Awards, Accomplishments, other comments?

University Prep Science And Math MVP

Don Bosco All-Star/MVP

AYBT League MVP

• Academic Information

3.5 GPA

• Contact Information

(Latonia Wilson) Mother- Email: tdellington@yahoo.com Phone: 313-308-7898

(Emmett Brown) Dad- Email: ebthegreat@gmail.com Phone: 313-909-1683

 

Hogan to U of D Mercry

19 Oct

Although Mt. Pleasant does not have a history as a hotbed for boys basketball recruiting in Michigan, the Oilers have themselves a stud in 6’7″ 2014 forward Jaleel Hogan.  Hogan, a member of the HoopGrind AAU squad, made a name for himself during the July live evaluation period, averaging  an astonishing 22 points, and ten rebounds a game in three tournaments.

Jaleel might look more like an offensive lineman when you take a first glance at him, but after a couple minutes of hoops he shows that he has basketball skills.  Playing as an undersized power forward, Jaleel owned almost every paint he played in over the summer.  Jaleel has the type of high motor Horizon League schools look for with the ability to play above the rim as well.  Possesses a deceptive and quick vertical for his size that allows him to dunk a ball down a defender’s throat with authority.  But when he is not shoving the ball down the basket, Jaleel has nice soft hands that allow him to catch and finish a majority of the passes that are thrown his way.

Besides of what he does on the basketball court, U of D is getting a high character player that will not bring any trouble to a coaching staff.  Jaleel reportedly went into another Michigan AAU team’s locker room at a tournament and wished them luck to bring home a title back to the state.  If that is not good sportsmanship I don’t know what is.  We hear all about the fights between teams and arguing with officials, but it is nice to know that their is a young man who carries himself the way Jaleel does both on-and-off the basketball court.

Jaleel is now the second commit for the Titans’ 2014 recruiting class, the other being Taylor Truman’s Aaron Foster-Smith.

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