2013-2014 Season Preview: Class C Rankings

3 Dec

beecherOne of the more intriguing classes in Michigan is Class C.  Mt. Clemens, head coached by former Detroit Piston Jermaine Jackson, on paper have all the pieces to make a deep title run.  The Bathers have one of if not the best backcourts in the state, with Jermaine Jackson Jr., and deep ball threat Josh McFolley.  Mt. Clemens also returns experience from last year’s state regional final appearance, with guard Dorian Armstrong, and forward Charles Penn.  Consortium, has the number one player in the country regardless of class, Josh Jackson, but the Cougars will only go as far as his supporting cast takes them.  Look for seniors Ronald Booth and Malik Dawson to have breakout seasons.  The defending state champions, Beecher, look to reload after losing Mr. Basketball Monte Morris, sophomore Quay Burks will need to shoulder the load if Beecher hopes to make it back to the Breslin with chances for a three-peat.  A team flying under the radar in Class C is Melvindale ABT.  The Gators always seem to be a team in the hunt come March for a state title.  To get back to a 2009-2010 title season, rising junior guard Lavail Russell is a sneaky quick point guard who will be counted on the lead the team in almost every important statistical category.  Another team that will look toward a guard to win games this year is Muskegon Heights.  The Tigers have one of the best not talked about 2014 guards in Michigan, Aaron Sydnor.  A combo guard, Sydnor is capable of heating up from long range and isn’t afraid to take it to the basket as well.  Overall, Class C is wide open for multiple teams to bring home a championship.  Don’t be surprised if a team ranked below the top ten in the pre-season rankings are crowned kings in March.

Pre-season Class C Rankings:

1. Mt. Clemens

2. Grand Rapids Northpointe Christian

3. Detroit Consortium

4. Flint Beecher

5. Pewamo-Westphalia

6. Melvindale ABT

7. Negaunee

8. Detroit Loyola

9. Monroe St. Mary’s Catholic Central

10. Muskegon Heights

11. Traverse City St. Francis

12. Lainsburg

13. Ecorse

14. New Haven

15. Madison Heights Bishop Foley

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