Battle Of The Best Recap

22 Dec

images-5As the name would indicate, the best players and teams in Michigan traveled down to Detroit Renaissance to play one another in an early season showcase.  In a situation like this, teams and players want to make a name for themselves as legitimate state title contenders.  For the most part, the games were competitive and it was a great preview of what is to come when the playoffs start in March.

Ann Arbor Huron 65 East English Village 60

The River Rats got a key win despite losing the day before to Detroit Henry Ford.  Compared to his showing on Friday at the Romulus Christmas Showcase, Xavier Cochran looked much more comfortable on the floor and led Huron with a game high 29 points.  Cochran, who already holds a Rhode Island offer,  had his full offensive display on hand, hitting threes, a solid mid-range game, and attacking the basket.  He is a 6’4″ lefty with point guard skills, which include ball handling and play making ability for either himself or teammates.

Saginaw Arthur Hill 71 Southfield Christian 56

Arthur Hill junior point guard Eric Davis, who already holds 10 plus division offers as of now, must have had this game circled for a long time now, playing fellow The Family teammate Bakari Evelyn.  Davis showed that he is worthy of being the number one prospect in Michigan’s 2015 class and as well a top 25 ranking in the national class.  Eric was a man on a mission against the Eagles.  What got Eric going in the first half was his isolation midrange jump shot, a stable in his offensive game.  Eric finished the game with 32 points, 24 coming in the first half.  But the key stat for Davis in this game was rebounds, with 10.  A 6’4″ point guard with length that can score 32 and rebound ten as well?  Call all the high-major coaches and tell them to watch Saginaw Arthur Hill.

Although he had a quite performance, 10 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 blocks, 6’6″ 2017 forward Brian Bowen, already holding offers from Michigan State and Missouri, had a nice game for Arthur Hill.  It is hard to shine when you have Eric Davis on your team scoring 32 on offense, but to standout you need to make plays on defense, which Bowen did.  He has the long arms that allowed to come up with steals and deflect passes that resulted in easy transition points for the Lumberjacks going the other way.  His development on offense will no doubt improve before the season is over.

The lone bright spot for Christian was 6’6″ forward Demarco White, who finished up with 15 points and 11 rebounds.  An undervalued senior for SCS, White brings athleticism, rebounding, energy and a unique skill set to the table for the Eagles.  Demarco multiple times rebounded the ball, and ran the break with point guard ball handling skills attacking the rim and drawing fouls.  It’s not to often you see a power forward like that in Class D.

Detroit Country Day 80 Cass Tech 75

Go ahead, say Country Day has lost too much to be a legitimate Class B contender.  But never put anything out of reach for the Yellow Jackets when they have Xavier commit Edmond Sumner, who had 30 points in the win.  Sumner is the total package when it comes to point guards.  Size, speed, athleticism, can pass, shoot, dribble all are characteristics to describe Edmond’s game.  But what has changed the most about Edmond this year is that he is willing to score anytime he has the ball.  Last year, it was easy to give the ball of to Lehigh’s Austin Price, Mory Diane, and Poet Thomas, and let them run the show.  However, this is Edmond’s team, and Country will need to let their Mr. Basketball candidate make plays for them if they want to make a return trip to the Breslin Center come March.

It helps if your Country Day if you have former Piston’s star Rasheed Wallace’s son Nazir Wallace scoring 15 points and bring down 13 rebounds a game.  The 6’6″ Wallace is an active, skilled long wing forward that has a high basketball IQ.  You can tell that he has the fundamentals of the game down, it’s only a matter of time before he starts turning that into some big time performances for Country Day.

Frederick Douglass 70 Saginaw 65

With the pre-season departure of Andre Frederick to prep school, the Hurricanes will now depend on 6’5″ senior Daavi Bradley to play the center position.  Bradley stepped up for Douglass with Dayton commit Darrell Davis not playing for unknown reasons.  Bradley was forced to matchup against 2016 prospect Algevon Eichelberger, standing at 6’7″, and Daavi proved that it’s not the size of the man, but the heart of the man in a fight.  Bradley brought great energy to both ends of the court all night long, with nine rebounds, and 17 points, a few of which came off offensive put backs.  Although he will most likely be a guard a the next level, Bradley proved that he has the ability to guard and play multiple positions, and be effective doing so.

Leading Saginaw High with 15 points was 5’10” 9th grade point guard Ron’Quavious (Qua) Southward.  His grade level is deceiving, because Southward played like an experience veteran for the Trojans.  In extended minutes where most freshman would be likely to force the issue and turn the ball over, Southward proved otherwise.  Qua did not take much shots, but when he did, Southwards was effective.  He has nice fluid and quick jump shot with nice rotation, and arch on the ball, from both three pointers and mid-range jump shots.  The Saginaw High vs. Arthur Hill rivalry is ensured to be enjoyable for years to come, with 2017s Brian Bowen and Southward at the helm.

Consortium 58 Detroit Southeastern 43

When is 28 points and 15 rebounds just another day at the office, welcome to the life of 2016 6’7″ forward Josh Jackson.  Jackson holds offers from the likes of Kansas, Ohio State, and Florida State right now.  A big turn around for Josh from a year ago is his improvement as a complete and overall player.  Last year, it was unneeded for him to rebound the ball with Vince Hunter down low for the Cougars.  But this year he has rebounded the ball in double digits both times I have seen him played, to go top of scoring 20 plus a game.

Pershing 57 Ypsilanti 54

The matchup that was highly anticipated to end the night was the battle between 2014s Jaylen Johnson and Pershing’s Justin Tillman.  Johnson found himself in foul trouble throughout most of the first half, and that was where Tillman, a VCU commit, went to work.  My first time seeing Justin and the Doughboys this year, has me scared for any other opposing forwards.  Tillman has a nice soft-touch around the basket, usually banking in buckets off the white square, which gave him most of his 14 points.  When he wasn’t scoring, Tillman made the difference on defense.  It is one thing to challenge a shot, but it is entirely different to block the shot leaving no possibility for a make and an offensive rebound.  To go along with his 14 points, Tillman had seven rebounds and eight blocks.

Providing a spark offensively for the Doughboys was junior transfer Marquel Ingram.  Ingram last year, who played for three different teams including U of D Jesuit, Southfield, and as well as a prep school in North Carolina, has found himself a home at Pershing.  Ingram 6’2″ combo guard that did most of his damage playing off the ball.  Marquel hit 3 three pointers, and was fearless when attacking the basket with his right hand, he finished up with 19 to lead Pershing.

2 Responses to “Battle Of The Best Recap”

  1. Karen Jones December 24, 2013 at 9:46 am #

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  2. Karen Jones December 24, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    Gone Nephew, get it get show what u made of but first of all, make yourself proud then, u can make us all prouder because I’m Super Proud of u Biggie. I Love U boo, go gettem, Boyyyy!

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