Archive | May, 2014

Westside Christian’s Justin Green Talks Salem University Commit

30 May
jgreenHow does it feel to commit to Salem?
Justin Green: It feels great, a lot of hard work was put in. I feel I deserve it.
What made you want to commit to Salem?
Justin Green: The coaching staff showed interest in me from the beginning. They built a relationship with me and my family.
What were some other schools looking at you and what was different about Salem?
Justin Green: Virginia Union, Bowie State, Great Lakes Christian, Minnesota West CC,  and a few more jucos.
Did you visit the campus?  If so, what did you like about it?
Justin Green: I plan to visit the campus next month.
What is your relationship with the coaches, and how do they plan on using you next year?
Justin Green: My relationship with the coaches is very strong. We talk just about every day. He has told me that he plans to play me under the starting guard already there and I will get minutes.
How did your senior season go at Westside?  What were your final stats?
Justin Green: My senior year was the best year I had. I was very aggressive and consistent. I averaged 10 points and 4 assists.
You played football in high school? How does you playing football help you on the basketball court?
Justin Green: Yes, playing football helped my defense and my mental toughness.
Do you know any of the other fellow incoming freshman, or players on the team already?
Justin Green: Yes I have met two of my teammates so far coming with me. They are cool people, and can’t wait to get on the floor with them.
Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
Justin Green: In 5-10 years, I see myself overseas or at a good business firm because I want to major in sports management.
Who would you like to thank for getting you to where you are today?
Justin Green: I would first off like to thank God without him none of my success would be possible. I would also like to thank my dad he has always been by my side. And would like to thank my coach Greg Boler for giving me a chance and helping me get ready for the next level.

The First Annual Flash Training Camp

29 May

Come workout with one of the best skill trainers in Michigan, The Prep Ball Report is pleased to partner with Rob Crandall Jr, owner of Flash Skills Training.  Rob’s basketball background can be traced back to many levels, such as a head coach on the high school level in Michigan, assistant coach stints at Grand Valley State and Tiffin University, serving as a Nike Sparq trainer, and culminating with the finding of Flash Basketball Training in the winter of 2010.  The first annual Flash Training Skills Showcase will take place June 14th, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, at Basketball City in Roseville, MI.  Campers will take part in various drills, such as ball handling, passing, and shooting, as well as combo explosion moves, with gameplay concluding the camp.

For those interested in attending, please do not hesitate to contact either The Prep Ball Report, or Rob himself at flashtraining@hotmail.com or (313)820-8242.

Space is limited, register early to guarantee a spot.

Link to Signup

See you there,

The Prep Ball Report

 

 

Chicago Classic Recap

26 May

chicagoclassiclogo-10700The Chicago Classic is always one of the top Spring AAU tournaments towards the end of the circuit.  Here is a look at a few Michigan players that stood out over the weekend.

Ty Groce 6’6″ wing Michigan United 16u (Ypsilanti Lincoln)– Groce is a athletic, long, and skilled versatile wing for Michigan United.  He came alive in United’s second pool play game vs. Kessel Heat.  Groce showed off his range from the perimeter, hitting a couple threes off the kick-back from the posts.  Ty was also able to score inside, using his length to get putbacks on the offensive side of the glass.  Overall, Groce can handle to ball well for his size, have the IQ and unselfishness to run the point guard position and get others involved, and shut down positions 1-3 on defense.

Mike Bruce 6’2″ point guard Michigan United 16u (Belleville)– Bruce is quite the unknown prospect for guards in Michigan’s 2016 class, but if he continues the production he had at the Chicago Classic, he will no doubt draw college attention in the month of July.  Bruce was full of energy throughout the tournament.  He’s a strong ball handler with either hand that allows him to attack the lane and create for either himself or teammates.  But when opponents started to sag off him, he showed a good mid-range pull-up jump shot from the elbow.  On defense, he’s a good defender, with length that causes problems for guards with a weak handle.

Rashaan Pope 6’5″ wing Michigan United 16u (Belleville)– Like his teammate Bruce, Pope is still a relatively unknown prospect for Michigan’s 2016 class.  Regardless, Pope was still one of the best wing guards at the Chicago Classic over the weekend.  At 6’5″, Rashaan showed a unique skill set to his game that will one day transition well to the college. Pope with his size, length, and ball handling can create his own shot at any point of the game.  He’s a scorer, Pope loves to attack to lane, and get to rim to draw fouls.  Very good isolation player on offense, variety of moves and counter moves to beat his defender.

Donnie Tillman 6’5″ power forward Detroit Stars 15u (Cass Tech)– In a highly anticipated contest vs. the Michigan Mustangs with double-digit top 30 prospects for Michigan’s 2017 class, Tillman proved a point in separating himself from the competition.  First off on the most important side of the floor, defense, Tillman drew the tough assignment of containing another highly touted power forward, Xavier Tillman.  Donnie did not mess around with Tillman at all, flustering, and harassing Xavier throughout the game, challenging every shot that wasn’t difficult enough already.  Once Donnie was able to clear the rebound, he showed his versatility with ball handling skills most forwards for his size and body don’t have.  He pushed the ball on the break like a point guard, and attacking the rim in the full court coming up with some impressive athletic finishes at the rim.  But in the half-court set, Donnie was still a problem for defenses to hold.  He can score on the block with post moves around the basket, hit some mid-range elbow shots, and got second-chance points attacking the offensive glass, getting second and third opportunities for his team.  Overall, Donnie played the tournament with great energy on either side of the game, and will only become a greater handful for teams if he continues to grow and develop his body even more.

C.J. Wilson 5’6″ point guard Detroit Stars 15u (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s)- C.J. might be diminutive in size, also weighing in at 140 pounds, but skills and ability are not confined to weight and height.  Also in the game vs. the Mustangs, vs. some of the best young guards in the state, Wilson held up his own and made a name for himself.  Wilson played under control the whole game, he wasn’t relied upon to handle the ball the entire game, but when the opportunity came upon him, Wilson was able to break the Mustang trap and get the ball into the front court and set up the offense.  C.J.also knocked down some big shots for his team down the stretch, including a huge three late in the second half that for all intensive purposes put the dagger in the hopes of the Mustang comeback.  He’s a pass first guard, that got his teammates involved when he was playing more of a off-guard role.  On defense, Wilson was pesky throughout the Star’s Sunday tournament run to the Gold semi-finals, he likes giving opposing guards havoc just bringing the ball up the floor and forcing them out wide in the half-court.  Overall, Wilson competes, and plays with a great poise that will soon start to become apparent in the 2017 class.

Antonio Capaldi 6’5″ wing Michigan Playmakers 17u (Bishop Foley)- Antonio didn’t put together an offensive output he is capable of producing, but made his presence made on the defensive side of the floor this tournament.  With long arms, and quick foot work to get around screens, Capaldi made it tough for perimeter players to create air space and create high-quality shots.  In one game vs. the Wisconsin Playground Warriors, Capaldi drew the tough assignment of guarding Wisconsin commit Brevin Pritzl, and held him to three points, all on free-throws, and no field goals.

Elmelik Martin 6’0″ point guard Michigan Playmakers 17u (Melvindale ABT))– Martin overall had a solid weekend for the Playmakers.  At 6’0″, Martin makes up for the lack of size at the point guard position with extreme quickness and agility.  He’s a blur with the ball in his hands, with killer crossovers and hesitation moves that allow him to drop defenders in their tracks and create opportunities to score from anywhere on the court, he’s especially dangerous in transition. Over the course of the Spring circuit, Martin at times played out of control, forcing turnovers that ultimately hurt his team, not in Chicago.  Martin played with a quick, but not in a hurry mentality, maturing into a true point guard, that ran to pick and roll effectively at times, and looked to get his bigs involved with some creative passes.  A streaky jump shooter, Elmelik showed his range with a couple of three pointers, and high difficulty floaters in the lane.

 

Ricky Rojeski’s Inspirational Story to Madonna University

23 May

bRickyRojeski-CrestwoodThere are moments in high school sports where winning and losing are secondary, where particular outcomes are larger than the game itself.  School sports promote team work, self-discipline, and perseverance through moments of adversity.  Many athletes take playing sports for granted, however, actions that become a daily routine can easily be taken away within a moment, to anybody.

Dearborn Heights Crestwood had a outstanding 2013-2014 basketball season.  The Chargers accounted for a 22-2 record, a WWAC Red Division championship, and a MHSAA district championship.  Regardless of how many wins, or championships the team had, Crestwood’s arguably greatest achievement this year was sending two seniors to continue their basketball careers at the collegiate level.  Along with guard Bilal Abduljami, 6’5″ senior Ricky Rojeski has committed to Madonna University of the NAIA, who has certainly not had an easy road to the collegiate ranks.

In the middle school, Rojeski was dual sport star in basketball and football.  In his eighth grade year, Ricky was diagnosed with leukemia, or cancer.  According to the American research website cancer.org, the overall cure rate for those diagnosed with leukemia is only a startling 40%.

“I think that me being sick made me want to become a college athlete even more before I was sick,” Rojeski had to say.  “I wanted to show any other kids that were sick that they shouldn’t give up on their dreams.”

Once Ricky was able to participate in sports, he made the tough decision to focus primarily on basketball, although he had played football throughout his young life.  Over the course of his high school career, Rojeski quietly developed into one of Dearborn Height’s best kept secrets.  By the time his senior year rolled about, Ricky was averaging a double-double per game with 12 points, and ten rebounds, receiving interest from Schoolcraft, Adrian, Aquinas, Pine Manor, Concordia, and U of M Dearborn.

“I choose Madonna because over the last few years, I’ve built a good relationship with the coach,” Rojeski went onto say, “he runs a very tight program.”

Aside from the stats he averaged or the offers he obtained in his high school career, Ricky’s determination and journey to become a college athlete can serve as an inspiration to those who face challenges on or off the court.  It could’ve been very easy for Rojeski to give up on pursing a chance to play college basketball, but for Ricky, he had the dream ever since he could remember, and wasn’t going to let a disease take it away from him.

“Anything is possible if you really want it,” Rojeski commented.  “It might not be easy, but if you keep working hard every single day, then you will achieve your dreams.”

Ricky would like to thank his parents, coaches, and all of my teammates that have always been there to support me for getting him to where he is today.

Barton CC Inks Two Commits from Detroit Area

15 May

th4AZD8NCMBarton Community College, located in Great Bend, Kansas, is one of the premier JUCO’s in the country.  The Cougars year-in-and-out, seemingly always finish with an above .500 record, and are in contention for a JUCO national championship.   Also, Barton has recruited the Detroit area well over the past few years, with two players from local high schools on the 2013-2014 team with Raheem Johnson, 6’9″ sophomore forward, and Rashawn Walker, a 6’8″ forward.  For the incoming class of 2014 for Barton, the Cougars will add another Romulus player, 6’1″ guard Tyron Hamby, and 6’6″ forward Damarco White of Southfield Christian.

Hamby, who took the lead role as point guard his senior year, had one division one offer during the season, from Florida A&M, but was taken away after the head coach was fired.  He was getting looked at by a fair amount of schools, but never received an offer.  Hamby says he picked Barton CC because the coaches showed the most interest out of any schools that recruited him.  Hamby will bring to Barton a smart, playmaking guard who will look to contribute right away.  He has a strong, deceptive handle which allows him to get by defenders going either way, get into the lane, and create for either himself or teammates.  Hamby overall on offense has a good feel for the game, he knows when to change speeds and keep his defender off balance.  He’s a creative finisher at the basket, and his perimeter/mid-range jump shot has improved significantly over the course of his high school career.  Tyron is also a quality defender on the defensive side of the floor, with solid foot speed an IQ.

White will look to bring versatility to the Barton program.  He projects more as a wing at the college level, although he primarily played the post for the three time defending state champion Southfield Christian Eagles.  He can handle the ball well for his size, quick feet and agility, above the rim player, and overall brings energy to the floor whenever he is on the court.

Moneyball Shootout Recap

12 May

imagesMoneyball has not only grown into a popular clothing line in the Midwest, it has expanded into the AAU scene, putting on quality tournaments the past few years.  Moneyball provided a good mix of established teams, as well as some upcoming teams within the state.

Day One:

1Nation 17u only came for one day, but left their mark on the tournament with strong performances from juniors Josh Davis and Bakari Evelyn.  Davis, a 6’4″ wing guard, is one of the elite perimeter shooters in the state, with deep range on his three point jump shot.  However, Davis scored the ball inside in traffic a few times, and was aggressive on the boards, even coming away with an impressive tip-dunk.

Evelyn, a 6’2″ point guard, shrugged off a sluggish start to the day in the team’s 100-34 win over Judges Court.  Bakari can handle the ball with the best guards in the state, breaking down any defender, and getting into the lane.  However, Evelyn had his jump shot going in the third game, as he hit six or seven threes, some were NBA range.  With his perimeter game to keep defenders honest, Evelyn is at the top when talking about primier guards in Michigan.

Stars Basketball won the 16u section of the tournament, and it would’ve been hard to do so without the play of 6’8″ 2017 forward Donatus Eke.  Eke was forced to sit out this season for U of D Jesuit after moving from Nigeria, but has improved tremendously since open gyms in the fall.  On defense, Eke has the length  to block any shot in his area, however, he also has the foot speed and awareness to close out on shooters and deflect shots, which he did throughout the day.  Offensively, Eke is developing into a versatile forward.  He showed flashes of being able to run pick-and-roll, and then impressively hitting a perimeter jump shot.  Eke will no doubt be a force for years to come for not only the Stars, but U of D as a whole.

Reach 16u 6’3″ guard Tristan Jackson defines the term “combo guard.”  He can do it all for a team.  Score with or without the ball, rebound at a high level, facilitate the game as a point guard, or lockdown the opposing team’s best guard.  He has a IQ, motor, and a poise to be a standout guard the remaining portion of AAU and into the high school season.

Day Two:

Saginaw Top Dawgs 17u 6’5″ wing Da’Qavion Johnson played well throughout the tournament, but shined in the teams loss vs. Reach in the quarterfinals, where he had 30 points.  Johnson, has the size, length, and ball skills to attack the lane and finish around the rim.  But the ability to consistently make threes is what makes Da’Qavion an interesting prospect.  He rebounds the ball well for his position, and currently has an offer from Northwood (MI).

Michigan Playmakers 17u received a pleasant surprise from 6’5″ forward Andrae Powell L’Anse Creuse North.  Powell looked to assert himself throughout the day on offensive, playing with an added aggressiveness compared to tournaments earlier in the Spring.  The lefty played on the perimeter a bit hitting a few corner threes throughout the two games played on the day, got some and ones at the rim, and came up with a few clutch baskets (offensive putbacks) when his team needed them the most.

Michigan Mustangs- Woodruff 16u’s Qua Burks played well in team’s game vs. fellow Mustangs despite his team coming up short.  It is hard to label Burks a position on the floor, maybe his title could be athlete like in football.  At 6’3″ Qua has the size of the guard, but the body of a center.  He’s versatile due the fact he can step out shoot a three, and then bang down low for contested layup.  He rarely takes plays off, plays with a high IQ for the game, and competes with Flint Beecher heart and toughness.

Other standouts:

Andia Marsh (Michigan United 17u)

Billy Thomas (Stars Basketball 16u)

Bryce Windham (Michigan United 17u)

Brian Walker (Michigan United 17u)

Michael Edwards (Michigan United 17u)

U of D Jesuit’s Noah King Talks Ferris State Commitment

12 May

Jesuit v RomulusHow does it feel to commit to Ferris State?

-It feels great to take the next step in my life. I’m very excited for the the upcoming year.

What were some other schools recruiting you and what made you want to attend Ferris State?

– I was recruited by Notre Dame College in Cleveland,OH, Springhill College in Mobile,Al and also by Morehouse College in Atlanta.

What is your relationship with the coaches at Ferris and do you know any of the players already there?

– The coaches at Ferris are very sociable and they are very exact in what they expect from me for my career there, I believe that will help me elevate the level of my game and allow me to grow into my abilities has a ball player. I was familiar with a couple guys there but when I went down to visit I got a chance to meet pretty much the whole squad.

Did you visit the campus already? If so, what did you like about it?

-I have visited the campus and I liked the size of the school: it wasn’t too big and it wasn’t too small which is right in my area of comfort.

What makes you unique as a player? What will Ferris State be getting out of a player like you?

– What makes me unique is that I am a selfless teammate that can make an impact on the game in many different ways. Throughout the season I have had games where I impacted the game with defense and there were games where I impacted the game offensively. I will bring the intangibles, the skills, and the ability to learn and improve to Ferris State.

Talk a little bit about your season at U of D Jesuit. What was it like making it to the Breslin Center for the first time in your school’s history?

-Making it to the Breslin Center is a dream that doesn’t get realized by a lot of kids like myself. It was truly a blessing and an inspring season to both my team and the U of D community.

What will you look to add to the Ferris program?

-Ferris recruited for my ability to shoot the ball , but I will continue to work and add other dimensions to my game.

Who would you like to thank the most for getting you to where you are today?

-I want to thank everybody who has had an positive influence on my career as a student-athlete. To be short, God, my family, my teammates, my coaches, my friends, and the alumni who give back the school in such profound ways. If it were for them and my parents, I may not have been able to attend such great high school.

Grand Rapids Chrisitan 2015 guad Deleon Brown Player Profile

7 May

Deleon Height, Weight, and position?

6’4/ 170/ Combo Guard

• High School, Summer team and Graduation Year?

Grand Rapids Christian/ SYF Players/ 2015

• Players you try to model your game after?

Stephen Curry.

• Important Stats

High School Junior year 20.2ppg/ 80% Free Throw/ 39% 3Pt

• Most memorable game in your career so far?

25 Points in a overtime game against Muskegon.

How did this past high school season go for you and your team?

Individually I feel that I had a successful season, but personally I feel that I could have done more. As far as my team I feel that we never put all of the pieces together and as a result we weren’t as good as we potentially could’ve been.

• Colleges that you would like to attend?

Any college that I personally feel will be the right fit for me both academically and as a player.

• Colleges that have shown interest in you so far?

Purdue, Akron, Kent State, Xavier , Central Michigan, University of Detroit Mercy, Western Michigan, Toledo, Ferris State, Northern Colorado

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

The ability to consistently take my defender off of the bounce, or the ability to stop and pull up from mid-range, and knock down the deep three. Along with my aggressive defense.

• Strengths and areas you are improving in?

Getting stronger, rebounding, and assist.

Goals for the AAU season?

To help my team make it to the Final Four of or Finals in every tournament.

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

I feel that this upcoming season, me as a senior my role will be vital to the team success.

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

A kid that loves the game of basketball and is a very hard worker that doesn’t leave the gym until he feels everything is right. Along with that a hard nose defender that can score anywhere on the floor.

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

A program that has a high graduation rate, and that is also successful both on an off of the court.

• Most influential person in your life? Why?

I would have to say my dad. I know the recruiting process can take a toll on some parents but he’s stayed persistent throughout it all and I know that he is always someone who I can look to for advice when I’m unsure about something .

• Legacy you want to leave at your school?

I want people at my school to remember as a outgoing, and hardworking kid who was determined to reach his goals.

• Where do you see yourself in 15 years?

15 years from now I feel I will just be a year or two outside of my prime. And getting ready to plan my retirement from the NBA.

• Highlight Tape

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkhX882U9-Q

• Fun/ interesting fact about you?

In my spare time off of the court I like to go fishing.

• Awards, Accomplishments, other comments?

3 years All- State, 2 years All-Conference, 2014 West Michigan Dream Team, 2014 West Michigan Mr. Basketball Finalist, Invite to 2013 and 2014 Michigan Elite 25 Camp.

Academic Information

2.6 GPA. 17 composite score on the ACT

• Contact Information

Email: deleonbrown.db@gmail.com

Twitter: deleonbrown_

Interview with 2017 Brian Bowen at Spiece Run-n-Slam

5 May

One of the nations top players in the 2017 class, Saginaw Arthur Hill’s Brian Bowen is off to a fantastic start to this AAU circuit.  The 6’6″ Bowen discusses the season thus far, past high school season, and updates recruiting.

Interview with Saginaw’s Al Eichelberger at Spiece Run-n-Slam

5 May

Saginaw High’s 2016 forward Algevon Eichelberger has seen both his game and recruiting rise over the last year.  Al updates recruiting, and talks Spring circuit with The Family 16u

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