Archive | August, 2014

Lowell 2017 Guard Matt Beachler Player Profile

30 Aug

IMG_4036• Height, Weight, and position?
6’2”, 160 lbs., SG

• High School, Summer team and Graduation Year?
Lowell High School, Michigan Mustangs, Class of 2017

• Players you try to model your game after?
Nik Stauskus

• Important Stats
Avg 14 ppg freshman year & lead the team with 3’s made (50).

• Most memorable game in your career so far?
Beating Grand Rapids Christian for the first time in school history.

⁃ How did this past high school season go for you and your team?
Ended the high school regular season 10-10 and 3rd in the OK White Conference.

• Colleges that you would like to attend?
Undecided

• Colleges that have shown interest in you so far?
Central Michigan University, Spring Arbor University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Albion College, Northern Illinois University, Western Michigan University and Butler University.

• What makes you unique from other players at your position?
Guard that can rebound and score in a variety of ways.

• Strengths and areas you are improving in
Working on strength and speed, strength is shooting.

• How did the past AAU season go?
Very well, our Michigan Mustangs team won 5 tournaments, including the Gold bracket at the Adidas Super 64 national tournament.

• What role do you see yourself having this year for your team?
A leader on both ends of the court and scorer.

• What will a coach be getting out of you at the next level?
Hard worker, leadership and coachable.

• What will go into your decision about choosing a college?
Best overall fit for me and coaching staff.

• Most influential person in your life? Why?
My dad because he pushes to be my best every day and is a great role model to look up to.

• Legacy you want to leave at your school?
My goal is to help my team win as many games as possible and to win a conference championship for the Red Arrows for the first time in 50 years.

• Where do you see yourself in 15 years?
Hopefully to have a high quality job in the medical field somewhere.

• Highlight Tape
Run N Slam 2014
http://vimeo.com/m/94102047

• Fun/ interesting fact about you?
In my best game of the summer, I went 11/12 from the 3 point line.

• Awards, Accomplishments, other comments?
OK White All Conference Honorable Mention freshmen year

• Academic Information
3.96 GPA

• Email?
beachlermatt@gmail.com

Detroit Allen Academy 2016 Guard Jordan Higgins’ Player Profile

30 Aug

image• Height, Weight, and position?

5’10 ,160lbs , Combo Guard

• High School, Summer team and Graduation Year?

Dearborn Heights Robichaud , Detroit Spartans 17u, Class of 2016

• Players you try to model your game after?

Nick Young and Anthony Barber

• Important Stats

14.9 ppg 4.3 ast 2.3 reb 2 stl

• Most memorable game in your career so far?

Against Edsel Ford I had 24 pts, 5ast, 3reb, 5stl

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

We struggles a lot this past season with cemistry, being disciplined , and finishing the games strong , it was the worst season we ever had at Robichaud.

• Colleges that you would like to attend?

Nebraska , Indiana, Arkansas.

• Colleges that have shown interest in you so far?

Houston College , Brevard College.

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

I’m a very hard worker on the court, move around a lot , great shooter, I find my teammates quick and easy , and a great ball-handler.

• Strengths and areas you are improving in?

I’m improving in my shot off the dribble, ball handling , and become a lockdown on ball defender.

• How did the past AAU season go?

I learned a lot this past AAU season , I had a lot of up and downs, but I learned how to adjust to 17u level well.

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

Being a great leader and helping my team to be on the same page , and being a key player.

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

A player that works harder than everyone , a great leader , and someone that’s willing to do what ever it take to improve.

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

Basically the one that fits me the most , school academics, and school background and history.

• Most influential person in your life? Why?

My mom because she taught me everything I know and to see a parent raise 5 kids on her own is tough, she gives me a lot of advice about being a student-athlete , and she is always there for me.

• Legacy you want to leave at your school?

To be one of the best out of my school, to leave a district, regional, and state championship, and to be a huge role model.

• Where do you see yourself in 15 years?

I see myself playing professional basketball getting paid

• Highlight Tape

• Email?

Jordan.higgins47@yahoo.com

Trevor Manuel Returns To Michigan

25 Aug

812196After a Summer which saw eight high school players leave the state to pursue their playing careers elsewhere, Michigan finally received an incoming transfer of their own, and one making a return to the Great Lake State in 6’9″ power forward Trevor Manuel.

Manuel, the 89th overall prospect in the upcoming senior class according to 247 Sports, began his high school career at Lansing Sexton, and under head coach Carolton Valentine captured a Class B state title his freshman campaign, and during his sophomore year cemented himself as one of Michigan promising forward prospects averaging 12 points and nine rebounds a game.  Although he will return to Lansing, he will not attend Sexton.  Instead, he will play for cross-town rival Everett, along with three cousins of Manuel who already play for the Vikings.

Trevor decided to attend the athletic powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in the Mouth of Washington, Virginia for his junior campaign, whose alumni range from NBA All-Stars Rajon Rondo and Carmelo Anthony.  But he would later return to Michigan for the AAU campaign, competing for Nike’s The Family of the EYBL Circuit.

Perhaps Manuel’s move to return to the Lansing area indicates the possibility of potentially committing to the Spartans of Michigan State, one of his biggest suitors since Trevor started high school.  Manuel currently has double-digit division one scholarships to continue his career at the college level, including in addition to Michigan State Oregon, Kansas State, North Carolina State, Florida State, and Xavier just to name a few.

 

Romulus 2018 Guard Rashad Williams’ Player Profile

5 Aug

Fab_Frosh_Camp_Action_LR-1830• Height, Weight, and position?

6’1, 165, Point Guard

• High School, Summer team and Graduation Year?

Romulus High School and The Family. Class of 2018

• Players you try to model your game after?

Kyrie Irving, Stephon Curry,

• Important Stats

22 points, 8 assists, and 8 rebounds

• Most memorable game in your career so far?

Winning the Detroit Public School middle school championship

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

My middle school team won the Detroit Public School championship so it was a great season.

• Colleges that you would like to attend?

Kentucky, UConn, Syracuse, Michigan, University of Detroit, and Arizona

• Colleges that have shown interest in you so far?

University of Detroit-Mercy

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

My ability to stretch the floor with my perimeter shooting and my playmaking abilities.

• Strengths and areas you are improving in?

I’m highly skilled. I dribble, pass, and shoot very well. I’m working to consistently play my hardest. I’m also looking improve my basketball IQ, athleticism, and defensively.

• How did the past AAU season go?

It went pretty well. I feel like I improved throughout the season.

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

I see myself as a playmaker and scorer for Romulus this year.

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

A coachable kid who works hard and who loves being in the gym.

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

The education that they offer, style of play, and what role they would expect me to play, and how well they could get me prepared to play on the next level.

• Most influential person in your life? Why?

My dad. He keeps pushing me and encouraging me to dream big.

• Legacy you want to leave at your school?

I want to win a state championship. I was there when they did it in 2013.

• Where do you see yourself in 15 years?

Happy.

• Highlight Tape

Video footage available on my website www.rashadwilliams.com

• Fun/ interesting fact about you?

I’m shoot right handed for basketball but I’m left handed with everything else.

• Awards, Accomplishments, other comments?

Ranked Top 100 Nationally by Middle School Elite, Detroit Pal Youth of the Year

• Academic Information

3.4 gpa

• Email?

Lajuan24@aol.com

Alma 2016 Forward/Center Dylan Carl Player Profile

5 Aug

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  • Height, Weight, and position?

6’9”, 190 lbs., Forward/Center

  • High School, Summer team and Graduation Year?

Alma High School, Grand Rapids Storm, 2016

  • Players you try to model your game after?

Kevin Durant

  • Important Stats

13.7 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 2.9 APG, 3.4 BPG, and 1.6 SPG.

  • Most memorable game in your career so far?

The District Championship where we lost by one in Overtime but I had 25 points, 19 rebounds, 6 blocks, and 4 assists.

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

We did pretty well but didn’t go nearly as far as we could in the playoffs.

  • Colleges that you would like to attend?

Michigan or Michigan State

  • Colleges that have shown interest in you so far?

U of D Mercy, CMU, Lake Superior State, Northwood, Ferris State, and GVSU.

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

  I can shoot, dribble and pass better than most players at my size.

  • Strengths and areas you are improving in?

My strengths are my ability to pass and block shots, my IQ, and I understand the game very well. My weaknesses and what I am improving on are shooting, dribbling, and getting stronger.

  • How did the past AAU season go?

It went pretty well. I played with Championship Sports for most of the season, but I played with Grand Rapids Storm at Brawl for the Ball.

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

I can see myself being a leader.

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

A player that works very hard and who is skilled in many different ways for his size.

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

Distance from home and the size of the college.

  • Most influential person in your life? Why?

My best friend Logan Penner. He is always helping me improve my game and strength.

  • Legacy you want to leave at your school?

The best player to ever go through it.

  • Highlight Tape

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg4I7i0qycg

  • Awards, Accomplishments, other comments?

Honorable Mention All-State, All Area Lansing State Journal, All Area Morning Sun, and 1st Team All-Conference.

  • Academic Information

3.35 GPA

  • Email?

dylancarl44887@gmail.com

Out of State Transfers Hit Michigan Hard

5 Aug

mhsaa_logoSince the 2013-2014 school year ended, there have been a total of six out-of state transfers who have decided to leave Michigan and continue their basketball careers elsewhere.  An underlying theme throughout many of the player’s decision’s to transfer was the problem of gaining greater exposure opportunities on the national stage.  Other states are more lenient towards allowing their member athletic institution schools to compete on the national level, traveling greater than 300 miles, having 30-40 game seasons, and playing on TV such as ESPN and CBS Sports, which are the basis of many programs across the country.  However, all of which have been banned in Michigan, influencing many of Michigan’s best to finish their high school careers elsewhere.

Billy Thomas, a former 2016 point guard at University of Detroit Jesuit, was the first to announce he was leaving on June 18th, roughly two weeks when classes ended of U of D.  Thomas, by many whom would agree as one of the state’s top shooting guards for the rising junior class, will attend Genesis Academy, a prep school in Lynchburg, Virginia, and reclassify to the class of 2017.

The next out of state transfer hit Michigan the hardest, as the number one player in the class of 2016 according to Rivals.com, Josh Jackson, will not return to Detroit Consortium next season, instead returning to his home state of California, to attend Justin-Siena High School on July 10th.  Jackson, a member of 1Nation 17U and also of National Team USA 17u, received his first collegiate offers in July, coming from Arizona, Michigan State, Auburn, and Kansas.

Only five days later, Flint Southwestern rising senior wing Jaire Grayer stated in an interview with MLive’s Eric Woodyard, he will not return to Flint City to complete his final year of high school eligibility.  Despite after successful AAU stints with The Family and Michigan Mustangs receiving offers from Cleveland State, Oakland, U of D Mercy, Eastern Michigan, Buffalo, Texas-Arlington, and Bowling Green.  According to the interview with MLive, Grayer is considering Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas, or IMG Academy in Florida.  Grayer is now the second division one caliber kid to leave Southwestern, as prior to last season, Miles Bridges, ranked by many National recruiting sites as a top 20 prospect in 2016, left to attend Huntington Prep in West Virginia.

Less than two weeks later, former Southfield Christian 2015 guard Bakari Evelyn tweeted he will play his senior year at Gilbert Christian in Arizona,  Gilbert Christian is coached by former Detroit Country Day head coach, Kurt Keener, winner of nine state titles for the Yellow Jackets, while producing NBA stars such as Chris Webber and Shane Battier.  Evelyn won three straight Class D state titles with the Eagles, and has a offer from Oakland.

On July 30th, the most surprising of the six transfers came way from Detroit Cass Tech, when class of 2017 Donnie Tillman announced via his Twitter account, he will attend the prestigious Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada next year.  Tillman was just coming off a Summer in which he received three collegiate offers, Cleveland State, Iowa State, and UNLV, and was top 5 prospect for his class in the state.

The last of the six transfers was rising senior Tariiq Jones, who will attend Deon Sander’s Prime Prep Academy in Dallas, Texas.  Jones was a integral member of Mt. Clemens district and regional championships from a year ago.  However, when head coach Jermaine Jackson was fired, and rumors of the school closing all together, it was time for Jones to move on.  Tariiq earned his first offer from Division 1 Fairfield after playing in July for 1Nation.

These student-athletes aren’t the first or the last to follow the out-of state transfer route, but what can Michigan do to prevent the mass exodus from continuing?  It’s good kids want to play against the so-called “top players in the country” on a regular basis in front of the premier college programs in America, thus why AAU and travel basketball is popular the way it is today.  However, high school ball is still important and should be valued just the same as AAU.  Michigan is heading towards a long deemed unavoidable crisis which for years has been brewing but is now just beginning to gain greater and greater attention.  If no action is done by the MHSAA to prevent transferring out of state, the once storied reputation and image of basketball in Michigan will begin to deteriorate into pieces, one transfer at a time.

Detroit Loyola 2015 Guard DeMarco Dickerson Player Profile

4 Aug

2702• Height, Weight, and position?

DeMarco Dickerson: 6’2, 160 pounds, Combo Guard

• High School, Summer team and Graduation Year?

Detroit Loyola High School, Project ASAP Blazers, Class of 2015

• Players you try to model your game after?

Michael Carter-Williams

• Important Stats

Last Season: 13 P/G, 5 Ast/G, 3.5 Reb/G, 3.5 Stl/G

• Most memorable game in your career so far?

The game against Robichaud where I finished with 23pts, 6reb, 4ast and 4stl

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

The past season went well for my team but looking to have a better season next year.

• Colleges that you would like to attend?

The colleges that will help me earn a degree and become a better player.

• Colleges that have shown interest in you so far?

University of Detroit Mercy, Grand Valley State, Lake Forest College. Alma, Adrian and Albion but hope for many more.

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

My ability to pass, my length on the defensive end, my ability to get my teammates involve from any position on the floor, and the ability to score at will

• Strengths and areas you are improving in?

Decision making, rebounding

• Goals for the upcoming AAU season?

Would like to win a National Championship for my team

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

The role I see myself having for my team is being a leader.

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

Someone who is willing to do whatever it takes to help the team.

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

Education, campus lifestyle, playing time and Scholarship

• Most influential person in your life? Why?

The most influential person in my life is my Dad. My Dad is teaching me how to become a man and he is always there when I need him most.

• Legacy you want to leave at your school?

That (we) I won a State Title and that I was hardworking Scholar-Athlete

• Where do you see yourself in 15 years?

Hoping to be a successful athlete and if not a successful person in my field of choice which is sports medicine.

• Highlight Tape

HYPERLINK 

• Fun/ interesting fact about you?

Going to Cedar Pointe and going out with friends

• Awards, Accomplishments, other comments?

All-Catholic, All-League, All-Academic, All-City and All-State Honorable Mention, National Honor Society

• Academic Information

3.8GPA overall All-Academic National Honor Society

• Contact Information

E-mail: demarco.dickerson@yahoo.com
Coach John Buscemi, Loyola High School: (586) 322-6293

Detroit Loyola 2018 Guard Pierre Mitchell Player Profile

4 Aug

5171• Height, Weight, and position?

5’10, 155lb, point guard

• High School, Summer team and Graduation Year?

Loyola, 2018

• Players you try to model your game after?

Chris Paul, Damian Lillard

• Most memorable game in your career so far?

When I scored 35 points and got the win vs top ranked in the country All-Ohio Red

• Colleges that you would like to attend?

Marquette University, University of Michigan, University of Detroit-Mercy

• Colleges that have shown interest in you so far?

University of Detroit-Mercy, University of Michigan, Albion College

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

I know how to get my teammates going, also I know how to score the ball.

• Strengths and areas you are improving in?

Being more vocal on the court

• Goals for the upcoming AAU season?

Win the EYBL championship with my aau team The Family

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

Being a floor general, and helping my team win

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

A point guard that’s a leader and know how to win.

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

The college that’s the best fit for me.

• Most influential person in your life? Why?
Lebron James, because his life was nothing when he was a child, and he turned something that was negative into a positive.

• Legacy you want to leave at your school?

To raise banners!! Also to break the record in scoring /assists.

• Where do you see yourself in 15 years?

Working hard every day to chase an NBA championship.

• Highlight Tape

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaGT0nzX8j0

• Academic Information

3.5 GPA

• Contact Information

email- pj1king@yahoo.com”pj1king@yahoo.com
Coach John Buscemi, Loyola High School: (586) 322-6293

Lumen Christi 2016 Guard Hunter Page Player Profile

4 Aug

IMG_2356Height, Weight, and position?

6 foot / 164/ point guard

High School, Summer team and Graduation Year?

Lumen Christi High School/ TEAM basketball/ 2016

Players you try to model your game after?

Bobby Hurley, Isaiah Thomas

Most memorable game in your career so far?

28-point game in Merriville, Indiana for AAU against Chicago MeanStreets

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

I was a role player/6th-man as a sophomore

Colleges that you would like to attend?

Mid/Low major Division 1 Schools, Division 2

Colleges that have shown interest in you so far?

Yale, Dartmouth, Albion, Northwood, Holy Cross

What makes you unique from other players at your position?

I am quick and have a great handle/ high basketball IQ

Strengths and areas you are improving in?

Ball handling, passing, shooting/ defense, and rebounding

Goals for the upcoming AAU season?

Get my first offer

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

 Scorer/ playmaker

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

 Dedication, hardwork, and perseverance

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

The level, size, and location

Most influential person in your life? Why?

My uncle/ he motivates me to get better every day to achieve success

Legacy you want to leave at your school?

First team to win a class B state championship

Where do you see yourself in 15 years?

Coaching

Awards, Accomplishments, other comments?

Mvp: Coldwater tourney, 20-3 season

Academic Information

3. 3 GPA, honor roll student

Contact Information

Twitter: HuntPage630

Cass Tech’s Donnie Tillman to Transfer to Findlay Prep

1 Aug

14152556-standardThe out of state transfer route hit Michigan the hardest in July.  Soon to be junior and number one player in the class of 2016 Josh Jackson decided to return to his home state of California and compete at Justin-Siena High School, senior Bakari Evelyn transferred from Southfield Christian to Gilbert Christian in Arizona to play for former Country Day head coach Kurt Keener, while senior Jaire Grayer made his intentions clear of not returning to Flint Southwestern.  However, the most surprising was the fourth transfer announced this month.  As class of 2017 6’6″ forward Donnie Tillman of Detroit Cass Tech, a top five player in Michigan’s rising sophomore class, made public he will not return to the Technecians for his 10th grade year.

Search Findlay Prep basketball alumni on Google, and a long and distinguished list of players who have made a living in the NBA come up.  2013 NBA overall number one pick Anthony Bennett, Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtic’s Avery Bradley, and NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs Cory Joseph all hail from Findlay Prep, a program located in the city of Henderson, Nevada, roughly a 20 minute drive from Las Vegas.  The Pilots have claimed three high school national championships since 2009, while producing seven McDonalds All-Americans and Jordan Brand Classic participants respectively.

“I’m really excited to be accepted into Findlay Prep,” Tillman had to say, “it was a really hard decision (to leave Cass) but with support from friends and family there’s no worries.”

The MHSAA for years has imposed strict rules on schools on who they can and cannot play out of state  The state must share a border with Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin, and/or the schools must not be more than 300 miles apart from one another.  The rule prevents teams from traveling the country to showcase their skills on the national stage, which opposite to Michigan values, is the entire basis for Findlay Prep.

There name Findlay Prep only signifies the ten member basketball team, there is no such traditional high school that exists called Findlay Prep.  The players enroll in classes at the nearby Henderson International School, a preschool through 12 grade fully-accredited private school.  When the players are out of class, their in either practice or a jet to participate in tournaments both nationally and internationally.

Playing 30-40 games is appealing to most high school players, in particular Donnie’s case coming from a state with a limit of only 20 regular season games.  And a handful of the Pilots games are nationally televised on ESPN or CBS Sports, whereas in Michigan players would be lucky just to see their face on local cable.  Tillman embraces the challenge of showcasing his abilities on the national stage, and admits there will be a learning curve of playing the premier talent the nation has to offer on the highest stage.

“It will be difficult at first, but after going through the strength and conditioning skills training, I’ll be more than ready to play on national TV and against some of the best.”

Tillman over the Spring/Summer of AAU, competing with the Detroit Stars and The Family, was already beginning to catch the eye of many college coaches nationally only as a freshman.  Donnie noted colleges took interest in his ability to rebound the ball at a high level, score inside and in the midrange, display ball handling ability for a forward, and play well defensively in both the post and perimeter.  Cleveland State, UNLV, and Iowa State all extended offers to Tillman in about a month long period, while schools like Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State were keeping tabs on the young forward.

Donnie’s reason(s) for leaving are no different than every player that has left Michigan before or will be in the future unless the rules change.  Players want exposure, they want to challenge themselves against the “so-called” top players in the country.  Who wouldn’t?  Scholarship and college opportunities are at stake, and more important the life lessons that can be learned when facing difficult challenges on a repetitive basis.  Perseverance, determination, resolve, and commitment are all valuable teaching points of the game that can be transitioned to daily life as well.  Donnie won’t be the last player to leave Michigan, but hints there are fellow players like him who share common desires to prove themselves on the national level.

“My thoughts are they (other transfers) wanted the same thing as me, to gain exposure and become a better player and play on a national schedule,” Donnie had to say.  “And I won’t be surprised if more players transfer to prep schools in the future.”

 

 

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