U of D Mercy Grabs Local Duo. Detroit Western’s Josh McFolley and Gerald Blackshear

7 Oct

MtClemensHoops_0-full“It feels great to commit to U of D Mercy,” were the words of Detroit Western senior guard Josh McFolley, “because the minute they recruited me they treated me like I was family.”

The 6’0″ 155 pound McFolley ended his recruitment with a pledge to the Titans on Monday night, after strongly considering fellow Horizon League members Cleveland State, and Oakland.

“It (U of D Mercy) fitted my playing style and the coaches seem like they care a lot about getting the players their education and helping them become better to get to the next level.”

Josh over the course of his high school career has been labeled a deadly perimeter shooter, but during his final year of travel basketball took on the responsibility as a primarily ball handler, distributor, and play maker for his AAU team.  He’s also improved on his agility, and athleticism throughout the progression of his prep career.

??????????????????????????????Josh last season attended Mt. Clemens High School, where the Bathers bowed out in the Class C quarterfinal game against eventual champion Detroit Consortium.  But with coaching changes, and rumors of the school district closing as a whole, McFolley decided it was best for him to finish high school at Detroit Western International.  Along with McFolley, Western also received transfer Gerald Blackshear, a 6’8″ senior forward from Mt. Clemens as well, who committed to U of D Mercy the same day as Josh did.

“It feels great to be going to school with a brother figure (Gerald),” Josh had to say, “and somebody you be around with everyday.”  “To get a chance to play with him and continuer our journey is incredible.

Both McFolley and Blackshear, in accordance with MHSAA rules, will have to sit the first semester of the school.  The two will be eligible for competition roughly around Martin Luther King Jr. Day for the Cowboys, who are favorites not only the win a Detroit City title but challenge for a Class A state crown as well.

One Response to “U of D Mercy Grabs Local Duo. Detroit Western’s Josh McFolley and Gerald Blackshear”

  1. mac October 8, 2014 at 4:32 pm #

    Good news for the titans, great education for these players and for the community who can follow these players.

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