Archive | November, 2014

Belleville Tigers Pre-season Scrimmage Recap

29 Nov

Ann Arbor Huron– The River Rats will run through 6’4″ senior guard Xavier Cochran, but it helps to have additional role players.  Fellow seniors Brian Walker and Dave Wren also displayed their own individual abilities.  Edwards in a 6’5″ stretch-four forward type of player, he hit a few mid-range jump shots and the day, but also faced and took defenders off the dribble to the basket.  His classmate Dave Wren is a do it all guard that finds ways to impact a game.  He can rebound, push the ball on the break, come away with steals, finish some acrobatic moves at the basket, and shoot the three pointer, a type of player all coaches would want on their team.

Belleville– 6’3″ junior point guard Mike Bruce is the leader of a promising Belleville Tiger squad.  Bruce isn’t the most athletic/explosive of guards, but he’s a high IQ player who more often than not is going to make the right play offensively or defensively.  He can serve as Belleville’s primary scorer, and distribute the ball to teammates.  Bruce’s backcourt mate, 6’1″ freshman Davian Williams, is going to be a name in Michigan to be remember for years to come.  Williams first made a name for himself in the AAU circuit with Michigan United playing up in the ninth grade division.  His jump shot has drastically improved since the Summer time, to the point where now he can hit three pointers with regularity, but he still knows his strength to attack the rim.  He also has developed the ball skills needed to excel at the next level and can serve as a playmaker at times for his teammates. Davian’s athleticism should give him the potential to guard both point guards, and shooting guards at a high level.

New Haven– Anytime you have two 6’8″ players, your most likely going to win the rebounding differential on a team.  New Haven juniors Jerry Ben and Innocent Nwyoko both made their presence made in the paint on the day.  The Central Michigan commit Nwyoko is long and active, who can defend the rim with regularity to go with a solid touch around the basket offensively.


Five Coaching Changes to Follow in 2014

28 Nov

200430632-001Players get credit for wins, however, coaches receive the blame for losses.  In anticipation of the upcoming high school basketball campaign, here are five noteworthy head coaching changes made prior to the 2014-2015 season.

George Ward (Detroit King)– Leading the Detroit Southeastern Jungaleers to the 2011 Public School League City Championship, and two Class A state championship games appearances, George Ward has made the four mile journey down East Jefferson to take over the Martin Luther King program.  After winning the 2012 city title, King has split their next 42 games going 21-21 overall.  Coach Ward has quite the reputation for producing quality basketball players, U of D Mercy’s Brandon Kearney and Dayton’s Percy Gibson both played for Ward in his time at Southeastern.

Lamonta Stone (River Rouge)– Lofton Green built a Dynasty at River Rouge in the mid-twentiefth century, amassing 12 Class B basketball titles from 1945-1984.  The Panther program overall has 14 Class B rings, the last of which, captured in 1999, was the work of Lamonta Stone.  After the 1999 season, Stone worked as an assistant coach in the college ranks, with stints at Ohio State, Eastern Michigan, and Bowling Green.  Stone brings with him, son, Lamonta Stone Jr, a senior 5’7″ point guard regarded as one of Ohio’s best.  The younger Stone already holds collegiate scholarship offers from Central Michigan, U of D Mercy, and Eastern Michigan.

Rod Watts (Westland John Glenn)– Westland John Glenn won their KLAA division and conference title a season ago.  With the retirement of Dan Young, in steps Rod Watts from Lansing Eastern.  As the head man of the Quakers for six years, Watts went a combined 97-41, his best season was the 2009-2010 campaign, finishing with 22 wins, and only three loses.  Watts has also made a name for himself in the AAU sphere with his involvement for the Michigan Mustangs basketball program.

Mychal Covington (Detroit Cornerstone)– After two years at Melvindale ABT, Coach Covington has moved onto Cornerstone, a small charter school on Detroit’s Eastside.  Cornerstone has made the decision to not be affiliated with the MHSAA this upcoming season, meaning they will not be eligible for the March playoffs, however, will have greater flexibility in scheduling games in Michigan and out of state.

Nkwane Young (Wayne Memorial)–  In Young’s past five season at Detroit Douglass, Coach Young went 78-34, winning at least 15 games each year, and leading the Hurricanes to the 2014 Class B state semi-final game.  Young has produced a plethora of athletes who went onto to continue their playing careers in college, most noteworthy was his Class of 2014, with Darrell Davis (Dayton), Terrell Hales (Cleveland State), and Andre Frederick (Robert Morris, even though he left to attend a prep school in New England prior to the start of his senior year).

Upcoming Pre-Season Scrimmages

27 Nov

With only a few weeks away before the opening tip-off of the season, pre-season scrimmage events have been formed across the State of Michigan.  Here are some events this post Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend.

Friday November 28th: @ Belleville High School 10 AM – 1 PM

Friday November 28th: @ Southfield High School 8 AM – 1 PM

Saturday November 29th: @ Lansing Eastern High School 9 AM – 1:30 PM

Saturday November 28th – 29th: @ Hype Recreation Facility 9 AM – 8 PM (Saturday) 9 AM – 1 PM (Sunday)

Saturday November 29th: @ Northville High School 9 AM – 11 AM

Saturday December 6th: @ Detroit Country Day High School 9 AM – 11:30 PM

Saturday December 6th: @ Romulus High School

Saturday December 6th: @ Detroit Loyola High School

If any event was omitted, please do not hesitate to inform us.

Cleveland State Strikes Twice In Michigan

14 Nov

clst-11-panelnavbox-logo3Cleveland State head coach Gary Waters is no stranger to Michigan.  The Highland Park native attended Detroit Mackenzie High School, before playing at Ferris State University.  After coaching stints at Ferris State, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, and Rutgers, Waters inherited the Viking program in 2006 and formed Cleveland State into a perennial contender in the Horizon League.  Amassing 20 victories in five of nine season, and reaching the postseason in some form as many times as well.

Coach Waters has utilized the Detroit connection to Michigan when looking for future Vikings.  Currently, Cleveland State has three players from the Detroit Public Schools League on their 2014-2015 roster.  Detroit Frederick Douglass’ Terrell Hales (freshman), and Cass Tech Technician alums Kenny Carpenter (freshman) and Marlin Mason (senior).  For his 2015 class, Waters has inked two Metro-Detroit players in the Fall recruiting period, Detroit Cass Tech’s Rob Edwards, and North Farmington Jeron Rogers.

Both Rogers and Edwards were members of the Reach Legends AAU basketball program for the past couple of seasons.  At 6’2,” Rob can play both guard positions, rebound, and finish above the rim with his athleticism and strong frame.  The 6’7″ Rogers is a stretch-four forward that can shoot the perimeter jump shot, finish around the basket, handle the ball to create his own offense, and rebound at a high level.

For the mean time, the two can shift their full attention the the upcoming high school campaign.  Rob headlines a Technecian team coming off a 18-7 season which included a district championship.  While Rogers leads a hungry Raider team into the new season after bowing out to eventual Class A runner up Bloomfield Hills in the district semi-final.

Wayland Union 2015 Forward Lacey James’ Player Profile

12 Nov


•Height  6’9
Weight  225
Position G/F/C

•High School  Wayland Union High School
Summer team  ACB Bank Hoops
Graduation Year  2015

•Players you try to model your game after?
Kevin Durant

•Important Stats 18pts 10reb 3ast 1stls 3blks

•Most memorable game in your career so far?
Beating Jackson Lumen Christi in Regional Finals in overtime. Packed game, was fun and competitive game.

⁃How did this past high school season go for you and your team?
Had a good year, one game away from playing in Breslin at state finals. We let that game slip, but my team and myself really matured and realize what we need to do to be in that position again.

•Colleges that you would like to attend?
I don’t have a specific college just want to attend a school that I feel comfortable, happy, and is going to prepare me to be successful on and off the court.

•Colleges that have shown interest in you so far?
Teams in the following conferences – Horizon, MAC, Missouri Valley Conference, the Big West, Colonial Athletic Assoc, (CAA), Conference USA…

•What makes you unique from other players at your position?
My height, arm length, speed, ability to get my own shot and most important my work ethic.

•Strengths and areas you are improving in?
Create my shot off the dribble, explosion.

•How did the past AAU season go?
Went well, but shorter than wanted with spending July with medical inquiries with an athletic heart.

•What role do you see yourself having this year for your team?
Being a leader on and off the court. Making sure my teammates get better as a player and as a person.

•What will a coach be getting out of you at the next level?
Being a leader, knowing and playing my role. My hardwork and dedication, and helping my team to win.

•What will go into your decision about choosing a college?
Relationship with the coach before attending, feeling comfortable on campus.

•Most influential person in your life? Why?
My mom, being a single parent and working as hard as she does to make me happy. She taught me how to work hard, she pushes me on and off the court especially in the classroom. Always there for me in any situation.

•Legacy you want to leave at your school?
I want everyone to know you can do anything, just have to work hard for it, do the right thing but most important be in touch with God. Believe in reaching your goal and don’t let anyone stop you from getting it.

•Where do you see yourself in 15 years?
I see myself in the NBA.
•Highlight Tape
•Fun/ interesting fact about you?
Funny guy, like to play jokes.

•Awards, Accomplishments, other comments?
All-Conference, honorable mention All-State

•Academic Information
3.4 GPA


East Michigan’s 20 Duos To Watch This Season

8 Nov

200430632-001Most high school teams have one good player, but when a team has two good players, then the team becomes increasingly difficult to defeat.  Below is a list of duos that can and will shape the outcome of the 2014-2015 Michigan high school basketball season.

Saginaw Arthur Hill’s Eric Davis and Brian Bowen: The Texas Longhorn verbal commit Davis enters his senior with debatably the best Arthur Hill team he’s had during his high school career. A top 50 prospect nationally and top ten overall guard, Davis averaged 27 points per game for the Lumberjacks a season ago. Davis will run the point with 6’7″ sophomore Brian Bowen on the wing. Bowen in his own right is a top ten prospect for his 2017 class nationally after averaging 15 points and 14 rebounds a game last season on varsity. After dominant performances during the AAU campaign with The Family, Bowen received offers for various high major programs including Louisville, Michigan, and Iowa State.
Josh McFolley and Brailen Neely: With these two in the back court, expect plenty of three pointers to be made for the Cowboys this upcoming season. The U of D Mercy commit senior McFolley, last season at Mt. Clemens, averaged 19 points in leading his team to a Class C quarterfinal appearance. Both Neely and McFolley will share time running the point guard duties for Western, only making them more dangerous when both are on the court at the same time.
Romulus’ D’Angelo Hansbro and Jaylin Walker: These two guards carry on the lineage and prestige that comes with being a Romulus guard. Both are high IQ players that take as much pride in their defense as they do offense. The senior Kent State commit Walker is instant offense. Just when you think you have him contained, he’ll score 20 on you in a heart beat. While Hansbro will make the transition from primarily a sixth man player last year to a starting point guard this season. D’Angelo earned a scholarship from Buffalo while playing the distributing role on a very talented The Family 16u team over the Summer.
Milan’s Latin Davis and Nick Perkins: It’s not too often the case a team has the luxury of pairing a division one forward next to a division one point guard. However, Milan returns Buffalo bound Nick Perkins and Youngstown State commit Latin Davis from last year’s Class B state championship team. The two seniors benefit each others game when on the floor at the same time. When Nick is down low on the block, he can easily pass it out to the three point marksman Davis. And when Davis penetrates and collapses a defense, he can find Nick down under for the easy score.
Detroit Henry Ford’s James Towns and Josh Davis: The Western Michigan commit Davis has the reputation around the state as a knock down perimeter shooter, which pairs well with the play of 5’10” James Towns. Towns plays fearless on both ends of the court, taking pride while defending the opposition’s best guard. On offense, he looks to the attack the basket, bringing defenders with him, and in doing so, defenses tend to often leave Josh open for what he does best.
Allen Academy’s Jason Williams and Danny Pippen: Juniors Williams and Pippen are referred to as their head coach as “Detroit’s Best Kept Secret.” Allen Academy is a Class C charter school on Detroit’s Eastside with an enrollment of only 250 students. However, Coach Covington will rely on Danny and Jason to build off of last year’s district championship season. A 6’7″ stretch-four forward, Pippen can do damage to the opposition from both the perimeter and in the paint, and has already received a scholarship offer from U of D Mercy. Jason will see his role increase with the departure of cousin Pakiya Ellis to Ferris State. Like Ellis, Williams has a quick first step and does most of his work from attacking the basket with a strong handle. With these two, the Wildcats have the formula to win some games this year.

East English Village’s Kamari Newman and Chris Rollins: Rollins joins Newman in the Bulldogs after transferring from Warren De La Salle, giving EEVP a dynamic scoring backcourt.  Rollins played on varsity for De La Salle since he was a freshman, and now as a junior gives The Village a true point guard that can both distribute and score.  His classmate Newman is an elite scorer in the state’s 2016 class.  The southpaw has always been able to shoot the ball, but is now starting to take defenders off the dribble and slash to the basket.  With Newman and Rollins guiding EEVP, the Bulldogs not only are a sleeper in the PSL but perhaps Class A.

Southfield’s Michael Flowers and Amauri Hardy: The pair Blue Jay sophomore guards are back along with two seniors for Southfield giving them four total returning starters and full of hope.  Hardy, already with a scholarship offer from Buffalo, is the scorer of the two.  He’s always looking to take defenders with his left hand and finish around the rim.  While Flowers is the shooter, but worked on developing his point guard skills during the Summer AAU circuit.

Ypsilanti Lincoln’s Ty Groce and Devin Haygood: Ypsilanti Lincoln will start the season with high expectations from a year ago, coming off a 14-7 record and only losing one senior from last year’s team.  If the Railsplitters are to achieve success this season, the front court duo of Groce and Haygood will have to set the tone.  Devin, an early commit to Youngstown State, gives Lincoln an athletic, rebounding, inside presence.  Junior Ty Groce became one of Michigan fastest rising prospect this past Summer, amassing eight total scholarship offers in a three month span.  The 6’7″ Groce plays predominantly as a guard, he can run the point, handle, pass, and shoot for Lincoln.

Warren De La Salle’s Kevin McKay and Jack Ballantyne: Not to0 many teams around the state have the front court combination De La Salle does.  An undersized power forward, McKay gets the most out of his 6’4″ frame.  With his back to the basket type game, with great footwork, and hands, McKay earned a scholarship offer from Central Michigan.  His front court mate Ballantyne comes in at 6’7″ and played on varsity last season as a sophomore.  He’s a pick-pop type forward that moves well for his size and rebounds his position well.  As always with a Greg Elster led squad, just when the outlook is bleak, the team rallies and finds ways to win.

River Rouge’s Lamonta Stone and Jalen Gibson: The Panthers enter the new year with a change at point guard and head coach.  Coach Lamonta Stone returns to the school where he delievered a Class B state championship in 1999.  Coach Stone’s son, Lamonta Jr. comes along with him from Bowling Green High School, where Stone Jr. was regarded as one of the premier point guard talents in Ohio.  Lamonta Jr. comes to River Rouge after playing with current University of Wisconsin sophomore Vitto Brown as a tenth grader.  The 6’8″ Gibson is a bit unpolished, and does most of his damage around the basket, on putbacks and in the paint.  Having the presence of Stone on the court will make Gibson look a whole lot better and give Rouge a chance to compete in Class B.

Ann Arbor Huron’s Trio of Xavier Cochran, Jalen Thompson, and Dave Wren: Ann Arbor Huron returns four starters from a year ago, giving Coach Samaha plenty of options for the opposition to deal with this year.  Huron will be led by senior Xavier Cochran, a 6’5″ crafty scoring wing with point guard type skills.  Along with Cochran will be classmates Jalen Thompson, and Dave Wren will also be relied upon for Huron to become a force in Class A.  Both Wren and Thompson score in bunches for Huron, predominantly driving to the basket.  Given the skill set, Huron’s best offensive play this season could possibly be a defensive stop, then Cochran, Thompson, and Wren pushing tempo in transition and attacking the rim.

Not to be outdone:

North Farmington 6’4″ forward Anthony Qasawa and 6’7″ forward Jeron Rogers

West Bloomfield 6’3″ guard Trishton Jackson and 6’7″ Zack Allread

Rochester Adams 5’10” guard Joey Ziniti and 6’2″ Spencer Littleson

New Haven 6’8″ forward Jerry Ben and 6’8″ Innocent Nwoko

Walled Lake Western 6’0″ Jerald Booker and 6’3″ forward Marcus Bailey

Flint Beecher 5’8″ point guard Malik Ellison and 6’6″ forward Levane Blake

Detroit Renaissance 6’2″ guard Justin Turner and 5’10” Richard Talley

University of Detroit Jesuit 6’2″ guard Cassius Winston and 6’2″ guard Gary collins




Way Too Early 2015 Mr. Basketball Candidates

6 Nov


Last season, Muskegon’s Deshaun Thrower won the prestigious Mr. Basketball award, who will it be in 2015?

Michigan’s annual Mr. Basketball Award is handed out in March, yet it’s never to early to speculate on who the possible candidates will be.  Around February, voters will have a solid idea of who the front runners will be.  For now, everyone is in the mix, the list is not confined or limited to the eight players seen below.

Deyonta Davis 6’10” Center (Muskegon High School)– Everything has been right for Deyonta Davis in the past calendar year.  He’s committed to Michigan State, won a Class A state title, and was ranked a top 50 prospect nationally for 2015 according to various recruiting services.  A second straight title would be icing on the cake for a tremendous prep career.

Eric Davis 6’4″ Guard (Saginaw Arthur Hill High School)– This Saginaw Arthur Hill Lumberjack has been one of Michigan’s most coveted recruits across the country throughout his high school career.  He has all the individual accolades, All-State/Dream teams, the only piece missing from Eric’s resume is a state championship.  Davis will have his best chance this year to capture states, along with sophomore forward Brian Bowen, the number one player for his class in Michigan and a top 10 prospect in the country for his class.

Nick Perkins 6’6″ Forward (Milan High School)– Perkins aided Milan in capturing a Class B title last year, and will look to repeat this year with Youngstown State bound point guard Latin Davis back for the Big Reds.  Perkins averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds a game last year for Milan, and verbaled to Buffalo early in the Fall.

Seth Dugan 7’0″ Center (Otsego High School)– Dugan saw his recruitment increase significantly during the AAU campaign, amassing double digit scholarship offers in just a few months during the Summer.  Seth averaged 16 points and 14 rebounds a game last year, and will look for a strong senior season with Otsego having the luxury of placing five seniors in a starting lineup for a top 5 squad in Class B.

Josh Davis 6’6″ Wing (Detroit Henry Ford High School)– Davis leads a promising group of Trojans into a season with high expectations.  Ford competes in the traditionally difficult Detroit PSL as a Class B team.  Once March comes along, look for the Trojans to make a run for the Breslin Center.  The Western Michigan commit Davis averaged 14 points and seven rebounds per game last season.


Josh McFolley 6’0″ Point Guard (Detroit Western High School)– McFolley, a transfer from Mt. Clemens, will unfortunately be forced to sit-out the start of his senior year per state rules.  Josh, a perimeter shooting specialist, scored 19 points a game for the Bathers a season ago.  Western begins the year as a top five team in Class A, with depth, size, and skill at every position.  If the Cowboys are able to manage the first half of the season, and play at a high level the second half, the team’s chances of becoming “Breslin Bound” will run through McFolley.

Latin Davis 5’11” Point Guard (Milan High School)– Davis and the aforementioned Nick Perkins lead Milan into the new season with hopes of repeating and ending their high school careers as Class B state champs.  Davis tied a state record with seven three pointer in the title game last March vs. Benton Harbor, and averaged  16 points and 4 assists per game a year ago.

Jaylin Walker 6’2″ Shooting Guard (Romulus High School)– One of the state’s most explosive leapers, Walker heads into his senior year after committing to Kent State at the beginning of the school year.  Already with a state championship on his resume from Romulus’ 2013 state crown, Walker leads the traditionally respectable Eagles into the new season as legitimate contender in Class A.

Showcases and Invitationals to Start of the Season

6 Nov

basketball-hd-wallpapers-cool-desktop-backgroundsThe first month and a half of high school basketball in Michigan is routinely loaded with premier events featuring the best teams, and players in the state.  As the season quickly approaches, the list below will grow significantly.  Check back soon for the latest information on games and times.

Derrick Coleman’s Midwest Tip-off: Monday, December 8th @ Detroit Mumford High School

Horatio Williams Foundation Tip-off Classic: Saturday, December 13th @ Detroit Edison High School

Oakland County Invitational: Friday, December 12th through December 14 @ North Farmington High School

East vs. West Battle of I-96 Classic: Friday, December 20th @ Grand Rapids City High School

Romulus Winners’ Circle Classic: Friday, December 20th through December 21st @ Romulus High School

Best of the Best: Saturday, December 21st @ West Bloomfield High School

SVSU Cardinal Classic: Friday, December 20th through December 21st @ Saginaw Valley State University

Battle Creek Central Turner Classic: Monday, December 22nd @ Battle Creek Central

Detroit PSL Holiday Hoops: Thursday, December 26th through December 27th @ Detroit Renaissance

20th Annual Motor City Roundball Classic: Thursday, December 26th through December 30th

Don Jackson Invitational: Saturday, December 27th @ Kalamazoo Central

Cornerstone University Invitational: Friday, December 26th through December 27th @ Cornerstone University

Derrick Coleman Best of the Best: Saturday, December 27th through December 28th @ Detroit Mumford.

Benton Harbor Christmas Tournament: Friday, December 26th through December 27th @ Benton Harbor