Archive | December, 2014

Taylor Kennedy’s Andia Marsh Enjoying Early Season Success

24 Dec

DT Andia Marsh and Foster-MOne goal every high school basketball player sets is to reach 1,000 career points.  To reach this goal, most players would have to play three if not four years of varsity basketball.  Taylor Kennedy senior guard Andia Marsh has not only received significant playing time since a freshman, he has only raised his scoring totals each of year of high school.  From 11 points per game as a 9th grader, to 15 sophomore year, last season with 17 points per game, and eventually this season averaging 27 points through four games, culminating in reaching the 1,000 point club in a game against Detroit Community at the Romulus Winners’ Circle Classic.

“It feels great to know that all my long nights and early mornings in the gym have payed off and is being recognized, it’s an honor,” Marsh had to say.

“But without my coaches and teammates it would have been impossible.”

Kennedy is a member of the Downriver League.  The general perception of the league is as of a football conference, in fact, the league has never won a basketball state championship.  Marsh is aware the league doesn’t have the strongest competition in the state, but has produced players that can compete with anyone in the country.  In particular, Marsh points to ’14 Taylor Truman graduate Aaron Foster-Smith, and Kennedy alums Aaron Hayes and Breland Hogan as players he looks up to.  Foster-Smith is currently a freshman at U of D Mercy, Hayes is at Grand Valley State, while Hogan is enjoying a professional playing career in Europe.

The reputation for Marsh is a fearless competitor, and his play style resembles the worth ethic instilled to him by his parents and coaches.  At 6’2″185 pounds, Marsh has pleasure in using his size to physically assert his will to the basket.  He never backdowns from contact, but also exerts a high basketball IQ, and has developed into a quality on-ball defender.  Not only has his scoring picked up each year, as a point guard, Marsh also has raised his assists per game each year as well.  After one as a freshman, two sophomore year, five junior year, Marsh has been averaging nearly seven assists through the early portion of senior year, coinciding with scoring performances  of 35, 32, and 28 respectively.

Call him cocky, but Andia is one confident kid.  He views himself as a top ten player in Michigan’s 2015 class.  Marsh is motivated by many overlooking and underrating his talents.  Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, and U of D Mercy are a few schools he is considering at the moment.  Marsh doesn’t have any favorites he mentioned, he’s just fueled to become a college basket ball player.  He wants a comfortable place where he can achieve his academic goals and graduate with a four year degree, and then focus on basketball.  However, in ten years, Marsh still envisions himself playing the game he loves on some platform.

“I know I have what it takes to play in the NBA, and if not over seas.” Marsh stated.  “I know the chances of paying in the NBA are slim to none, but I believe in my work ethic my parents installed in me as a kid.”

“I know  the work and competition only gets harder, but I’m ready to take on that challenge and fulfill my dreams.”

His junior year, Kennedy went over .500 for the first time in Marsh’s career.  The taste of success has spurred Marsh to set lofty goals for his final high school career.  First, he wants to win a state championship, second, he wants to be known as the best player to ever graduate from Kennedy, and third, Marsh believes he can and is worthy of receiving the coveted Mr. Basketball Award.  To accomplish these feats, Marsh is thankful to the individuals who have shaped him into the person and player he is today.

“My parents, my AAU teammates, my high school teammates, all all my coaches from Michigan United to Taylor Kennedy.”

“I want to thank every that believes and support me, I will keep working hard to achieve greatness no matter what it takes.”


Team Rankings For Week 3

23 Dec


1. Detroit Western

2. Muskegon

3. University of Detroit Jesuit

4. Kalamazoo Central

5. Wayland Union

6. Hudsonville

7. Saginaw Arthur Hill

8. Oak Park

9. New Haven

10. Wyoming Godwin Heights

11. Lansing Everett

12. Clarkston

13. Milan

14. Detroit Renaissance

15. Detroit Henry Ford

16. Ann Arbor Huron

17. Romulus

18. Flint Beecher

19. Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central

20. West Bloomfield

21. East English Village

22. North Farmington

23. East Kenwood

24. Jackson Lumen Christi

25. Canton

Class A

1. Detroit Western

2. Muskegon

3. University of Detroit Jesuit

4. Kalamazoo Central

5. Hudsonville

6. Saginaw Arthur Hill

7. Oak Park

8. Lansing Everett

9. Clarkston

10 Detroit Renaissance

11. Ann Arbor Huron

12. Romulus

13. Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central

14. West Bloomfield

15. East English Village

16. North Farmington

17. East Kentwood

18 Canton

19. Wallled Lake Western

20. Ypsilanti

21. Southfield

22. Dearborn Heights Crestwood

23. Davison

24. Warren De La Salle

25. Jackson

Class B

1. Wayland Union

2. New Haven

3. Wyoming Godwin Heights

4. Milan

5. Detroit Henry Ford

6. Benton Harbor

7. Otsego

8. River Rouge

10. Yale

11. Haslett

12. Goodrich

13. Flint Northwestern

14. Paw Paw

15. Battle Creek Harper Creek

16. Detroit Community

17. Southfield Bradford

18. Dowagiac

19. Williamston

20. Detroit Douglass

Class C

1. Flint Beecher

2. Jackson Lumen Christi

3. Detroit Loyola

4. Monroe St. Mary

5. Allen Academy

6. East Jordan

7. Grand Rapids NorthPointe

8. Iron Mountain

9. McBain

10. Millington

11. Michigan Collegiate

12. Vassar

13. Shely

14. Fennville

15. Elk Rapids

Class D

1. Cedarville

2. Powers North Central

3. Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes

4. Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart

5. Boyne Falls


Premier Games Week 3 (12/22-12/28)

22 Dec

The start of the week starts off rather slow due to school closures, but then a slew of Holiday Showcases finish out week three of Michigan high school basketball.

Monday December 22nd

Salem vs. Redford Thurston 5:30 PM @ Livonia Franklin

Melvindale ABT @ Riverview Gabriel Richard 7:30 PM

Tuesday December 23rd

Wyoming Godwin Heights @ Lowell 7:00 PM

Dearborn Heights Crestwood vs. Forddson @ Dearborn 7:30 PM

Friday December 26th 

Cass Tech vs. Farmington @ Renaissance 1:00 PM

Toledo Rogers vs. Ann Arbor Huron @ Harper Woods 4:00 PM

Allen Academy vs. Detroit Henry Ford @ Renaissance 5:00 PM

Grand Rapids Christian vs. Hudsonville @ Cornerstone University 7:30 PM

Saturday December 27th

Southfield vs. East English Village @ Renaissance 5:00 PM

Lansing Everett @ Kalamazoo Central 6:00 PM

Westland John Glenn vs. Detroit Western @ Renaissance 7:00 PM

Milan vs. Warren De La Salle @ Harper Woods 9:00 PM

Sunday December 28th 

Detroit Country Day vs. Ashland @ Harper Woodson 5:40 PM

Chicago Orr vs. Detroit Henry Ford @ Harper Woods 9:00 PM



SVSU’s Cardinal Classic Recap

21 Dec

Svsu_cardinalThe second annual Cardinal Classic on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University hosted many programs from the mid Michigan area, and featured a few teams who are realistic contenders in their respective divisions.

Game results:

Bay City Western 64 Linden 30

Yale 71 Arbor Prep 62

Davison 48 Bishop Foley 39

Goodrich 42 White Lake Lakeland 32

Flint Southwestern 80 Holly 75

Flint Beecher 72 Saginaw 60

MVP: Cody Kegley 6’0″ junior point guard Yale

The only obstacle in Kegley’s performance was a blood soaked jersey, illustrating how aggressive he played, which took him out of the contest for roughly 40 seconds, the lone time Kegley would leave the game.  Kegley scored 10 of his game high 37 points in the first quarter against Class C top ten team Arbor Prep, including two of three 3s on the day.  Kegley was extremely difficult for defenders to stay in front of, drawing blocking fouls whether it be a forward or guard when attacking the lane.  He’s also got some flare to his game, he can handle the ball with either hand and create for either himself or his teammates.  Kegley also was active on the defensive floor, he fearlessly attacked the glass against taller opponents, coming away with 11 rebounds, while also generating three steals.

Other First Team Members:

Quavon Trawick 6’0″ senior point guard Flint Southwestern

Trawick fueled the Southwestern comeback, scoring 15 of his 21 points in the second half to lead the Knights in their win over Class A Holly.  Trawick has a quick first step and scored on a multitude of layups and drives to the basket, his and-one three point play sealed Holly’s fate with 6 seconds left putting Southwestern up four with six seconds left.  Quavon was able to balance the opportunities when he need to score and assist, he limited his mistakes against a solid Holly backcourt, and assisted on six Southwestern buckets and rebounded four balls.

Dylan Alderson 6’4″ sophomore guard Davison

Alderson had the highlight of the Classic, a one handed throw down on the break over a helpless defender.  Dylan can play all three guard positions for the Cardinals, he can facilitate and handle like a point guard, shoot off the perimeter, and use his athleticism and quick first step to attack the basket.  Alderson finished with a game high 26 points, seven rebounds, and used his length to cause three steals.

Jake Daniels 6’2″ senior guard Holly

Daniels, a Saginaw Valley State signee, played on the very same court he will spend the next four years on.  Daniels came straight at Southwestern, scoring 17 of his game high 24 points in  the first half.  He was more quiet in the second half however, but should be primed for a breakout senior campaign.

Neshua Wise 6’4″ senior guard Flint Southwestern

Aiding Trawick in the Knight comeback was classmate Neshua Wise.  Wise can and will be the Knights primary scorer this season.  He has the ability to hurt teams from both on the perimeter and inside.  He’s long and can get defenders on his hip when driving to the basket, however, he’s also a quality three point marksman when he plays off the ball.  He hit four spot up threes on the day, with two coming in the final 3:30 seconds of action to place Southwestern in position to seize victory.  Wise finished with a team high 22 points and nine rebounds.

Second Team Members:

Malik Ellison 5’7″ sophomore point guard Flint Beecher

Ellison is diminutive on the court, but makes up for the lack of size with ball handling and dazzling speed.  He scored 21 points in the team’s victory over Class A Saginaw.

Josh Simms 5’10” senior guard Holly

Lost in the conversation for Holly’s backcourt is Josh Simms, Simms added 19 points in the loss to Flint Southwestern.  Likes to attack the rim with athleticism, and hit two threes.

Cedric Moten 6’2″ senior guard Flint Beecher

Beecher’s rotation calls on Moten to play more of a forward role, and Moten still excelled against the length and athleticism of Saginaw’s front line.  Moten scored 17 points, and hauled in seven rebounds.

Aquavius Burks 6’4″ junior forward Flint Beecher

Burks looks more mobile and agile now as an upperclassmen, he’s quicker to rebounds and even quicker to challenge for loose balls.  He also has a reliable mid-range game to his arsenal.  Finished with 14 points.

Gary Perry 6’8″ senior forward Bishop Foley

Perry found himself in a battle against Davision 6’8″ senior Frank Vukaj.  Vukaj team’s won on the scoreboard, but Perry still had 13 points, including a complicated reverse layup and hauled in nine rebounds.

Other Standouts

Javon Pratt 5’10” senior guard Saginaw

Ronquavious Southward 6’0″ sophomore guard Saginaw

Frank Vukaj 6’8″ senior forward Davison

Josh Moore 6’4″ senior guard Flint Southwestern

Isaac Casillas 6’0″ senior guard Holly

Kyle Woodruff 6’2″ junior guard Holly

David St. Aubin 5’9″ senior guard Goodrich

Austin Gentner 6’6″ senior forward Yale

Colin Casterlow 6’5″ senior forward Ypsilanti Arbor Prep

Cole Maten 6’3″ senior forward Bishop Foley




Jason Williams’ 27 Points Lead Allen Academy To 50-48 Win Over Lenawee Christian

20 Dec

“I believe he’s one of the best point guards in the state,” were the words of Detroit Allen Academy head coach Craig Covington regarding junior Jason Williams.

Williams scored 27 points leading the Wildcats in their win over Class D number one ranked Adrian Lenawee Christian.

“Just been over shadowed as a freshman & sophomore by Pakiya Ellis & now by Danny Pippen, but to me he’s my best true floor leader.”

After a rugged offensive first half for both teams, Allen Academy saw themselves trail 26-22.  However, as soon as the third started, Williams asserted his will.  He scored the team’s first nine points of the quarter to jump start the Allen attack.  The Wildcats would trail 36-35 heading into the final stanza of play.

Allen would still trail late in the fourth quarter after a Cougar three to put the Wildcats down 48-46 with one minute to go.  But Williams didn’t only contribute on the offensive end, with fellow junior Danny Pippen in foul trouble much of the second half, Williams stepped up his defensive performance and came away with one of his game high 6 steals to set up a Pippen dunk knotting the game with 35 seconds left.  After a Cougar turnover, Williams held the ball at the top of key with 20 seconds left, beat his man off the dribble, got into the lane, and hit a floater with 11 seconds left in what turned out to be the game winner as the Wildcats would force an arrant Lenawee shot on the defensive end.

Adrian Lenawee was led by 6’8″ junior forward Maxwell.  Maxwell scored the Cougars first eight points of the game, and finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds, but only five would come in the fourth quarter.  Coach Covington wanted to spread the floor and use the team’s speed against a much taller Cougar team, which happened in the games highest scoring quarter of play.

The win for Allen comes off a disappointing loss the previous week to Farmington.  The Wildcats are still with the absence of important sophomores Juwan Snoody and Drequan Bell, who will be eligible in a few weeks.  In a statement early season game against a team that played for a state championship a season ago, Coach Covington is optimistic about where his young, but talented team can go.

“It (this win) says that Class C is in trouble, because we are so young.”

“We’re only going to get better.”

Class A Watchlist

18 Dec

Some of the best players in Class A.

Devon Daniels 6’4″ junior wing Kalamazoo Central

Isaiah Livers 6’7″ sophomore forward Kalamazoo Central

Ontario Burnett 6’4″ sophomore guard Kalamazoo Central

Orlando Little 6’3″ junior guard Kalamazoo Central

Braden Burke 6’10” junior center Stevensville-Lakeshore

Brandon Johns 6’7″ freshman forward East Lansing

Mikhail Myles 6’3″ senior guard East Lansing

Trevor Manuel 6’9″ senior forward Lansing Everett

Carlo Marble 6’4″ junior guard Lansing Everett

Diego Robinson 6’4″ sophomore guard Lansing Everett

Isaac Zin 6’9″ junior center Okemos

Darian Root 6’3″ junior guard East Kentwood

Andrew Madison 6’7″ junior forward East Kentwood

Deleon Brown 6’4″ senior guard Grand Rapids Christian

James Beck 6’5″ guard Grand Rapids Ottawa-Hills

Brent Hibbits 6’7″ senior forward Hudsonville

Curtis Davison 6’0″ senior guard Grand Rapids Union

Austin McCullough 6’3″ sophomore guard Portage Central

Deyonta Davis 6’10” senior center Muskegon

Joeviair Kennedy 6’4″ senior guard Muskegon

Brad Brechting 6’10” senior center Cedar Springs

Xavier Tillman 6’7″ sophomore forward Forest Hills Central

Matt Beachler 6’2″ sophomore guard Lowell

Ryan Stevens 6’1″ junior guard Lowell

Michael Peterson 6’5″ junior forward Rockford

Kyle Woodruff 6’2″ junior guard Holly

Jake Daniels 6’0″ senior guard Holly

Frank Vukaj 6’8″ senior center Davison

Dylan Alderson 6’3″ sophomore guard Davison

Tariq Archibald 5’10” junior guard Ortonville-Brandon

Tyree Gibs 6’1″ junior guard Ortonville-Brandon

Ronquavious Southward 5’11” sophomore guard Saginaw

Brian Bowen 6’7″ sophomore forward Saginaw Arthur Hill

Eric Davis 6’3″ senior guard Saginaw Arthur Hill

Dequavion Johnson 6’5″ senior wing Saginaw Arthur Hill

Nate Moore 5’10” junior guard Saginaw Arthur Hill

Ty Groce 6’7″ junior wing Ypsilanti Lincoln

Lazon Hicks 6’6″ senior forward Ypsilanti Lincoln

Sherrod Motley-Dismuke 5’10” senior guard Ypsilanti Lincoln

Devin Haygood 6’7″ senior forward Ypsilanti Lincoln

Corey Allen 6’2″ junior guard Ypsilanti

Rajon Williams-Jackson  6’0″ junior guard Ypsilanti

Marlin Talley 5’8″ sophomore guard Ypsilanti

Darian Owens-White 5’10” sophomore guard Ypsilanti

Quinn Erway 6’1″ junior guard Saginaw Heritage

Mike Bruce 6’3″ junior guard Belleville

Davian Williams 6’1″ freshman guard Belleville

Arlington Hambright 6’5″ senior forward Belleville

D’Angelo Hansbro 5’10” junior guard Romulus

Jaylin Walker 6’2″ senior guard Romulus

Rio Washington 6’7″ senior forward Romulus

Rashaan Pope 6’3″ junior guard Romulus

Andia Marsh 6’2″ senior guard Taylor Kennedy

Anton Cotton 6’2″ senior guard Taylor Kennedy

Mychael Bradley 6’3″ senior guard Westland John Glenn

Michael Edwards 6’9″ senior forward Westland John Glenn

Moe Zahr 6’1″ senior guard Fordson

Esa Abduljami 6’3″ senior guard Dearborn Heights Crestwood

Joe Decoster 6’3″ senior guard Lincoln Park

Dave Wren 6’0″ senior guard Ann Arbor Huron

Jalen Thompson 6’2″ senior guard Ann Arbor Huron

Xavier Cochran 6’4″ senior guard Ann Arbor Huron

Brian Walker 6’6″ senior forward Ann Arbor Huron

Cedric Benton 6’2″ sophomore guard Ann Arbor Pioneer

Brandon Wade 5’10” freshman guard Ann Arbor Skyline

Logan Ryan 6’7″ junior forward Canton

Josh Reynolds 6’4″ senior guard Plymouth

Randall Aikens 5’10” senior guard Plymouth

Allante Wheeler 6’2″ senior guard Salem

Nate Kellum 6’7″ senior forward Northville

Joan Andoni 6’2″ junior guard Livonia Churchill

Rob Edwards 6’3″ senior guard Detroit Cass Tech

Darwin Hubbard 6’4″ junior forward Detroit Cass Tech

Armani Lee 6’4″ senior guard Detroit King

Brandon Jones 5’10” senior guard Detroit King

Marquel Ingram 6’2″ senior guard Detroit Pershing

Armonee Felder 5’9″ junior guard Detroit Pershing

Gerald Blackshear 6’8″ senior forward Detroit Western

Josh McFolley 6’0″ senior guard Detroit Western

Brailen Neely 5’10” junior guard Detroit Western

Armani Tinsley 5’10” junior guard Detroit Western

Julius Palmer 6’9″ senior forward Detroit Western

Kareem Murray 6’2″ junior guard Detroit Western

Justin Turner 6’2″ junior guard Detroit Renaissance

Alaric Jackson 6’6″ junior forward Detroit Renaissance

Richard Talley 5’10” junior guard Detroit Renaissance

LaRhonde Lucas 6’4″ sophomore guard Detroit Renaissance

Jalen Tobias 6’6″ freshman forward Detroit Renaissance

Cassius Winston 6’0″ junior guard U of D Jesuit

Gary Collins 6’1″ senior guard U of D Jesuit

Greg Egoigboden 6’7″ sophomore forward U of D Jesuit

Eke Ichechuwu 6’8″ sophomore forward U of D Jesuit

Amauri Hardy 6’0″ sophomore guard Southfield

Reme Torbert 5’10” sophomore guard Southfield

Michael Flowers 6’0″ sophomore guard Southfield

Khary Fanning 6’6″ senior forward Southfield

Isaiah Green 6’7″ senior forward Southfield

Kamari Newman 6’3″ junior guard East English

Chris Rollins 5’10” junior guard East English

Fred Jones 5’10” senior guard East English

Cedric Lattimore 6’4″ junior forward East English

Anthony Johnson 6’5″ junior guard Detroit Southeastern

Derek Murphy 6’5″ senior guard Warren Mott

Kevin McKay 6’5″ junior forward De La Salle

Jack Ballantyne 6’7″ sophomore forward De La Salle

Grant Gilbert 5’10” junior guard Birmingham Groves

Howard McInnis 5’10” senior guard Oak Park

Devin Mills 5’10” junior guard Oak Park

Mario Garrett 6’3″ senior forward Oak Park

Kelvon Fuller 6’8″ junior forward Oak Park

Rodney Scales 6’8″ senior forward Oak Park

Cameron Dalton 5’11” senior guard Bloomfield Hills

Kevin Hayes 6’5″ senior forward Brother Rice

John Rexroth 6’10” senior center Farmington Hills Harrison

CJ Wilson 5’8″ sophomore guard Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

Jerald Booker 5’11” senior guard Walled Lake Western

Marcus Bailey 6’4″ senior forward Walled Lake Western

Daryl Porter 6’0″ senior guard Walled Lake Western

Tristan Jackson 6’3″ junior guard West Bloomfield

Zach Allread 6’6″ senior forward West Bloomfield

Jermaine Jackson Jr. 5’7″ sophomore guard Macomb Dakota

Charles Penn 6’6″ senior forward Macomb Dakota

Tim Shayoka 6’2″ senior guard Troy Athens

Corbin Virig 6’7″ senior forward Troy Athens

Taylor McCaskill 5’11” freshman guard Troy Athens

Andrew Meyers 5’10” senior guard Clarkston

Tabin Throgmorton 6’3″ junior guard Clarkston

Foster Loyer 5’9″ freshman guard Clarkston

Elmelik Martin 5’10” senior guard Lake Orion

Spencer Littleson 6’3″ junior guard Rochester Adams

Joey Ziniti 5’10” junior guard Rochester Adams



U of D Jesuit Betters Consortium 62-50

17 Dec

Detroit-U-D-Jesuit-CubsUniversity of Detroit Jesuit senior guard Gary Collins knows what it takes to win.  As a junior, he helped lead the Cubs to the Breslin Center for the first time in school history.  Now as the team’s only senior in the starting lineup, he has found ways to impact not confined to the offensive end of the floor.

In U of D’s first two games of the season, Collins has had to guard the opponent’s best overall offensive player, Chicago Morgan Park’s Marcus LoVett, and East English Villages’ Kamari Newman, holding them well below their season averages.

“I put the work in in practice,” Collins said.  “I just have to be ready when the opportunity arises.”

The third game of the year for the Cubs was against defending Class C state champion Detroit Consortium.  Both teams struggled to find any rhythm to their offense, as over 20-30 combined turnovers were committed in the contest.  U of D jumped out to a 12-4 lead at the end of one, thanks to five early points from Collins.  The second quarter started by a 8-2 spurt for Consortium to cut the U of D lead down to two with 5:35 left in the half.  Junior forward Jaylen Moore added seven of his 12 points in the second stanza.  The remaining five minutes of the second would remain relatively even, U of D would lead at halftime 25-19.

However, the Cubs would gain separation from the Cougars in the beginning of the third.  A 10-2 run ignited the home crowd and forced Consortium to call a timeout.  In the third, Collins scored seven of his 14 points, while junior backcourt mate Cassius Winston had four in the third.  U of D led 42-34 entering the final quarter of play.  Consortium senior guard Larry Williams was the only bright spot in the third, his seven points brought the Cougars into striking distance mid-way through the quarter.

U of D was able to build and maintain a double digit lead in the fourth quarter, and coast the rest of the way to the victory.  The aforementioned Winston scored 14 of his game high 23 points in the final eight minutes of play, including 7-9 from the charity stripe.

Collins primarily guarded Consortium standout junior Luster Johnson, a friend he has played AAU with, and held him to 13 overall points.

“I had to step it up, simple as that.”

The Cubs lost four senior starters from last year’s semi-finalist team, the added role for Collins has meant he has had to provide senior leadership throughout much of the early season.

“Just experience,” Collins added.  “Playing last year for the whole year, first year on varsity, comes with a lot of experience and senior leadership.”

Consortium falls to 2-1 on the season, while the Cubs remain undefeated at 3-0 and will wait until Saturday to face off with out of state Jesuit rival Toledo St. Johns.


Official Class B Watchlist

15 Dec

Some of the top players in Class B.

Brandon Allen 5’10” junior guard Haslett

Jaton Gunn 6’3″ junior guard Benton Harbor

Curtis Dawson 5’10” junior guard Benton Harbor

Austin Davis 6’10” junior forward Onsted

Latin Davis 5’10” senior point guard Milan

Nick Perkins 6’7″ senior forward Milan

Lance Lewis 6’3″ senior guard Milan

LaMonta Stone 5’10” senior point guard River Rouge

Jalen Gibson 6’7″ senior forward River Rouge

Luster Johnson 6’2″ junior guard Detroit Consortium

Mykel Tyson 6’6″ senior forward Detroit Consortium

Terrance Sewell 6’2″ junior guard Detroit Northwestern

Daniel Jeffries 6’4″ senior guard Detroit Central

Christian Littlejon 6’7″ senior forward Detroit Osborn

Alex Burney 6’8″ senior forward Detroit Osborn

Nikeem Merchant 6’0″ senior point guard Detroit Osborn

Terrace Drew 6’0″ junior point guard Melvindale

Kobe Boynton 6’2″ sophomore guard Melvindale

Jalin Martin 6’4″ forward Harper Woods Chandler Park

Nazir Wallace 6’6″ senior forward Detroit Country Day

Josh Davis 6’4″ senior guard Detroit Henry Ford

James Towns 5’9″ junior point guard Detroit Henry Ford

John Phillips 6’1″ junior guard Detroit CMA

Jaylin Hairston 6’2″ junior guard Detroit CMA

Tony Poljan 6’7″ junior forward Lansing Catholic

LJ James 6’7″ senior forward Wayland

Dilon Aten 6’1″ senior guard Wayland

Delaney Blaylock 6’4″ senior wing Wyoming Godwin Heights

Mike Williams senior Wyoming Godwin Heights

Seth Dugan 6’11” senior center Otsego

AJ Atwater 6’2″ senior point guard Otsego

Austin Bykerk 6’8″ senior forward Hudsonville Unity Christian

Sam Vandersluiss 6’7″ senior forward Holland Christian

Dylan Carl 6’9″ junior center Alma

Neshua Wise 6’4″ senior guard Flint Southwestern

Tanner Eubank 6’3″ guard Paw Paw

Innocent Nwyoko 6’11” junior center New Haven

Jerry Ben 6’10” junior forward New Haven

Austin Sherrell 6’6″ senior wing New Haven

Josh Harris 6’6″ senior guard New Haven

Dmonta Harris 6’4″ senior guard New Haven

Horatio Williams Tip-Off Classic Recap

15 Dec

The third annual Horatio Williams Tip-Off Classic was held at DEPSA this past Saturday, and has turned into one of the season premier showcases to bring in the new seasons.  Through six games and 100 players, fellow reporter Jeff McKinney and I found 25 individuals that stood out to us the most.

MVP Chris Rollins

The 5’10 point guard has found himself a home at East English Village.  In a tightly contested game against DEPSA, Rollins turned in quite the defensive effort, amassing nine total steals, and scoring 26 points.  He’s a feisty competitive kid whose going to dive on the floor for loose balls and can take over a game when needed.

Other First Teams Members

Marquel Ingram

Marquel showed a great amount of heart despite a Pershing loss.  The 6’2″ senior guard went into halftime with only four points, but when the game was over, Ingram finished with a game high 33 points, including four second half three pointers.

Jalen Gibson

Rouge’s 54-50 win over Cass Tech was an impressive statement for the Panthers and first year head coach LaMonta Stone.  The Panther’s tallest player, 6’7″ Gibson, produced a near double-double with 19 points, and nine rebounds.  Gibson has the potential to become a promising college prospect, he’s bouncy, tough, agile, and solid around the basket.  Gibson will pair nicely with fellow senior LaMonta Stone to give the Panthers a dynamic one-two punch.

Rio Washington

It’s hard to miss Rio Washington when he’s on the court for Romulus, the 6’7″ 250 pound plus senior feasted on a diminutive Doughboy frontline, pouring in 23 points, while hauling down 12 rebounds.  Rio is a pleasant combination of hands and mobility ideal for in a forward, but he’s a truly underrated passer and outlet man for a big.

Julius Palmer

6’9″ Julius Palmer would have to be a difference maker in Western’s win over number one ranked Saginaw Arthur Hill, especially with the slashing capability of the Lumber Jacks’ Eric Davis and Brian Bowen.  Well in arguably the school’s biggest victory, Palmer contributed 17 points, seven rebounds, and five blocks.  He’s a long and lanky forward/center still growing into his body, but is a above-average defender who challenges shots and runs the floor extremely well.

Second Team

D’Angelo Hansbro 5’11” point guard Romulus

Brailen Neely 5’10” point guard Detroit Western

Jaylin Walker 6’2″ guard Romulus

Brian Bowen 6’7″ forward Saginaw Arthur Hill

Isaiah Green 6’7″ power forward Southfield

Third Team

Justin Turner 6’2″ guard Renaissance

LaMonta Stone 5’10” point guard River Rouge

James Towns 5’9″ point guard Detroit Henry Ford

Darwin Hubbard 6’4″ forward Detroit Cass Tech

Khary Fanning 6’6″ forward Southfield

Others worth noting:

6’5″ senior Dequavion Johnson Saginaw Arthur Hill

5’8″ sophomore Armonee Felder Pershing

5’8″ sophomore Patrick Hatcher Pershing

6’2″ junior Corey Allen Ypsilanti

6’2″ junior Marcus Johnson DEPSA

6’2″ sophomore Jamal Keese DEPA

6’1″ junior Edward Carter

6’5″ freshman Dante Johnson

6’5″ junior Cedric Lattimore East English Village




Premier Games Week 2 (12/15-12/21)

15 Dec

After an outstanding start to the regular season, here are a few more games to keep an eye on heading into week two.

Monday December 15h

Detroit DEPSA Early College @ University Prep 7:00 PM

Southfield Christian @ Southfield-Lathrup 5:30 PM

Tuesday December 16th

Detroit Consortium @ U of D Jesuit 7:30 PM

Jackson Lumen Christi @ Lansing Catholic 7:30 PM

Clarkston @ Macomb Dakota 7:00 PM

Adrian Lenawee Christian @ Milan 7:00 PM

Harper Woods Chandler Park @ New Haven 7:00 PM

Otsego @ Paw Paw 7:15 PM

Wednesday December 17th

Ann Arbor Huron @ Ann Arbor Skyline 7:00 PM

Thursday December 18th

Dearborn Heights Crestwood @ Belleville 7:00 PM

Westland John Glenn @ Salem 7:00 PM

Detroit CMA @ Detroit Loyola 6:00 PM

Southfield-Lathrup @ Troy Athens 7:00 PM

Friday December 19th

Adrian Lenawee Christian @ Detroit Allen Academy 7:30 PM

North Farmington @ Farmington 7:00 PM

Troy Athens @ Goodrich 7:00 PM

Detroit Western @ Romulus 9:40 PM

Saturday December 20th

John Glenn vs. Ann Arbor Huron @ West Bloomfield 4:30 PM

Davison vs. Bishop Foley @ Saginaw Valley State 3:00 PM

Lansing Everett vs. East English Village @ West Bloomfield 6:15 PM

Saginaw Arthur Hill vs. Muskegon @ West Bloomfield @ 8:00 PM

Milan @ Romulus 9:40 PM

Sunday December 21st

Detroit Renaissance vs. Detroit Loyola @ Hazel Park 6:00 PM

Detroit DEPSA Early College vs. Cass Tech @ Hazel Park 8:00 PM

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