Pre-season Statewide Rankings (25-21)

6 Dec

High school hoops is near.  So the countdown begins to found out who are some of the best teams in the state for this upcoming season.  

25. Westland John Glenn (Class A)- The Rockets enter the 2014-2015 season with a new coach, Rod Watts, formerly of Lansing Eastern.  Coach Watts inherits a John Glenn teams that won their KLAA division and conference from a season ago.  Glenn will be lead by senior 6’3″ guard Mychael Bradley, and 6’9″ forward Mike Edwards, who could be the best duo in the KLAA.

24. New Haven (Class B)- Size impacts games, and that is what New Haven has.  The Rockets have four players over 6’6″, including two greater than 6’10.”  6’11” Central Michigan junior commit Innocent Nwyoko will pair with fellow 11th grader 6’10” Jerry Ben to give New Haven a dynamic front court presence.  6’6″ senior Austin Sherrell, a transfer from Waterford Mott, will give the Rockets a versatile perimeter defender, and classmate 6’6″ Josh Harris will add a scoring presence on the wing.

23. Detroit Henry Ford (Class B)- The Trojans are members of the always competitive Detroit Public Schools League.  However, as soon as the state playoffs begin, Ford could make a run to the Breslin Center.  6’4″ Western Michigan commit Josh Davis is one of the best perimeter shooters in the state, and 6’0″ James Towns is an aggressive floor general that finds ways to impact games on the defensive and offensive ends of the floor.

22. Detroit Consortium (Class B)- The reigning Class C state champs have moved up to Class B this season.  With the loss of Josh Jackson, the Cougars must find ways to fill the scoring void gone from a year ago.  6’0″ junior combo guard Luster Johnson figures to handle most of the scoring load this season for Consortium, and will pair with senior Keyon Rainey in the backcourt to give the Cougars a high-tempo attack.  6’6″ lane clogger Mykel Tyson is back for his senior season, Tyson did most of the dirty work last season, getting rebounds and playing tough defense, but will develop into a go-to low-post scorer as the season develops.

21. Warren De La Salle (Class A)- The Pilots won 16 games last season, and return their leading scorer in 6’5″ forward Kevin McKay.  McKay is a division one prospect with a back to the basket type style and fundamentally sound in all aspects of the game.  With the departure of last season’s starting point guard Chris Rollins to East English, the Pilots must add a secondary scorer, and 6’7″ forward Jack Ballantyne will see an added role this season.  Ballantyne is a mobile forward that can stretch the floor with his shooting abilities, and will rebound the ball as well.

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