Detroit Public Schools’ League Conference Preview

2 Jan

PershingDoughboysphotoFew to any leagues across Michigan carry the prestige and pedigree as the Detroit Public School does with high school basketball.  The 2015 campaign figures to be once again a tightly contested affair for the coveted city championship.  Who are the favorites?  Sleepers?  Here’s the preview prior to league player beginning.

East Division 1

East English Village- The Village finished a disappointing 3-6 last year in the league, but have reloaded on talent.  Warren De La Salle transfer point guard Chris Rollins has paired with 6’3″ division one shooting guard Kamari Newman to give the Bulldogs a dynamic backcourt.  Fellow 6’5″ juniors Cedric Lattimore and Jaylin McFadden will control the paint for EEVP, senior guard Fred Jones will contribute experience and defense, and sophomore Greg Elliott and junior Nate Bowlware will provide depth off the bench for the Bulldogs.

Southeastern- Anthony Johnson might be the best player you haven’t heard about, the 6’4″ junior is a fluid jump shooter, and will pair nicely with juniors, Anthony Randall, and Ean Blackwell for the Jungaleers.

Cass Tech- Cass will be young, a complete turn around from a season ago.  6’3″ senior Cleveland State commit Rob Edwards and 6’4″ junior forward Darwin Hubbard are the only players to have received significant playing time on Cass’ reigning district championship, and will have to carry the load early on as junior Donnell Alexander, sophomore Leonard Silas, and freshman Gary Soloman gain experience.

King- The Crusaders and head coach George Ward are off to a 3-2 start on the season including an impressive victory over River Rouge.  King will rely heavily on 6’4″ senior wing Armani Lee to compete this season.  6’0″ freshman Keyon Brown is the only freshman on the team, and is in the starting lineup for the Crusaders and figures to become a key contributor as the season progresses.

Pershing- The defending league champions lose all of one starter from last season, 6’2″ senior guard Marquel Ingram.  Pershing’s greatest strength is the guard position, with sophomores Armonee Felder and Patrick Hatcher, and 5’8″ junior Troy Campbell.  Height will be an issue this season for the Doughboys, as they are still adjusting junior forward transfers Charles Manson and David Syfax from Chandler Park and King respectively to the program.

West Division 1

Western- Western enters the 2015 as the number one team in the state after convincing victories over Saginaw Arthur Hill and Romulus.  Second semester can’t come any quicker for Western, as U of D Mercy commits and seniors Josh McFolley and Gerald Blackshear become eligible.  Blackshear will the the fourth 6’8″ forward on the roster, joining seniors Julius Palmer, Kheir Maxwell, and Antuan Smith.  While the 6’0″ McFolley will add to the already talented yet junior heavy backcourt with Aramnti Tinsley, Brailen Neely, Karim Murray, and Efrain Hodby.

Renaissance- Renaissance isn’t sneaking up on anybody this year.  Second year head coach Venias Jordan has one of the state’s best scorers in 6’3″ junior Justin Turner.  Junior guard Richard Talley will give the Phoenix a quick, aggressive on ball defender, classmates and forwards Alaric Jackson and Mike Jacobs plan on clogging the middle, and sophomore LaRhonde Lucas could be the shooter Renaissance needs to space the floor.

Ford- The Trojans are off to an impressive 6-0 start on the season with victories over Class A ranked team Southfield and Ann Arbor Huron.  6’5″ senior and Western Michigan commit Josh Davis might win Mr. PSL this season, and 5’10” junior floor general James Towns is one the state’s most aggressive and active on ball defender.  Role players include 6’5″ junior forward Antwan Johnson and 6’1″ guard Antuan Carter.

Mumford- Coach Ray Reeves went an impressive 8-1 last season in the PSL’s west division two, but transition to division one this season.

Cody- Cody went winless in the league a season ago, and the Comets’ fortunes look to be heading in the seam direction for 2015.

East Division 2

Osborn- Granted Osborn is in division two, but don’t be surprised if the Knights give a few division one teams problems in the city playoffs this year.  They have the size to match up with anybody, 6’7s” Christian Littlejohn and Devin Dubois, and 6’9″ Alex Burney.  6’0″ senior point guard Nikeem Merchant will be the primary ball handler this season.

Douglass- Douglass is under the guidance of Pierre Brooks, the first year head coach led King to the 2012 city championship, and will look to leave his mark on a program that has achieved high levels of success over the past five seasons, most notably a trip to the Breslin Center last season for the Class B final four.

Denby- This season could be another disappointing campaign for the Tars, but 5’7″ senior guard Mario Hull is worth a watch.

Davis Aerospace- Anything of more than one or two wins in the league would be an accomplishment for Davis.

West Division 2

CMA- CMA is 3-2 on the young season, with their only two losses coming to Detroit Loyola and Edison by a combined total of four points.  The Phoenix went 7-2 in division two last season, and will be led by the backcourt of junior John Phillips and senior Jaylin Hairston.

Central- Senior 6’5″ wing Daniel Jeffries is one the cities premier players.  Jeffries is capable of scoring 20-30 point on any given night.

Detroit Collegiate Prep-Northwestern- Junior 6’2″ guard Terrance Sewell and senior Ketquan Gatewood form one of the best backcourt duos in the PSL.

West Side- Perennial bottom of the division type of team.



One Response to “Detroit Public Schools’ League Conference Preview”

  1. Joseph Frye January 5, 2015 at 5:06 pm #

    Great Look! Thx Steve…

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