Mayor’s Notebook: Owens Jamboree Recap

15 Oct

First off, I would like to extend a gracious thanks to Owens coaches Keith Raine and Dave Clarke for the invite.  It was chow time for this hoop junkie in more ways than one.  Four courts of competitive games for six-plus hours, it was time to eat.

Top Teams

Schoolcraft- This squad was loaded last year and enjoyed a deep playoff run, finishing sixth in the national tournament.  The new-look Ocelots have several new faces for head man Abe Mashhour and his line of all-star assistants Mike Allie and Corey McKendry.  One key to their success was the up-tempo style, which was a lot of fun to watch.  What will be the Ocelots’ keys to success this year?

Owens- The Express added a great deal of size especially, on the wings with Charles Penn 6-7, Brain Walker 6-6, Xavier Cochran 6-6, and Derrik Jamerson 6-5.   Coach Clarke will have plenty of match-up problems this winter.

Mott- Not the tallest team in attendance, but Coach Schmidt year after year has scrappy guards that will guard the length of the court.  Lorenzo Collier, Diandre Wilson, and St. Bonaventure transfer Jalen Adams will be a solid trio this season.



Jordan Blount

Jordan Blount Spire Academy Geneva, Ohio 6-7 Wing- Jordan is in his first year of post-grad ball.  Originally from Ireland, Blount is an excellent passer with good court-vision.  He continually knocked down open threes and his hustle was infectious to his teammates.  Blount recently visited Valparaiso, and has interest from Georgia Tech, Toledo, Baylor, and Ole Miss.


Lorenzo Collier

Lorenzo Collier Mott 6-4 Guard- Can get end to end in a heartbeat.  Finished well after contact on his way to rack. A low-major steal with upside as he continues to progress his guard skills.

Derrik Jamerson Owens 6-5 Wing- Michigan knows this kid is a knock-down three-point specialist, but the Owens staff has made it a point to round out Jamerson’s game.  His foot-work and laterally speed has greatly improved, and he showed signs of scoring not solely with the three.  Holds an IPFW offer with more on the way.


Diandre Wilson

Diandre Wilson Mott 6-3 Guard- Must be pretty good to come all the way to Flint via Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Consistently made tough shot after contested shot with numerous defenders draped on him in the lane and at the rim.  Division one talent and attitude schools want in a scoring lead-guard.

Dilyn Good Owens 6-9 Power Forward- Good is a sophomore, and at the community college level that usually indicates a veteran.  And with so many freshman and first year players on Owens Good played with poise and control.  He projects as a stretch-four at the moment as he did work on the outside, but strong enough to bang with bulkier opponents.  Understands spacing and where to be on the floor.


R.J. Coil

R.J. Coil Schoolcraft 6-9 Center- “I need a big” was the common theme out of most of the coaches present at the jamboree.  Mr. Coil is not short of 6-9, and he is no stick by any means.  Really active on the glass and did a good job scoring on put-backs without plays called for him.  Red-shirted a season ago at Marist.


Kash Blackwell

Kash “Money” Blackwell Cuyahoga CC 6-4 Guard- Mr. Kash has definitely got some dog in his game.  Soild scorer with a good mid-range feel.  Hit the glass well from the guard spot as well.

Ja'Christian Biles

Ja’Christian Biles

Ja’ Christian “Rocket Man” Biles 6-3 Schoolcraft Guard- “Rocket Man” can definitely fly.  However, he had his outside game on display Sunday nailing the threes consistently with his pure stroke. This makes him a really tough cover because he can make you the THAT GUY underneath the basket in his highlight reel.  Mid-major plus no doubt.  Love his motor and energy on both ends of the court.

Bryan Collins 5-10 Schoolcraft Guard- Lito Booth has departed Schoolcraft after one season.  Collins will more than likely fill the role left by Booth as lead point guard and pressure defender.  With teams opting to focus attention on Biles, Collins will get a good amount of open looks this year.  He made more than he missed on Sunday.

Xavier Cochran

Xavier Cochran

Xavier “X” Cochran 6-5 Owens Wing- Recently picked up an offer from Bethune-Cookman.  More are on the way with some added development and seasoning in a college program.  A little streaky on the day, but the upside is there as a wing with size that can handle and score.

Other Strong Performers On The Day

Keion Farrington Mott 6-5 Forward

Tyrese Searles Owens 6-3 Point Guard

James Kodet Lansing 6-4 Forward

Charles Penn Owens 6-7 Forward

Contributed by Adam Troia



One Response to “Mayor’s Notebook: Owens Jamboree Recap”

  1. Joseph Frye October 20, 2015 at 11:09 pm #

    The 2015•16 should be tough with the athletes you covered in depht.

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