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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


Player Profile: St. Ignace’s Gage Kreski

4 Sep

Screenshot_2013-09-04-21-21-18_resized • Height, Weight, and position?

6’2, 180, PG

• High School, Summer team and Graduation Year?

St. Ignace, Michigan Mustangs/Acb Bank Hoops, 2016

• Players you try to model your game after?

I want to be my own kind of player, however I’d say like a Brandon Knight

• Important Stats

I averaged 17pts last year on Varsity, with a game high of 22. Scoring 379 in the season. I also had 89 steals and 142 rebounds.

• Most memorable game in your career so far?

My most memorable game thus far is probably beating Cheboygan to win the conference.

• Colleges that you would like to attend?

I would really like to go to a school that has a lot of basketball hype. Such as Central Michigan, Butler, VCU, and of course the Big 10 schools which is everyone’s dream.

• Colleges that have shown interest in you so far?

University of Detroit, Central Michigan, and the local colleges like Lake Superior, and Northern.

• What makes you unique from other players at your position?

What make me unique is that I try to be the most positive person on the court at all times. I’m also bigger and stronger than most of the guards on the court.

• Strengths and areas you are improving in?

My strengths are my IQ, I understand the game very well because of playing so much and I cause miss-matches in a lot of games. Also my athleticism. My weaknesses would have to shooting which I’m working on everyday and taking care of the ball.

• How did the off-season go?

My off season is when I improve the most I think. I traveled around the country working on my skills. I went to endless camps including Michigan, Central, Detroit, Toledo, Grand Valley, Lake State, pretty much every place I could go. I also went to Las Vegas which was amazing. I played with the Mustangs in the summer.

• Goals for the upcoming season?

My goals to be an even better leader and to make the people around me better.

• What role do you see your self having this year for your team?

A leader

• What will a coach be getting out of you at the next level?

A great attitude, a player that works very hard, and some who is skilled.

• What will will go into your decision about choosing a college?

Wherever I fit best, I guess I’ll have to think more on that.

• Most influential person in your life? Why?

My mom, she’s one of the most positive people I’ve ever met. She’s taught me to never give up, and no matter what the situation is BE POSITIVE.

• Legacy you want to leave at your school?

That I was the best player that I could be.

• Fun/ interesting fact about you?

I love to hunt and fish, and football is huge in my household too. I am a starter on our Varsity football team.

• Awards, Accomplishments, other comments?

6th Team All-State Free Press, All U.P Honorable Mention, 1st Team All Straits Area Conference, 2013 St. Ignace MVP, 5th Team All State Bank Hoops, Mid- Season I was ranked #7 in Michigan (Bank Hoops) and Underclassmen All State

• Academic Information


• Contact Information

Gage Kreski 1-906-430-8033

Making a Point: Muskegon’s Deshaun Thrower

24 Aug

180While Muskegon High School is known for their football program, winning three state titles in the last ten years, their basketball program is quietly becoming a contender for Class A basketball championships . Last year, Muskegon made it all the way to the Class A quarterfinals, losing to Drake Harris and Grand Rapids Christian 64-61. However, the Big Reds this year are looking to improve on last year’s season and make it to the Breslin Center. The team returns guard Will Roberson, wing Joeviar Kennedy, and 6’8″ forward Deyonta Davis, who destroyed the AAU circuit hauling in multiple division one offers over the Summer. But the one player that will determine the success of the Big Reds’ season is senior dual sport star and one of the most underrated guards in Michigan, Deshaun Thrower.

Thrower is also currently the starting quarterback for the Big Red football team, who are one of the early season favorites to win the division two title in Michigan. And although Deshaun will choose basketball at the next level, interestingly enough, playing football for Deshaun has helped develop his skills on the basketball court.

“Football helps me in basketball with contact” Thrower had to say, “I don’t mind contact and it helps me stay aggressive, and the fact that I play quarterback and point guard helps because I need vision and awareness [on the floor].”

Playing football has certainly helped shaped Deshaun’s game when it comes to his individual skill set. You can tell that he lives in the weight room with the football team because he has the size and explosiveness that is hard in Michigan’s 2014 guard class. He can get to the rim at will putting a shoulder down and out muscling his way to the basket, and keeps defenders honest with a solid mid-range and pull-up game in transition. Thrower is one of those players that always has a constant motor running, he likes to push the ball on the break and whether he is on offense or defense, you know that he is going to give the team 110% effort.

Over the Summer competing with ACB Bankhoops 17U, one of the top AAU travel teams in the western part of Michigan, Deshaun pulled in three offers from the likes of Northern Michigan, Stoney Brook, and UIC after impressing during the July Live Evaluation Period. With added interest coming from U of D Mercy, Northern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, and Western Michigan, all the hard work that Deshaun has spent playing two sports is starting to pay off.

“Basketball recruiting has been going well” Thrower said, “A couple offers and I hear from coaches everyday but football is ok, no offers yet but I’m sure if I have a good season they will come.”

The Class of 2014 in Michigan is a front-court dominated class with many of the state’s top players being either power or small forwards, so it is easy for a guard to slip under the radar when it comes to exposure at the next level. And to go on top of that, Deshaun knows that he must outwork his competition because of the fact that he is from Muskegon.

“I don’t think it’s fair that they overlook me because where I am from” Deshaun had to say, “I truly think if I was to live in Detroit or Saginaw [or] somewhere I would have way more offers and looks than I do now, but I mean it is what is and I’m happy with the offers that I do have and coaches that took their time to come see me play so I can’t worry on too much what I have no control of.”

We know that Thrower is an accomplished high school athlete on both the football and basketball court, and it would be easy for such an athlete to forget about where he comes from. But Deshaun wants to leave a mark on the future generations of Big Reds that attend Muskegon High School and become recognized for more than just winning games.

“I would like to win states in both sports, and be the first to go D1 in basketball from here in a while, and go on and have a good career in college and go play professional somewhere and come back a give back for everybody to remember me as a hard worker, a leader, and a winner.”

Deshaun and the Muskegon Big Red football team take the field August 30th to open the 2013 season at Grand Haven.

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