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Cass Tech’s Donnie Tillman to Transfer to Findlay Prep

1 Aug

14152556-standardThe out of state transfer route hit Michigan the hardest in July.  Soon to be junior and number one player in the class of 2016 Josh Jackson decided to return to his home state of California and compete at Justin-Siena High School, senior Bakari Evelyn transferred from Southfield Christian to Gilbert Christian in Arizona to play for former Country Day head coach Kurt Keener, while senior Jaire Grayer made his intentions clear of not returning to Flint Southwestern.  However, the most surprising was the fourth transfer announced this month.  As class of 2017 6’6″ forward Donnie Tillman of Detroit Cass Tech, a top five player in Michigan’s rising sophomore class, made public he will not return to the Technecians for his 10th grade year.

Search Findlay Prep basketball alumni on Google, and a long and distinguished list of players who have made a living in the NBA come up.  2013 NBA overall number one pick Anthony Bennett, Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtic’s Avery Bradley, and NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs Cory Joseph all hail from Findlay Prep, a program located in the city of Henderson, Nevada, roughly a 20 minute drive from Las Vegas.  The Pilots have claimed three high school national championships since 2009, while producing seven McDonalds All-Americans and Jordan Brand Classic participants respectively.

“I’m really excited to be accepted into Findlay Prep,” Tillman had to say, “it was a really hard decision (to leave Cass) but with support from friends and family there’s no worries.”

The MHSAA for years has imposed strict rules on schools on who they can and cannot play out of state  The state must share a border with Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin, and/or the schools must not be more than 300 miles apart from one another.  The rule prevents teams from traveling the country to showcase their skills on the national stage, which opposite to Michigan values, is the entire basis for Findlay Prep.

There name Findlay Prep only signifies the ten member basketball team, there is no such traditional high school that exists called Findlay Prep.  The players enroll in classes at the nearby Henderson International School, a preschool through 12 grade fully-accredited private school.  When the players are out of class, their in either practice or a jet to participate in tournaments both nationally and internationally.

Playing 30-40 games is appealing to most high school players, in particular Donnie’s case coming from a state with a limit of only 20 regular season games.  And a handful of the Pilots games are nationally televised on ESPN or CBS Sports, whereas in Michigan players would be lucky just to see their face on local cable.  Tillman embraces the challenge of showcasing his abilities on the national stage, and admits there will be a learning curve of playing the premier talent the nation has to offer on the highest stage.

“It will be difficult at first, but after going through the strength and conditioning skills training, I’ll be more than ready to play on national TV and against some of the best.”

Tillman over the Spring/Summer of AAU, competing with the Detroit Stars and The Family, was already beginning to catch the eye of many college coaches nationally only as a freshman.  Donnie noted colleges took interest in his ability to rebound the ball at a high level, score inside and in the midrange, display ball handling ability for a forward, and play well defensively in both the post and perimeter.  Cleveland State, UNLV, and Iowa State all extended offers to Tillman in about a month long period, while schools like Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State were keeping tabs on the young forward.

Donnie’s reason(s) for leaving are no different than every player that has left Michigan before or will be in the future unless the rules change.  Players want exposure, they want to challenge themselves against the “so-called” top players in the country.  Who wouldn’t?  Scholarship and college opportunities are at stake, and more important the life lessons that can be learned when facing difficult challenges on a repetitive basis.  Perseverance, determination, resolve, and commitment are all valuable teaching points of the game that can be transitioned to daily life as well.  Donnie won’t be the last player to leave Michigan, but hints there are fellow players like him who share common desires to prove themselves on the national level.

“My thoughts are they (other transfers) wanted the same thing as me, to gain exposure and become a better player and play on a national schedule,” Donnie had to say.  “And I won’t be surprised if more players transfer to prep schools in the future.”



Cass Tech 2016 Guard Donnell Alexander Player Profile

2 Jul

PicsArt_1399289016970-2• Height, Weight, and position?
5’8″, 157 Ibs, Point Guard

• High School, Summer team and Graduation Year
Cass Tech, REACH Legends, 2016

• Players you try to model your game after
John Wall, Allen Iverson, and Chris Paul

• Important Stats
2 PPG, 5 APG, 3 SPG 2 RPG

• Most memorable game in your career so far
When I was in Ohio and I had my first 20 point game

⁃ How did this past high school season go for you and your team?
For the team it went well, for me it wasn’t what I expected, didnt get many minutes

•Colleges that you would like to attend?

Georgetown, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio State

• Colleges that have shown interest in you so far?
Central Michigan, Temple, Ferris State

• What makes you unique from other players at your position?
I play until the end, I keep a winning attitude, and get others involved before myself
• Strengths and areas you are improving in?
Ball Handling, Passing, Defense, Quickness, but looking to improve my jumpshot

• Goals for the upcoming AAU season?
To get at least 5 offers from D1 and D2 colleges

• What role do you see your self having this year for your team?
I see myself being a distributor and making sure my team os getting into the game

• What will a coach be getting out of you at the next level?
A hardworking player and a leader on and off the court.

• What will will go into your decision about choosing a college?
The community, education given, and the people there.

• Most influential person in your life? Why?
My mother because without her, I wouldnt be where I am at today

• Legacy you want to leave at your school?
I want to be the best player I can be

• Where do you see yourself in 15 years?
In a mansion making six figures or more

• Fun/ interesting fact about you?

• Awards, Accomplishments, other comments?
PSL JV City Champ, PSL Varsity City Runner Up, JV Captain, Honor Roll all through high school

• Academic Information
4.0 GPA

• Contact Information

Cass Tech 2016 Donnell Alexander’s Profile

28 Oct

• Height, Weight, and position?

5’8″, 155 Ibs  PG

• High School, Summer team and Graduation Year?

Cass Technical High School, 2016  ASAP Blazers


• Most memorable game in your career so far?

When I had my first 20 points in Ohio.

• Colleges that you would like to attend?

Ohio State, Oregon, and UCLA

• Colleges that have shown interest in you so far?


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

I am a correctable player.

• Strengths and areas you are improving in?

My feet are starting to get quicker.

• How did the offseason go? 

Good, I got a lot of work.

• Goals for the upcoming season?

To jump higher and shoot better.

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

It might be another learning experience for me.

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

A great student athlete willing to do whatever it takes.

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

Which play style fits me best.

• Most influential person in your life? Why?

Chris Paul because he was on j.v and was an All-American who made it big.

• Legacy you want to leave at your school?

To work hard and be one of the greatest at my school.

• Where do you see yourself in 15 years?

Living in a big house in a beautiful city.

• Fun/ interesting fact about you?

I love to eat!

• Awards, Accomplishments, other comments?

City Champions, City Runner up, basketball captain.

• Academic Information


• Contact Information


Stewart Pledges to Hornets

12 Aug

dsc_0042After previously committing to SIU-Edwardsville before his senior season started, Detroit Cass Tech 6’6″ wing DeAngelo Stewart has decided to play college basketball next year for the Hornets of Alabama State.  Stewart is a long, left-handed athletic wing who rebounds the ball very well for his position, but is truly talented on the offensive side of the game.  DeAngelo has to unique ability to keep defenders honest with the ability to score in the paint and finish above the rim, in addition to playing on the perimeter and shooting mid to three point jump shots.  He was a vital part for Cass Tech winning the PSL West Division championship, averaging 15 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks per game.

The Prep Ball Report recently caught up with DeAngelo to talk about his move from SIU-Edwardsville to Alabama State.

“It was very hard.  I just had to stay positive.  I stayed in the gym and worked on my game.  God told me to be patient because my time was coming.  My high school coach, Coach Dixon, helped me a lot throughout this process.”

Not too many players from Michigan play down in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, and DeAngelo is eager to meet up with his future teammates and coaches and learn how he can be used in the Hornet system.

“It’s a couple of players from Michigan that play their [Alabama State].  I will meet with everybody Thursday.  Coach said I can come right away. I am just going to play my game and nothing more.”

DeAngelo played with two fellow division one players who were seniors at Cass Tech, so it was easy for him to be overshadowed when it came to being recognized as an elite player in the state.  However, Stewart wants to prove his worth with Alabama State and make a name for himself.

“They will be getting a versatile wing that can play inside and outside, on both ends of the court.  A player that will rebound the ball, and also block shots, and that is going to work his but off to be the best.”

Commitments from the 2013 class are very rare at this time of year. but DeAngelo is a late great pick up that can come in, and make an immediate impact of the Alabama State program, they are truly getting a steal.

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Detroit Pershing 78 vs. Cass Tech 76

9 Mar


Beating a good high school team in the State of Michigan  is never easy.  Especially when you have the mentality    going into the game think that it is going to be another cakewalk like it was before.  The MHSAA equivalent of March Madness was on display Friday at Western International in the district final contest between Pershing and Cass TECH.  What seemed to be an upset  throughout most of the game that would have shocked the entire state was changed in 10.8 seconds.  DeAngelo Stewart just tied the game up for the Technecians with 1:08 to go in the fourth quarter.  Pershing’s Kahlil Felder smartly evading CT defenders and calling a time-out with 10:8 seconds to go.  Now on that play, Martez Walker did the rest.  Hitting an off-balanced shot with maybe one second on the clock remaining with two CT players in his face.  It was a big moment for Pershing.  Because earlier in the game, Cass lead by as many as 13 in the fourth quarter.  But you can never count out the undefeated Pershing Doughboys.  Cass Tech lead throughout most of the game.  For each Pershing run it seemed as if Cass upped them on it.  Taking control in the second and third quarters.


Florida Atlantic point guard commit D’Andre Johnson had 25 points for CT, while fellow senior DeAngelo Stewart had 16, most coming in the second half.  It seemed as if Charles Key, nine points, had nearly every offensive rebound for Cass Tech.  The junior is a high energy player that allows for second maybe even third offensive opportunities.  For Pershing, Justin Tillman had 14 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks.  Martez Walker had 24 points, Kahlil Felder chipped in with 12.  While the x factor in this game was junior guard Darsean Woodson.  Woodson scored five of the Doughboys last 10 points in the contest, and finished up with 18.

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