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2014 Big Man on the Move

17 Oct

As first reported by the New England Recruiting Report, Detroit Douglass PF Andre Frederick has decided to head to Hand (CT) before attending Robert Morris for college.  Frederick played a key role in his junior season for Douglass en route to the Hurricane’s city final four appearance.  The  6’8″ big man was one the states’ most feared shot blockers heading into his senior season.  Fredreick has the quick feet to cover both the paint and perimeter, and long arms a coach looks for to deflect shots.  Although he has not yet reached his whole potential on offense, Frederick has a big frame and wide shoulders who is not afraid to throw one down on you  when he gets a chance.

This is a huge loss for the Hurricanes, who have hopes of cutting the nets down at the Breslin Center this March.  However, Douglass will still be contenders in Class B with division one recruits Darrell Davis (Dayton), and Terrell Hales (Cleveland State).

Here is the link to the full story

Thrower and Davis Commit

9 Sep

No we did not go through the drive through at McDonalds, but the state of Michigan had a pair of 2014 combo guards commit to division one schools in a span of two days.  Muskegon’s Deshaun Thrower says he will be attending Stoney Brook, and Frederick Douglass’ Darrell Davis gave a verbal commit to the Flyers of Dayton.

darrellDarrell is a tall, long, lanky guard that saw his recruiting stock rise during the July live period of AAU basketball.  The 6’4″ 170 pound Davis is truly an explosive offense weapon.   Darrell can flat out score the rock from anywhere on the floor.  You name an offensive skill he probably has it.  Whether it be the mid-range, three point range, pull-up jumpshot, attacking the basket with either hand, but more importantly, he has great court vision for a lead guard.  Darrell is always looking to find an open teammate and drops a beautiful pass in the process.  Darrell took an official visit down Dayton over this past weekend and committed on site to the Flyers.  Davis can now turn his attention to the high school regular season with his Hurricanes, who are one of the favorites to win the Class B crown.

180Deshaun Thrower hails from the Big Reds of Muskegon High School.  Thrower is also the starting quarterback from Muskegon who could very easily win the division two football crown.  Although Deshaun will play basketball at the next level, don’t think he will not use the skills he used on gridiron on the hardwood at Stoney Brook.  Deshaun is one of the most competitive kids in the State of Michigan.  Nothing ever seems to phase him, whether things are going his team’s way or not, he keeps a calm and cool quarterback’s poise out on the floor.  Thrower’s individual skill set can be compared to Flint’s and Michigan State’s own Mateen Cleaves.  Similar to Mateen, Thrower is a strong and explosive guard that brings it on every play during the game on defense and offense.  He can lower the shoulder and get to the basket at anytime on a defender, likes to push the ball on the break, and has great court vision for a guard.  He also has tremendous lateral foot speed on defense which can be accreditied to him playing defensive back on the football team as well.  UIC, Northern Michigan, and Stoney Brook were the only schools to offer Thrower a scholarship, who decided on the Seawolves at a visit over the weekend as well.

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Playoff Preview (part two cont.)

4 Mar

Class B Teams That Can Make A Run

River Rouge- Rouge is now back to full strength now after getting star forward Jamal Poplar back, who had to sit out the first semester after transferring from Willow Run.  Alongside Poplar is fellow junior Terrell Crawford.  Crawford is a raw scoring off-guard who just simply can score.  Rouge starts off in the Divine Child District, where they are faced with probably meeting up with Dearborn Heights Robichaud in the finals.  If Rouge is able to get past Robichaud, I see a path at least to the quarters.

Robichaud- As above stated, will be in the same district with River Rouge.  But don’t put anything past Robichaud as long as they have Lorenzo Bonam.  Bonam is a strong, physical point guard that can make plays.  Will have to get past Rouge in the district final.

Detroit Country Day- Might be the deepest team in the entire state.  The back court is made up of Lehigh bound Austin Price, who might have the smoothest jump shot in the area.  Complementing Price in the backcourt will be lighting fast junior point guard Edmond Sumner.  Who can go from zero to full speed in about a step.  Fellow junior Mory Diane will bring more athleticism to table and a another scorer.  Down low for the Yellow Jackets will be Texas Tech football recruit Poet Thomas, and glass eater Deshawn Lewis.  The reserves for DCD don’t lack talent as well.  Star football receiver Maurice Ways and Maceo Baston make up the bench, starters at any other school expect DCD.

Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy- Now during playoff time, some teams like to give the ball to their star players and let them do the rest.  CPA will have Michigan commit Derrick Walton to give the ball to and that is not a bad idea to do.  Derrick can go for 30 points and 10 assists any given night.  CPA will need another scorer to take pressure off Derrick, and Darius Bean will have to step up if CPA wishes to make it farther than last year’s 30 point embarrassment to DCD in the regional final.

Detroit Douglass- The funny thing is, that DCD, CPA, and now Douglass, all teams that can make it to at least the quarters, will all be paired up if they get past their respective districts into the same DCD regional.  Though low on bodies, Douglass makes up for it in talent.  Led by junior point Darrell Davis, a serious D1 recruit, Douglass has a true playmaker on the court.  If paired up with DCD, the post will be won by Douglass because of junior Andre Frederick.  Frederick is quick on his feet a real shot blocker even on the perimeter.  Junior Terrell Hale will be needed for secondary scoring in order to take pressure off from Davis.

Interview with Demetrius Stinson of Frederick Douglass

8 Feb


Demetrius is the very reason why we should have better scouting in Detroit.  Here is a kid that had three thousand yard seasons and over 50 touchdowns in his career.  Tell me, how did he not go D1?  Stinson brings a nice combination of speed and power to the running back position.  But don’t think that he is only a runner.  Demetrius also has the ability to make you pay on special teams and catching the ball out of the backfield.  He has decided to continue his college career at Ferris State, who competes in the GLIAC.

Senior Stats: 1635 rushing yards, 598 receiving yards, 64 tackles, 1 interception, two forced fumbles, 2345 all purpose yards, 21 touchdowns.

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Metro Detroit High School Athletics: Height, weight, and position?

Demetrius Stinson: 5’11″/205, ATH (RB, DB, LB, DE, PR, KR, S, WR)

Metro Detroit High School Athletics: Individual strengths?

Demetrius Stinson: I have great size, very versatile, have a combination of speed and strength, and I can make a defender miss, run around them or run through them.  As well as cover and come up and hit on the defensive side of the ball.

Metro Detroit High School Athletics: How would you grade your performance this previous season?

Demetrius Stinson: I would give myself a B+.

Metro Detroit High School Athletics: Talk a little about your recruitment process.

Demetrius Stinson: Well after my junior year, I was getting heavily recruited by every school in the Big Ten, the MAC, and a few schools in the Big East.  They were coming to the school as well as practices, then I unfortunately fractured my ankle before the season, and was not able to get to any of the school’s camps.  So my process was a little shaky and rough, but I’m glad I landed with Ferris State.

Metro Detroit High School Athletics: This is a very talented class for Ferris, where do you think you rank within the class?

Demetrius Stinson: I really don’t feed into the rankings, but this a very great class.  I feel that I’m one of the best that is coming in with this class, but its great talent all across the board for this Ferris class.

Metro Detroit High School Athletics: Do you have any relationships with any players at Ferris or the incoming class?

Demetrius Stinson: Not really, but I’m getting to know everybody.  Such as one of there running backs Korey Ringer who is currently there.  And Malik Washington, Garius Coleman, Brandon Harding, and Anthony Darkangelo, who are in the incoming class, we have all been trying to get connections with each other.  As well as other commits before we attend Ferris.

Metro Detroit High School Athletics: What legacy do you think you left at a small school like Fred D?

Demetrius Stinson: I believe I left a huge legacy not the one I wanted to leave though.  I wanted to get the school its first ever state championship and first D1 athlete.  But that didn’t go as planned but a 3x thousand + yard rusher with over 55 TDs isn’t bad either.  Most people around the city and state tell me I’m the best player to come out of that school.  So I’m glad I could help put Fred D on the map.

Metro Detroit High School Athletics: Did you ever think of going to a school like Cass or King to get better attention for recruiting?

Demetrius Stinson: Both schools wanted me, and I was well respected as a player from both schools.  But once I set in at Fred D, I remained loyal to my team cause of the legacy I built there and I’ve never been the type of kid to jump ship.  At times I wish I would have but I didn’t and that’s that.

Metro Detroit High School Athletics: What are you going to miss about playing in high school?

Demetrius Stinson: The respect that I got because I was known as one of the best players in Michigan as well as Detroit and the Midwest Region.  Now that I’m at a new level, I have to start over and make a new name for myself.  I’m also going to miss hearing players and coaches on the opposing team yelling out “Watch #7!” before every play!

Metro Detroit High School Athletics: Predictions for first year at Ferris State?

Demetrius Stinson: Personally, I want to go there and play big minutes if not start as a true freshman, and be the best possible player I can as far as the team goal, to go undefeated and win a national championship.

Metro Detroit High School Athletics: And lastly what is one thing most people do not know about you?

Demetrius Stinson: Ummm, that I’m a dedicated player and hard worker, and that I’m currently working with two trainers in Chris Huff with Performance 80 Training, and John Vickers at Hype Recreation Center to prepare for the next level.

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