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Interview with Detroit Renaissance 2016 guard Justin Turner

29 Apr

Detroit Renaissance 2016 guard Justin Turner is one of the elite scorers in Michigan.  Turner, who plays with the Michigan Mustangs- Carson 16u team, talks past high school season, current AAU circuit, and gives a recruiting update at the Adidas Spring Classic in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Southeastern Tops PSL West Division Leader Renaissance

2 Feb

The last time the Jungaleers finished undefeated in the PSL portion of their schedule, it would be the 2010-2011 eventually city championship season with a perfect 10-0 record.  Southeastern, currently 8-0 in the East Division of the league, took another step in the right direction for claiming PSL superiority with 49-41 win of West Division leader Renaissance on Saturday at Detroit Western, part of the DPS makeup games that were cancelled a few weeks ago due to the recent snow storms in Southeast Michigan.

It was a traditional PSL retro slugfest between the Jungaleers and Renaissance, with only 17 points being scored in the first quarter alone, and even more surprising than that, the first bucket of the 2nd quarter didn’t come until the 4:25 mark.  Recent Florida A&M offeree Leonard Harper-Baker paced SE in the first half with 7 points, including a buzzer beating three to give the Jungaleers a 16-15 halftime advantage.

In the second half, the only time Reniassance would lead for the rest of the game would be when they held a 20-17 advantage with 4:34 left in the third.  A key part for the Phoenix in gaining the lead was the play of star sophomore guard Justin Turner.  Turner was man amongst boys in the half-court set, he hit a few contested three-pointers, had his mid-range game working, and finished through contact at the rim for a couple of and-one opportunities.  Turner led Renaissance in scoring with a game high 26 points, with 10 coming in the third quarter alone, and was a solid defender all game long coming away with four steals.

The closest Renaissance would get in the fourth quarter would be a 30-28 defect with 7:00 left to go in the final period.  But Southeastern’s tradition man-to-man defense did just enough to slow down Turner, limiting him to only seven points, and coasting to the victory via the charity stripe.

Southeastern’s season started out 0-5, but have climbed back to over .500 who are now guaranteed at least a share of the East Division title, and can lock the division up outright with a win at Detroit Douglass on Tuesday.  Also, Southeastern is now guaranteed the number one seed in the PSL playoffs that start next Friday. The difference in the December version’s of Southeastern and the Southeastern of January with wins coming over Cass Tech, Pershing, and Renaissance this week has been the play of their starting senior forwards and brothers Leonard Harper-Baker and Darryl Bingham.

Harper Baker led SE with 14 points, and eight rebounds, while Bingham chipped in with nine points and seven rebounds.  “It feels very good.” said Bingham after the win vs. Renaissance. “In the Cass and Pershing games, me and my brother (Harper-Baker) had to prove we were better than Cass and Pershing”

Another key in Southeastern’s development as a well-rounded team has been the play of sophomore guard Ean Blackwell.  Ean had some large shoes to fill at the beginning of the season, stepping in for four-year varsity point guard Kenyatta Singleton, who graduated last year.  Senior Darryl Bingham, notes the increased production of Blackwell, has garnered increased success in Southeastern.

“Well he is getting used to playing with large crowds,” Darryl noted, “that was the biggest issue of him, not playing in front of large crowds, I’m proud of him.”

Weekend Recap 5/6/13

6 May

It was a busy weekend this previous weekend as some of Michigan’s last few remaining  unsigned seniors decided on where they will be playing next year.

Sam McClendon 6’0″ Guard (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s)


The Eaglet point guard received interest from low D1 and D2 schools before finally deciding on Mt. Zion Prep in Durham, North Carolina.  It came as a surprise to most because it looked as if Sam was going to decide on a four year school, which will have to wait another year.  Sam will bring toughness, and a floor general to Zion who could have a very good prep season next year.



Clark Bishop 6’0″ Combo Guard (Detroit Renaissance)


The 1,000 point career scorer held a few D2 offers before heading on a visit to Florida Atlantic last weekend.  And on that visit it was decided Clark will become an Owl.  Bishop will be reuniting with former AAU teammate and fellow Detroit Public School League standout, D’Andre Johnson, “It’s going to be a blast to play with my former teammate/high school rival,” Clark said of the duo reuniting.   Clark is a hard nosed defender on the defensive end, but can light you up on the offensive end as well.  Solid jump shot, finishes at the rim and very dangerous in transition are all skills Clark will be bringing to FAU.  “I picked FAU because of the coaching staff,” said Bishop, “Coach Jarvis really made me feel at home.”


Jalen Adams 6’4″ Wing Guard (Saginaw Arthur Hill)


When the opportunity to play D1, take it.  That is what St. Bonaventure commit Jalen Adams did this weekend when he committed to play for the Bonnies.  Similar to Clark, Jalen took a visit this weekend and fell in love with the school, “The environment and I connect with the players and the education,” were reasons for the commitment according to Jalen.  Adams is hands down one of the best and electrifying athletes in the state.  The guy is reported to have a 40 inch vertical allowing him to explode out of the gym.  Jalen uses that athleticism not only for dunks, but rebounds as well.  Don’t forget other aspects of his offensive game.  Jalen finishes at the rim and is not afraid of contact, and gets by defenders with a nice spin move.  Working on a consistent perimeter jump shot game will be a key for him this summer.  Adams told me that he expects to play more of a two guard role this coming season.


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