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9/1-9/8 Recap

8 Sep

Walker Picks Kent State

Romulus 6’2″ shooting guard Jaylin Walker picked his college destination last week, deciding on the Golden Flashes of Kent State.  Walker’s lone offer he picked up during the Spring Evaluation Period, Jaylin was receiving interest across the MAC, A10, and even a few Big Ten Schools.  Walker is known for his athleticism.  His dunks have brought fans to their feet during Summer League and AAU only months ago.  But he’s also a quality shooter from three-point land with his feet set, with the capability to heat up quickly.  Still improving with ball skills, Walker overall is never going to back-down from anybody on either side of the court, and plays with a flare to his game.  With a big senior season for the Eagles, is Walker a dark horse in the Mr. Basketball voting?

Derek Murphy with GLIAC Offer Number 3

Warren Mott’s Derek Murphy now has Grand Valley, Ferris State, and Lake Superior State offers before his senior campaign starts.  He plans to take a few unofficial visits in the upcoming weeks, and is also gaining interest from some mid-major schools in the great lakes region.  A versatile 6’4″ wing, Murphy has the size and skill to exceed at the next level.  He’s a scorer that excels getting to the basket and either finishing or getting to the free-throw line.  Derek can also rebound the ball well for his position, and still working on a consistent perimeter outside jump shot.

Couple Big Time Visitors

Trevor Manuel took an official visit to Oregon for the football game vs. Michigan State, Henry Ford senior wing Josh Davis took a visit over the weekend to Western Michigan, and Grand Rapids Christian 2015 guard Deleon Brown took his official visit to Kent State.

Notable Transfers

Anthony Johnson, a 6’5″ wing 2016 wing formerly of Flint Beecher, has transferred down I-75 to Detroit Southeastern.  Adding depth to a team in need of impact players with the departure of a coach and two do it all seniors.

The ninth out-of-state transfer to hit Michigan was Romulus 6’4″ guard Blake Furcron to Elyria High School in Ohio after impressive showings at the Romulus Summer League.


Pre-season Class of 2017 Rankings

11 Nov

images-6The future of Michigan basketball is here.  The class of 2017 already holds two players with mid and high major offers, Brian Bowen and Jermaine Jackson, but overall, the class is loaded with talent.  From the Motor City, all the way to the western part of the state, Michigan’s incoming freshmen are ready to start their high school careers off with a force this upcoming season.

1. Brain Bowen 6’5″ SF Saginaw Arthur Hill

2. Jermaine Jackson 5’6″ PG Mt. Clemens

3. William Weems 6’7″ SF Detroit Western

4.  Xavier Tillman 6’5″ SF Forest Hills Central

5. Donatus Eke 6’9″ C University of Detroit Jesuit

6. Armonee Felder 5’9″ PG Detroit Pershing

7. Donnie Tillman 6’5″ SF Detroit Cass Tech

8. Jack Ballantyne 6’5″ SF Warren De La Salle

9. Brock Washington 6’3″ SG Southfield Christian

10.Jaron Faulds 6’8″ PF Holt

11. Isaiah Livers 6’5″ SF Kalamazoo Central

12. Qua Southward 5’9″ PG Saginaw High School

13. Christian Rodriguez 5’8″ PG Wyoming Godwin Heights

14. Dylan Anderson 6’3″ combo guard Davidson

15. Elijah Smith 6’5″ SF Detroit Loyola

16. Michael Gregory 6’8″ SF/PF University of Detroit Jesuit

17. Keion Epps 6’3″ guard Detroit Douglass

18. Marlin Talley 5’8″ PG Ecorse

19. Amauri Hardy 6’3″ PG Southfield

20. Evan Tebay 5’9″ SG Detroit Catholic Central

21. Ben Spiker 6’4″ guard Clarkston

22. D.J. Swift 5’6″ PG Lansing Waverly

23. Matt Beachler 6’1″ PG Lowell

24. Ross Koella 6’5″ SF Grand Haven

25. Zack Nieuwkoop 6’5″ SF Wayland

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Pre-season Class of 2016 Rankings

9 Nov

images-5Arguable one of the best classes to come out of Michigan ever, the class of 2016 is ready to make an impact on the 2013-2014 MHSAA basketball season.  The class is led by consensus number one player in 2016, Josh Jackson, however, if one word can sum up 2016 in Michigan it is depth.  The class is loaded all the way down with some of the best shooters, passers, and slashers in the state.  Interest and offers from colleges are sure to increase with this group for the upcoming season.

1. Josh Jackson 6’6″ SF Detroit Consortium

2. Cassius Winston 6’0″ PG University of Detroit Jesuit

3. Algevon Eichelberger 6’7″ PF Saginaw High School

4. Devon Daniels 6’4″ SG Kalamazoo Central

5. Corey Allen 6’1″ PG Ypsilanti

6. Kelvon Fuller 6’7″ PF Oak Park

7. Austin Davis 6’9″ Center Onstead

8. Tristan Jackson 6’2″ combo guard West Bloomfield

9. D’Angelo Hanbro 5’11” PG Romulus

10. Marlo Brown 6’5″ SF Southfield Christian

11. Brailen Neely 5’8″ PG Detroit Western International

12. James Towns 6’1″ PG Detroit Henry Ford

13. Kyle Woodruff 6’2″ PG Holly

14. Justin Turner 6’2″ combo guard Detroit Renaissance

15. Michael Peterson 6’6″ SF Rockford

16. Aquavius Burks 6’3″ SG Flint Beecher

17. Kamari Newman 6’3″ combo guard East English Village Prep

18. Shae Somers 5’9″ PG Elk Rapids

19. Kevin Mckay 6’4″ SG Warren De La Salle

20. William Deuparo 5’9″ PG Lincoln Park

21. Gage Kreski 6’3″ SG St. Ignace

22. Jalen Marin 6’2″ SG Harper Woods Chandler Park

23. Ty Groce 6’4″ SF Ypsilanti Lincoln

24. Karim Murray 6’2″ combo guard Detroit Western International

25. Billy Thomas 5’11” PG University of Detroit Jesuit

26. Cedric Lattimore 6’5″ SF East English Village Prep

27. Quinn Erway 6’2″ SG Saginaw Heritage

28. Tony Poljan 6’7″ forward Lansing Catholic Central

29. Kyree Boyton 5’9″ combo guard Detroit Western International

30. Javon Lawrence 6’5″ SF Melvindale

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C/0 2014 Point Guards to Watch this Summer 2013

17 Apr

Edmond Sumner 6’3″ (Detroit Country Day)- Probably the fastest guard in the state.  Edmond has the ability to score at will against opponents, which most of the time is getting around them and getting to the basket.  Do not let him get the first step on you, buy then it is just about over.

Keyon Addison 6’0″ (Saginaw)– One of the best on ball defenders in the class. Addison is a true menace on the defensive side of the ball.  Makes it hard to breath if you are playing offense.  Not a slouch on the offensive end as well.  Good driving abilities allow himself to get to the line.

Darsean Woodson 5’8″ (Detroit Pershing)– Short but quick point guard that excels in the open floor.  Capable of hitting the kick-back jump shot from the post. Will get a turn to have the ball in his hands much more this summer than when he did playing for his high school team.

Evan Kraatz 5’10” (Allen Park Inter-City Baptist)– Already Baptist’s leading scorer in school history.  Kraatz has one of the best pull-up jump shots in the area to go along with a solid catch-and-shoot game. Knows how to create offense for himself.  Was relied on so much this season to put the ball in the basket that true point guard skills were never tested.

D.J. Lazarus 5’9″ (Macomb Dakota)– Not the quickest of guards out there, but what D.J. makes up for that is his shooting ability.  Do not let this man get into a rhythm from beyond the arch, because if he does, you will be in for a long night. Excels in ball screens coming around a screener and pulling up for a jump shot.  Which ultimately opens up other aspects of his game which is penetration.

Updated Unsigned Senior Rankings

3 Apr

The top unsigned seniors in the Metro Detroit area who are yet to commit to a school.  The rankings are in no particular order.

Lorenzo Bonam 6’4″ point guard (Robichaud)- Big strong, physical point guard who uses his strength to get into the lane to score and create for teammates.  Many mid-major schools have shown interest.

Clark Bishop 6’0″ combo guard (Renaissance)- One of most athletic guards in the State of Michigan.  Not only brings the ability to score the basketball on offense, but brings a tough defender to the table as well.  Has a few GLIAC offers and mid-major interest.

Martez Walker 6’5″ wing (Pershing)- A long and lengthy build, Martez seems to find about any way to get the ball in the basket.  One of the best volume shooters in the state.  Effective coming off screens.  Not to bad a finisher in the lane.  Plays with emotion and feeds off the crowd when things are going well for his team.  Solid division one prospect with offers coming from the likes of Iowa State, Providence, Nebraska, and Temple just to name a few.

Jalen Adams 6’3” wing  (Saginaw Arthur Hill)- A highlight is on the horizon whenever Adams takes flight.  Let him get into the air and you are sure to be on SportsCenter’s top 10 plays the next day.

Jalon Plummer 6’4″ wing (Romulus)- Deadly three-point shooter when he gets his feet set.  Put him on the court with a point guard who can distribute and you got yourself and unstoppable duo.  Offers include Northern Illinois, Youngstown State, and soon to be Toledo.

Tarron Ramsey 6’5″ wing (Melvindale ABT)- Ramsey plays bigger than his size would indicate.  Has a nice body to be able to take a pounding playing inside with larger players.  A high energy type of player who could exceed at a low-major or high D2 type of school.

Kyle Steward 6’7″ power forward (Cass Tech)- Another athlete.  Steward has the ability to defend a forward or a guard on the court.  Needs to develop either a mid-range game or a back to the basket set of moves.  Offers are coming from Cleveland State and Jacksonville.

Romondo Ray 6’8″ power forward (Detroit Western)- Need a rebounder?  Bring in Romondo.  He will get you second maybe even third chances when it comes to offensive rebounding.  When it comes to offense, Ray is raw in many areas.  If given the time to work on his skills, Ray can become a legitimate forward.  Best fit for him, D2.

Miroslav Jaskic 6’10” Center (Walled Lake Western)- Hands down one of the most dominant front court players in the state.  It is pick you poison with Miroslav.  He can either go inside or hit the free-throw line jumper.  Plays with energy and emotion.  A legitimate mid to high major prospect.

Jerrell Martin 6’6″ forward (Detroit Community)- What Martin lacks in size he makes up for in toughness.  Makes you think twice about coming down the lane to put up a shot.  Solid student in the classroom as well.  Needs to develop a consistent offensive game.  A D2 prospect.

Markell Bradshaw 6’0″ point guard (Saginaw)- Undeniably the leader of the Saginaw Trojans.  A smart floor general, Bradshaw knows how to get into the lane either to create for himself or other teammates.  Excels in the open floor when in transition, pretty good finisher at the rim.  Not to bad a student, named salutatorian of his graduating class.  High D2 to low-major type of player.

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