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Taylor Kennedy’s Andia Marsh Enjoying Early Season Success

24 Dec

DT Andia Marsh and Foster-MOne goal every high school basketball player sets is to reach 1,000 career points.  To reach this goal, most players would have to play three if not four years of varsity basketball.  Taylor Kennedy senior guard Andia Marsh has not only received significant playing time since a freshman, he has only raised his scoring totals each of year of high school.  From 11 points per game as a 9th grader, to 15 sophomore year, last season with 17 points per game, and eventually this season averaging 27 points through four games, culminating in reaching the 1,000 point club in a game against Detroit Community at the Romulus Winners’ Circle Classic.

“It feels great to know that all my long nights and early mornings in the gym have payed off and is being recognized, it’s an honor,” Marsh had to say.

“But without my coaches and teammates it would have been impossible.”

Kennedy is a member of the Downriver League.  The general perception of the league is as of a football conference, in fact, the league has never won a basketball state championship.  Marsh is aware the league doesn’t have the strongest competition in the state, but has produced players that can compete with anyone in the country.  In particular, Marsh points to ’14 Taylor Truman graduate Aaron Foster-Smith, and Kennedy alums Aaron Hayes and Breland Hogan as players he looks up to.  Foster-Smith is currently a freshman at U of D Mercy, Hayes is at Grand Valley State, while Hogan is enjoying a professional playing career in Europe.

The reputation for Marsh is a fearless competitor, and his play style resembles the worth ethic instilled to him by his parents and coaches.  At 6’2″185 pounds, Marsh has pleasure in using his size to physically assert his will to the basket.  He never backdowns from contact, but also exerts a high basketball IQ, and has developed into a quality on-ball defender.  Not only has his scoring picked up each year, as a point guard, Marsh also has raised his assists per game each year as well.  After one as a freshman, two sophomore year, five junior year, Marsh has been averaging nearly seven assists through the early portion of senior year, coinciding with scoring performances  of 35, 32, and 28 respectively.

Call him cocky, but Andia is one confident kid.  He views himself as a top ten player in Michigan’s 2015 class.  Marsh is motivated by many overlooking and underrating his talents.  Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, and U of D Mercy are a few schools he is considering at the moment.  Marsh doesn’t have any favorites he mentioned, he’s just fueled to become a college basket ball player.  He wants a comfortable place where he can achieve his academic goals and graduate with a four year degree, and then focus on basketball.  However, in ten years, Marsh still envisions himself playing the game he loves on some platform.

“I know I have what it takes to play in the NBA, and if not over seas.” Marsh stated.  “I know the chances of paying in the NBA are slim to none, but I believe in my work ethic my parents installed in me as a kid.”

“I know  the work and competition only gets harder, but I’m ready to take on that challenge and fulfill my dreams.”

His junior year, Kennedy went over .500 for the first time in Marsh’s career.  The taste of success has spurred Marsh to set lofty goals for his final high school career.  First, he wants to win a state championship, second, he wants to be known as the best player to ever graduate from Kennedy, and third, Marsh believes he can and is worthy of receiving the coveted Mr. Basketball Award.  To accomplish these feats, Marsh is thankful to the individuals who have shaped him into the person and player he is today.

“My parents, my AAU teammates, my high school teammates, all all my coaches from Michigan United to Taylor Kennedy.”

“I want to thank every that believes and support me, I will keep working hard to achieve greatness no matter what it takes.”


Ypsilanti Guard Ray’Jon Williams-Jackson Profile

20 Jun


  • Height, Weight, and position?

6’1    ,   175  ,    combo guard

  • High School, Summer team and Graduation Year?

Dearborn Heights Robichaud , Michigan United Elite , 2016

  • Players you try to model your game after?

                     Isiah Thomas and Marcus Smart

  • Important Stats

                    9.6 ppg 3.2 apg 8 rpg 2 spg 2 charges per game

  • Most memorable game in your career so far?

Against Detroit Northwestern 20 points 10 rebounds 8 assist took 4 charges .

How did this past high school season go for you and your team?

It was a shaky start but we got it together towards the end of the year lost in the second round of districts to River Rouge .

  • Colleges that you would like to attend?

                      Iowa State , Oklahoma State , University of Michigan

  • Colleges that have shown interest in you so far?

Central Michigan ,Albany , U of D Mercy

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

                       I’m willing to do whatever it takes and I look to create for others first .

  • Strengths and areas you are improving in?

                       Strengths Ball handling , creating for others , getting in the paint with ease

                       Improving Shooting , finishing with contact , pull up jumper  

  • Goals for the upcoming AAU season?

                  To become a better leader and shooter .

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

                 Being the anchor and leader on and off the court .

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

                 A scrappy guard who will do anything to get the job done .

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

                Whatever college has my major , also rich college tradition , do I fit in the program , people around me on the team .

  • Most influential person in your life? Why?

                 My mother because she pushes me when nobody else does , she knows when I’m settling and I can go talk to her about anything .

  • Legacy you want to leave at your school?

                   A student that you should not only try to model your game after but a student that had grades and the work ethic in the classroom .

  • Where do you see yourself in 15 years?

                   I see myself playing professionally or becoming a personal trainer to help kids out to make it to the next level .

  • Highlight Tape

                Early Season highlights   

  • Fun/ interesting fact about you?

                 Great personality , fun to talk with , smart guy , play football also

  • Awards, Accomplishments, other comments?

                 National Honor Society , All league , All area , spirit award , leadership award

  • Academic Information

                  3.1 gpa             

  • Contact Information

            My phone number (313 ) 718-5426

High School Coach Number (313) 598-0628 Vernon Crump

AAU Coach Number (734) 658-7430  Coach Mac

Chicago Classic Recap

26 May

chicagoclassiclogo-10700The Chicago Classic is always one of the top Spring AAU tournaments towards the end of the circuit.  Here is a look at a few Michigan players that stood out over the weekend.

Ty Groce 6’6″ wing Michigan United 16u (Ypsilanti Lincoln)– Groce is a athletic, long, and skilled versatile wing for Michigan United.  He came alive in United’s second pool play game vs. Kessel Heat.  Groce showed off his range from the perimeter, hitting a couple threes off the kick-back from the posts.  Ty was also able to score inside, using his length to get putbacks on the offensive side of the glass.  Overall, Groce can handle to ball well for his size, have the IQ and unselfishness to run the point guard position and get others involved, and shut down positions 1-3 on defense.

Mike Bruce 6’2″ point guard Michigan United 16u (Belleville)– Bruce is quite the unknown prospect for guards in Michigan’s 2016 class, but if he continues the production he had at the Chicago Classic, he will no doubt draw college attention in the month of July.  Bruce was full of energy throughout the tournament.  He’s a strong ball handler with either hand that allows him to attack the lane and create for either himself or teammates.  But when opponents started to sag off him, he showed a good mid-range pull-up jump shot from the elbow.  On defense, he’s a good defender, with length that causes problems for guards with a weak handle.

Rashaan Pope 6’5″ wing Michigan United 16u (Belleville)– Like his teammate Bruce, Pope is still a relatively unknown prospect for Michigan’s 2016 class.  Regardless, Pope was still one of the best wing guards at the Chicago Classic over the weekend.  At 6’5″, Rashaan showed a unique skill set to his game that will one day transition well to the college. Pope with his size, length, and ball handling can create his own shot at any point of the game.  He’s a scorer, Pope loves to attack to lane, and get to rim to draw fouls.  Very good isolation player on offense, variety of moves and counter moves to beat his defender.

Donnie Tillman 6’5″ power forward Detroit Stars 15u (Cass Tech)– In a highly anticipated contest vs. the Michigan Mustangs with double-digit top 30 prospects for Michigan’s 2017 class, Tillman proved a point in separating himself from the competition.  First off on the most important side of the floor, defense, Tillman drew the tough assignment of containing another highly touted power forward, Xavier Tillman.  Donnie did not mess around with Tillman at all, flustering, and harassing Xavier throughout the game, challenging every shot that wasn’t difficult enough already.  Once Donnie was able to clear the rebound, he showed his versatility with ball handling skills most forwards for his size and body don’t have.  He pushed the ball on the break like a point guard, and attacking the rim in the full court coming up with some impressive athletic finishes at the rim.  But in the half-court set, Donnie was still a problem for defenses to hold.  He can score on the block with post moves around the basket, hit some mid-range elbow shots, and got second-chance points attacking the offensive glass, getting second and third opportunities for his team.  Overall, Donnie played the tournament with great energy on either side of the game, and will only become a greater handful for teams if he continues to grow and develop his body even more.

C.J. Wilson 5’6″ point guard Detroit Stars 15u (Orchard Lake St. Mary’s)- C.J. might be diminutive in size, also weighing in at 140 pounds, but skills and ability are not confined to weight and height.  Also in the game vs. the Mustangs, vs. some of the best young guards in the state, Wilson held up his own and made a name for himself.  Wilson played under control the whole game, he wasn’t relied upon to handle the ball the entire game, but when the opportunity came upon him, Wilson was able to break the Mustang trap and get the ball into the front court and set up the offense.  C.J.also knocked down some big shots for his team down the stretch, including a huge three late in the second half that for all intensive purposes put the dagger in the hopes of the Mustang comeback.  He’s a pass first guard, that got his teammates involved when he was playing more of a off-guard role.  On defense, Wilson was pesky throughout the Star’s Sunday tournament run to the Gold semi-finals, he likes giving opposing guards havoc just bringing the ball up the floor and forcing them out wide in the half-court.  Overall, Wilson competes, and plays with a great poise that will soon start to become apparent in the 2017 class.

Antonio Capaldi 6’5″ wing Michigan Playmakers 17u (Bishop Foley)- Antonio didn’t put together an offensive output he is capable of producing, but made his presence made on the defensive side of the floor this tournament.  With long arms, and quick foot work to get around screens, Capaldi made it tough for perimeter players to create air space and create high-quality shots.  In one game vs. the Wisconsin Playground Warriors, Capaldi drew the tough assignment of guarding Wisconsin commit Brevin Pritzl, and held him to three points, all on free-throws, and no field goals.

Elmelik Martin 6’0″ point guard Michigan Playmakers 17u (Melvindale ABT))– Martin overall had a solid weekend for the Playmakers.  At 6’0″, Martin makes up for the lack of size at the point guard position with extreme quickness and agility.  He’s a blur with the ball in his hands, with killer crossovers and hesitation moves that allow him to drop defenders in their tracks and create opportunities to score from anywhere on the court, he’s especially dangerous in transition. Over the course of the Spring circuit, Martin at times played out of control, forcing turnovers that ultimately hurt his team, not in Chicago.  Martin played with a quick, but not in a hurry mentality, maturing into a true point guard, that ran to pick and roll effectively at times, and looked to get his bigs involved with some creative passes.  A streaky jump shooter, Elmelik showed his range with a couple of three pointers, and high difficulty floaters in the lane.


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