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Mt. Clemens Senior Dorian Armstorng Talks Season So Far

28 Jan

New haven's #11 Joshua Mills and Mt. Clemens' #32 battle for loose ball.The Mt. Clemens Bathers are a perfect 11-0 on the season.  Ranked number one in Class C and top 5 in the state, few too little teams have proved strong enough to challenge the Bathers for an entire game.  The key for Mt. Clemens this year has been their depth at each position on the court.  From Josh McFolley, Tarayle Cate, and Jermaine Jackson Jr. in the the backcourt, to Gerald Blackshear, Charles Penn and Tariiq Jones up front, however, the one player that is the anchor of Mt. Clemens’ system is 6’6″ 205 pound senior forward Dorian Armstrong.

One of two seniors in the starting lineup for Mt. Clemens, Dorian has been a automatic double-double machine so far this season, averaging ten points and 12 rebound a game this year, including a triple-double against Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills with 16 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 blocks.  He notes that his biggest attributes for Mt. Clemens is rebounding, playing defense and bringing constant energy,  but as the only senior of a talented front-court, Armstrong has a special and unique role for his teammates.

“My role is just being a leader and role model for the young guys on the team,” said Dorian, “and just be more vocal.”

Mt. Clemens has finished with a winning record over the past seven seasons, but have enjoyed startling success with the arrival of head coach Jermaine Jackson last season.  Jackson, a high school star at Detroit’s Finney High School and college standout at U of D Mercy, played in the NBA for about seven seasons with the Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks, and Milwaukee Bucks.  In 2012-2013, coach Jackson led the Bathers to a 21-2 record before bowing out to eventually Class C champion Flint Beecher in the regional final.  Jackson’s effect on his players goes far beyond wins and losses on the hardwood, it’s the constant practice for achieving long term success in life that Armstrong appreciates in Jackson.

“He does so much for me and the team, he’s like a father figure to us” said Armstrong.  “He brought a lot of life to the program, especially for me because before he came, going to college to play ball didn’t seem realistic because my skill and talent wasn’t getting seen or noticed, but all that has changed apon his arrival.”

The recruiting process for Dorian started to increase during the summer, when he began to receive interest from schools like Austin Peay and Ferris State in Michigan.  But with his standout play so far this season, the main schools showing interest in Dorian’s abilities include Wayne State, Aquinas University and Siena Heights.  Dorian notes that he has always loved the programs at the University of Michigan, and University of Kentucky, and wants to make his college decision based on qualities of those two successful programs.

“Making a decision would be based off how I like the program, the environment of the school, and just wanting to go to a winning program.”

For now, Dorian can set aside all the recruiting talk, as the Bathers head down the season stretch, looking to gain momentum for what they believe to be a long, and deep playoff run in March.  The team that has been picked to challenge Mt. Clemens in Class C all year has been Detroit Consortium, with 2016 star wing Josh Jackson.  If the two teams handle their business in both district and regional play, the two squads would meet up in the state quarterfinal at West Bloomfield.  However, Armstrong and his teammates don’t listen to the outside world, and want to take this season one day at a time.

“We don’t pay any attention to the talk” said Armstrong, “we just go out and play every game hard and we just play for each other.”

If Mt. Clemens is able to win a state championship this year, it would be the first in the school’s history.  It would also be special for the current group of seniors, who have been through both the thick and thin to get to where they are today.  For Armstrong and his fellow 12th graders,  a state title would be the culmination of a four year long journey that could not end any more satisfying.

“It would mean a lot (a state title)” said Dorian, “not only me but the rest of my teammates and the coaching staff because that’s all we have been working towards the pass two years.”  “All the running, long days or practice, and hard work would finally pay off with us holding that trophy at the end of March, that would mean the world to me.”

Player Profile: Mt. Clemen’s Aaron Gilliam

11 Sep

43302707• Height, Weight, and position?

6 Foot 4, 175 pounds and combo guard.

• High School, Summer team and Graduation Year?

Mt. Clemens High School 2014.
• Players you try to model your game after?
Kobe Bryant and Kyrie Irving.
• Important Stats
Had 50 points sophomore year against Henry Ford.
• Most memorable game in your career so far?
Henry ford sophomore year.
• Colleges that you would like to attend?
Any division 1 university that will take me.
• Colleges that have shown interest in you so far?
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is the only D1 but I have a lot of D2 schools.
• What makes you unique from other players at your position?
I am a big guard that can handle the ball and play the off the ball really well. Also very athletic for a point guard.
• Strengths and areas you are improving in?
Need to get better at everything.  Basketball is a game were everything needs to be great to be dominate.
• How did the offseason go?
Well honestly I have no offseason, I’m in the gym everyday no matter what but it went well during the summer.  I worked on my game everyday and developed a lot. I also got some college interest this summer at camps.
• Goals for the upcoming season?
Definitely a state championship.
• What role do you see your self having this year for your team?
Being a leader on the floor as a senior and being a primary scorer.
• What will a coach be getting out of you at the next level?
He will be getting someone who loves the game and is ready to work and do what ever he needs me to do.
• What will go into your decision about choosing a college?
A school with a great education and good basketball program. Also I want to go to a place were it feels like home.
• Most influential person in your life? Why?
My dad because he has believed in me since day one.  I’m very under the radar and he tells me keep working and your time will come.  I feel this year I will breakout.
• Legacy you want to leave at your school?
First team to win a state championship and to be known as a great person on and off the court.
• Where do you see yourself in 15 years?
Have either played overseas or in the NBA and have a college degree.
• Highlight Tape
• Fun/ interesting fact about you?
I’m very laid back and i like to have fun.
• Awards, Accomplishments, other comments?
District champions 2012, 2013.
• Academic Information
3.0 student.
• Contact Information
jim@aaronscreative.com, aarongilliam27@yahoo.com
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