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Mayor’s Notebook: Owens Jamboree Recap

15 Oct

First off, I would like to extend a gracious thanks to Owens coaches Keith Raine and Dave Clarke for the invite.  It was chow time for this hoop junkie in more ways than one.  Four courts of competitive games for six-plus hours, it was time to eat.

Top Teams

Schoolcraft- This squad was loaded last year and enjoyed a deep playoff run, finishing sixth in the national tournament.  The new-look Ocelots have several new faces for head man Abe Mashhour and his line of all-star assistants Mike Allie and Corey McKendry.  One key to their success was the up-tempo style, which was a lot of fun to watch.  What will be the Ocelots’ keys to success this year?

Owens- The Express added a great deal of size especially, on the wings with Charles Penn 6-7, Brain Walker 6-6, Xavier Cochran 6-6, and Derrik Jamerson 6-5.   Coach Clarke will have plenty of match-up problems this winter.

Mott- Not the tallest team in attendance, but Coach Schmidt year after year has scrappy guards that will guard the length of the court.  Lorenzo Collier, Diandre Wilson, and St. Bonaventure transfer Jalen Adams will be a solid trio this season.



Jordan Blount

Jordan Blount Spire Academy Geneva, Ohio 6-7 Wing- Jordan is in his first year of post-grad ball.  Originally from Ireland, Blount is an excellent passer with good court-vision.  He continually knocked down open threes and his hustle was infectious to his teammates.  Blount recently visited Valparaiso, and has interest from Georgia Tech, Toledo, Baylor, and Ole Miss.


Lorenzo Collier

Lorenzo Collier Mott 6-4 Guard- Can get end to end in a heartbeat.  Finished well after contact on his way to rack. A low-major steal with upside as he continues to progress his guard skills.

Derrik Jamerson Owens 6-5 Wing- Michigan knows this kid is a knock-down three-point specialist, but the Owens staff has made it a point to round out Jamerson’s game.  His foot-work and laterally speed has greatly improved, and he showed signs of scoring not solely with the three.  Holds an IPFW offer with more on the way.


Diandre Wilson

Diandre Wilson Mott 6-3 Guard- Must be pretty good to come all the way to Flint via Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Consistently made tough shot after contested shot with numerous defenders draped on him in the lane and at the rim.  Division one talent and attitude schools want in a scoring lead-guard.

Dilyn Good Owens 6-9 Power Forward- Good is a sophomore, and at the community college level that usually indicates a veteran.  And with so many freshman and first year players on Owens Good played with poise and control.  He projects as a stretch-four at the moment as he did work on the outside, but strong enough to bang with bulkier opponents.  Understands spacing and where to be on the floor.


R.J. Coil

R.J. Coil Schoolcraft 6-9 Center- “I need a big” was the common theme out of most of the coaches present at the jamboree.  Mr. Coil is not short of 6-9, and he is no stick by any means.  Really active on the glass and did a good job scoring on put-backs without plays called for him.  Red-shirted a season ago at Marist.


Kash Blackwell

Kash “Money” Blackwell Cuyahoga CC 6-4 Guard- Mr. Kash has definitely got some dog in his game.  Soild scorer with a good mid-range feel.  Hit the glass well from the guard spot as well.

Ja'Christian Biles

Ja’Christian Biles

Ja’ Christian “Rocket Man” Biles 6-3 Schoolcraft Guard- “Rocket Man” can definitely fly.  However, he had his outside game on display Sunday nailing the threes consistently with his pure stroke. This makes him a really tough cover because he can make you the THAT GUY underneath the basket in his highlight reel.  Mid-major plus no doubt.  Love his motor and energy on both ends of the court.

Bryan Collins 5-10 Schoolcraft Guard- Lito Booth has departed Schoolcraft after one season.  Collins will more than likely fill the role left by Booth as lead point guard and pressure defender.  With teams opting to focus attention on Biles, Collins will get a good amount of open looks this year.  He made more than he missed on Sunday.

Xavier Cochran

Xavier Cochran

Xavier “X” Cochran 6-5 Owens Wing- Recently picked up an offer from Bethune-Cookman.  More are on the way with some added development and seasoning in a college program.  A little streaky on the day, but the upside is there as a wing with size that can handle and score.

Other Strong Performers On The Day

Keion Farrington Mott 6-5 Forward

Tyrese Searles Owens 6-3 Point Guard

James Kodet Lansing 6-4 Forward

Charles Penn Owens 6-7 Forward

Contributed by Adam Troia



Owens Community College Midwest JuCo Jamboree Recap

13 Oct

OCC136ElectricE divideThe second annual Owens Community College Jamboree is one of the premier exposure opportunities in the midwest for JUCO talent.  Teams from Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Pennsylvania were all in attendance, and made for a great day of college hoops.

Tre’Vion Crews 6’1″ Point Guard Jackson College

Crews set the tempo all day long for Jackson.  He is a unique combination of size, speed, and athleticism at the guard position.  Crews can run the show when needed, with a strong handle, court vision, passing ability and quickness to attack the lane and find teammates.  However, he can score as well, finishing around the basket, and hit a few mid-range and three pointers on the day.  Tre’Vion was also very active on the defensive end, he anticipated passes well leading to easy scoring opportunities for Jackson on the break, and also applied good on-ball pressure on opponents.

Schoolcraft Loaded With Talent

It was a tough day for Schoolcraft, going 1-2 on the day, which is expected of a team only being together for roughly a few months.  However, the Ocelots showed flashes at times of a promising future.  The man who caught the attention of all the collegiate coaches in attendance was Oak Park 2014 graduate Ja’Christian Biles.  At 6’1″ Biles is an electric above the rim finisher who brought down several high-flying dunks on the day.  A high-volume perimeter scorer, Biles will pair nicely with 6’2″ sophomore guard Lorenzo Collier, Collier hit a few threes on the day, and should develop into a solid scorer as the season progresses.

Up front for Schoolcraft, 6’8″ forward Anthony Wartley-Fritz was a pleasant surprise.  Big Wart looked more comfortable and in control with his back to the basket on the low block, with improved footwork for the 2014 Taylor Truman Cougar.  He’s isn’t going to jump out of the gym, but the athleticism of the team up front will be left up to 6’8″ +s Kaion Seales and James Pruitt, the three are still building rebounding and defensively chemistry, but will be tough to handle the day they figure it out.

Owens Express Talented Again

The host school did not disappoint with three solid performances on the day.  At times, Owens looked like they could challenge a quality D2 program at the very least.  5’7″ sophomore point guard Shaakir Lindsay is hard to find on the court, he’s a pass first point guard combined with a speedy handle that can spot teammates in drive and dish situations.  6’4″ wing guard John Murray complements Lindsay as a reliable go to scorer with playmaking ability on the perimeter.  His length, and size make Murray a potentially promising 1-on-1 defender.

Down low for Owens, the Express have 6’7″ forward Kenny Jones.  Jones is stuck in the proverbial “tweener” category.  Regardless, few at the Jamboree produced better than Jones in the paint.  Kenny was able to rebound against taller and stronger opponents, challenge shots, run the floor and push the ball up the court like the guard, and throw down some wicked dunks.  Jones was tracked by a multitude of coaches on the day’s action.

Delta College a Sleeper in Michigan

First year head coach Kyle Blackbourn has made upgrades to the Pioneers program.  Delta played with a chip on their shoulder the whole day, playing stifling defense, getting on the floor for balls, and feeding off of each teammate’s individual performances leading to a 3-0 performance at the Jamboree.  Delta is solid all around the court.  6’1″ freshman Markel Bradshaw comes from a winning high school program in Saginaw High, so it’s almost a given Bradshaw is going to play with passion and confidence any time he’s running point guard for Delta.  6’2″ off-guard Julian Henderson gives Delta a perimeter scorer with slashing potential, Justin Person can handle the ball a bit, but hit some threes off the bounce on the day.  6’7″ sophomore Chris Chrzan gives the Pioneers a stretch-four potential, 6’5″ Travon Cotton brings toughness as an undersized power forward, and 6’1″ Davian Phillips and 6’5″ Gabe Blalock gave Delta quality minutes off the bench.  If Delta continues to improve in the pre-season, the Pioneers are interesting contenders in the MCCAA conference this season.

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