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Following in His Brother’s Footsteps. Romulus’ Kris Clyburn

12 May

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Every year, the Romulus Eagles always have Division One college talent.  This year, it was a quartet of seniors, Jalon Plummer [Youngstown State], Leo Edwards [Louisiana Tech], Wes Clark [Missouri], and E.C. Matthews [Rhode Island].  In years past, the school has produced Ray Lee [C/O 2012 Eastern Michigan] and Justin Moss [C/O 2011 Toledo].  With all this talent comes great success!  The Romulus Eagles make it to the State Championships at the Breslin Center just about every year and this year 2013, the team captured its first state title since 1986 defeating Detroit Southeastern in the championship game.  However, there is something more than basketball at Romulus.  It’s the life lessons; such as hard work and perseverance that are instilled in the players by the Romulus coaches.  And this has had an impact on the lives of a pair of two brothers, Will and Kris Clyburn.

Going back a couple of years, Will Clyburn was a member of the 2008 class at Romulus High School.  Will Clyburn was often overlooked when scouts came into the building to watch Romulus compete, even though he averaged double-figures scoring wise each game that season.  And at the end of his senior season, Will only received one offer, from Marshalltown Community College in Iowa.  He made the best of it by working hard, a thing that Will admits to not accomplishing in the early stages of his high school career.  Will ultimately received a scholarship after two years at Marshalltown to attend the University of Utah for the 2010-2011 season.  Will had a tremendous season for the Utes!  He averaged 17 points a game  and hauled down 8 rebounds per game.  After the season ended, Will decided to transfer and sit out a year in order to play at Iowa State.  Will came back better than ever when he was allowed to play for the Cyclones.  Although his scoring went down, Clyburn was a vital contributor toward leading Iowa State to an at-large birth in the 2013 NCAA tournament.  And far as the draft goes, Will is projected by many to be a late second round selection.

Will’s pathway to college has not been easy.  But his example has taught many athletes that when you work hard, great things can be achieved.  Will is a role model to his younger brother, Kris, a rising senior at Romulus High School who competes for the Michigan Warriors AAU team.  One major thing Kris admires of his older brother is his work ethic.  “When he got to college, he worked even harder because he felt like he should prove [something to ] everybody that doubted him wrong,” said Kris whose plans include, “For the offseason, I need to live in the gym.”  The two, according to Kris, are mirror images of each other on the court, acknowledging that both are very versatile and do all the intangibles, the only thing differing is that Will is right handed.

Kris is yet to receive an offer, but has various D1 schools showing interest.  Kris can look up to Will’s arduous recruiting process for guidance during a difficult time for a any high school basketball player.  “I know what I need to do and expect to try and be a successful college basketball player,” says Kris.  Of goals he has set for the AAU season, one that will make anybody affiliated with the Romulus High School basketball team happy, is that he is going to “Practice on bringing home hardware,” for the Michigan Warriors this Summer, “because we plan on winning another State TItle [for Romulus] this year.”  A goal that can only be accomplished by hard work.  A task that is not unfamiliar to the Clyburn brothers.

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Interview with Jalon Plummer

3 Mar

Romulus wing man Jalon Plummer is the x factor for the Eagles this year.  Teams know about E.C. Matthews, Wes Clark, and Leo Edwards.  But the name that is forgotten is Plummer.  He has had multiple 20 point games this year.  Including 24 on the road against Country Day, and 25 earlier in the season against Chicago Seton Academy.  Jalon brings another shooter into the lineup for Romulus, as he contains one of the most prettiest three-point shots in the area.  Plummer is working on his ability to create offense for himself.  Might be going D1 if he did not sustaine a back injury last year which kept him out a significant portion of the season.  So far, many D2 GLIAC schools have showed interest in him.

Romulus vs. Saginaw Recap

1 Mar

Romulus 93 vs. Saginaw 63- The Saginaw Trojans came down I-75 looking to avoid the fate of their fellow city’s high school team, the Arthur Hill Lumberjacks, who lost to Romulus earlier in February.  And things looked relatively good for the Trojans in the first half.  Surviving a 9-3 Romulus run during the first three minutes of the game to come back and only trail by two at the end of one.  Things changed for the Trojans in the second.  They went from playing teams basketball, to a bunch of guys it seemed trying to stuff their own stat sheet.  Romulus went on a 8-0 run to start the quarter and eventually got into the lockeroom leading by a margin of 42-19.  Giving Romulus the ability to cruise to their regular season ending victory.  Even the subs for the Eagles seemed to have outplayed the starters for Saginaw.

Notes

For Romulus, Wes Clark had 15 points and fellow senior E.C. Matthews had 26 himself.  Jalon Plummer also added 13 for Romulus and three three-pointers.  Kenyon Addison led Saginaw with 22 total points, and Jerry Smith tallied 19 for the Trojans.  Leo Edwards grabbed down 10 rebounds for Romulus, and did a nice job defensively against freshmen sensation Al Eichelberger for Saginaw.  I though coming into this game, Romulus would have a tough time guarding the two big men for Saginaw, Al and Joe Powell.  Powell was unnoticeable the entire game, and Al never dominated the way he is used to this season.

Romulus 82 Saginaw Arthur Hill 71 Recap

9 Feb

The Saginaw Arthur Hill Lumberjacks traveled down I-75 to square off with fellow top 5 ranking mate Romulus in what appeared to be a game to answer a few questions for fans before the start of the MHSAA tournament in a few weeks.  The Eagles came out jumping on Arthur Hill, protecting their home court.  Leading 24-13 after the first quarter with E.C. Matthews scoring 5 points and fellow senior Jalon Plummer adding 6.  In the second quarter, the pace of the game changed from that of a slow methodical game, into that of  track meet.  Romulus still hung onto the lead at 37-28 going into the half.  In the third quarter is where Romulus started to get some separation.  Romulus outscored Saginaw 23-10 in that quarter giving them a 60-38 game going into the fourth.  And in that final quarter, Saginaw would cut the lead down to at the most ten, but were never able to respond.  Allowing Romulus to get the win.

Notes

Romulus has one of the best finishers in the area in E.C. Matthews.  You talk about going at the rim hard, that is what Matthews does.  He has nice body control when going into the lane, and has an assortment of different finishing moves he can use around the rim.  For the Lumberjacks, they might want to think about adding another scorer or two.  Because I don’t think they will go very far in the state playoffs if 58 of their 71 total points are scored by two guy in Jalen Adams and Eric Davis.  Adams with 28 and Davis with 30.  I saw Eric play earlier in the year and thought that he was just a shooter.  Well today he was different, he took defenders off the dribble to the basket and finished at the rim strong, converting on several and-ones.  He also of capable of running the fast break and dishing out a few assists.  Adams stepped up his play today.  The long athletic wing showed that he is quite the rebounder down low, while also scoring 28.

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