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Saginaw ’13 Graduate Markell Bradshaw Commits To Claflin University

6 Apr

tn7pwrdkbhs3lzjrTwo years ago, Markell Bradshaw adamantly stated his desire was to play division one college basketball.  The then Saginaw High senior had reason to believe so.  He was a member of the Trojan ’12 state championship team, and starting point guard for the ’13 Class A final four team.

According to the NCAA, only 3.4% of all high school basketball players will continue their careers collegiate, and one percent in division one.

Markell had just one scholarship offer following high school, Livingstone College (NC).  Bradshaw had hopes of receiving quality playing time, unfortunately for Markell, he did not achieve his goal.  Markell did not suit for a single game.

“It was hard being under the radar in high school knowing you were good,” Bradshaw said.  “Then going to a D2 and sitting out was hard.  I chose to sit out, but it was still hard not playing and watching everyone you graduated with playing.”

Immediately following his freshman year of college, Markell returned home.  Just in time.

Delta Community College, located in nearby University Center, Michigan, had just hired a new coach, Kyle Blackburn.  Desperate for players, Coach Blackburn reached out to Markell and offered him a spot on the team.

Delta felt like home to Bradshaw.  Blackburn had recently hired Carlos McMath, a long coach of rival Saginaw Arthur Hill on the coaching staff, and Markell’s long-time friend and teammate Julian Henderson, Saginaw ’13, joined Delta after a year at a community college in Illinois.  Given the comfortable environment, Markell thrived.

Bradshaw doubled as the team’s leader in both points-per-game and assists, 15.8 and 4.6 respectively.  He gradually worked his way into the starting lineup as the season progressed, and guided the Pioneers to a 19-13 overall record, and NJCAA District 10 championship game.  Earning MCCAA Eastern first team, and All-Freshman first team honors along the way.

With his success on the court, and in the classroom (he was the salutatorian of his ’13 graduating class), Markell earned and accepted a scholarship with Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

“I decided to go with Clafin due to how the coach (Ricky Jackson) recruited me,” said Bradshaw.  “He showed me a lot of love and we built a relationship, and I am able to walk right in and play.”

Bradshaw is confident as he begins classes at Claflin in the fall the school is the best personal fit for him.  He has grown and changed his perceptions on colleges during his two year journey.  He is thankful for the lessons it has taught him, and has a message for younger athletes who, once like him, were fixated on playing division one.

“Because a lot of them (high school players) go just because it’s D1 and never play.  I learned to go where the coach is going to show you the most love.”  “Guys from D2 get a chance at overseas and the NBA too.”

“If you ball, they will find you.”

Photo Credit: Delta College

Stats as of 2013-2014 NCAA survey.



Interview with Saginaw’s Al Eichelberger at Spiece Run-n-Slam

5 May

Saginaw High’s 2016 forward Algevon Eichelberger has seen both his game and recruiting rise over the last year.  Al updates recruiting, and talks Spring circuit with The Family 16u

Interview with Algevon Eichelberger

27 Jul

It is easy to forget elite players in Michigan’s class of 2016 when they are overshadowed by a top ten nationally ranked player.  However, nobody should ever overlook Saginaw 6’6″ forward Algevon Eichelberger.  Algevon took the state by surprise last year by becoming one of the best shot blockers in Michigan, as a freshman.  Eichelberger has nice footwork and techniques that are unfamiliar for most big men and low post players at such a young age.  He is the definition of a blue collar worker, fighting for rebounds on both sides of the ball until he hears a whistle or has the it.  On the offensive side of the ball, Algevon in AAU has shown soft hands, and improving mobility compared to the high school season.  2-3 more inches in growth would do wonders for Eichelberger and make him a national prospect by the time senior year comes along.

Playoff Preview (part one)

4 Mar

Teams with most to prove

Romulus- The Eagles are full of division one talent.  Which has led them to only one loss this year.  Seniors E.C. Matthews, Leo Edwards, and Wes Clark have all had tremendous seasons.  Now they will have to have  put together a deeps state tournament run if they wish to remembered as the best team out of Romulus.  The Eagles start by hosting their own district, will go to Wyandotte if they make the regionals, and in the quarters, will most likely have to play Pershing, their one loss, for the right to make a return to the Breslin Center.

Pershing- The Doughboys have captured a perfect 20-0 record this season.  And looked even more dominant towards the end of the season once 6’8″ junior forward Justin Tillman returned to the lineup.  The Doughboys will be in the Western District where their most likely be a rematch with Cass Tech in the final.  From that, Pershing will go into the Southfield regional where their biggest competition will be a team they just beat pretty handily, U of D Jesuit.  If all goes to plan, Pershing will get their almost annual playoff rematch with Romulus in quarters at Calihan Hall.

Saginaw- The Trojans came into the year with many expectations coming off a 2011-2012 Class A championship.  But this year and last year are totally different.  Saginaw has talent this year, such as Jerry Smith, Keyon Addison, Julian Henderson, and Al Eichelberger just to name a few.  But the problem for Saginaw is that at times they just don’t play together.  For example, in their 30 point loss to Romulus, they had guys throwing half-court inbounds and trying to play one-on-one.  This will have to be cleaned up if Saginaw wishes just to get out of their district.  Yes I said it!  Saginaw might not get out of their district.  In that district is city cross-town rival Arthur Hill.  A team that they split-the season series with.  It all depends on what Saginaw team shows up.  Because if the team that showed up for the Romulus game come out, a defending state champion will not make it to the regionals.

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