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Mayor’s Notebook: Jaron Faulds Recaps Big Summer

22 Aug

YOqekVy9_400x400One of the biggest stock risers in July was The Family’s Jaron Faulds.  The Holt big man, standing 6’10,” was a load on the offensive and defensive glasses.   Faulds made major strides on the offensive end of the floor this past grassroots season.   He is now able to knock-down mid-range jumpers consistently, and has a variety of low-post moves.  Due to his stellar play, particularly in the month of July, several schools have taken interest in the rising junior.   Interest from the Big Ten is Michigan, Michigan State, and Purdue. Out of state schools have been Xavier, Clemson, Cornell, Harvard, and St. Louis.  Toledo (offer), Central Michigan, Kent State (offer), and Akron out of the MAC, and Oakland University (offer) out of the Horizon League.  Faulds says Toledo, Kent State, and Oakland are the schools pursuing him the hardest.  Jaron mentions academics will be taken into consideration for his ultimate decision.

Contributed by Al Troia: @altroyhoops

Romulus’ D’Angelo Hansbro Primed for Breakout Junior Campaign

23 Sep

r2ASMon_The pedigree of Romulus’ guards runs deep, from current head coach Jerret Smith (2005), to Wes Clark, and EC Matthews (2013).  For the upcoming 2014-2015 season, senior Jaylin Walker, a Kent State University commit, will garter most of the spotlight.  However, Romulus is also home to a few up and coming rising junior guards, one of which, D’Angelo Hansbro, received his first division one scholarship coming from the Buffalo Bulls.

“It feels great,” Hansbro had to say, ” it’s an honor, it always feel great when it’s your first.”

D’Angelo said Buffalo offered him the scholarship while at a school open gym.  The coach who was in attendance that day has a special connection to the Romulus Eagle program, Nate Oats.  Oats guided the Eagles to the 2012-2013 Class A state title, amassing a 27-1 overall record on the campaign, and over the course of his position as head coach took Romulus to the Breslin Center five times.  While D’Angelo was just a freshman on the undefeated junior varsity team the year Romulus won the state title, he still developed an important relationship with Coach Oats that eventually turned into a college scholarship.

“That’s someone I can always talk to,” Hansbro said of Coach Oats, “when I need anything, we are real close.”

At 5’11”, Hansbro isn’t the ideal size guard for the next level, but there is more than just height that determines the quality of a basketball player.  He’s very crafty with the ball in his hands, a pass first guard, competes with a high basketball IQ, can shoot the three, and a solid on-ball-defender for a guard.  All of which sound like a All-Star who happens to play in the NBA, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, who Hansbro mentions he compares his style of play to.

D’Angelo played 16u travel basektball with The Family Detroit, a Nike sponsored grassroots team.  Traveling across the Midwest during the Spring and Summer, Hansbro said he recieved interest from Akron, Central Michigan, Oakland, Michigan, and Stony Brook.  D’Angelo has no dream school or offer, he only has the goal to become a division one college basketball player.

Hansbro will look for a breakout campaign his second year on varsity this Winter for Romulus.  D’Angelo will crack the starting lineup for the Eagles this year, and will serve as one of the primary ball-handlers and distributors on the team.  The team’s previous season didn’t go exactly as planned, bowing out in the quarterfinals unable to make the trip back to the Breslin Center.  Expectations will once again be high at Romulus this year, even though the team loses four starters from last year’s squad.  D’Angelo was blunt and to the point about his outlook on the season.

“Honestly I think this is the year we win another state championship.”

Trevor Manuel Returns To Michigan

25 Aug

812196After a Summer which saw eight high school players leave the state to pursue their playing careers elsewhere, Michigan finally received an incoming transfer of their own, and one making a return to the Great Lake State in 6’9″ power forward Trevor Manuel.

Manuel, the 89th overall prospect in the upcoming senior class according to 247 Sports, began his high school career at Lansing Sexton, and under head coach Carolton Valentine captured a Class B state title his freshman campaign, and during his sophomore year cemented himself as one of Michigan promising forward prospects averaging 12 points and nine rebounds a game.  Although he will return to Lansing, he will not attend Sexton.  Instead, he will play for cross-town rival Everett, along with three cousins of Manuel who already play for the Vikings.

Trevor decided to attend the athletic powerhouse Oak Hill Academy in the Mouth of Washington, Virginia for his junior campaign, whose alumni range from NBA All-Stars Rajon Rondo and Carmelo Anthony.  But he would later return to Michigan for the AAU campaign, competing for Nike’s The Family of the EYBL Circuit.

Perhaps Manuel’s move to return to the Lansing area indicates the possibility of potentially committing to the Spartans of Michigan State, one of his biggest suitors since Trevor started high school.  Manuel currently has double-digit division one scholarships to continue his career at the college level, including in addition to Michigan State Oregon, Kansas State, North Carolina State, Florida State, and Xavier just to name a few.


Romulus 2018 Guard Rashad Williams’ Player Profile

5 Aug

Fab_Frosh_Camp_Action_LR-1830• Height, Weight, and position?

6’1, 165, Point Guard

• High School, Summer team and Graduation Year?

Romulus High School and The Family. Class of 2018

• Players you try to model your game after?

Kyrie Irving, Stephon Curry,

• Important Stats

22 points, 8 assists, and 8 rebounds

• Most memorable game in your career so far?

Winning the Detroit Public School middle school championship

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

My middle school team won the Detroit Public School championship so it was a great season.

• Colleges that you would like to attend?

Kentucky, UConn, Syracuse, Michigan, University of Detroit, and Arizona

• Colleges that have shown interest in you so far?

University of Detroit-Mercy

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

My ability to stretch the floor with my perimeter shooting and my playmaking abilities.

• Strengths and areas you are improving in?

I’m highly skilled. I dribble, pass, and shoot very well. I’m working to consistently play my hardest. I’m also looking improve my basketball IQ, athleticism, and defensively.

• How did the past AAU season go?

It went pretty well. I feel like I improved throughout the season.

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

I see myself as a playmaker and scorer for Romulus this year.

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

A coachable kid who works hard and who loves being in the gym.

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

The education that they offer, style of play, and what role they would expect me to play, and how well they could get me prepared to play on the next level.

• Most influential person in your life? Why?

My dad. He keeps pushing me and encouraging me to dream big.

• Legacy you want to leave at your school?

I want to win a state championship. I was there when they did it in 2013.

• Where do you see yourself in 15 years?


• Highlight Tape

Video footage available on my website www.rashadwilliams.com

• Fun/ interesting fact about you?

I’m shoot right handed for basketball but I’m left handed with everything else.

• Awards, Accomplishments, other comments?

Ranked Top 100 Nationally by Middle School Elite, Detroit Pal Youth of the Year

• Academic Information

3.4 gpa

• Email?


Detroit Loyola 2018 Guard Pierre Mitchell Player Profile

4 Aug

5171• Height, Weight, and position?

5’10, 155lb, point guard

• High School, Summer team and Graduation Year?

Loyola, 2018

• Players you try to model your game after?

Chris Paul, Damian Lillard

• Most memorable game in your career so far?

When I scored 35 points and got the win vs top ranked in the country All-Ohio Red

• Colleges that you would like to attend?

Marquette University, University of Michigan, University of Detroit-Mercy

• Colleges that have shown interest in you so far?

University of Detroit-Mercy, University of Michigan, Albion College

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

I know how to get my teammates going, also I know how to score the ball.

• Strengths and areas you are improving in?

Being more vocal on the court

• Goals for the upcoming AAU season?

Win the EYBL championship with my aau team The Family

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

Being a floor general, and helping my team win

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

A point guard that’s a leader and know how to win.

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

The college that’s the best fit for me.

• Most influential person in your life? Why?
Lebron James, because his life was nothing when he was a child, and he turned something that was negative into a positive.

• Legacy you want to leave at your school?

To raise banners!! Also to break the record in scoring /assists.

• Where do you see yourself in 15 years?

Working hard every day to chase an NBA championship.

• Highlight Tape


• Academic Information

3.5 GPA

• Contact Information

email- pj1king@yahoo.com”pj1king@yahoo.com
Coach John Buscemi, Loyola High School: (586) 322-6293

Cass Tech’s Donnie Tillman to Transfer to Findlay Prep

1 Aug

14152556-standardThe out of state transfer route hit Michigan the hardest in July.  Soon to be junior and number one player in the class of 2016 Josh Jackson decided to return to his home state of California and compete at Justin-Siena High School, senior Bakari Evelyn transferred from Southfield Christian to Gilbert Christian in Arizona to play for former Country Day head coach Kurt Keener, while senior Jaire Grayer made his intentions clear of not returning to Flint Southwestern.  However, the most surprising was the fourth transfer announced this month.  As class of 2017 6’6″ forward Donnie Tillman of Detroit Cass Tech, a top five player in Michigan’s rising sophomore class, made public he will not return to the Technecians for his 10th grade year.

Search Findlay Prep basketball alumni on Google, and a long and distinguished list of players who have made a living in the NBA come up.  2013 NBA overall number one pick Anthony Bennett, Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtic’s Avery Bradley, and NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs Cory Joseph all hail from Findlay Prep, a program located in the city of Henderson, Nevada, roughly a 20 minute drive from Las Vegas.  The Pilots have claimed three high school national championships since 2009, while producing seven McDonalds All-Americans and Jordan Brand Classic participants respectively.

“I’m really excited to be accepted into Findlay Prep,” Tillman had to say, “it was a really hard decision (to leave Cass) but with support from friends and family there’s no worries.”

The MHSAA for years has imposed strict rules on schools on who they can and cannot play out of state  The state must share a border with Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin, and/or the schools must not be more than 300 miles apart from one another.  The rule prevents teams from traveling the country to showcase their skills on the national stage, which opposite to Michigan values, is the entire basis for Findlay Prep.

There name Findlay Prep only signifies the ten member basketball team, there is no such traditional high school that exists called Findlay Prep.  The players enroll in classes at the nearby Henderson International School, a preschool through 12 grade fully-accredited private school.  When the players are out of class, their in either practice or a jet to participate in tournaments both nationally and internationally.

Playing 30-40 games is appealing to most high school players, in particular Donnie’s case coming from a state with a limit of only 20 regular season games.  And a handful of the Pilots games are nationally televised on ESPN or CBS Sports, whereas in Michigan players would be lucky just to see their face on local cable.  Tillman embraces the challenge of showcasing his abilities on the national stage, and admits there will be a learning curve of playing the premier talent the nation has to offer on the highest stage.

“It will be difficult at first, but after going through the strength and conditioning skills training, I’ll be more than ready to play on national TV and against some of the best.”

Tillman over the Spring/Summer of AAU, competing with the Detroit Stars and The Family, was already beginning to catch the eye of many college coaches nationally only as a freshman.  Donnie noted colleges took interest in his ability to rebound the ball at a high level, score inside and in the midrange, display ball handling ability for a forward, and play well defensively in both the post and perimeter.  Cleveland State, UNLV, and Iowa State all extended offers to Tillman in about a month long period, while schools like Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State were keeping tabs on the young forward.

Donnie’s reason(s) for leaving are no different than every player that has left Michigan before or will be in the future unless the rules change.  Players want exposure, they want to challenge themselves against the “so-called” top players in the country.  Who wouldn’t?  Scholarship and college opportunities are at stake, and more important the life lessons that can be learned when facing difficult challenges on a repetitive basis.  Perseverance, determination, resolve, and commitment are all valuable teaching points of the game that can be transitioned to daily life as well.  Donnie won’t be the last player to leave Michigan, but hints there are fellow players like him who share common desires to prove themselves on the national level.

“My thoughts are they (other transfers) wanted the same thing as me, to gain exposure and become a better player and play on a national schedule,” Donnie had to say.  “And I won’t be surprised if more players transfer to prep schools in the future.”



Interview with 2017 Brian Bowen at Spiece Run-n-Slam

5 May

One of the nations top players in the 2017 class, Saginaw Arthur Hill’s Brian Bowen is off to a fantastic start to this AAU circuit.  The 6’6″ Bowen discusses the season thus far, past high school season, and updates recruiting.

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

Sumner to Compete in Nike Global Challenge

17 Jul

sumnerThe Nike EYBL finals finished up with Each One Teach One winning the 2013 Peach Jam in South Carolina, but that doesn’t mean that Nike is done putting together quality high school hoops action. The Nike Global Challenge, held at Trinity Washington University July 18-20, will feature some of the top talent not only in the country, but also the world.  Four Regional USA teams, East, West, Midwest, and South, will challenge each other and four international teams from Africa, France, Brazil, and Canada.  All of the players competing for the Americans, compete in the EYBL, a Nike sponsored grassroots basketball league.  The EYBL has only one team from the State of Michigan, The Family, and one player from the team was selected to attend this event, Detroit Country Day 2014 point guard and Xavier commit Edmond Sumner.

Edmond, by whom many agree is the number one point guard prospect in the state, has had a very successful past year of basketball.  Edmond and his fellow Country Day Yellowjackets captured the 2012-2013 Class B title in the State of Michigan, and the ninth for former head coach Kurt Keener.  Sumner averaged 16 points per game, six assists, and three rebounds for the entire season.  But life only got better for Sumner from there on, because on the twelfth of May, Edmond decided to commit to Xavier, a decision that had been between either the Musketeers or the Minutemen of UMass.

But don’t think with all of the success that Sumner was going to lay down during the AAU Circuit with The Family this Spring.  The 6’3″ 160 pound point guard in 18 games with The Family, led the team in scoring with 14 points per game, tied for first in steals with 15, and was the leader in assists dishing out a total of 69.  Edmond is known for his quick bursts of energy, allowing him to get past defenders and to the basket with ease.  But the EYBL for AAU tends to help athletes in all levels of their respective game.  And Sumner agrees, stating, “I matured as a point guard, trying to perfect the pick-and-roll, improving consistency from three-point line, and mid-range and strength.”

Many know the prestigious annual high school all-star games that are televised on national television, such as the Jordan Brand Classic and the McDonalds All-American Game.  Although it might not attract as much attention as those mentioned above, these very games serve as a prequel to those respective events.  Top ranked players such as Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones, and Cliff Alexander, who are almost locks to participate in the aforementioned,  will of be on the same midwest team as Sumner.    Notable players that will be competing against Sumner will be D’Angelo Russell, Devin Booker, and Isaiah Briscoe, who are all coveted by high major programs in college.  But don’t think Sumner is a throw in to play in this type of game.  Sumner competed against all of them in the Nike EYBL regular season, four long sessions of probably the most intense high school basketball that can be found in the country.  Players respect Edmond’s game, he states that he deserves to be regarded as one of the top prospects in the country, saying that “I already did [prove I am] in the EYBL, that’s how I earned the respect from the players.”

Not too many athletes can say that they have the chance to represent their country, and still be in high school.  Nike is no doubt an iconic world brand.  From all around the world, you will see their famous logo on clothing.  But there is something more too Nike than just apparel, it is the committment they have made to amateur athletes, not only in the United States, but also the world, to compete against fellow elite prospects ultimately making them better on the court, but also in life.  For Edmond, “Getting a chance to play against the best players in the world” is a once in a lifetime experience.  And is thankful for the EYBL because “It [has] helped a lot, because playing in the EYBL for two years, playing the best competitions in the country showed me what I have to improve on before college so I can be successful.”

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Follow Edmond on Twitter: @TF_32

Interview with Cassius Winston

7 Jul

University of Detroit Jesuit’s Cassius Winston has cemented himself as one of the top point guards in the Class of 2016.  Cassius was a major factor in the Cubs winning the Catholic League Championship for the first time in over 20 years, averaging 18 point and eights assists per game.  And the success has translated nicely for Cassius into the EYBL, one of the most competitive leagues of youth basketball in the country.  As far as recruiting goes, Winston already has offers from Iowa State, Michigan State, UMass, and Colorado.  But also has the likes of Georgetown, Missouri, and Xavier quite interested in his talents.

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