Over the next couple weeks, GLH will provide updates on Flint area basketball players at the college level. Today, we’ll start with JUCOs.
If you know of other kids playing at the JUCO level this season who aren’t listed, leave names in the comments or e-mail patrickhayes13(at)gmail(dot)com and I’ll add them.
Glenn Cosey, Carman-Ainsworth/Columbus State freshman: Cosey is having the best season of any Flint area player at the JUCO level. He recently was named national player of the week and he’s leading Columbus State in scoring at 15.1 points per game and assists at 3.6 per game.
Deandre Upchurch, Flint Northwestern/Highland (Kansas) freshman: After losing the last part of his junior season and his senior season at Northwestern to an off-court legal issue, Upchurch, who was the top player in the city at the time, is making the most out of his college opportunity. He’s more than making the most out of it actually. Upchurch is averaging 21.5 points per game, second on the team, and shooting 45 percent from the field. He’s second on the team in assists at 2.7 per game and he’s getting 1.2 steals per game.
Demetrius Miller, Flint Central/Mott sophomore: After a standout career at Central, leading the city in scoring, Miller has developed into a good all-around guard for Mott. He plays both guard spots, defends, he’s expanded his range this season and he’s a fantastic finisher for his size. Miller is one of four Bears averaging double figures at 11.2 points, 2.6 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 44 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range.
Ricky Rowse, Flushing/Mott sophomore: Rowse bounced around a little on his trek from Flushing to Mott, playing at a prep school for a year, then spending a season at Wayne State. After a slow start to the season, Rowse, who has one of the best natural 3-point strokes anywhere, has found his shot and he’s added a dimension to Mott’s attack off the bench with his range.
Anthony Sisson, Lapeer West/Mott freshman: Sisson has played in only a handful of games at Mott due to the depth Mott boasts at the guard position, but he’s only the second Metro League player to make Mott’s team in the last five years. He’s appeared in 12 games, making 6-of-14 shots.
Mike Martin, Flint Northern/Lansing sophomore: After spending a year at a JUCO in Iowa, Martin has been a great find for Lansing this season. He’s third on the team in scoring at nearly 15 points per game, second on the team in rebounding at 7.5 per game and leads the team in blocked shots.
Alan Sharp, Carman-Ainsworth/St. Clair sophomore: A reserve on last year’s St. Clair team that advanced to nationals in Danville, Illinois, Sharp has moved into the starting lineup this season and provided solid production at the point guard spot. He’s averaging 7.5 points per game and leads the team in assists, getting 4.0 per game.
Travon Mitchell, Flint Northwestern/St. Clair freshman: Mitchell, who gutted it out through numerous injuries as a senior at Northwestern, has once again had injury issues affect his season. He’s appeared in 11 games this season, but if he can get fully healthy, Mitchell has the talent to be an impact player for SC4.
Chatavius Turner, Flint Northwestern/St. Clair sophomore: After appearing in a handful of games last season for Mott, Turner is now at St. Clair where he’s averaging seven points per game in a reserve role for the Skippers.
Brandon Thompson, Flint Southwestern/St. Clair sophomore: Thompson has appeared in 12 games, scoring nearly five points per game on 44 percent shooting for St. Clair.
T’aron Boose, Beecher/St. Clair freshman: Boose, who spent his senior season at Saginaw High after starting his high school career at Beecher, has played in 16 games for St. Clair. He’s averaging 5.9 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.
La’uren Jones, Bentley/Alpena sophomore: Jones, a standout at Bentley during his high school career, has provided steady guard play for Alpena this season, averaging 7 points and 2 assists per game. He’s second on the team in assists.
Zach Treib, Flushing/Alpena freshman: Treib’s best attribute in high school wasn’t going anywhere once he got to college: he’s still big. He’s played in 17 games for Alpena, averaging 3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
Patrick Ellison, Bentley/Delta freshman: A terror on the glass at Bentley, Ellison’s high school career was cut short due to a serious knee injury. After sitting out last season, Ellison is trying to regain his old form and averaging 3.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game as a reserve at Delta.
Jojuan Graham, Flint Southwestern/Delta freshman: Last year’s city scoring champ hasn’t lost his knowledge of how to get the ball in the basket. Graham, who was the key player on a young SWA team last year, has provided offense for Delta, both as a starter and reserve this season. Graham is averaging 11 points per game and shooting 45 percent this season.
Don Lewis, Flint Northern/Delta freshman: Lewis battled some injuries as a senior at Northern, but his size made him an intriguing JUCO prospect. So far at Delta, he’s averaging 2.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
Tyler Moreland, Powers/Oakland sophomore: An All-Stater at Powers, Moreland spent a year at Davenport before joining the team at OCC where he is second on the team in scoring at 11.9 points per game. Moreland was an efficient player in high school, known for his ability to move without the ball. He’s shooting nearly 50 percent from the field this season.
Justin Hayward, Lapeer West/Oakland sophomore: Hayward, who had a strong senior season for Lapeer West in 2005, is a role playing big man for OCC, averaging 2.3 points and 2.1 rebounds per game off the bench. He’s shooting 62 percent from the field.
Keenan Coleman, Hamady/Lamar State (Texas) sophomore: Coleman is second on Lamar State in scoring at nearly 16 points per game. He’s also averaging 3 rebounds and 3 assists per game while shooting 47 percent.
Shane Moreland, Powers/State College of Florida sophomore: After starting out at Miami-Dade Junior College, the older of the two Moreland brothers playing JUCO basketball has resurfaced at State College of Florida. They don’t appear to update their stats, but Moreland was averaging about 9 points per game through four games and scored 21 points in their season-opener.
Chuck McLaurin, Flint Southwestern/Kellogg freshman: A streaky shooter, McLaurin had some huge scoring games at SWA last season as a result of his ability to hit the three. He hasn’t found his range yet at Kellogg, shooting just 23 percent from distance, but he’s scoring about 2 points per game in limited minutes.
Decari Nunn, Flint Northern/Kellogg freshman: Nunn has only appeared in 12 games for Kellogg so far this season and is averaging nearly 2 points per game for the team.
Marcus Tucker, Grand Blanc/Lake Michigan freshman: Tucker parlayed a strong senior season at GB into an opportunity to play college basketball. At Lake Michigan, he’s averaging 3.6 points per game in 14 games.
Dylaen Collins, Faith High/Kirtland freshman: You might not remember Collins from his high school days since he played at a small private school, but he had some monster games last year and led the Flint area in scoring. He’s now playing at Kirtland as a reserve and averaging 2.7 points per game in nine games this season.
D’Marius Houston, Beecher/Grand Rapids freshman: Houston, a key to Beecher’s run to the state semifinals last season, made the Grand Rapids team as a walk-on and has averaged 8.5 points per game in 16 games for GRCC.
Roy Jackson, Hamady/Grand Rapids freshman: Jackson, a Hamady standout, has found his groove recently at Grand Rapids. He’s scored double figures in several games over the last couple weeks and raised his scoring average about 5 points per game. Jackson is shooting 44 perecent from the field.
Xavier Walker, Powers/Mid-Michigan sophomore: Walker, who played on the Powers team that lost in the state finals three years ago to Lansing Catholic Central, is getting minutes for Mid-Michigan Community College, a team that is not yet in the MCCAA. This is the school’s first year with a basketball program.
– By Patrick Hayes | Great Lakes Hoops