FLINT, Michigan — In a very thoughtful signing ceremony in Flint Sunday afternoon, Swartz Creek senior JD Tisdale signed his paperwork for a full scholarship to Bowling Green University in Ohio. Prior to putting pen to paper, Tisdale expressed gratitude to everyone who helped him get to the table.
The signing ceremony was unlike any I’ve ever attended. It was held in the sanctuary at Kingdom of Heaven Ministries and there was at least 100 people in attendance — friends, family, coaches, mentors and teammates.
As if that number didn’t give you some perspective of what people think of this young man, consider that Darryl Matthews traveled all the way from Kalamazoo to be in attendance. JD played in several tournaments with Camp Darryl over the last two seasons, especially during off weekends with the Mid-Michigan Lakers.
Tisdale spoke to the audience about the most important people on his journey, including his mother, Tonia, and his mentor, Marcellus Miller. His mother also spoke about her son’s strength through a trying time in his young life after losing his father to pancreatic cancer in 2009.
As a junior, Tisdale, a 6-5 point guard, led his team in rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and was second in points. Tisdale becomes the first Flint Metro League basketball player to earn a D-1 scholarship in at least a decade.
Swartz Creek is poised to be one of the top teams in the Flint area this season.