If this young man stays at it, he’s going to be a high-major. He just recently received his first D-1 offer from Oakland University after his performance at their team camp.
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Swartz Creek senior J.D. Tisdale was the first player off the board on Tuesday night, as coaches for the 21st annual Bruin Club All-Star Game drafted their rosters. The game will tip at 8 p.m. on June 20 at Mott Community College in Flint. The cost is $5 at the door.
The game will feature the best seniors in the Flint-area including NCAA division one, division two and lower-level college signees.
JD Tisdale, Swartz Creek
Cory Cox, Fenton
Erick Layton, Hamady
David Battle, Grand Blanc
Richie Lewis, Formerly of Flint Northern
Jomontae Wheeler, Hamady
Cullen Turczyn, Lapeer West
Quinton Cook, Brandon
Zeshawn Jones – Parker, Lapeer West
J.C. Carrizales, Davison
Mitch Rubio, Goodrich
Tyler Centilli, Clio
Black Team: Jeremy Trent, coachNick Sullivan, Powers Catholic
Markell Lucas, Beecher
Eric Readman, Fenton
Framar Harris, Southwestern Academy
Eric Thompson, Powers Catholic
Darian Welch, Lake Fenton
Andre Yancy, Northwestern
K.J. Miller, Grand Blanc
Jaylen Randle, Carman-Ainsworth
Matt Romano, Kearsley
Michael McFadden, Northern
Max Cummings, Swartz Creek Marcus Watson, Northwestern
The following Flint area seniors have been invited to participate in the 21st annual Bruin Club All-Star game at Mott Community College. The game will tip at 8 p.m. on June 20, 2013:
Darian Welch, Lake Fenton, guard
Markell Lucas, Beecher, forward
J.D. Tisdale, Swartz Creek, guard
Richie Lewis, formerly of Flint Northern, guard
Mitchel Rubio, Goodrich, g/f
Nick Sullivan, Flint Powers, guard
Eric Thompson, Flint Powers, forward
Cory Cox, Fenton, forward
Max Cummings, Swartz Creek, guard
Eric Readman, Fenton, guard
Jomontae Wheeler, Hamady, guard,
Erick Layton, Hamady, g/f
David Battle, Grand Blanc, forward
Zeshawn Jones-Parker, Lapeer West, forward
Tyler Centilli, Clio, forward
KJ Miller, Grand Blanc, guard
Cullen Turczyn, Lapeer West, guard
Michael McFadden, Flint Northern, guard
J.C. Carrizales, Davison, guard
Jaylen Randle, Carman-Ainsworth, guard
Matt Romano, Kearsley, forward
Framar Harris, Flint Southwestern, g/f
Quinton Cook, Ortonville-Brandon, forward
Andre Yancy, Flint Northwestern, forward
Unfortunately, two of the best players in the state, Mr. Basketball Monte Morris (Beecher) and Denzel Watts (Carman-Ainsworth), will not be able to participate. Both players will have already left for their respective colleges (Iowa State and UAB). Luckily, this year’s game has a couple division one caliber players including Swartz Creek’s J.D. Tisdale and the former Flint Northern Viking Richie Lewis. There will also be a pretty substantial group of lower-level college players including Markell Lucas, Nick Sullivan and the Fenton tandem of Cory Cox and Eric Readman.
For college coaches, this is a great opportunity to find an unsigned senior. There are several players on this list who are worth a first or second look. This is one of the deepest classes to come out of the Flint area in the last decade (especially when you throw in Morris and Watts).
The Black team will be coached by Jeremy Trent (Flint Powers) and the Gold Team will be coached by Lance Baylis (Holly). The rosters will be created in a draft format.
The women’s game begins at 6 p.m. and the men’s game follows at 8 p.m. The cost is $5 at the door.
Bob Root’s tenure at Flint Carman-Ainsworth is officially over. The longtime coach and athletic director told Mlive Flint that the time had come to give up his position to someone younger.
Replacing Root is Carman-Ainsworth junior varsity coach Jay Witham, who was a former player for the Cavaliers prior to being employed by the school as a coaching assistant and later as a teacher.
“We didn’t have anything pre-planned, but I kind of knew at the beginning of the year that this might be my last year and I’d want to turn it over to somebody younger who was ready to take on that challenge,” Root said. “Jay was a member of our program, he started work here as a trainer, then as an assistant, then as the JV coach and also as a teacher. We opened the job up briefly and looked at some internal candidates but decided he was the right guy. He’s done very well at every job we’ve given him.”
In reality, the time to stand down was probably years prior to this announcement. Here’s my issue: I’m a C-A graduate and have been a fan of the program for many years — from Chuck Thrash to Glenn Cosey. That being said, since the departure of former head coach Rory Mattar, C-A’s basketball program has dramatically underachieved. So much so that I’m frankly shocked that Root, who remains as the athletic director, wouldn’t be compelled to at least look at external candidates for the position.
Championship programs aren’t afraid to broaden the base, to see what’s out there and then hire the best coach available. If the best coach available is already in your building, then so be it. That’s a pretty rare occurrence, however, and it certainly wasn’t the case the last time they went “looking” for a head coach.
This isn’t an indictment of the new coach; I hope he’s the right guy and has great success there. This is an indictment of a way of doing business that has, in my view, turned a top-tier program into one that is comfortable with underachievement.
By Gavin Raath | Great Lakes Hoops
EAST LANSING, Michigan – If someone would have told me that the final of the Class C championship game between Beecher and Laingsburg would be 40-39, I would’ve said congratulations to Laingsburg on an improbable victory. If that same someone told me that Monte Morris would be sick with flu-like symptoms and would miss a portion of the game, then I would wonder why it was so close.
But Saturday evening, Beecher showed why they’re the district of champions, overcoming odds and, according to coach Mike Williams, beating their toughest opponent of the season, 40-39.
“Their coach does a great job teaching his team fundamentals,” said Williams of Laingsburg head coach Greg Mitchell. “Those kids really understand what they’re doing. I warned our guys that they couldn’t just go out and run through. Those kids have nothing to be ashamed of. That’s the best team we played all year, including Pershing.
“These are the games I live for.”
Coach Williams has always thought outside of the box. At clinics and in press conferences, I’ve heard him often say things like, “we use our defense to create offense.” Nuance like that is probably what makes him a repeat state champ and perhaps the best coach in the state, but his nuance met its match with Coach Mitchell.
Mitchell’s guys didn’t struggle for one second with the much-applauded Beecher press. That led to an early deficit and confusion on offense. But as the game wore on Beecher found its groove, involving more guys on offense, and taking more risks on defense even if it led to fouls.
Such a performance was necessary with a sick Mr. Basketball.
Ultimately, Mitchell navigated his team to what every basketball coach dreams of: possession of the ball and just one basket away from a state championship. It wasn’t in the cards for the Wolfpack, but they gave their coach and their town something to remember forever.
For Beecher, back-t0-back state championships will put them in the conversation with some of the best high school basketball programs in the state’s history. It’s not simply about the two straight state titles, however, it’s about the staying power of a great coach who has led his program to the Breslin Center four consecutive seasons. There’s only one team in Michigan that knows its way around the Breslin better than Beecher, and they were playing at the Palace today.
As many of you have heard, the Flint Community Schools Board of Education voted to close several schools including Flint Northern High School at the end of the school year. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, as FCS has sustained too many buildings operating at far less than capacity.
All that being said, as the District starts the process of re-drawing high school boundaries, will they gerrymander around the homes of Ra’mon Lewis, Amariontez Thomas and Kaylin Johnson? Those three are really talented and if they were added to an already loaded roster at Southwestern Academy, we’d have a team in Flint that could compete with the likes of class A powers Saginaw High and Detroit Pershing.
Southwestern has already been pegged as a team to watch over the next few seasons, as the Knights’ top players are all returning (Neshua Wise, Miles Bridges, Jaire Grayer and Malik Young). Is this a team that could bring a state title to the city limits for the first time since Flint Northern in 1995? With the right coach, certainly. Is Keith Gray the right coach? We’ll find out.
All that changed on Monday, as Flint Beecher’s Monte Morris joined Kelvin Torbert and former NBA all-star Glen Rice in the fraternity.
After seeing some of the former Mr. Basketball winners, Morris, a senior at Flint Beecher, has come to this conclusion: “They don’t hand them out to just anybody.”
No, they don’t, and this year, the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan, in conjunction with the Free Press, is handing out the 33rd Mr. Basketball award to Morris.
Morris, who signed with Iowa State, captured the most prestigious award a high school athlete in Michigan can receive in one of the closest three-man races in the history of the award, named for the former Free Press sports writer who covered high school athletics for more than 40 years.
He accumulated 2,130 points while Harper Woods Chandler Park’s Derrick Walton Jr. was second, with 2,086. James Young of Rochester was third (2,030). Detroit Pershing’s Kahlil Felder was fourth (1,252) and Dowagiac’s Dontel Highsmith was fifth (1,161).
Seeing Morris win this award is great for basketball in this state. He’s not the most naturally talented player in that group, nor is he the most prolific scorer. He is the best all-around basketball player in that group and he plays the game the right way.
He sees and understands the game like a grown man, and is among the most popular players I’ve ever seen with fans from opposing teams, opposing coaches and officials. He’s a hard guy not to like, and clearly it was hard for many voters to pass him over.
The Mott Community College Bears (29-3) have earned the top seed in the NJCAA national tournament in Danville, Illinois March 19-23.
|#1 Mott Community College, Mich. (29-3)||10|
|#2 Monroe Community College, N.Y. (29-3)||2|
|#3 Louisburg College, N.C. (32-1)||6|
|#4 Rend Lake College, Ill. (26-3)||16|
|#5 South Suburban College, Ill. (30-3)||3|
|#6 Brown Mackie College, Kan. (26-5)||5|
|#7 Moraine Valley Community College, Ill. (28-5)||4|
|#8 Owens Community College, Ohio (24-8)||11|
|Essex County College, N.J. (25-6)||12|
|Grand Rapids Community College, Mich. (21-8)||9|
|Iowa Lakes Community College (26-6)||8|
|Phoenix College, Ariz. (20-12)||1|
|Cecil College, Md. (16-14)||14|
|Central Community College-Columbus, Neb. (19-13)||7|
|Howard Community College, Md. (16-12)||15|
|MCC-Penn Valley, Mo. (22-11)||13|
DAVISON, Michigan — The only ‘L’ on the right side of the column for Grand Blanc (22-1) this season came courtesy of Lapeer.
The Lapeer West boys’ varsity basketball team will continue its improbable run in the MHSAA state playoffs after the Panthers blew out undefeated and third-ranked Grand Blanc on Monday, 65-43.
The Panthers started off a little slow, but it didn’t take long for senior guard Cullen Turczyn, the Flint Metro League’s all-time career scoring leader, to get heated up. Turcyzn scored 10 of the team’s first 12 points. West led by one after the first quarter before it was senior forward Zeshawn Jones-Parker’s turn to get involved in the scoring. Jones-Parker was a beast from that point on, scoring 19 points in three quarters despite foul trouble near the end of third quarter.
West (19-5) led by 13 after two quarters, by 21 after three and cruised to victory.
The Panthers await the winner of the Midland High and Saginaw game. Saginaw is currently ranked seventh in the state in class.
Turczyn finished with a game-high 27 point. Junior Mark Cox played great defense, as always, and chipped in nine points.
LAPEER, Michigan — Monday night’s victory for Lapeer West (12-5) over Holly (11-6) wasn’t simply a payback for a loss earlier in the season, but a coronation of sorts. West senior point guard Cullen Turczyn needed only 11 points to become the Flint Metro League’s all-time leading scorer. He scored 14.
Turczyn, at maybe 5-foot-8, is truly one of the most unassuming standouts I’ve ever watched. He plays the game the right way — hard on both ends of the floor. Holly threw everything they had at him, and Turczyn responded with assists to open shooters rather than ill-advised shots. The record was earned for him in the fourth quarter, when he made both ends of a one-and-one.
The record had belonged to former Lapeer East standout Brandon Fisher for more than two decades.