Posts Tagged ‘Patrick O’Brien’

FLINT, Michigan — Flint Powers’ Patrick O’Brien will tie the state record Tuesday night for most games played by a boys basketball player in the 85-year history of the MHSAA. He will tie it in one of the biggest games of his long career — versus Detroit Country Day, arguably the state’s best team.

The record is held by former NBAer Mark Macon of Saginaw Buena Vista, who played 105 games over four years. O’Brien has scored 1,367 points in his career.

By the Numbers: O’Brien’s teams

Freshman: 20-3

Sophomore: 20-8

Junior: 26-2

Senior: 22-3 (through regionals)

After every season, we try to give players around Mid-Michigan some love with our postseason awards. This year, we will hand out awards for the Flint area, the Tri-Cities and Lansing. Flint is first.

Hardwood Hardware: Flint Area Edition

Most Valuable Player: Cody Campbell, senior, Swartz Creek: Campbell led the Dragons in scoring, assists and 3-point shooting percentage (44%). He’s the best ballhandler I’ve ever seen in that league and among the best players. Campbell helped turn a .500 team into a league champion. He led the league in scoring at 17.6 points per game and played several games early on with a broken wrist.

Player of the Year: Demarco Sanders, senior, Flint Powers — This award came down to two players on the same team: Sanders and fellow senior Patrick O’Brien. Sanders gets the nod, however, for emerging as one of the state’s top shooting guards after playing second fiddle for the previous two seasons. The southpaw led the Big Nine in scoring at 19.1 ppg and shot nearly 55% from the floor.

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East Lansing freshman Steve Haney, Jr.

I had the opportunity to see a lot of top tier recruits this weekend and rather than writing individual game stories where everyone already knows the result, I just thought I would do a quick rundown of the individuals.

Deanthony Arnett 6’0′ Junior Saginaw High

He’s probably the fastest point guard in the state, period. Even though he missed the game winner against Powers on Sunday, it should be noted that Arnette made it almost the length of the court in three seconds flat. This kid has football offers from almost everywhere, but he’s legit on the hardwood as well.

Travon Baker  5’10”  Sophomore  Detroit Consortium

Travon is a sick point guard.  Ultra quick with the strength and touch to finish in the lane.  Needs to work on his shot mechanics, but the kid is one of the top sophomore point guards out there.    (more…)

The best game in Flint on Friday night is at Flint Carman-Ainsworth as the Cavaliers take on Big Nine rival Flint Powers.

On paper this looks like a really good game. The Cavs were a Patrick Lucas-Perry basket short of winning two out of three against the eventual class B state champions last season and return pretty much everybody.

This season, Flint Powers is as good or better and showed it on opening night against a pretty good Flint Northwestern squad.

Flint C-A, however, was on the ropes against a Grand Blanc team depleted by defection.

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Here’s my list of top 15 players in the Flint area for 2009-10. I had decided to do 10 players, but there’s too much talent here for so few.

It’s early, but these are my guys:

1.) Patrick O’Brien, Senior, Flint Powers: All-around, he’s just the best.
2.) Patrick Lucas-Perry, Junior, Flint Powers: Great floor general.
3.) Glenn Cosey, Senior, Flint Carman-Ainsworth: Tough lead guard hampered by stodgy C-A offense.
4.) Shaq Smith, junior, Flint Northern: Mostly unguardable.
5.) William Sams, Senior, Montrose (transfer): Gets better every time I see him. I could see him scoring 20+ per game in the GAC Blue.

Glenn Cosey, for JC in Midland

The vultures are circling the Big er…Nine.  Four remain after this season’s defection of Grand Blanc.  Which team will be the next to leave the island?

Despite the losses, this is pound-for-pound, one of the best conferences in the state, including the returning B champion and an A powerhouse.  In other words, if you’re a non-conference opponent, then you have a 50 percent chance of being smashed.

I’m still crossing my fingers that somehow the Saginaw Valley League picks these teams up, but until then, this is how the conference looks for this season.

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