Tuesday night’s storylines: Ham slams North Branch with 33 points, 18 boards

Posted: January 20, 2010 by Jared Field in High School

Here’s the weekly rundown of Tuesday night’s happenings from across Michigan:

— Bridgeport senior small forward Darvin Ham is turning into an intriguing next-level prospect with each passing game. Since my cohort (though it may just be a coincidence) called on Ham to stop jacking 3-pointers a few weeks back, he has been a B-E-A-S-T for the Bearcats. Last night in a win over North Branch, Ham scored 33 points with 18 rebounds.

–Bay City Western sophomore Matt Costello will be the biggest recruit out of that city since Eric Devendorf, and not just because he’s 6-9. Costello may be the most polished big man in the state, and it showed last night in a loss to Saginaw Heritage. Costello had 30 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocks.  Is he a better player than Saginaw Arthur Hill’s prized sophomore Jordan Hare? You betcha. Is he a better prospect? The jury is still out on that one.

— Kalkaska senior guard Travis Schuba is a scoring machine up north. Last night, Schuba set a record posting 43 points in a win over Grayling. I know that probably doesn’t mean anything to the average downstate basketball fan, but 43 points is impressive against pretty much any team.

I’ve already talked about this kid once or twice, but International Academy’s Ke’aris Perryman is making a pretty good case for becoming the school’s first all-state basketball player. Perryman, a junior, scored 31 points and reeled in 18 rebounds last night in a loss to class A Flushing. He’s a 6-foot forward who dominates the paint, if you can believe it. He is averaging 23 points and 13 rebounds per game this season.

Isaiah Sykes, a senior small forward for Detroit Denby, scored 35 points with 11 rebounds in a blowout win over Detroit Finney last night. Sykes has offers from Dayton, Oklahoma, Syracuse and Tennessee. What on earth has happened to Finney? Sheesh.

— It’s rare that I find something in a box score that makes me wonder if I’ve ever seen it before. Last night, in a 45-42 loss to Millington, Frankenmuth’s leading scorer, Tim Faris had only seven points. Of course I’m exempting Michigan’s thumb region, where this phenomenon happens all the time.

— Detroit Midtown stayed unbeaten last night on the strength of senior Jordan Pruitt’s 23 points. The Midtowners beat Allen Academy 68-66 and remain among the top three teams in the state in class C.

— Flint Carman-Ainsworth’s Glenn Cosey, coming off a poor performance in a blowout loss to Flint Powers on Friday night, bounced back with 28 points against Flint Southwestern. As a basketball prospect, Cosey is probably hovering between division one and division two, but as a track athlete he’s big-time.

— Jared Field

  1. O.N.U. says:

    Frankenmuth’s Leading Scorer:

    7 points for the leading scorer…..

    He might want to consider tansfering to Davison, he’d be a great fit there for any of the past 8 seasons.

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