Archive for April, 2010

SWARTZ CREEK, Michigan — Cody Campbell, the top player in Flint’s Metro League this past season, will be playing college basketball in Holland at Hope College next season.

The 5-10 senior point guard led Swartz Creek to its first league championship in 20 years. Campbell averaged 17.4 points per game.

Hope College is NCAA Division III and competes in the MIAA. It is one of the most well-respected programs at the D-III level and its rivalry with crosstown foe Calvin College has been ranked as one of the best nationally, in any sport.

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Bell on the Up North Challenge

Posted: April 27, 2010 by Jared Field in High School

Here’s Steve Bell’s report from last weekend’s Up North Challenge in Bellaire.

I saw a lot of good players this weekend, but none better than Camp Darryl’s Daequan Mitchell (Kalamazoo Loy-Norrix). Mitchell has good size for a guard, is a top-shelf athlete and has a heater from 3-point range like you wouldn’t believe.

Mitchell had 24 points as a junior against the eventual class A state champions from Kalamazoo Central, so I don’t know why I’m surprised at how good he is.

Camp Darryl’s 17s have another solid prospect in Brandon Wilson, who moved to Three Rivers from Chicagoland.

I must say that with Wilson, TJ Buchanon (K-zoo Central) and Mitchell, K-Zoo has more talent by far in 2011 than my hometown. Our time is coming, though.

Mott’s Torian Oglesby verbals to Bowling Green

Posted: April 26, 2010 by Jared Field in College, High School

Mott’s 6-7 sophomore forward, Torian Oglesby, has verbally committed to Bowling Green. He will sign this week. Oglesby prepped at Saginaw Buena Vista. He averaged 10 points and eight rebounds per game as a sophomore and will be among the most athletic forwards in the MAC.

Central Michigan, also in the MAC, offered Oglesby as well.

Former Flint Carman-Ainsworth standout and star guard at St. Clair County Community College, Kieon Arkwright, has verbally committed to Gannon University.

Gannon is a NCAA D-2 university in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Arkwright, a sophomore transfer who left SVSU for St. Clair, led the Skippers to the NJCAA national tournament back in March. He averaged 17.5 points per game and shot 33% from 3-point range. He was all-conference and all-region at SC4.

Flint’s Jeff Grayer to be new assistant at Iowa State

Posted: April 25, 2010 by Jared Field in College

Flint’s Jeff Grayer, a former NBAer and Olympian, will be returning to his alma mater to serve as an assistant coach. Here’s the rundown from GoCyclones.com:

Since first stepping foot on the court at Hilton Coliseum in the 1980s Jeff Grayer’s accomplished a lot.

He became Iowa State’s all-time leading scorer. He was an NBA first-round draft pick. He even played in the Olympics.

Now, Grayer returns to the Cyclone basketball program — he was named an assistant coach Friday — with the task of helping it accomplish a lot more.

“It was obvious in our discussions how much Jeff wanted to get back to ISU and help reignite the magic in Hilton Coliseum,” ISU coach Greg McDermott said.

With Grayer hired, McDermott has finished restructuring his coaching staff. In March, former assistant Jeff Rutter became director of operations. Thursday, McDermott hired former Iowa Energy coach Nick Nurse.

Grayer’s first task as a coach will be to help turn ISU, which was 15-17 last year and hasn’t made the NCAA Tournament since 2005, back into a winner.

Arguably the state’s best two players went head to head on Saturday night at Oakland University in the Michigan All-Star Game. Maurice Jones (Saginaw Arthur Hill) and Keith Appling (Detroit Pershing) really put on a show.

Since I was marooned up north this weekend, I will have to count on my boy Patrick Hayes for the recap.

Here it is in the Flint Journal…

This weekend: Blogging from Up North Challenge

Posted: April 23, 2010 by Jared Field in High School

If all goes well, and I can find an internet connection, I will be blogging from this weekend’s Up North Challenge in Bellaire. I will be up there with my three teams, so I should have ample opportunity to watch a pretty good cross-section of the tournament.

The tournament is a bit of an adventure for us, heading into the great white north. I think it will be a welcome change from some of the humdrum stops on the spring/summer circuit that we’re used to.

From one member of Michigan’s basketball community to another, let me just share a point of emphasis that often gets pushed aside during the recruiting process: Being tied to reality.

Players of all ages, I’ve learned, still don’t know the difference between being recruited and getting a letter in the mail. Let me just make it simple for you: Getting a letter from Publisher’s Clearinghouse doesn’t make you a millionaire any more than a letter from a college — any college — makes you a recruit.  A college letter is worth 44 cents. That’s it.

I’ve often wondered why so many players don’t tell the truth with respect to recruiting. I’m starting understand, however: Many don’t know what it means.

Here’s reality: In my hometown, Flint, there are a grand total of ZERO division-one caliber seniors. Z-E-R-O. And so, anyone in Flint who tells you he’s being recruited at any level of division one basketball is either delusional or doesn’t understand what it means to be recruited. I say this not to clown anyone, or to diminish their ability. Let’s face it, playing basketball at that level is extremely difficult. I say this because I’d hate for young players to get the wrong idea about how one must excel in high school to be even considered a division one recruit.

The two best seniors in the Flint area are going to the GLIAC, division two. The third is going the JUCO route. So, if the 10th or 20th best player in the city tells you he’s going to play division one, just take it for what it is: A myth. And this is not just a Flint problem. It’s everywhere.

Don’t be a part of the problem. Get reality-based and get better. Be grateful for any opportunity you have to play ball.

Trey Day: Zeigler to commit to Central Michigan

Posted: April 14, 2010 by Jared Field in College, High School

From the Morning Sun:

Mt. Pleasant senior guard Trey Zeigler has chosen to play college basketball for Central Michigan University. Sources close to the situation at CMU informed The Morning Sun of the decision as Zeigler has opted to play for his father, Ernie Zeigler, who finalized a new four year contract on Tuesday.

Report: CMU close to wooing Zeigler

Posted: April 13, 2010 by Jared Field in High School

I can promise you that, a few years back, Ben Howland never dreamed he would have to compete for a blue chip prospect with Central Michigan; but, there he is. Throughout this process, I’ve been convinced that that Ray McCallum, Jr. was more likely to go to Detroit than Zeigler was to go to CMU. It now appears as if both will follow dad.

From the Detroit Free Press:

Mt. Pleasant wing Trey Zeigler, the son of CMU head coach Ernie Zeigler, is set to make a decision regarding the school at which he will play his college ball, and recent indications have the Chippewas very much in the mix.

The younger Zeigler, ranked as the No. 26 player in the nation by Rivals.com, narrowed his list to CMU, Michigan, UCLA, Michigan State and Arizona State a few weeks ago, but recent rumblings had him down to CMU and UCLA.