Archive for June, 2010

Flint Northwestern’s Jaylen Magee was named MVP at SVSU Elite Camp held Monday and Tuesday this week. Magee is one of the best and least-known guards in the state. Magee and the Wildcats are going to be fun to watch this year. They’ll have to basically run a 4-guard offense with the personnel they have coming back.

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Buckets: Early picks for Michigan Mr. Basketball

Posted: June 26, 2010 by Jared Field in High School

I know it’s really early, but it’s the weekend. What else do you have to do? Let’s have some fun with the 2011 Michigan Mr. Basketball Award.

Here are my finalists:

1.) LaDontae Henton, Lansing Eastern: His numbers as a senior are going to be downright sinful. He’ll win it.

2.) TJ Buchanan, Kalamazoo Central: Just a great all-around player. He might be the most underrated player in the state based on his ability to affect the outcome of games with stops and points.

3.) Brandan Kearney, Detroit Southeastern: Odd that his name had more currency in this state two years ago. Going to MSU certainly helps his chances.

4.) Carlton Brundidge, Southfield: A shooting guard (meant to be a point guard) who is probably more 6-1 than 6-2. Brundidge has been a beast this summer on the AAU circuit. He will be a physical presence in the backcourt at UM.

5.) D’Waun Anderson, Suttons Bay: He will have the numbers, the Youtube clips and the MSU backing to get him in the top 5. An “up north” Mr. Basketball would be unique.

Dark horses: Jordan Myrick (Holland West-Ottawa), Jaylen Magee (Flint Northwestern) and Dante Williams (Ann Arbor Huron).

Editor’s note: Save your e-mails about why I left out Amir Williams and Percy Gibson. I think BCAM voters will probably put a moratorium on big stiffs for a few years after the Derrick Nix debacle.

Imagine that our two Flintstones in the NBA could get traded in the same week. I was over at Mott earlier this week watching Charlie Bell in an open gym with a who’s who of local high school, college and professional players. Perhaps the impending trade from Milwaukee to Golden State (which went down later that day) was signaled by his somewhat lackluster play in the scrimmage. He didn’t much resemble the Charlie of old, so perhaps that was weighing on his mind. Golden State is not the best situation for Bell, to put it mildly.

And then last night, Morris Peterson was dealt to Oklahoma City from New Orleans.

Here’s analysis from Patrick Hayes on Mlive:

Peterson came back this year from an injury-plagued 2008-2009 season and was fully healthy by the end of this season. He’s always been considered one of the best locker room guys in the league and will be a nice veteran addition to the very young but very talented Thunder squad.

Two Flint area seniors have signed with junior colleges this week. Flint Southwestern’s scoring guard Jojuan Graham signed with Delta College and Flint Hamady point guard Roy Jackson signed with Grand Rapids CC.

Graham was among the top players in the city this past season, and one of the best going to the basket in Mid Michigan. He’s about 6-2 and always in attack mode. Jackson, for his part, started the season strong but didn’t end it the way he hoped. Even so, he has point guard potential at 6-1 and a nice handle.

Both will be playing in the Bruin Club All-Star game on Friday night at Mott starting at 6 p.m.

Some early summer news and notes

Posted: June 22, 2010 by Jared Field in High School

— Holly, Goodrich and Saginaw Arthur Hill are still alive in the U-D team camp gold bracket. No one would be particularly surprised about Arthur Hill being alive — they’re a perennial powerhouse. As for Goodrich and Holly, both teams have solid cores of talent. Holly has one of the state’s biggest surprises on the AAU circuit, senior-to-be Josh Fugate and Goodrich has one of the better guards in Mid-Michigan in junior-to-be Nathan Landsgaard.

— Fenton, already the favorite to win the Flint Metro League next season, got a boost in the form of a transfer. The word on the street has senior-to-be forward Brent Myers, formerly of Flushing, now with the Tigers. Myers came off the bench in a game against FML champion Swartz Creek and scored 32 points in a 13-point win. Put him with what the Tigers have coming back, including the Hickoff Twins and Eric Mowery, you’re looking another championship-caliber team. Flushing recently lost a summer league game to Swartz Creek, a team that should be rebuilding, without its best player, senior-to-be Logan Hull. Could be a really long season for the Raiders.

— Flint Northwestern will be the best team in the Flint area this season —  that is, if they can find someone to guard JaVontae Hawkins. The 6-3 Flint Powers junior-to-be was giving the Wildcats buckets in a recent 1-point loss to Northwestern. The Chargers very nearly pulled off the upset without their starting point guard, senior-to-be Patrick Lucas-Perry. Even so, Northwestern is loaded with Jaylen Magee, Syro McDonald, Deondre Parks, Dominez Burnett, Willis Arrington, etc.

— WOTS is that Flint Hamady is going to struggle in the GAC Blue for the first time in many years. The Hawks have been destroyed by graduation and attrition with Burnett’s transfer to Northwestern and Quin Langston’s move to Flint Powers.

–The wild card team this upcoming season is Flint Carman-Ainsworth. The Cavs have talent in sophomore-to-be point guard Denzel Watts and juniors to be Anton Wilson and James Conley. Will it be another season of underachievement for the Cavs?

FLINT, Michigan — On Thursday afternoon, Mott Community College will honor head coach Steve Schmidt for his induction into the NJCAA Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

On Friday night, it’s his turn to honor the players he says got him there.

“I was inducted into the hall of fame, but we couldn’t have had this level of success at Mott without the commitment and dedication of so many players who are a part of this family,” said Schmidt, who will honor his former players Friday night at 8 p.m. at the Steve Schmidt Gymnasium during the first “One Team, One Family” alumni game. “They are the reason we have three national championship banners hanging in the gym.”

The game will immediately follow the Bruin Club All-Star Game, hosted by Mott annually for the best high school seniors in the Flint area. The Bruin Club game starts at 6 p.m.

“This is going to be a great night of basketball in Flint,” Schmidt said. “You’re going to be able to see many future college players and guys who’ve made it on the big stage, professional players who have literally gone from Mott to play basketball all over the world.”

It’s true that one would be hard-pressed to find a better alumni base at the JUCO level anywhere in the country. The game will feature players like Jeremie Simmons (Ohio State), Kevin Tiggs (ETSU and Ukraine), Thomas Kennedy (University of Detroit), Lamar Rice (Clemson, Japan), Jerel Allen (Florida State, Ukraine), Jay Youngblood (Kent State, Austria), Terrence Watson (Ball State) and more.

The cost is $5 for both games.

Bruin Club All-Star game time change

Posted: June 21, 2010 by Jared Field in High School

The Bruin Club All-Star game set for this Friday night will be at 6 p.m.

The game had been scheduled for 7 p.m., but there will be another game following this one at 8 p.m. — A Mott alumni game.

More details to come.

FLINT, Michigan — The annual Bruin Club All-Star Game has been scheduled for 6 p.m.  Friday, June 25, at the Steve Schmidt Gymnasium on the campus of Mott Community College in Flint.

Mott head coach Steve Schmidt hopes the game, exclusive to seniors,  will continue to attract basketball fans from across Genesee County.

“The Bruin Club classic game is set up for the Flint area graduating seniors to have a competitive game and good experience,” Schmidt said. ” We are approaching our 20th year with this All Star game which is quite an accomplishment.  We’ve had some great players participate over the years.”

This year’s game pits city players against the suburbs. Most of the players involved in this year’s event will move on to play basketball in college. A few, like Grand Blanc guard  Marcus Tucker,  have yet to sign on with a college. Tucker is one of the top remaining unsigned guard prospects in the state.

If you are on one of these rosters, please RSVP to Jared Field at field.jared@gmail.com or by text message to 810-241-8362. There are no practices, but players are expected to arrive early.

City All-Stars

G Josh Young 5’10” Flint Southwestern (Confirmed)

G Darryl Dixon 5’11” Flint Hamady (Confirmed)

G Roy Jackson 6’2’’ Flint Hamady (Confirmed)

G Glenn Cosey 6’0” Flint C-A (Confirmed)

G Jojuan Graham 6’2” Flint Southwestern (Confirmed)

G Chuck McLauren 5’10” Flint Southwestern(Confirmed)

G DeMarco Sanders 6’2” Flint Powers (Confirmed)

F Gerald Williams – Taylor 6’4” Flint Northern (Confirmed)

F Jaylen Larry 6’8” Flint C-A (Confirmed)

F D’Marius Houston 6’1” Flint Beecher (Confirmed)

F Travon Mitchell 6’3” Flint Northwestern (Confirmed)

F Darrell Williams 6’7” Flint Northern  (Confirmed)

F Dee Chapman 6’6” Flint C-A (Confirmed)

F Patrick O’Brien 6’4” Flint Powers (Confirmed)

Coach: Mike Williams, Flint Beecher

Suburban All-Stars

G Marcus Tucker 5’10” Grand Blanc (Confirmed)

G William Sams 6’2” Montrose (Confirmed)

G Justin Fowler 5’11” Holly (Confirmed)

G DeAndre Johnson 6’0” New Lothrop (Confirmed)

G Thomas Lovachis 5’11” Holly (Confirmed)

G Cody Campbell 5’10” Swartz Creek (Confirmed)

G Joey Jerisk 5’11” Bentley (Confirmed)

G Andrew Patrick 6’2” Goodrich (Confirmed)

G Anthony Sisson 6’0” Lapeer West (Confirmed)

F Patrick Haggin 6’5” Grand Blanc (Confirmed)

F Zack Treib 6’6” Flushing (Confirmed)

F Thomas Jean 6’6” Genesee (Confirmed)

F Mitchel Vallie 6’5” Goodrich (Confirmed)

F Lucas Sorenson 6’10” Clio (Confirmed)

Coach: Jeremy Trent, Swartz Creek

FLINT, Michigan — On April 30, 2010, Steve Schmidt, longtime head men’s basketball coach at Mott Community College, was inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Men’s Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. That is a cause for celebration.

The community is invited to join MCC to celebrate and honor one of the most successful basketball coaches in the nation at A Salute to Steve Schmidt, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, 2010 in MCC’s Applewood Café. A brief program is scheduled for 5 p.m. Refreshments will be available. This event is free and open to the public.

Steve Schmidt became MCC’s Head Men’s Basketball Coach in 1991. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, he shaped the program into one of the nation’s most recognized and successful programs. The MCC Bears have never had a losing season during Coach Schmidt’s tenure. He has led the team to three National Championships. After winning the first national championship in 2003, the Bears won two more national titles back-to-back in 2007 and 2008. He also received National Coach of the Year honors each of those years.

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Free MBA basketball clinic in Flint June 21-25

Posted: June 15, 2010 by Jared Field in High School

The Michigan Basketball Association is hosting its 17th annual free camp for boys and girls ages 8-17 June 21-25 at Flint Central High School.

Players ages 8-12 attend from 8 a.m. to noon each day and players ages 13-17 attend from 1-5 p.m. Players receive instruction, evaluations, a t-shirt and lectures from area coaches as well as professional and college players.

Enrollment is on a first come, first served basis. It is open to the first 400 applicants and the entry deadline is June 18. For information or to pick up an application, contact Earl Jordan at (810) 238-9197.