Report: Top 2013 prospect Steve Haney Jr. to transfer to Lansing Eastern

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

It is being reported on Lansing radio today that arguably the state’s top prospect in the 2013 class is transferring to Lansing Eastern. Steve Haney Jr., the 6-6 forward who was East Lansing’s top player as a freshman on varsity, will be a Quaker. After the season, Haney’s head coach was fired for undisclosed reasons. The speculation was that parents of players in Doug Fleming’s program were jealous of the attention and playing time Haney received in his first season.

East Lansing’s program goes from being among the best in the state for 2010-11 to very average overnight.

  1. Hoopsguru says:

    I do not understand this whole transfer thing anymore. Here is something to think about – IF YOU ARE GOOD, IT DOES NOT MATTER WHERE YOU PLAY. And please for the record by no means am I trying to say / imply that this young kid is not good.

    IMO – the transfer thing is just getting crazy. Example – this was reported on Lansing radio. Lansing is the capital of our state – surely they have more important matters to talk about on the radio in Lansing!

    • Jared Field says:

      Yeah. Perhaps they should be reporting about all the jobs that are “transferring” out of state.

      I agree with your point. Haney would have been fine at East Lansing, but I think it serves that program and AD right. It’s back to irrelevance for EL.

    • Al says:

      Maybe you dont know the whole story either. I know people close to family who say family was receiving anonymous threats and racial slurs on voice mails (Haney is mixed)…good job EL, way to represent. But I guess he should have stayed anyway, huh?

      BTW…Haney Jr played so well at Kentucky Hoopfest got a write up on and was watched closely by Tom Craan from IU and Purdue was at every game he played….now being recruited by just about every D1 in Midwest….

  2. larry burton says:

    Last season East Lansing won a total of 6 games !! how would anyone consider them a top program in the State, they lost a game to Everett (1-19)EL will win more than 6 games this upcoming season.

  3. SBell says:

    The best part, his dad claiming it was for academic opportunities!

    • Jared Field says:

      Yeah. Now that’s a laugh.

    • muthguy1 says:

      The dad was forced into that. I just can’t believe these egotistical parents and teammates.

      He clearly was the best player on that team (if you saw them play) – – freshman or not!! Of course, the offense needed to run through him to give them the best chance of winning.

      This whole parent committee was all about holding him back so some of the other kids could get more shots. East Lansing deserves this.

      (If the racial accusations are true; East Lansing deserves this 20 times over. I’m not sure about this part; East Lansing has had plenty of African-Americans on their teams, though.)

  4. larry burton says:

    Jared,maybe I am missing something. Even if Haney were to have stayed at EL,what would have made them one of the top teams in the state. I believe they should have won more than six games last season,if they doubled the win total from last year you are still looking at a team 2 games over .500. My question is what would have been so drastically different this season ?

    • muthguy1 says:

      Haney’s increase in skill level, and probably his body maturing would have made him a much more formidable player.

      There was also a pretty strong sophomore and two good juniors who played and got better last year.

      Haney is truly a guard and he was already 6’4″ or 6’5″ as a freshman. (He seems willing to stay inside and help rebound and play defense, too.)

      Haney alone would make a team really strong, especially if he keeps improving.

    • Jared Field says:

      In just a couple months, a program brimming with young talent lost the top prospect in the 2013 class AND one of the best basketball coaches in Mid-Michigan.

  5. michigan hoops says:

    on paper with this transfer it have to put Eastern as a favorite for the state title,with haney,cha cha tucker-the best 2013 in the state,ladonte henton-the best 2011 in the state and is favorite for ,brian morton top 10 2013 in the state,so it should be an exicting season

  6. larry burton says:

    I understand the fact that Haney is a very good player,but to say as a fact that EL was going to be a top team in the state,based on Haney and Fleming staying put is a stretch,no offense to Fleming but during his time at EL his overall record 70-88 sub 500,record last season with Haney 6-15 record, the season before without Haney 8-13 or14.
    Muthguy stated Haney’improvement in skill level and maturing body,I would think those things would apply to most High School athletes.I wish Haney the very best,I just believe the hype puts extra pressure on the young man.I also think it is a slap in the face of the players at EL that are now back to being “very average” and ” irrelavant”.I guess we are living in the King James era.

  7. SBell says:

    EL’s junior point guard, Tracy Edmonds, is really good.

  8. michigan hoops says:

    lansing eastern guards cha cha tucker or brian morton would give tracy the works,and they only sophs

  9. Gavin says:

    Exactly Steve! Edmonds would have been a sick point guard for EL next season. Haney, McAdoo, Tucker, Bell and Efe would have made for a very tough rotation for Coach Fleming to use, but so much for that.

    • Jared Field says:

      The point is this: They went from being a program with elite potential to one with good potential. It’s a simple equation. EL would have been among the favorites to win a state title in Haney’s junior season.

      Let’s face it, Fleming has made it to Breslin with less.

  10. SBell says:

    The thing is, in real grownup basketball, a point guard leads a team, he doesn’t “give the works.”

  11. Gavin says:

    Tracy may not have ideal size, but one would be hard-pressed to get the best of him. As good as Tucker is, he would not walk over Edmonds.

  12. EyePhoneNation says:

    Is it me or is highschool basketball at a all-time high in Lansing?

  13. Al says:

    Having seen Brian Morton, Cha Tucker and Tracy Edmunds, Tracy can not even come close to Morton and Tucker, not a conversation. He is way too small. Morton will lock him up. I have seen Brian Morton lock up guards on the circuit that were easily twice the player Edmunds is who last season physically at time looked like he still should have been playing on the JV team. In saying that, yes, basketball has returned to Lansing and next year should be a good one.

  14. EyePhoneNation says:

    I just noticed Steve Haney,Brian Morton,Charles Tucker,Tracy Edmunds are all “jr’s” (named after thier fathers)

  15. SBell says:

    You might want to check out Edmonds on the circuit.

  16. verl says:

    Tracy did fine against Tucker last season.

    IMO, The best all around player in Lansing is Harrison Docks. He gave Edmunds the most trouble last year.

    • muthguy1 says:

      I’ll say Harrison Docks is certainly in the picture if you are only talking about guards. LaDontae will be the best player next year.

  17. EyePhoneNation says:

    All these guards seem too small to handle valentine

  18. michiganscout says:

    brian morton locked up denzel during summer league,had denzel dad going crazy,and which eastern beat sexton (which had its full roster)twice once without haney,and ladonte and the 2nd time without morton.haney,tucker,ladonte

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