After checking up on Flint area kids at the JUCO and Division III/NAIA levels, here is a rundown of local kids helping Division I and Division II college teams this season. As always, if we’re missing any, let me know in the comments and I will add them in.
Anthony Crater, Flint Southwestern/South Florida junior: After starting his career at Ohio State, Crater is now in his second season at South Florida, playing big minutes for the Bulls. Crater averages 4 points and 4 assists in about 33 minutes per game, but the biggest improvement for him this season has been his 3-point shooting. After shooting just 16 percent from three last year, Crater is now shooting 32 percent.
Jon Lee, Carman-Ainsworth/Northwestern sophomore: Lee has made a huge leap in his second year at Northeastern, averaging nearly 12 points and 3 assists per game while playing close to 30 minutes a night for the Huskies. Lee, a guard, is shooting an impressive 50 percent from the field and an even more impressive 47 percent from three.
Laval Lucas-Perry, Powers/Oakland junior: After transferring from Michigan to Oakland, LLP is sitting out this season. He’ll be a senior next year on an Oakland team that will have to find a way to fill the void that will be left when the best mid-major player in the country, Keith Benson, heads to the NBA.
Tom Herzog, Powers/Central Florida senior: After never being given much of a chance at Michigan State, Tom Herzog has proven he can be an effective role player, averaging six points and four rebounds per game for UCF. Herzog is also among the best shot blockers in the country, averaging 2.1 in just 16 minutes per game.
Demondre Chapman, Carman-Ainsworth/Prairie View freshman: Chapman has had his moments as a freshman at Prairie View, including scoring 13 points in the team’s visit to East Lansing earlier this season. He’s playing about 12 minutes per game and averaging 3 points and 2 rebounds per game.
Kieon Arkwright, Carman-Ainsworth/St. Clair C.C./Texas-Pan American junior: Arkwright, one of the top JUCO players in the state last year with St. Clair, is playing about 10 minutes per game at UT-Pan Am, averaging nearly 3 points and shooting 35 percent from 3-point range.
Patrick O’Brien, Powers/SVSU freshman: O’Brien, the Flint area’s top high school player his last two seasons at Powers, has played in 11 games at SVSU, averaging 6 points and 4 rebounds per game.
DeMarco Sanders, Powers/Ferris State freshman: Sanders, an All-Stater at Powers last season, has played in 13 games for the GLIAC-winning Bulldogs, shooting 42 percent and scoring 2 points per game.
K’Len Morris, Grand Blanc/Grand Valley State senior: Morris, a star at Grand Blanc, has never been able to shake injury problems in college. Knee injuries cost him significant portions of the last two seasons. Morris appeared in 17 games this year, averaging 6 points per game for GVSU.
Reggie Stallings, Carman-Ainsworth/Central Missouri junior: Stallings, a high school teammate of Arkwright and Lee, is averaging 8 points per game in 28 games (19 starts) for the Mules this season. Stallings spent one year at Wayne State and then one year at a JUCO in Texas before arriving at Central Missouri.
Andrew Charlesworth, Powers/Mott C.C./Lake Superior State senior: Charlesworth is averaging 8 points and 2 rebounds per game for Lake State, starting 15 of the 26 games he played in. He is shooting 45 percent from 3-point range and 93 percent from the foul line.
Bill Sams, Grand Blanc/Montrose/Lake Superior State freshman: Sams appeared in 15 games for Lake State this season, averaging 1.8 points per game.
Matt Wittbrodt, Powers/Ohlone C.C./Northwood senior: Wittbrodt averages 3.4 points per game off the bench for Northwood. He’s hitting 59 percent of his 3-pointers this season.
Gerald Williams-Taylor, Northern/Wayne State freshman: A late bloomer in high school, Williams-Taylor was Northern’s most versatile player last season. He’s played in 18 games for Wayne State, averaging 2.5 points and 1.1 rebounds per game.
— Patrick Hayes | Great Lakes Hoops