Archive for June, 2012

Michigan high school basketball analyst Steve Bell has released his list of the top 10 point guards in Michigan who have not yet committed. The list was released on the heels of another Flint area guard, Beecher’s Monte Morris, verbally committing to Iowa State University.

Swartz Creek’s JD Tisdale, Carman-Ainsworth’s Denzel Watts and Flint Northern’s Richie Lewis are all on the list.

None of the three are what I would consider pure point guards, but all three have tremendous talent to score the ball and lead the break.

Several Michigan JUCO players are on the move, and they are all headed in the same direction.

Jody Hill, one of the top players in the MCCAA at Delta College near Saginaw, will a few Saginaw-area players at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina this fall. Hill, a 6-0 scoring guard, was a one-man wrecking crew at Delta, scoring more than 25 points per game as a sophomore and being named to the All-American team.

Hill will join former Saginaw Heritage and Delta College point guard AJ Thomas in the backcourt. Thomas spent one season at Delta before transferring.

Also in the mix is former Saginaw Heritage and Jackson CC wing, 6-4 James Johnson. There’s potential for Livingstone to have three players with ties to Saginaw in its starting lineup.

Two former Oakland CC Raiders will also make the trek to North Carolina.  Darius and Anthony Welch, a nice guard-forward tandem from Chicagoland, will also contribute to a major JUCO overhaul at the school.

Former Flint Northern High School head basketball coach Tony Holiday is an assistant coach at LC and, hopefully, will continue mining Mid-Michigan for talent.

Coreoante Deberry, pictured with the son of former National Player of the Year, Kevin Tiggs. Deberry and Kevin Tiggs Jr. are taking part in the No Excuses Basketball Camp this week in Flint.

In his case, I must emphasize “big.”

Coreoante DeBerry, the 6-foot-9 and 245-pound beast from Holland (Michigan), is the second major recruiting target signed by Schmidt in the last few days (Chicago Curie shooting guard Devin Foster signed last week).

DeBerry, who originally committed to the University of Detroit, will provide Schmidt with something he hasn’t had in a very long time — a legitimate center prospect.

“Coreoante is skilled and athletic; he will make a tremendous impact with his ability, size and presence,” said Schmidt, who already had DeBerry hard at work at the school’s youth basketball camp on Tuesday. “I’m really looking forward to working with him and helping him develop on the court and academically. He’s a great kid.”

The first time I saw DeBerry was a couple years ago at an AAU tournament in West Michigan. He was hard to miss. He has a big body with huge hands and is athletic enough not to belabor a team that likes to push it. He should be a double-double frontline force in the MCCAA, where talented big men are hard to come by.

At Holland, DeBerry scored in double-figures in every game but one. He also scored 20+ points in seven games leading his team to the OK Black title.

Mott’s John Taylor signs with Fresno-Pacific University

Posted: June 23, 2012 by Jared Field in JUCO, Mott
Fresno, Calif. – The Fresno Pacific men’s basketball program took a major step forward in keeping the program nationally relevant as it heads into NCAA Division II and the Pacific West Conference this fall, as head coach Chris Wright announced the signings of National Junior College Player of the Year John Taylor and NCAA Division I transfer Malcolm Griffin.
Taylor, a 6’1” guard, joins the Sunbirds from Mott Community College in Michigan where he was the National Division II Junior College Player of the Year while averaging 24.9 points per game and leading his team to a 35-1 record and a JUCO national title.
Griffin, a 6’4” guard/forward, comes to FPU from NCAA Division I Toledo, where he led the team in scoring, assists and steals as a sophomore before transferring following a coaching change.
FPU beat out virtually every top NCAA Division II and NAIA program in the country to land Taylor, who scored 40 or more points three times this season and was the #6-ranked overall prospect in the talent-rich state of Illinois coming out of high school.
“John is a special talent that has won big everywhere he has been,” said Wright. “He has unbelievable tools that make him a legitimate NBA prospect. He possesses unlimited shooting range, great quickness and ball handling ability, and can get to the rim and finish with ease. As good of a player as he is, I think the thing that makes him special is desire to win. He has all of the intangibles and ability to play at the highest of levels.”

Mott Community College head basketball coach Steve Schmidt has officially landed the first big fish of what may be his most impressive recruiting haul since his back-to-back national championship teams of 2007 and 2008 (more signings are expected soon).

Chicago Curie’s Devin Foster, a 6-3 shooting guard, will follow in the footsteps of impressive Windy City guards that have used Mott as a catapult to the next level — Jeremie Simmons, Lamarr Drake, John Taylor and Rashi Johnson.

Foster was among the top players in Chicago as a senior, averaging 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists per game. He was named first team all-city and second team all-state at Curie.

For the last two seasons, Foster has shared all tournament first team honors at the Pontiac Holiday Tournament with the consensus top player in the country, Jabari Parker.

Jimmy Kelley, of Real Deal Recruiting, wrote about Foster after Curie was narrowly defeated by Parker’s Simeon squad for the city title back in February:

At times he seemed like the best player on the court and his effort off the ball impressed me. At 6-foot-3 he has good size for a mid-major shooting guard and his lefty stroke is pure.

He is also tireless and fearless. He worked hard off the ball and looked to attack from places you typically do not see guards attack from (i.e. the elbow) and was fearless on drives and had no problem taking the contested three that closed the gap at the end.

More to come on new recruits as they sign.

FLINT, Michigan — The first player signed in Mott Community College’s 2012 class led all scorers in the Bruin Club Classic on Thursday night in Flint. Antuan Burks, Flint Beecher standout, scored 23 points including four 3-pointers. It wasn’t enough, however, as two of the Flint Metro League’s finest showed out in the second half.

Holly’s Jared Plawski and Fenton’s Dylan Hickoff scored 21 and 20 points, respectively, as the Black (suburban) squad beat the Gold (city) squad 87-78.

The game is played annually to showcase the Flint area’s top seniors.

Other standouts included Flint Northern’s Darius Toins, Flint Northwestern’s Roderick Adair and Clio’s Zach Borowski. The latter is a very impressive point guard who, unlike a few former Mustangs who have played in this game, didn’t look out of place one bit.

I couldn’t help but to think how different this game would have been with Anton Wilson and Javontae Hawkins (both transferred out of Flint to prep schools and will play D-1) on the rosters. At any rate, next year we will have no fewer than four D-1 players in this game.

The Mott Bruin Club Classic boys’ game will be played at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night inside the Steve Schmidt Gymnasium on the campus of Mott Community College in Flint. The game will showcases the best players in the class of 2012, locally, including three members of the undefeated state championship team from Beecher High School.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Children five years old and younger are free. The girls’ game will start at 5:30 p.m. Players should arrive 45 minutes before the tip.

Gold Team

Coach: Mike Powell

1 – Antuan Burks, Beecher
10 – Cortez Robinson, Beecher
2 – Montana Gooch, Beecher
8 – Cory Jones, Flint Southwestern
9 – Quin Langston-McNeal, Powers
3 – Darius Toins, Flint Northern
5 – Andrew Wooten, Flint Northwestern
12- Roderick Adair, Flint Northwestern
4 – Jalen Snyder, International Academy of Flint
11 – Clarence Turner, Grand Blanc

Black Team

Coach: Lance Baylis

8 – Dylan Hickoff, Fenton
9 – Ryan Hickoff, Fenton
10 – Nic Stoll, Holly
5 – Jared Plawski, Holly
2 – Lance Arnold, Davison
1 – Zach Borowski, Clio
4 – Jarod Jones, Swartz Creek
11 – Kevin Baker, Linden
13 – Chad Betz, Montrose
12 – Cody Feltner, Ortonville-Brandon
3 – Paul Adas, Kearsley

Video: JD Tisdale, class of 2013, highlights

Posted: June 18, 2012 by Jared Field in High School

Check out one of the state’s best 2013 prospects, Swartz Creek’s JD Tisdale. He’s a solid mid-major prospect with tremendous upside potential.

One of Mott Community College’s reserve guards from the 2012 national championship team will spend the next two years at Lawrence Tech University in Metro Detroit.

Anthony Sisson, a Lapeer West High School graduates, signed with LTU earlier this week and joins the Blue Devils with two years of high-level college experience under his belt.

Sisson, a 6-0 shooting guard, will be able to step in immediately as a very reliable outside shooter and perimeter defender.

Throughout his career at Mott, Sisson was commended by the coaching staff for his work ethic both on and off the court.

Coming June 21: 20th annual Mott Bruin Club Classic

Posted: June 10, 2012 by Jared Field in High School

FLINT, Michigan — The 20th annual Mott Bruin Club Classic will be played on Thursday, June 21 at the Steve Schmidt Gymnasium on the campus of Mott Community College. The game has historically featured the best seniors in the Flint area in an all-star game format. The girls’ game starts at 5:30 p.m. with the boys’ game to follow at 7:30 p.m.

The following players (or their coaches) need to send an e-mail to [email protected] confirming that they want to be on the roster for this game:

Antuan Burks, Beecher (confirmed)
Cortez Robinson, Beecher (confirmed)
Montana Gooch, Beecher (confirmed)
Dylan Hickoff, Fenton (confirmed)
Ryan Hickoff, Fenton (confirmed)
Nic Stoll, Holly (confirmed)
Jared Plawski, Holly (confirmed)
Nathan Landsgaard, Goodrich
Cory Jones, Southwestern (confirmed)
Lance Arnold, Davison (confirmed)
Quin Langston-McNeal, Powers (confirmed)
Darius Toins, Flint Northern (confirmed)
Andrew Wooten, Northwestern (confirmed)
Roderick Adair, Northwestern (confirmed)
Jalen Snyder, IAF (confirmed)
Miles Thronson, Atherton
Paul Adas, Kearsley
Zach Borowski, Clio (confirmed)
Jarod Jones, Swartz Creek (confirmed)
Kevin Baker, Linden (confirmed)
Chad Betz, Montrose (confirmed)
Clarence Turner, Grand Blanc (confirmed)
Danny Meissner, Powers
Cody Feltner, Ortonville Brandon (confirmed)

Players should arrive to the gym by no later than 6:45 p.m. to pick up their jersey.