Basketball season is right around the corner, so it’s time to rank ’em:
1.) Beecher: Buctown might not finish undefeated again this season, but Monte “Man Man” Morris, Markell Lucas, Emanuel Phifer, Eric Cooper and company have the tools to be a top 10 team in the state, regardless of class. Mike Williams is one of the top coaches in Michigan and has a record over the last few seasons to prove it. And while we’re thinking about Beecher, let’s start a trend: #ManMan4MrBasketball
2.) Flint Carman-Ainsworth: The Cavs lost Dorian Grady to Southwestern, but they still return two of the top ten players in the area — guards Denzel Watts and Cam Morse. This could be a breakout season for senior guard Jaylen Randle, who showed some signs of breaking out last season. Flint Powers junior transfer Justice Green will halve to find room in a crowded backcourt, but he has the talent to be a difference maker.
3.) Fenton: The Hickoffs are gone, but (in case you didn’t know) scoring guard Eric Readman is really, really good — just ask Clarkston. Senior Cory Cox is the best frontline player in the Flint Metro League, but his game extends to the perimeter. Senior two-sport standout Mitch Shegos also returns. Fenton was the best passing team I saw last season, and I don’t expect that to change
4.) Goodrich: The Martians, under first-year head coach Tim Tenneriello, have a very talented starting group including Grant Smith, Alec Myers, Mitch Rubio and Carlos Fordham. I think this team can win 17 games this season, and certainly no less than 15. Rubio might be the most talented of the group, but Smith is probably the highest impact returner after the loss of all-everything senior Nathan Landsgaard to graduation. Myers may well lead the team in scoring from his point guard spot. Goodrich vs. Beecher, home and away, are must-see games this season.
5.) Swartz Creek: J.D. Tisdale, recent Bowling Green commit, leads the Dragons and has a little more help this season. Junior Marquavian Stephens probably would have started last season if not for a scary medical emergency that required surgery last winter. Tisdale and fellow senior guard Max Cummings make up one of the top backcourts in Mid-Michigan. The Dragons will play for first-year head coach Scott Wright.
The Rest (in no particular order)