Archive for May, 2013

Flint Powers guard Nick Sulivan is one of 24 Flint area seniors invited to participate in the 21st Annual Bruin Club All-Star Game at Mott. Sullivan will play college ball at Alma, where he was awarded the Presidential Scholarship.

Flint Powers guard Nick Sulivan is one of 24 Flint area seniors invited to participate in the 21st Annual Bruin Club All-Star Game at Mott. Sullivan will play college ball at Alma, where he was awarded the Presidential Scholarship.

The following Flint area seniors have been invited to participate in the  21st annual Bruin Club All-Star game at Mott Community College. The game will tip at 8 p.m. on June 20, 2013:

Darian Welch, Lake Fenton, guard
Markell Lucas, Beecher, forward
J.D. Tisdale, Swartz Creek, guard
Richie Lewis, formerly of Flint Northern, guard
Mitchel Rubio, Goodrich, g/f
Nick Sullivan, Flint Powers, guard
Eric Thompson, Flint Powers, forward
Cory Cox, Fenton, forward
Max Cummings, Swartz Creek, guard
Eric Readman, Fenton, guard
Jomontae Wheeler, Hamady, guard,
Erick Layton, Hamady, g/f
David Battle, Grand Blanc, forward
Zeshawn Jones-Parker, Lapeer West, forward
Tyler Centilli, Clio, forward
KJ Miller, Grand Blanc, guard
Cullen Turczyn, Lapeer West, guard
Michael McFadden, Flint Northern, guard
J.C. Carrizales, Davison, guard
Jaylen Randle, Carman-Ainsworth, guard
Matt Romano, Kearsley, forward
Framar Harris, Flint Southwestern, g/f
Quinton Cook, Ortonville-Brandon, forward
Andre Yancy, Flint Northwestern, forward

Unfortunately, two of the best players in the state, Mr. Basketball Monte Morris (Beecher) and Denzel Watts (Carman-Ainsworth), will not be able to participate. Both players will have already left for their respective colleges (Iowa State and UAB). Luckily, this year’s game has a couple division one caliber players including Swartz Creek’s J.D. Tisdale and the former Flint Northern Viking Richie Lewis. There will also be a pretty substantial group of lower-level college players including Markell Lucas, Nick Sullivan and the Fenton tandem of Cory Cox and Eric Readman.

For college coaches, this is a great opportunity to find an unsigned senior. There are several players on this list who are worth a first or second look. This is one of the deepest classes to come out of the Flint area in the last decade (especially when you throw in Morris and Watts).

The Black team will be coached by Jeremy Trent (Flint Powers) and the Gold Team will be coached by Lance Baylis (Holly). The rosters will be created in a draft format.

The women’s game begins at 6 p.m. and the men’s game follows at 8 p.m. The cost is $5 at the door.

Bob Root’s tenure at Flint Carman-Ainsworth is officially over. The longtime coach and athletic director told Mlive Flint that the time had come to give up his position to someone younger.

From Mlive Flint:

Replacing Root is Carman-Ainsworth junior varsity coach Jay Witham, who was a former player for the Cavaliers prior to being employed by the school as a coaching assistant and later as a teacher.

“We didn’t have anything pre-planned, but I kind of knew at the beginning of the year that this might be my last year and I’d want to turn it over to somebody younger who was ready to take on that challenge,” Root said. “Jay was a member of our program, he started work here as a trainer, then as an assistant, then as the JV coach and also as a teacher. We opened the job up briefly and looked at some internal candidates but decided he was the right guy. He’s done very well at every job we’ve given him.”

In reality, the time to stand down was probably years prior to this announcement. Here’s my issue: I’m a C-A graduate and have been a fan of the program for many years — from Chuck Thrash to Glenn Cosey. That being said, since the departure of former head coach Rory Mattar, C-A’s basketball program has dramatically underachieved. So much so that I’m frankly shocked that Root, who remains as the athletic director, wouldn’t be compelled to at least look at external candidates for the position.

Championship programs aren’t afraid to broaden the base, to see what’s out there and then hire the best coach available. If the best coach available is already in your building, then so be it. That’s a pretty rare occurrence, however, and it certainly wasn’t the case the last time they went “looking” for a head coach.

This isn’t an indictment of the new coach; I hope he’s the right guy and has great success there. This is an indictment of a way of doing business that has, in my view, turned a top-tier program into one that is comfortable with underachievement.

Mott's Fred Mattison.

Mott’s Fred Mattison.

Fred Mattison is heading south once again. The former high school standout forward from Anderson, South Carolina, spent one season at Mott and will finish his career in West Palm Beach, Florida, playing for hall of fame head coach Rollie Massimino at Northwood University.

Mattison led Mott to conference, state and district championships this season. He was named MCCAA Eastern Conference Player of the Year and was a member of the all-tournament team at the NJCAA Nationals in Danville, Illinois in March.

Massimino, now 78 years old, is a legend in the college ranks. He is best known for coaching Villanova to one of the biggest upsets in basketball history, a win over Georgetown in the 1985 NCAA National Basketball Championship.

Mattison, at a burly 6-foot-7, had significant lower-level D-1 interest. He did not earn the requisite amount of college credits, however, to qualify because of a failed stint at Kilgore College in Texas. Northwood competes in the NAIA.

Under Massimino, Northwood has compiled a record of 201-41.