Archive for the ‘Big Nine’ Category

Left to right, Jon Lee, Anthony Crater and Reggie Stallings.

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.



Left to right, Chris Hutton, Damon Franklin and Nate Cox.

Last week, we took a look at how Flint area kids are doing at the JUCO level. Here’s the list of updates on kids at the NAIA and Division III level. If any have been left off, feel free to add names in the comments and I’ll at them into the story. (more…)

Left to right, Vince Adams, Ryan Hickoff, Syrus McDonald and Shaquille Smith.

I’ve been contributing some articles to Michigan Preps, the state’s Rivals-owned, subscription-based high school sports page, throughout the last month or so, and they’re online if anyone has a pays to subscribe and wants to check them out. Here are excerpts from a few recent ones: (more…)

The weekly updates to the Flint area standings and scoring leaders are posted through last Friday’s games. Send any corrections or omissions to patrickhayes13(at)gmail(dot)com or leave them in the comments.

— Patrick Hayes | Great Lakes Hoops

Denzel Watts is attracting high major interest with his play this season.

Carman-Ainsworth’s Denzel Watts is part of the talented crop of Flint area sophomore point guards that also includes Monte Morris (Beecher), Richie Lewis (Northern) and Cullen Turczyn (Lapeer West). Watts is having a fantastic season, averaging more than 20 points per game, and his mix of size and quickness is garnering high major interest. He recently talked to UM Hoops about his college prospects: (more…)

Glenn Cosey

From the NJCAA: Glenn Cosey, a Flint, Michigan native, posted back-to-back monster games against Cincinnati State and Edison CC to lead his team to a 2-0 mark for the week. He averaged 32.0 points, 11.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game. Versus Cincinnati State, Cosey put up 36 points and 12 rebounds, adding three assists, two steals, and two blocks. Against Edison, the 6’0” forward recorded a 28 point- 11 rebound double-double with five assists. Cosey also shot 9-of-13 from beyond the arc over the two games.

FLINT, Michigan — With the crowd, the officials and school administrators in a hurry to get this game in the books, it appeared Northwestern was more interested in watching the Weather Channel from home on Tuesday night. The Wildcats played uninspired basketball for four quarter, losing at home 65-52 to Carman-Ainsworth.

The Wildcats led after the first quarter and basically sleepwalked their way through the rest of the game, trailing by as many as 16 after a fourth-quarter technical on head coach David Bush.

The bulk of the scoring for the Cavaliers came by way of Denzel Watts and Anton Wilson. Watts is really impressive. I have to remind myself that I’m not watching Glenn Cosey anymore. This kid is only a sophomore.

Northwestern was led by seniors Syro McDonald and Jaylen Magee. I don’t have any official stats because I wanted to get in out of the storm as soon as possible, but both were in the teens.

I mentioned the officials earlier, and I guess I can’t blame them for being in a hurry. There was one play in particular in which Wilson was so far out of bounds with the ball that he actually stopped on a fastbreak … the only problem was that no whistle was blown. It was one of the most peculiar things I’ve seen.

— By Jared Field | Great Lakes Hoops

In case you missed it, but by some wild turn of events, Lapeer East beat Flushing last night, 69-60.


How can a team with ZERO wins in the Flint Metro League beat Flushing, a team coming off an upset win over Flint Northwestern? That’s a game Flushing just simply cannot lose on its home floor; and that’s fine for me to say that, but overconfidence can kill a team.

This is a perfect example of why players cannot overlook ANY team on the schedule.

— By Jared Field | Great Lakes Hoops

Vince Adams is making the most of his senior year.

Vincent “Blake” Adams Jr. certainly had to wait his turn to hit the floor at Flint Powers High School.  The difference between him and most other kids these days is that he remained patient and stayed put, not that it was easy to do. Those that know him, also know that he bounced the idea around that transferring would be a good move; however, he ultimately decided that his opportunity would come and he wouldn’t waste it when it did.  2010-2011 is that opportunity and he is definitely taking advantage of it.  I took some time to find out who this young man really is so that everybody can get to know him.


A resolution to the ever-shrinking Big Nine’s quest to join a league so its remaining four teams don’t have to go to insane lengths just to fill out a schedule every year could be in sight.

The Midland Daily News reports that the Saginaw Valley League will vote in March on whether to accept Big Nine teams Powers Catholic, Carman-Ainsworth, Davison and Flushing as well as independent Flint Northwestern into the SVL next fall. The league would then be divided into North and South divisions. From the report, it seems promising:

“With the two divisions and the proposed makeup of those, there’s going to be cost savings with transportation,” said (Midland Superintendent Carl) Ellinger, whose school district includes SVL members Dow High and Midland High. “Our students can be in the classroom longer, and that’s a good thing.”

The North Division would be: Saginaw High, Heritage, Saginaw Arthur Hill, Bay City Western, Bay City Central and Midland Dow.

The South would be Northwestern, Northern, Southwestern, Powers, Carman-Ainsworth, Davison and Flushing.

The SVL is already a great basketball league. This move would make it even stronger, perhaps making it the best hoops league in the state if it’s not already.

Now all that needs to happen is coaxing Grand Blanc out of the weird KLAA. GB could join the south division, balancing the SVL with eight teams in each division and allowing Grand Blanc to play more natural rivalries. Grand Blanc supposedly left the Big Nine partially because joining the KLAA would help with travel expenses. But wouldn’t playing in a possible SVL south division against other Genesee County schools be better than traveling to Milford and Brighton? And who wouldn’t want to see the GB-Powers basketball rivalry renewed, right?

— By Patrick Hayes | Great Lakes Hoops