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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…)

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

Monte Morris is one of the top PG prospects in Michigan.

The Michigan State basketball team has obvious problems at the point guard position, with the flaws of both Kalin Lucas and Korie Lucious on display most nights.

The last time Michigan State had a great leader and efficient playmaker at the point guard spot, it was Flint Northern grad Mateen Cleaves.

The class of 2013 in Flint includes two highly recruited PG prospects in Monte Morris of Beecher and Denzel Watts of Carman-Ainsworth.

So it’s only natural to think Tom Izzo might look Flint’s way again, right?

I broke down the possibility at Michigan State blog The Only Colors, including looking at the strenghts of both Morris and Watts. Here’s an excerpt:

There are certainly other point guard prospects both in-state and out-of-state that Michigan State will consider, but if Izzo is looking for a tough-as-nails leader to plug into that position, both Watts and Morris are smart kids who have been raised in the Flint basketball tradition and already display some of the toughness, talent and intangible qualities that many of the best players Flint has produced over the years showed during their high school and college careers.

Check out the whole post and share your thoughts. Michigan State certainly needs to add depth at that position over the next two years.

— By Patrick Hayes | Great Lakes Hoops

East Lansing freshman Steve Haney, Jr.

I had the opportunity to see a lot of top tier recruits this weekend and rather than writing individual game stories where everyone already knows the result, I just thought I would do a quick rundown of the individuals.

Deanthony Arnett 6’0′ Junior Saginaw High

He’s probably the fastest point guard in the state, period. Even though he missed the game winner against Powers on Sunday, it should be noted that Arnette made it almost the length of the court in three seconds flat. This kid has football offers from almost everywhere, but he’s legit on the hardwood as well.

Travon Baker  5’10”  Sophomore  Detroit Consortium

Travon is a sick point guard.  Ultra quick with the strength and touch to finish in the lane.  Needs to work on his shot mechanics, but the kid is one of the top sophomore point guards out there.    (more…)

It’s always the first thing I do when I get my hands on a roster sheet: scour for a freshman.

It’s simple, really. Any freshman that can make varsity must be good — really good. It takes the thinking variable out of the player evaluation equation.

I’ve seen some really good statewide freshmen this year, including Lansing Eastern’s Charles Tucker (he’s the best), Detroit Pershing’s Kahil Felder and Flint Carman-Ainsworth’s Denzel Watts, who has been compared to Mateen Cleaves.

Now check out these Flint-area freshmen on Hotbed Hoops.

One name that’s probably missing is Flint Northern’s JD Tisdale. He’s really good.

The best game in Flint on Friday night is at Flint Carman-Ainsworth as the Cavaliers take on Big Nine rival Flint Powers.

On paper this looks like a really good game. The Cavs were a Patrick Lucas-Perry basket short of winning two out of three against the eventual class B state champions last season and return pretty much everybody.

This season, Flint Powers is as good or better and showed it on opening night against a pretty good Flint Northwestern squad.

Flint C-A, however, was on the ropes against a Grand Blanc team depleted by defection.


Glenn Cosey, for JC in Midland

The vultures are circling the Big er…Nine.  Four remain after this season’s defection of Grand Blanc.  Which team will be the next to leave the island?

Despite the losses, this is pound-for-pound, one of the best conferences in the state, including the returning B champion and an A powerhouse.  In other words, if you’re a non-conference opponent, then you have a 50 percent chance of being smashed.

I’m still crossing my fingers that somehow the Saginaw Valley League picks these teams up, but until then, this is how the conference looks for this season.