Posts Tagged ‘Monte Morris’

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…)

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

Christian Vaughn-Dawkins has once again put together a great afternoon of high-level high school basketball in tribute to his brother, Dorian Dawkins.

Dawkins, son of Saginaw High coach Lou Dawkins, collapsed and died at a basketball camp at Michigan State in 2009. Dawkins had an undiagnosed heart condition (acute myocardial ischemia).

To honor his brother, as well as raise money for the American Heart Association, Vaughn-Dawkins organized the first-ever Show Your Heart Memorial Classic last season, featuring some of the best high school teams in the Midwest. (more…)

After every season, we try to give players around Mid-Michigan some love with our postseason awards. This year, we will hand out awards for the Flint area, the Tri-Cities and Lansing. Flint is first.

Hardwood Hardware: Flint Area Edition

Most Valuable Player: Cody Campbell, senior, Swartz Creek: Campbell led the Dragons in scoring, assists and 3-point shooting percentage (44%). He’s the best ballhandler I’ve ever seen in that league and among the best players. Campbell helped turn a .500 team into a league champion. He led the league in scoring at 17.6 points per game and played several games early on with a broken wrist.

Player of the Year: Demarco Sanders, senior, Flint Powers — This award came down to two players on the same team: Sanders and fellow senior Patrick O’Brien. Sanders gets the nod, however, for emerging as one of the state’s top shooting guards after playing second fiddle for the previous two seasons. The southpaw led the Big Nine in scoring at 19.1 ppg and shot nearly 55% from the floor.