Flint Beecher is just rolling right now, and it shouldn’t be surprising news. For a class C school they may have had the toughest schedule in the state, and that schedule filled with class A teams has once again prepared Beecher for March. In the district semis Beecher steam rolled a solid Burton Atherton team 98-65.
Most of Beecher’s great play as of late has to be credited to All-Stater Malik Ellison. The unsigned senior point guard has been on a mission as of late, going back to his 63 point game just over a week ago. He had 30 points and 5 assist Monday in the opening round of districts, to go with 32 points, 8 assist, and 5 steals last night….all while facing double teams as soon as he touches the ball. It is Ellison’s fourth straight game of 30+ points, 5+ assist, and 5+ steals.
Ellison attacks the basket fearlessly and has a very quick release, making him very hard to guard. He has the vision to find the open teammate and just goes so hard on the court. Some question Ellison because of his height at 5-9 but he more than makes up for it in other areas. I have seen him plenty this year and he has shown game after game that he is as good as any player in the state right now. While he has yet to receive a D1 offer, you can just predict that they are coming, and Ellison is going to make some college coach look like a genius.
While Ellison is a beast, Beecher has so many other weapons to lean on. Coach Mike Williams has a deep bench and everyone seems to know their role. But two players that are just getting started and are going to be special are freshman Jalen Terry and Earnest Sanders. In the district semis Terry went for 24 points, 6 assist, and 3 steals. Sanders went for 16 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks, while putting on a show with his dunk clinic throughout the night.
Both freshman are top 10 players in Michigan’s 2020 class and both will also make noise nationally. Terry is a true floor general with a very high basketball I.Q., he has good size, length, and athleticism for the position. Sanders is a freak athlete but is also skilled. At 6-3 he is a great defender and forces a lot of turnovers either jumping passing lanes or blocking shots. With Sanders and Terry, Beecher will do a lot of winning in years to come.
Another player who caught my attention at the Hamady districts was Burton Bentley sophomore Zach Trent. Bentley is far from your traditional powerhouse basketball program but WOW does Trent do a great job carrying them. He has a reputation as one of the state’s top shooters but he showed off so much more of his game last night. The 6-3 guard carried Bentley in the first half as he was unconscious from downtown going 5 of 6 in the first half. He also showed the ability to get to the basket off the dribble, and set up his teammates, all while being faced guarded and doubled. Trent is a very intriguing prospect that seems to be only getting better.