Author: Next Gen Staff

The Introduction: HJ Dillard

HJ Dillard is a 6-3, 12 year old, 7th grade student at Carrollton Middle School. Dillard has always played multiple sports but as of lately he has really taken off. At 6-3 he towers over classmates and opponents. He has a strong frame that starts with his bulky shoulders. Most kids who shoot up with height so quickly can be slow footed or clumsy, not Dillard. He is athletic, quick, and has great footwork.  Dillard possesses such a high skill level he is able to do so much in both basketball and football. Take football for instance, where he...

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Player Feature: Ty Rodgers, Grand Blanc

When you average 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assist in high school basketball people will take notice. But when you do it as a freshman, the top college coaches in the country take notice.  That is the case for Grand Blanc’s 2022 Ty Rodgers. The Saginaw native made a huge splash for Grand Blanc in his debut season, putting up the numbers while helping the Bobcats to a tournament run in March.  Size, strength, skill, explosiveness, toughness, athleticism, are all words that describe Rodgers’ game. However his greatest attribute is probably upstairs as his basketball I.Q. test off...

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Player Spotlight: Latrell Fordham, Davison

Latrell Fordham’s big play ability has helped pave the way for Davsion as they walk into Friday’s Div. 1 regional final vs Utica Eisenhower at Ortonville-Brandon HS.  The 6-3 speedy wideout is enjoying his 1st year as a Cardinal and it is everything he has hoped for. “Since I got here all we have talked about is making a run in the playoffs. Dreaming of winning a State Title my last year. Doing it for the school, coaches, and community” states Fordham.  The Davison senior committed over the summer to play at Ball St next season. Despite committing to a D1 school before the season, Fordham’s play somehow flew under the radar.  However, after hauling in 39 catches and registering 801 yards to go with 12 touchdowns this season, Fordham has looked very impressive. Especially with how balanced the Cardinal offense is behind QB Brendan Sullivan.  Fordham is every bit of 6-3 and has speed to take the top off of defenses.  He is everything you want out of receiver. He has great hands and knows how to attack the ball at its high point.  He runs great routes and can quickly get in and out of his cuts.   With the production and talent that Fordham had showcased, universities are taking notice.  Up to date Fordham has received offers from CMU, Grand Valley, Morgan St, and Ferris St., he...

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Jr. ELITE SHOWCASE WHO’S UP NEXT IN MICHIGAN?? Elite skill training at its best with the spotlight on.  No better atmosphere to challenge your game and compete at a high level with plenty of exposure provided for our Jr elite athletes. Skill training with intense drills that feature fundamentals including: ball handling, shooting, defense, footwork, go to moves, attacking the basket, moving without the ball, post moves, and more! Competition will be consist of 5-on-5 games, 3-on-3, drill competition, and contest with prizes. Multiple media outlets will be in attendance, including the new magazine Books & Ball that will...

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Jr. ELITE FOOTBALL CAMP The Jr. Elite Camp is what every middle school athlete needs to prepare for the upcoming season!  With the spotlight on, our Jr. athletes will compete and train in intense and detailed drills coached by some of the areas top trainers and football minds, led by Z6NE Football’s Tanner Kain. Kain, a former college football player, has quickly become one of the state’s elite trainers and coaches.  He has developed Z6NE Football that is committed to developing college and high school athletes.  But now Kain puts his focus on the middle school level.  Kain now...

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