Author: Next Gen Staff

Player Feature: Sir’Real Smith, Saginaw High

Junior guard Sir’Real Smith has found his groove and is playing his best basketball, and his timing couldn’t be better for Saginaw High, as the Trojans have the state tournament right around the corner. But before Smith, and Saginaw High put their attention to the playoffs, they must first tackle one of their other goals, and that is the Saginaw Valley crown.  “Personally I believe that our number #1 priority is to win the SVL Championship. It would be so awesome to bring an award back to The High and add to our trophy collection,” said Smith. In order to take a closer step towards the Valley crown the Trojans must first travel to Mt. Pleasant to face 15-0 Mt. Pleasant on Friday.  A team that beat them last on a buzzer beater. Smith feels he and his team are more prepared to attack their goals than last year.  Which says alot as Smith was the only sophomore on last year’s AP All-State team. “At 13-2 I feel our chemistry is better than last year.  We are more mature, disciplined, and focussed on our goals. What you put in, is what you get out, and I feel that we have put in the hard work and discipline that is needed,” stated Smith. The 6-0 guard’s dedication and leadership has been key to the Trojans 13-2 record, but what has...

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Player Feature: JD Rawls, Mt. Morris

Player Feature: JD Rawls, Mt. Morris Tuesday night JD Rawls turned in a performance his Mt. Morris community hasn’t seen in a while, 66 years to be exact.  The Mt. Morris senior guard put up 42 points breaking his school record of 40 points set back in 1952. A 42 point performance alone draws plenty of attention.  But two other key factors have to be mentioned as well. More importantly Mt. Morris won the game 74-57 over Otisville Lakeville, something the Panthers haven’t done much of over the last couple of years.   Coach Steve Perryman has his program rolling...

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475 Training Session 12-15-18

Plenty of talent showed up at the 475 Elite Training and plenty of guys showed out, here are a few guys that had a great day at this past weekend’s training session.   Danny Bradley, Flint Beecher, 2021 Corner Very physical and elite cover DB who stayed inside receivers all day long.  Loves to compete and always wanted to match-up vs the top receivers. May not be the biggest DB you’ll face but trust me you don’t want to get tangled up with him…matter of fact, good luck even getting off the line vs Bradley! Caleb Carter, Carrollton, 2021 WR Once 1-on-1’s started Carter showed out, the 6-2 receiver got physical and snagged everything that came his way.  Showed the skill level to make plays in the short passing game as well as getting seperation down field. Greg Farrell, Bridgeport, 2020 DB Farrell is a natural athlete with a lot of natural ability.  At 6-0 he can play multiple positions, including quarterback but on this day he stood out as a safety.  Strong, physical, and speed to go with it. Dustin Fletcher, Carman-Ainsworth, 2020 QB Big time QB with a big time arm, and the 6-4 gunslinger showed it off all day. Accuracy was on point and Fletcher made the job very easy for receivers with his accuracy.  Whether it was drills or competition Fletcher looked like one of...

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Tonight’s Top Games: 11-27-18

Tonight is the first big night of high school hoops in Mid-Michigan.  Below are some regional games that highlight the first Tuesday of the season.  Give credit to some area teams for scheduling tough games right out the gate.   Saginaw High at Carman-Ainsworth Two class A teams with high hopes this season, due to amount of experience both bring back.  The High has its 3-headed monster with 2020 standouts Freddie McIntosh, Sir’Real Smith, and James Babers.  Carman did loose alot with JK Lewis and Omari Duncan graduating. Mike Fletcher and Jayden Nunn will carry the load, and may have even more on their plate if 6-4 Dustin Fletcher can’t go tonight due to an ankle sprain.  Carman freshman Mekhi Ellison and Isaiah Jones also make their varsity debut for the Cavaliers.   Detroit Renaissance at Flint Beecher Renny should own the paint with skilled wing forwards 6-5 Chandler Turner and 6-7 Carrington McCaskill, but will they be able to run with them Beecher boys, particularly guards Jalen Terry and Ern Sanders who are both explosive in the open court.   Lansing Everett at Grand Blanc The new era stars tonight for the Bobcats!  New head coach Mike Thomas has plenty of toys to play with starting with 6-5 wing Ty Rodgers, throw in junior transfers Trell Fordham, Kevin-David Rice, and Matai Swain and Grand Blanc is talking state...

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