Author: paul

Peach Jam and PIT Recap

For the opening week on the NCAA live period Michigan kids that play for Nike teams headed south to North Augusta, South Carolina.  EYBL teams that qualified had the opportunity to play in the nation’s most prestigious tournament, the Peach Jam.  While the rest of the EYBL teams played in the Peach Invitational Tournament (PIT).   The Family 15’s put Michigan back on the map by winning the 15u Peach Jam, but the fashion in which they did it made their run so special.  From day 1 whispers were being passed around on how good them boys from Michigan looked.  They dominated the field and went 5-0, with winning by an average margin of 14 points, including a 20 point win in the Championship game.   The Family 15’s weren’t the only team with Michigan bodies that found some success.  Spiece made a run all the way to the championship game of the PIT (EYBL) division, where they lost by two points to the Southern Stampede.   The Family 16s also had a strong showing by winning their pool and advancing to the round of eight before falling by two points to Team Final.   Below is a list of some of our Michigan kids who stood out in N. Augusta:   (Alphabetical Order)   Maliq Carr, 6-6, The Family 15’s- every successful team has an enforcer, a so...

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Saginaw Hoopfest Day 1 Recap

Friday night popped off the opening night of the Saginaw Hoopfest and the teams did not disappoint by putting on a show.  A few big name players reminded everyone who they are, like Jimmy Bell with his dominance for Arthur Hill, and there were a few surprise performances, most notably Sanford Meridian 2019 guard Lucas Lueder.   Below is a list from Friday night’s standouts in alphabetical order:   Jimmy Bell, Arthur Hill- the 6-11 junior has spent the last month working on his body and looked in great shape.  He’s quicker, better conditioned, but still plays with that...

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District Semifinal notes: Class C Hamady

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. ...

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Bridgeport vs Frankenmuth Recap

Bridgeport and Frankenmuth combined to put on a show Tuesday in a Tri-Valley Conference rivalry.  The visiting Bearcats went home with the 69-59 win, but both teams were impressive.  With the win Bridgeport improves to 3-0 and the Bearcats look more than capable of being a Class B power.  And if that isn’t the case this year, then you can bank on it next year as Coach Eugene Seals throws out a very young line-up. Headlining that line-up are brothers Charles Garrett (2018) and Markele Garrett (2019).  Charles “Tre” Garrett is anxious to prove he is D-1 worthy and...

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Nike Showcase: Underclassmen Awards

With over 30 players in attendance from the 2019 class here is your Nike Showcase Underclassmen MVP, First-Team, and Second-Team.   MVP: Julian Dozier, U of D Jesuit With a very good group of players from the 2019 class, especially at the point guard position- Dozier stood out above the rest. Throughout the day he showcased why he already holds a handful of D-1 offers. He was dominate on both ends of the floor and was as smooth as can be in transition. Fellow campers quickly learned to always be prepared for the pass when teamed up with Dozier. In games Dozier made highlight assist after assist…then he would go into his own scoring mode. If you’re a fan of basketball then you’ll love Dozier’s approach to the game. Showed all the traits to be one of the state’s elite players- skilled, tough, always in control.   1st Team Brian Booker, Heritage 6-0 lead guard has transferred into class A Heritage after having a successful freshman campaign at Class B Carrollton. After his performance at camp he looks more than ready to take on the Saginaw Valley League. He showed in both games and drills the ability to score from all 3 levels. Has a very polished midrange game, great on-ball defender. In games excelled in pick-and-roll situations, always making the right decision. Cade Coleman, Davison Of all the...

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