Monday, October 20, 2008

Pre-Pre Season Michigan Top Teams

I will start to give you my Top 10 teams, in Michigan, in no order, two per day, starting with Saginaw High and Detroit Country Day.

Saginaw High- The two-time defending state champs are again talented enough to win the state championship. Mike Green, the 6'1 G is one of the top guards in the state for the 2009 class, and is a D1 recruit. Mike will be the leader of the 2008-2009 Trojans team. Jimmie Davis, a 6'1 2009 SG, may be the best shooter in Michigan, his range is unlimited. Two transfers, Demetrius Simmons a 2009 6'2 PG from San Antonio, TX and 2010 6'3 Wing Malcolm Shaw from Joliet, IL will also have a huge impact on the team. Simmons, is one of the premier, if not the premier guard in Michigan's 2009 class; high major coaches have called on him. Shaw is a powerful wing player, who is very hard to stop when driving, and especially in transition, he has big-time hops. Tink Sherman, a 5'10 2010 PG has also garnered the attention of colleges, including D1 Loyola-Chicago, while Tink needs to pick up some weight, he is a very good shooter, who plays hard, and is a point guard who knows his role and doesn't try to do too much. Also returning from last years varsity in the 2010 class is 6'1 G Greg Hayes and 6'3 Wing Taveon Whitson. In the 2011 class is where the Trojans talent lies. 6'7 F Tommie McCune is one of the top 5 players in Michigan and is being recruited by Michigan State, Michigan, Tennessee, Boston College, Wake Forest, Xavier, and others, he will be big-time. Trey Babers, a 6'4 SG has the potential to be just as good, if not better than his cousin Draymond Green, who is now at Michigan State. Other services have Babers ranked #1 in Michigan at his position. 6'1 CG Marquavis Ford, is the top shooter in Michigan in the 2011 class, and he will also be a D1 recruit, there isn't that many players better than him in Michigan in the 2011 class. DeAnthony Arnette, a 6'0 PG will go D1 in whichever sport he chooses, football or basketball. Arnette is the best athlete in the state for his class, although he is one of the top 2011's in the country for football, he also is really good at BBall, it just isn't too many PG's as athletic, quick, and fast as him, anywhere. In the 2012 class, 6'6 F Kevin Marshall, is one of the top 5 players in his class, since he wears close to a size 20 shoe, its a safe bet he grows some more, but if he doesn't he will still go D1, he is the next great Trojan down the line!

Detroit Country Day-Coach Keener has himself one of the most talented teams in America. I mean how many squads can say they have 3 players going to high major conferences in their senior class? The most talented player on the team is without a doubt 7'0 2009 C Dashonte Riley who is headed to Georgetown. Whenever the switch turns on for him, and he decides he wants to just flat-out dominate, he will be a lottery pick. 6'8 2009 PF Donnovan Kirk, is a workhorse on the blocks and is headed to Miami-FL of the ACC. Kirk has a sweet jump hook, and his best days are still in front of him. 6'6 2009 Wing Jordan Dumars has one of the best corner jumpers I have seen in a long time. Dumars, who is the son of Joe, GM of the Detroit Pistons, doesn't always play hard, but if he did, he could be a pretty decent player. Dumars is headed to South Florida of the Big East. The high major talent doesn't stop there... Ray McCallum, a 6'1 PG is a Top 50 player nationally in the 2010 class. Loads of high majors are on him, including defending national champ Kansas, but word is he will be going to University of Detroit, to play for his father; Ray, SR. 6'10 2011 C Amir Williams, will also be a high major recruit when his time comes. Amir has the luxury that no other young big in Michigan has and that is to practice against other good big-men everyday. Lee Bailey, a 5'10 2011 PG is also a D1 prospect. Lee is a very good football player as well, but on the hardwood, there are very few if any PG's in the state who controls the game like he does. I wouldn't be surprised to see McCallum and Lee to start in the backcourt for the Yellowjackets. 6'2 2009 Wing Bennie Fowler, is as athletic as they come, and will help out this team immensely, he is the energetic, team-first player that all teams need. Last but not least, don't forget 6'6 2011 PF Urban Bigham. Urban, most likely will be a D1 football player, but he isn't a slouch on the hardwood. Bigham started for Detroit's Top summer program, The Family, and also got minutes on last summers Top 15u travel team, the Michigan Mustangs. I expect Country Day, to win their second Class B State Title in 3 years.

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