Monday, May 11, 2009

Updates 5-11-09

-In big Michigan news this weekend it looks like UCLA has offered Trey Zeigler a scholarship. This is significant because you not only have to consider UCLA as one of Trey's top schools but also remember that UCLA's head coach Ben Howland was Trey's dad's, Ernie's boss at UCLA when they made their first Final 4. This recruitment will go down to the very end but my gut is just telling me Zig stays in state.

-The adidas May Classic this weeknd will host some of Michigan's best travel team powers. Last word I got the states two adidas teams, Michigan Mustangs and Team Detroit will be there, along with Team Pride. In past years other Michigan teams have also made it out. Other travel team powerhouses like the Spiece and Indiana Elite franchises, Ohio Basketball Club, and other programs should be there as well.

-The Team Pride 14u team, coached by Curtis Hervey has been having some big success this year. Fresh off of winning their 4th straight state AAU title, Pride finished 2nd at the prestigious adidas Jr May Classic event last weekend in Indianapolis. The Pride team is led by some of the top 8th graders in Michigan, including 5'10 PG Dorian Dawkins and 6'1 Dominique Jackson from Saginaw, 5'10 PG Derrick Walton, 5'10 Gerald Lockbridge, 5'8 Dre Johnson from Detroit, 6'4 Wing Steven Haney from Lansing, and other good young players. The Pride team was missing the top big in Detroit, Kenmar Benson this weekend. They scored victories over Ohio Basketball Club and Team Tempo two top teams in the country who have finished high at Nationals over the years. They lost in the title game to Indiana Elite Jazz, who is a very good young team.

-The Team Detroit 17u won the Motown All Stars Classic this weekend and West Michigan Lakers 17u won the Laker's event-Tulip Tip Off. Team Detroit got good play reportedly from Ziegler, Ray McCallum, Percy Gibson, and Corey Petros. This is a group that can make noise on the national circuit.

-Interesting article from Gary Parrish of CBS on one of the top recruits in the 2009 class, Lance Stephenson

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