6th annual Winter Breakout Preview
Inside Prep Sports/TJ Kelley
The 6th annual Winter Breakout has grown immensely since its start in the 2012-’13 season as state champions, current college and high school standouts, as well as memorable games have built this into one of Michigan’s powerhouse events. White Lake Lakeland High School hosts one of this season’s can’t miss events, as talented teams from across the state descend on Northern Oakland County.
Saturday, December 9, 2017
@White Lake Lakeland, 1630 Bogie Lake Rd, White Lake, MI 48383
2pm- Grand Rapids Union vs Detroit Loyola
3:40pm- Benton Harbor vs. Goodrich
5:20pm- Detroit Osborn vs. Dansville
7pm- White Lake Lakeland vs. Detroit Henry Ford Academy School for Creative Studies
The first of four games is a strong east-west matchup with Detroit Loyola and Grand Rapids Union that includes two of the state’s top junior forwards in Loyola’s 6'5" Myron Gardner and Union’s 6'6" Jaivian Fowler. Gardner holds offers from while Fowler has played very well this fall and has similar recruiting interest.
The 3:40pm tip off features last year’s Class B runner-up and the preseason’s #3 Class B team, Benton Harbor, and another one of the state’s top young teams in nearby Goodrich. 6’5” sophomore small forward Carlos “Scooby” Johnson fuels the Tigers’ tradition of outstanding talent and is regarded as one of the top three sophomores in Michigan while holding an offer from the University of Detroit-Mercy with strong interest from Michigan, Michigan State, Creighton, and Xavier. The Martians’ sophomore duo of 6’3” shooting guards Kevin-David Rice and Latrell Fordham are top five players in Michigan’s sophomore class and like Johnson, produced as freshmen.
Osborn will look to get over the hump as recent playoff runs have been ended by future Class B Champions, Detroit Henry Ford and New Haven. They’re solid again this season and lost a season nail-biter on the road to preseason Class B #1 River Rouge. Dansville is Class C’s preseason #10 team and have one of Michigan’s top juniors in 6’10” power forward/center Caleb Hodgson who holds an offer from Western Michigan with Big Ten and other in-state schools recruiting the skilled big man. Osborn has one of the state's top sophomores in 6'5" wing DeAndre Terrell.
The marquee game is a must see as White Lake Lakeland and Detroit Henry Ford School for Creative Studies have two of Michigan’s top big men. The host team’s 6’9” Cass Phillips has size, athleticism, and an ever-improving skill set while the visitor’s 6’8” Travion Williams is a Purdue commit who had a monster junior season and as a senior a strong Mr. Basketball candidate.