Detroit Country Day and Loyola Scrimmages
Inside Prep Sports/By TJ Kelley
Multi-team scrimmages at Detroit Country Day, Loyola, Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills, Northwood, as well as Romulus consumed much of Saturday morning and afternoon where plenty of players showed improvement and a phase of Michigan basketball blanketed with a new canvas. For Inside Prep Sports, the Country Day and Loyola locations provided the action.
Detroit Country Day: I walked into Country Day's gym Saturday morning and it was like coming home from college to see what my parents did to my bedroom when I was around 21-years old. Took down the Isaiah Thomas growth chart, the Heather Thomas poster that I had since 1984 was gone, baseball card collection sold at a garage sale, and all other boyhood memories put in a box for the basement. But, Ma? Why?
Country Day - Xavier commit Edmund Sumner will be the go to man and that shouldn't be of any surprise. Scoring options two and three will have to be there as teams try to limit Sumner's chances and it looks like those options will be 6'4" 2014 wing Maceo Baston, jr. and 6'6" 2015 forward Nazir Wallace. 6'4" 2015 forward Deshawn Lewis was out recovering from a recent concussion.
Detroit-Jesuit - They were without their freshman bigs, Eke Donatus and Greg Mike who are waiting on an MHSAA eligility ruling, which is another story, but they were clicking anyways which when you have Cassius Winston, jr. is a near given. The sophomore point guard is the conversation as the state's top floor generals as he countlessly makes the right plays and makes teammates better. Billy Thomas shot the ball very well and has to be accounted for or you might as well start getting used to inbounding the ball. The development of 6'5" 2014 wing Noah King over the past year is evident as he was always active and a good athlete but has really developed his guard skills along with his shooting skill. They will need help from their bench if they are to make another title run, but for now they are champions.
Rochester Adams - Head coach Joh Hall and the Highlanders are a year removed from an outstanding season and will rely heavily on sophomore guard Spencer Littleson. Littleson shot the ball well throughout the day and played some point. They will have to play an up tempo style as they lack height.
Warren Mott - With Kenny Goins in street clothes, 6'5" 2015 small forward Derek Murphy was the go to option and he did last year brings energy, rebounding, and good size. He was Mott's number one scoring option and while he gets open looks he has some kinks to work out of his jump shot. Mott will be a different team when Goins is on the court and then again in July when they get more guard help from transfers becoming eligible.
Loyola: Loyola AD John Buscemi worked out some last minute scheduling and had a great scrimmage. A solid group of teams with a lot of bigs and some pleasant surprises in player development.
Detroit Loyola - The Bulldgos will compete in Class C and for a Catholic League title. 6'4" 2014 wing Richie Gold has been the face of the program for the past few years and he has a solid supporting cast. The development of 6'8" 2014 forward Jordan Moses need to continue as they will be a dangerous team who matches up well with most teams. A solid core of juniors players well led by 6' junior guard Demraco Dickerson is a solid playmaker who can score from the perimeter, 6'5" power forward Alonte Rice, 6'1" wing Harvey Caddell, and lefty shooter Mike Owens.
Goodrich - Word is 6'3" senior guard Grant Smith committed to Madonna where he should be a stud as he drinks a different type of coffee and competes for 32 minutes. He was very active and showed a solid mid-range stroke as well finishing when going to the basket. They were without 6'5" 2014 wing Carlos Fordham who will help them compete for a Class B title. Sophomore forward Jay Vallie was out early with a concussion.
Grosse Pointe South - I'm not sure if there's a post who has shown the development as South's 6'9" 2014 center Danny Dixon. From a game vs. the University of Detroit-Jesuit where he was in foul trouble, to April's AAU tryouts, through the IPS' Fall Super Showcase, through this past weekend he has really put in the work. Dixon was very comfortable with his back to the basket where he used drop steps to go baseline, pivots into the lane to finish wiith lefty and righty hooks, rebounded with two hands at the rim, blocked shots, and had numerous dunks. When he adds 30 pounds to his frame over the next few years, there will be a college coach who is very happy.
Utica Eisenhower - Oakland U. has a knack of finding players to walk-on and 6'2" 2014 guard Alek Frascone (pictured) is no different as he plays with swagger, consistently made pull up jumpers in the mid-range and perimeter, found his way to the basket, and defended. I could see him as Macomb County's Player of the Year. He also has 6'5" 225-pound senior power forward Brandon Brundirks was all over the place rebounding, finishing, and doing the little things that should help Eisenhower on of the MAC's best teams. In order for that to happen 6'9" 2015 center Justin Greason will have to continue to improve as he does have a go to lefty and righty hook.
Warren De La Salle - Losing AJ Turner was an obvious set-back. The Pilots won't miss their stride as "the streets might change but never the name" is a way of thinking about head coach Greg Esler's offense. Take player out, insert player, similar results. 6'4" 2016 small forward Kevin McKay, 6'7" 2017 power forward Jack Ballantyne, and 5'10" 2016 point guard Chris Rollins are good and will help them to a probable showdown vs. University of Detroit-Jesuit for the Catholic League title.
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