DPS Playoffs: 15 Unsigned Seniors
Inside Prep Sports/By TJ Kelley
Detroit’s Public School League playoffs start round one this afternoon at 4pm at eight different sites across the city. Here are the Detroit Public Schools’ top 15 unsigned seniors and where they are playing tonight.
6’2” 2016 shooting guard Rodman Allen (Detroit Cass Tech, MI.) A transfer from Huber Heights (OH.) Wayne, Allen became eligible two weeks ago and has emerged as a perimeter and mid-range shooting threat. Cass looks to flip the table when they visit King for the second time in two weeks.
5’10” 2016 combo guard Michael Farmer (Detroit Cass Tech, MI.) A spark off the bench for the Technicians, Farmer spaces the floor with his shooting. Cass visits King.
6’7” 2016 center Charles Manson (Detroit Pershing, MI.) Pershing will need Manson to man the post as a rebounder and defender not only over the next two weeks, but into the state playoffs next month. Pershing travels to CMA.
6’1” 2016 shooting guard Mascio McCandrey (Detroit King, MI.) He has emerged as a solid college recruit over the past month and a half after seeing limited playing time as a junior. He’s an efficient scorer who comes off screens very well and can score from the perimeter. King hosts Cass.
6’2” 2016 shooting guard Karim Murray (Detroit Western, MI.) A key member of last year’s Playoff Championship teams in the City and State, Murray is regarded as one of the state’s top defenders. He’s a strong and athletic rebounder who attacks the basket with force. When he’s hitting shots, he’s one of the best around.
6’2” 2016 wing John Phillips II (Detroit CMA, MI.) A 3-year varsity starter, Phillips is the heart and soul of CMA. The Pharaoh’s host Pershing this afternoon and finished with a 6-2 record in the DPS-West II.
6’5” 2016 power forward Anthony Randle (Detroit King, MI.) Talented, but not always consistent Randle was the Crusaders’ top scorer in a January win over rival Cass. Another 20 point and 10 rebound game makes Randle the X-Factor.
6’3” 2016 wing Terrance Sewell (Detroit Northwestern, MI.) One of the best finishers and starters to the basket in the state. He was ineligible through January and in his first game back scored 30 points. On Tuesday, he scored 20 points and grabbed 20 rebounds. Matthew Blount is Northwestern’s head coach, 313-244-3303.
6’ 2016 point guard James Smith II (Detroit Douglass, MI.) Averaging 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists this season, Smith II was selected to the All-DPS second team last season. He led Douglass to an 8-1 record and first place in the DPS-West II. Douglass hosts Cody.
6’7” 2016 power forward David Syfax, jr. (Detroit Pershing, MI.) He’s best when he’s playing with energy, rebounding, running the floor, and blocking shots. Syfax will make mid-range, perimeter shots, and is a tough matchup when he’s attacking the basket. Pershing travels west to CMA.
5’11” 2016 point guard Richard Talley (Detroit Renaissance, MI.) A top five unsigned senior point guard in the state, Talley is best when he can keep defenses honest with an early jumper while putting teammates in a position to score. Renaissance is the top seed in the West and hosts Southeastern.
5’11” 2016 shooting guard Armani Tinsley (Detroit Western, MI.) Tinsley is one of the top shooters in the League and State especially when it comes to big games as proven on last year’s undefeated team. Western hosts Osborn today and with a win the Cowboys will host the Mumford-Northwestern winner.
5’11” 2016 point guard James Towns II (Detroit Henry Ford, MI.) Towns is a four-year starter and another top five unsigned point guard in the state. Defense, getting in the lane, making plays, and making shots are strengths. Ford travels to Denby.
6’3” 2016 combo guard Justin Turner (Detroit Renaissance, MI.) One of the Midwest’s top unsigned seniors, Turner can put Renaissance on his shoulders and carry them to multiple state championships over the next two months. One game at a time. Renaissance hosts Southeastern.
6’4” 2016 small forward Rashard Zimmerman (Detroit Osborn, MI.) He has been the Knights most consistent scorer and reliable perimeter as well as mid-range scorer. He’ll need a big game on the road for Osborn to knock off Western.
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