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5 Michigan Glue Guys

Inside Prep Sports/By TJ Kelley


Every succesful team has at least one, the guy who fills the stat sheet, makes up for so-so scoring nights with rebounds, defense, leadership, hard play, and the things that can be done on a day out-day in basis.  The glue guy, the lunch bucket guy, the X-Factor!  No glitz, no glamor, pure work.  Here's a look at five Michigan seniors who are difference makers:

6'5" 2014 small forward Darryl Bigham (Detroit Southeastern) He's has expanded his game greatly over the last two years one step at a time but his mainstays are still rebounding and defense.  The three-year varsity starter with athleticism, length, toughness, and a motor that transends to the next level but for now he's one of the state's best at what he does.  His improved jumper is what will push him from one recruiting level to the next.

6'4" 2014 small forward Isaac Everett (Westland John Glenn) Another thrree year varsity player, he's a major factor in why John Glenn is a preseason top 25 team overall as he rebounds, defends, plays in the post, mid-range, and perimeter.  His strength, athleticism, and explosiveness will help head coach Dan Young have one of his best teams. - pictured

6'7" 2014 power forward Anthony Wartley-Fritz (Taylor Truman) The four-year varsity starter is a junk yard dog who clears out the paint in rebounding situations, scores with his back to the basket, and provides strong post defense.  He's one of the state's best interior passers and has to be accounted for in the high post where he knocks down the elbow jumpers or waits for the double team to find the open shooter.

6'4" 2014 forward Khalil Gracey (Bloomfield Hills) Energy, strong, athletic, and a major factor in why Bloomfield Hills is a top ten team in Class A.  He's not a polished player but a player that will kick but and take names.  The three-year varsity player can defend the post or perimeter and score from 19' and in.  He's a constant rebounder who will help the Blackhawks win the possession battles.

6'5" 2014 power forward Charles Key (Detroit Cass Tech) The state's top offensive rebounder doesn't need plays set up for him as he is a self porducer and often has more offensive rebounds than defensive rebounds.  The four-year varsity player is a solid mid-range jump shooter who has to be accounted for and can be a game changer as he's hard to build a game plan for other than BOX OUT!

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