New Haven Preview: 2015-'16
Inside Prep Sports/By TJ Kelley
New Haven's 2014-'15 season was memorable for the Rockets as they were seven points short of defeating Detroit Henry Ford in the Class B quarterfinals and head coach Tedaro France II is looking for bigger and better things in the 2016 post-season. If his squad can match last season's regular season, then they will be 40-0 over the past two seasons.
Coach France led New Haven to a 25-1 overall record and won the MAC-Gold with a 12-0 record. He was also named Macomb County coach of the year. He also sent Austin Sherrell (Sheridan CC, WY) and D'montra Harris (Delta CC, MI.) on to the next level. Both are expected to excell in college and their current coaches give them high praise.
Inside Prep Sports had a chance to catch up with Coach France who is excited to have two of this year's seniors already committed to and many more players ready to lead New Haven to further success.
"We have 3 returning seniors in 6-9 center Jerry Ben (Cornell) and 6-11 center Innocent Nwoko (Central Michigan). Both have put on size and strength during the off-season and both have improved tremendously on there skill set and knowledge of the game with both having very productive summers gaining experience playing in the EYBL circuit with Speice Indy Heat.
6-1 senior guard Alante Stevens had a great summer stepping into a bigger role after backing up Austin Sherrell last year. (He's) a very quick athletic guard who can handle and shoot the 3-point shot.
6-3 junior transfer left-handed guard Eric Williams can play the 1-3 positions. He's very skilled offensively, a nature scorer, facilitater, and play maker that makes everyone around him better. He is receiving a lot of interest from a lot NAIA and Divisions II schools at the moment which I feel will greatly increase after this season. (Williams transfered in from St. Clair)
6-6 freshman wing Romeo Weems has high major athleticism. One of if not the most athletic kids I have seen or coached. He has made gains in his strength and speed over the summer. What is most impressive is his overall improvement on his jumpshot and ball skills in such a short time. (He's) a hardworker who is extremely competitive and is getting better everyday.
5-9" sophomore point guard Taveres Oliver, jr. is a high skilled ball handler that will play the point guard for us. (He's) a very good passer with a high basketball IQ. Maybe our teams best 3 point shooter. (He) needs to improve his overall strength to better handler pressure and defending bigger guards.
Other players that will play keys roles are:
6-6 sophomore forward Ashton Sherrell
5-8 junior guard William Moore
5-10 junior guard Alex Palajac
5-10 freshman guard Ronald Jeffries
6-5 freshman power forward Malen Lewis
New Haven will start the season as the #2 team in Class B.
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