Winning Teams have Recruiting Success
Inside Prep Sports/By TJ Kelley
Winning means playing another day as well as another day to be recruited. Win and everyone benefits. It's an easy recipe that have allowed these teams to survive the first week of Michigan's playoffs. Five more wins to go and one at a time.
No player in Michigan has had their recruiting take off like Bloomfield Hills' 6'8" 2014 power forward Yante Maten has over the past few weeks as Georgia offered on Friday and Michigan State has attended his last two games. A trusted source tells IPS that Georgia's head coach, Mark Fox, and Michigan State's, Tom Izzo, will be on hand for Monday's game vs. Oak Park. Therre's also a strong possibility that Indiana is also in attendance. It could be said that TCU is still in the mix and was hoping to receive a commitment from Maten two weeks ago. Youngstown State will be in to see their commit, Oak Park's 2014 shooting guard Jachristian Biles.
Not to be overlooked are Bloomfield Hills' seniors, 6'5" small forward Khalil Gracey and 6'2" shootin guard Armond Cartwirght, who have the strong attention of Michigan's Divsion 2, Division 3, and NAIA schools.
Oak Park should give Bloomfield Hills a run for their money as they have Division One recruits in 6'7" 2015 power forward Rodney Scales and 6'7" 2016 forward Kelvon Fuller. 5'11" 2014 point guard Orlando Fikes will also have the opportunity to play college basketball.
Baldwin's 6'4" 2015 shooting guard Brandon Childress has the right criteria to be recruited by anyone in the country and it starts in the classroom with his 4.0 GPA. His athleticism along with skill are obivious and the Breslin will have far more coaches that usually seen at a Class D semi-final especially if the face the Class D favorite, Southfield Christian.
The top two teams in Class C, Mt. Clemens and Detroit Consortium, face solid competition in the regional semi-finals as Mt. Clemens takes on Marlette with University of Massachussett-Lowell commit, Brad Schaub a 6'4" senior shooting guard. Consortium will see Detroit Allen Academy and while Josh Jackson has the attention of many of the NCAA's top teams, he won't be the only player oing to college as this game will have at least ten players on college recruiting radars. Mt. Clemens should match ten as a team over the next few years and the first to commit is 6'6" 2014 power forward Dorian Armstrong (Siena Heights).
Class B has no clear favorite as Detroit Country Day will look to repeat, but they more than likely will have to get by Detroit Douglass as they have the past two years. Jackson Lumen Christi is the AP's end of the season #1 team in Class B, however Milan will be their toughest match. One can presume that Lumen Christi will first have to get by Lansing Catholic in the Regional final as Milan will have to do the same vs. the Detroit Community/River Rouge winner. Lansing Catholic's 6'8" 2016 center/power forward Tony Poljan has been a productive player this season and he can cause a matchup problem for Lumen Christi as 5'11" 2015 point guard Khari Willis will do the same against Lansing Catholic.
One would be surprised if Detroit Cass Tech doesn't advance to the Regional final with a win over Redford Thurston as they have Class A's deepest team, senior leadership, and depth at every position. The Detroit Southeastern/University of Detroit-Jesuit matchup very well could have been the defacto and no defunct Operation Friendship game featuring the PSL Champion vs. the Catholic League Champion. This region is loaded with unsigned senior talent that should have the eyes of Mid-Major to D2 programs in the Midwest and beyond. Detroit-Jesuit's 6' 2016 point guard Cassius Winston will have the high majors' eyes in Monday's semi-final.
While the Class A Regional at Cass Tech has the shiny sparkles, the Regional at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix is loaded with talent and some of the state's top underclassmen. Kalamzoo Central is Class A's dark horse and they should get by Holt while Lansing Eastern has a battle against Ann Arbor Skyline; a game that features two of the state's top unsigned big men, Skyline's 6'8" center/power forward Tristan Wilson and Eastern's 6'7" power forward Dequandre Dentmond. Kalamazoo Central's 6'4" 2016 wing Devon Daniels has been a monster since becoming eligible at the end of January.
Mt. Pleasant's Class A Region has quality unsigned seniors as Flint Carman-Ainsworth takes on Saginaw and Traverse City West takes on Mt. Pleasant. Presuming Mt. Pleasant and Saginaw meet in the Regional final, a couple of "Baby Shaqs" will meet up for the third time this season; Saginaw has won the prior two. 6'6" 2016 power forward/center Algevon Eichelberger, jr. has Division One offers and the notice of programs across the country.
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