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Saturday's Teaching Day

Inside Prep Sports/By TJ Kelley


It was great to see a record breaking night in Muskegon Heights home victory against Baldwin followed by a break out night for Muskegon's Deyonta Davis in their win over Mt. Clemens.  The 2015 class is deep, Deshaun Thrower should be a final five Mr. Basketball candidate, and the Spartan commit posted a triple-double with Michigan State assistant DJ Stephens amongst the near capacity crowd.  Overall it was very beneficial to see a lot of talent and big ups to Mr. Scrib's Pizza.

Muskegon Heights burrried Baldwin, 92-52, and while some notable faces were in the crowd to see the visitor's 2015 wing Brandon Childress, it was 6'1" 2014 two-guard Eddrick Tornes who broke the Tigers' Ed Burton's 57 year-old scoring record of 45 by one.  He and 6'2" 2014 two-guard Aaron Sydnor did a great job of defending Childress for 32 minutes while droppin 20+ of his own.  

Childress has the right offers now with Central Michigan and California-Davis as he's an athletic freak, length, great grades, and a solid skill from the wing.  Childress finished with 16-points, eight rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and two steals.  While he had some nice looks from the perimeter and 15-17-foot range that he would like to try again he was efficient getting to this his practice sports. He gets off a high release shot and shows very nice elevation off the catch and 1-2 dribbles.  There's no doubt his recruitment will climb and Sunday he did take an unofficial to the Michigan State/Nebraska game.  Michigan State and Oakland were in attendance.

The Muskegon-Mt. Clemens game showed that the state has a bright future with at least ten scholarship players, eight of them juniors or underclassmen, and arguably the state's top two teams priior to the tip off.  After a tied first quarter, Muskegon went ahead by nine at the half, by eight after three, and Mt. Clemens chipped away getting to 62-59 after a Davonte Bandoo three with 1:42 on the clock.  Muskegon made enough free throws down the stretch to win 68-59.  Muskegon missed at least fifteen free throws throughout the game.

Davis is one of the top three post players in the state and put up crazy statisician numbers of 17 points, 27 rebounds, and 16 blocks or a still stellar 17, 17, and 13.  Davis was about business and owned the boards and defensive paint.  As one of the tallest teams in the state, Mt. Clemens, was able defend the 6'9" junior with four bigs ranging from 6'6" to 6'8".  Muskegon's 2014 point guard Will Roberson found the Spartan commit a few times for baseline dunks and for the most part all of Davis' field goals were from within 5 feet.  He has the bounce, quick feet, length, finishing abilities, hands, and timing of the top 50-75 players in the country. While he didn't really show any back to the basket moves or mid-range field goals in this game those are shots he will reguarly complete.

Stoney Brook commit Deshaun Thrower had an official triple-double and that's great as I may have missed ten or so from the production column.  More impressive to me was the 6'1" senior point guard's ability to make big mid-range and perimeter buckets when his team needed them.  He was also key in defending Mt. Clemens' perimeter offense.

In the three games I've seen 6'3" 2015 wing Joevair Kennedy this season, he always bring energy to the Big Reds.  He unofficialy had 15 points with six rebounds, three assists, and a couple blocked shots.  He will need to stay our of foul trouble if Muskegon is to hoist the Class A trophy on March 22.

6'2" 2014 shooting guard Davonte Bandoo was 5-7 from the perimeter on his way to 17 points, unofficially of course, and showed great form and lift on his jump shot.  He's one of the state's more athletic guards and has been more of a slasher in some of Mt. Clemens early season games.  He's a must see for GLIAC programs.

As is 6'6" 2014 forward Dorian Armstrong who was strong on the glass and did what he could do defensively against Davis. Armstrong hit a big first half three when Muskegon looked to stretch their lead to double digits.

The 6'1" 2015 lefty guard Josh McFolley led Mt. Clemens with an unofficial 15 points and three assists.  He hit his first two shots-one a 23' pull up beforing going on a 1-7 stretch followed by goin three for three.  He won't hesitate to shoot from 25-feet and while his shot is quirky and relatively low, it's quick and efficient.

6'7" 2015 forward Charles Penn III got the start at center against Davis and had his moments while scoring six, two of which came on a baseline jumper over Davis' outstretched arm and another two from the free throw line to keep Muskegon's lead to 59-56 late in the game.  He has interest from a dozen or so mid-major programs and will start to draw offers as early as late April.  

6'5" 2015 forward Tariq Jones gives solid minutes off the bench and will stay active.  He finished with four points, four rebounds, and a blocked shot.  I can only think of a couple of teams where he wouldn't start.

Mt. Clemens' 6'8" 2015 center Gerald Blackshear, jr. picked up his third foul halfway through the second quarter while guarding Davis.  While Blackshear only scored four points, he showed a solid back to the basket game on a baseline take and reverse over Davis' out stretched arm.  He also grabbed five rebounds (three offensive) and blocked two shots.  He has interest all along the division one board. (pictured)

Freshman Jermaine Jackson, jr. has had better shooting days, but for the most part they were good looks.  I unofficially had the Mt. Clemens' point guard with 7 points and four assists while someone more official had him with ten.  He's quick with the ball, does a solid job of using screens, getting to the basket, and finding teammates for easy scores.

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