Michigan Seniors Playing Well
Others Gain Notice
Inside Prep Sports/By TJ Kelley
The second week of Michigan's high school season is going very well for many seniors as they are stepping up and showing big improvements in their game. College coaches are also taking notice.
Tuesday night saw the University of Detroit-Jesuit handle Macomb Dakota, 66-38, and while many would look for UDJ's sophomore guards (Cassius Winston and Billy Thomas) to standout, it was their 6'4" senior wing Noah King who led the Cubs with 19 points with five rebounds and three steals. King was predominately a power forward garbage man as a sophomore and junior, but his improvement showed away from the basket as he was 2-4 from the perimeter mixed in a few mid-range jumpers, got his way to the cup, and still banged down low for a couple field goals. His performance gained the attention of NAIA programs Concordia (MI.) and St. Andrews (NC.) who were in the crowd.
Dakota's 5'9" senior point guard DJ Lazarus wasn't his usual high schoring and play making self as he fought through a hand injury finishing with three points.
Clarkston's inside-out senior scoring threat of 6'8" center/power forward Mike Nicholson (19) and 6' shooting guard Nick Owens (28) combined for 47 of their team's 65 points on Thursday in a defeat of league rival Southfield. The duo combined for an astonishing 20-24 from the field. While Owens is more of a Division 3 player because of his limited use of the dribble, Nicholson is pretty much a lock for the Division 2 or Low Major level. Nicholson showed he has the athleticism, hands, foot work, mobility, rebounding ability, and skill to be a scholarship player. Northwood (MI.), St. Andrews, and Oakland head coach Greg Kampe were in the stands.
N. Farmington's 6'6" 2015 small forward Jeron Rogers had a fantastic Thursday night for the Raiders as the cruised to a sound drubbing of Pontiac. The state's #3 player in 2015 put up 34 points in three quarters and added eight rebounds. He was 14 of 21 from the field with three from coming from beyond the arc. He drove to the basket, made pull up jumpers, scored with his back to the basket going left and right, rebounded very well, and was without doubt the best player on the floor.
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