Hello again friends! After enjoying my week away from blog writing, Iâ€™m back to start talking about the upcoming prep basketball season. Like my first blog for football, Iâ€™m going to start with the state champs this week and move on next week.
Saginaw High Trojans
This team is loaded. Even though they lost 6â€™10â€ center Josh Southern (Boston College), they retain a good core of players. Mike Green, Daniel West, and Michigan State commit Draymond Green will lead team in search of another Saginaw Valley League championship and another state title. Coach Lou Dawkins demands the best of his players and will have a difficult time replacing a 6â€™10â€ player as well as his 6â€™8â€ backup. One thing they will have is veteran leadership from players like senior Will Marlow. Marlow isnâ€™t a starter, but is a vocal leader who shows the same respect for coaches that he does for his teammates.
Class A has gone through the basketball town of Saginaw lately. Saginaw Arthur Hill won the 2006 Class A title and their across-the-river rival in Saginaw High won it last year. Saginaw Nouvel was the state runner up last season and Buena Vista, which borders Saginaw, won the Class C championship in 2006. The Saginaw Valley League as a whole is a very good basketball conference. Saginaw High, Arthur Hill, and Flint Southwestern Academy all have strong teams. Southwestern might be down this season after losing their best player, Anthony â€œNoopyâ€ Crater to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. Not only did they lose their best player, but their coach moved on to an athletic director position at another school.
Detroit Country Day
They came fairly close to pulling a Florida; winning the menâ€™s basketball and football title in the same calendar year. Country Day is known as a basketball school because theyâ€™ve won seven state championships and the players that have gone on to play at the next level (or beyond) after graduating from this Detroit school. The one problem they might have this season is lack of experience coming off the bench. Starter Daâ€™Shonte Riley will use his 6â€™11â€ frame to his advantage in the post. He has an 88 inch (over seven foot) wingspan and is one of the stateâ€™s top shot blockers. Yellowjacketâ€™s backcourt duo of Darnell Brown and Dale Brundidge will be one of the strengths of the team. Detroit has two players that should help out after their transfer eligibility kicks in after the first of the year.
After winning a state championship last season, the Bath Bees are looking to be competitive again this season. They started out with a win last night and were led by senior forward Eli Redman who scored 23, grabbed 13 rebounds, blocked eight shots, and tossed five assists. Sorry I donâ€™t have more info, but for being the defending state champs, there is next to no information about them. Email us if you have information to share.
This was the only team north of Mid Michigan to win a title. Heck, they were the first team in the UP to win a Class D basketball title since 1984 and the first from east of the Mackinaw Bridge since the early 1950â€™s (Brimley). There is a total lack of good information about high school basketball. Do you have good information? Send it on to us!
Sorry this is so crappy guys. Iâ€™ve been searching for good resources about basketball in Michigan, but other than www.sportsxtrahs.com (Matt Anderson does a fantastic job with this site for those that didnâ€™t read it during football season) and www.bankhoops.com there are no non newspaper resources. Got a good resource link for us? Pass it on, bud!