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Holiday Hoops 2010

Games

Lansing Catholic (53) vs. Detroit Consortium (56)  
Waverly (70) vs. Holland (56)  
East Lansing (50) vs. Rockford (61)  
Ann Arbor Huron (69) vs. Cass Tech (46)  
Saginaw Buena Vista (91) vs. Suttons Bay (61)  
Okemos (53) vs. Flint Powers (58)  

Program

2010 Holiday Hoops Basketball Program
(4.6 MB download, PDF)

Most Outstanding Player

  • Ryan Majerle - Rockford

  • All Tournament Team

  • Travon Baker - Detroit Consortium
  • Stevie Repichowski - Lansing Catholic
  • Coreontae DeBerry - Holland
  • Skyelar Moore - Waverly
  • Efe Scott-Emuakpor - East Lansing
  • Ryan Majerle - Rockford
  • Jeff Hugan - Ann Arbor Huron
  • Kris Fulwood-Davis - Detroit Cass Tech
  • George Goodman - Saginaw Buena Vista
  • Stephen Wheelock - Suttons Bay
  • Vince Adams - Flint Powers Catholic
  • Mack McKearney - Okemos
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    Team Capsules

    By Stephen Bell
    Bankhoops.com and Blog.mlive.com/highschoolbasketball

    11 am Detroit Consortium vs. Lansing Catholic
    This is the type of game that both teams will be able to study and draw upon the results come March when they face diverse and talented opponents in what are hopefully long postseason progressions. In the present it should be an entertaining duel from two deep, talented and experienced teams with the personnel to take a punch then come back with a runs of their own, contrasting Consortium’s size and athleticism and Lansing Catholic’s versatility. There could be an entertaining matchup between 6-foot-4 wings, as Lansing Catholic junior Stevie Repichowski and Consortium sophomore Vincent Hunter are the clubs’ top college prospects.

    “We can have five pretty good shooters out there at a time, and if we make the extra pass it will free up some good looks,” Lansing Catholic coach Darren Zwick said. “We can move the ball well, and want to play up-tempo.”

    “We have the athletes where we want to get up and down,” Consortium coach Al Anderson said “We’re going to run. But we can also play the halfcourt game because we have the size to dump it down inside.”


    12:30 pm Holland vs. Lansing Waverly
    These programs may have peaked a decade ago, but remain competitive, well-coached clubs. Waverly’s backcourt of Skyelar Moore and Rashawn Carroll may be a bit more talented, but Holland’s can play. This looks like a defensive, physical ballgame where both teams can be dangerous to the end thanks to their shooters.

    “We want to mix it up defensively,” Holland coach Steve Windemuller said. “We can pressure and trap because there’s enough depth at guard. But we don’t want to play so much up-tempo that we’re not able to take advantage of Coreante (DeBerry, the Dutch’s 6-foot-8 junior).”

    DeBerry and 6-5 Waverly senior Ramadan Ahmeti bring physical potential to the post, while 6-3 “power forward/linebacker,” as Windemuller called him, junior Nathan Ricketts and bouncy 6-3 Waverly senior Montel Smith are a contrast at forward.

    “We try to play similar to MSU – we like to run, but if that’s taken away then we have a lot of sets we can run,” Waverly coach Craig Fields said.


    2 pm East Lansing vs. Rockford
    This has the makings of a very entertaining game. Neither team has dominant post players. Thus they’re perimeter oriented, some might even call it three-point happy, and both like to get after it with pressure defense.

    “This is a typical Rockford team,” Rockford coach Steve Majerle said. “We should be fun to watch because we shoot it so well, but we’ll have to defend when they’re not falling.”

    “As good as they’ve been, if anything Rockford’s underrated across the state,” first-year East Lansing coach Steve Finamore said. “I’ve been watching them for 10, 11 years and have a lot of respect for what Coach Majerle does.”

    Much of this game could come down to the point guard matchup, where despite different approaches East Lansing’s Tracy Edmonds and Rockford’s Justin Klein are among the state’s very best juniors at their position. Edmonds is smart running a balanced team, plays with the competitive fire on which a small guard depends and can create and hit big shots when he has to. Klein is a mercurial talent who will catch alley-oop dunks and throw flashy assists, while his jumper is improving.

     

    4 pm Ann Arbor Huron vs. Detroit Cass Tech
    There’s a body of thought that the best basketball in Southeast Michigan is no longer played in the Detroit Public School League, but West of Telegraph along the I94 corridor from Taylor through Inkster, Romulus and finally Ann Arbor. Cass Tech has a chance to win one for the old guard here, but it will be a tough task against an Ann Arbor Huron team for which anything less than a state championship is a disappointment. A lot depends on how Cass Tech’s talented ball-handling guards, senior Kris Fulwood-Davis and sophomore D’andre Johnson, handle the relentless River Rat pressure.

    “We’re going to come at you for 94 feet, for 32 minutes,” Huron coach Waleed Samaha said. “We have a couple different defensive calls this year, but the premise is the same, full-court pressure.”

    Another pitfall for Cass could come in the person of Toledo signee A.J. Mathew, who will be exorcising some bad memories. The last time Huron’s all-state senior guard played at the Breslin Center, in the state final against Kalamazoo Central, he had his worst-ever shooting game. Players of his caliber don’t do that twice.


    6 pm Saginaw Buena Vista vs. Suttons Bay
    Fans that don’t see much small-school basketball ought to come away from this one mighty impressed by the depth of talent in this state. Neither team should get rattled on the big stage. Buena Vista plays the state’s toughest Class C schedule, while Suttons Bay played in the 2010 Class C final on this same court.

    Up on the Leelanau Peninsula, Suttons Bay doesn’t run across many teams with the overall quickness of Buena Vista. Then again, unless they meet up with Dar Tucker or Jason Richardson in a Saginaw pickup game, the Knights aren’t exactly used to playing athletes the caliber of Suttons Bay’s Dwaun Anderson, a 6-foot-4 senior who has signed with Michigan State.

    Anderson is going to get his 25+ points regardless. For Buena Vista the hope is he does it with low percentage outside shooting and not morale-robbing dunks, while not allowing other Suttons Bay’s shooters to go off and keeping the ball of Anderson’s hands when applying defensive pressure. Conversely, Suttons Bay could have just as tough a time keeping up with Buena Vista’s all-stater, senior guard George Goodman, as the Knights do with theirs.


    8 pm Flint Powers vs. Okemos
    If you are a point guard aficionado, you’re in for a treat. Okemos junior Chris Harrison-Docks is an in-your-shorts defender who can also create his own shot, while Powers senior Patrick Lucas-Perry is the consummate winner with a state championship already on his resume.

    “Chris just loves to defend,” Okemos coach Dan Stolz said.

    He can shoot a little too – CHD’s 35-footer was the game-winner in a double-overtime victory early in the season against Lansing Catholic.

    The Chieftans’ other DI (Dartmouth) guard, 6-foot-1 senior Mack McKearney, will have to do some work on the defensive end as well, as Powers has strong perimeter scoring options in senior guard Vince Adams and 6-4 junior Javontae Hawkins.

    “I have a lot of respect for Powers,” Stolz said. “Whether we pressure defensively depends on our depth. We probably won’t go fullcourt, but we have some guys who can get after it.”


    Detroit Consortium
    Starting with Detroit Rogers and then Melvindale Academy for Business and Technology, non-traditional and charter schools from the Detroit area have produced some dominant teams in the state’s smaller divisions. Consortium College Prep looks like the most qualified candidate to take the baton from Melvindale ABT. By size and talent, Consortium more resembles a Class A team. Fittingly, in coach Al Anderson’s fourth season, the Cougars are the consensus favorite to win the Class C state title. Anderson doesn’t deny there are legitimate reasons for those high expectations after a 16-7 season which ended in a district final to eventual state champ ABT.

    “We have a lot of depth,” he said. “We have experienced upperclassmen coming back, and some size.”

    That talent will be challenged by a loaded independent schedule, where Lansing Catholic Central joins myriad larger schools or other Class C contenders on the Cougars’ tally.

    Junior point guard Travon Baker is a three-year starter and the guy who makes it happen for Consortium. 6-4 Brendalle Smith, a fourth-year senior, is a tough baseline forward who sets the tone with his physical play. He was the leading scorer in 2010 at 11 points per game. Consortium has two 6-6 juniors in the post.

    “Tre Tigner is a wide-body who can step out and shoot or go in and dunk,” Anderson said. “Devondre Peoples isn’t as well-known as some of our kids, but he’s a good rebounder, he does a lot of things for us. It’s his third year.”

    Joining Baker on the perimeter are junior guard Malik Smith and Vincent Hunter, a 6-4 high-major recruit in the sophomore class. He won’t be eligible for this game, but Consortium has another DI college prospect becoming eligible second semester, junior Matthew Willms, a 6-10 Candadian.


    Lansing Catholic Central
    This should be the best Lansing Catholic team since these (too) Cougars won it all with the Class B state championship in 2008. All five starters are back from the 2010 edition that went 18-5 and claimed the CAAC White league crown, forming a consensus top 10 team for the new campaign.

    6-foot-4 junior wing Stevie Repichowski is Lansing Catholic’s most highly regarded college prospect. But he is just part of a capable and versatile lineup that plays smart, winning basketball, with 6-2 senior point guard Zach Hurth, junior guard Peter Murray, senior guard Mike Mooney and 6-2 senior Andrew Robeson. Hurth, Murray, Repichowski and Robeson were all-league selections in 2010. At guard, Hurth is the consummate floor leader, while Murray is a dangerous three-point shooter, Mooney an outstanding athlete. Repichowski can score either slashing to the goal or from behind the arc, and can also pass it. Robeson plays beyond his height inside.

    6-4 junior Cooper Rush and 6-5 senior Mike Shaw provide size and versatility off the bench, and senior Cliff Farr is a good three-point shooter at 6-4.

    “We went 10-11 deep last season, and would like to do that again,” said coach Darren Zwick, in his eighth year. “We have a lot of players who are interchangeable, a lot of players who can shoot the 3, so it’s about finding the right combination.”


    Holland
    The Dutch couldn’t keep up demographically with West Michgian super-sprawl schools and are now an O-K Black member. But stylistically, this Holland team resembles that in vogue in their former league, the O-K Red – strong, athletic teams most likely to win with toughness and defense. Coach Steve Windemuller is in his eighth year. Holland was 15-8 and won a Class A district in 2010.

    Holland’s backcourt is back, where Windemuller not only has a coach on the floor, third-year senior point guard Colin Meadowcroft, but a son as well, 6-2 junior Trent Windemuller.

    “Colin is a nice ball-handler. He’s quick, moves well,” Coach Windemuller said. “He’s somewhat deceptive.

    “Trent gives us scoring punch. He shoots it well and has gotten better off the dribble.”

    They’re joined at guard by senior Zach Dornak, a do-it-all role player who can handle and shoot it, and sophomore Corey Willis for quickness off the bench.

    Holland’s starting frontcourt is physically imposing, with 6-foot-8 junior Coreante DeBerry and 6-3 junior Nathan Ricketts. Ricketts -- a Big 10 linebacker prospect with the strength, toughness and athleticism you’d rightfully infer from that status – is the team’s best rebounder and dunker. Despite playing JV ball last winter, DeBerry’s size intrigues college coaches and he’s receiving DI interest.


    Lansing Waverly
    In Craig Fields’ seventh season as Waverly’s head coach, the Warriors have been picked by the league coaches to finish second in the CAAC-Red behind only state power Lansing Sexton. Waverly and Sexton tied for first last season. Waverly was 15-8 overall and could be even better with an experienced, good-sized and talented backcourt.

    6-foot-2 senior Skyelar Moore is on track to lead Waverly in scoring for a third season. He averaged 15.7 points per game as a junior to make all-league for the second time.

    “He does a lot for us, Skyelar can play the 1, 2 or 3 positions. We have a lot of trust in him,” Waverly coach Craig Fields said.

    Waverly has another college prospect in the backcourt. 6-1 junior Rashawn Carroll has shot up since his sophomore campaign.

    “His body has changed, he’s gotten a lot better,” Fields said. “Rashawn was our best player in preseason scrimmages. We’re expecting a lot from him.”

    Waverly’s x-factor is 6-3 Montel Smith, a sneaky, slender, senior sleeper with a smooth first step.

    “Montel is a wing who can jump,” Fields said. “We’ve got to get rebounding and defense from him.”

    So far so good, Smith had 13 points and 11 rebounds in Waverly’s win over Jackson in the first week of the season.

    Athletic sophomore Dee Roberts is Waverly’s third guard, while 6-5 senior Ramadan Ahmeti, headed to CMU for football, holds down the post.


    East Lansing
    No program in the state had a tumultuous off-season than that of East Lansing, where coach Doug Fleming was relieved of duties just two seasons removed from the Trojans’ run to the Class A semifinals. Also lost in the chaos was last year’s leading scorer, sophomore Steven Haney who transferred to Lansing Eastern. But into the void steps a more than capable coach, long-time East Lansing resident Steve Finamore who comes up the road from the Jackson Community College bench. Despite the overhaul, the league’s coaches picked the Trojans to finish third in the rugged CAAC Blue.

    “So far, so good,” said Finamore, who was a student assistant on Michigan State’s 2000 NCAA title team and later the head coach at Portland High School and an assistant at Division I St. Peter’s. “I like this group, it has a lot of energy.”

    That energy realizes itself on the court through relentless fullcourt pressure, made all the more dangerous given the team’s overall athleticism. That focus seemed to work for East Lansing in its season opener, a 90-55 road win at Saline.

    East Lansing’s foundation is found in three returning players, junior point guard Tracy Edmonds, 6-4 senior Devlin Bell and 6-6 junior Efe Scott-Emaukpor. Junior John McAdoo is a dangerous perimeter shooter at 6-3.

    “Devlin Bell is a great athlete, he finishes well and is shooting the 3. He’s tough,” Finamore said. “Efe Scott-Emaukpor is another good athlete, he can pick-and-pop now to hit the 3. Tracy Edmonds is a great floor leader. There are a lot of high profile point guards in the Lansing area, and Tracy thinks he can compete with any of them.”


    Rockford
    To see Rockford playing a quality Class A non-conference opponent on a neutral site, as it does here against East Lansing, shouldn’t be surprising. Annually, coach Steve Majerle’s team will play anyone, anywhere. In the first week of the season, the Rams beat East Grand Rapids then lost by a bucket at Muskegon Heights. 17-7 last season, this is an elite statewide program, having won seven of the last eight district titles and coming in the favorite for a third-straight O-K Red title. Rare is the season Rockford isn’t a top 10 team in Class A, and the 2010-11 version could stay consistent with that rule.

    “We have shooters,” Majerle said. “That allows us to beat, or lose to, any team we play. This is one of the most skills teams I’ve had, shooting, passing, dribbling. We have 9 or 10 guys who can shoot it, and two DI players.”

    Not even the 2004 state championship team could boast two Division I college recruits. The coach’s son, 6-foot-4 senior Ryan Majerle, averaged 16.5 points per game as a junior. He signed with Toledo in November and already has a 36-point game to his credit, against Muskegon Heights. Junior point guard Justin Klein is an AAU phenom and one of the state’s most naturally talented players.

    “Ryan does so much for us, but how well we do, a lot has to do with how Justin plays,” Coach Majerle said. “We’re good … and could be really good. Justin’s one of the most gifted players I’ve ever coached. He has eyes in the back of his head. Ryan’s the kind of player who won’t wow you, but over 32 minutes he’ll get 9 or 10 rebounds, score, will guard you, and plays bigger than his height. He’s quicker and stronger now, and his game is ready to take that next step.”

    Rockford’s best shooter is senior guard Connor McCane. Klein’s jumper has improved, and his backup, sophomore Chad Carlson, is a competent deep threat himself. The Rams lack proven size, so Ryan Majerle will spend more time in the post. 6-6 junior Aaron Weston is a physical player and 6-5 Kevin Brower, a first-year varsity senior, is the team’s top rebounder.


    Ann Arbor Huron
    Fans may have been surprised to find Ann Arbor Huron going 23-5 and playing in last year’s Class A state championship game. The River Rats aren’t taking anyone by surprise this year – they were the state’s No. 1 team in the Detroit Free Press’ preseason rankings.

    “We’re embracing everyone’s expectations,” Huron coach Waleed Samaha said, “and we have some goals of our own.”

    Huron has two seniors who signed early with Division I schools, 6-3 A.J. Mathew (Toledo) and 6-6 Dante Williams (Oakland). Mathew, a strong all-around guard, has been the stalwart of Huron’s rise to becoming a state power.

    “A.J. is our leader, whether it’s on the court, in the pool, the weight room, the track,” Samaha said. “We’ve put in a lot of work.”

    Williams, a lanky wing shooter, made his mark by playing arguably the best games of his career on the biggest stage, the state semifinals and final. Mathew and Williams are both third-year varsity players, as are 6-3 senior Matt Hastings, a three-point shooter and defender, and 6-5 senior Kyle Baker, a tough blue-collar, defensive forward.

    But the talent doesn’t end there, and that depth enables Huron to engage its preferred defensive pressure. 6-5 senior Jeff Hugan, the team’s fastest player 6-10 senior Jesse Buschbaum, 6-3 junior Mike Lewis and junior guard Andre Bond all played in the state final. Junior guard Kendall Thomas is a newcomer to the mix.


    Detroit Cass Tech
    It’s no secret that the Detroit Public Schools are in flux. With buildings closing and student bodies annually merging, at times it is hard to keep track which former city basketball powerhouses even still exist, and if not where its hoops refugees will end up playing. But one school that isn’t going anywhere is Cass Tech, a Detroit institution. Though the school is still known more for it’s alumni in the political and entertainment world than basketball success, that could be changing. The current stability in a milieu of bureaucratic uncertainty has helped coach Dave Dixon’s basketball program, and in 2011 it is a likely top 10 squad in Class A.

    The Technicians graduated leading scorer Lanier Brown from a 16-5 team, but the frontcourt returns 6-foot-6 senior Marlin Mason, an impact dunker and shot-blocker and versatile scorer who signed early with Cleveland State. There’s another DI prospect in the senior class, 6-1 guard Kris Fulwood-Davis, who has offers from Cleveladn State, Eastern Michigan, IPFW and Northeastern.

    Other key personnel are 6-5 junior Trevon Banks, 6-2 Demario Banks, 6-4 senior Angelo Stewart and 6-5 junior Aaron Crim, who isn’t as explosive as Mason, but has a similar blue-collar motor. There are two more potential college players in the sophomore class, point guard D’andre Johnson and raw but athletic 6-8 Leo Edwards.


    Saginaw Buena Vista
    Expectations are high for Buena Vista in coach Austin Brinkman’s fourth season. The Knights were 22-4 last season, losing to eventual Class C champion Melvindale ABT in the quarterfinals.

    Buena Vista’s leading point man returns, small but mighty senior George Goodman, a natural scorer at 5-foot-8. If anything Goodman’s gotten better, scoring 33 in an opening week overtime loss at Okemos.

    “He’s such a hard worker who does a lot of work on his own, that’s stuff you can’t coach,” Brinkman said. “He’s really athletic. George is our shortest guys, but we’re looking for some dunks from him.”

    Buena Vista has to replace a talented four-year point guard in Devante Jackson, but could do it by committee. Goodman is a good ball-handler, while senior guard Derrick Washington is a third-year starter and strong defender.

    “Derek was the quarterback in the football season,” Brinkman said. “He has a great attitude, is a hard worker and others follow his example.”

    Buena Vista has depth if not overwhelming height up front. 6-0 Malik Houston and 6-4 George Smithers are both third-year varsity seniors. 6-4 junior Darnell McKinney played as a sophomore and is the defending Division 3 state champion in the high jump. Sophomore Tyrell Bridgewater is a 6-3, 240-pound newcomer.


    Suttons Bay
    The Norsemen may have had the longest drive to their game, but they’re already pretty familiar with the Breslin Center. Melvindale ABT ended their 25-2 season here in the 2010 Class C state final. While Suttons Bay hopes to be back here in March, 2011, as well, one team member has a whole bunch of future games on this court. Dwaun Anderson, a 6-foot-4 left-handed senior and Mr. Basketball favorite, pledged to the Spartans in the early signing period. If Mr. Basketball were awarded for dunking, he’d be the runaway favorite, with records of his above-the-rim exploits all over YouTube. But you don’t become a national top 100 recruit just by being able to jump, and Anderson is an actual basketball player.

    “Dwaun’s gotten stronger, and is just a more confident all-around player,” said Suttons Bay coach Todd Hursey, in his 13th season. “He’s doing a better job going to his right hand, and his shooting has improved.”

    The Norsemen’s other returning starter is senior Noah Reyl, who was an all-state running back in the fall. He provides athleticism, leadership and perimeter shooting. The other players experienced from last season’s postseason run are 6-5 senior Jared Orban and 6-3 senior Steven Wheelock.

    The rest of Suttons Bay’s roster is quickly gaining experience. In the first two weeks of the season the Norsemen already played two of the toughest teams on their schedule, beating Traverse City St. Francis and McBain.


    Flint Powers
    This is the second straight appearance for Powers at the Meijer Holiday Hoops Invitational. Under fifth-year coach Tim Herman, the Chargers haven’t been strangers to the Breslin Center in March, either. They won the Class B state championship here in 2009 after finishing runner-up to another Holiday Hoops participant, Lansing Catholic, in 2008.

    Powers, 22-4 in 2010, is talented as ever, with two Division I college recruits in the fold.

    “We did lose two really good players, Pat O’Brien, who is playing at Saginaw Valley State, and DeMarco Sanders, who is at Ferris State,” Herman said. “But we have a returning all-stater at point guard in Patrick Lucas-Perry. This will be the fourth year I’ve had him, and we’ve won a bunch of games with him. He’s a great point guard.”

    6-foot-4 junior Javontae Hawkins has a bunch of DI offers, including from Michigan. This is actually Hawkins’ second time participating in the tournament, though the first with Powers. He was a freshman on the Flint Beecher team which lost to Traverse City St. Francis in 2008. He’s a natural wing who has to play more inside for a Powers team without significant height.

    “He’s very athletic, probably the most athletic player I’ve coached at Powers,” Herman said.

    Powers has legitimate options beyond its stars. 6-3 senior Pierre Brackett is a strong all-around, blue-collar player. The big surprise early in the season has been senior guard Vince Adams, the Chargers’ leading scorer as a first-year starter.


    Okemos
    Under coach Dan Stolz, the Chieftans are the kind of program that will always field competitive teams, and when the talent level is up they can play with anyone in the state. With an all Division I backcourt in 6-foot-1 senior Mack McKearney, who is headed to Dartmouth, and junior point guard Chris Harrison-Docks, who already has double-digit college offers, the 2010-11 team could lean towards the latter of those alternatives. Okemos was picked by the league’s coaches to finish second in the CAAC-Blue, one of the state’s toughest conferences.

    “We have two really, really good guards,” said Stolz, in his 17th season at Okemos. “We have some other guys who can play, but we’re replacing our frontline. Defense and rebounding will determine how this team does.”

    McKearney is a power guard who averaged 13 points and 5.5 rebounds as a junior. Harrison-Docks fit right in after moving to Okemos from Louisville, averaging 18 points and 3.5 assists per game as junior, while providing relentless defense on the ball. The third guard is 6-0 junior Jared Motler, a good athlete himself.

    Okemos has a number of players who can potentially complement Harrison-Docks and McKearney on the inside. Junior Tyler Moton is 6-5, 260 pounds. 6-5 senior Pat Garnett is a third-year varsity player who was the sixth man last years. He’s more of a finesse forward. 6-4 junior Jackson Miller is just a smart, solid player who will contribute. The darkhorse is 6-5 senior Owen Hughes, the Division 1 high jump state runner-up after clearing 6-10 last June. He could make a real impact – if healthy.

    “If we could get all four of them playing, our frontcourt will be fine,” Stolz said.