Posted on: February 15, 2010 7:57 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2010 8:05 pm

Michigan boys basketball Top 10 for Week of 2/7

 Top Ten for Week of 2/7

1. Detroit Country Day
2. Romulus
3. Detroit Pershing
4. Saginaw Arthur Hill
5. Muskegon Heights
6. Lansing Eastern
7. Kalamazoo Central
8. Melvindale AB&T
9. Detroit King
10.  Petoskey

Notable victories/defeats:
Arthur Hill - Beat Muskegon Heights, Midland
Muskegon Heights - Lost to Arthur Hill, Beat Western Michigan Christian
King - Beat Det. Central
ABT - Beat Willow Run
Kzoo Central - Beat Sturgis, Lakeshore
Lansing Eastern - Beat Jackson, East Lansing
Petoskey - Beat Charlevoix and Gaylord
Country Day - Idle
Flint Powers - Beat Flint Northern, Carmen Ainsworth, Saginaw
Romulus - Beat Ford, Belleville
Pershing - Beat Denby, Kettering

There's definitely a mish-mashing of teams resting at the top of the rankings in Michigan boys basketball this week. While Country Day stays idle, they pick up an extra game against Detroit Southeastern next week . Ray McCallum is a legitimate Mr. Basketball contender along with Pershing's Keith Appling, as well as darkhorses such as Melvindale ABT's Michael Talley III.

Flint Powers is the team to keep a watch on. Two big victories could mean this team is pressing to enter for next week.

Check out MichiganPreps for the Top 10, and for some varied opinion, Stephen Bell's High School Basketball Bulletin is also a great read.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 1, 2010 12:47 am

What does it take to be No. 1?

Most Michigan prep basketball pundits have are getting their rankings out for the Top 10 this week about this time, and I have some qualms after seeing the moving and shaking that's gone on after submitting my ballot of votes.

Is Muskegon Heights the best team in the state? Well, I haven't seen any rankings where they're below Detroit Country Day, which is foolish to me. There are some good wins, but is it really enough to push them ahead of a Kurt Keener's squad, who loses to Kalamazoo Central without their star center Amir Williams? I don't think so. Let's see these teams go H2H in the Class B playoffs and see who emerges. I'd put my lunch money on No. 3 Ray McCallum and his boys.

Speaking of Kalamazoo Central, are they really Top 5 material? Look, beating Country Day without their own star Devin Oliver, a Dayton commit and our No. 8 player in the state, was impressive. I'm just not sure what else warrants such a high ranking. They've lost to Saginaw (and Arthur Hill if I'm not mistaken).

As for props, they've got to go out to Lansing Eastern, who take out crosstown rival Lansing Sexton AND Holt, who I had the No. 6 team in the state last week. LaDonte Henton (Central Michigan) anchors them in the middle, but the big story is PG "Cha Cha" Tucker, who is undoubtedly one of the top two or three freshmen in the state. He's going to be a fun one to watch for the next four years, and I have a feeling Tom Izzo and John Beilein will both take a crack at him at some point.

The game ball of the week, though, has to go out to Saginaw and more specificly Tommie McCune. They take out Romulus in OT, and he puts up a simply ridiculous double-double with 28 points and 24 rebounds. Wow.

That said, who've you got at No. 1?

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 1, 2010 12:41 am

Michigan's top boys basketball team wins again

With only one home game remaining on the schedule, Kurt Keener's squad gave the home crowd a good show.

Still missing the services of center Amir Williams (No. 52 on Rivals 150 of 2011), No. 1 Detroit Country Day dominated rival Orchard Lake St. Mary's 73-50 Friday night to win the Voorheis Trophy, annually awarded to the winner.

The Yellowjackets got solid production out of their guards, with senior guard Ray McCallum (No. 60 Rivals 150 of 2010) leading with 22 points and 12 rebounds, and junior Lee Bailey posting 17 points.

"This is a big game for Lee," McCallum said. "He brought his game and did what he had to do, definitely knocked down a lot of big-time shots."

Bailey helped Country Day dominate right out of the gate, scoring the first nine of their 11 points of the game.

"It means a lot because since we're an independent school we really don't have a leading rival, so this is one of the teams that we play year in and year out," Bailey said. "We just try to come out and play hard and get that trophy back this year."

Leading by 25 points at roughly the six-minute mark of the fourth quarter, Keener pulled his stars for the remainder of the game and still got solid production from his reserves. It was a lead in large part thanks to a dominating effort by the Yellowjackets on the boards, collecting 44 total rebounds.

"It was far and away our best offensive rebounding effort of the season," Keener said. "In the last two games we were trounced on the boards, so that became a point of emphasis that we wanted to win the battle of the boards, particularly on the offensive end. Jason Ray is kind of an undersized power forward, and he did a heckuva job, but all of our guys did and I was really pleased with that."

Ray, a 6'3" senior, was able to elbow his way into the post for some buckets as well, finishing with 15 points and 12 rebounds. He played a key factor with Country Day missing two of its other tallest players, 6'4" senior Kenny Knight and 6'5" senior Carter Elliot.

It was somewhat of an off-game for McCallum in terms of long-range shooting, as he drained just 1-of-6 3-point attempts. He still made his presence felt, scoring the last six points of the first half to lead the Yellowjackets into the locker room with a 38-17 lead.

The Eaglets were paced by junior guard Allen Robinson, who led the team with 23 points, along with senior guard Evan Webster who scored 11. St. Mary's was hurt by subpar free throw shooting, only hitting 50 percent on 11-of-12 attempts.

Country Day will face an unrivaled test next Saturday, travelling to a neutral site of Saginaw to take on the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, Columbus Northland of Ohio.
"No one thinks we're going to beat this team," McCallum said. "We're going to come out and try to shock the nation and make a statement."

Keener said that Williams is expected to return from injury to face Columbus Northland and center Jared Sullinger, the No. 3 player in the country.

"We're just trying to be really conservative with it. He didn't need any surgery, but it was a slight tear of the meniscus. He's been doing all of his weightlifting and cardio, and he's dying to get back in there. I told him if we have any chance next Saturday, he's got to be there," Keener said.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: June 30, 2009 10:10 pm

Oh, Henry! Top recruit from KU to UK?

Being a fan of any high-major NCAA college basketball program these days, you are bound to be subject to a late recruiting tiff not so infrequently. It's time again for Kansas fans, but with the cupboard not so bare, does KU need Xavier Henry as bad as Henry needs KU?

This topic wouldn't even be up for debate if Henry simply skipped town before Lance Stephenson reportedly committed to the University of Cincinnati recently. Stephenson could have jumped in just as admirably and been another impact piece that would have kept the Jayhawks as the favorite to tear down the nets next year along with Collins, Aldrich and rising sophomore Tyshawn Taylor. But with Stephenson and top prospect John Wall already off the board, this is a hot topic.

Kansas, albeit a national title and plenty of recent success, has had their share of problem children over the past five years. J.R. Giddens, a tremendously talented swingman, had his exodus amongst off-campus scuffles. David Padgett, another top ten recruit, transferred to Louisville after problems with his father, also a coach, arose. Big man C.J. Giles was booted for "irresponsible behavior and disrespect for team rules." With what seems to be a good, talented core, Henry is starting to draw question marks for his flip-flopping.

On the other hand, Kentucky is no slouch either. They've acquired a number of talents, both existing but even more so incoming. Going to Kentucky may or may not be a more successful collegiate opportunity for Henry and his brother, but will it be a better showcase for his professional career? With a logjam of talent, Henry may not get a chance to put himself on the map the way he would be able to in Lawrence.

As a Jayhawk fan, I have become somewhat indifferent, but feel like the system that Bill Self runs (and no, I don't mean his programs being cleaner), is more opportunitstic for Henry than Coach Calipari's.

With Coach Self meeting with the Henry family tonight, we'll soon know the answer.
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