Solid home victory over L’anse Creuse 83-46 to close out league play. Congrats to our boys on winning the MAC Blue Division Championship securing our 4th consecutive league title. Great Job Boys! keep working
Joseph Hayes, The Times Herald
They are a model of consistency.
Year after year, New Haven High School boys basketball coach Tedaro France II has taken his program higher. And now the results are showing in a big way. New Haven has become one of the state's best programs and claimed its 40th straight victory last week.
The Rockets (14-0) enter the week ranked No. 1 in the Times Herald Boys Basketball Poll. The Rockets are headed to another long postseason run and will be a threat to win the Class B state championship again.
"It is truly a blessing and all glory goes to God," France said of the 40th consecutive win. "It shows the hard work, sacrifice, dedication and commitment to the team to be able to accomplish something like this. A lot of people do not see all of the hard work we put in from top to bottom each and every day in the weight room, film room, on the court and in prayer.
"They just see the game day result. But those results are from constant repetition doing the small things right every day until it becomes a habit. I am just so proud of our boys and how hard they continue to work both on and off the court."
New Haven will host L'Anse Creuse on Tuesday night.
Coming in at No. 2 in the poll is Blue Water Area Conference leader Richmond (7-0, 10-3). Last week Richmond defeated Capac and is now the only remaining undefeated team in the league. Richmond will return home Friday against Croswell-Lexington.
St. Clair (8-1, 11-4) is No. 3 in the poll after winning the outright Macomb Area Conference Gold Division championship last week. It was the Saints first title since 2011 and they did it by defeating a very good Warren Woods Tower team.
Now the Saints will look to build on that effort before the postseason begins. They will travel to Fraser Tuesday night.
Coming in at No. 4 in the poll is Marine City Cardinal Mooney. The Cardinals have already clinched a league championship but took a tough loss last week. They will look to rebound Tuesday at Frankel Jewish Academy.
Rounding out the top five is Capac. The Chiefs (6-1, 11-1) lost to Richmond last week but are still playing well entering the stretch run. The Chiefs were scheduled to play Armada Monday night.
Times Herald Boys Basketball Poll
1. New Haven
3. St. Clair
4. Cardinal Mooney Catholic
6. Marine City
7. Port Huron Northern
8. Port Huron High
9. Brown City
Congrats to 2019 6-7 wing Romeo Weems on being recognized by USA Basketball as one of the top 24 class of 2019 prospects and being invited to compete in events at the Final Four in San Antonio
By ADAM ZAGORIA
USA Basketball and the NCAA have invited 24 of the top prospects in the Class of 2019 to attend the Final Four in San Antonio and compete in events surrounding the college games, ZAGSBLOG has learned.
The Next Generation Sunday Program will run March 30-April 1 in San Antonio.
“The NCAA has partnered with USA Basketball and the NCAA Academies to create a program that offers future student-athletes the experience of a lifetime,” reads a letter written by Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president of basketball, that was sent to top Class of 2019 prospects and obtained by ZAGSBLOG.
The program offers players an opportunity to have “a behind the scenes look at the Final Four from a player perspective, attend the games, be a part of engaging programming, play on the Final Four court and much more.”
“The goal of this program is to expose you to one of the greatest sporting events in the world and give you an education that is tailored to future college players,” the letter ads. “We hope that the experience will benefit you during and after your time in college as a player, student, and person.”
Here’s the official roster released by USA Basketball.
Named to the team were five USA Basketball gold medalists from the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship this past summer, including tournament MVP Vern Carey Jr. (University School/Southwest Ranches, Fla.), De’Vion Harmon(Guyer H.S./Corinth, Texas), Wendell Moore Jr. (Cox Mill H.S./Charlotte, N.C.),
Romeo Weems (New Haven H.S./New Haven, Mich.) and James Wiseman (Memphis East H.S./Nashville, Tenn.).
Eleven other athletes have attended at least one USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October Minicamp, including Cole Anthony (Archbishop Molloy H.S./New York, N.Y.), Bryan Antoine (Ranney School/Tinton Falls, N.J.), Juwan Gary (Gray Collegiate Academy/Columbia, S.C.), Zach Harvey (Hayden H.S./Topeka, Kan.), Matthew Hurt (John Marshall H.S./Rochester, Minn.), Scottie Lewis (Ranney School/Hazlet, N.J.), Isaac Okoro (McEachern H.S./Powder Springs, Ga.), Isaiah Stewart (La Lumiere School, Ind./Rochester, N.Y.) and Trendon Watford (Mountain Brook H.S./Mountain Brook, Ala.).
Rounding out the roster are USA Basketball newcomers: Armando Bacot (Trinity Episcopal School/Richmond, Va.), Joey Baker (Trinity Christian School/Fayetteville, N.C.), Will Baker (Westlake H.S./Austin, TX), Keion Brooks (North Side H.S./Fort Wayne, Ind.), Trayce Jackson-Davis (Center Grove H.S./Greenwood, Ind.), Josiah James (Porter-Gaud School/Charleston, S.C.), Jalen Lecque (Christ School/Bronx, N.Y.), Tyrese Maxey (South Garland H.S./Dallas, Texas), Pat McCaffery (West H.S./Iowa City, Iowa) and Mark Watts Jr. (Old Redford Academy/Detroit, Mich.).
The event’s itinerary indicates the players will be housed at the George Gervin Academy, and will be divided into two teams — USA1 and USA2. They will each play a pair of games against NBA Africa Academy and NBA Global Academy on March 31 at the Alamadome. Those games will be open to parents and media, sources said.
The NBA has not yet informed its personnel whether or not they can attend the games and evaluate the players, one league source said.
“It’s the top kids playing against each other on a big stage,” one NBA scout said of the possibility of viewing the games. “It puts you way ahead on the evaluation scale.”
“If I’m an NBA scout, I really don’t care about anyone that’s not in the top 24, so if you get a chance an an NBA scout out at the Final Four to watch these kids practice and play NBA Academies, you’re giving them a platform,” one AAU coach said.
The high school players will then attend the NCAA national semifinals Saturday night at the Alamodome. The players are scheduled to depart on Sunday before the NCAA championship game on April 2.
Representatives from USA Basketball and the NCAA declined comment on Monday because the program has not yet been officially announced. A formal announcement is expected soon.
The event will not take place during an NCAA evaluation period so college coaches presumably won’t be permitted to scout the high school players. The first live periods are slated for April 20-22 and April 27-29, when Nike, Under Armour and adidas all begin their circuits.
It remains unclear if this signals the beginning stages of USA Basketball attempting to begin some type of American academy featuring its top high school players — or whether it is just a continuing evolution of USA Basketball developing players through camps and mini-camps. USA Basketball frequently runs such camps in advance of FIBA U16, U17, U18 and U19 championships in order to evaluate players and ultimately choose rosters for competitions.
“This is a whole new thing the NCAA approved for these kids,” the AAU coach told ZAGSBLOG. “Think about how times have changed, you’re giving elite kids Final Four tickets.”
The event does not compete with a live period, but if, and when, the time comes when USA Basketball runs camps that compete with live periods, it could signal a whole new foray by USA Basketball into summer basketball.
“Maybe they take over live sessions,” the AAU coach said.
A second AAU coach said there are several possible ways this could all unfold moving forward.
“One direction this could go is that nothing could change and this is just USA Basketball and the NCAA putting together a new experience,” the second AAU coach said. “USA Basketball has always done events in the spring, the only thing that’s different is they’re doing it on Final Four weekend. A number of these kids are probably going to be in the Final Four in a year or two, so it does fall under the USA Basketball mission statement of preparing kids not just for the present but for the future.”
The second AAU coach pointed out that USA athletics have previously explored “an Academy format and they’ve done it with soccer and instead of creating a new academy, they used an exciting academy like IMG [in Florida] to house their USA Soccer kids. Some of them, like Landon Donovan and DaMarcus Beasley,never went to college. They did that and they turned pro. But the vast majority of those kids did the USA soccer academy and still went to college.
“So that’s certainly an idea and they could go in that direction, but they may not. Who knows?”
It’s also unclear how the NBA will involve itself going forward if the one-and-done rule gets changed and players like those mentioned above can go directly to the pros from high school.
“The NCAA and USA Basketball will always have to operate under a tenet of not violation anyone’s amateur status,” the second AAU coach said. “Because if five out of 24 [top kids] go to the NBA, then roughly 80 percent are still going to college.”
2019 6-1 guard Ronald Jeffery III @r_b0ogie mid-season highlights. Averaging 12.1 points 3.8 rebounds 3.0 assist 2.5 steals. Ronald is a very skilled & active guard with great court awareness. Can handle, shoot and pass and is a tough & gritty defender
Tonight we won our 40th consecutive game over Eastpointe 82-47. To God be the glory! It has been a battle with ups & downs and everything in between. We have overcome so much adversity which continues to make us stronger. Proud of our boys!
Last night we won our 40th consecutive game. To God be the glory 🙏 We have overcome so much adversity which only continues to make us stronger.
It shows the hardwork, sacrifice, dedication and commitment to team to be able to accomplish something like this. A lot of people do not see all the hard work we put in from top to bottom each and everyday. In the weight room, film room, on the court and most importantly in prayer 🙏 They just see the game day results but those results are from constant repetition of doing the small things right everyday until it becomes habit. I am so proud of our boys and how hard they continue to work both on and off the court.
It is truly a blessing to be able to teach life lesson through the game of basketball 🏀 The constant instilling of love, selflessness and development of great character.
With great success comes negativity, hate, jealousy, envy, slander to take away from what you are doing. It’s not my work it’s God’s work! He continues to be my shield, my rock, my fortress, my horn of salvation and my strong hold.
Let me not take offense at others, let me not be thin-skinned; but shielded by the power of your spirit, let me not hear insult where none is intended, and shrug off even the most intentional. In Christ name I pray Amen 🙏
Congrats to 2019 6-7 wing Romeo Weems on receiving a full scholarship offer tonight from Rutgers University
Congrats to 2018 6-7 forward Ashton Sherrell on receiving a full-ride scholarship offer this morning from Head Coach Steve Hettinga, Lake Superior State University
Solid league victory on the road over Cousino 83-29. Another great defensive effort by our boys holding them to 6 2nd half points and 0 in the 4th quarter. Great job boys!
Big thanks to Depaul University head coach Dave Leitao and Oregon University assistant coach Tony Stubblefield for coming out to our game tonight
Congrats to 2019 6-7 Wing Romeo Weems on receiving a full athletic scholarship offer tonight from the University of Oregon
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