2017 5-11 senior point guard AJ Crawford III accepted a scholorship offer and signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Spring Arbor University.
2017 6-5 G Eric Williams Jr Makes Verbal Commitment and accepted a full ride scholorship to play basketball at Davis & Elkins College.
The high school boys basketball season is quickly entering the stretch run.
The second round of league play has begun and teams are actively jockeying for position to make a run at a conference championship. But the road each team takes will be different.
New Haven (6-0, 10-1) enters the week as the No. 1 team in the Times Herald Boys Basketball Poll. The Rockets are undefeated in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division and earned a 73-35 victory Monday over Anchor Bay at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Rockets are two games ahead in the division and have to fell confident of their chances of securing the league crown.
Romeo Weems had 15 points, 12 rebounds and five assists for New Haven Monday. His consistent, paired with that of Eric Williams (13 points, seven rebounds, three assists, Monday) have the Rockets in position to make a state title run.
"We are starting to jell and get that cohesiveness that we need," New Haven coach Tedaro France II said. "Guys are continuing to work hard and get better to win a day. In film session, weight training, our mile run, we want to win each day. That's the only way we can continue to have success."
No. 2 ranked St. Clair however, has some work to do. The Saints (3-1, 8-1) are only a game out of first place in the MAC Gold, but are in a tight battle with Lake Shore (5-0, 9-2) and Warren Woods Tower (3-1, 8-1).
On Tuesday, the Saints will take on Port Huron Northern for a second time. The Saints know it won't be easy facing a motivated Huskies (1-4, 2-7) team.
"It will be tough knowing that we have already played them," St. Clair junior Ben Davidson said. "We just have to play hard to get the job done."
Daniel Everhart has been as consistent as they come during his three years at Marine City Cardinal Mooney. After playing a leading role since he stepped onto the court, Evehart is now only six points shy of 1,000 for his high school career.
"Daniel has been a special talent from the day he walked into our gym he wanted to be the best to play at Mooney. A lot of us guy talk about wanting to be the best but few are willing to put in the endless work to be the best. (Scoring) 1,000 career points faster than anyone in school history doesn't happen by accident. That's a direct result of hours in the gym when nobody is watching."
Cardinal Mooney (2-3, 3-6) has battled through injuries, inexperience and a tough schedule but are still in position to compete in the Catholic League.
"This week we have two games that we feel are winnable in Frankel Jewish Academy and Austin Catholic. We are using this week to gain momentum and confidence and put us back in the league race.
"We also will use it to get minutes for our guys coming back off injury."
Times Herald Top 10
1. New Haven
2. St. Clair
4. Marysville .
5. Port Huron Northern
6. Port Huron
9. Cardinal Mooney
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The Rockets scored 54 points the first half to help carry them to a 73-35 MAC Blue victory over Anchor Bay at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Rockets where lead by Romeo Weems 15 points 12 rebounds 5 assist, Eric Williams 13 points 7 rebounds 3 assist, Ashton Sherrell 8 points 9 rebounds 3 blocks, Ronald Jeffery 8 points 2 steals Oliver 8 points 1 assist, AJ Crawford 7 points 4 assit, Alex Palajac 5 points and William Moore 3 points
By George Pohly
@GPohly on Twitter
Rockets ride 27-4 start to MAC Blue win
Seeing was believing for L’Anse Creuse.
The Lancers could have moved into a tie for first place, but A.J. Crawford scored nine points and Tavares Oliver Jr. eight as New Haven started the game on a 27-4 run, and the host Rockets rolled to an 80-35 MAC Blue Division boys basketball victory Friday night.
Romeo Weems finished with 19 points, and Crawford and Eric Williams Jr. had 16 apiece for New Haven, which started the second half on a 25-5 spree that featured three dunks by Weems, a 6-foot-6 sophomore.
“Those guys are athletic, and they showed that right off the jump, in the first three, four minutes of the game,” L’Anse Creuse coach George Woods said of the Rockets. “They got out on us. We scouted them, but you can scout them all day long; if you don’t execute, it doesn’t matter.
“We have to take this game and use it to prepare for another game. I told the guys the whole game that we can’t focus on the score; we need to focus on our execution and build on that.
“I hope they learned that they played a good team. New Haven has had a top program for a few years now. This gave (L’Anse Creuse players) an idea of what our expectations are as coaches, what we dream about.”
Jaylen Blackwell and Da’Vion Moore scored nine points apiece for L’Anse Creuse.
New Haven improved to 5-0 in the division and 9-1 overall. The Lancers, who are second in the Blue, are 3-2 and 5-5.
Williams said defense ignited the Rockets.
“We ran our 2-2-1 press the best at the beginning, and that’s what got us going,” the senior guard said. “We don’t want them to get the ball in the middle, and we want to trap on the sidelines.”
In New Haven’s game-opening rush, Crawford scored off an assist by Weems for a 4-0 lead; Oliver had two 3-point baskets; Weems scored off an inbounds pass from Williams; Crawford converted a steal into a basket; Weems threw down a one-handed dunk, and Weems took a defensive rebound, dribbled into the forecourt and then fed a pass to Oliver for another bucket.
“We locked down on defense,” Crawford said. “Defense is our No. 1 priority. We’ve got such an athletic team, and we put a lot of pride in our defense.”
Williams had three steals, and Weems had five assists.
“Coaches gave us a talk about how it’s not who we play, it's how we play,” Weems said. “We came out and played like a state championship-caliber team. We just played our game.”
Weems had three dunks in little more than a minute midway through the third quarter.
The first came off Williams’ lob pass from the top of the key.
“It was a set play,” Weems said. “We have great chemistry. He throws me a lot of lobs in open gym and practice.”
New Haven plays Anchor Bay at 3 p.m. Monday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
L’Anse Creuse plays host to Fitzgerald on Monday.
Top sophomore Romeo Weems has shown great improvement,catching the eyes of MSU, U of M, Kansas, Xavier & others.
Branden Hunter | Senior writer
WARREN, Mich. - He is the top sophomore in the state of Michigan, and his name and game has created enough buzz to inquire what all the hype is about involving New Haven's Romeo Weems.
Even for Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo, who watched New Haven and Weems cruise past Warren Cousino 72-35, on Thursday night.
Weems stuffed the stat sheet, scoring 16 points, grabbing 17 rebounds, with three assists, three steals, and four blocks. Although, not against great competition, the night before, Weems had a triple-double with 16 points, 18 rebounds, 11 blocks, and eight assists.
"Myself, I think I did okay," said Weems. "I had a couple of lay ups that I should have made. Had a couple of turnovers. I could have played a lot better. We blew them out, but as a team, I think we played pretty bad. We could have done way better."
That is the beauty of Weems' game: the willingness to want to be better, win or not. The 6-6 swingman is ranked the No.21 player in the Rivals class of 2019 rankings, which is quite the honor. And although Weems is a highly rated player in the nation, he is still the ultimate team player. He said his best attribute is his unselfishness, which is evident once he steps on the court.
"He's so unselfish," said New Haven head coach Tedaro France. "Seeing him grow up from last year has been amazing. He always looks to get his teammates involved, and he's a leader out there on the floor.
That's amazing for a kid who is only 15."
Weems' game is very reminiscent of former Michigander and current Kansas forward Josh Jackson, who was the No.1 overall recruit in high school in 2016. They both are able to play multiple guard and forward positions, great rebounders, they look to get teammates involved, they command a lot of attention on offense, and defensively, are not just good defenders, but willing defenders.
Weems still has a long way to go to live up to the Josh Jackson comparison, but he has shown vast improvement already.
"Over the summer, he has improved his shot, and improved his ball skills," France said. "His knowledge of the game is so high to be his age. His defense is good, he's long, athletic, and he can do a lot of things with his size and height. The things he can do are just unreal. He plays like a fifth-year senior."
Weems has early offers from Detroit, Oakland, and Creighton, but is obviously on MSU's radar, with Izzo coming to watch his personally. It is a great sign when the head man of major university comes to see you in person, as a sophomore. He does not yet hold an offer from the Spartans, but it will come in due time.
"Coach Izzo said I played well, and that he likes my game," Weems said. "It was cool to have him out to see our team play. They have been on me a lot, along with a couple of others school, like Michigan, Xavier, and Kansas."
By Matthew Argillander | firstname.lastname@example.org
on January 12, 2017 8:29 PM, updated January 12, 2017 11:27 PM
The atmosphere in the gym was very exciting as Michigan State University men's basketball coach Tom Izzo was in attendance to see New Haven's boys basketball team defeat Warren Cousino 72-35.
"Got a call from Izzo this morning and he told me that he was coming down," New Haven coach Tedaro France said. "It was exciting for our kids and fans to have someone like him come see us play, its fun getting to know him.
"His presence brings a lot. Our fans were happy, their fans were happy — everyone was excited. He had to take a million pictures so I don't know how fun it is for him, but he knows who he is and its very cool to see him at high school game here in Macomb county."
Izzo stopped by to check out New Haven's Romeo Weems. Weems, who is the No. 17-ranked prospect in class of 2019 according to ESPN, had a solid night with 16 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and three steals.
"They like Romeo a lot at MSU, they are very high on him and its not just his skill but his character," France said. "Romeo does it all for us, he can play the one through five. He's not just a great player, he is also a great leader — he really stepped up as a leader this year.
"It's nice for me as a coach to see a kid that as special as he is at 15-years-old, he has such a high basketball IQ. He's a great player, but he also gets all of his teammates involved. And he sets the tone on defense, he had 11 blocks last night and 4 tonight but that doesn't even count the amount of shots he changes."
With two wins in just two nights, New Haven moved to 7-1 on the season. France was happy to see his group grind out a solid performance on the second night of a back-to-back.
"They persevered, they didn't make excuses," France said. "Sometimes you see kids get tired and they go into a shell and make all types of excuses, but they gave it their all tonight. We played two games consecutively without any practice because school was cancelled on Tuesday, when you have kids that commit themselves to getting better it's special."
While Weems did a little bit of everything, it was Eric Williams who led New Haven on the scoring end with 18 points — Williams also put up four rebounds and three steals.
Despite boasting a roster that features several athletically and physically gifted athletes, it is work ethic that France believes separates his team from most.
"Eric is having a great year as well, him and Romeo have been a great 1-2 punch this season," France said. "Eric, Romeo, Tavares Oliver; all those guys come before school and work out, they work so hard. People assume for their height and everything success just comes easily, but they work incredibly hard."
By Jared Purcell | email@example.com
on January 12, 2017 1:00 PM
We have the first MLive Detroit Team of the Week winner of the winter as the New Haven boys basketball team received the most votes for the honor.
Dominating the poll with 780 of the 990 votes made, New Haven will receive Team of the Week treatment with coverage being posted on Thursday, Jan. 19.
Here are the results from the first Team of the Week poll:
The Rockets where lead by Senior Eric Williams Jr with 19 points 10 rebounds 5 assist and 2 steals. Sophomore Romeo Weems added his second triple doublle of the year with 16 points 18 rebounds 11 blocks 7 assist. Junior Tavares Oliver put up 15 points 2 rebounds 2 steals. Junior Austin Sherrell chipped in a double double with 14 pointts 11 rebounds Senior point guard AJ Crawford add 9 points 5 assist 4 rebounds
By George Pohly
@GPohly on Twitter
Romeo Weems and his teammates were determined to make amends, and it showed against Anchor Bay.
Weems had 17 points to lead four New Haven players in double figures and the Rockets used a 25-0 burst to end the first quarter on the way to a 75-53 victory over the host Tars in the MAC Blue Division boys basketball opener for both teams Friday night.
Weems scored 11 points in the first quarter as the Rockets, who trailed 5-1 in the early going, outscored Anchor Bay 25-0 in the final 4:54 for a 26-5 lead that sent New Haven to its fourth straight victory since a mid-December loss at Dakota.
“We started off slow, but I think our defense won this game,” senior guard Eric Williams, who had 12 points, said. “We stepped it up.”
All but two of New Haven’s 25 points in the game-turning run came on either a free throw, off an offensive rebound or were set up by an assist as the Rockets moved the ball and crashed the boards against the smaller Tars.
It wasn’t by accident, Weems said.
“A few games ago, we saw on film that we just jacked up shots,” the 6-foot-6 sophomore said. “The coaches didn’t like that. They wanted ball movement, layups, getting to the bucket, getting to the free throw line. We were determined to do that.
“We pressured them. They turned the ball over and we got out and ran.”
Ashton Sherrell had 14 points and Tavares Oliver 11 for New Haven, which improved to 5-1 overall in its first season in the Blue Division.
Justin Schutz led Anchor Bay with 13 points. The Tars outscored New Haven 18-8 in the fourth quarter, but their record fell to 2-5 overall.
“In the second half tonight we played better, our starters against theirs,” Anchor Bay coach Bob Jolet said. “We played with a more aggressive attitude.
“We’ve got to grow from this. Our goal now is to play our best and hopefully get some better results.”
Weems’ basket off an assist from Williams tied the game 5-5 with 4:23 left in the first quarter.
Weems and Sherrell then made consecutive baskets off offensive rebounds, with Sherrell adding a free throw to his bucket.
Later, Weems had two free throws sandwiched around a pair of his passes that set up Williams buckets, and when Weems added another put-back the Rockets were ahead 18-5 and on their way.
“It’s nice to win a league game on the road,” New Haven coach Tedaro France said. “We knew we were going to see some zone, so we knew we were going to have to attack that, and we did. We did some good things.
“We also got good play from our bench. It was nice to see what some of those guys can do. It was good to see the starters encourage those guys to play hard.”
Weems also had seven rebounds and five steals. Sherrell and Williams had six rebounds apiece, and Williams had seven assists and five steals.
The second New Haven-Anchor Bay game of the season will be played at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Jan. 23.
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