It’s official! Congrats to Ronald Jeffery III on signing his National Letter of Intent to play at Henry Ford College. Big thanks to Head Coach Chris Sheppard for coming out #FAMILY
Joseph Hayes, Port Huron Times Herald
Eric Williams continues to blaze his own trail.
And in the process, the Port Huron native and 2017 New Haven High School graduate continues to bring his hometown and the entire Blue Water Area on an epic journey with him.
When Williams recently announced he would transfer from Duquesne University and reopen his recruitment, he didn't exactly understand what would happen next. But what did occur was a short, whirlwind experience, that saw the 6-foot-6, 200-pound wing get added to the top 10 of the NCAA transfer protocol and contacted by more than 10 top-flight programs.
He would go on a pair of visits before ultimately deciding to transfer to the University of Oregon, where he will have two years of eligibility remaining to play for the Pac-12 Conference school.
"I went on my first visit (to the University of Missouri) but Oregon was recruiting me the hardest," Williams recalled.
They flew across the country and their coach met with me for lunch before I had my visit (with Missouri) in downtown Pittsburgh.
"They want me to come in and do many of the things I was doing here. They want me to play shooting guard and small forward. It will be the same role but on a different team. I still have to work on my game and improve on things."
In his two seasons with Duquesne, Williams was well ahead of the curve. He led the team in scoring as a sophomore, averaging 14 points and seven rebounds per game and was second on the team in 3-point percentage (.371).
He scored a career high of 40 points against St. Louis, while shooting 15 of 20 from the field, including 7 of 9 from 3-point range.
Now Williams will go right back to work on his game. He will be forced to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules before returning for the 2020-21 season.
"I had a lot of schools reach out to me," Williams said. "It was pretty crazy at first. I had watched Oregon play in the NCAA Tournament and I knew they were a big-time program. I'm excited about the opportunity. I'm going to be there by June and I'll be taking summer classes.
"It's a different vibe. I'm trying to put myself in the best situation possible and not complain about being overlooked when I entered college. I'm going to keep moving forward. I've never been scared of an opportunity."
Contact Joseph Hayes at (810) 989-6268 or at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @Joseph_Hayes11.
Congrats to Romeo Weems on making BCAM’s Best of the BEST All-State Team and Ronald Jeffery III on making BCAM’s Division 2 BEST All-State 1st Team www.bcam.org #FAMILY
Congrats Eric Williams on Committing to Oregon University! We are excited to see you open up a new chapter and continue your awesome journey. May God continue to lead your path Let’s go!!
New Haven Rocket Alum Eric Williams Jr committed to Oregon University to continue his academic and basketball career transferring from Duquense University
Boys Away Team
#32: Romeo Weems
Postion: Small Forward
College: DePaul University
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Good luck and safe travels to Mr Basketball Romeo Weems as he heads out to Las Vegas to play in the Jordan Brand Classic All-American game Saturday at 6:00pm Watch the live stream at @JordanClassic @Jumpman23
Eric Williams Jr...Set School Records at his time with the Dukes
Dropping 9..3's in a game.
He led the Dukes in rebounding (8.8)
ranked second in scoring (14.3)
and set several Duquesne freshman records--
points in a game (34),
rebounds in a game (16),
and total three-pointers made (67).
The Detroit Free Press Boys Basketball All-State Dream Team: Lead Mr. Basketball Romeo Weems of New Haven and Ypsi Lincoln's Armoni Bates
Meet the Detroit Free Press 2018-19 boys basketball Dream Team
Mick McCabe, Keith Dunlap and Dana Sulonen, Detroit Free Press
School: New Haven
Vitals: 6-7, Sr., PF
The stats: Weems averaged 27.9 points, 11.4 rebounds, 4.2 steals and almost four assists and 2.6 blocks a game for the Rockets in a stellar season.
The skinny: The winner of the Mr. Basketball voting in a landslide, Weems will head to DePaul with a state championship won as a sophomore and a Mr. Basketball award to highlight a memorable prep career.
New Haven coach Tedaro France: “I knew his sophomore year when we won the state title and he had a huge, huge game in the state championship game ... The next morning he called me to let him in the gym. I knew right then that this kid is not content with just being good, he wanted to be great. I knew that with his drive and how hard he works that he was going to do it.”
School: Flint Beecher
Vitals: 5-11, Jr., PG
The stats: Averaged 22.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game this season.
The skinny: Terry, who recently committed to Michigan State, is the No. 1 player in the state for his class and 102nd overall. He is an early candidate to win Mr. Basketball next season.
Beecher coach Mike Williams: “He’s got the speed, he’s got the quickness, he’s got the skill level. He shoots better than Allen Iverson because he shoots from NBA-range now. And he’s freaky athletic.”
Emoni Bates (Captain)
School: Ypsilanti Lincoln
Vitals: 6-8, Fr., F
The stats: The freshman sensation averaged 29.2 points and 10.2 rebounds in a memorable 2018-19 season.
The skinny: Arguably the best freshman in the country lived up to the hype, galvanizing the state by putting up monster numbers and helping lead Lincoln to the Division 1 state title, the first in school history.
Lincoln coach Jesse Davis: "He's a special talent. (The players) respect him because they see the work ethic and all the hard work he puts in. They see the articles and the attention he gets, but Emoni works hard and he has fit in."
B. Artis White
Vitals: 5-11, Sr., G
The stats: Averaged 21.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game.
The skinny: The runner-up in the Mr. Basketball voting, White helped lead Canton to 73 wins in a terrific four-year varsity career. He will play in college at Western Michigan.
Canton coach James Reddy: "I played at Canton. I've been at Canton for 22, 23 years and he's the best player I've seen come though Canton. He's a one-of-a-kind player. He's an outstanding, outstanding young man of high character and has been a great ambassador for Canton."
School: Benton Harbor
Vitals: 6-6, Jr., Wing
The stats: Averaged a double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds.
The skinny: He can play all five positions, but had to take over a bigger guard role this season. He has 10 offers, including Michigan and recently picked up an offer from Michigan State.
Benton Harbor coach Cory Sterling: "He's a true leader. A true winner. He took over a lot of leadership roles this year, on and off the court. He's very deserving of all the accolades he's been given."
Congrats to Romeo Weems and Ronald Jeffery III on being named to the Detroit Free Press All-East Basketball Team
Meet the Detroit Free Press 2018-19 All-East boys basketball teams
Mick McCabe, Detroit Free Press
Romeo Weems (Captain)
School: New Haven
Vitals: 6-7, Sr.
Stats: Mr. Basketball averaged 27.9 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. He will continue his playing career next year at DePaul.
School: Chandler Park
Vitals: 6-3, Sr.
Stats: Averaged 17 points, five rebounds and four assists per game.
Vitals: 5-10, So., G
Stats: The sophomore averaged 15.5 points per game and will be a name to watch for in Macomb County in the coming years.
School: St. Clair Shores Lake Shore
Vitals: 6-6, Sr., F
Stats: The senior averaged a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds per game. He hit the 1,000-point mark this season in January.
School: Sterling Heights Stevenson
Vitals: 6-4, Sr., F
Stats: Stevenson's captain averaged 12.0 points a game, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists. He led the team to a MAC Red championship and was named the MAC Red MVP.
Congrats to Ronald Jeffery III being named 1st Team Division 2 All-State and Romeo Weems being named to the Dream Team
Detroit News Dream Team, All-State boys basketball teams
David Goricki, Detroit News
6-7, Sr., F, New Haven
Weems became the first player from Macomb County to win Mr. Basketball, finishing his career with a 99-7 record, and leading New Haven to a Class B state championship in 2017. He averaged 26.2 points, 10.8 rebounds, 4.2 steals, 3.5 assists and two blocks his senior year to win another regional title.
“Romeo has improved the most over the years with his shooting with his ability to hit the 3-point shot,” coach Tedaro France said. “He has turned into one of the top shooters around, and becoming a great shooter really took his game to another level with already being able to do so many things on the basketball court. What is unique and special about Romeo is his versatility on the court and his ability to defend and play all five positions at a high level.”
Weems, who scored 2,151 career points, will play next year at DePaul.
6-9, Fr., F, Ypsilanti Lincoln
Bates was a freshman phenom — the top-rated player in the nation in the 2022 class — who had the flair for the dramatic, knocking down a 3-pointer in the final seconds in a 58-55 regional semifinal win over Ann Arbor Skyline, then tipping in a missed shot as time expired in an 81-79 regional title game win over Detroit Catholic Central. He averaged 28.5 points and 10.2 rebounds to help Lincoln not only win its first regional, but also its first state championship in school history with a 64-62 win over U-D Jesuit.
“Emoni is an exceptional gifted player,” said Coach Jesse Davis. “He’s as tall as a big man with a skill set like a guard. What makes him special is his ability to put the ball in the basket where he can score at all 3 levels. He plays the game with the mentality of Kobe Bryant.”
6-0, Sr., G, Marcellus Howardsville Christian
Jergens became the first player since Richie Jordan of Fennville in 1965 to average 40 points when he averaged 40.5 points, scoring 971 points this season (98 3-pointers) and 2,782 for his career, placing him third all-time in state history behind Jay Smith (2,841, Mio, 1976-79) and Mark Brown (2,789, Hastings, 1982-85).
“He just put a lot of hard work into his game, even when he was in second grade, he played on our sixth-grade team and you could tell he was special, where he hung with them and was one of the better players,” coach Tim Jergens said of his son, who also averaged 6.9 rebounds, six assists and 4.7 steals. “He could always shoot and just always practiced to get better. When he was in junior high he played on the junior varsity team and averaged 25 points. Then, as a freshman he averaged 20 on the varsity team, then continued to get better, being able to score in multiple ways. He’s a great passer, too, and I don’t think he gets enough credit for that.”
Jergens will play at Central Michigan as a preferred walk-on.
CARLOS “SCOOBY” JOHNSON
6-6, Jr., F, Benton Harbor
Johnson followed up his sophomore year where he led Benton Harbor to a Class B state championship with a strong junior year, averaging 30.4 points, 13.3 rebounds, 5.5 assists, three steals and three blocks while getting an offer from Michigan.
“Carlos is a position-less winner who excels at ever facet of a game, a three-level scorer with a college-ready frame,” coach Corey Sterling said.
5-11, Jr., G, Flint Beecher
Terry averaged 22.5 points, seven rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.6 steals to help Beecher earn a No. 6 ranking in The News Super 20 before a loss to Detroit Edison in a Division 3 state quarterfinal. He committed last week to play at Michigan State.
“He can shoot the ball from NBA range, he handles the ball very well and can get to the glass,” coach Mike Williams said. “His athleticism is out of this world, there’s nothing that he can’t do on the basketball court. Every night that we played, it was the other team’s state championship game. We played 26 games and I’d say we played one bad quarter all year. He not only increased his points, but he increased his rebounds, assists and steals and his turnovers went down. He was the key that drove the engine.”
► Jaden Akins, Farmington; Trevor Arico, Saline; Darien Banks, Roseville; Caleb Bates, St. Clair Shores Lake Shore; Jalal Baydoun, Dearborn Edsel Ford; Isaiah Bridges, Midland; Connor Bush, Belleville; Blake Charboneau, Gaylord; Tahj Chatman, Ypsilanti Lincoln; Cade Coleman, Davison; Chris DeRocher Alpena; Brendan Downs, Detroit Catholic Central; Nolan Foster, Mattawan; Amari Frye, Ypsilanti Lincoln; James Gilbert, Muskegon Mona Shores; Joe Gjonaj, Warren DeLaSalle; Marius Grazulis, Marquette; Gunnar Gustafson, Milford; Lucas Henderson, Ypsilanti; Shamar Howard, Lansing Everett; Jamoni Jones, East Kentwood; Christian Knox, Ypsilanti; Isaiah Lewis, Wayne Memorial; Jadakiss Lewis, Kalamazoo Central; Blake Lund, Linden; Kaylein Marzette, Detroit Renaissance; John Massey, Detroit King; Menalito McGee, Wyoming; Gage McGuire, Coldwater; Freddie McIntosh, Saginaw; Brandon Michrina, Sterling Heights Stevenson; Jordan Montgomery, U-D Jesuit; Donovan Moore, West Bloomfield; Vernon Nash III, Muskegon; Jayden Nunn, Flint Carman-Ainsworth; Joe Ostrowsky, Mt. Pleasant; Josh Palo, Howell; Max Perez, Hudsonville; Noah Pruitt, Okemos; Kasean Pryor, Ann Arbor Pioneer; Elias Ramirez, Bay City Central; Kevin-David Rice, Grand Blanc; Ty Rodgers, Grand Blanc; Ryan Rollins, Macomb Dakota; Kareem Rozier, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Justin Rukat, Detroit Catholic Central; Jimmy Scholler, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central; Tobin Schwannecke, Traverse City Central; Tariq Shepard, Farmington; Dexter Shouse, Mattawan; Vinson Sigmon, Canton; Eli Steffen, Zeeland West; Trent Summerfield, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern; Nathan Talbot, Lake Orion; Jalen Thomas, U-D Jesuit; Renel Thrasher, Westland John Glenn; Mark Tocco, Macomb Dakota; Trey Townsend, Oxford; John Udomadu, Roseville; Josh Warren, Woodhaven; Keegan Wasilk, Clarkston; Michael Washington-Hill, Detroit Cass Tech; Kalil Whitehead, Detroit Cass Tech; Jordan Whitford, Detroit King; Reggie Williams, Saginaw Arthur Hill; Mason Wojtusik, Mt. Pleasant; Griffin Yaklich, Saline; Omar Zeigler, Detroit King.
► Cory Ainsworth, Wayland; Ethan Alderink, Holland Christian; Brec Alward, Alma; Jamaal Bailey, Wyoming Godwin Heights; Jayce Bourcier, Freeland; Kobe Bufkin, Grand Rapids Christian; Riley Bugg, North Branch; Devon Bryant, Detroit Henry Ford; Reece Castor, Gladstone; Drew Davis, Richmond; Isaac Davis, Plainwell; Tyson Davis, Goodrich; Mason Docks, Williamston; Parker Ellifritz, Three Rivers; Spencer Eves, Hillsdale; Dan Few, River Rouge; Alex Finney, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook; Donovan Freeman, River Rouge; Markele Garrett, Bridgeport; Travis Hill, Onsted; Logan Karnemaat, Fremont; Jarrett Kelley, Chesaning; Logan LePage, Corunna; Owen Lobsinger, Flint Powers; Jeremy Luciani, Marshall; Jacob Martinson, Big Rapids; Teonta McKeithen, Ferndale; Mitchell Mowid, Haslett; Brad Osborne, Hamilton; Micah Parrish, River Rouge; Gerrid Rutledge, North Branch; Clay Sampson, Ida; Luke Schrotenboer, Grand Rapids South Christian; Cam Sutherland, Alma; Connor Swinehart, Newaygo; Tyland Tate, Harper Woods Chandler Park; Liam Thompson, Ovid-Elsie; Bralin Toney, River Rouge; LaTa’Vius Vaughter, Clio; Solomon White, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern; Noah Wiswary, Hudsonville Unity Christian.
► Jordan Abrams, Niles Brandywine; Trey Ackerman, Hartford; Jayden Alfred, Mancelona; Ethan Brady, Millington; Joel Breeding, Petersburg-Summerfield; Ali Brewster, Flint Hamady; Jack Brockie, Hanover-Horton; Jeffery Carrier, Mason County Central; Ben Clark, Wyoming Potter’s House; Micah Cramer, Unionville-Sebewaing; Sandyn Cuttrell, Cass City; Nolan Finkbeiner, Hemlock; Owen Franklin, Oscoda; Andrew Geiger, Brown City; Jonathon Giglio, Saginaw Valley Lutheran; Aiden Gillig, Kalamazoo Hackett; Andrew Gunn, Saginaw Valley Lutheran; Tyler Heckroth, Unionville-Sebewaing; Dylan Hemphill, Detroit Loyola; Paire Hill, Detroit Pershing; Tyler Horky, Manchester; Kyle Hulett, Byron; Kaden Kelly, Clare; Donovan Kennedy, Hanover-Horton; Larson Kever, Union City; Luke Laketa, Hanover-Horton; Kollin Lienau, New Lothrop; Lucas Lueder, Sanford-Meridian; Brayden Mallak, Oscoda; A.J. Massucci, Royal Oak Shrine; Danny Passinault, Traverse City St. Francis; Trever Salani, Manton; Brayden Saxton, Cassopolis; Justin Smith, Burton-Atherton; Brock Stevens, Grandville Calvin Christian; John Sweeney, Erie-Mason; Cody Talaski, Bad Axe; Tucker Taylor, Gwinn; Collin Trierweiler, Pewamo-Westphalia; Sam Vasiu, NorthPointe Christian; Richard Washington, Clinton Township Clintondale; Jason Waterman, Negaunee; Raynard Williams, Detroit Edison; Ty Wyman, Blissfield; Zac Yorke, Millington; Landin Zimmer, Unionville-Sebewaing.
► Connor Arnold, Coleman; Elijah Badgero, Wyoming Tri-unity Christian; Dillon Brown, Walkerville; Zac Clark, Britton-Deerfield; Nathan Cloyd, Kingston; Jarett Cook, Morenci; Gino Costello, Bellevue; Luke Epperson, Genesee Christian; James Felton, Lansing Christian; Conor Gausselin, Battle Creek St. Philip; Adrian Haligus, Walkerville; Reece Herschbach, Marcellus Howardsville Christian; Drew Hess, Mio; Chase Ingersoll, Fife Lake Forest Area; Daniel Jacobs, Athens; Jason Jergens, Marcellus Howardsville Christian; Connor LeClaire, Dollar Bay; Atlas Marlatt, Ellsworth; Anthony Mattson, Munising; Kyle Mikolajczak, Manistee Catholic Central; Evan Neff, Kingston; Colten Nelson, Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart Academy; Brayden Ophoff, Wyoming Tri-unity Christian; Noah Rheker, Southfield Christian; Brandon Scheurer, Portland St. Patrick; Rahmon Scruggs, Southfield Christian; Owen Simon, Fowler.
Congrats to 6-1 All State guard Ronald Jeffery III on committing to Henry Ford College Hawks to further his academic and basketball career to play for Coach Sheppard They are getting a great one
Congrats to Romeo Weems and Ronald Jeffery III being name to the 1st Team East on the Detroit News All-Area boys basketball teams
David Goricki, The Detroit News
6-3, Sr., G, Harper Woods Chandler Park
Bradford was the high-scoring shooting guard for Chandler Park, averaging 17 points, five rebounds and four assists to help his team win its first regional title in school history and then upset New Haven in a state quarterfinal to advance to the Division 2 Final Four.
DERRICK BRYANT JR.
5-8, Sr., G, Harper Woods Chandler Park
Bryant averaged 12 points and 10 assists to help Chandler Park earn its first regional title in school history, then get an upset win over Mr. Basketball award winner Romeo Weems and New Haven in a state quarterfinal.
RONALD JEFFERY III
6-1, Sr., G, New Haven
Jeffery joined Romeo Weems to give New Haven one of the best 1-2 punches in the state. He averaged 21.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.1 steals. He scored 1,153 career points.
“Ronald can do so many things on the basketball court and is one of the most skilled guards I have had the honor of coaching,” New Haven coach Tedaro France said.
6-1, Jr., G, Roseville
Turner improved and took his game to another level, averaging 13 points and six assists to help Roseville earn its first regional title in school history, losing to U-D Jesuit in a state quarterfinal.
“He was able to carry a team on his shoulders and he got his teammates better, but he really put the team on his back down the stretch in big games late in the year,” Roseville oach Hassan Nizam said.
6-7, Sr., G-F, New Haven
Weems had an outstanding career, leading New Haven to a 99-7 record and to its first state championship in 2017, then earning the title of Mr. Basketball this year, averaging 26.2 points, 10.8 rebounds, 4.2 steals, 3.5 assists and 2 blocks to lead his team to a regional title. Weems had 2,151 career points.
Weems will play at DePaul.
Second team Darien Banks, 5-10, Sr., G, Roseville; Caleb Bates, 6-6, Sr., F, St. Clair Shores Lake Shore; Brandon Michrina, 6-4, Sr., G-F, SH Stevenson; Ryan Rollins, 6-4, Jr., G-F, Mac. Dakota; Mark Tocco, 6-0, Sr., G, Mac. Dakota.
Third teamTrevor Boers, 6-9, Sr., C, Capac; Drew Davis, 6-2, Sr., G, Richmond; Joe Gjonaj, 6-4, Jr., G, Warren DeLaSalle; Myren Harris, 6-0, Jr., G, Chippewa Valley; John Udomadu, 6-6, Sr., F, Roseville.
Honorable mention Charles Anderson, Warren Woods Tower; Joe Ayrault, Grosse Pointe North; Ethan Bach, Macomb Lutheran North; Joan Binishi, Utica; Larry DeDalis, Marine City Cardinal Mooney; James DeLong, Port Huron Northern; Ryan Downey, Grosse Pointe South; De'Jon Grants, Warren Mott; Colton Habarek, Warren Fitzgerald; Ayhem Hanna, SH Stevenson; Javaughn Hannah, Mt. Clemens; Caleb Hardies, Macomb Lutheran North; Codee Harris, St. Clair Shores South Lake; Ryan Heimbaugh, Romeo; Davion Holloway, Eastpointe; Jashun Houston, Center Line; Donte Hudgins, Warren Lincoln; Curtis Jackson, Harper Woods; Zach Johnson, St. Clair Shores Lakeview; Jesse Judkins, Eastpointe; Nolan Julio, Marine City Cardinal Mooney; Jeremy Kitka, Warren Cousino; Joel Knighton, Chippewa Valley; Trey Koteles, Utica; Jack Kretzschmar, Marine City; Tyler Mack, Warren Cousino; Braiden McGregor, Port Huron Northern; Blake McRae, Romeo; John Mistretta, Marine City; Colin Moldenhauer, Macomb Lutheran North; Matt Osterhout, Warren DeLaSalle; Jalen Passmore, Warren Lincoln; Angelo Patsalis, Marine City; De'Ovion Price, Port Huron; Mike Sherman, Warren DeLaSalle; Matt Skiba, Utica Ford; Will Smythe, Warren DeLaSalle; Ethan Swarts, New Baltimore Anchor Bay; Tyland Tate, Harper Woods Chandler Park; Ken Thomas, Harper Woods; Jaeden Valadez, St. Clair Shores Lakeview; Lee Veasley, Warren Woods Tower; Riley Vermander, New Balt. Anchor Bay; Darrell Walker, Clinton Township Clintondale; Richard Washington, Clinton Township Clintondale; Darrius Willis, Warren Mott; Jerry Wilson, SH Stevenson; Ryan Zimmer, St. Clair.
2017 New Haven Rocket alum Eric Williams Jr transfers from Duquense University to the University of Oregon.
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