Congrats to Tyree France and Brent Wiles on making the Times Herald All-Blue Water Area Boys Basketball Team
Former Rocket All-State guard Tavares Oliver Jr will suit up for Morehouse University next basketball season #FAMILY
Romeo Weems becomes just the ninth DePaul player to be named to the Big East All-Freshman Team and the first to do it since Eli Cain in 2016.
Romeo Weems He is the ninth DePaul player to be named to the Big East All-Freshman Team and the first to do it since Eli Cain in 2016.
PG Tyree France, New Haven
Vitals: Senior, 5-foot-11, 150 pounds.
Key Stats: Averaged 11.4 points, 5.5 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.7 steals. Had three games with 10 or more assists.
Accolades: All-MAC-White first team and team captain.
Comment from coach Tedaro France: "What makes Tyree France a special player is his high intelligence of the game of basketball combined with his unique ability to control the game from the point guard position. He is a great teammate, an excellent leader, tireless worker and a selfless individual. He is one of best point guards I have been blessed to coach in my 12 years at New Haven. Tyree is one of our best scorers but with our team being young at the guard position this year with four freshmen up on varsity, he really displayed great leadership, patience and a great understanding that we needed the ball in his hands running the offense."
Congrats to 2021 6-4 Forward Brent Wiles on being named Honorable Mention to the Associated Press Division 2 All-State Team #AllState
SF Brent Wiles, New Haven
Vitals: Junior, 6-foot-4, 200 pounds.
Key Stats: Averaged 18.1 points, 10.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.9 steals.
Accolades: All-MAC-White first team and a team-captain.
Team Finish: The Rockets (12-9, 5-5 MAC-White) placed third in its conference before falling to Lutheran North in the district opener.
Comment from coach Tedaro France: "Brent Wiles is a special talent who had a breakout season for us this year during his junior season. Brent possesses the size, strength and skill that makes him a matchup problem for defenses night in and night out from the small forward position. He has the ability to score inside and out with the ball skills to handle on the wing and attack to create off the dribble. Brent can also step out and shoot the 3-point shot and is a very good passer. What makes Brent even more special is his scoring efficiency shooting over 53.4% from the field and showing his ability to finish. Brent is a tireless worker that demands the best from himself and his teammates every day. An excellent student in the classroom carrying a 3.8 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society."
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Join us in wishing a Happy Birthday to Junior forward, @Inno_Nwoko
The transfer big man from Central Michigan University and New Haven High School started 24 of 29 games at center and we are very excited about his growth into his senior year. We hope you have a great day, Inno! #BirthdayCard
Congrats to Tyree France and Brent Wiles on being named Honorable Mention All-East on the 2019-20 Detroit News All-Area boys basketball teams
2019-20 Detroit News All-Area boys basketball teams
6-4, Sr., G, Warren De La Salle
Gjonaj had a solid senior season, averaging 16.5 points, seven rebounds and three assists to lead De La Salle to a 13-8 record and district final appearance.
“Joe could create his shot anytime and was a great defender,” coach Greg Esler said. “He drew double teams all year.”
6-3, So., G, Mount Clemens
Hannah was a sophomore sensation, scoring 60 in a game and averaging 31.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.4 blocks for Mount Clemens, which finished 11-10, second to Harper Woods Chandler Park in the Charter School League.
“His work ethic is second to none, not only saying he wants to play in the NBA but is working hard to one day make his dream come true,” coach Pete Trammell said. “His drive to be great every play, every game is what makes him special, and I’m proud how he attacked the season. He has played AAU ball with Emoni Bates the last three years and that has pushed him to play at an elite level.”
Hannah already has offers from Texas A&M, Washington State and DePaul.
6-1, Sr., G, Eastpointe
Holloway showed his ability to score in multiple ways, averaging 20.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and two steals to lead Eastpointe to an 18-4 record and a Macomb Area Conference Silver title while being named MAC Silver Player of the Year.
“Davion played as hard as he possibly could every single day. He is a true competitor that absolutely hates to lose,” coach Nate Minnoy said. “He broke several school records, including single-game scoring with 46 points and 3-pointers in a game with nine.”
6-4, Sr., G, Macomb Dakota
Rollins had an outstanding senior season as a combo guard, averaging 25.5 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals to lead Dakota to an 18-3 record, a MAC Red title and a MAC Red/White tournament championship.
“Ryan is a very special player that plays the game the right way always,” coach Paul Tocco said. “He’s unselfish — a team player that makes everyone around him better.”
Rollins will play next year at Toledo.
5-9, Jr., G, Hamtramck
Whitaker showed his ability to score in multiple ways while playing tough defensively to help Hamtramck to a 17-3 record, averaging 17 points, two assists and two steals. He scored 28, making 8-of-16 3-pointers in a district semifinal win over Grosse Pointe South.
“Javier could always score the basketball, even coming in from middle school,” coach Dennis Foster said. “He has led us in scoring each year he’s been in our program. His freshman year I would always challenge him to be more than just a scorer and I would tell him that he has potential to be a really outstanding basketball player, but he would always give me a blank stare afterwards. I knew he really began to understand that he could be special after his sophomore year when he began to call me and would ask me to pick him up to go work him out, break down his game film and send tapes on college point guards. I no longer had to push him or motivate him. He wanted it for himself.”
Coach of the Year
DENNIS FOSTER, Hamtramck
Foster guided Hamtramck to a 17-3 record and a district final appearance against Detroit King, putting itself in position to go after its first district title since 1985 when the season came to an abrupt end.
“Our kids played with a ton of energy and enthusiasm all season,” Foster said. “They put in a ton of work in the offseason to get better as individuals, while also still buying into playing as a team. They prepared and played with a chip on their shoulder all year because they knew that they were one of the top teams in the state, but no one else did so they wanted to prove it. I also have to give a lot of credit to my coaching staff and administration who put in a lot of time and effort to help make this season happen.”
Second teamAmari Allen, 6-1, Fr., G, Hamtramck; Anthony Benard, 5-11, Fr., G, Grosse Pointe South; James DeLong, 5-11, Sr., G, Port Huron Northern; Josh Hines, 6-0, Jr., Macomb Dakota; Jayland Randall, 6-4, Jr., G, Harper Woods Chandler Park.
Third teamTamario Adley, 6-2, So., G, Harper Woods Chandler Park; Anthony Cukaj, 6-3, Sr., G, Roseville; Tyler Jamison, 6-4, Fr., Port Huron Northern; Nolan Julio, 5-7, Sr., G, Marine City Cardinal Mooney; Cedric Poole, 6-2, Sr., G, Eastpointe.
Honorable mentionEthan Balon, Port Huron; Nick Bastian, Marine City Cardinal Mooney; Deion Black, Warren Collegiate; Jon Bolden, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley; Gabe Bourdeau, Almont; Ryan Brown, Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse; Terrence Brown, Harper Woods Chandler Park; Donavan Brownlee, Warren Woods Tower; Noah Burns, Hamtramck; Michael Clark, Grosse Pointe Woods Liggett; Matthew Coffey, Mount Clemens; Anthony Danno, Sterling Heights; Larry DeDalis, Marine City Cardinal Mooney; Amaree Dixon, St. Clair Shores Lakeview; Sean Donaldson, St. Clair; T.J. Ferguson, St. Clair Shores Lake Shore; Tyree France, New Haven; Xavier Glenn, Macomb Dakota; Anthony Green, Grosse Pointe Woods Liggett; Caleb Hardies, Macomb Lutheran North; Daveyon Henderson, Richmond; Linden Holder, Warren De La Salle; Austin Hosmer, Sterling Heights Parkway; Jason Hunter, Roseville; Jalen Jackson, St. Clair Shores Lake Shore; Jordan Johnson, Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse; Micai Johnson, Macomb L’Anse Creuse North; Nick Johnson, Warren Collegiate; Will Johnson, Grosse Pointe South; Marsse Joseph, Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse; Jack Kammer, Marine City; Jemari Mack, Macomb L’Anse Creuse North; Tyler Mack, Warren Cousino; Jacob Mann, Utica Eisenhower; Jacob Marshell, Marine City Cardinal Mooney; Mik’Qwon McClain, Warren Collegiate; Tommy McNelis, Fraser; Johnny Mistretta, Marine City; Colin Moldenhauer, Macomb Lutheran North; Rory Montreuil, Utica; David Mueller, Macomb Lutheran North; Nick Olmeda, St. Clair Shores Lake Shore; Angelo Patsalis, Marine City; Cam Perrino, Grosse Pointe North; Hasson Posey, Warren Woods Tower; De’Ovion Price, Port Huron; Ahmaryon Rice, Center Line; Jacob Robinet, Sterling Heights Parkway; Justin Schweiger, Richmond; Alex Shaheen, Grosse Pointe South; Jordan Shepherd, Grosse Pointe North; Matt Skiba, Utica Ford; Will Smythe, Warren De La Salle; John Stricker, Sterling Heights Parkway; Cameron Strong, Grosse Pointe Woods Liggett; Jahiem Swaizey, Roseville; Greg Tarr, Romeo; Stephan Teasley, Warren Lincoln; Taveon Thompson, Utica Eisenhower; Troy Tiseo, Macomb Lutheran North; Mark Tumpkin, Fraser; Andre Turner, Sterling Heights Stevenson; Jaeden Valadez, St. Clair Shores Lakeview; Darrell Walker, Clinton Township Clintondale; Davion Watkins, Eastpointe; Artez Weathington, St. Clair Shores South Lake; Brent Wiles, New Haven; Caron Williams, Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse; Bryce Williamson, Warren Cousino; Evan Woodard, Marysville; Ryan Zimmer, St. Clair.
With the Oregon basketball season now over and the Ducks having moved towards gearing up for the 2020-21 basketball season, we are taking a look at the new pieces coming into the program and how they'll impact the Ducks on the court.
For today we are looking at junior forward Eric Williams Jr.
A big reason why I am so high on Oregon being the Pac-12's best team next season in men's basketball is because of who they had sitting on the bench redshirting. I'm aware the Payton Pritchard is gone, and the Pac-12 Player of the Year will be missed. I am aware that seniors Anthony Mathis and Shakur Juiston are also gone, and they'll be missed just as much. Duquesne transfer Eric Williams is a big reason for my belief in Oregon repeating as Pac-12 Champions. The 6-foot-6 junior was one of the very best transfer prospects available this time last spring and the Ducks were able to land his commitment.
I expect Williams to slide into the starting lineup next year for Oregon and become one of the better players on the roster after sitting out this past season.
Williams is an athletic wing player at 6-foot-6 that is going to remind Duck fans a lot of former transfer wings like Elgin Cook or Dwayne Benjamin, or former Pac-12 Player of the Year Dillon Brooks. He's got the length to guard multiple positions and the athletic ability for bigger forwards to struggle to guard him.
As a sophomore during the 2018-19 season at Duquesne, Williams averaged 14.2 points and shot 42.4 percent from the floor. He also averaged 7.6 rebounds per game. Only three players in the Pac-12 last season did that: Washington's Isaiah Stewart, Arizona's Zeke Nnaji, and USC's Onyeka Okongwu. All three are projected to be first-round draft picks in the upcoming NBA Draft. Just two Ducks ever did that statistical feat, and it was Luke Jackson as a senior and Bol Bol two seasons ago. Williams did this in the Atlantic 10, which is considered a mid-major conference, so you have to take that into account, but it doesn't and shouldn't make his impact on the court any more or any less impressive. He's going to be a player that will be in contention for some kind of All-Conference team in the Pac-12 next year.
Where I see Williams playing within the Oregon system is on the wing similar to how Chris Duarte played this year, or how Louis King, Brooks, Cook, and Benjamin played before that. He'll bounce inside in the post and be asked to defend post players and be a top rebounder. He'll also be asked to guard point guards at times. He's going to be a highly versatile player within Oregon's defense.
On the offensive side of the ball, Williams will instantly become one of Oregon's go-to players to score. And he can do it at all three levels. He's attempted over 250 free throws in his first two seasons of basketball and shoots 74.4 percent from the line. He's a career 36.7 percent three-point shooter, and as a sophomore, he made 61 percent of the shots he attempted inside the paint. He's an improving three-point shooter and someone who is at his best in transition. He's very skilled in attacking the rim and finishing with either dunks or getting fouled, which will translate to more free throw attempts.
I expect the Ducks to lean on Williams to be one of their best players during the 2020-21 season, and I expect he delivers with a strong junior year.
Rochester Mens Basketball
April 1st 2020
ROCHESTER, MI -- The Rochester University men's basketball program has signed another member of the class of 2020. Tre Payne is a 6'3 guard from New Haven High School in New Haven, Michigan. Tre started his high school career at Sterling Heights High School where he was a two-year varsity player. He then went to New Haven where he was part of the 2019 regional championship team that was also undefeated in Macomb Area Conference play.
Tre also had a successful career playing on the AAU circuit with the Michigan Goonies, a Macomb-based AAU team. This past summer, he averaged 24.0 points per game between their Adidas Gauntlet and Prep Hoops circuits against some of the nation's best AAU teams.
Coach Pleasant had this to say about Tre, "Tre is going to be a huge asset for us as we look ahead to our future. He's a guard with a knack for scoring the ball everywhere on the floor. He's another signee who comes from a very successful high school program and he has the added benefit of growing up right down the road from our university. I can't wait to see what the future holds for Tre within our program."
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