Top headlines from Boys and Girls High School Basketball in Michigan Week #2. BIG-TIME Matchups for Boys and Girls Basketball across the state this week!
The Best of Best face-off | Orchard Lake St. Mary's vs. Grand Blanc!!!
One of the top Seniors in the State is Julian Roper (@juroper) and he thrives in big-time math-ups. The Northwestern commit, also knows that how he performs in these games will dictate votes for Mr. Basketball. Going up against another high-level player and probably the best Junior in the State, Ty Rodgers (@Ty_rodgers20), this was a game most basketball people in Michigan wanted to see.
Julian Roper did not disappoint in this one. Scoring 29 points, including a thunderous one-handed dunk down the lane, to give the Eaglets of OLSM a 65-52 win over Grand Blanc. The talented Ty Rodgers finished the game with 13 points for the Bobcats in the contest. Both of these players and teams will have DEEP runs in the State Tournament in March/April.
Games this week:
OLSM Grand Blanc
Tues. 2/23 vs. Hamtramck at Home | 7pm Tues. 2/23 vs. Bay City Western at BCW | 7pm
Thurs. 2/25 vs. Detroit Henry Ford at Home | 7pm
Motor City Showdown between Top Girls Programs, DEPSA & Renaissance
The Detroit Renaissance Lady Phoenix (@LadyPhoenixBBwbgirlsbball) is preparing to win the State Championship they should have won last season. This requires playing all the best teams around and they are doing that with the toughest schedule in the state. This week's opponent was the Detroit Edison Lady Pioneers (@DetroitEdisonGB), the ELITE of girls basketball in Michigan for the last 4-5 seasons.
Both teams features players the majority of which will play at some level college basketball, most D1. Damiya Hagemann (@ballin_deedee35 | Michigan State commit), Ruby Whitehorn (d1_ruby2 | Top '22 recruit) and Madisen Wardell (@MadisenWardell | Top '22 recruit) for DEPSA. Kailee Davis (@kailee_davis | Northern Kentucky commit), Shannon Wheeler (@S_Wheeler24 | Dayton commit) and Mikyah Finley (@FinleyMikyah | Wagner commit) were the committed players from Detroit Renaissance.
In a battle that we will gladly watch every year, DEPSA pulls outs a 68-59 win over the Lady Phoenix. DEPSA was led by Hagemann with 23 points, Whitehorn 20 points and Wardell with 15 points. Kailee Davis finished with 22 points and Shannon Wheeler added 11 points. The tone was set early with a 17-3 run for DEPSA and Renaissance keep it close after that but couldn't take the lead. Expect both teams to play for State Championships in their respective divisions.
Games This Week
Detroit Renaissance DEPSA
Mon. 2/22 vs. Port Huron at Home | 7pm Tues. 2/23 @ West Bloomfield at WB | 6:30pm
Thurs. 2/25 vs. Detroit Central at DC | 4pm Wed. 2/24 @ Mercy | 6:30pm
Sat. 2/26 vs. Wayne Memorial at WM | 3:30pm
Game Clips via The Plug Sports MI
UPSET ALERT!!!!! Hamtramck knocks off top-ranked River Rouge
River Rouge (@RiverRougeBB) is one of the best teams in Michigan. Led by Legend Geeter (Providence commit) they are extremely tough to beat at home. In the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, they haven't lost a home game since 2016 to Allen Academy.
Well, that stat was changed when the Hamtramck Cosmos (@HHSCosmos) came in and defeated the Panthers, 62-56. Hamtramck had the lead for the majority of the game with their pressure defense and shot making. Rouge would eventually make the game interesting late but it fell short in the end.
The Cosmos are led by Javier Whittaker (@Javier0W), a Senior guard who is averaging close to 28 points per game including a 40 point performance against Catholic Central. On this night, he would led the game with 16 points. Other top players include: Amari Allen (@maridagoat11) who is one of the top sophomore guards in the State. Amari Allen is long, lanky, can score and distribute. He kind of reminds you of Keith Appling as a sophomore.
Be on the lookout for Hamtramck as they take on Orchard Lake St. Mary's at 7pm on Tuesday 2/23.
RTM | Game Clips via State Champs
Miss Basketball candidates face-off!! | Kalamazoo Central vs. East Grand Rapids
The Kalamazoo Lady Giants (@KCLadyGiants) travelled on the road to play East Grand Rapids (@EGR_GirlsBBall) in a girl's basketball game that features two of the top players in the State and both are McDonald's All-American nominees. Kalamazoo central is led by Morasha Wiggins (North Carolina commit) who is headed to play at North Carolina. East Grand Rapids has the pleasure of having two high-level sisters who can ball! Jillian Brown (@Jillianbrown_4) is the older sister committed to Northwestern and her younger sister Macy Brown (@macybrown_7) is one of the top players in the 2023 class.
Game Recap via Fox17 West Michigan
This game was controlled for the most part by the home team, East Grand Rapids and the Brown sisters. Macy lead all scorers with 21 points and Jillian added 12. The Lady Giants of Kalamazoo where led by Morasha Wiggins with 13 points and 7 rebounds and also Senior Laila Vincent (@laila_613) with 15 points. East Grand Rapids pulls out the victory, 53-42.
THIS WEEK: Kalamazoo Central plays at home vs. Loy Norrix at 5:45pm. East Grand Rapids will play at Greenville Friday 2/26 and also at GR Christian on Saturday, 2/27. Both games will be played at 7pm.
SATURDAY SHOOTOUT!!!! | Pierre Brooks II & Trey Lewis have an epic scoring battle
When two high-level players in Michigan face-off, you can expect to see fireworks!! On this Saturday afternoon at Ferndale, Treyvon Lewis (@Elite_kid5) Top '22 recruit in the state poured in a whopping 50 points!! He made seven three-pointers and followed up with an array of mid-range shots and dunks too. He showed why he could play with the best players in the state and should be a MM+/HM recruit on PLENTY OF RECRUITING BOARDS. Not to be outmatched, Pierre Brooks II (@nba_pj | Michigan State commit) had quite the game as well. Scoring 38 points for Frederick Douglass, he kept the Hurricanes (@FREDD_HOOPSQUAD) in the contest. Ferndale would eventually pull out a 94-74 victory at home.
When you get a chance, make sure you checkout Treyvon Lewis at Ferndale and Pierre Brooks II at Frederick Douglass. Both players are having outstanding season and scoring at really high clips.
Brooks Highlights (38 points) via Endless Motor Sports (@endless_motor)
Lewis Highlights (50 points) via Endless Motor Sports (@endless_motor)