The Dorian Dawkins Show Your Heart Memorial Classic features #1 Northland (Columbus, OH) taking on #22 Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, MI) this weekend at Delta College in University Center, Michigan.
The schedule is as follows:
6PM East Lansing vs. Detroit Consortium
8PM Detroit Country Day vs. Columbus Northland
February 7th, 2010
12PM Clarkston vs. Academy of Oak Park
3PM Saginaw High vs. Flint Powers
Team Profiles from the Event Website
COLUMBUS NORTHLAND-#1 High School Basketball team in America, have already beaten previous #1 Findlay Prep from Nevada. The Vikings feature numerous Division 1 recruits, but are headlined by Jared Sullinger, a 6′8 SR PF headed to Ohio State.
Sullinger is regarded as the #1 Player in America in the 2010 class by Hoop Scoop Online, and is a consensus Top 5 Player nationally in every major media outlet. Sullinger is a great talent but the Northland squad is not a one-man show by any means, 6′7 SR F JD Weatherspoon is the most athletic player in America and is known for his highlight reel dunks.
Weatherspoon is also headed to Ohio State. The back-court is led b 5′10 JR PG Trey Burke, who will also suit up in the Big Ten in the next few years, as he is headed to Penn State. If that isn’t enough talent for you, off the bench, Northland brings Big East commit, Jalen Robinson.
Robinson is a 6′7 SOPH PF headed to West Virginia. Super Sophomores, 5′10 PG Jordan Potts, 6′3 Wing Kechaun Lewis, and 6′8 PF Devon Scott also have already garnered Divison One offers. The Vikings won the state championship last year in their division in Ohio.
DETROIT COUNTRY DAY- Columbus Northland may be the #1 team in America, but they will not run over the Yellowjackets. Country Day’s 2009-2010 team may not be as loaded as last year, as they lost numerous key players but they are still talented enough to be thought of as a Top 25 team in America, and may end up ranked higher.
Ray McCallum is the leader of this team, and the 6′2 SR PG has the potential to be a pro. McCallum is ranked the #7 PG in America by Scouthoops.com and he backs up his pub with his stellar play. Down low, Country Day is anchored by 6′11 JR C Amir Williams. Williams is a tremendous defensive player, and is currently ranked as the #3 C in America by Prep Spotlight. Fellow JR’s, 6′4 Wing Kenny Knight, 6′2 G Chris Fowler, and 5′10 PG Lee Bailey round out the starting lineup.
EAST LANSING- The East Lansing team may be young, and in years to come will be a force in Michigan high school basketball, but they aren’t too shabby right now. Although just a freshman, 6′5 SG Steven Haney is the best player on this team. Haney is already being recruited by numerous Division 1 schools, and he is already averaging double figures in the beginning of the season. 6′6 SOPH F Efe Scott-Emukapor is a beast down low, and could be a Division 1 recruit in time as well.
DETROIT CONSORTIUM-This team is one of the favorites to win the Class C State Title in Michigan this year. They are led by two future stars in 6′4 JR Wing Brendalle Smith and 5′9 SOPH PG Travon Baker. Coach Al Anderson is one of the best young coaches in Michigan, and it will be interesting to see his team play once everyone comes together and the talent gels.
CLARKSTON- Coming off a Final 4 loss in last years Class A division, the Wolves are headlined by Ball State signee Matt Kamieniecki. Dan Fife, is regarded as one of the top coaches in Michigan at any level and he gets the best out of his players. Expect the Wolves to be as tough as they were last year for opponents to beat.
ACADEMY OF OAK PARK- 6′5 SR Wing Dee Abner is the squads best player, but the way they play, tough and scrappy anyone could produce on any given night. This team will push Clarkston to the limit as their speed, athleticism, and toughness may be too much to handle for the Wolves.
SAGINAW HIGH-The Trojans quite simply set the standard for Michigan boys high school basketball. As the all time winningest program, it is standard for the Trojans to be on top of basketball in Michigan. This year the Trojans are headlined by Tommie McCune, a 6′8 F ranked as the #87 player in America in the 2011 class by Rivalshoops.com. 6′3 SR WING Taron Boose was a All State performer at Flint Beecher the last two years. 6′0 SR SG Greg Hayes is currently the teams leading scorer.
6′6 SR F Deparris Gordon brings energy off the bench, and other college bound basketball players include 6′6 JR Wing Trey Babers, 6′2 JR G Marquavis Ford, 6′0 JR PG Evellis McGee, 6′7 SOPH PF Kevin Marshall, 6′7 SOPH PF Davario Gaines, 6′3 SOPH Wing Travontis Richardson. 6′0 JR PG DeAnthony Arnette is one of the top football players in the country, but could also play basketball at some level in college as well.
FLINT POWERS- Powers ended last year ranked among the Top 25 High School teams in America by USA Today and also won the Class B State title.
This year they will be just as good! 5′10 JR PG Patrick Lucas-Perry has high major offers, and is one of the top guards in Michigan. 6′5 JR SG Javontae Hawkins is ranked the #2 SOPH in Michigan by Prep Spotlight, and will be a superstar in time. 6′3 Wings Pierre Brackett (Jr) and Damaro Sanders (Sr) get buckets and play D.
The teams leader, and possibly the squads best player is 6′3 SR F Pat O’Brien, who does all the little things and is very effective at the high school level.