2012-13 Junior College Basketball Preview: Henry Ford must fill void in the middle left by Eastern Michigan-bound James Still

November 2, 2012 in JUCO

It’s hard to believe, but college basketball season is here. This week, we’ll preview Michigan’s 19 junior college teams.

By Patrick Hayes

At a glance

Overview

Henry Ford has a track record as one of the toughest teams in the MCCAA, but the Hawks lose their top three scorers from last season. R

Strengths

While the Hawks establish a new go-to player, they’ll have a few experienced players returning who at the very least will be solid rotation players on the team. Roderick Butler and Rodney Butler Jr., both 6-foot-5 wing players, had solid seasons last year. Roderick averaged 7.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game and Rodney averaged 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Both are also solid perimeter shooters — Roderick shot 38 percent from 3-point range and Rodney shot 41 percent.

The team also returns Darryl Mobley Jr., a 5-foot-11 guard who averaged 3.8 points and 1.1 assists per game in a limited role last season.

Weaknesses

After having strong big men over the years, including Terrance Tubbs a couple seasons ago and Still last season, the Hawks will be a little on the small side this season with only one player taller than 6-foot-5 on the roster. Several MCCAA teams added size in the offseason, so it will be interesting to see how Henry Ford matches up.

Replacing Still, Stone and Baker won’t be easy. Still, who is now at Eastern Michigan, averaged 15.9 points, 12.6 rebounds and 5.2 blocks per game. Stone, a guard, averaged 13.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He also shot 44 percent from 3-point range. Baker averaged 9.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.

Circle these dates …

  • Jan. 7 and Feb. 4 — Mott and Henry Ford are one of the state’s best basketball rivalries and the Hawks handed Mott the team’s only loss in a national championship season last year.
  • Jan. 30 and Feb. 27 — Henry Ford is undoubtedly one of the state’s best JUCO programs. But the Hawks have had a tendency to play down to their competition at times. Case in point — two district losses to less talented (albeit game) Delta squads over the last two seasons.

Outlook

Henry Ford may not have a player as talented as Still on this year’s roster, but their track record as a consistently good team can be relied on at this point. They’ll be a factor near the top of the MCCAA East.

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