2012-13 Oakland County high school basketball preview

December 3, 2012 in High School

In our college basketball previews last month, we were able to take a close-up look at every college team in the state. Obviously, with mainly a staff of one right now, that same strategy won’t work for previewing high school basketball, so instead, I’ve broken the state up by regions and have asked a few guests who are familiar with those areas to share some thoughts on the best teams and players in those areas for our previews this week in a roundtable format. First up is Oakland County.

Scott M. Burnstein, an author and high school sports contributor for The Oakland Press, agreed to give his thoughts on Oakland County hoops for us below. Make sure to check out his blog and follow him on Twitter. — P.H.

Top five players in Oakland County:

1. James Young (Rochester SR G/F) – Best overall player in the state, signed with Kentucky.

2. Jon-Jon Williams (Southfield-Lathrup SR G) – Versatile 6-foot-3 backcourt gem signed with Toledo.

3. Yante Maten (Bloomfield Hills Lahser JR C) – Top post player in Oakland County.

4. Austin Price (Detroit Country Day SR G) – Smart and savvy combo guard signed with Lehigh.

5. (tie) Paris Bass (Birmingham Seaholm SR G/F) – Long and athletic 6-foot-7 swingman.

5. (tie) Miroslav Jaksic (Walled Lake Western) – Huge upside for this 6-foot-11 Euro dynamo who can go inside and out with ease.

Top five teams in Oakland County:

1. Detroit Country Day – Loaded with D1-caliber guards and wings.

2. Clarkston – Perennially the most fundamentally sound and disciplined team in Oakland County.

3. (tie) Rochester/Rochester Adams – Rochester has All-American Young, Adams is led by the dangerous duo of junior point guard Akhemji Williams and senior forward Zack Littleson.

4. Bloomfield Hills Lahser – The top junior class in Oakland County, headed by Maten and perimeter threats Armand Cartwright and Khalil Gracey.

5. Waterford Mott – Outstanding inside-outside tandem of all-league point guard Khalil Malone and impact senior center Quincy Norman (Detroit Renaissance).

One under the radar player to watch:

Gage Throgmorton (Walled Lake Northern) – A 6-foot-6 gunner with a gritty attitude.

One under the radar team to watch:

Southfield – No Division I recruits in the mix, but this could be the team with the most chemistry sporting a nice blend of solid Division II recruits like Quinton Arnold, Earl Swift, Brandon Bean, Chris Boatman and Darnell Butler with moxie and experience (the core of the team has won back-to-back district titles and were reserves on the Bluejays 2011 final four squad).

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