2012-13 Detroit high school basketball preview

December 7, 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.

T.J. Kelley, a scout and recruiting analyst in Michigan, agreed to give his thoughts on city of Detroit hoops for us below. Make sure to check out IPS Basketball and follow him on Twitter. — P.H.

Top five players in Detroit:

1. Derrick Walton (Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy SR G) – The Michigan-bound guard is the engine that makes his team go whether it’s scoring, facilitating or defending.

2. Kahlil Felder (Detroit Pershing SR G) – Pound for pound the state’s best player and the absolute leader of the Doughboys. The Oakland University signee gets opportunities for teammates on either end of the court as well as anyone on the high school level.

3. Vincent Hunter (Detroit Consortium SR F) – The UTEP commit combines athleticism and hard play to numbers. He is the state’s most productive frontcourt player.

4. Martez Walker (Detroit Pershing SR G) – The sharp shooting lefty is a 20+ point per game scorer and going to the basket off the drive is an added dimension to his game.

5. Darryl Davis (Detroit Douglass JR G) – After a strong sophomore season, Davis’ game, 4.0 GPA and height have grown into a player that has drawn offers from the Big Ten, Big 12 and mid-major programs.

Top five teams in Detroit:

1. Detroit Pershing – Felder, Walker, and 6-foot-7 junior power forward Justin Tillman are a strong a trio as their in the state and are complimented by a solid cast of guards and forwards.

2. Detroit Community – The Hurricanes start five seniors and reserves that give coach Vito Brown one of the deepest, if not most experienced, and athletic teams in the state.

3. Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy – Walton and Co. have the depth and size to compete with anyone in the state. Will the sum equal the parts of a championship team?

4. Detroit Consortium – Hunter and freshman sensation Josh Jackson provide unmatched energy and athleticism at the three and four position that you’ll find in Detroit and state if not the country. The guards will have to keep the turnovers down for them to win a state championship.

5. Detroit Cass Tech – The Technicians are the deepest Class A team in the city and state with height and upperclassmen to match.  Their season will start first with the PSL Playoffs and continue with the State Playoffs.

One under the radar player to watch:

Jerrell Martin (Detroit Community) – the 6-foot-6 senior power forward might not have the name of teammate’s Bo Zeigler or Rumell Robinson, but his play in the paint, defense and energy will be a deciding factor in the Hurricanes’ run to the Breslin.

One under the radar team to watch:

Detroit Douglass – While Detroit Douglass is highly publicized as a top team in Class B, they have a short bench which will determine if their talented starting five can take them to the PSL Championship, district and regional.


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