Thursday, December 6, 2012

Oakland County Boys Basketball Preview -- Top 10 Teams

1. Birmingham Detroit Country Day
The Yellowjackets will be one of the highest scoring squads around this winter as they will have scorers from just about everywhere. With guards Austin Price and Mory Diane capable of scoring from just about everywhere along with one of the best pure point guards you'll find in Edmund Sumner, Country Day will be one tough team to slow down this season.

2. Clarkston
Injuries will be an issue for the Wolves early on, but Clarkston will be once again be one of the top defensive teams around, while also being one of the best shooting teams in the county. The Wolves will have strong guard play from seniors Jordan Dasuqi, and Chance Huth, while junior sharpshooter Nick Owens and junior transfer Press Kampe will add another dimension on the court for Clarkston.

3. Bloomfield Hills Lahser
The Knights will be one of the top forces in Oakland County for at least the next two years, thanks in large part to one of, if not the best junior class in the state. With 6-9 center Yante Maten, considered one of the best big men in the state, along with dynamic guards Armand Cartwright and Khalil Gracey helping lead the way this year, Lahser will be one of the most dangerous inside-outside teams that you will find this winter.

4. Rochester
Let the James Young show begin. While Young, one of the best high school players in the country will undoubtedly give Rochester an advantage over most teams this fall, don't sleep on several other players for Rochester this winter. With senior center Arben Camaj along with guards Manny Mendoza, Mike Murri and Jason Lee, the Falcons will give teams trouble all season long.

5. Rochester Adams
While Rochester is getting all of the attention early on, Adams is not a team that should be overlooked. With point guard Akhemji Williams and forwards Zach Littleson and Andrew McBride, the Highlanders will be able to compete with just about anybody in Oakland County. Look for Adams to be a serious contender to unseat Rochester in the OAA White this winter.

6. Southfield-Lathrup
Senior guard Jon-Jon Williams is about as good of a guard as you will find, proving to be dangerous both inside and out and will give teams fits all season long, while opening things up for teammates along the way. Look for juniors Marlon Tate and Daniel King to be key factors as well for the Chargers this fall as they should have plenty of opportunities this season.

7. Waterford Mott
The Corsairs could have one of the area's best inside-outside tandems this winter with guard Khalil Malone and transfer Quincy Norman, who combined for 34 points in the season opener. Malone can flat out score the ball, whether it's from behind the arc, or driving to the hoop and Norman will give Mott another inside force, filling in for Davonte Daniel who was the team's go-to post player last season.

8. North Farmington
The Raiders will have one of, if not the best backcourt duo this year with seniors Caleb Hogans and Sterling Sharp leading the way. Hogans, one of the best point guards around averaged over 15 points and six assists per contest last season, while Sharp did a little bit of everything last season on both ends of the court. North Farmington will also have sophomore forward Jeron "Buddha" Rogers who was one of the top shot blockers around as a freshman last season.

9. Orchard Lake St. Mary's
The Eaglets, much like North Farmington, will have outstanding guard play this winter with seniors Sam McClendon and Matt Linehan helping lead the way. Both are capable of scoring inside or outside, while McClendon has proven to be one of the area's best point guards over the course of the past few years. St. Mary's will also have an athletic playmaker in Jalen Watts-Jackson, who can do a little bit of everything inside or outside for the Eaglets.

10. Southfield Christian
While the Eagles did lose several players from last year's state title squad, Southfield Christian will once again be a force this winter. With sophomore guard Bakari Evelyn and junior Lindsey Hunter IV, Southfield Christian will once again be nearly unstoppable at the guard position. Look for junior transfer Damarco White, a 6-7 forward, to be a force down low all season long as the Eagles look to repeat as Class D state champs.

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