Not many people, if anyone outside of the program saw this type of start to the season for the Troy basketball squad. After Kentucky bound star James Young left Troy to play at Rochester for his senior year, very few expected the Colts to make much noise this winter.
The Colts, who went through a confusing and unfortunate offseason were left in a bit of an awkward situation with the departure of Young, going from a team with high expectations to a spot where not many expected very much from them this season.
But now, things are looking up for head coach Gary Fralick and Co.
After starting off the season with a loss to Troy Athens, the Colts bounced back with a win over Southfield-Lathrup and then Ferndale. Then, Troy made its biggest statement just before the holiday break as the Colts upset Clarkston thanks to a late 3-pointer from Ben Horvath to pick up its second OAA Red win of the season.
On Thursday afternoon at the Motor City Roundball Classic held at Birmingham Detroit Country Day, Troy continued its hot start as it overcame a bit of a slow first quarter and ran away from Dearborn Divine Child to take a 66-39 win.
This season has been far different for Troy than what's been the case in recent years. While it's just six games into the season, it's easy to see that the Colts are far from a one-man show as they've found significant contributions from a number of different players so far this season.
This may be a new look to the season from what people are used to seeing at Troy, but it's been a new look that has worked so far. Hats off to Fralick and the Troy program for making the most out of a season where very few had high expectations for this season.
-- Other Roundball Classic Notes --
- Southfield Bradford might be in a minor rebuilding mode as of now, but shouldn't be a team to be taken lightly in Class C. With guards Juwan Hampton, Maurice Reed II and Roland Hayes III and forwards Antoine Jackson Dwayne Sortor, Bradford will be a team that could sneak up on teams in the future.
- Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes is once again in a great position to be in contention to capture another Class D state title. With seniors Ava Doetsch and Lexie Robak leading the way this winter, the Lakers will be a team that can hang with just about anyone, regardless of what Class, and they showed just that with a win over North Farmington on Thursday
- This isn't the typical Birmingham Detroit Country Day squad that we're all used to seeing, but the Yellowjackets still have some of the top players in the state this winter. With star guard Asia Doss and Brittany Washington and Tianna Glimpse, the Yellowjackets will have playmakers everywhere and that was showcased in Thursday's convincing win over Pontiac.