Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Oakland County Boys Basketball -- Cruise Control

1. Birmingham Detroit Country Day
The Yellowjackets haven't left the top spot in the rankings all season long, and that might not change either. Country Day is more complete and dangerous than last year's team which made a run to the final four, and that's saying a lot.

2. Rochester Adams
If any team can knock Country Day out of the top spot, it's the Highlanders. Senior forward Zack Littleson is playing as well as anybody in the state right now, averaging over 30 points and nine rebounds in his last two games alone.

3. Clarkston
After hitting a bit of a bump in the road that knocked the Wolves all the way down to No. 10 in my rankings, Clarkston has surged back into the front with a strong couple of weeks, including an impressive showing in a win over North Farmington.

4. Rochester
The Falcons might have the best rebounding duo in the state with star James Young playing alongside Arben Camaj as both are averaging double-doubles for Rochester. Both have also been menaces on defense with Young averaging nearly five steals and Camaj averaging five blocks per contest.

5. Southfield
It's been a bit of a rough patch for the Blue Jays as of late, but a big reason for that has been a tough stretch in the scheduling. Expect Southfield to once again be back in the fold of the top 2-3 teams very soon.

6. Walled Lake Central
The Vikings have continued to be one of the pleasant surprises in the area this year and have now shot all the way up to No. 6 in the rankings. A big reason for that has been the standout duo of T.J. Warren and Phil Nelson, who have been nightmares for most teams to defend this season.

7. North Farmington
The loss to Clarkston was ugly on Friday night, there's no denying that, but the Raiders still remain as one of the more dangerous teams in Oakland County with seniors Caleb Hogans and Sterling Sharp as well as sophomore Jeron "Buddha" Rogers. Also look for Cameron and Alex Darden to be key X-Factors down the stretch for North Farmington.

8. Waterford Mott
The Corsairs, aside from a minor hiccup against Walled Lake Central, have been as hot as any team in Oakland County over the course of the past month or two. With senior point guard Khalil Malone and forward Quincy Norman, Mott has one of the best inside-outside duos you're going to find.

9. Farmington Hills Harrison
Another pleasant surprise in Oakland County this winter, Harrison has unexpectedly turned the OAA White division battle from a three horse race to a four horse race. With A.J. Freeman and Dorian Fields, who can knock down shots from anywhere along with sophomore forward John Rexroth, Harrison is going to be a team that nobody will want to face down the stretch.

10. Lake Orion
The Dragons are another team with a serious advantage over teams when it comes to inside-outside play. With guard Damonte Kruse and forwards John McCarty and Chaz Miller, Lake Orion is going to be a tough match-up for a number of teams come tournament time.

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