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The Drive For Five - Five Sophomores to watch for in the 2016-17 Boys Basketball Season

Basketball   | Jeff Dullack

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Romeo Weems – New Haven

A 5-star recruit and the No. 17 recruit in the nation in the class of 2019 according to ESPN and the No. 6 player in the State Champs! Preseason rankings, Weems proved to be an unstoppable force as a freshman and should be in for an even bigger and better season this winter. Weems averaged a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds last year and has already gained the interest of several high-level Division 1 schools.

Terry Armstrong – Davison

After finishing last season with Flint Carman-Ainsworth, Armstrong originally left the state of Michigan for Wheeler high school in Georgia, before returning to Michigan and enrolling at Davison. Armstrong might be the best in the state, regardless of class, when it comes to being able to get to the basket and is an explosive athlete who averaged 16 points and five assists as a freshman last season.

Mark “Rocket” Watts – Detroit Old Redford

One of the state’s best pure scorers, Watts is capable of scoring in just about every way, whether it’s knocking down outside shots or driving to the basket. Old Redford opened the season on Tuesday night with an 89-51 win over Pontiac Academy For Excellence with Watts leading the way with 37 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Watts already holds offers from Detroit Mercy and Oakland and has also drawn interest from several major Division 1 schools and will continue to reel in even bigger offers throughout the course of his sophomore season and his high school career.

Taylor Currie – Clarkston

Currie is a 6-9 forward who transferred to Clarkston from Ohio during the offseason and figures to make a big impact in the 2016-2017 season. With Clarkston already having a strong backcourt, Currie’s can and will provide a post presence for the Wolves right away. Currie could be a key factor for Clarkston come playoff time when the Wolves may cross paths with Detroit U-D Jesuit or Macomb Dakota, who have two of the best frontcourts in the entire state.

Drew Lowder – Ann Arbor Pioneer

Another guard capable of scoring in several different ways, Lowder opened the season with a 24-point performance in Pioneer’s win over Southfield Christian, where the sophomore scored six of his team’s final eight points to seal the win. Lowder saw extensive minutes as a freshman last season and will be a key factor for a Pioneer team that checked in at No. 11 in the State Champs! Preseason Rankings this season. Also look for sophomore Austin Young for the Pioneers. Young transferred from Ohio to Pioneer and will be an impact player once he's eligible in January.