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Basketball Recruiting Notebook — DLS’s Adley Takes Talents To Ferris State In Late GLIAC Recruiting Grab

By: Scott M. Burnstein, March 3, 2022, 3:23 pm

The grit factor. The energy factor. The pure athlete factor. They are all there in spades when it comes to Warren De La Salle senior guard Tamario Adley as a college basketball recruit.

The 6-foot-3 grinder of a combo guard committed to Ferris State last week, giving the Bulldogs one bulldog of a competitor. Adley is averaging 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals per game. He transferred to DLS this past offseason after playing the past three years at Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy.

Last year, Adley led Chandler Park Academy to a spot in the Division 2 regional championship game where it lost o Ferndale. DLS is 13-6 and will be trying to return to the Division I final four when the state tournament tips off next week.

Ferris State plays in the GLIAC and is one of the best DII programs in the nation.

“Tamario is an explosive athlete and brings a toughness element that is evident from the second you lay eyes on him on the court,” DLS head coach Jon Djokaj said. “He’s equally effective and efficient in transition and in the half-court set and he can create for himself if a play breaks down and he needs to improvise. He defends and he rebounds and is just tireless in everything he does.”

Could the floodgates be opening?

Detroit King’s dynamic senior point guard Chansey Willis, the frontrunner for the 2022 Mr. Basketball award, got two DI offers recently, with Eastern Michigan and North Carolina A&T putting bids on the table last week. Willis is averaging 24 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds per night and is a four-year starter. His King Crusaders hoop squad just bagged the PSL title. Back in the fall, Willis starred for the Crusaders’ state-championship football club as a big-play wide receiver for All-American 5-star junior field general Dante Moore.

The EMU and NCA&T offers were Willis’ first in more than a year. UD-Mercy and Siena offered him in 2019 and 2020, respectively. This feels like the start of a late-recruiting rush for the exciting 6-foot-2 playmaker and natural leader.

Southern hospitality

Birmingham Brother Rice junior floor general John Blackwell snatched his first SEC offer over the weekend when Mississippi State entered the picture and dropped a bid at his doorstep. The 6-foot-4 Blackwell has 10 total offers, including Wisconsin, VCU and Rhode Island.