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BASKETBALL RECRUITING: Over a dozen D1 commitments highlight incoming senior class of hoopsters

By: Scott Burnstein, October 11, 2012, 8:00 am

Two months before the start of the 2012-2013 prep boys basketball season, there have been 15 incoming seniors across the state to already commit to Division I colleges.

Here’s a breakdown;

James Young (Rochester) – Kentucky

Ranked by some national prep experts as the No. 1 or 2 player in the whole country, the 6-foot-6 1/2 Young is a rare talent that can play four different positions on the floor and kill opposing teams in a variety of ways

Wes Clark (Romulus) – Missouri

Exploded during the summer, turning himself into one of the nation’s most-coveted backcourt prospects.

Nick Daniels (Westland John Glenn) – Oakland

Smart and versatile point guard that will be the perfect ‘glue guy’ at the college level with the Golden Grizzlies

Khalil Felder (Detroit Pershing) – Oakland

Heady, playmaker of a floor general who might be the best guard in the PSL this winter and gives the Golden Grizzlies coaching staff its point guard of the future

Jalen Hayes (Lansing Sexton) – Oakland

Fast-improving big fella (6-8, 225) with good footwork and an increasingly-dangerous post game

Dontell Highsmith (Dowagiac) – Northern Illinois

An athletic point guard that can breakdown defenses in the paint and hit the open jumper

Josh Kozinski (Edwardsburg) – Central Michigan

This 6-foot-4 lefty is smooth and gritty at the same time

E.C. Matthews (Romulus) – Rhode Island

Along with his prep teammate Wes Clark, this hot-shooting combo guard had a huge offseason on the college recruiting circuit

Deiondray Martin (Detroit Community) – Eastern Michigan

An Ohio native, Martin is a 6-foot-4 athletic off guard with a pretty outside stroke

Monte “Man-Man” Morris (Flint Beecher) – Iowa State

Morris is a dynamic presence on the court, leading Beecher to a state championship last winter while continuing on the tradition of nails-tough backcourt gems from Flint

Austin Price (Birmingham Detroit Country Day) – Lehigh

Savvy and efficient combo guard who turned down the Big Ten in favor of this Patriot League power that made a run into the NCAA Sweet Sixteen last March

J.D. Tisdale (Swartz Creek) – Bowling Green

This 6-foot-7 swingman can do a little bit of everything and do it all very, very well

Derek Walton, Jr (Harper Woods Chandler Park) – Michigan

Backcourt phenom that has been setting the Metro Detroit prep hoops scene on fire since he was a freshman

Denzel Watts (Flint Carman Ainsworth) – UAB

Spunky point guard that more than holds his own besides Monte Morris when talk of the best current prep backcourt prospect in Flint comes up

Jonathan “Jon-Jon” Williams (Southfield-Lathrup) – Toledo

A high-level Division I talent in the backcourt that landed in the MAC, a mid-major steal so to speak