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Clarkston’s seldom-used bench were a talented group, and here’s the proof

By: Scott Burnstein, April 10, 2018, 9:37 pm

A few weeks removed from the most recent boys basketball season, it dawned on me that the bench for two-time defending Class A state champion Clarkston, which didn’t get much clock this past season, would have probably won 15 games on its own. I firmly believe that.

I’ve always joked that the legendary Dan Fife, Clarkston’s Hall of Fame coach, would play four (Norman Dale style in the movie Hoosiers… lol) if he could. Therefore, his reserves don’t usually get the props they deserve.

The Wolves’ 2018 bench brigade will all play sports in college, most of them hoops. Senior forwards Tristen Mysen and Hank “The Tank” Schemmel signed with Lake Superior State and Grace College, respectively. Swingman Tieler Houston, who led the school’s football team to a state crown last fall, is inked with Wayne State on the gridiron. Demond Mills-Bradley, owner of the unenviable task of backing up Mr. Basketball himself, Foster Loyer, is deciding between his next level offers and will sign a letter of intent soon.

This isn’t even mentioning sophomore center Matt Nicholson, already getting serious attention from power conference programs like U-M, MSU and Ohio State. Nicholson will be the cornerstone of the program in the coming seasons.

In other words, the Clarkston Cage Crew was STACKED, even more than most know, in the 2018 campaign and the state will be hard-pressed to find a squad as talented top-to-bottom as the Wolfpack was this year.