MIDWEST RECRUITING: Big men Hodgson, Grazulis, PG Braun make college commitments; Terry, Johnson, Crabtree all pick destinations
Making the right connections
Boys college commitments
Two of the top big men in the state’s Class of 2019 were scooped up last week, as Dansville center Caleb Hodgson committed to Central Michigan and Marquette center Marius Grazulis committed to Grand Valley State. Both stand 6-foot-10. Hodgson is a Class C first-team all-stater (23 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks per night) and Grazulis is the No. 1 post prospect in the Upper Peninsula.
GVSU also snagged a commitment from Grand Rapids Catholic Central senior point guard Austin Braun. Carrying a well-deserved reputation as a nails-tough Westside floor general, Braun averaged 8 points and 8 assists per game in 2018. His 31 point outburst in the Class B state semifinals propelled GRCC to a spot in the state championship game.
Girls college commitments
Jeanae Terry (Wayne Memorial) — The combo guard and Miss Basketball candidate committed to Illinois, selecting the Fighting Illini over Ole Miss, Texas Tech, Rutgers and Miami (FL). Last year as a junior, Terry helped lead her high school club into the Class A final four averaging 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists per game.
Alexis Johnson (Southfield A&T) — One of the most relentless forward prospects in the state, Johnson committed to Marshall. The high-energy power forward averaged a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds per game in 2018, earning first-team all-state honors. As a sophomore, she was on an A&T squad that appeared in the Class A state semifinals.
Carlee Crabtree (Coldwater) — Just a junior, Crabtree committed to Central Michigan on the heels of a second-team all-state campaign in Class A last winter where she logged 15 points and five boards per outing.
Arriving at the summit
After a crazy month of musical coaching chairs, Mark White is now the head boys hoops coach at Summit Academy. White took River Rouge to the last two Class B final fours and won a pair of state crowns at Detroit Renaissance in the 2000s. He returned as coach at Renaissance for 24 hours last month, before backing out of the hire due to not wanting to deal with the accompanying controversy that spawned from Vito Jordan’s dismissal. But River Rouge didn’t want him back following the flirtation with his former employer and he finally landed at little-known Summit Academy, a charter school located in Romulus. White was the head coach at Adrian College before returning to the high school ranks to helm the River Rouge program.
• Southfield Christian Da’Jion Humphrey was on campus last weekend for an unofficial visit at William & Mary. Humphrey, a tenacious wing guard, will be expected to pick up the slack for the defending Class D state champs in the wake of Harlond Beverly (Montverde Academy in Fla.) and Caleb Hunter (Detroit U-D Jesuit) leaving in the Eagles repeat effort this upcoming season.
• Freshly-minted Musekgon cagers De’Airuss Ware and Jarvis Walker took official visits to Northwood and Grand Valley State, respectively. Ware is a high-flyer on the wing and transferred to Muskegon from Reeths-Puffer. Walker, a high-scoring combo guard, came over from Mona Shores.