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MIDWEST RECRUITING: Ferris State grabs Glen Lake’s Reece Hazelton; Emerzian twins land at Troy for next season

By: , June 23, 2019, 11:58 am

Maple City Glen Lake senior wing Reece Hazelton, one of the best small school players in the state, committed to Ferris State recently. The wiry, smooth 6-foot-8 Hazelton averaged 16 points and six rebounds per game in 2019, shooting 65 percent from the field and 43 percent from 3-point land. Tenacious on both ends of the floor, his versatility makes him stand out — he can play three different positions (2-guard, small forward, power forward).

As a sophomore in 2018, Hazelton helped lead Glen Lake into the Class A state finals. In the state semifinals, he tickled the twine for 19 points while grabbing five boards and connecting on 5-of-8 from beyond the arc in Glen Lake’s 62-56 victory over Monroe St. Mary’s Catholic Central. Glenn Lake lost to Detroit Edison 53-38 in the 2019 state championship game.

Joining the stable of Colts

The Emerzian twins will be playing with the Troy Colts next winter. Ethan Emerzian was Rochester Adams’ leading scorer the last two seasons, putting in 17 points per night out of the backcourt in both campaigns, as the Highlanders won a Class A district title in 2018 and collected an OAA White crown in 2019, finishing 19-3. Jake Emerzian is a gritty and smart role player.

The Emerzians are going into their junior year. Troy has captured three straight district championships. Ethan Emerzian will now team with his best friend Brody Parker in the Colts backcourt to form a premier 1-2 punch at the combo guard spot. Parker poured in 23 points per outing as a sophomore last season.

Into the woods

Harper Woods has hired former Louisville player and college assistant coach Brandon Jenkins as its new head coach. Jenkins was an all-state selection at Detroit Southeastern in the early 2000s. During his senior year in 2003, he scored 22 points and dished 5 dimes per night spearheading Southeastern on a state tournament run that reached the quarterfinals.

At the college level, Jenkins was the sixth-man on Louisville’s 2005 NCAA Final Four squad and started as a junior and senior. He was one of the better guards in the Big East in 2006 and played professionally in Europe.

Harper Woods went 14-7 last year. Jenkins was formerly an assistant at UNLV. Locally, he’s been an assistant at Harper Woods Chandler Park and Detroit Denby.

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