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MIDWEST RECRUITING: Scooby scoops up MSU offer, flurry of commits conclude March

By: Scott Burnstein, April 2, 2019, 8:00 pm

Benton Harbor junior forward Carlos (Scooby) Johnson has scooped an offer from Michigan State.

One of the most exciting players in the Mitten and a savage beast on the wing, Johnson is an early frontrunner for Mr. Basketball in 2020. As a sophomore, Johnson (6-foot-6 ½) led Benton Harbor to a Class B state championship. He was offered by Michigan in January, Missouri in the fall and Butler, West Virginia, VCU and Duquesne last summer.

Wayland Union’s Cory Ainsworth and Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern Trent Summerfield have both signed with Cornerstone University. The 6-foot-8 Ainsworth is rangy and active and averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior. Summerfield (6-foot-2) was one of the state’s best outside shooters the last few years. Cornerstone (NAIA DII) finished 26-9 in 2019.

Ann Arbor Pioneer senior swingman Aidan Wright inked with Fort Valley State University, a Division II school in Georgia, and Ypsilanti Lincoln senior sparkplug guard Cameron Johnson signed with University of Michigan-Dearborn over the weekend. The soft-stroking Wright (6-foot-3) is a true gunner with a quick trigger shooting the rock, connecting on more than 40 percent of his 3-point bombs this season. Johnson was the sixth-man for the Division 1 state champion Railsplitters, providing timely marksmanship and scrappy defense on a regular basis.

Chelsea senior point guard Quinn Starkey will play hoops next year at Wittenberg University, a blueblood Division III program out of Ohio. On the hardwood this past winter, he took the Bulldogs to a district title averaging 16 points and five assists per night. Last fall, the 6-foot-3 Starkey quarterbacked Chelsea’s football team to a spot in the Division 4 state finals passing for 2,450 yards and 26 touchdowns. Wittenberg went 24-6 on the basketball floor in 2019 and is the winningest DIII program in history.