STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Beecher’s Jalen Terry de-commits from MSU, Troy’s Parker and Dakota’s Rollins go mid-major route
Mr. Basketball candidate Jalen Terry de-committed from Michigan State last week. The recruitment of the high-octane, four-star Flint Beecher senior floor general is once again wide open. Iowa State made an in-home stop at the Terry residence over last weekend to pay a visit to the state’s No. 1 point guard.
Last year as a junior, Terry (5-foot-11) sheeted 23 points, seven assists and six rebounds per game. At the conclusion of the 2019 campaign, he was named the AP’s Player of the Year in Division 3. The initial speculation around the MSU program is that the Spartans’ snagging the commitment of fellow point guard A.J. Hoggard (Huntington Prep-Wayne, PA) days earlier might have scared Terry off and soured him on the Spartans.
Other notable college connections:
Troy junior combo guard Brody Parker has committed to Oakland University, pulling one of the most naturally-gifted offensive talents in the state’s Class of 2021 off the board early. The 6-foot-0 Parker has an itchy trigger finger — his 24 points per night topped the OAA Red in scoring last year as a sophomore. He got his OU offer two weeks ago.
Macomb Dakota senior combo guard Ryan Rollins (6-4) recently committed to Toledo, giving the Rockets extreme value in a sleeper three-star prospect out of the backcourt. Last winter, Rollins was a first-team All-MAC Red selection, averaging a busy 17 points, 7 boards, 4 assists per game.
Finally from the DII ranks, Saginaw senior point guard Freddy McIntosh (5-11) decided to stay close to home and committed to Saginaw Valley State last week. McIntosh has started at the point for the Trojans since he was a freshman. In 2019, he dotted the stat sheet for 15 points and six dimes per outing and looked mighty smooth doing it.
— SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN