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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Beecher’s Mr. Basketball candidate Jalen Terry does what’s best for him, chooses Oregon Ducks

By: , January 19, 2020, 4:05 pm

The Flintstone floor general wants to waddle like a duck.

Flint Beecher senior point guard Jalen Terry committed to the Oregon Ducks back on Friday. The Mr. Basketball candidate has been on the shelf for most of the season because of a high-ankle sprain. He was previously committed to Michigan State. Terry has said of his decision to de-commit that he didn’t like the fact that Michigan State continued pursuing point guards after he made his pledge.

“I had to make sure I did the right thing for me,” he told reporters Friday. “I didn’t want to go to a team that is stacked at my position.”

Late last year, he trimmed his list of choices to Oregon, LSU and Louisville. As far as backcourt performers hailing from hoops-rich Flint, Terry will go down as one of the greatest. His human highlight-reel antics on the court at the helm of an offense can go toe-to-toe with anybody to ever lace ’em up in Genesee County (roll call: Mateen, Monte ‘Man-Man’ Morris, ‘Bad Moon’ Rison, Eric Turner, Terry Furlow, etc.). He’s explosive, poised and a flash of fiery execution baseline-to-baseline.

A two-time first-team all-state selection, Terry (5-foot-11) averaged 23 points, six dimes and six rebounds per game last winter and led his Beecher club to the Division 3 quarterfinals. The AP named him its Player of the Year in D3 for the 2019 season.

— SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN