STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Edison’s Elliott picks Clemson, Kent City’s Bowers to Illinois St., A&T’s McEvans shuffles to Buffalo
Detroit Edison senior Gabby Elliott kept spoofing her Twitter followers for weeks, posting herself in different jerseys, with the hashtag #notcommitted.
Until she finally posted a video on Oct. 23 with her dancing in a blue Clemson No. 5 jersey, right after tweeting out a graphic of her wearing orange Clemson gear, with the big, orange, all-caps word “COMMITTED” up the left side.
The versatile, 5-foot-11 all-stater, ranked as the No. 6 wing in the Class of 2020 by ESPNW, and the No. 42 player overall in the class, is one of the favorites to supplant her former teammate, Rickea Jackson, as the reigning Miss Basketball.
With both Jackson and Elliott, Edison went 27-1 last season, capturing the Division 2 championship, the program’s third in a row.
Elliott was averaging 17.4 points, 5.33 rebounds, 2.85 assists, 2.84 steals and 0.52 blocks through quarterfinals.
The Clemson roster for this winter includes junior Tylar Bennett, a graduate of Detroit Country Day. Former Miss Basketball runner up Camree Clegg, a Wayne Memorial grad, transferred from Clemson in the offseason.
Bowers picks Illinois State
Kent City junior point guard Kenzie Bowers committed to Illinois State early in the week, tabbing the Redbirds over offers from more than 16 schools, including most of the Mid-American Conference.
The two-time all-stater averaged 17 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 4.0 steals for Kent City, after averaging 19.5 points and 8.4 rebounds as a freshman. The Eagles lost to eventual state champ Pewamo-Westphalia in the regional semifinals after making it to the quarters the year prior.
McEvans chooses Buffalo
Earlier in the month of October, Southfield A&T’s all-state wing Cheyenne McEvans committed to Buffalo. The 5-foot-10 wing averaged a double-double as a junior — 17.4 points and 11.9 rebounds through quarters — along with 3.52 assists, 3.47 steals and 1.22 blocks per game.
A&T went 24-2 in McEvans’ junior season, making their second appearance in the final four in three seasons, falling in the D1 title game to defending champ Saginaw Heritage.
Other Michigan recruiting news:
Temperance Bedford’s Madison Norton signed with Lourdes College.
Elliott’s Edison teammate, 6-footer Ariel Jenkins, committed to Ferris St.
River Rouge’s Lamariyee Williams re-opened her recruiting in late October. She had been committed to Niagara.
— MATTHEW B. MOWERY