STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Horizon League adds two SE Michigan studs in Oxford’s Townsend, Erie-Mason’s Liedel
The Horizon League handled some recruiting business in Michigan on the basketball floor this past week, as Erie-Mason star senior guard Joe Liedel aka “Joey Basketball,” committed to University of Detroit-Mercy and Oxford senior wing Trey Townsend committed to Oakland University.
Liedel (5-foot-11) is an electric playmaker and prolific scorer with a gaudy 30-point-a-night average and Steph Curry shooting range. Last season, he shot his Erie-Mason club into the Division 3 final four. The swagger he displays on the hardwood can be felt across the entire Mitten and Joey Basketball has a chance to be the next Rashad Phillips with the Titans (undersized, under-recruited, but becomes an all-time program great).
The 6-foot-5 Townsend took Oxford to its first district in 25 years in 2019, peppering the stat sheet for 20 points and 10 boards per game. His length, athleticism, efficiency and finishing ability make him stand out as a sleeper recruit. Oh, and he’s lockdown on defense, able to check players at multiple positions. He has family ties to the OU too — his dad played for Golden Grizzlies head coach Greg Kampe and his mom played for the school’s women’s hoops program.
Iron Mountain junior forward Foster Wonders got an offer from South Dakota State.
Hudsonville senior forward Justin DeGraaf got offers from Lake Superior State and Hillsdale.
Flint Powers junior guard/forward Owen Lobsinger visited Miami (OH) last weekend.
Orchard Lake St. Mary’s junior guard Julian Roper visited Wisconsin.
— SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN