STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Quincy’s Dunn picks Youngstown, East Lansing’s Nye headed to Illini
Two of Michigan’s best prep hoopsters found homes at the next level this week: On the boys basketball front, Quincy’s William Dunn committed to Youngstown State and from the world of girls hoops, East Lansing’s Aaliyah Nye, committed to Illinois.
They are both seniors and masters of their craft.
Dunn is a 6-foot-9 power forward and dripping with finesse out of the frontcourt. He averaged 19 points and nine boards per game last season earning first-team all-state honors in Division 3. Quick-footed, he can step out of the post and stroke the jumper with ease.
Nye is the consummate playmaker in the backcourt for East Lansing, a gunner with a motor. As a sophomore, Nye teamed with Miss Basketball Jaida Hampton (Wichita State) to lead the East Lansing Trojans on a trip into the Class A state finals. Last winter, she was a first-team all-state pick recording 18 points, six rebounds and three assists per night.
News & Notes
• The University of Alabama and its Michigan-rooted coaching staff have extended offers to juniors Pierre Brooks, Jr. of Detroit Douglas and Julian Roper of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s. Brooks (6-foot-5) is a brute of a hard-nosed high-scoring guard, the most recent in a long line of Detroit ballers known for their ferocity going to the rack. Roper (6-foot-2, a Birmingham Detroit Country Day transfer) is a juggernaut of a talent scoring the rock as well and has a sugary-sweet style on the hardwood that wows crowds and puts the fear of god in opposing defenders.
• After a stellar summer putting in work on his game, Wayne Memorial junior swingman Dante Foreman is starting to generate interest on the recruiting scene. The versatile 6-foot-6 Foreman, who can play guard or forward, has snared offers from Eastern Michigan, University of Detroit-Mercy and LIU-Brooklyn in the past week.
• Grand Blanc sophomore blue-chip forward Ty Rogers, the No. 1 player in the state’s Class of 2022 behind phenom Emoni Bates, visited the University of Houston last weekend.
— SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN