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BOYS BASKETBALL RECRUITING: U-D Mercy bags a pair of fearsome forwards in Bass and Foster-Smith

By: Scott Burnstein, August 19, 2013, 10:00 am

DETROIT – Please excuse University of Detroit-Mercy head men’s basketball coach Ray McCallum, Sr. and his staff for being so forward.

McCallum and the Titans wrapped up recent commitments from local star prep small forwards, Paris Bass (Birmingham Seaholm) and Aaron Foster-Smith (Taylor Truman).

Bass, a late-qualifier, graduated from Seaholm in June and will be joining the U-D Mercy program this fall. He signed earlier in the month.

Foster-Smith is entering his senior year at Truman in the fall and won’t be suiting up for the Titans until the 2014-2015 campaign. His commitment came late last week.

Both Bass and Foster-Smith are versatile 6-foot-7 wings that can handle, shoot, finish on the break and aren’t afraid to bang in the post. They were also AAU teammates with the Michigan Warriors – due to Bass’ young age, he was able to play on the summer circuit in 2013.

Last winter, each averaged a double-double for their respective high school squads, with Bass pumping in 24 points and snaring 14 rebounds per night and Foster-Smith posting 22 points and 10 boards a game.

Foster-Smith’s Truman team finished 16-5, losing to eventual Class A state-champion Romulus in the districts, while Bass’ Seaholm squad went 15-7.

Over the weekend, Foster-Smith attended the first-annual Michigan Elite 25 at Detroit Cass Tech. The Michigan Elite 25 is a new showcase camp for the Top 25 players in the state in each class, put on by retired NBA vet and Clarkston alum Tim McCormick (Michigan).

In addition to U-D Mercy, Foster-Smith held scholarship offers from Iowa, Rhode Island, Eastern Michigan and Kent State.

Bass’ rise to prominence on the hardwood is a feel-good story, considering he didn’t make Seaholm’s varsity until he was a junior, when he experienced a six-inch growth spurt.

U-D Mercy was 20-13 last season. The Titans lost their leading-returning scorer, Jason Calliste, to transfer this week, so Bass might have the chance to land some quick playing time.