STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Basketball Recruiting Notebook >> LSSU snags Huron duo, as Perkins and Edmondson will hoop up north
In the A-Squared these days, they say “Iced out like Edmondson.”
As in ice in his veins from deep.
Ann Arbor Huron senior wing guard Tyson Edmondson signed with Lake Superior State, delivering one of the state’s best outside shooters to the GLIAC, joining River Rats big man Kingsley Perkins in heading to Sault Ste. Marie.
The rangy, 6-foot-5 Edmonson is a sleeper in the Huron lineup for a River Rats squad expected to be an early favorite for the 2021 Division 1 state title. He’s a natural athlete — playing quarterback for the school’s football team — who can get heated in a hurry from beyond the arc and locks down on defense.
In other words, the quintessential “3D” guy and a steal for the Lake Superior State coaching staff. Coldblooded best describes this kid’s demeanor and reputation as a competitor.
Last year, Edmondson averaged 14 points per game and connected on close to 50 percent of his 3-point bombs. His length and quick feet make him a finisher on the fast break when running the floor.
The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Perkins, who plays wideout for Huron’s football team, averaged seven points and seven rebounds for the River Rats on the hardwood last season, leading them in blocked shots.
Edmondson, Devin Womack and William & Mary commit Julian Lewis give Huron a three-headed monster on the perimeter — to go with Perkins inside — good enough to get the River Rats to a state crown.
Lake Superior State is the GLIAC program in the UP that recruits Metro Detroit the most aggressively. Last year’s Lakers club carried a half-dozen Detroiters on its roster. Womack was offered by Lake Superior State in the fall.
Building a recruiting resume
Detroit Edison junior forward Jadha Shepherd snagged his first DI college scholarship offer last week from Long Island University. Shepherd is a high-motor 6-7 forward with a nice touch near the rim and a nasty streak to his game that college coaches love. Expect more low and mid-majors to enter the picture on Shepherd’s recruiting soon.
LIU head coach Derek Kellogg, a John Calipari disciple, is developing a pipeline into Metro Detroit. Macomb Dakota grads Jermaine Jackson, Jr. and Jack Ballantyne transferred to LIU from U-D Mercy. Edison alum Gary Solomon (Gillette College) signed with Kellogg and LIU in 2018, the same year Solomon captained Edison to a Class C state championship.
Brandon ballers to know
Ortonville Brandon has a three-pack of prospects at the DII and DIII level people should know about this winter. Seniors Cole Pardon and Jake Oswald and junior Brad Mitchell provide the Blackhawks the ammo they need to be legit contenders in the Flint Metro. Football stars Micah Miller and Jawon Slater add firepower to the OB lineup. The 6-0 Mitchell is a classic combo guard out of the backcourt with primetime talent. Pardon (6-4) plays hard-nosed on the wing and Oswald (6-8) can go inside-out on defenders.