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Not Losing A Step - U-D Jesuit Guards Remain A Strength For Defending Champs

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Not Losing A Step - U-D Jesuit Guards Remain A Strength For Defending Champs

(PHOTO CREDIT: David Donoher)
 
Everyone knows about defending Class A boys basketball champion Detroit U-D Jesuit’s fabulous frontcourt (see DI-bound senior big fellas Ike Eke and Greg Eboigbodin). But even with 2016 Mr. Basketball Cassius Winston off plying his trade in the Big Ten up in East Lansing these days, Burney still loves the Cubs set of guards this year.
 
I’m talking about buzzy backcourt gems like Julian Dozier, Elijah Collins, Scotty Nelson and Zach Winston, Cassius’ baby bro. They're a diverse group and compliment each other nicely.
 
Dozier is a super sophomore at the point, Collins and Winston are a pair of cagey juniors at the two-guard spot and Nelson is a versatile and gutty senior gunner who can play either shooting guard or small forward and is a lockdown defender. Can you say a devastating blend of crazy depth, competitive spirit and cash-money clutch playmaking?
 
Like Nelson, Winston can heat it up in a hurry from downtown. Nelson and Collins are both Division I football recruits. Collins is as shifty as they come whether you’re talking about his skill set on the hardwood or the gridiron. Dozier has made the transition at floor general from the glorious Cassius Winston era practically seamless, he’s getting better every game.
 
U-D Jesuit (3-1) rallied late to beat Macomb Dakota 69-61 over the weekend in a clash of state-title contenders. Dakota lost to the Cubs in the final four last March with Nelson notching a team-high 17 points.