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Suddenly Stacked - Raiders Locked & Loaded

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North Farmington Raiders Cage Nation got its’ second MEGA injection of talent in the last three weeks Monday with the acquisition of Southfield transfer point guard Amauri Hardy, one of the top junior prep backcourt prospects in the state. In late September, NF landed 6-foot-7 forward Nate Brooks, a transplant from Georgia and college recruit in the Class of 2017.

Hardy is a 6-foot-2 menace of a floor general, a straight assassin whether shooting, driving or distributing. After a fabulous freshman campaign starting for the ‘Jays varsity squad in 2014, he missed most of last season with a knee injury. His last full game played as a sophomore saw him light up eventual Class A quarterfinalist WL Central for 28 points and 10 assists in a narrow Xmas showcase slate victory on North Farmington’s hardwood.  If he Hardy will be immediately eligible in his new Brown & Gold Raiders digs is unknown.

The incendiary and court-savvy Hardy and the athletically-explosive Brooks are set to join forces with an already-veteran lineup in NogoVille led by seniors Billy Thomas (guard), Jacob Joubert (guard), Josh Hogans (guard) and Alex Darden (center) to give North Farmington a legitimate shot to unseat the nine-time defending OAA Red champ and challenge for a run to the Class A final four come March. TEAM NOGO finished a program-record 20-4 last year, bowing in the regional finals to Detroit UD-Jesuit, where Billy "The Kid" Thomas played as a sophomore and helped spark the Cubbies to the state semifinals the year before.