The Drive For Five - Who Next to head to the NBA?Basketball  |
With Denzel Valentine (Lansing Sexton), Deyonta Davis (Muskegon) and Kay Felder (Detroit Pershing, all hearing their names called on draft night last Thursday, here are five names of former Michigan prep basketball stars who could be next to head to the NBA.
Josh Jackson, Detroit Consortium – The No. 1 player in the 2016 recruiting class, who led Consortium to a Class C hoops title in 201, Jackson is going to be a one-and-done player. He’ll go to Kansas for the required one-year and could possibly be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Miles Bridges, Flint Southwestern – Bridges only played one year of high school basketball in the state of Michigan, and could only spend one year at Michigan State before heading to the Draft in 2017. Bridges is likely to be considered as a first round pick in next year’s draft.
Edmond Sumner, Detroit Country Day – After winning a Class B state title in his high school years at Country Day, Sumner helped guide Xavier NCAA Tournament last year, and if the floor general continues to improve, he could be in the mix to be a future first round pick.
Monte Morris, Flint Beecher – One of the best pure point guards in college basketball, Morris has proven to be a reliable ball handler for Iowa State since stepping on campus. Morris has been one of, if not the best in the NCAA in assist-to-turnover ratio in each of the past three seasons and that has helped and should continue to help his NBA Draft stock heading into the 2017 draft.
EC Matthews, Romulus – Matthews, who had an impressive senior season at Romulus, helping lead the Eagles to the Class A state title in 2013, has continued to impress at the college level, where he now plays at Rhode Island and has averaged over 15 points per game in the past two seasons.