BASKETBALL: Derrick Coleman Midwest Challenge Top Perfomers |
DETROIT - Detroit native and former NBA veteran Derrick Coleman gave back to his city, by hosting the first annual Derrick Coleman Midwest Challenge last night at Detroit Mumford. Four Detroit Public School team participated in the event, going up against some of the best teams from Chi-Town. Chicago won the challenge 3-1, and here's who put up good number Monday night.
1. Detroit Pershing 2014 power forward Justin Tillman: In front of his future head coach, Shaka Smart of VCU, Tillman made his case for best player in the state Monday night. Against some pretty good talent in Chicago Morgan Park, Tillman put up 29 points, and 15 rebounds in a losing effort. He displayed his array of offensive skills, scoring down-low, hitting the mid-range jumper, and even hit a couple of three-pointers. Tillman used his height and length well to grab just about every rebound available, and added three blocked shots as well.
2. Chicago Bogan 2015 point guard Luwane Pipkins: He's only every bit of 5-10,but Pipkins had himself a huge shooting night against Detroit Frederick Douglass. Pipkins dropped 31 points in a win, hitting nine three-pointers along the way. He also dished out four assists, but did most of his damage from behind the arch, most of the time wide open.
3. Chicago Morgan Park 2015 SG Kain Harris: Josh Cunningham may be the Mustangs best player, but Harris played like it last night. Harris attacked Detroit Pershing all night, and did a lot of his damage from the free throw line. He finished with 22 points to lead Morgan Park to victory. Harris used his size and athleticism to out play Pershing's guards, and help close the game out for Morgan Park in the final two minutes.
4. Detroit Frederick Douglass 2014 SG Darrell Davis: Davis' team didn't come out with the win yesterday, but he was unstoppable. Davis scored a game high 32 points, with a lot of his points coming off of lay-ups and free throws. Davis isn't much of a shooter, but with his 6-5 frame and smooth game, getting to the basket comes easy for him. Davis is also a good rebounder for a guard, grabbing eight last night. Davis will play at Dayton in college.
5. Chicago Morgan Park 2014 power forward Josh Cunningham: The match-up everyone wanted to see last night was Cunningham versus Tillman. Tillman out played him just a bit, but Cunningham had a good game also. He was in a bit of foul trouble, but still managed to get 17 points and 7 rebounds. Cunningham also showcased his athleticism on a couple of alley-hoop dunks, and had Michigan assistant Bacari Alexander in to watch him.Tweet