Recruiting & Scouting

BOYS BASKETBALL RECRUITING: Mid-major commits dominate state's early-fall recruiting period

Basketball   | Scott Burnstein

BOYS BASKETBALL RECRUITING: Mid-major commits dominate state's early-fall recruiting period

The first part of fall has brought with it a number of local mid-major Division I college basketball commitments.

Here's a look at who is heading where:

Nick Perkins (Milan) – Classic-style 6-foot-8 lefty power forward that is a terror in the paint, tough-as-nails on the glass and a gazelle running down the floor on the break, Perkins committed to the University of Buffalo. Rugged and strong, he’s one of the best big guys in the state and won a Class B state crown as a junior last winter.

Latin Davis (Milan) – Pesky primetime performer in the backcourt running a team, the 5-foot-11 floor general committed to Youngstown State University. An elite finisher and set-up man, Davis is unselfish and not afraid to get after it on the defensive side of the court either. Unfazed by the bright lights of the big game, he tickled the twine for 34 points in the state finals last March, draining seven 3-pointers to tie an MHSAA state-title tilt record.

Devin Haygood (Ypsilanti Lincoln) – Haygood could be the top “super sleeper” in the state’s Class of 2015 and will be joining Davis at Youngstown State. A long, athletically-gifted 6-foot-8 wing, he has a fast first step to the rack, a satiny touch on both his pull-up and perimeter shots and an upside that’s through the roof.

Lacey James (Wayland Union) – Another “super sleeper” senior, the rangy 6-foot-6 small forward committed to University of Detroit-Mercy and is the definition of crafty on offense and defense. James is a jack-of-all-trade type with a slasher’s mentality and a dangerous mid-range game.

Innocent Nwoko (New Haven) – This 6-foot-11 native Nigerian is only a junior, absolutely relentless protecting the lane and recently committed to Central Michigan University. Natural shot blocker and feel for the game, Nwoko is quickly developing a nice touch around the rim and is a hard worker that will only be getting better as he gets more comfortable with the U.S-style of play.

Josh Davis (Detroit Henry Ford) – A bulldog-tough 6-foot-5 shooting guard, Davis committed to Western Michigan University. Excellent shooter with very good body control who can get hot in a hurry.

From the Division II ranks, high-scoring Holly senior guard Jake Daniels committed to Saginaw Valley State University and 6-foot-11 Utica Eisenhower senior center Justin Greason committed to Grand Valley State University.

On the current recruiting trail, Onstead junior center Austin Davis visited Michigan State this weekend and attended the Spartans' football team’s nationally-televised defeat of Nebraska. He visited Iowa last weekend.

Grand Rapids Christian senior guard Deleon Brown visited Colorado over the weekend. Central Michigan hosted Detroit Allen’s Jason Williams (point guard) and Danny Pippen (small forward) and Warren De La Salle’s Kevin McKay (small forward) this weekend as well.