Recruiting & Scouting

BASKETBALL: Clarkston fab frosh Loyer living up to high expectations

Basketball   | Scott Burnstein

State Champs! Sports Network

Clarkston – The hype is real.

The varsity basketball debut of Foster Loyer, Clarkston’s freshman starting point guard, was one of the most-anticipated in recent memory.

The cagey 5-foot-11 ninth-grade floor general, son of Detroit Pistons assistant coach John Loyer, hasn’t disappointed. Clarkston is 2-0 and the younger Loyer is excelling.

In the club’s season-opening 20-point win last Tuesday night over Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, he scored the Wolves first nine points of the game, before falling into foul trouble and concluding the night with 11 points and five assists.

Then back on Friday, he exploded for 20 points, eight assists, five rebounds and four steals, in a 73-46 demolition of Auburn Hills Avondale.

“It’s been a really good experience, I’m just excited to finally get on the court and show what I can do,” he said.

The Loyer family landed in Metro Detroit in 2011, buying a house in Clarkston when Loyer joined the Pistons organization. While in junior high school, Foster built a buzz with his domination on the hardwood. Only a 12-year old, he was already being spoken about as the next surefire star with the Wolves, expected to follow in the footsteps of the Fifes and Tim McCormick and etch his name next to theirs as the program's all-time greats.

“All the talk motivates me, it makes me want to go out there and back-up what’s being said,” he said.

Clarkston head coach Dan Fife has had Loyer practicing with the Wolves varsity since he was in seventh-grade.

“He’s a pretty fine player right now and considering his age, as he gets older and more accustomed to the speed and strength at this level, he’s only going to get better,” he said. “For such a young man, he’s incredibly focused, determined and goal-oriented and has a tremendously high basketball IQ. Because of all that, he’s earned the respect of the older players. They want to follow him.”

With Loyer at the controls of the Clarkston offense this winter, the Wolves are in search of a ninth-straight OAA Red crown.

He's aiming even higher.

"The ultimate goal is to get Coach Fife and this program it's first state title," Foster said.

John Loyer grew up in Ohio and played his college hoops at Akron. He was the Pistons' interim head coach for the majority of last season, replacing the vanquished Maurice Cheeks. After Stan Van Gundy was hired in the summer, the elder Loyer was retained in an assistant-coaching capacity. He's served previous assistant stints in the NBA with the Portland Trailblazers, New Jersey Nets and Philadelphia 76ers.