Recruiting & Scouting

Pershing Freshman Armonee' Felder Is Ready to Make an Impact

   | Branden Hunter

Pershing Freshman Armonee' Felder Is Ready to Make an Impact

His father Kahlil Felder Sr., was a standout in basketball for Detroit Pershing in the 90s, and his older brother Kahlil Jr., was recently an all-state selection for the Doughboys this past season. So to say that 15-year old Armonee' Felder was destined to play basketball at Pershing also would be an understatement.

The 5-8, 147-pound point guard is considered to be one of the top incoming high school freshmen in the state of Michigan. The class of 2017 prospect hasn't stepped a foot in high school yet, but Felder's potential hasn't gone unnoticed. He was recently invited to participate in the Michigan Elite 25 Camp held at Detroit Cass Tech over the weekend. Put on by former Clarkston High, and Michigan standout Tim McCormick, the event featured some of the top basketball talent in the state, including Jaylen Johnson (Ypsilanti), Cassius Winston (UofD Jesuit), and fellow Pershing Doughboy Justin Tillman.

"The best thing about the camp was to see the best kids in Michigan in the gym together," he said. "It was really exciting. One thing I learned is that I have to respect everyone," he added. "I have to play hard all the time to be the best, and I could be a top 5 in the state."

Felder and the other campers also had the opportunity to hear from current NBA rookies Ray McCallum Jr., and Peyton Siva. McCallum Jr. plays with the Sacramento Kings, and starred at Detroit Country Day and Detroit Mercy, while Siva was drafted by the Detroit Pistons.

"They told us that playing basketball was a lot of work, and they had to put in a lot of work to meet their goals," Felder said.

Felder also plays for the REACH Legends travel basketball team, as his brother did, and has performed well over the summer on the AAU circuit. Basketball is in Felder's genes, with both his dad and brother having success on the court. But the younger Felder also has a love for football. Along with playing basketball at Pershing, Felder also plans to showcase his skills on the gridiron. He played little league ball for the Northeast Detroit Shamrocks in the ESFL, and says he would like to play quarterback at Pershing.

"I've been playing football since I was eight, and I love football," said Felder. "I want to go to college for football and not basketball. But I do love basketball too, and I want to be better than my dad and brother."

Felder says both his dad and his brother support his love of football more, and said that he'll probably do better in that sport. History says that Felder will be a star in basketball, but if he turns out to be just as good in football in a few years, both sports could become an option for him at the next level.