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Birmingham Detroit Country Day all-state senior point guard and Xavier-commit, Edmond Sumner, pictured in a game for the defending Class B state-champion Yellowjackets back in the winter. Sumner will most likely be one of the state's top players that soon receives an invitation to the Michigan Elite 25, a brand new event being put on by former local prep hoop stars Tim McCormick (NBA) and Mike Dietz. (photo courtesy of The Oakland Press)

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BOYS BASKETBALL: McCormick & Dietz set to stage first annual Michigan Elite 25

Something big is coming to the state’s prep basketball landscape.

On Thursday, Oakland County resident and retired NBA vet Tim McCormick, along with former Birmingham Brother Rice star hoopster Mike Dietz and his sports entertainment and management group, Dietz Trott out of Farmington Hills, announced the formation of the Michigan Elite 25, a select showcase camp for the best 25 high school boys basketball players in the state in each class.

Invitations for the event will be sent out on Friday.

“This is the first camp like this of its kind at the high school level,” McCormick said. “We’re hoping it will really take off and other states will start to follow suit. The goal is to make this something the young and up-and-coming players across the state strive for.”

The inaugural Michigan Elite 25 breaks down into three two-day sessions, all being held at Detroit Cass Tech. The first one runs August 17 and 18, the second one September 22 and 29 and the final one on October 13 and 20.

There will be skills training and scrimmaging as well as lessons on life-skill and leadership development.

Inspiration for the camp came from the annual Top 100 Camp, a prestigious prep showcase of all the nation’s the most-coveted incoming seniors, which McCormick was a part of creating back in 1993. Over 250 alumni of The Top 100 Camp have gone on to play in the NBA, including Kobe Byrant, Dwight Howard and Kevin Durant.

“The idea was to take that same model and localize it,” McCormick said.

McCormick and Dietz have known each other since they were teenagers in the late 1970s. An all-state center out of Clarkston as a prepster, McCormick was a standout in college at Michigan before going on to have a long career in the NBA. Dietz played in college at Western Michigan.

“Mike and I were watching our sons play a couple years ago and we began talking about putting together something like this, a type of program that teaches basketball and educates beyond the game," said McCormick of how he and Dietz came up with the concept of the Michigan Elite 25. "We want to stress the fundamentals of basketball, but also focus attention on other important areas, like leadership and academics."

The pair will host a Michigan Elite 25 Coaches Academy on August 13 at Calihan Hall on the campus of the University of Detroit-Mercy, where Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo and Michigan head coach John Beilein, among a slate of other in-state Division I college coaches, will be featured speakers.

Both McCormicks's and Dietz's sons played recently on the prep hardwood locally. McCormick's son, Kellen was an all-state forward at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep and is currently playing in college at Western Michigan and Dietz's son Dillon was a hot-shooting guard at Birmingham Brother Rice and is in college now at Michigan.

Since retiring from the NBA in the 1990s, the elder McCormick has remained active in the National Basketball Players Association and found success on television and radio as a color commentator and in-studio analyst.

Last Updated: 7/26/2013 1:34:55 AM EST


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