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Keith Dunlap's quick boys basketball hits/rankings for Jan. 11 WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • The Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes boys basketball team is unbeaten and should be on the short list of state title contenders in Class D come March. David Dalton/Digital First Media.
  • Clarkston freshman Foster Loyer. Larry McKee/Special to The Oakland Press
  • Rochester Adams is coming off a win at Oak Park on Friday. Joe Buczek/Special to The Oakland Press
  • Jeron Rogers of North Farmington.
  • West Bloomfield remained unbeaten with an overtime win at Royal Oak on Tuesday.
  • Walled Lake Western is off to a 7-0 start. Patrick McIntyre/Special to The Oakland Press.
  • Mason Vires of Oxford. Ken Swart/Special to The Oakland Press.
  • Birmingham Brother Rice is off to a 6-1 start. Ken Swart/Special to the Oakland Press.

- Unless it is proven otherwise in the coming weeks, to me the best chance of an Oakland County team making a run at a state title this year is Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes in Class D. With three-time defending Class D champion Southfield Christian moving up to Class C and a relatively weak crop of Class A and B teams in the area compared to others around the state, a WOLL team that is as experienced, deep and talented as anyone in Class D looks like the best bet. I doubt that outlook will change, but there are still a couple months to find out.

- The transfer of former U-D Jesuit guard Billy Thomas to North Farmington could be a game-changer in the OAA Red and maybe beyond. Thomas, a key contributor for U-D Jesuit’s semifinal team last season, moved back into the area from Virginia recently and has enrolled at North Farmington. Thomas will be eligible right away since he moved into the district and gives some much-needed depth and another scoring option to a Raiders team that is inexperienced beyond its top-four players. This is something that might make North Farmington equal to Clarkston in the OAA Red, and perhaps better.

- Here’s hoping puberty is somewhat kind to Clarkston freshman point guard Foster Loyer, because if it is, he will have no shortage of college scholarship offers once he is a senior. Loyer is already mature way beyond his years in terms of fundamentals, court presence, intelligence and leadership ability. The only thing that looks “freshman” about him is his body. Fortunately, there is still plenty of time for him to fill out in terms of both height and muscle.

- How about the week Royal Oak had? The Ravens entered the week with a pedestrian 3-3 record, but had two terrific performances against arguably the two favorites in the OAA Blue, Oxford and West Bloomfield. First, Royal Oak on Tuesday went up to Oxford and handed the Wildcats their first loss of the season with a 62-53 win. Then on Friday, Royal Oak nearly handed West Bloomfield its first loss of the season as well, but fell 64-61 in overtime. Still, if the Ravens play like this the rest of the season, they might be the favorite in the OAA Gold.

- Instead of Friday night, Walled Lake Central will host arguably its biggest home date of the year on Saturday afternoon when it will have a doubleheader with rival Walled Lake Western. The girls will play their game at noon followed by the boys game at 2:30 p.m. The boys game should be anticipated all week since at the moment, Western is 7-0 and Central is 5-2.

Rankings

1. Clarkston (6-0) – Wolves had a successful rivalry week last week with convincing wins over Pontiac and Lake Orion.

2. North Farmington (6-0) – Raiders will have a key OAA Red showdown against Southfield on Monday.

3. Walled Lake Western (7-0) – Warriors rolling with game against arch rival Walled Lake Central looming next Saturday afternoon.

4. Oak Park (4-1) – Knights suffered first loss on Friday to Rochester Adams.

5. Birmingham Brother Rice (6-1) – Warriors showing why there should be a lot of excitement around the basketball program at the school this winter.

6. Rochester Adams (5-2) – Highlanders have recorded back-to-back impressive wins over Detroit Consortium and Oak Park.

7. Walled Lake Central (5-2) – Vikings have a big week with league games at Lakeland and home against Walled Lake Western.

8. Southfield (5-2) – Bluejays have been a pleasant surprise to start the season.

9. West Bloomfield (5-0) – Trishton Jackson has been a one-man wrecking crew so far for the Lakers.

10. Oxford (5-1) – Wildcats rebounded from a loss to Royal Oak with win at Berkley on Friday.

This week’s top games

North Farmington at Southfield, 5:30 p.m. Monday – A rare Monday tilt offers what should be a nice OAA Red opener for both.

Oak Park at North Farmington, 7 p.m. Thursday – Should be a great crossover game between one of the best in the OAA Red vs. one of the best in the OAA White.

Walled Lake Western at Walled Lake Central, 2:30 p.m. Saturday – Rivalry game that will be the second half of a girls-boys doubleheader.

Last Updated: 1/11/2015 1:13:23 PM EST


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