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Littleson plays like a giant for Rochester Adams WITH PHOTO GALLERY

ROCHESTER HILLS – Spencer Littleson may never know what it is like in his life to be a part of a popular traveling circus or a rock band that tours the world, but he sure got a nice taste of what it would feel like last summer.

Littleson was on the same AAU team as Josh Jackson, which happens to be the hottest name in the basketball recruiting world at the moment.

Jackson is the consensus No. 1 recruit in the nation who is uncommitted at the moment and is deciding between powerhouse programs such as Michigan State, Arizona, Kansas and Maryland, and of course, whatever gym he plays at feels like the Rolling Stones are giving a concert there.

“Some games were crazy and were standing room only,” Littleson said. “The first game we played down in Arkansas, we played against Bam (Adebayo), the guy committed to Kentucky. That was unbelievable and crowded. At the baseline, there were people standing up. If you would go out of bounds for a ball, you would just take them out.”

It all certainly made playing traditional summer league games at Oakland University or other sites feel like playing in a library, and it speaks to Littleson’s ability that he is on the same AAU team in the first place with Jackson and notable others, including former Kalamazoo Central standout and Utah signee Devon Daniels, Detroit Renaissance guard Justin Turner and Detroit Pershing’s David Syfax, Jason Williams of Detroit Allen Academy and Marlo Brown of Southfield Christian.

More importantly is that judging by the start to Litttleson’s season, there might soon be fans lining up the baseline to see him play.

You would be hard pressed to find a player off to a more torrid start to the season than Littleson, a 6-foot-4, senior guard from Rochester Adams who has already scored 41 points and 38 points in games this year to go along with a triple-double (24 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists) on Jan. 5 against Sterling Heights Stevenson.

Going into Friday’s game against Stoney Creek, Littleson was averaging 32.2 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game after averaging 19.5 points and five rebounds a game last season.

The numbers are even more remarkable when considering how much opposing defenses pay attention to him each and every night, although Littleson tried to stay one step ahead of all that with his summer workouts.

Working with former Ferndale and Detroit Mercy standout Rashad Phillips, Littleson spent much of his offseason working on enhancing his off-the-ball movement, cutting, sprinting and jumping to multiple spots on the court to simulate how he could get shots up quickly and accurately even in heavy traffic.

He knew all the defensive attention was coming and still will be, but it hasn’t seemed to bother him one bit so far.

“It helped with my release speed a lot,” Littleson said. “Catch and shoot, I worked on it a lot. Having a guy like Josh Jackson on your team, he’s actually a pass-first kind of guy. Not a lot of people think that about him. He’s great at driving in and kicking it out, so I worked on catching and shooting a lot.”

Littleson also happens to be putting up prototypical shooting guard numbers even though this year he is the team’s primary point guard.

Adams head coach John Hall dropped the news that he would be the team’s point guard over the summer given the lack of experience Adams returned at that position, something Littleson said he was actually expecting.

“I was ready for it,” Littleson said.

In addition to all his off-the-ball movement, Littleson worked tirelessly in ballhandling and in turn, Hall and his staff have done their best to craft plays for what is one of the purest shooters in the state even though he is bringing the ball up the court constantly.

As a result, Littleson isn’t just getting points with his dead-eye perimeter shot, but with drives to the rim or free throws when he gets fouled trying to attack the paint.

“His ball skills are a lot better than they were,” Hall said. “He’s much more confident with the ball in his hand because he can create his own shot. His jump shot has gotten much better and he already was one of the best shooters.”

The youngest of three brothers who played basketball at Adams (Jordan and Zack were the others),

Littleson in November signed to play in college for Duquesne, a Division I program in Pittsburgh, in the process bypassing scholarship offers from Oakland University, Lafayette, Binghamton and St. Joseph’s.

With the numbers he is putting up so far, more programs are probably wishing they had pursued him harder and lined up gyms to see him, even if not to the extent coaches have filled gyms to see Josh Jackson.

“I came into the season really positive and ready to go,” Littleson said. “I know if you have positive thoughts, positive things will come to you. I was just ready to go.”

Last Updated: 1/10/2016 6:44:44 PM EST


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