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PREP NOTEBOOK: Clarkston's Currie commits to UofM for hoops, WB's McAdoo & Veasley score full-rides too WITH PHOTOS

  • Taylor Currie, Clarkston's 6-foot-9 junior burgeoning inside-out threat, didn't waste time getting his college plans in order. Currie committed to Michigan immediately upon receiving an offer.

The Maize and Blue made Clarkston junior basketball star Taylor Currie an offer he couldn’t refuse. The Wolves 6-foot-9 big fella received a college scholarship offer from the University of Michigan late last week and within hours committed to be a Wolverine. Scouting services consider Currie one of the top prospects in the state’s Class of 2019. He’s Michigan first 2019 commit.

“I like their style of play….I knew Michigan is where I wanted to be” Currie said.

Back in March, Currie helped spark Clarkston to a Class A state crown, delivering a pair of sparkling efforts in the final four at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. He recorded double-doubles in both the semifinals and finals, going for 10 points and 16 rebounds and 16 points and 10 boards, against West Bloomfield and Grand Rapids Christian respectively.

Currie landed in Michigan last summer from Ohio. His development on the hardwood under the tutelage of the legendary Dan Fife, a former team captain in Ann Arbor for Michigan in the early 1970s, has been tremendous and appears to be continuing – over this past spring AAU season, he began showing off a new long-range game to add to his already fundamentally-sound prowess in the paint. As a sophomore in 2017, Currie collected around 12 points and eight rebounds per night.

Lakers send pair to the next level

West Bloomfield’s athletic department is in the midst of a glory era, with the Lakers football and boys basketball programs becoming breeding grounds for college scouts seeking heavy-duty talent. This past week, two of the best athletes in the school during the 2016-2017 school year, accepted Division I scholarships, as departing all-state hoopster Kevin McAdoo signed with Eastern Michigan and incoming senior football standout Bryce Veasley, Oakland County’s passing-yardage king last fall, committed to Bowling Green.

McAdoo, a 6-foot-2 combo guard, saw his recruiting stock skyrocket on the heels of his state-tournament scoring tear when he poured in just a little less than 30 points per game and led West Bloomfield into the Class A final four. Overall on the campaign, the creative slasher and silky-smooth marksman registered almost 24 points an outing.

"Kevin is special, when he gets going, he can take a game over, do the things in crunch time that get you wins," Lakers basketball coach Jeremy Denha said. "He made me look like pretty good this year. He willed us to where we got."

Built more like a tight end than a quarterback, Veasley (6-foot-4, 245 pounds) threw for 2,515 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior in 2016. He'll have a bountiful brigade of Division I-bound targets to play catch with in 2017 spurred by Taj Mustapha, A.J. Abbott, James Faulkner and Christian Fitzpatrick.

Tweet of the week

“You know you’re sweet when you’re in the handshake line after a game and the opposing team’s coach comes up and compliments you,” – West Bloomfield senior shooting guard “Tricky Tre” Harvey

Last Updated: 6/18/2017 2:25:49 AM EST


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