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PREP NOTEBOOK: Farmington's Bryan Green signs with Akron
Despite just one year of playing offense at the high school level, Farmington running back Bryan Green earned a scholarship offer from Akron. (The Oakland Press file photo/TIM THOMPSON)
Western Michigan University-bound Kellen McCormick of Pontiac Notre Dame Prep went past the 1,000 career point plateau last week. (The Oakland Press file photo)
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Green was a surprise standout on the stat sheet in 2011 because as a junior he didn’t play offense, instead lining up on defense at outside linebacker. In both of his years starting for the Falcons on the gridiron, the team made the playoffs.
Showing off his versatility as an athlete, Green is also a high-scoring guard for Farmington’s basketball squad. He poured in a career-high 33 points in a Falcons victory two weeks ago.
Back on Friday, not only did Pontiac Notre Dame Prep senior basketball star Kellen McCormick put up 21 points and eight rebounds in leading the Fighting Irish to an upset win on the road over Madison Heights Bishop Foley, he also eclipsed the 1,000-point marker for his career. The 6-foot-8 forward is one of the top inside-out threats in the area and is signed to play next year at Western Michigan.
McCormick, a four-year starter, has helped guide Notre Dame Prep to three straight district titles. Last season, the Fighting Irish, currently flashing a 6-3 record, finished 19-6 and lost in a Class B regional championship game to Birmingham Detroit Country Day.
Eddie Kidd and James Hendrix, the starting cornerback tandem for the Birmingham Brother Rice football team the past two years, will be playing together in college, as the pair both committed last week to Northern Michigan.
Kidd and Hendrix were top playmakers on a fearsome defense that sparked the Warriors to a state title back in November. Late in the second half of the state championship game, Kidd made a key interception to close out his stellar prep career. Hendrix has the size to play either cornerback or safety at the next level.
Waiting for the pair up at Northern Michigan is Loran Jaddou, their former teammate at Brother Rice and currently a strong safety on the Wildcats roster. Jaddou, Kidd and Hendrix were all starters in the Warriors secondary in 2010 when Brother Rice won a Catholic League crown.
Highly-touted European transfers Miroslav Jaksic (Walled Lake Western) and Robert Pulekis (Birmingham Detroit Country Day), each lived up to the hype in their respective debuts last week on the high school basketball court.
Standing 6-foot-11, Jaksic is Serbian and adept at playing both in the post and out on the perimeter. Over the course of two games where Western went 1-1, Jaksic displayed good footwork and a nice touch while connecting on an efficient 12-of-17 from the floor.
At 6-foot-9, Pulekis, who is Lithuanian, is a more traditional big fella and can really opponents with his back to the basket. Debuting on Saturday in a Yellowjackets victory over Southfield Christian, he scored a team-high 17 points and hauled down 11 rebounds.
Tweet of the week
“I wish I could go back and do these last four years all over again.. ... great times, great memories, great friends” — Novi Detroit Catholic Central two-sport star Matt Doneth, who is committed to Cornell for football.
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