Last year’s local boys’ high school basketball season was one of the best ever.
On Thursday night, Lansing area will get to see a trio of players that made it so special.
Lansing Eastern’s Fredrick Edmond, East Lansing’s Tracy Edmond and Lansing Catholic’s Stevie Repichowski will be on display when their team, Kingdom Prep Academy, comes to town.
Kingdom Prep, which is based in Des Moines, Iowa, will be taking on Wisconsin-based St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy, at 7 p.m. at Eastern’s Don Johnson Fieldhouse.
The game will be full of players that have the talent to play beyond prep school.
“You’re probably going to have 8-10 (NCAA) Division I kids on the floor throughout the game,” Kingdom Prep coach Joel Hannagan said.
Included is the trio from Lansing, who are part of the inaugural class at Kingdom Prep.
“It’s really fortunate that we have the kids from Lansing,” Hannagan said. “What they’re doing for me is helping me build our program.”
Leading the way for Kingdom Prep has been Fredrick Edmond. Playing in a fast-paced offense, Edmond has excelled, topping 40 points four times this season and averaging 36 points per game.
“It’s amazing to see over these last four or five months how his game has evolved,” Hannagan said. “He’s one of the best two-guards in the country.”
Edmond has an offer to play at Western Kentucky but has received interest from Missouri and Texas A&M.
The other Edmond, who is not related, has been the floor general for the team this season and is receiving some interest from mid-major colleges.
“He’s the catalyst to our team,” Hannagan said. “We play at a fast pace, and he keeps everything on the floor under control.”
Finally, there’s Repichowski, who recently committed to Tulsa. Hannagan believes that the Lansing fans will be surprised by what they see from the former Lansing Catholic standout.
“Everyone is going to see that Stevie is a lot different,” Hannagan said. “He’s stronger, quicker and faster than he came in.”
Depending on where they decide to play in the years ahead and those team’s schedules, it might be the last time all three will ever play in the Lansing area.