The Reaching Higher annual basketball camp — sponsored by the the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan and the Michigan High School Athletic Association — showcased some of the best young talent Michigan has to offer, including Grand Ledge’s Josh Horford, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley’s Steven Lloyd and Allen Park Inter-City Baptist’s Garrett Kraatz.
But one team well represented at the recruitment showcase was Class C state champion Flint Beecher.
Beecher had three players attend the program this year: junior guard Jordan Roland, junior forward Levan Blake and senior Delon Willis. Senior guard Aquavius Burks was invited but didn’t attend.
For Roland, the fact that his team is getting recognized was a great feeling.
“I appreciate it,” Roland said. “They looking at our school and at the competition … (and) the talent at our school.”
Roland also thinks the possibility of a state title repeat for Beecher isn’t out of question in large part due to coach Mike Williams.
“Most definitely,” Roland said. “Our coach … he’s great. He can get us prepared. We just gotta put the work in.”
Roland said he didn’t know what colleges are interested in him, while Blake has received interest from Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Detroit Mercy and Stanford.
■ YOUNG BLOOD: Ann Arbor Skyline sophomore guard Brandon Wade has generated a lot of attention after a freshman season in which he averaged 7.9 points, 2.3 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals.
After receiving his first scholarship offer in mid-June from Toledo, Wade has received another offer from Eastern Michigan, according to his Twitter account. He also has received interest from Detroit Mercy and Cornell.
But Wade’s focus is on the upcoming season for the Eagles, who finished 14-7 last year, losing a heartbreaker to Ann Arbor Pioneer in the Class A district opener.
“We lost a lot of guys,” Wade said. “I’m just looking forward to being a leader out there. … I’m just looking forward to trying to take over the team and lead us to big things.”
■ BEING RECOGNIZED: Lloyd, the Chippewa Valley senior guard, is gaining interest from Grand Valley State, Albion, Alma, Oakland, Central Michigan and Michigan State.
He averaged 17.7 points, 3.4 assists, 6.3 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.3 blocks in his junior season.
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Lloyd is looking forward to the upcoming season after going 18-4 last season and losing to Warren De La Salle in the Class A playoffs.
“People just put a lot of pressure on us, because as a team we’re kinda small,” Lloyd said. “I think we need to figure out how to get past the height disadvantage, because we had a disadvantage last year, but we still did well. I think we’ll do well.”
■ BRIEFLY: Michigan commit Austin Davis of Onsted, Central Michigan commit Innocent Nwoko of New Haven, Cornell commit Jerry Ben of New Haven and the top player from the class of 2018 in Michigan, Brandon Johns from East Lansing, were all invited but did not attend the camp.