There’s only one Super 25 team in action on Tuesday, and it brings the national spotlight to Michigan.
At 7 p.m. EST, national No. 24 East Kentwood will face off against Jenison in East Kentwood, with the Falcons looking to build on their perfect 7-0 start to the season. East Kentwood has already shown itself to be battle tested, knocking off the defending Class A state champion 58-57 and feature a stunning array of offensive depth; it’s not uncommon for as many as nine players to end up on the scoresheet for the Falcons.
Our speed helps, and we are deep,” East Kentwood coach Jeff Anama told MLive. “As soon as someone gets tired, we get somebody else in. They will come in and keep the tempo up, so over the course of four quarters, we should be a handful.”
Leading the way is senior Brent Kimbrel, who directs the Falcons’ uptempo attack on the court. A senior swingman, Kimbrel has proven to be a valuable on-court leader and valuable dual-threat scorer, proving equally adept at pounding in points inside and connecting on the perimeter. He has averaged more than 11 points and three-plus rebounds per game. He is, quite simply, an invaluable leader, drawing on four years as a starter in which his teams are 57-12 across the course of his career.
Jenison doesn’t have a bona fide Kimbrel on its roster. In fact, just keeping the game close at East Kentwood would be a valiant achievement; the Wildcats are currently 1-7.
So, what should we expect on Tuesday? Probably a lot of East Kentwood offense and a Jenison team scrambling to keep close. As the team on the very edge of the Super 25 bubble, it’ll be worth seeing how the Falcons deal with the spotlight.