Milford to host Reaching Higher prep hoop showcases

Milford to host Reaching Higher prep hoop showcases


Milford to host Reaching Higher prep hoop showcases


Basketball with dark background on a wood gym floor

Basketball with dark background on a wood gym floor

Milford High School will be the site of the seventh annual Reaching Higher showcases for Michigan’s top high school boys and girls basketball players.

The boys event will be Wednesday, July 15 followed by the state’s top girls prospects taking the floor on Thursday, July 23, both at Milford.

More than 200 athletes with aspirations to play at the college level will train and scrimmage under the tutelage of high school coaches from across the state and in front of college coaches expected to represent all three NCAA divisions, the NAIA and junior college levels.

Coaches from 33 college basketball programs, including nine from NCAA Division I schools, attended the 2014 Reaching Higher events.

An educational effort by the Michigan High School Athletic Association and the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan, the Reaching Higher experience includes classroom sessions for student-athletes and their parents as well as on-court drills and scrimmaging. The events aim to give athletes a vision of what it takes to become a college basketball player and also succeed in college life.

Participants in the program were selected by a committee of BCAM members. The process began in December when local high school coaches submitted nominations to the selection committee. Participants were chosen in February.

The boys event begins at 3 p.m. on July 15 with scrimmages running from 5:45 to 8 p.m. The featured speaker for the boys session is Willie Green, a graduate of Detroit Cooley High and former University of Detroit Mercy standout who recently finished his first season with the Orlando Magic and 12th season overall in the NBA.

Among the area boys invitees include: Cass Phillips, White Lake Lakeland; Jordan Graham, Farmington; Logan Ryan, Canton; Triston Jackson and Kevin McAdoo, West Bloomfield; Miquel Priest and Michael Flowers, Southfield; and Brock Washington, Southfield Christian.

The girls event begins at noon with scrimmages from 2 to 4:25 p.m. on July 23.

The girls roster includes area players Peyton Jones (South Lyon East), Jessica Moorman (Northville) and Amanda Sape (Bloomfield Hills).

Former Grosse Pointe North and University of Notre Dame standout Ariel Braker will be among speakers for the girls session. She led Grosse Pointe North to the Class A title in 2008 and started her final two seasons at Notre Dame while serving as captain as a senior during 2013-14 as the Fighting Irish finished NCAA runner-up.


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