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Inside look at high school and Oakland University sports from Oakland Press sports writer Dave Pemberton.

Friday, September 10, 2010

MIprepzone Football Preview Show - September 9

Host Dave Pemberton breaks down the Game of the Week: Walled Lake Central at Walled Lake Northern with Oakland Press high school coordinator Keith Dunlap and contributor Scott Burnstein. Includes interviews with players and coaches and predictions for the county's 10 best games.

MIprepzone Football Wrapup Show - September 4

Host Jason Schmitt breaks down the Game of the Week: Southfield at Farmington Hills Harrison with contributor Scott Burnstein and the Farmington at Rochester Adams game with prep coordinator Keith Dunlap.

MIprepzone Football Preview Show - September 2

Host Dave Pemberton breaks down the Game of the Week: Southfield at Farmington Hills Harrison with Oakland Press high school coordinator Keith Dunlap and contributor Scott Burnstein. The trio also breaks down Farmington at Rochester Adams and gives their predictions for the other big games in Week 2.

MIprepzone Football Wrapup show - August 28

Host Dave Pemberton and guests Keith Dunlap and Scott Burnstein break down the Game of the Week Oxford vs. Lake Orion and the Rochester Adams at Clarkston game. Features video highlights, coaches interviews and analysis.

MIprepzone Football Show's Top 10 Players

Host Dave Pemberton breaks down the top 10 players in Oakland County with Oakland Press prep coordinator Keith Dunlap and contributor Scott Burnstein.

MIprepzone Football Preview Show - August 26

Preview of Week 1 of the prep football season, including a complete break down of Oxford at Lake Orion and Rochester Adams at Clarkston as well as predictions for the rest of the big games.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Summit League predictions

1. Oakland — The Golden Grizzlies look to be in great position to win their first regular season league title since the 1999-2000 season (Oakland’s first in the Summit) and qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005. Oakland returns four starters from last year’s team that reached the Summit League championship game and return former leading scorer Derick Nelson, who missed last season with a medical redshirt. Senior point guard Johnathon Jones and junior center Keith Benson are two of the league’s premier players. Will Hudson, Blake Cushingberrry and Drew Maynard all started at times last season and are back. Oakland also adds Larry Wright, who sat out last season after transferring from St. John’s.
2. IUPUI — The Jaguars return seven of their eight rotation players from last season’s squad, which went 16-14, 8-5 Summit. Robert Glenn, the newcomer of the year last season, is IUPUI’s top returning player. Glenn averaged 13.9 points and 5.4 rebounds last year. Sophomore Alex Young is back after a solid freshman season where he averaged 10.8 points. Other key players back include Leroy Nobles (9.9 points, 1.4 3-pointers) Jon Avery (9.2 points, 5.9 rebounds), Billy Pettiford (5.0 points, 5.9 rebounds) and Adrian Moss (4.8 points).
3. Oral Roberts — The Golden Eagles lost two first-team all-league players in Robert Jarvis and Marcus Lewis to graduation, but should reload with a solid core back and a group of highly touted newcomers. Sophomore Dominique Morrison is ORU’s leading returning scorer at 9.6 per game. Kevin Ford (9.4 points and 7.4 rebounds) and Kyron Stokes ( points) should also play key roles. The list of newcomers who could make an immediate impact include SE Missouri State transfer Roderick Pearson, freshman Hunter McClintock, freshman Damen Bell-Holter, freshman Warren Niles, Northern Oklahoma College transfer Javier Nasarre and Independence CC transfer Michael Craion.
4. South Dakota State — The Jacks return seven of their top eight players minute wise last season. Senior Garrett Callahan (15.8 points, 2.4 3-pointers) and Anthony Cordova (12 points, 6.7 rebounds) started all 33 games last season for SDSU. Clint Sargent (14.1 points), Kai Williams (9.8 points, 7.1 rebounds), Dale Moss (6.1 points), Griffan Callahan (5.4 points) and Michael Palarca (3.2 points) are also key returnees. With the conference tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D. the Jacks could be a dangerous team in March, but first have to end their 18-game road losing streak in league play.
5. IPFW — The Mastodons return four starters in sharpshooter Ben Botts (11.3 points), Nick Daniels (8.4 points), Zach Plackemeier (7.7 points) and Trey McCorkle (3.2 points). IPFW also returns Summit League sixth man of the year Deilvez Yearby (9.1 points, 6.3 rebounds). Newcomers include Lamar CC transfer Antwone Snead, Cloud CC transfer Oleg Kovalov and freshman Eli Lee.
6. North Dakota State — The Bison lose four starters from last year’s Summit League championship team. Junior Michael Tveidt, who averaged 9.8 points per game last year, is NDSU’s lone returning starter. The Bison were dealt a blow when Freddy Coleman was likely lost for the season with a torn Achilles tendon. Dejuan Flowers (3.3 points) should play a key role this season. Head coach Saul Phillips will likely need a few newcomers to step in and fill key roles.
7. Southern Utah — The Thunderbirds will be a young team this season with six freshman and two sophomores. Davis Baker (17.4 points and 4.5 rebounds) and Jake Nielson (5.8 points) are the only returning players, who logged significant minutes last season.
8. Western Illinois — Head coach Jim Molinari is hoping for a better second season after the Leathernecks lost four of their last five and missed the conference tournament last season. WIU lost its two leading scorers (David DuBois and Josh Rivers) to graduation so Molinari will look to players like Ceola Clark (7.7 points), David Nurse (8.4 points), Quenton Kirby (6.0 points) and Tommie Tyler (3.4 points) to carry the load.
9. UMKC — The Kangaroos certainly want to forget last season, which saw them finish dead last in the Summit League. UMKC has a two promising young players in Spencer Johnson (10.7 points and 6.6 rebounds), Latreze Mushatt (9.1 points and 5.5 rebounds). The Kangaroos are also hoping Evansville transfer Jay Couisnard can come in and contribute right away.
10. Centenary — The Gents are likely in for a long season as they prepare to drop down to Division 3 and are not eligible for the conference tournament this season. Promising young players Chase Adams and Gary Redus have transferred away. Key players for the Gents this season will likely be Maxx Nakwaasah, David Perez, Daman Starring and Jerald Bonham.