2015 Available Starting Five

Two of the state’s top five unsigned seniors, Muskegon wing Joeviar Kennedy and Hudsonville forward Brent Hibbitts, are recently off the market, Hip Hop to Western Michigan while Hibbitts will forgo mid-major opportunities to walk on at Michigan. But there’s still some talent left in the 2015 class, so here’s the first of two senior available “starting 5s.”

 

C Lacey James  6-9  Sr  Wayland: He originally committed to Detroit last summer but didn’t sign. Some teams have passed because of health concerns but is qualified and still has offers from Buffalo, Cleveland State and Wagner. True 4 who has gotten tougher and more explosive.

PF Tariq Jones  6-6  Sr  Macomb Dakota: He had an abbreviated second semester run with Dakota after a brief stint out East. Jones played on Mt. Clemens’ loaded 2014 team as a junior. Tough, athletic and versatile defender who is a tweener forward offensively but has pop above the rim. Brings to mind a young Dom Pointer when Jones gets rolling.

WF Xavier Cochran  6-5  Sr  Ann Arbor Huron: Other than strength and weight, looks the part of a mid-major wing. After getting by on athleticism when young, lefty can now score at all three levels in the halfcourt and is also dangerous on the break. Has grades and could help someone late.

2G Michael Williams  6-4  Sr  Otsego: Every time it seemed like Williams was taking a next step as a prospect, knee injuries slowed him, including last July and the beginning of his senior season. Very good shooter with swagger and college size, it just comes down to health on talent certainly he’s a D2 or higher scholarship player.

PG Curtis Davidson  6-1  Sr  Grand Rapids Union: Aggressor on both ends whose defense will give him a chance at the next level. Offensively Davidson is competent all-around, but without one thing he really excels.

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