Detroit Martin Luther King was without its leading returning scorer in Saturday’s scrimmage at Lansing Waverly, senior point guard Chansey Willis who was back in Detroit winning a football state title with the Crusaders. To the fore stepped MLK’s frontcourt, one of the state’s best.
6-8 senior Matthew Coffey is a transfer from Mt. Clemens who instantly gives King the top center in the Detroit PSL. He’s a serious rebounder with effort on both sides of the glass, and will pursue missed shots all the way out to the sidelines. Coffey is heads up and a talker on defense, despite being heavy as well as tall he consistently goes hard when tagging and recovering on ball-screen hedges. Offensively his greatest value is as a put-back guy and screener. Shot didn’t look too bad on a pick-and-pop but didn’t take many. If Coffey buries you early can hurt you in the kill zone; off-hand jumphook would go a long way.
Coffey is so big and draws attention, that his presence at the 5 is liberating for MLK’s 4, 6-6 junior Traves Turner. He’s tough crashing from the week side and running the wings on the break. A strong finisher. If basketball feel and perimeter scoring develop to match the frame and motor, Turner could jump up the rankings.
The third man in the post rotation is 6-6 junior Jonathan Coffey. He brings defensive energy and above-the-rim scoring off the bench. Watch out if he gets a jumpshot to match the jumping.