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Dymetrius Ware

Coach Dymetrius Ware is currently the Head Boys Basketball Coach at Hope of Detroit Academy, located in Detroit, Mi. Coach Ware has over twenty 29 years of coaching experience. Prior to his current stop. Ware spent five years with the University of Michigan-Dearborn athletic dept. Coach Ware served as Director of Basketball Operation under Head Coach John Mackson, his first two seasons there, Coach Ware become the Head Coach for the women’s program 2013 where he served in that position for three seasons. His first professional coaching job came as an assistant men's basketball coach at Oakland Community College in Farmington Hills under Head Coach Len Reed in the 1995-96 season.

Ware became the Associate Head Coach the following season before taking over the reigns as Head Coach for the 1997-98 seasons. He took over a program that was 5-21 the previous season and led them to the State Playoffs and NJCAA Division II Regional Tournament. At the end of his four-year tenure at OCC, Ware was the 4th longest tenured coach in school history and ranked 5th on the school's all-time wins list.
In 2005, Coach Ware joined the staff of the Great Lakes Storm of the Continental Basketball Association. He worked for Head Coach Russ Bergman the Storm advanced to the Conference Finals that season.
Coach Ware has coached at the high school level in the past. His coaching stops have included stints with Inkster High School, Cherry Hill Academy, and Riverside West Academy in Dearborn. Coach Ware also assisted on Coach Steve Hall's staff at Detroit Rogers Academy where he was a part of a staff that won three Class D State Championships.
High School Jump Ball — prospects in Saline, MI
I'm Coach Dell Johnson out of Saginaw, MI. I'm a one on one basketball/strength and conditioning coach who also coaches grades 7-8 and 9-12 boys basketball for the Saginaw Township League. I am a certified personal trainer with an extensive background in developing the young athlete and college basketball players. I played basketball for Saginaw High School and Delta College. Visit me at:
Coach Dell Johnson — prospects in Saline, MI
Coach Dell Johnson w/ students — prospects in Saline, MI


Women's basketball team — High School basketball in Saline, MI
Early in the existence of 'Michigan High School Basketball', I was lucky enough to cross paths with Coach Johnson of the West Michigan Lady Titans. Coach Johnson trusted me to write about many of his players. I soon learned what a privilege I had been granted. The Lady Titans were not just an AAU team, they were a collection of some of the most amazing young ladies that I had ever talked to. They were led by a coach who truly cared for his players, loved what he was doing, and everything he did was for the benefit of his athletes. This was a group that will never be forgotten. So here is a look back at the West Michigan Lady Titans:

Sports has many ways it can benefit individuals and help them grow. In the case of the West Michigan Lady Titans, it brought together a group of girls, their families, and their coach..........and it created a family. Basketball brought together these separate individuals, and turned them into one. Some teams are so unique and special, that they will remain fresh in the memories of those who were a part of it and those who witnessed it.
(103-17 for a two year stretch)
2015 ( 47-8 ) W/L
- Mystic Invitational Champions * Flint, MI
- MGBR’s Elite Tournament of Champions 2nd Place * Ft Wayne, IN
- MGBR’s Hoop Summit Champions * Grand Rapids, MI
- USJN Windy City Classic Champions * Chicago. IL
- MGBR’s Roundball Classic Champions * Lansing, MI
- USSSA Michigan State Champions * Mt Pleasant, MI
- NEC Battle in the Boro / Elite Division 2nd Place * Nashville, TN
- MGBR Classic in the North 2nd Place * Mt Pleasant, MI
- USJN Elite Octoberfest Champions * Chicago, IL
- MGBR Fall Finale Champions *Mt Pleasant, MI
2016 (56-9) W/L
- Mystic Invitational 2nd Place * Hartland, MI
- MGBR’s Hoop Summit Champions * Grand Rapids, MI
- USJN Windy City Classic 2nd Place * Chicago. IL
- MGBR Memorial Day Challenge Champions * Toledo, OH
- MGBR’s Roundball Classic Champions * Lansing, MI
- USSSA Michigan State Champions * Mt Pleasant, MI
- USJN Indianapolis 100 / Elite 2nd Place * Indianapolis, IN
- MGBR Classic in the North Champions * Mt Pleasant, MI
- USJN Summer Final Midwest II 2ndPlace * Toledo, OH
Kaitlyn Geers
- Kent City HS in Kent City, MI
- Valedictorian of her Class 2017
- Saginaw Valley State University - Basketball
- Stretch 4
- All-State Class C and All-Area on many different Teams
- All Conference 4 years
- BCAM All-State
Paige Hallock
- Greenville HS in Greenville, MI
- Top 15 of her Class 2017
- Grand Valley State University - Basketball
- 3-4-5
- All-State Class A and All-Area on many different Teams
- All Conference 4 years
- BCAM All-State
Shaniya Huggins
- Grand Rapids Catholic Central in Grand Rapids, MI
- Davenport University - Basketball
- PG
- All-Area on many different Teams
- All-Conference 2 years
Zoe Anderson
- Rockford HS in Rockford, MI
- Top 25 of her Class 2018
- Choices between University of Indianapolis and Ferris St University - Basketball
- Stretch 4 – 5
- All-State Class A and All-Area on many different Teams
- All Conference 2 years
- BCAM All-State
Hallee Breimayer
- Belding HS in Belding, MI
- Grand Rapids Community College – Basketball and Track
- 1-2-3
- All-State Class B and All-Area on many different Teams
- All Conference 3 years Basketball and 4 years Track
Libby O’Brien
- Grand Rapids West Catholic in Grand Rapids, MI
- Central Michigan University - on a Track Scholarship. (She chose track as it was a Full Ride to CMU over basketball scholarships at D3 and NAIA schools for basketball namely Hope College, Sienna Heights, Spring Arbor, Aquinas College )
- Shot Put and Discus
- All-Area on many different Teams
- All-Conference 2 years
Kyra Bussell- Grand Rapids Catholic Central in Grand Rapids, MI
- Central Michigan University - Basketball
- Stretch 4-5
- All-State Class B and All-Area on many different Teams
- Grand Rapids Press Dream Team
- All Conference 3 years
- BCAM All-State
Sophia Karasinski
- Grand Rapids Catholic Central in Grand Rapids, MI
- Central Michigan University - Basketball
- Stretch 2-3-4
- All-State Class B and All-Area on many different Teams
- Grand Rapids Press 1st Dream Team
- All Conference 3 years
- BCAM All-State
Maddy Watters
- Rockford HS in Rockford, MI
- Top 40 in her Class 2017
- Central Michigan University - Basketball
- 1-2-3
- All-State Class A and All-Area on many different Teams - 3 years
- Grand Rapids Press 1st Dream Team
- All Conference 3 years
- BCAM All-State
- 18+ scholarship offers including Ivy League, Horizon League, MAC Conference, B1G Ten and others
In my 16+ years of coaching AAU, I have never had a problem with parents not have I had any problems with players. They knew the expectations for this team and they stuck by them. I have had many players bring books and homework on the road and studied in between games to make sure that their academics did not falter. I have had parents make sure that the players were hydrated and that the fruit and the snacks in between were healthy. I tried to make it a complete family atmosphere. We hear all of the stories of players only coming in to play for the weekend and then they never talked to their teammates until they played again. Over the years, I had plenty of players that had opportunities to play with sponsored teams from the Detroit and Lansing area but they chose to play local and play as a team. That’s what AAU should be all about. I am the luckiest coach because I had players that listened, players that cared for one another and great parents that understood that when all is said and done, it is all about being the best Student Athlete that they can be. This last group that I was lucky enough to see through the years, we had 9 players commit for 2.5 years of solid practice, conditioning and team play and the fruits were there for all of them at the end. ( Student-Athletes are going to college paid for because they chose to be the best player and student they could for 2 years. I’m the lucky and fortunate one as I have grown as much as a coach and person as they have a teammate and athlete. I always miss groups when I finish walking them through the years of AAU ….. but I will miss this group a lot. Through all of the recruiting and visits with colleges and them having to contact me to set things up, I have really had a ball with this group. They have been so much fun and they are so close with each other going to each other’s Homecomings and Proms is hilarious for them. I have grown to really enjoy them and it will be fun to watch them at the next level. Probably one of our Best times while at a tournament was out trip to Nashville, TN. We rented a house while we were there so each day we were able to come home and still enjoy each other and even the parents got along so well. We were very successful at this National tournament (The Biggest for Girls in the Summer )so it made the nights fun. We took one night and the parents and players walked the Nashville main street together. The players got a kick out of it and it just made them closer, like sisters.

I will miss this team like no other!
- Coach Jim Johnson (West Michigan Lady Titans)

Wayne Memorial High School Girls Basketball:
The Comeback Kids
by Imanni Wright

Losing happens in all sports and sometimes immediately after a program gets a new head coach, This means the players have to adjust to a new person, personality and team philosophy that may or may not work. But every good philosophy and team rebuilding with a new coach takes time. Time has worked in favor for Coach Jarvis Mitchell and his Lady Zebras from Wayne Memorial High School in Wayne, Michigan.

Coach Mitchell is no stranger to the comeback game. A Flint native, Mitchell worked hard as a senior at Flint Central High School and set the record for most consecutive made three’s in a season. He also set the record for most free throws made with 37 in a row. Being 5-11 and 180 pounds, Mitchell was more than likely the smallest man on the court, but he overcame challenges by playing harder and smarter than any of his opponents. Among other honors, he earned all-state honors honorable mention honors. His college career started at Butler Community College and then he moved on to Division 1 Fairleigh Dickinson University. After playing at Fairleigh Dickinson, Coach Mitchell ended up playing overseas in Latvia for a five years. An unlikely opportunity for a guard under six feet tall.

It was a rocky beginning during Coach Mitchell’s 2014-15 inaugural season. It was even tougher on the Lady Zebras, who capped off their season with a record of 0-21. Coach Mitchell calls this season “really gut wrenching and a tough situation”. He knew he had to change the way things were by instilling a sense of integrity and making basketball a lifestyle at Wayne Memorial.

But in the 2015-2016 season, the Lady Zebras trusted their coach and turned things around by finishing the season with a 15-4 record. To turn around the team, the girls put in hard work and were in the gym whenever it was open to continuously improve their games as a team and individually says Coach Mitchell. In the same year, they added: top point guard Camree’ Clegg, a very skilled and aggressive point guard who is now an impressive leader of the team; Amara Chikwe, a competitive hustler and great rebounder and finisher around the basket; and Mya Garrett a skilled post player with good range. These three ladies along with their teammates exemplified teamwork throughout the season and were rewarded with the KLAA conference title and a district championship.

The Lady Zebras raised their district championship banner on December 13th at their home game against Novi. It is the first district championship win under Coach Mitchell and was accomp;in only a year.

But the 2016-2017 season has had a bump or two in the road with the loss of seniors Amara Chikwe and Mya Garrett to knee injuries. But the girls stepped up, especially point guard and team captain Camree Clegg. As a captain she gets in the mindset of being aggressive and getting the win for her team and making sure that her team is in the same mindset, but when the team is down Clegg says she lifts them up with providing encouragement and getting their energy up. She also stated that the team goal this year is a state championship but is also to get better as a team. Clegg averages 24 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists for the Lady Zebras. Another player that has stepped up is Jeanae Terry, a super sophomore who is smooth, gets to the basket at will and can light it up from behind the arch. Terry averages 23 points, 2 assists and 2 steals for the Lady Zebras.

Coach Mitchell believes that in order to keep success of the team going, the girls need to have consistency and continue to work hard. The Wayne Memorial Lady Zebras are currently 8-2, and Amara Chikwe and Mya Garrett have returned to play but with limited minutes.


Dylan Backalar (student reporter) put together this list of Oakland County Public School Backcourts with college level talent:

Walled Lake Central
Dylan Hudspeth '17
Runako Aiegler '17

North Farminton
Amuri Hardy '17 (Oklahoma State)
Karl Patrick '17

West Bloomfield
Tre Harvet '18
Kevin McAdoo '17

Hazel Park
Carl Bow '18
Dave Hearns '18

Foster Loyer '18 (Michigan State)
CJ Robinson '18

Troy Athens
Jacob Brantley '18
Taylor McCaskil '18

Southfield A&T
Mike Flowers '17 (western Micigan)
Reme Torbert '17