While most high school basketball fans await November for the start of basketball season, the state of Michigan still considers basketball a fall sport. So we begin out prep reports this year covering three players from the state of Michigan receiving interest from Purdue.
Jareica Hughes and Timika Williams return to Southfield-Lathrup that lost in the state semifinals to eventual champion Lansing Waverly. Hughes, the 5'3 point guard, averaged 16 points, five assists and four steals per game, and is drawing interest from Eastern Michigan, Louisville, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Purdue and Texas Christian. Williams, a 6'1 post player, averaged 15 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks per game, and is drawing interest from Eastern Michigan, Maryland, Michigan, Purdue and West Virginia.
The newest Michigan name is that of Keshia Hines of Auburn Hills Avondale, a 6'2 post player who can run the court with the guards. Avondale finished last season with a 17-5 record in Michigans' Class A. Hines averaged 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks per game, and is being recruited by Kansas State, Michigan and Purdue.
2006: Jareica Hughes and Timika Williams
The season opener started sluggishly, but Lathrup (1-0) took a two-point lead in the third to an 18 point win against visiting No. 6 St. Clair. No scoring detail available.
2007: Keshia Hines
Junior forward Keshia Hines had 18 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots in a 63-23 pounding of Utica, including one block on Michigan State recruit Mandy Piechowski.