this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
It's been a remarkable week for the women's basketball program with the team gaining its first NCAA berth in 11 years and future Wolverine Madison Ristovski receiving the Miss Basketball award.
Tonight, three teams featuring future Wolverines won quarterfinal games—in three different classes—in the MHSAA girls basketball tournament, sending all three to East Lansing for the state semifinals.
Class A: Inkster and 2012 Michigan signee Kelsey Mitchell beat Detroit King 59-40 to advance to the semis. Inkster, which is the defending Class A champion, will play Grand Haven, the team favored to win this year, on Friday at 1:00. Grand Haven also features a future Wolverine (h/t to rob6reid), Abby Cole, a 2013 volleyball commit.
In the other semi, Ann Arbor Huron will play Grosse Pointe South. Huron is led by Devin Talley, daughter of former Michigan star Michael Talley. Huron prevailed over Saginaw Arthur Hill 52-39 in their quarterfinal contest.
Class B: Goodrich and 2013 Michigan commit Taylor Gleason defeated Detroit Country Day 56-47 in their quarterfinal contest. In the semis, Goodrich (26-0 on the season) will face Dearborn Divine Child on Friday at 7:30.
Class C: Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett and Miss Basketball winner Madison Ristovski, another 2012 signee, trounced Riverview Gabriel Richard 65-29. Liggett is paired with Concord in the semis in a game scheduled for 1:00 on Thursday.
Side note on the state boys tournament: Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy and Derrick Walton Jr. (2013 men's basketball commit) will play Detroit Country Day at 7:00 tomorrow in a Class B regional final.
Yet another Michigan basketball commitment—this one on the women’s side. According to a tweet from Lady Ballers Insider, Taylor Gleason has verbally committed to the Maize and Blue:
2013 Goodrich HS (MI) 5'8" PG Taylor Gleason (All Michigan) has verbally committed to Michigan. More info on lbinsider.com later....
Gleason is the first 2013 commit for Kevin Borseth (or, at least the first one publicly known), and she sounds like a solid addition to the program. She was named a first-team, Class B all-stater for her sophomore season, during which she averaged 11 points, 4 assists, and 3 steals, while leading the Goodrich Martians to the Class B semifinals for the first time.
Here’s a bit of a scouting report from a Flint Journal article:
A very consistent scorer and precision passer, Gleason is shooting 50 percent from the field and 81 percent from the free throw line. She is already drawing the interest of several NCAA Division 1 schools.
"Taylor is a creator and playmaker with her court vision being her best attribute," [Goodrich coach Jason] Gray said. "She is a tremendous passer and seems to see what options are available before anyone else. She makes other players better by getting them the ball when they need it in order to score."
Gleason became more comfortable running the offense this season.
"Taylor has become a true point and that explains why we are averaging more than 70 points a game," Gray said. "She cares about winning, not individual recognition. Over the next two years, her work ethic and determination will help keep us playing at a high level."