Taking a look at the pre-season top ranked teams participating in the 21st Annual Motor City Roundball Classic.
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Outlook: The Lady Yellowjackets are the defending Class B champions. Destiny Pitts may be the best junior in the state. She averaged 17 points and five rebounds per game last season and can hurt teams inside and outside. The middle is covered by 6-4 Tyler Bennett, who averaged eight points and nine rebounds a game as a sophomore. If her offensive game expands, forget about it. Senior guard Arika Colbert is a solid defensive player, and 5-7 sophomore Kaela Webb scored a team-high 20 points in the championship game. Maxine Moore and Sheldon Bochenek, a 6-1 junior forward, will be in the rotation. - Detroit Free Press
“My freshman year we lost to Flint Powers in the state quarterfinals and I told Coach O (Frank Orlando) after that game we were going to get a state championship, so I got everybody together and we went at it three times a week during the summer,” said Pitts, a 6-foot junior guard. “We did the same thing this year to make sure we were ready. And, right before basketball season we spent some time in the weight room to make sure we were stronger, too.” - Detroit News
The Yellowjackets won the Class B title last season — maybe a year before everyone expected they’d challenge for one — and return essentially the same cast of players. That group’s led by juniors Destiny Pitts, Tylar Bennett and Sheldon Bochenek, along with sophomores Kaela Webb and Maxine Moore, and should only get better, as they continue to grow together.
The Yellowjackets have won 11 titles, so longtime coach Frank Orlando has some experience preparing a squad to defend a crown.. MiPrepZone