Vince Baldwin Weighs In On Prep Hoops (part 2)

<p>In the final portion of my interview with Prep Spotlight&#8217;s Vince Baldwin, he discusses this past weekend&#8217;s game at the MLK Classic at Pontiac Northern between Romulus and Pershing. According to Vince, both <strong>Jerret Smith</strong> and <strong>Ronald Coleman</strong> acquitted themselves quite well.</p>

For those that missed part 1 of the interview discussing Joe Crawford and Malik Hairston, click here.

I got word Friday evening that Romulus would be playing a makeup game versus Pershing this past Saturday (in place of the cancelled meeting with Detroit Community High and sleper recruit Bruce Nelson.). Unfortunately it was at the same time as the Michigan vs. Michigan State game so I wasn’t able to make it. However, Vince was there and filled us in on the match-up between juniors Jabari Currie and Jerret Smith, as well as Ronald Coleman’s performance.


Jerret Smith
I understand you made it to the game against Romulus and Pershing this past weekend. Coach Witherspoon (Pershing's coach) has been telling me all season that Jabari Currie is every bit the player that Jerret Smith is. How did it play out on the court?

“Jabari, to me, probably has the natural talent that Jerret has. I just think that Jerret brings a different approach to the game than Jabari does. Right now Jerret Smith’s game is more mature, and he’s probably more competitive than Jabari. Jabari is more like… ‘lets just see what happens and as long as I play well, it’s all good.’ But Jerret really really wants to win and he really really wants to beat you. Romulus won the game 73-57 and Jerret won the head-to-head battle with Jabari. He finished with 16 points and 8 assists while Jabari had 12 points and 4 assists.”

Ronald Coleman
How did Ronald Coleman and Deshawn Sims perform?

“Ronnie did well. He blew the game open with 10 of his 18 points in the 4th quarter. Deshawn did ok. It wasn’t a great game for him. I’m expecting him to be a big time sophomore, but he kind of just ran up and down the floor and wasn’t the factor I thought he’d be.”

Tell me a little about Deshawn Sims’ game.

“He can shoot the ball pretty well for a 6-7 – 6-8 kid. He really likes the elbow jumpers. He even has 3-point range, but he’s not going to make a living out there. He’s a finesse forward that can bang at times, but prefers to be a face-up 4-man right now. He’s much more comfortable turning and facing from the free throw line and then driving past the defender then he is banging on the blocks right now.” (For those that missed my report on Deshawn last month, click here.)

Do you think Romulus is a legit contender for the state title this year?

“I think that when they bring their ‘A’ game, they’re a team that’s going to have to be reckoned with. But they are going to run into some problems. I think when they get D’Anthony Granberry back after the semester break, he’ll add another weapon to them. But they are going to have to step up their offensive production if they are going to compete with Detroit Denby, Lansing Everett, and Detroit Redford for the state championship in class A. That said, coming from the region that they may come from, they are going to have just as good a chance as those other 3 teams because I don’t think they are going to have to face a major team until the regionals.”

For more from Vince Baldwin, visit him at PrepSpotlight.com.


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