I strolled into Romulus high school last Friday to speak with Coach Nate Oats about his thoughts about the upcoming season. Our conversation moved to Devin Searcy and he almost couldn't hold in his excitement saying, “he is good now, but he is going to get better.”. Devin Searcy has the potential to be one of the top players in the entire 07 class. He is a young player with a lot of untapped ability. He runs the floor extremely well, rebounds, blocks shots, can finish on the break, and is very athletic. Did we mention that he is 6’9? He has been working in the weight room to get bigger (he's about 215 lbs.) and stronger. After transferring from Detroit Cass Tech to Romulus the young simply can’t wait to show everyone what he can do.
GBW spoke with Devin earlier this week and he indicated that he planned to be at the Maize and Blue scrimmage Saturday. We also discussed how he feels about Michigan, the other schools that are recruiting him, and being a new kid on the block.
You have been up to a couple of open gyms at Michigan. Did you enjoy them?
"I enjoyed the open gyms a lot. They helped me with my confidence. If I can play with those guy’s I can play with anybody."
Which players impressed you when you went up there?
What do you like about Michigan’s program?
"The atmosphere, the players and Coach Amaker."
Can tell us a little more about Coach Amaker?
"Yeah. He seems to be the kind of coach that will push me to get to where I want to be, and that’s the league (NBA). More importantly, he seems to be someone that will be a mentor to me. Also, they make the game simple and not complicated like a lot of other schools."
On a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being low and 5 being high, where does Michigan rank?
"I like Michigan a lot and they are a 5 on my list."
Can you give us some of the university’s that are recruiting you?
How are you doing in school?
"I am doing real well right now. I am carrying a 3.9.
Have you set any goals for yourself for this basketball season?
"Yes. To dominate the glass, work hard, and do whatever it takes to win a state championship."
Can you describe what it is like to play with point guard Jerret Smith?
"In one word…. Leader."
How has he helped you?
"I didn’t click with him right away, but now getting to know him more…he is a leader. I respect him more now and he is like a big brother to me. Jerret has a goal for everybody and that is he wants everyone this season to be on the same page."
Tell me a little about your new teammate, Dominique Buckley (one of the top freshmen in the class of 2008)?
"He has great court vision, can shoot very well, and when he puts it all together he is going to be really nice."
Give me a list of players in and out of state you are impressed with from the class of 2007?
GBW will keep close tabs on Searcy's recruitment.