Warren named one of state's top 100 players

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Spring Lake’s Mike Warren, a junior at Fruitport Calvary Christian High School, was recently named one of the top 100 prep basketball players in the state of Michigan by Detroit Free Press preps writer Mick McCabe.

McCabe listed his top 50 players in order, with Rochester senior James Young sitting atop the list.

The next 50 are given in alphabetical order.

Warren, a 6-6 forward, opened a lot of eyes on the club basketball circuit this summer, according to his father and coach, Jim Warren.

“He turned a lot of heads during AAU season in Detroit, Cleveland and Mt. Pleasant,” Jim Warren said.

The younger Warren scored 35 points and ripped down 12 rebounds in his team’s win over Kalamazoo Heritage Christian last Friday.

Rockford’s 5-9 senior guard Chad Carlson sits at No. 31 on McCabe’s list, while Muskegon senior Juwan Martin is 40th.

Also earning spots in the top 100 are Rockford’s Chase Fairchild, Montague’s Brandon Moore, Holland Christian’s Kyle Steigenga, Hudsonville Unity Christian’s Ryan Wassink, and Tri-Unity Christian’s Joey Blauwkamp.

On Monday, Fruitport Calvary Christian used an 11-0 run during the second quarter to pave the way for a 62-44 victory over Providence Christian.

The Eagles led by just a single point  after the first quarter, and led by four points before reeling off 11 in a row.

“It was 15-14 we were ahead after the first quarter, and we really were not playing very good half-court defense,” coach Jim Warren said. “Our press rescued us in the second quarter.”

Mark Carlson had 11 point, including a 3-pointer, during the Eagles’ big second quarter. He finished with 16 points, four assists and three steals.

Michael Warren led Calvary Christian with 25 points and 19 rebounds. Drew Maine added seven assists.

Jim Warren said his team needs to find out a way to come out and play better from the start.

“We have several Monday games, and it’s hard to get up to play on Monday, but we have to find better intensity to start the games,” he said. “We have a big league game against Holland Calvary Christian next Monday. They were tied for the league title last year.”

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