Michigan Basketball Commitment Updates: Livers Rolls, Brooks Done

Chris Balas, Senior Editor
TheWolverine.com
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Power forward

4 STARS

Michigan
Kalamazoo

RR:

Ht: 6'8.0"

Wt: 210.0

Class: 2017

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POSITION

NATIONAL

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Commitment status:

verbal

Michigan

Michigan’s Mr. Basketball and U-M signee Isaiah Livers is having a good month. In addition to being voted the best senior in the state, Livers’ Kalamazoo Central team is rolling at the right time.

Livers was honored today downtown Detroit after winning the Hal Schram Mr. Basketball award. He told TheWolverine.com it was a dream come true.

“I am honored to receive such an award,” he said. “I’m ready to get a state title and continue my career at Michigan.”

The latter is assured; the former is a work in progress. Livers helped lead the Maroon Giants to a 69-50 regional semifinal win over Holt March 13, the fourth straight Class A regional semifinal for the program, with 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Eighth-ranked Central (20-3) then beat No. 2 East Lansing (24-0) two days later.

“I’ve been on varsity for four years, and I can tell that these guys want it bad,” Livers said of his teammates. “They felt bad for me when I lost the last three years, and I think there’s a lot more fight and a lot more heart. No disregard to the other guys, but they just have it.”

Livers notched a double double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Michigan junior target and East Lansing standout Brandon Johns scored only seven points in the loss.

Central will face Grand Rapids Christian in the Class A state quarterfinals on Tuesday at Lansing Eastern High School.

The win gave K-Central its first regional title since the Maroon Giants won back-to-back Class A state titles in 2010 and 2011. They’ve won districts the past four years.

In Spring Grove (Penn.), signee Eli Brooks led his team to the school’s first two state tournament wins in program history. He made two free throws with just under 25 seconds to play to give the Rockets the a 49-48 win over West Scranton.

"It's one of those things I've been preaching to this group of guys for a long time," Rockets head coach James Brooks told the York Dispatch. "It's one of those things nobody can take away from us."

Brooks scored 26 points for Spring Grove, pulling one point behind York Catholic's Jacob Iati for the No. 2 spot on the YAIAA boys' basketball career scoring list, to lead a second win, 65-55 over East Stroudsburg North. Brooks played well on a gimpy ankle.

The Rockets advanced to a PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal but lost to Archbishop Wood Sunday. Brooks scored 16 points in his last game and finished his career with 2,426 career points.

The Spring Grove crowed serenaded him with chants of ‘thank you, Eli.’

"Just being able to say that we did these things, especially 10, 15 years from now, that we'll be remembered for all the firsts that we accomplished at Spring Grove," Brooks told the Dispatch.

For a great column on his career, click here: Eli Brooks



Point guard

3 STARS

Michigan
Spring Grove

RR:

Ht: 6'1.0"

Wt: 165.0

Class: 2017

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POSITION

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NATIONAL

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STATE

Commitment status:

verbal

Michigan

Finally, signee Jordan Poole and his La Porte (Ind.) La Lumiere team will play in the Dick's Nationals starting March 30 with a chance to win the prep national championship. He is averaging 14 points per game for the country's No. 2 team.

Shooting guard

4 STARS

Michigan
La Porte

RR:

Ht: 6'4.0"

Wt: 185.0

Class: 2017

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POSITION

NATIONAL

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STATE

Commitment status:

verbal

Michigan

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