Mason joins CSU's 2011 class that includes Charles Lee (5-8, PG), Anton Grady (6-8, PF), and Tre' Brown (6-5, WG).
Cleveland State Stays in the Great Lakes
Inside Prep Sports
Over the years, Cleveland State has had succes in recruiting Michigan players. Monday night, one of Detroit's better players made a commitment.
6'6" 2011 forward Marlin Mason of Detroit Cass Tech committed to the Vikings. While he's still raw, he plays above the rim, and has a knack for rebounding, and blocking shots. Mason has power forward traits but shows signs of developing into either a skilled four-man or small forward in recent fall open gyms and in this past summer with his AAU team, Southfield Transition 17u. He also helped lead Cass Tech into the Detroit Public School League playoffs for the first time under head coach Dave Dixon.
Southfield Transition's program director, Dez Denam, and 17u coach said this about Marlin, "He's a true athletic, blue collar, and intelligent basketball player. He's worked himself into what he's earned."
Marlin unofficially visited Central Michigan in the past month and had strong looks and offers from other Horizon League, Mid-American Conference, and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference programs.
By TJ Kelley
http://blog.mlive.com/highschoolbasketb ... niors.html
Two of top 10 unsigned seniors take step towards NCAA March ambition
Published: Tuesday, October 05, 2010, 10:43 PM Updated: Tuesday, October 05, 2010, 11:56 PM
Stephen Bell Stephen Bell
When we look back on college teams whose unanticipated sublime performances have made the NCAA Tournament the true beautiful game, the names Cleveland State and Bucknell ring out.
It was Cleveland State, with NYC playground legend Mouse McFadden at the point and the ill-fated Kevin Mackey coaching, beating Bobby Knight's No. 3 seed IU before reaching the 1986 Sweet 16. Michigan native and current Cleveland State coach Gary "What Has Tommy Amaker Ever Done?" Waters is a Mr. Mid-Major March himself. His Kent State team made the Sweet 16 in 2001 (then after Waters had left for Rutgers, Stan Heath took over and the Michigan core of Antonio Gates, Trevor Huffman and Andrew Mitchell went one round farther). Teams in the Horizon are working hard to be a consistent second-bid team behind Butler. Like Detroit did with Ray McCallum Jr., Cleveland State kept pace with the commitment of local star Anton Grady. Now the Vikings add a commitment from 6-foot-6 Detroit Cass Tech senior Marlin Mason. He'll be the physical, athletic, hustle complement to the other forward Grady. His strength, ups and motor may call to mind another Michigan alumnus who excelled at Cleveland State, Flint Northern's J'Nathan Bullock.
Another top 10 uncommitted pledge comes from 6-7 Petoskey senior Cory Starkey to Bucknell. He and Mason are very similar. They like to assert their athletic and physical advantages, blocking shots, dunking, going hard and taking hits. The style and approach to their games represent well the most admirable traits of their basketball birth route, Detroit and Northern Michigan.
Bucknell's 15 minutes of hoop fame went on the clock with a first-round, last-minute ko of No. 3 seed Kansas in 2005, then ended after another first-round win in 2006. The Bison are assembling the talent to get back to the Tournament. Bucknell already has a gifted guard in Cameron Ayers and 6-10 Mike Muscala, and Starkey will give it another player whose talent is way above average for the Patriot League.
Starkey will join two other Michigan alumni in the Patriot. Former De La Salle center Kevin McCarthy is a freshman at Lehigh, where Traverse City St. Francis' Holden Greiner is a sophomore returning to the rotation of the league's 2010 NCAA entry.
Talk about knowing your recruiting niche. Bucknell has offered another Emmet County kid, Pellston junior guard Christopher Hass, while Cleveland State has one out for Mason's Cass Tech teammate, senior guard Kris Fulwood-Davis. KFD also has an offer from Northeastern, while Hass is being recruited by Davidson, Wisconsin, Oakland, Central Michigan and Western Michigan.