January 15, 2009

Video: Gibson, Kearney shine bright for Jungaleers

DETROIT - When it comes to basketball in the City of Detroit, Pershing High is the team that has set the standard for everyone else to follow during the 2008-2009 season. Not far behind, however, is another Public School League program in Southeastern, which is fast becoming a powerhouse program under the guidance of second-year head coach Mark White, who built Detroit Renaissance into a giant during the earlier part of the decade.

Last season, the Jungaleers were paced by Rivals250 football star Fred Smith, diminutive point guard Kimani Boynton, and an emerging underclassman wing in Brandan Kearney.

Smith, who just finished his freshman season at Michigan State, was the go-to player for Southeastern last winter. One year later, Kearney has stepped up nicely into the role vacated by Smith and Boynton has shown a steady hand guiding the attack.

The Jungaleers have also received a strong contribution from emerging big man Percy Gibson. The 6-foot-8 Gibson has been touted as a potential high-major big man for some time, and appears on track toward that end. If Gibson continues to develop the way at his current pace, the 2011 class in the state of Michigan could be a special one with Gibson and Detroit Country Day's Amir Williams vying for the title of the state's top big man.

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