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Drew Ellis covers Oakland University basketball for The Oakland Press. His news and notes keep you up to date with Golden Grizzlies men's basketball.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Grizzlies land Crockett star Lloyd Neely

Oakland recently secured a verbal commitment from Detroit Crockett senior power forward Lloyd Neely for 2012-13. Neely, 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, was an all-state selection last season after averaging 25 points and 14 rebounds per game.
Neely was considering University of Detroit, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan and Akron, according to his coach, Juan Rickman.
ESPN.com says Neely is undersized and gets himself into foul trouble, but he’s a good rebounder and he can finish below the rim.
“Neely is a tough, competitive but under sized power forward that can score inside and out when put in the right situations. He is a good rebounder but must develop his ball skills and extend his range along to aid him in reaching his potential.”
ESPN ranks Neely 70th at his position.
Neely plays for the Detroit Stars AAU team.
Neely was named to the Class B all-state team following his junior season alongside other Oakland pursuits in Patrick Lucas-Perry (Flint Powers), brother of guard Laval Lucas-Perry, and Denzel Valentine (Lansing Sexton), brother of guard Drew Valentine. Patrick Lucas-Perry opted for Pennsylvania and Denzel Valentine chose Michigan State.

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