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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Detroit Pershing PG Kahlil Felder latest addition to Oakland's 2013 class

Point guard Kahlil Felder became Oakland's third verbal commitment for the 2013 recruiting class Monday. And the point guard, whom ESPN says "will be an immediate impact player as soon as (Oakland coach Greg) Kampe puts the ball in his hands," should have a smooth transition.
The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Felder plays in an offense similar to Kampe's noted dribble-drive attack.
"He'll benefit well from it," Doughboys coach A.W. Canada said. "He's a natural scorer and he's hard to guard because he's physical."
Felder said it didn't take him long to choose Oakland over other potential suitors such as Eastern Michigan and Akron, adding that he's already bonded with Kampe.
"He'll push you," Felder said. "Me and him developed a good relationship."

Felder joins Westland John Glenn's Nick Daniels and Lansing Sexton's Jalen Hayes in the 2013 recruiting class.
"They said 'you have to come battle for minutes.' Nothing's given," Felder said.
Felder, who assumed the point position after Keith Appling departed for Michigan State, averaged 19 points and more than seven assists per game last season, according to Canada.
Felder said he spoke with Oakland coaches about the Golden Grizzlies' past point guards, including reigning national scoring champ Reggie Hamilton.
"I can score just as well as him," Felder said. "He's a good leader. I want to be better than him."
Canada said Felder readily studies game film in a effort to improve. He said Felder needs to become more vocal at the Division I level and more of a 3-point shooter. 
Felder has also played high school hoops against Oakland freshman Lloyd Neely, who starred for Detroit Crockett, earning "Mr. PSL" honors as the city's best senior last season.


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