Ferndale High boys basketball ranked in the state

By: Mark Vest | Woodward Talk | Published January 27, 2020

 FERNDALE — When Ferndale High boys basketball coach Juan Rickman was younger, an impressive regular-season record meant something.

FERNDALE — When Ferndale High boys basketball coach Juan Rickman was younger, an impressive regular-season record meant something.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

 Ferndale High sophomore Treyvon Lewis puts the ball up against Oak Park High earlier this season. At press time, the Eagles were 9-1 overall.

Ferndale High sophomore Treyvon Lewis puts the ball up against Oak Park High earlier this season. At press time, the Eagles were 9-1 overall.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

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FERNDALE — When Ferndale High boys basketball coach Juan Rickman was younger, an impressive regular-season record meant something.

But the 2020 version of Rickman is in a different place with his mindset.

Rickman’s primary aspiration is to make a deep run in the playoffs, with the regular season being a means to “try to make a run at the Breslin Center,” which is where the semifinals and finals take place.

Last season, Ferndale won the program’s first district championship since 2012. And while that is an accomplishment Rickman will take, he wants more than that for the Eagles.

“Trying to get prepared to make a good run at a state title,” Rickman said. “Everybody gets to go to the state tournament, so the record doesn’t matter. … I’ve been 17-3 and not made it out of the district before. I’ve been a top-five team and not made it out of the district before. You want to be able to put yourself in position to win a state championship.”

At press time, Ferndale was 4-5 overall and 3-1 in the Oakland Activities Association Red Division. With the quality of their schedule, the Eagles were ranked No. 4 in Division 2.

All of the Eagles’ losses have come against high-caliber competition, both in and out of state.

Ferndale’s one loss in the OAA Red came against Clarkston High, which has won a state title in two of the last three years.

“We have, unarguably, the hardest schedule in Michigan,” Rickman said.

Rickman’s ties to Ferndale could help make accomplishing lofty things for the program all the more special. Aside from friendships he has with former players, his dad played for the program in the 1970s.

Rickman, who is in his second season leading the program, would like to build on what has already been started.

“We made it to a regional championship last year,” Rickman said. “It’s all about legacy, though — the kids graduating, continuing to come back, and continuing to help the program. … Continuing to build it the right way.”

Some of the players who can help Ferndale achieve big things are seniors Colin Golson, Jayshawn Moore and Jaylen Daughtery, along with sophomore Treyvon Lewis.

Golson and Moore are transfers from Detroit East English Village Preparatory Academy, where Rickman coached prior to coming to Ferndale.

Although they were at Ferndale last year, this is their first season of eligibility with the program.

As for what the Eagles are capable of, Moore said, “sky’s the limit.”

Aside from what Ferndale can accomplish on the court, Rickman said that just about everyone on the team is on the honor roll. He noted that the program is trending in the right direction.

“The kids have developed; they can play,” Rickman said.

Up next, Ferndale plays at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at Lake Orion High.

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