Harrison boys hoops looking to make final season one to remember

By: Zachary Manning | Farmington Press | Published February 11, 2019

 Farmington Hills Harrison senior Trenton Ramsey goes up for a layup in a game against Oxford High Jan. 4. At press time, the Hawks were 6-8 overall and 3-6 in the OAA Blue Division.

Farmington Hills Harrison senior Trenton Ramsey goes up for a layup in a game against Oxford High Jan. 4. At press time, the Hawks were 6-8 overall and 3-6 in the OAA Blue Division.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

 Junior Maxwell Martin passes the ball up the court. The Hawks’ next game is at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at home against North Farmington.

Junior Maxwell Martin passes the ball up the court. The Hawks’ next game is at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at home against North Farmington.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

FARMINGTON HILLS — In its last season as a program, the Farmington Hills Harrison boys basketball team is trying to leave a legacy.

Throughout the season, coach Jarrell Hogan and the team have been talking about leaving a mark on one of the most accomplished athletic programs in the state.

At press time, the Hawks were 6-8 overall and 3-6 in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division. Those six wins are the most since 2015-16, when they collected eight wins.

However, Hogan is hopeful that his team can get past the eight-win mark and reach double-digit wins for the first time since 2012-13.

“Leave a legacy. Get your name on the wall. Put a banner up, even if they’re going to take it right down. That’s been our thing,” Hogan said. “Leave your imprint on what is already, in my eyes, the most historic school, obviously for football purposes, in Michigan history. Just leave a little legacy on the basketball side too.”

To leave that legacy, the Hawks have been looking to their seniors for leadership and production. London Young and Trenton Ramsey have stepped up and played significant roles for the team this year.

Hogan said Ramsey is one of the team’s best shooters and a very good defender, while Young is averaging over 20 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Outside of those two, Harrison has been getting solid minutes from senior Alfred Hollie and junior Maxwell Martin.

Hogan said Hollie has played well at point guard, using his quickness, IQ and defensive awareness to carve out a role on the team, while also noting that Martin is the ultimate hustle guy, who rebounds, dives for loose balls and takes charges.

“As a leader of the team, I try to push everyone, try to make sure everyone excels, everyone gets better. Not just to win, but to make themselves better as a person on the court and off the court,” Young said.

Down the stretch of the season, Hogan wants his team to work toward playing its best basketball heading into districts. Harrison will open district play Feb. 27 against the winner of Pontiac High and Pontiac Notre Dame Prep. Clawson High, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood and district host Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day are on the other side of the bracket.

Harrison likes to apply pressure, force turnovers and get easy baskets. When the Hawks are doing all of those things at a high level, Hogan believes his team can make a run in the playoffs.

Should the team make that run, the players know it would be special, especially in the program’s last season. It’s something that would help cement the legacy they are trying to leave.

“To me, personally, when I come here and I play basketball, I don’t just want to play — I want to win. I want to succeed. I want to bring everyone with me and lead us on a road trip to victory,” Young said.

Catch the Hawks against North Farmington at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at home.