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Posted on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 : 10:16 a.m.

Pair of Huron basketball players achieve dream by signing letters of intent, and more local signings

By Matt Durr


Huron's Mike Lewis averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds per game during his senior season for the River Rats, who won four straight district championships during his career. Lewis will play for Wayne State University next year.

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Huron High School basketball players Mike Lewis and Devin Talley have more in common than just being student-athletes at Huron.

Both played on teams that reached the final four in the state basketball tournament — Lewis in 2010 when the boys team reached the state finals, and Talley this past March when the girls team reached the semifinals.

Both spent their senior season leading teams that won conference and district titles. And now, both have achieved a lifelong goal of playing college basketball next year.

“With all God’s blessing and with all the help from people around me, I’m just lucky that I’m getting to live out my dream,’ said Lewis, who earned a full scholarship to Wayne State University. “It was kind of like ‘whoa.’ I’m just kind of overwhelmed that this is really happening. I was excited. I was thankful.”

Lewis averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds per game this season for the River Rats, who won four straight district championships during Lewis' career.

“The time at Huron is indescribable. It's an unreal thing. I have brothers there. I still talk to the guys that graduated last year, two years ago, three years ago,” Lewis said.

While being recruited, Lewis said that once he arrived at Wayne State’s campus, he knew that’s where he wanted to continue his career.

“I just felt like it was the right decision. I felt like going there I would have a really good chance to succeed. It was a really tough decision,” he said.


Devin Talley, who began her high school basketball career at Ypsilanti before transferring to Huron, averaged 10.3 points per game as she led the River Rats to the Class A state semifinals. She will play for Roosevelt University in Chicago next year.

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For Talley, the decision was not as difficult. When she toured the campus of Roosevelt University in Chicago, she said she immediately felt like she was already home.

“I felt like I was one of the players on the team already,” Talley said.

It was home that was on her mind the day she decided to accept the full scholarship offer from Roosevelt.

“It was one of my goals because I didn’t want my parents to have to worry about paying for me to go to school,” Talley said. “I was extremely happy and relieved. I was thanking God and my family for helping me get to that point. I feel very thankful.”

Helping lead her team to the state semifinals, Talley averaged 10.3 points per game for the River Rats before the team lost to Grosse Pointe South 44-41. It was the end to a long road for Talley, who began her basketball career in Ypsilanti. After her freshman season, Talley said she decided to transfer to Huron to get a better education and improve as a player.

“It was bittersweet, it was really tough, but in the end, it made me better,” Talley said. “Coming to Huron and playing for Steve (Vinson, Huron’s head coach) has made me a better player and person.”

After arriving at Huron, Vinson pushed Talley to improve her game and was hard on her at times. Talley, however, said she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I liked that because that’s how my dad is. It makes me work even harder. It made me want to do better,” she said.

Much like Talley, Lewis, too, said his coach (Waleed Samaha) was a big influence on him.

“He meant a lot to my development. I had a lot talks with him about leadership and my role. He always pushed me to be the best I could be,” Lewis said. “He was always such a big supporter of everything I did. He helped me develop as a player and a person.”

While neither achieved the ultimate goal of winning a state title, both can agree that being a part of the school has been a positive experience that helped them achieve an individual goal.

“Huron basketball is basically a family. We support each other on and off the court,” Talley said.


Michael Smutney, Saline: The 6-8 Smutney will attend Lake Superior State University. Smutney was a standout for the Hornets this season, averaging 13 points per game.

Jiles Neely, Milan: Has committed to play at Spring Arbor University next season.

Austin Elam, Milan: Elam will stay in Washtenaw County to play for Concordia University.

Andre Duffin, Milan: Will continue his career at Siena Heights University. Duffin was instrumental in helping Milan capture its first outright Huron League conference championship since 1984.

Andre Bond, Huron: Committed to Northwood University in November. The 6-foot-1-inch Bond was the starting point guard for the River Rats and averaged 13 points, four assists and four rebounds per game in his senior season.

Kendall Thomas, Huron: Thomas will play for Siena Heights next year. Thomas scored just more than nine points per game this season despite battling a serious back injury.

Jared Weeks, Huron: The 6-7 Weeks has committed to Kalamazoo College.


Logan Sims, Huron: Sims will attend the University of Missouri-St. Louis. In her final year at Huron, Sims averaged 8.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

Angela Broggi, Gabriel Richard: Will play for Adrian College next season.

Sirah Camara, Dexter: Camara will continue her career at Siena Heights.


Following is a list of local athletes also scheduled to make college commitments in sports other than basketball on National Signing Day.


Maddie Phillips, Saline: Siena Heights

Kristina Veal, Saline: Siena Heights

Sarah Silvasi, Dexter: Valparaiso University

Laura Heath, Milan: Taylor (Ind.) University

Sarah Falvey, Father Gabriel Richard: United States Air Force Academy


Annemarie Fischer, Gabriel Richard: Denison University

Marissa Owen, Saline: Hillsdale College


Colin Cerdena, Saline: Vassar College

Brad Harris, Saline: University of Detroit

Dylan Swanson, Pioneer: Detroit

Charlie Zeigler, Pioneer: Beloit College

David Foster, Pioneer: Alma College

Jacob Winnick, Pioneer: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Michael Ramos, Gabriel Richard: Albion College


Cheyenne Brierley, Milan: Eastern Michigan University

MacKenzie Quinn, Milan: Lake Erie College

Dray Garrett, Milan: Detroit

Kirsten Plasters, Milan: Spring Arbor


Nick Dennis, Huron: Nigata Sangyou University (Japan)

Aleksandar Petrovic, Huron: University of the Pacific

Charlie Maher, Huron: West Valley College

Atolo Tuinukuafe, Huron: West Valley

Aaron Tissack, Huron: University of Michigan (Club Team)


Drew Barnes, Dexter: Alma

Shawn Chamberlain, Dexter: Muskegon CC

James Andrews, Ypsilanti: Bowling Green State University

Anthony Simmons, Ypsilanti: Kettering University


Stephanie Antonetti, Pioneer: Denison


Max Benson, Pioneer: Center (Ind.) College

Mitchelle Salke, Pioneer: Michigan


Travis Maezes, Pioneer: Michigan

Sean Winkelseth, Ypsilanti: Wayne State


Emily Bearman, Ypsilanti: Concordia


Jennifer Ho, Saline: Colgate University



Fri, Apr 13, 2012 : 12:59 p.m.

Way to go River Rats!!!!!


Fri, Apr 13, 2012 : 2:29 a.m.

Looks like Huron has it rolling in sports these days. 5 scholarship players on the water polo team? 4 on the basketball team.