Shortly after season’s end, Detroit Mercy men’s basketball coach Bacari Alexander said he expected all his non-seniors back. It remains to be seen whether he’ll get his wish.
In a curious Instagram post earlier this month, star forward Jaleel Hogan suggested he was transferring out of Detroit Mercy. That post has since been deleted, and a school spokesman said Friday that Hogan remains on the roster.
There’s no definitive word from the program on whether he’ll definitely return next season. An official could come soon, with finals and the semester wrapping up shortly.
Losing Hogan, a 6-foot-7, 260-pound forward from Mount Pleasant, would be a substantial blow for the Titans. He led the team in scoring (15.2) and was second in rebounds (5.8) this past season, might impressive when you consider he fouled out of 11 games.
Detroit Mercy was 8-23, 5-12 Horizon League in Alexander’s first season as head coach, and it loses star senior Chris Jenkins.
Still, substantial leap forward is possible, given the addition of Michigan transfer Kam Chatman next season, plus the continued development of talented players like Corey Allen, Josh McFolley, Gerald Blackshear and Malik Eichler, among others.
Detroit Mercy also is waiting on word from some of its top recruits, particularly a pair from Macomb Dakota, point guard Jermaine Jackson Jr. and forward Jack Ballantyne. A signing ceremony at Dakota originally was scheduled for Friday, but an athletic department spokesperson said it was postponed because not all family members were able to attend.
Jackson, a three-star, is the son of Detroit Mercy assistant coach Jermaine Jackson, so he would figure to be leaning toward the Titans. Jackson, however, told The News on Friday he hasn’t made his decision, and that Detroit Mercy, Oakland, Toledo, Duquesne and Colorado remain in the mix.
Ballantyne, a two-star, has plenty of Mid-American Conference interest, as well as some from Boston College.