UM hoops lands commitment from Clarkston’s Currie

David Goricki
The Detroit News

Clarkston big man Taylor Currie made things tough for Mr. Basketball runnerup Xavier Tillman in the Class A state championship game this past March at the Breslin Center and it definitely caught the eye of Michigan coach John Beilein.

Beilein offered the 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward Currie, who accepted the offer Thursday and became Michigan's first commit for the 2019 class. Currie confirmed his commitment on Twitter.

Currie definitely had the biggest game of his sophomore year in the 75-69 state title game win over Grand Rapids Christian. He scored 16 points, making 7-of-10 shots from the field while grabbing 10 rebounds.

Tillman, 6-8 and 260 pounds, will be playing this winter at Michigan State.

"If he's happy, I'm happy," said Clarkston coach Dan Fife of Currie's decision for Michigan, where Fife played at in the late 1960s and early '70s.

Currie’s teammate, Clarkston point guard Foster Loyer will also be playing at MSU, but not before teaming up with Currie again next winter to try and earn a repeat state title for coach Dan Fife.

Currie, who transferred in at Clarkston after playing his freshman year in Ohio, earned All-North second-team honors by The Detroit News.

"When kids move into a new school, the adjustment is tough," Fife said. "It's all about where do they fit in, how do they fit. It took him a while.

"He really improved and he'll grow because he's not opposed to hard work. He's learning all the time and as he gets more comfortable, he'll get that much better. Like most kids in high school I think he needs to increase his motor, play a little harder, a little more physical. I know he'll get better at that."

Michigan also offered 2019 Detroit Old Redford guard Mark "Rocket" Watts Jr., according to his Twitter.

Currie is ranked the No. 91 prospect and Watts No. 99 in the 2019 class by Scout.com.