Milford hoops camp is a showcase of talent

David Goricki
The Detroit News

Milford — Orlando Little and Marlin Talley were among dozens of players trying to catch the eye of college coaches during in the seventh annual Reaching Higher camp at Milford High on Wednesday.

“I love playing in this,” Little said of the camp, attended by several college coaches. “I’ve come for the past two years and it’s a lot of fun. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity.”

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Little is being recruited by Central Michigan, Western Michigan and Kent State, but has yet to receive an offer. A guard/forward, he averaged 13 points last season as Kalamazoo Central reached the Class A regional championship.

“I like the drills and use them for my personal game,” Little said.

Former Detroit star and Magic player Willie Green talked to the players, as did Michigan’s NCAA compliance officials Elizabeth Heinrich. The players then had short team practice and went through different drills before playing several games.

Little, who will be a senior, played on a team with Talley, son of former Michigan player Michael Talley.

“I’ve come to this ever since I’ve been at Eastern Michigan,” coach Rob Murphy said. “There are quality players in all different classes and it’s always good to see young talent competing.”

Talley is a guard who will be a junior at Ypsilanti Community. He averaged eight points, three rebounds and three assists last season as Community reach the Class A quarterfinals.

While he believes he has learned a lot from his father and Community coach Steve Brooks, Talley was happy to put his talent up against a host of talented players.

“You can learn from different players who have different moves or different things in their arsenal that you don’t have,” Talley said. “And you can test your IQ against players who have a higher IQ or the same as you.”

Also attending the camp was Grand Ledge’s Josh Horford, the brother of Hawks star Al Horford and former Michigan center Jon Horford.

Josh Horford isn’t 6-10 like his brothers, but at 6-5, he’s an athletic forward and center entering his senior season. He is being recruited by Central Michigan and several Division II schools.

“There’s a lot of competition (at the camp),” said Horford, who averaged eight points and eight rebounds last season. “I feel my strength is probably getting to the rim and finishing, but I have to work on my outside shot and my dribbling a little more.”

Some of the top high school girls will be competing in the Reaching Higher camp at Milford on Thursday, July 23. Former Grosse Pointe North High and Notre Dame star Ariel Braker is among the guest speakers.