August 20, 2009
Guess Who’s back? Back again…
Ok, so maybe he wasn’t gone that long! But the 2006 Flint Powers graduate, Matt Wittbrodt, will make his return to the “Great Lake State” this season at Northwood University in the fall. After spending the last three seasons at Eldon Academy (Petosky, Mich) and Ohlone College (Freemont, California) in the Bay Area of “Sunshine State,” he’s finally ready to showcase his talents in his own residence.
He says “I’m finally where I want to be skill-wise, I just have to show it!”
This type of attitude has propelled him to silence his critics as well bowlderize his past struggles. After receiving many offers from big-time universities while in high school, including Central Michigan University, a DUI he caught his senior year dimmed his buzz just a tidbit. Instead of letting the adversity get to him, “Witty” simply took his skills elsewhere and continued to make his mark.
With pin-point passes, yo-yo handles, and devastating quickness, Wittbrodt has drawn comparisons to Jason “White Chocolate” Williams (…in his Sacramento Kings days). This is why he will be suiting up for a respectable Division II program like the Northwood Timberwolves this season after being a ‘Renegade’ for the last two years.
Not only does “Witty” excel in the skill department of the sport, he’s also a student of the game, studying players like ”Pistol” Pete Maravich and Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway to help mold his style. Step into his room (…no homo) and you’ll feel as though you were in the Naismith Hall of Fame with all of the basketball paraphernalia clogging up his area. He has everything from autographed Penny Hardaway photos to Air Jordan IV’s in a glass case! He just loves the game!!
And did I forget to mention his swag? Sorry, I get off topic sometimes…But his swag is through the roof! You may catch him around the city rolling in his apple red 1999 Cadillac Deville with two 12′s in the trunk bumping some Dayton Family or Three 6 Mafia. Rapping word for word! You can’t teach that…it has to be in you.
Our relationship dates back to elementary school, when we raced at recess and “tied.” We still battle from time to time and I usually win (…just kidding). But on a rather serious note, expect Matt Wittbrodt to finally get his credit this year. After sharing the spotlight in high school with Laval Lucas Perry and Tom Herzog, he finally will be awarded the opportunity to compile his own list of luminary achievements.
August 14, 2009
Does he smoke? Never. Does he drink? Not a chance. He has to party
sometimes? Nope. And you sure he’s from Flint? Yes! All he enjoys doing is shooting a into a 10 foot goal post. That’s it! Literally. Figuratively. Or any other way you may want to classify it.
The game of basketball is as important to former 2004 Flint
Southwestern grad, as ice is to rapper Gucci Mane! But
Henderson’s ice isnt on the exterior, it’s in his veins. It propels him
to succeed with a competitive drive that is unmatched.
He stays immersed in the game, all of the time. All of his energy and
focus is put into improving on the hardwood. It’s not just a desire but more of an obligation for him to be good.
From weightlifting to shooting drills to conditioning…he gives it
110%! Although he does have a car of his own, He even walks (…around
!) to stay in shape. Shirt off and all. If you see him just wave.
If you haven’t seen Mike Henderson play then just picture this: Kobe Bryant‘s skills meets ‘s left-handed awkwardness with Dwight Howard’s blocking ability. That’s his game in a nutshell. You’re
pretty much at his mercy in other words.
You may be wondering how I know all of this? Well let’s just say that I’ve got the inside scoop from watching as well participating in workouts with Henderson throughout much of the new millenium. From small gyms to parks to pretty much anywhere with a basketball hoop, we have honed our skills there at some point. The only difference is that he kept improving while I’m here writing this post.
All of Henderson’s hard work paid off last season when he blossomed at St. Clair Community College averaging 17.8 buckets and 10.3 rebounds per game. Not bad for a kid who gave up his senior year of of high school elgibility at FSWA because of “creative differences?”
He’s played everywhere: Eldon Academy, Wayne State University, The Job Corps of Flint, multiple church leagues, the Pro-Am, and now he is finally in a position to shine this season. Playing his natural position, small forward, look for Henderson to shine bright at Fairmont State University. If you have never rooted for the underdog in your life then here is your flippin chance!
*click on the pic to view this post at It’s Just Sports on mlive.com!
August 11, 2009
This summer I attended my very first convention for the National Association of Black Journalists! It was in Tampa, Florida at the Convention Center from August 5-9. I had a blast and here are some of the sights from the event. Some of the guests included: Stuart Scott (ESPN), Roland Martin (CNN), LeBron James (NBA), Chris Rock (Comedian), and Nia Long (Actress).
Here are the photos: