Michigan State Reps attend official State Qualifier tournaments to award Golden Ticket invites to the top two finishing teams at each grade and to answer any questions from coaches and families. Please say "hello" when you see them!
Xavier grew up in Saginaw MI, where he attended and played basketball at Saginaw Heritage High School. He continued his basketball career on scholarship Hesston College in South Central Kansas. Xavier’s love for sports brought him back to Michigan where he attended Central Michigan University and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management and a Master's Degree in Sports Administration. Following graduation, he worked with the Detroit Pistons, Global basketball Inc., served as a youth head basketball coach, and spent time as a basketball scout. Xavier currently resides in Midland MI, where he works for the Michigan Department of Corrections parole unit. He lives happily with his wife, Shonda Sanders, and their dog, King.
Jacob is originally from Oswego, Illinois but currently lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He graduated from Eureka College in 2019 where he earned a BS in Business Administration and Sports Management. He played for Oswego High School all four years and played his freshman year at Eureka College on the men’s basketball team before switching over to coaching. He spent his final two years in college on the sidelines, where the team saw back-to-back conference tournament appearances, and its first ever NCAA Division III Tournament appearance. He is currently a Marketing Consultant but wants to stay around the game he grew up loving. In his free time, he loves to hang out with his fiancé, dog and cat, watch basketball, play video games with his friends and visit his family in Illinois.
Jessica was born in Mineral Point , WI, where she led Mineral Point High School to its first state title in 2016. She then became a starting center for Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI for four consecutive years. She was an all conference offensive and defensive player and was named Female Athlete of the Year at Northern Michigan University her senior year. She is pursuing a career in Veterinary Technology and has aspirations to either continue playing basketball at the next level or coaching youth and/or high school girls basketball. Jessica loves animals and you can find her reading or catching the sunrise and sunset in her free time!
John grew up in Detroit, MI and played basketball throughout his grade school years in the DPS league. Once graduating high school, he relocated to Jackson, MI and attended Jackson College to study Auto Technology and Business Management. John has been a lifelong Detroit Pistons fan and he currently coaches both boys and girls youth basketball teams in the Mid-Michigan area. John is also a first year PA announcer for the Northwest Girls JV Basketball team. Outside of his role as a State Rep, John's hobbies include riding roller coasters and weekend trips to amusement parks and attending various financial and marketing classes. He volunteers his time by coaching, refereeing and anything else he can do to keep the youth involved with basketball and sports in general. John is also a franchise partner at a local fast food restaurant in Jackson, MI and President of a Mid Michigan youth sports company helping youth learn and develop basketball skills and a love for basketball. John loves to go camping and his dream is to travel around the country to see the Detroit Pistons play in every arena, travel the world and ride the top roller coasters in every amusement park.
Kenny grew up around the Holland and Grand Rapids area. He played basketball from 3rd grade until his senior year of high school and has also coached a couple recreational teams and one team won the championship! After graduating, his love for basketball deepened. Kenny played basketball anytime he could. Pick up basketball, 3on3 tournaments, men's adult league and even local mini tournaments. He watches as much basketball as possible and is a huge NBA fan. His hobbies include: of course basketball, weightlifting, music, comedy, football and helping to develop young athletes. He also has interest in being a leader and loves math and reading.
Emily graduated from Okemos High School in 2016 and Alma College in 2020 with a bachelor of science in Integrative Physiology and Health Science (Go Scots!). She played basketball for approximately 10 years, assisted with Coach Carlton Valentines camps throughout high school as a camp counselor for ages 6-13 where she coached and refereed for Okemos recreational league for 2nd through 6th graders. Currently, she travels the state of Michigan for COVID-19 testing and vaccines. She drives from Charlevoix all the way to Detroit. She will be returning to school in January to become an RN. She loves spending time with her family (she has a huge family, there are nine kids including herself) outside of her busy work schedule.
Marcus has been around basketball since early in his childhood. When he was around five years old his father would take him to his adult recreational basketball games and he knew he loved it. After that, he lived for basketball. He attended basketball camps all over the state as a teen. In high school he led his team to a state regional championship. After graduating from Wayne State University, Marcus became a teacher. Coinciding with teaching he has coached high school basketball and football and youth basketball. Marcus is a husband and father of three kids, so he has a true understanding of the importance of teaching integrity and sportsmanship through basketball. It's not just a game, it's a way of life.
Born and raised in Battle Creek, MI, Dareka was a 3 year varsity player for Battle Creek Central High School Girls Basketball Team, she earned high honors her senior year as MVP, All City-All Conference in 2010. She was also the captain of the team her senior year. Her sportsmanship, determination and effort led her to continue her education and basketball career at Kellogg Community College where she earned post-conference honors from the Michigan Community College Athletic Association, averaging 11.9 points and 13.5 rebounds per game. Dareka enjoys coaching, holidays, sports, and spending time with family. Her goal is to one day have her own gym and manage a league where players can always have a place to play basketball. She is currently a student at Western Michigan University, pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management and will graduate in the Fall 0f 2022!
Ismael is from Southgate, MI and currently lives in Midtown Detroit. He is currently a student at Wayne State University majoring in Sports Management with a minor in Criminal Justice. Ismael has coached 14 & under girls and boys teams and he has experience refereeing youth basketball and soccer. When he is not refereeing, basketball and football are his favorite sports to watch. Outside of work and school, Ismael enjoys weightlifting and sports cars.
Warda is from Chicago Illinois where basketball is the most popular topic, no matter what level it is. Warda began playing basketball in middle school and played throughout high school at Glenbard West where she graduated from in 2017. She then went on to play at the Junior College level at College of DuPage and was the leading rebounder and team captain her sophomore year. Warda also managed the men's program at DuPage for one year. As far as being a fan, growing up in Chicago, she has always been a Chicago Bulls fan. Outside of her role as a State Rep, she attends Western Michigan University and is majoring in Sports Management with hopes of working for the NBA or becoming a college coach. Her hobbies include working out, yoga, cooking and shopping. She also enjoys listening to music and her favorite artist is NBA Youngboy.
Dareka was born and raised in Battle Creek, MI and was a three year varsity player for Battle Creek Central High School Girls Basketball Team. Her senior year she earned MVP, All City, All Conference and was team captain her senior year. After high school she continued her basketball career at Kellogg Community College and earned post-conference honors from Michigan Community College Athletic Association while averaging 11.9 points and 13.5 rebounds per game. She enjoys coaching, spending time with family, holidays and watching sports. Her goal is to own her own gym and manage a league so players always have a place to play basketball. Dareka is currently a student at Western Michigan University pursuing a degree in Sports Management and will graduate in the fall of 2022.
Janae was born in Saginaw, MI and attended Arthur Hill High School. She then went on to attend Northwood University and studied Entertainment and Sports Management. She has been playing basketball since she was three years old. She played in elementary, middle school and high school. Janae also refereed on the weekends in high school through the Saginaw Public School District. She is now the freshman coach and varsity assistant at Saginaw Heritage High School. In her free time she helps the youth in her area learn the basic fundamentals of basketball. Outside of her role as a State Rep, she is a videographer and designer in the Saginaw and the co-founder of a small music business with her brother.
Daelyn was born and raised in Saginaw, Mi. She played basketball throughout her early education on AAU teams and into highschool at Heritage High School. Daelyn graduated form Central Michigan University in 2021 with a bachelor of science in Biology. Currently she is pursuing a career in dentistry to become a pediatric dentist. During the summers she volunteers as a youth basketball coach for elementary and middle school children. Outside of her role as a State Rep, Daelyn loves to hang out with friends and family, travel and watch sports.
Chibunna grew up in Detroit Michigan and attended Orchard Lake St. Mary's where he played basketball for four years. Winning two district and two regional championships his junior year and senior year and was All-League his senior year. Chibunna went on to play college basketball at Oakland Community College and in his second season was named Honorable Mention All-League. Then continued playing at Edinburg University of Pennsylvania for two years. Chibunna is also a comedian and hosts a weekly comedy show in Detroit and also wrote a comic book that is in the process of being published.