Freshman look to make impact

Three incoming freshmen, Dante Williams, Korab Imami and Matt Poches, are looking to make an impact on Oakland University’s men’s basketball team.

“We recruited three very good players that we think will help our program,” said Greg Kampe , head coach.

Williams, a 6-foot-6 inch forward from Ann Arbor high school, received national attention from ESPN and gathered all-state honors. Colorado, Eastern Michigan and Providence, among others, scouted Williams, but he decided Oakland was the best fit for him.

“One of the main reasons I chose Oakland was for the location,” Williams said. “I’m close to home, so my family can come and see my games.”

Korab Imami, a 6-foot-10 inch center from Peje, Kosovo, has also been adjusting to the team, as well adjusting to living in the United States.

Last year, he attended Adelphi Christian Academy in South Carolina and gained scouting attention in the Converse Mo Mentorship All-Star Game in high school.

As an international student, Imami has found his teammates to be very helpful.

“I’m thankful to all the players, because all of them go out of their way to help,” Imami said. “In the first year that I was here, it was hard for me to adjust, but my host family and students have all been helping me.”

Poches is a 6-foot-4 inch guard from Hartland high school. Poches gathered all-state honors and earned a spot on the Detroit News Dream Team and was recognized by ESPN. He was also named Offensive Player of the Year and team MVP  at Hartland during his senior season.

“We like his tenacity,” Kampe said. “We like how hard he plays, we like that he’s single minded and (that he) sticks to the task.”

Kampe likes what he has seen so far from the freshman.

“We are looking forward to what the new players can do for us,” Kampe said.

The Grizzlies will host Spring Arbor in the O’ Rena on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.