Craig Remsburg column: Nyquist sometimes overlooked

Thinking out loud:

-There are a lot of good high school boys basketball players in Superiorland this season.

One of the most highly-recognized and publicized is Negaunee senior point guard Tyler Jandron, and rightfully so.

The reigning Class ABC Player of the Year is having another banner season and has helped the Miners to a 15-1 record to date.

But a player often overlooked and under the radar is Marquette’s Andrew Nyquist. Also a point guard, he’s a major reason why the Redmen are 13-1

While Jandron can be flashy and explosive, Nyquist is steady and sets up plays. Both can take control of games, Jandron with his scoring and Nyquist with his passing.

Both would deserve spots on the Upper Peninsula Dream Team at the end of the season.

-The Westwood High School girls basketball team got off to a slow start this season. They were 2-5 early, frustrating head coach Kurt Corcoran to no end.

But his Patriots have won 10 of their last 11 games and are fighting Negaunee for the Mid-Peninsula Conference championship.

One of Westwood’s wins during the surge came Jan. 21 with a 31-30 decision over host Gwinn. Katie Rankinen threw a court-length pass to a streaking Elizabeth Dauphinais-VanBuren, who canned a layup at the buzzer.

-Maurice Cheeks should have known better than to have taken over the coaching reins of the Detroit Pistons before this season started. He was the team’s ninth coach since the 1999-2000 season.

Just 50 games into the current campaign, Cheeks was fired by team owner Tom Gores after posting a 21-29 record.

“It’s frustrating because we’re better than our record,” Gores said.

But while Cheeks had his problems – an argument with Piston Will Bynum the most recent – he’s no less culpable for the team’s poor performance than team president Joe Dumars.

How long will it be before Dumars is fired? The thought here is he’ll be gone as soon as the season ends, if not sooner.

-Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard is a member of the USA Olympic hockey team.

He’s not likely to get much playing time – if any – in the Sochi Winter Games behind Jonathan Quick and Ryan Miller. But while Howard may not like that, it would be OK.

He’ll have a chance to practice with the best U.S. players, sharpen his skills and rest his body for the Red Wings’ stretch run.

That would be important.

Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251. His email address is cremsburg@miningjournal.net.