DETROIT, Mich. -- The Mustangs, led by head coach Dave Sichterman, received their second commitment of the 2013 class with the signing of former Livonia Franklin High School standout, Jake Barham. The former Franklin Patriot's signing gives the Mustangs added depth in the frontcourt as they look ahead to their second season of Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) play.
Barham, a 6'7" forward/center, will head to Marygrove Collge after taking a year off from basketball since graduating from Franklin in 2012. While attending Franklin, Barham piled up the accolades over the course of a successful three-year varsity career. As a sophomore, Barham helped lead the Patriots to a 2010 district championship before being named team captain over his final two seasons ('10-11 & '11-12).
As a senior, Barham was named to the Franklin Holiday Tourney's All-Tournament Team after helping the Patriots topple Dearborn Crestwood on 12/28/2011 with an impressive stat line of 20 points, 19 rebounds, and 4 assists. Barham gave the spectators an encore with a 20-point, 11-rebound effort the next day against South Lyon.
The holiday tournament – and solid season all around – led the 6'7" post player to becoming Franklin's Team MVP after averaging 11.8 PPG and 9.0 RPG (led team) over the course of his final campaign. The outstanding senior season culminated with Barham being named to the Kensington Lakes Activities Association (KLAA) All-Conference Team, All-Metro West Honorable Mention Team, and All-Area Third Team.
Coach Sichterman on Barham: Jake is a big a physical presence that plays with sound fundamentals and has a great touch around the basket. Being out a year, I think Jake will be hungry and motivated to play in 2013-14. If Jake continues to work on his strength and footwork, he will have an impact on our team very soon. I look forward to coaching Jake next season.