WEST BLOOMFIELD – The West Bloomfield Boys’ first year basketball coach Arnette Jordan intends to celebrate, honor, and build on the legacy of high quality basketball hoops offered by the Lakers program.
âI know the story, I know Tim Domke, I know Larry Moore and, of course, Coach (Jeremy) Denhaâ¦ I want to take up this rich tradition of talent and success that Lakers basketball has always had and then continue and keep it “Said Jordan.
During his time as a prep hoopster on the PSL at Detroit Cass Tech, Jordan played tough, efficient on the AAU circuit with a number of Domke-era players from the late 1980s and early 1990s when West Bloomfield hit Orchard Lake Road with and strong shooting squads that have completed several deep state tournaments. Domke died in the summer after suffering from cancer for a long time.
Jordan was an all-state point guard who led Cass Tech to the PSL championship in 1993 and then to a Class A Final Four appearance that same year. In college, he played at Georgetown and Jackson State and held assistant coaching positions at Oakland University and Kent State.
His early ’90s Cass Tech clubs often participated in extremely competitive off-season scrimmages at West Bloomfield, arranged by Domke and then Cass Tech trainer Robert Shannon.
“I remember the Domkes, that was West Bloomfield at its best,” said Jordan. âThese teams were fearless. We will honor Coach Domke in every way. “
Matt Domke, Tim’s son, was the point guard on the teams that fell in the Regionals against the national teams of Detroit Northern (1991, 1992) and Detroit Pershing (1993). He played at UD-Mercy and then at Grand Valley State.
Larry Moore’s Lakers teams from the early 2000s were also making noise. His 2003 squad earned a place in the Class A semifinals. Denha coached the Lakers into the 2017 Class A Final Four.
âWhen people in town (of Detroit) think of West Bloomfield, they think of die-hard kids who love basketball and love to strive for it. These are the kind of teams I want to coach, âsaid Jordan.
Jordan is part of an infusion of the PSL pedigree into the OAA Red, arguably the best overall league in the state. Jordan’s last head coaching job was at Detroit Denby. Farmington just hired Derrick McDowell (Detroit Western, Detroit Redford) and Ferndale brought on Juan Rickman (Detroit East English Village) three years ago. Birmingham Groves hired Benny White (Detroit King) in 2018.
“We all know how to earn your stripes, you have to earn your stripes every night on the OAA Red, every property,” said Jordan. âOakland County and the OAA have a lot of great basketball ahead of them. It’s the old saying “iron sharpens iron”. We’ll live it. “