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Ajami already excited about becoming a Warrior July 28, 2007

Posted by City Hoops in profiles, Wayne State.
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Stout guard wants a WSU national championship

By Shawn Wright

Mike Ajami has yet to put on a Wayne State uniform but already feels like a Warrior.

The 6-foot-1 guard, who played with three future teammates at the MHSFCA All-Star game, is already getting fired up — and firing up his teammates.

“I told them before the game that this is one of many to come,” Ajami said of his WSU East All-Star teammates. “I’m ready to go get it done [for Wayne State], hopefully win a national championship there and get the program back on track.”

Normally, these would be lofty aspirations for an incoming freshman, but Ajami has the track record to prove that he’s a competitor.ajami.jpg

At Dearborn High School, Ajami won the team leadership award his senior season and was voted the Pioneers’ MVP.

Off the field, Ajami fits the description of a student-athlete, having been voted to the Academic All-State Team and finishing his high school career with a 3.4 grade point average.

Ajami had already seen one of his future teammates before the All-Star game, competing against Mike Moynihan’s Allen Park Jaguars a total of four times in two years — the biggest coming when the two faced off in the first round of last year’s state semifinals.

The former adversaries will now work together for the common good of Wayne State.

“We’ve been going at it for awhile,” Ajami said of Moynihan. “But since then I’ve become friends with him, [fellow WSU East All-Stars] Joe Long and Zach Easterly — I’m ready to go to battle with these guys.”

Ajami insists that he’s nobody special, but according to East All-Star head coach Drake Wilkins, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

“All of these kids are super kids,” Wilkins said referring to the WSU class. “It’s a coach’s dream and I’ve been coaching for awhile. Wayne State has some talented kids that they’re getting and you couldn’t ask for a better group.”

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