Bank Hoops Players of the Week 3

Class A Player of the Week
Brennan Buszka 6-3 Jr Grosse Pointe South: He did a bit of everything to earn MVP honors in South’s OT win over Novi in the Motor City Roundball Classic, with 22 points, 11 boards and five steals.

Class A Underclassman of the Week
Duane Washington 6-1 So Grand Rapids Christian: As anticipated as their transfers’ eligibility is, the Eagles’ next isn’t barren. Washington is one of the top point guards in the 2018 class and scored 26 in GR Christian’s win over NorthPointe Christian. That improved them to 4-0 before falling to Hudsonville in the final of the Cornerstone Christmas tournament.

CPA senior Jalen Martin is one of Michigan's top dual-sport athletes.
CPA senior Jalen Martin is one of Michigan’s top dual-sport athletes.

Class B Player of the Week
Jalen Martin 6-3 Sr Chandler Park Academy: He’s committed to Toledo for football and would be a scholarship hooper had he chosen that route. Martin had 40 points and 20 rebounds in CPA’s win over Detroit Denby in the PSL Holiday Hoops Classic.

Class B Underclassman of the Week
George Sadler 6-0 So Southfield Bradford: Heretofore best known for his football exploits, Sadler can apparently hoop some too. He had 15 points and nine rebounds in Bradford’s win over Detroit Cornerstone in the Motor City Roundball Classic.

Class C Player of the Week
Dwight Burton 6-2 Sr Detroit Delta: New locale same positive results for the former Mumford guard, as Burton had 38 points in a win against Pontiac Notre Dame.

Class C Underclassman of the Week
Anthony George 6-1 Grosse Pte. University Liggett: His 21 points led Liggett to a win over Henry Ford Academy.

Class D Player of the Week
Gunnar Libby 5-9 Jr Hillman: He scored 25 points with four steals as Hillman improved to 4-0 with a win over Rudyard. He’s averaging 24 points, 4 assists and 7 steals per game.

Bank Hoops Player of the Week 2

No player has put up numbers in the Dutch Dome quite like Holland junior Demetrius Lake.
No player has put up numbers in the Dutch Dome quite like Holland junior Demetrius Lake, and he has nearly two seasons left to play.

Class A Player of the Week
Demetrius Lake 5-9 Jr Holland: He shot 2-of-25 in the opener with West Ottawa but hasn‘t looked back. Lake had his second 44-point effort of the young season against West Catholic and scored 36 against Godwin Heights as the Dutch split for the week.

Class A Underclassman of the Week
Jack Ammerman 5-10 So Ann Arbor Skyline: He scored 22 points, including five three-pointers, as Skyline scored a school-record 94 against Temperance Bedford. Ammerman is averaging 20 points through four games.

Class B Player of the Week
James Jenkins 6-6 Sr Hazel Park: Hazel Park was looking for its first win and Jenkins delivered with 19 points, 14 rebounds and 11 blocked shots against Public Safety Academy. An athletic undersized 4 with a motor who can play at the next level.

Class B Underclassman of the Week
Quinn Blair 6-6 So Dearborn Divine Child: His career-high 34 points led Divine Child to a 70-62 win against Crestwood, improving DC to 3-0 on the season. Blair also had 17 points and 12 rebounds in a blowout of Brother Rice.

Averaging 25 as a junior was just a warmup for Millington senior Shawn Pardee.
Averaging 25 as a junior was just a warmup for Millington senior Shawn Pardee and his double-nickel.

Class C Player of the Week
Shawn Pardee 5-11 Sr Millington: His 55 points were one shy of the school record, and the most of any Michigan player thus far this season, as Millington beat Essexville Garber in two overtimes. He made 16-of-17 free throws. Pardee’s previous career high was 40. He had 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in an earlier win against Caro.

Class C Underclassman of the Week
Kyle Stockmeyer 6-2 So Reese: He scored a career-high 26 points in Reese’s defeat of Bay City John Glenn, half of those coming in the third quarter.

Class D Player of the Week
Mike Graves 6-2 Sr Munising: The Mustangs improved to 3-0 with a 10-point win at Rock Mid-Peninsula, where Graves scored 31.

Class D Underlassmen of the Week
Austin Harris  6-2  So & Denver Cade  6-1  So  Buckley: Harris had 23 points, six rebounds and six assists and Cade 16 points, six rebounds and seven assists as Buckley improved to 3-0 against McBain Northern Michigan Christian. In a win over Suttons Bay Harris had 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and four steals while Cade scored 24.

Bank Hoops Players of the Week 1

Class A Player of the Week
Spencer Littleson 6-4 Sr Rochester Adams: If you don’t know me by now … Littleson debuted by doubling his junior average with 42 points against Avondale. Then the Duquesne signee scored 30 as Adams improved to 2-0 against Goodrich.

Class A Underclassman of the Week
Brandon Johns 6-8 So East Lansing: In wins over DeWitt and Jackson, Johns had 21 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and 23 points, 11 rebounds.

Class B Player of the Week
Quinn Crago 6-6 Sr Cadillac: Last season he was finding his way after coming in from Class D Heritage Christian. As a senior Crago is looking like an all-stater. He started with 38 points and 12 rebounds against Reed City then 11 points and 18 rebounds against Alpena. Cadillac is 2-0.

Class B Underclassman of the Week
Markeese Hastings 6-4 So Wyoming Godwin Heights: A bright spot as defending state champion Godwin Heights lost to Hudsonville in their season opener, Hastings scored 18 points.

Class C Player of the Week
Danny Pippen 6-8 Sr Detroit Allen: He did it all in Allen’s defeat of Southfield, finishing with 32 points, 16 rebounds and nine blocked shots. Pippen signed early with Kent State and has the potential to be the best future MAC forward out of Detroit since Michael Williams was at City High in 2000.

Class C Underclassman of the Week:
David DeJulius 5-11 So Detroit Edison
He scored 36 points in a win over Novi, a Class A team with a D1 recruit at guard in senior Kameron Hankerson. He had 21 in a loss to Class A Detroit Renaissance, also with a D1 senior guard Justin Turner.

Class D Player of the Week
Marcus Matelski 6-2 Sr Boyne Falls: He has an outside chance to end up a top 10 all-time scorer. The Loggers only have seven players so he’ll have his shots and more. Matelski scored 32 against both Johannesburg-Lewiston and Ellsworth, then 39 points, 11 rebounds and eight steals in a win over Pellston.

Class D Underclassman of the Week
Jaylon Rogers 5-10 So Frankfort: He scored 16 in the Panthers’ win over Boyne City, a 2015 Class C semifinalist, after opening the year with 12 in a blowout of Chippewa Hills.

Oakland Invitational All-Tournament

Here are the outstanding performers from Saturday’s games at North Farmington High School’s Oakland Invitational.

MVP  Danny Pippen  6-8  Sr  Detroit Allen
It’s always fun to see a player realize his potential and Pippen is in that category and rising after Allen’s win over Southfield. He did in fact have what one fan projected to be a “nutty double-double” with 32 points, 16 rebounds and nine blocked shots. As tough as he is guarding the rim, Pippen hedges well and is as comfortable playing out on the floor defensively as he is with the ball knocking down 3s. Great recruit for Kent State.

Joshua Bause  6-8  Sr  Novi Franklin Road Christian
He was like a Class D Kevin Love against Waterford Mott, running up the assists with a barrage of two-handed outlet passes. Not just tall but strong and physical on the glass. Can struggle with speed on defense and doesn’t play above the rim.

West Bloomfield's Trishton Jackson is a top five basketball and football player in Michigan.
West Bloomfield’s Trishton Jackson is a top five basketball and football player in Michigan.

Trishton Jackson  6-2  Sr  West Bloomfield
The MSU football recruit was recently bumped up to a four-star recruit, and would be at least a three-star basketball recruit. Against Southfield Christian Jackson scored at the buzzer to force OT then scored the game-winner with 10 seconds left in the extra period. Even with SC’s defense keyed on him, and not with stiffs, Jackson was a hard deal to contain off the dribble, and if he was could launch and hit tough jumpers. He had 30 points and eight assists.

Jacob Joubert  6-2  Sr  North Farmington
With one of North Farmington’s D1 guard recruits, Amauri Hardy, not yet eligible, and another, Billy Thomas, going out early with an ankle injury, Joubert came to the fore and was the steady hand in a 20-point defeat of defending Class B Detroit Henry Ford. A smart, coach-friendly playmaking guard, Joubert had 17 points and eight assists.

Michael Flowers  6-1  Jr  Southfield
He had a yeoman’s scoring game in a losing cause to Detroit Allen. Flowers put his head down and forced the issue in the paint, piling them up at the line while keeping Allen honest from deep, too. In the end he’d scored 50 points, including 35 of the Bluejay’s 39 first-half points. Even adjusted for the game’s pace, it was an amazing scoring performance.

Mark Watts  6-0  Fr  Detroit Allen
A hyped middle school phenom who justified the love with 22 points and five assists against Southfield. He was aggressive with the ball and looked to pass first, a smart move playing with talent like Danny Pippen, Jason Williams and Drequan Bell, but is a dangerous scorer himself when he goes to it. Watts sometimes penetrated too deep and needs to keep his head up defensively, but he’s got 100 more high school games to figure that out.

Class C Breakdown

Coach Mike Williams' Flint Beecher team is favored to win its fifth state title in six seasons.
Coach Mike Williams’ Flint Beecher team is favored to win its fifth state title in six seasons.

Class B Final Four
Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian
No. 11 NorthPointe Christian loses a lot from the 2015 state runner-up. The lone starter back is 6-6 senior Tyler Baker, who can really shoot it and has an offer from Cornerstone. 6-5 Spencer Peterson is a senior newcomer and if his hardwood success is anywhere near as successful as his quarterbacking this fall, NPC has bookend forwards who can match up with any in the division. The backcourt is unproven and will certainly miss the leadership of Preston Huckaby. No. 16 Calvin Christian could be a sleeper in the same district. They return their starting backcourt, and 6-9 sophomore Blake Verbeek is a D1 prospect.

McBain
This is the kind of group that has done well for coach Bruce Koopman in the past: strong, athletic and tough. The No. 2 Ramblers return their top three scorers from a 22-3 team led by 6-7 inside-outside threat Craig Sterk. He’s one of the best junior forwards in the state regardless of school size. Senior Cole Powell is athletic around the basket and junior Logan Eling is a terrific shooter. No. 15 Manton could have its best team this century but has the bad luck of being in the same district as McBain. The Ramblers’ quarterfinal opponent from the UP should be No. 12 Iron Mountain, which lost by three to eventual semifinalist Boyne City in the 2015 regional final.

Flint Beecher
This is seemingly easy pick, as Beecher is the dominant program in Class C claiming four of the last five state titles. They return three starters from that team, including all-state picks 6-3 senior Aquavius Burks and junior guard Malik Ellison, but the third, 6-7 junior Levane Blake, is injured. Junior guard Jordan Roland could be the Bucs’ breakout performer. Beecher’s likely regional opponent No. 6 Detroit Cornerstone has nothing like the Flint school’s history — this will be its first ever MHSAA tournament appearance. But what they lack in the record books Cornerstone counters with the most talented player in Class C, 6-6 junior Jamal Cain. The regional final is no joke either if No. 5 Southfield Christian makes it. The one-time Class D behemoth has 6-4 college prospects for days in senior Marlo Brown, junior Brock Washington and soph Bryce Washington, and here comes another Hunter at guard, freshman Caleb. Expect the regional semifinals and final here to be tougher than the quarterfinal.

Detroit Cornerstone's Jamal Cain is the top college prospect in Class C.
Detroit Cornerstone junior Jamal Cain is the top college prospect in Class C.

Detroit Allen
This is a dangerous pick. And not just because Allen was somehow .500 last year. It’s that it will be a task just to get out of the first week of March. The district at Detroit Loyola features No. 3 Allen, No. 4 Detroit Edison, No. 8 Detroit Pershing and No. 9 Detroit Loyola. Allen has two D1 seniors, with guard Jason Williams headed to East Tennessee State and 6-8 Danny Pippen to Kent State. Junior wing Drequan Bell could be the next to make that claim and the emergence of freshman point guard Mark Watts will allow Williams to do what he does best, score it. Edison is talented, young and probably a year away … unless David Dejulius is as good as some think. In that case, there’s certainly a precedent for sophomore guards leading Class C teams to Breslin such as Monte Morris, Tory Jackson and Brandon Cotton. Legendary program Pershing has shrunk to Class C. Ralph Simpson, Steve Smith and Spencer Hayward aren’t coming through that door. But 6-6 senior David Syfax, 6-6 senior Charles “Thanks Mom & Dad” Manson and promising soph guard Ronald Hill are. Loyola doesn’t have much size, but have a D1 guard of their own, in sophomore CMU pledge Pierre Mitchell, and master of the mid-range jumper senior guard Dequan Powell. The district winner will probably get No. 7 Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central to open regional play. They have one of the most exciting players in the division, 6-3 senior Stephan Umfress, and a major addition in 6-6 junior Nick Welch, but will have to replace the leadership of 2015 Class C Player of the Year Bryce Windham. He’ll be replaced by Bradley Shinevarre at the point. Look for No. 10 Hanover-Horton, a 2015 semifinalist, to be awaiting on the other side of the quarterfinal. They return their top player, 6-5 senior Preston Laketa, and add a talented 6-4 senior guard in Jay McMillar.

Marlo Brown will try to lead Southfield Christian to the Breslin, Class C style
Marlo Brown will try to lead Southfield Christian to the Breslin, Class C style.

Class C Top 25
1. Flint Beecher
2. McBain
3. Detroit Allen
4. Detroit Edison
5. Southfield Christian
6. Detroit Cornerstone
7. Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central
8. Detroit Pershing
9. Detroit Loyola
10. Hanover-Horton
11. Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian
12. Iron Mountain
13. Ypsilanti Arbor Prep
14. East Jordan
15. Manton
16. Grandville Calvin Christian
17. Riverview Gabriel Richard
18. Laingsburg
19. Muskegon Heights
20. North Muskegon
21. Millington
22. Ithaca
23. Vassar
24. Addison
25. Dansville

Class C All-State
Marlo Brown 6-4 Sr Southfield Christian
Aquavius Burks 6-3 Sr Flint Beecher
Jamal Cain 6-6 Jr Detroit Cornerstone
Craig Sterk  6-7  Jr  McBain
Jason Williams 5-10 Sr Detroit Allen

Second Team
Malik Ellison 5-8 Jr Flint Beecher
Gage Kreski 6-2 Sr St. Ignace
Danny Pippen 6-8 Sr Detroit Allen
David DeJulius  5-11  So  Detroit Edison
Shae Somers 6-0 Sr Elk Rapids

Third Team
Pierre Mitchell  5-10  So  Detroit Loyola
Tyler Baker 6-6 Sr Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian
Kyle Hayes 6-8 Sr Ypsilanti Arbor Prep
Shawn Pardee 6-0 Sr Millington
Stephan Umfress 6-2 Sr Monroe St. Mary Catholic

Fourth team
Jordan Weber 6-0 Sr East Jordan
Preston Laketa 6-5 Sr Hanover-Horton
Jay McMillar 6-3 Sr Hanover-Horton
David Syfax 6-6 Sr Detroit Pershing
Paul Zysk 6-8 Sr Addison

Fifth team
Drequan Bell 6-3 Jr Detroit Allen
Riley Fairfield 6-4 Jr North Muskegon
Tony DeWitte  5-11  Sr  Grandville Calvin Christian
Bryce Washington 6-4 So Southfield Christian
Nick Welch 6-6 Jr Monroe St. Mary Catholic

Class B Underclassman All-State
Caleb Hodgson 6-8 Fr Dansville
Deante Johnson 6-7 So Detroit Edison
Hayden Stauffer 6-5 So Centreville
Blake Verbeek 6-9 So Grandville Calvin Chsirtian
Mark Watts 5-10 Fr Detroit Allen

Class B Breakdown

Class B Final Four
New Haven
While No. 8 New Haven has two D1 senior big men, 6-10 Innocent Nwoko to CMU and 6-9 Jerry Ben to Cornell, it’s a guards’ game at this level and the backcourt will have to grow over the next three months. One option could be one of the state’s elite freshman prospects, 6-4 Romeo Weems. On the other side of the fence is defending runner-up No. 11 Detroit Henry Ford, which has an all-state guard in senior James Towns but saw their best frontcourt player, Antwan Johnson, move to Ohio. There are any number of Detroit teams who could also ride guard play through the bracket, like No. 9 Hazel Park with senior Cameron Boatmon and sophs Carl Bow and David Hearns; No. 13 Detroit Osborn and junior Armonee Felder;  No. 17 Detroit Consortium and senior Luster Johnson; and No. 23 Detroit Northwestern and senior Terrance Sewell.

Junior point guard Christian Rodriguez will face a stiff test leading Godwin Heights to a second state crown.
Junior point guard Christian Rodriguez will face a stiff test leading Godwin Heights to a second state crown.

Godwin Heights
Last we saw Godwin Heights, the Wolverines were wiping the Breslin floor with Detroit Henry Ford. Even after losing all-state guard Delaney Blaylock and their best forward Mike Williams, Godwin comes in again at No. 1. But it won’t be easy replacing either of those guys. Junior point guard Christian Rodriguez is a gifted playmaker who will have to look for his own shot, while sophomore guard Lamar Norman will have to produce while being targeted by defenses as a top option, as will senior guard Leon Redd who looked every bit as good as Henry Ford all-stater James Towns in the state final. 6-4 junior Calvin Valdez has the potential to replace some of Williams’ up front production. Norman is just part of what is one of the state’s strongest 2018 groups, so this program isn’t going anywhere. Godwin could be tested in districts by No. 10 Wayland, which has a strong junior class with 6-7 Zack Nieuwkoop, wing Michael Kelly and guard Avery Hudson, but must replace two of the best players in school history. It doesn’t get any easier at the regional level where No. 7 Williamston likely awaits. Williamston has an all-state senior guard in Riley Lewis, bruising big man in 6-7 junior Derek Nicholson, who in his best moments may remind coach Jason Bauer a bit of himself, and a future high major recruit in 6-6 freshman Sean Cobb. No. 5 Charlotte should await in the regional final. They have an athletic dunker/shooter in 6-2 junior Sy Barnett and another talented junior in Kyle Peterson, who is 6-4 and can shoot it. U-M is a fitting quarterfinal venue for a big-time matchup between Godwin Heights and No. 3 River Rouge. The Panthers graduated one D1 point guard, coach’s son Lamonta Stone to EMU, but bring in another, junior Darian Owens-White. Guys like 6-6 senior Javon Lawrence and 6-4 junior Delonta Peterson should thrive playing beside DOW. Between now and March the Panthers will have to figure out how to matchup in the regional with the most dominant player in Class B, 6-10 Michigan signee Austin Davis from No. 4 Onsted.

Before he heads off to play at U-M, Onsted's Austin Davis could play at Crisler Arena in the state quarterfinals.
Before he heads off to play at U-M, Onsted’s Austin Davis could play at Crisler Arena in the state quarterfinals.

Big Rapids
Could Big Rapids finally break No. 20 Cadillac’s hold on this Breslin berth? The Vikings did it for a third straight season last March, even with a new coach and having lost all-stater Jalen Brooks. Cadillac again won’t be the most aesthetically pleasing group, but remain a tough out. They’d meet No. 12 Big Rapids in the regional. Big Rapids has a sweet shooting senior guard in Ken Davis, a 6-4 athlete who looks like he should be at Ferris State and not the high school in junior Demitri Martin, plus the arrival of a talented 6-4 sophomore Braeden Childress. Grayling likely would await on the other side of the regional, though what looks like a down Lake Michigan Conference won’t have done them many favors. Two of Class B’s most talented players could meet in the other regional, No. 20 Alma’s 6-10 senior Dylan Carl and Frankenmuth’s 6-4 sophomore Mario Whitley.

Junior Demetri Martin is the top college prospect for Big Rapids.
Junior Demetri Martin is the top college prospect for Big Rapids.

Stevensville Lakeshore
The No. 3 Lancers will be challenged in district play by Benton Harbor and their senior guards Curtis Dawson and Jaton Gunn. Lakeshore counters with a big, talented frontcourt with 6-10 senior Braden Burke, 6-5 senior Alex Warman and 6-6 junior Max Gaishin. Logan Steffes is a solid senior guard. With a weak senior class in the Grand Rapids area, there are no obvious challengers to Lakeshore or Benton Harbor at the quarterfinal level.

Top 25 Class B Teams
1. Wyoming Godwin Heights
2. Stevensville Lakeshore
3. River Rouge
4. Onsted
5. Charlotte
6. Benton Harbor
7. Williamston
8. New Haven
9. Hazel Park
10. Wayland
11. Detroit Henry Ford
12. Big Rapids
13. Detroit Osborn
14. Yale
15. Dearborn Divine Child
16. Chandler Park Academy
17. Detroit Consortium
18. Detroit Country Day
19. Lansing Catholic
20. Alma
21. Spring Lake
22. Cadillac
23. Detroit Northwestern
24. Detroit Douglass
25. Leslie

Class B All-State
Braden Burke  6-10  Sr  Stevensville Lakeshore
Dylan Carl  6-10  Sr  Alma
Austin Davis  6-10  Sr  Onsted
Riley Lewis  6-0  Sr  Williamston
Tony Poljan  6-7  Sr  Lansing Catholic

Second team
Sy Barnett  6-2  Jr  Charlotte
Jerry Ben  6-8  Sr  New Haven
Jalen Martin  6-3  Sr  Chandler Park Academy
Innocent Nwoko  6-10  Sr  New Haven
James Towns  5-10  Sr  Detroit Henry Ford

Third team
Jaton Gunn  6-2  Sr  Benton Harbor
Luster Johnson  6-0  Sr  Detroit Consortium
Cody Kegley  6-0  Sr  Yale
Darian Owens-White  6-0  Jr  River Rouge
Terrance Sewell  6-2  Sr  Detroit Northwestern

Fourth team
Demitri Martin  6-4  Jr  Big Rapids
Dylan Patton  6-7  Sr  Leslie
Leon Redd  5-11  Sr  Wyoming Godwin Heights
Christian Rodriguez  5-9  Jr  Wyoming Godwin Heights
Zach Niewkoop  6-7  Jr  Wayland

Fifth team
Carl Bow  6-0  So  Hazel Park
David Hearns  6-0  So  Hazel Park
Nick Klingel  6-4  Sr  Paw Paw
Lamar Norman  6-1  So  Wyoming Godwin Heights
Mario Whitley  6-4  So  Frankenmuth

Class B Underclassman All-State
Quinn Blair  6-6  So  Dearborn Divine Child
Sean Cobb  6-6  Fr  Williamston
Braeden Childress  6-4  So  Big Rapids
Markese Hastings  6-4  So  Wyoming Godwin Heights
Romeo Weems  6-4  Fr  New Haven

Class A Breakdown

Class A Final Four

Cassius Winston is poised to lead U-D Jesuit on another trip to Breslin.
Cassius Winston is poised to lead U-D Jesuit on another trip to Breslin.

Detroit U-D Jesuit
Expect the Cubs to make their third straight trip to Breslin. This time they’ll be the favorite to win it all, returning four starters from the team that lost to eventual state champion Detroit Western in the Class A semifinals. Senior guard Cassius Winston is already the best player in school history and he’s working with one of the state’s tallest front lines with 6-10 junior Ike Eke and 6-8 junior Greg Eboigbodin. One of Michigan’s best 2018 guards, elite defender Elijah Collins, replaces his brother Gary in the first five. No. 8 Detroit Renaissance is in the same district and U-D will likely have to get past the No. 2 team in Class A, Detroit East English Village, in the regional then the typically dangerous 94 Corridor representative in the quarterfinal, an even tougher route with all three Ann Arbor teams on the upswing. EEV, with D1 recruits like George Mason’s Karmari Newman and IPFW’s Chris Rollins, was the best team we saw this summer when Cassius Winston was hurt. But their district is brutal with defending state champion No. 6 Detroit Western and their returning all-state guard Brailen Neely, No. 22 Detroit King and Detroit Cass Tech.

Dakota's Thomas Kithier (right) is one of the state's top sophomore prospects.
Dakota’s Thomas Kithier (right) is one of the state’s top sophomore prospects.

Macomb Dakota
No. 4 Dakota gets the slightest edge on No. 5 Clarkston since they host the regional. Dakota has the best point guard-big man combination in the state with junior Jermaine Jackson and sophomore Thomas Kithier. Clarkston has a pair of D1 recruits itself, sophomore point guard Foster Loyer and junior wing Dylan Alderson. Not to be left out, Dakota has some new talent of its own with Brendan Sackey, a 6-6 junior from Toronto. The other half of the regional will likely feature two of the state’s top senior shooters, No. 21 Rochester Adams’ Spencer Littleson and No. 24 Holly’s Kyle Woodruff. Dakota’s surprise opponent in the quarterfinals could be No. 18 Petoskey, with three college prospects in both their senior and sophomore classes, though the Northmen would have to find a match up for No. 12 Saginaw’s prolific scoring guard, junior Qua Southward.

North Farmington
If Raiders’ coach Todd Negoshian can match all their parts, they’re coming out of the West Bloomfield regional unscathed. Senior Billy Thomas had a bizarre junior season which ended up, briefly, with No. 3 North Farmington. Given a full season he’s ready to remind everyone why he’s one of the most feared scoring guards in the senior class. Southfield transfer Amari Hardy is a junior guard and one of the state’s top 10 overall prospects in 2017. 6-7 junior Nate Brooks from Georgia already has an offer from Detroit. Jacob Joubert is the opposite, far from a newcomer but a four-year starter at guard. NF’s most probably quarterfinal opponent is No. 7 Warren De La Salle, where the emergence of soph point guard Justin Fischer will just make CMU signee Kevin McKay and 6-8 junior Jack Ballantyne even better.

Hudsonville
The oddball pick of the lot, but in a year when there’s not a D1 senior in Grand Rapids, Muskegon or Kalamazoo, the Eagles could make it through this war of attrition. No. 9 Hudsonville returns senior guards Bryce Elliott and Riley Costen and a tough all-around senior in Adam VanLaar. 6-6 junior Brady Boothe can shoot it but will have to be a presence under the rim with this group. In the regional semifinal Hudsonville will probably have to figure out how to slow down the state’s top shooter, No. 23 Lowell junior Matt Beachler. On the other half of the Caledonia regional Grand Rapids Christian looms large if junior transfer forwards Xavier Tillman and James Beck can mesh and they get past No. 14 East Kentwood or Ottawa Hills and their superior guard play. No. 11 Muskegon doesn’t have a Mr. Basketball for the first time in three years but a bunch of solid players though Grand Haven will be confident in district play having knocked out Muskegon at Grand Valley State’s team camp in June. Playing for the chance to play Hudonville in the quartefinal will be No. 10 Kalamazoo Central, which will have to survive a solid Lansing contingent in the regional. Even with Devon Daniels leaving the state, this should be coach Ramsey Nichols’ most talented team in Kalamazoo particularly with 6-7 junior Isaiah Livers assuming a leadership mantle.

Class A Top 25
1. Detroit U-D Jesuit
2. Detroit East English Village
3. North Farmington
4. Macomb Dakota
5. Clarkston
6. Detroit Western
7. Warren De La Salle
8. Detroit Renaissance
9. Hudsonville
10. Kalamazoo Central
11. Muskegon
12. Saginaw
13. Ypsilanti
14. East Kentwood
15. East Lansing
16. Romulus
17. Grand Rapids Christian
18. Petoskey
19. Holt
20. Saginaw Arthur Hill
21. Rochester Adams
22. Detroit King
23. Lowell
24. Holly
25. Ann Arbor Huron

Class A Preseason All-State
Corey Allen 6-3 Sr Ypsilanti
Jermaine Jackson 5-8 Jr Macomb Dakota
Brailen Neely 5-8 Sr Detroit Western
Karmari Newman 6-4 Sr Detroit East English Village
Cassius Winston 6-1 Sr Detroit U-D Jesuit

Second team
Matt Beachler 6-3 Jr Lowell
Jaron Faulds 6-10 Jr Holt
Spencer Littleson 6-4 Sr Rochester Adams
Kevin McKay 6-4 Sr Warren De La Salle
Justin Turner 6-3 Sr Detroit Renaissance

Third team
Dylan Alderson 6-5 Jr Clarkston
Trishton Jackson 6-3 Sr West Bloomfeild
Brandon Johns 6-8 So East Lansing
Isaiah Livers 6-8 Jr Kalamazoo Central
Xavier Tillman 6-8 Jr Grand Rapids Christian

Fourth team
Ty Groce 6-7 Sr Ypsilanti Lincoln
Thomas Kithier 6-8 So Macomb Dakota
Foster Loyer 6-0 So Clarkston
Chris Rollins 5-10 Sr Detroit East English Village
Kyle Woodruff  6-2  Sr  Holly

Fifth team
Brandon Allen 5-8 Sr Haslett
Demetrius Lake  5-10  Jr  Holland
Qua Southward  6-0  Jr  Saginaw
Brandon Wade 6-1 So Ann Arbor Skyline
Davion Williams 6-1 So Belleville

Class A Underclassman All-State
Terry Armstrong 6-4 Fr Flint Carman-Ainsworth
Trayvon Jackson 6-7 So Ypsilanti Lincoln
Justin Fischer 5-11 So Warren De La Salle
Danny Kolp 6-8 So Petoskey
Tanner Reha 6-4 So DeWitt