Bank Hoops Players of the Week, 10

East Lansing is undefeated, and Trojans sophomore Brandon Johns is the state's top prospect regardless of class.
East Lansing is undefeated, and Trojans sophomore Brandon Johns is the state’s top prospect regardless of class.

Class A Player of the Week
AJ Crawford  5-10  Jr  Warren Cousino: He had a career-high 39 points in a defeat of Warren Mott then followed that up with 22 in a win over Chippewa Valley.

Class A Underclassman of the Week
Brandon Johns  6-9  So  East Lansing
One could make the case that Johns is the top college prospect in the state regardless of class. He did nothing to dissuade that contention with 36 points and 12 rebounds for undefeated East Lansing against Lansing Sexton.

Class B Player of the Week
Austin Davis  6-10  Sr  Onsted: Onsted remained undefeated as the Michigan signee had 29 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks against Hudson, 20 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots against Blissfield.

Class B Underclassman of the Week
Luke Morrell  6-0  So  Plainwell
: A top soccer prospect, Morrell is OK with handballs to, as he sunk five three-pointers and scored 20 points against rival Otsego.

Class C Player of the Week
Tyler Baker  6-5  Sr  Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian: .He was terrific a few days earlier against Detroit Allen, then Baker topped himself with a school-record 47 points in NorthPointe’s defeat of Wyoming Lee.

Class C Underclassman of the Week
Mark Watts
  5-11  Fr  Detroit Allen: Mark “Rocket” Watts has become almost as ubiquitous as the Quicken Loans app that shares his nickname. The state’s top freshman guard scored 27 for the state’s top Class C team in a win over Pontiac Academy for Excellence.

Class D Player of the Week
Gunnar Libby  5-8  Jr  Hillman: Don’t be fooled by the locale, this kid has a fresh game and helped Hillman stay undefeated with 19 points against Hillman then 29 and seven assists against Lincoln Alcona.

 

Bank Hoops Players of the Week, 9

Detroit Cornerstone junior Jamal Cain put in three good games last week.
Detroit Cornerstone junior Jamal Cain put in three good games last week.

Class A Player of the Week
Billy Thomas  6-0  Sr  North Farmington: He’s finally on the court and making the most of the chance. Thomas scored 20 in a key OAA Red win over Rochester Adams then had 23 points in a defeat of Bloomfield Hills.

Class A Underclassman of the Week
Foster Loyer  6- 0  So  Clarkston: Here for the second time thanks to his 38-point effort in a win against Avondale. 

Class B Player of the Week
Troy Summers  6-8  Jr  Grayling: He’s really come on with back-to-back games of 32 points and 18 rebounds against Traverse City St. Francis and 23 points, 23 rebounds against Boyne City.

Class B Underclassman of the Week
Brandon Paul  6-7  So  Sault Ste. Marie: Though it was a loss to St. Ignace, Paul held his own with 19 points.

Class C Player of the Week
Jamal Cain  6-6  Jr  Detroit Cornerstone: The top ranked recruit in the division showed why with 28 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Melvindale ABT, 27 and 10 in a win over Detroit Leadership and then 21 points and 18 rebounds at Grand Rapids Union.

Class C Underclassman of the Week
Ronald Hill  5-11  Detroit Pershing:  iIt’s still hard to wrap your head around the Doughboys being in Class C. Yet there they are, and there was Hill holding his own in the PSL playoffs with 13 points in a loss to Detroit CMA after scoring 22 earlier in the week against Cass Tech.

Class D Player of the Week
Garrett Kraatz  5-11  Sr  Allen Park Inter-City Baptist: He had 26 points and 14 rebounds from his guard spot in a defeat of Dearborn Heights Annapolis and 24 points in a win against University Liggett.

Class D Underclassman of the Week
Bryce Washington  6-4  So  Southfield Christian: He earned his second appearance in this space thanks to 9-of-10 field goal shooting for 24 points in Southfield Christian’s one-point win over Belleville. Earlier in the week Washington had 18 points and 10 rebounds against Plymouth Christian.

 

Shining On at Red Hawks Showcase

The state's best passer not named Cassius Winston, Godwin Heights junior Christian Rodriguez showed he could score it too.
The state’s best passer not named Cassius Winston, Godwin Heights junior Christian Rodriguez showed he could score it too in the Wolverines’ win over Saginaw.

Many of the state’s better teams and players converged on Grand Rapids Union High School for the second-annual Red Hawks Showcase. Where, Wayland beat Stevensville Lakeshore; Detroit Allen beat Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian; New Haven beat Lowell; Detroit Cornerstone beat Union; and Wyoming Godwin Heights topped Saginaw. These were the top performers.

Tyler Baker  6-5  Sr  Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian: He was a one man gang against Detroit Allen, going for 38 points and 10 rebounds. Played with real confidence and grit against tough odds earning the respect of the gym. Tremendous shooter off the catch and though not quick, because you have to always close out Baker can counter with the drive and uses his big frame to finish or draw fouls at the rim. Heir apparent to Cory Cox at Cornerstone.

Davion Bradford  6-1  Jr  Detroit Cornerstone: While junior teammate Jamal Cain was the headliner, Bradford was solid on both ends and it was needed, as their game with Lowell was the only one of the day to come down to the final couple possessions. It was in crunch time that Bradford really excelled, with a dunk then a tough pull up shot.

Tarrence Crumpton  6-7  Jr  Saginaw: He’s added a couple inches from last season, giving him even greater impact. Long runner, dunker, a poor man’s Danny Pippen and a nice frontcourt complement to the physical, grinding game of senior Algeveon Eichelberger.

Sergio Diaz  6-2  Sr  Grand Rapids Union: In the era of anointed middle schoolers, it’s fun to see a player emerge late in his high school career. That’s been the story for Diaz as a senior. He’s a rare true jumpshooter who can beat you from 20 or mid-range.

Jayvaun Flake  6-5  Sr  Detroit Allen: Danny Pippen was hobbled early but Allen was able to bench him with little worry, as NorthPointe was way down early, and he was replaced by Flake. Flake is a real luxury at the Class C level, size of the bench that can catch, finish and move. Worth it for small colleges to look for him.

Avery Hudson  5-8  Jr  Wayland: It’s not always that a young guard with nearly 30-foot range, is also aggressive, tough, and attacks the ball on both ends. With the way Wayland’s playing, districts could be Godwin Heights’ toughest test in the Class B tournament.

Future CMU center Innocent Nwoko continues improving for New Haven.
Future CMU center Innocent Nwoko continues improving for New Haven.

Innocent Nwoko  6-11  Sr  New Haven: It’s not an easy deal to run a halfcourt offense between two high school big men, but that’s what New Haven did effectively against undersized Lowell with Nwoko low and 6-8 Jerry Ben high. Nwoko made a number of tough catches and agile finishes. The buckets are gravy, given the defensive presence he provides.

Christian Rodriguez  5-10  Jr  Wyoming Godwin Heights: Took on the challenge of Saginaw’s D1 junior guard Qua Southward, and responded with 24 points. Rodriguez is now a dangerous finisher at the varsity level off the drive as well as disher. Just add Saginaw to the checklist of top teams this point guard has knocked off in high school and AAU.

Ryan Stevens  6-2  Sr  Lowell: Last we saw Lowell they couldn’t buy a basket against Grand Rapids Christian, but they were falling against New Haven thanks in no small part to Stevens’ drive and kicks. The state championship game QB controlled tempo, looking a lot like former Grandville and Hop standout point guard David Krombeen.

Mark Watts  6-0  Fr  Detroit Allen: This was the third time we’ve seen Watts this season, and he has yet to look like any kind of ninth-grader. He scored 35 against NorthPointe and made it look easy. Watts brought the ball where he wanted, calling his own number in Allen’s uptempo offense putting it in from distance and mid-range. The added bonus is Watts’ ball-handling eases the load on all-state senior guard Jason Williams, helping make Allen the state’s best team in Class C.

Romeo Weems  6-5  Fr  New Haven: Like Watts, Weems is a top five freshman in the state as he produces game after game. Unlike Watts, he’s not a natural guard, and why would be be as a muscular 6-5 ninth-grader, so he is learning on the job. When the dribbling and vision come around so he can relax again and just go on feel and motor, Weems is a high major recruit.

Bank Hoops Players of the Week, 8

Mio's Ben Lubitz has dominated all season, and is the Class D Player of the Week.
Mio’s Ben Lubitz has dominated all season, and is the Class D Player of the Week.

Class A Player of the Week
Karmari Newman  6-4  Sr  Detroit East English Village: While they could probably use it now, George Mason will have to wait for the scoring punch Newman provides. It was in overdrive against Detroit Osborn when he tallied nearly half of EEV’s 90 points with 42 of his own.

Class A Underclassman of the Week
Randy Gilbert  6-5  So  Detroit Cass Tech: His buzzer-beater gave Cass a 71-70 win over Detroit Mumford. Gilbert had 15 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Class B Player of the Week
Nick Klingel  6-4  Sr  Paw Paw: His 47 points in a win over Plainwell set the Paw Paw single-game scoring record. It was the third time this season Klingel has made at least five three-pointers.

Class B Underclassman of the Week
Mario Whitley  6-4  So  Frankenmuth: Frankenmuth remains undefeated after a pair of wins last week. Whitley had 18 points and eight rebounds against Ithaca and 22 points with 11 rebounds against Alma.

Class C Player of the Week
Dylan Patton  6-7  Sr  Leslie: He recorded his 11th and 12th double-double last week with 15, 10 and five blocked shots against Portland and 12 and 10 against Perry.

Class C Underclassman of the Week
David DeJulius  6-0  So  Detroit Edison: With two of the state’s top Class C players on the court, DeJulius met Cornerstone’s Jamal Cain’s 30 points with 28 of his own, and Edison won 74-67.

Class D Player of the Week
Ben Lubitz  6-4  Sr  Mio: He reached the 30-point mark for the seventh and eighth time last week, with 33 and 11 rebounds against Hale and 32 with 15 boards against Posen.

Class D Underclassman of the Week
Trey Helinski  5-10  So  Adrian Lenawee Christian: He scored 16 in a loss to Class B Detroit Consortium. That followed 24 points in a win at Flint International Academy, 22 in the first half.