MVP Cassius Winston 6-0 Sr Detroit U-D Jesuit: The Cubs were a bit like their MLB namesake before Winston arrived. Since then, they made their first trip to the state semifinals. Then two more, finally resulting in the school’s first state title this season, in which U-D didn’t lose a game. Not the tallest, fastest, or most gifted athlete, what Winston was whenever he took the court in 2015-16 — the best player. He signed early with Michigan State before averaging 22.6 points, 7.2 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game.
Corey Allen 6-3 Sr Ypsilanti: He signed early with Detroit, and is the kind of tough local guard Perry Watson was bringing to Calihan Hall in the 1990s. Allen, a Mr. Basketball finalist, averaged 25 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals a game while shooting 56 percent from the backcourt.
Austin Davis 6-10 Sr Onsted: A true post player who would thrive in any era, Davis’ senior season was also his most physically fit and no high school competition could handle him. He led Onsted to an undefeated regular season. A Mr. Basketball finalist who signed early with Michigan, Davis averaged 25.3 points, 14.3 rebounds and 4.9 blocked shots per game while shooting, yes you’re reading it right, 79 percent from the field.
Jermaine Jackson 5-9 Jr Macomb Dakota: He led Dakota to the most successful campaign in school history. The Cougars were undefeated in the regular season and reached the state semifinals, losing to eventual champion Detroit U-D Jesuit. Jackson averaged 21 points, 3.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 3.6 steals per game.
Brandon Johns 6-9 So East Lansing: Johns is a rare talent whose versatile forward game brings to mind former Mr. Basketballs such as Shane Battier and Winfred Walton. He led East Lansing to an undefeated regular season while averaging 19 points and 10 rebounds per game. Johns made 45 three-pointers.
Brailen Neely 5-9 Sr Detroit Western: He looks like he’ll be the next small guard to star at Oakland. A Class A state champion as a junior, as a senior Neely averaged 18.3 points, 4.6 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game.