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.
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.
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.
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.
Class A Player of the Week Corey Allen 6-3 Sr Ypsilanti: The Ypsi intramural championship was won big over Ypsilanti Lincoln, paced by 33 points, 10 boards and eight assists from this U-D signee.
Class A Underclassman of the Week Jacob Boonyasith 6-3 So Jenison: What sophomore slump? Thus far in 2016, Boonyasith has tied his career high, then broken it twice again most recently in a victory against East Grand Rapids with 28 points, to go along with five assists.
Class B Player of the Week Riley Lewis 5-11 Sr Williamston: He put a 40 spot on Portland in a Williamston win. Lewis had 19 earlier in the week against Owosso. He’s averaging 30 points and 6 assists per game.
Class B Underclassman of the Week Carl Bow 6-0 So & David Hearns 6-0 So Hazel Park: They had little problem with Ferndale, as Hearns scored 22 points and Bow had 21.
Class C Player of the Week Gage Kreski 6-3 Sr St. Ignace: One of the state’s top dual-sport athletes, Kreski is also a two-way threat on the court. He had eight steals against Pickford, giving him a state-record 364 for his career. Then he added another eight swipes against Cheboygan. Kreski had 29 points and 17 rebounds against Pickford and 39 and 15 on the Chiefs, both wins.
Class C Underclassman of the Week Bryce Washington 6-4 So Southfield Christian: Washington, who already has an offer from Buffalo, scored 23 in a three-point intra-city win over Class A Southfield.
Class D Player of the Week Nick Millitz 6-0 Jr Webberville: He had a 35-point game earlier in the season, then topped that all-around last week with 34 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists in a defeat of Ashley.
Class D Underclassman of the Week Micah McLain 6-1 So Parkway Christian: McLain has played well as Sterling Heights Parkway Christian has won four straight. He had 13 points and eight assists against Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest and 12 points, 10 assists and seven steals against Macomb Christian.
Class A Player of the Week Demetrius Lake 5-9 Jr Holland: Lake is the first player of the week repeat winner this season, for any division. He made his case by breaking a 55-year old Holland High scoring mark with 50 points against Zeeland West. None of them were cheap, as Lake’s final three-pointer was the game-winner. It’s not Lake’s first erasure in the Dutch record book, as last year he broke the two-decade old single-season scoring mark.
Class A Underclassman of the Week Davion Williams 6-2 So Belleville: The Tigers want it to be a real rivalry with their neighbor Romulus, one of the state’s elite programs. It just got real with Williams scoring 27 in Belleville’s three-point win. That followed 26 earlier in the week in a win over Thurston.
Class B Player of the Week Kenny Davis 6-0 Sr Big Rapids: He scored 43 points, two off the school record, including 11 three-pointers in a blowout of Morley Stanwood.
Class B Underclassman of the Week Romeo Weems 6-5 Fr New Haven: He won this honor just a week ago yet it’s hard to deny Weems with his 24 points and 12 rebounds against St. Clair then 19 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and seven steals against St. Clair Shores Lakeview, both New Haven wins.
Class C Player of the Week Elijah Smith 6-5 Jr Melvindale ABT: Who says QBs are soft? He ate glass all week in an homage to Ben Wallace’s jersey retirement. Smith had 20 and 20 as ABT beat Hamtramck, then 25 and 20 in an OT win against Taylor Prep.
Class C Underclassman of the Week Xander Okerlund 6-1 Fr Maple City Glen Lake: He plays with poise well beyond a ninth-grader, and stepped up with a career-high 19 points with eight rebounds and two blocked shots in a defeat of Suttons Bay.
Class D Player of the Week Derrick Edington 6-7 Jr Pickford: He had two 26-point games in Pickford wins over Harbor Springs, when Edington added 22 rebounds and five blocked shots, and Cedarville, with 26 rebounds and 11 blocked shots.
Class D Player of the Week Jaylon Rogers 6-0 So Frankfort: This is a return appearance in this space for Rogers, thanks to a 27-point effort as Frankfort handed Buckley its first loss of the season.
In a high school season blessed by dry roads and cheap gas, only the latter held true last week. But the occasional travel hazard didn’t keep us from scouting teams in Ann Arbor, Big Rapids, Hanover-Horton, Flint and Grand Rapids. Here are some of the best we saw.
Terry Armstrong 6-5 Fr Flint Carman-Ainsworth: Best guard of this type from Flint since Desmon Farmer. Dunking fool as just a ninth-grader who has almost more talent than he knows what to do with. Already looks like a college wing physically but also spent time at point guard. Armstrong was one of four underclassmen starting for Carman, including one of the state’s best sophomore point guards Ja’kavien Lewis.
Daniel Black 6-2 Jr Ann Arbor Skyline: A nice complement on the wing and baseline to Skyline’s talented underclassman guards giving the Eagles some physical toughness. Black is a threat himself from three-point range who competes and plays bigger than his height on the glass. Has to continue to negotiate and figure out the line between physical play and whistles.
Kenny Davis 6-0 Sr Big Rapids: Morley Stanwood zoned up Big Rapids to slow down the reigning Bank Hoops Class B Player of the Week, Demetri Martin. It worked in that he shot 3-of-13. But the devastating trade off was giving Davis three-point looks. He responded by knocking down 11 of them lighting up the Mohawks for 43 points. While limited as a point guard and defender, most any small college team will find a spot for a player of Davis’ singular ability.
Jermaine Goliday 6-3 Jr Muskegon: While he didn’t have the outlandish length and athleticism of some of Detroit East English Village’s guards, Goliday is fearless and a ballplayer and still had 17 points. Creative scorer who isn’t a gunner he’ll get into the lane and give it up. Defense still trails offense.
Michael Herzog 6-6 Sr Flint Powers: He was the one matchup advantage Powers had against Carman-Ainsworth, but when the defensive pressure was extended it limited Herzog’s impact around the basket. Physical, rebounds, contests shots, knocks down from the short corner. MIAA prospect at the 4.
Jermaine Jackson Jr. 5-8 Jr Macomb Dakota: With soph center Thomas Kithier hurt and junior forward Brendan Sackey not eligible until this week, Jackson gutted out an OT win over Lansing Everett in Grand Rapids. His MVP ‘trophy,’ signed boxing glove from event sponsor Floyd Mayweather.
Isaiah Livers 6-8 Jr Kalamazoo Central: He’s improved tremendously in his consistency and aggression and is one more, very reachable, tier away from a top 100 national recruit in 2017. High-major frame, speed and hands. Good mid-range shooter who needs to finish all his dunks and develop a go-to move along his way to being mentioned with Devin Oliver, Doug Anderson, Sam Mitchell and Damon Patterson as the best modern forwards from Kalamazoo.
Foster Loyer 6-0 So Clarkston: On a night when his shot from the floor cooled Loyer stepped up and made 12-13 free throws in a quality come-from-behind win at Ann Arbor Skyline. Keeps defenders unbalanced because he’s a creative passer who finds easy spots for teammates. Don’t get the Bobby Hurley comparisons, but if it’s a complexion thing he’s more like Kyle McAlarney.
Jay McMiller 6-4 Sr Hanover-Horton: Semifinalists a year ago, Hanover-Horton could be even better in 2016. They’re 6-1 after blowing out Addison in a rematch of last year’s Class C regional final. 6-5 Preston Laketa is big for Class C with guard hands, 6-4 senior Kyle Spink is a tough athlete on the wing, then there’s McMiller. He was money on the catch-and-shoot against Addison, while also causing dilemmas with how much space he can cover. While somewhat hard to gauge because of the competition, he’s clearly a scholarship guard.
Diego Robinson 6-6 Jr Lansing Everett: Like Livers above, another junior forward who gets better and better. He brought energy and polish to nearly everything he did. Banged dunks, hit hooks and three-pointers alike. You just wish he were a little bigger, but a Horizon League kind of forward regardless.
Paul Zysk 6-9 Sr Addison: Good shooter. But rare is the college offense that is going to be built around a post like Zysk, so he needs to do more off the ball, rebound with two hands because that’s what he’ll be asked to do first.
Class A Player of the Week: Greg Elliott 6-3 Jr Detroit East English Village Always a plus player and mid-major prospect as an underclassman, Elliott has elevated his game and is looking like the next Edmond Sumner. He had 35 points and 16 rebounds in a 71-65 defeat of Kalamazoo Central. He scored 22 earlier in the week in a win over Detroit Pershing.
Class A Underclassman of the Week: Foster Loyer 5-11 So Clarkston In the most prolific scoring game in school history against a team not from Oakland or Livingston counties, Loyer put up 44 in the Wolves’ defeat of Romulus.
Class B Player of the Week: Demetri Martin 6-4 Jr Big Rapids: His team needed all of his 29 points in a two-point win against Tri-County. Martin also had 16 rebounds.
Class B Underclassman of the Week: Romeo Weems 6-5 Fr New Haven Production is catching up to hype for this prodigy, one of the top three freshmen in the state, as he had 14 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in New Haven’s win against Madison Heights Madison.
Class C Player of the Week: Shae Somers 6-0 Sr Elk Rapids Perhaps as a punishment for Kalkaska’s ridiculous financial demands of Parallel 45’s 8th-grade team to practice at their gym, Somers torched the Blazers for 35 points.
Class C Underclassman of the Week: Delano Williams 6-1 Fr Mt. Clemens A career-high for a young career, Williams scored 24 points as the Bathers beat Sterling Heights.
Class D Player of the Week: Matt Havey 6-0 Jr Lansing Christian His 24 points led the Pilgrims to a win at Class C Western Michigan Christian, then followed up with 18 in a defeat of Maple Valley.
Class D Underclassman of the Week: Marcus Harris 5-10 Fr Brimley He scored 19 points in a win against Rudyard, then had 14 before fouling out in a loss to St. Ignace.
Michael Flowers 6-0 Jr Southfield: He hasn’t hit 50 yet again, like he did earlier in the season against Detroit Allen, but did have 66 combined points over two games at the Motor City Roundball. Flowers scored 35 against Gary Bowman (including 22 following the end of the third quarter in the Jays’ OT win) and 31 against West Bloomfield.
Class A Underclassman of the Week Jason Dietz 6-2 So Troy: We loved his poise and shot-making at our last two camps, and that’s clearly carried over to the high school season as Deitz put in a main-stage performance in the aux gym of the Motor City Roundball Classic, scoring 30 in a defeat of Detroit Denby.
Class B Player of the Week Eric Williams 6-3 Jr New Haven: An athletic, creative finisher and sleeper in the 2017 class after transferring from St. Clair, Williams scored a career-high 39 points in New Haven’s win against St. Clair Shores South Lake.
Class B Underclassman of the Week Lamar Norman 6-2 So Wyoming Godwin Heights: He had 21 points in the gold division championship game of the Cornerstone Holiday Tournament, in which Godwin Heights beat Forest Hills Central. Norman scored 15 in the semifinals against Rockford.
Class C Player of the Week Colin Ancheutz 6-2 Sr Adrian Madison: He had 10 and 10 as Madison knocked off one of the state’s to Class C programs, Laingsburg, in the semifinals of Siena Heights’ tournament, then came back with 15 and 10 as Madison came up short to Class A Brighton in the final.
Class C Underclassman of the Week Keith Johnson 6-2 So Detroit Loyola: He stepped up against some tough Class A competition scoring 13 points in the Bulldogs’ close loss to North Farmington.
Class D Player of the Week Andrew Klein 6-4 Sr Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes: He delivered a big NO to Detroit University YES Academy with 28 points, nine rebounds and five assits.
Class D Underclassman of the Week Daniel Everhart 5-10 So Marine City Cardinal Mooney: He had 25 points and 10 assists as Cardinal Mooney beat Algonac, which followed another 25-point effort the previous game in a loss to Ecorse.