Bank Hoops Player of the Year
Foster Loyer 5-11 Jr Clarkston: Loyer scored 29 points in the championship game after 32 in the semis to lead Clarkston to its first state title, a performance that ranks with Pershing’s Keith Appling in 2009 and Flint Northern’s Mateen Cleaves in 1995 as the most dominating Class A finals from a junior guard in the past 25 years. Like Appling and Cleaves, he’ll play at Michigan State. In the regular season he averaged 25.4 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. Loyer shot .469 percent from three-point range and .957 percent from the foul line.
Bank Hoops All-State
Greg Elliott 6-4 Sr Detroit East English Village: One of the most rapidly rising recruits in the country during his senior season, in which Elliott became Bank Hoops’ No. 2 college prospect in the 2017 class as he earned offers from Marquette, MSU and Providence. He scored nearly 10 points more per game as a senior than junior, with averages of 28 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. A Mr. Basketball finalist and voted Mr. PSL.
Malik Ellison 5-8 Sr Flint Beecher: He led Beecher to its third consecutive state title, scoring 32 in the Class C championship game. Ellison averaged 26 points, 5.5 assists and four steals per game, including 63 points against Class B state champion New Haven. Bank Hoops’ Class C player of the year. Committed to Eastern Michigan.
Brandon Johns 6-8 Jr East Lansing: Led East Lansing to its second straight 20-0 regular season. Johns averaged 20.6 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots per game. He has offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Iowa, Pitt, Alabama and Texas.
Isaiah Livers 6-8 Sr Kalamazoo Central: Mr. Basketball. Led Kalamazoo Central to a Class A regional title. He averaged 18 points, 14 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.4 blocks and 1.7 steals per game, while shooting 54 percent from the field, 45 percent from three-point range and 85 percent from the line. Livers signed with Michigan.
Xavier Tillman 6-9 Sr Grand Rapids Christian: Led the Eagles to the Class A state final, scoring 25 in the championship games. Bank Hoops Class A player of the year. Averaged 13.2 points, 10.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 4.1 blocks per game. Signed with Michigan State.