Preseason Class D All-State

Jason Whitens and Powers North Central are poised for a third straight Class D state title.
Jason Whitens and Powers North Central are poised for a third straight Class D state title.

Class D MVP  Jason Whitens  6-4  Sr  Powers North Central: Easy preseason MVP pick,  the leading scorer from two state championship hoop squads. Also, QB of 8-man state championship football team. He became North Central’s all-time leader in points last season while averaging 23 a game.

Class D All-State

  • Gunnar Libby  5-9  Sr  Hillman: Scored 22 points a game as a junior, with the talent and experience to carry both ball-handling and scoring loads.
  • Gabe Meriwether  6-3  Sr  Bellaire: Graduation losses will lead to increased production for Meriwether, who averaged 17.6 points a game as a junior.
  • Mason Pline  6-6  Jr  Fowler: A solid double-double threat as a soph who exploded in AAU as an active dunking, three-point shooting forward with D1 physical tools.
  • Jaylon Rogers  6-1  Jr  Frankfort: The Panthers gave him the keys as a sophomore and he scored 19 points a game. May be the toughest cover in Northern Michigan.
  • Bryce Washington  6-4  Jr  Southfield Christian: Elite open court slasher and finisher who has offers from CMU, Colgate, Detroit and Oakland. Scored 17 a game as a sophomore.

Second team

  • Dawson Bilski  6-3  Sr  Powers North Central: Sweet shooter averaged 15 points for repeat state champs. Signed with Michigan Tech.
  • Denver Cade  6-2  Jr  Buckley: College-caliber shooter who scored 17 points a game as a sophomore.
  • Derrick Edington  6-7  Sr  Pickford: Scholarship sleeper who can score above the rim or from 20 feet. Averaged 27 and 17 as a junior.
  • Daniel Everhart  6-0  Jr  Marine City Cardinal Mooney:  Momentum from a strong off-season and was no slouch as a sophomore scoring 18 points a game.
  • Trey Helinski  5-11  Jr  Lenawee Christian: Led state quarerfinalist team in scoring as a sophomore at 14 points per game.
  • Brock Washington  6-4  Sr  Southfield Christian: Leading scorer the past two seasons for Southfield Chrsitian, which will challenge Powers Central in Class D after moving down from Class C.

Third team

  • Preston Granger  6-4  Sr  Lansing Christian: Clever post scorer led the Pilgrims scoring 16.9 points per game.
  • Austin Harris  6-4  Jr  Buckley: Versatile guard averaged 13 points as a sophomore.
  • Matt Havey  6-1  Sr  Lansing Christian: Averaged 16.4 points per game for regional finalist.
  • Matt Loney  6-3  Sr  Frankfort: Athletic playmaker on both ends of the court for what was a 20-win team.
  • Matt Malcolm  6-4  Jr  Plymouth Christian: Great leaper who can also get hot from deep. Averaged 18 points as a sophomore.
  • Jacob Witt  6-7  Jr  Ewen Trout Creek: Good athlete at 230 pounds who averaged 19.6 points as a sophomore.

Fourth team

  • Harlond Beverly  6-2  So  Southfield Christian
  • David Binder  6-2  Sr  Owendale-Gagetown
  • Forest Bouyer  5-11  Sr  Lansing Christian
  • Blake Dockery  6-2  Jr  Baldwin
  • Thomas Hursey  6-0  Jr  Suttons Bay
  • Jeremy Pung  6-6  Jr  Fowler

Fifth team

  • Caleb Hunter  5-10  So  Southfield Christian
  • Micah McLain  6-2  Jr  Parkway Christian
  • Daniel Nocerini  6-2  Sr  Crystal Falls Forest Park
  • John Paramski  6-2  Sr  Newberry
  • Noah Robak  6-1  So  Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes

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