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Bank Hoops All-State 2015: Class A and B PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephen Bell   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 04:17

Class A All-State

MVP Eric Davis  6-3  Sr  Saginaw Arthur Hill
The one knock on Davis was his lack of postseason success, as one of the state's most storied programs, Arthur Hill, didn't make it out of districts his first three seasons. That all changed in 2015, as he's led the Lumberjacks to the Class A final, while being one of the three Mr. Basketball finalists himself. He averages 27 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals per game. Davis signed with Texas.

Trishton Jackson  6-2  Jr  West Bloomfield
One of the state's top football recruits, Jackson established himself as a D1 lock on the hardwood too averaging 26 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals per game while shooting 51 percent.

Xavier Tillman  6-7  So  Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central
Only a sophomore, Tillman is already one of the state's most heavily recruited players after leading Forest Hills Central to an undefeated regular season. He averaged 16 points and 7.1 rebounds for the Rangers.

Brailen Nealy  5-10  Jr  Detroit Western
Leader of the longest-running undefeated team in Class A, PSL champion Western. Lefty averages 15.9 points and 4.1 assists per game while shooting 50 percent from the field for the state semifinalist Cowboys.

Jaylin Walker  6-2  Sr  Romulus
One of the state's most explosive dunkers, Walker averaged 24 points for the Eagles. He signed with Kent State.

Jeron Rogers  6-7  Sr  North Farmington
A rare college-ready body from the frontcourt, Rogers signed with Cleveland State. He averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals per game.

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 March 2015 19:43 )
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Bank Hoops All-State 2015: Class C & D PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephen Bell   
Monday, 23 March 2015 03:01

Class C All-State

MVP  Bryce Windham  6-1  Sr  Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central
An all-state level player in three sports, Windham is looking to follow up a football state championship run as SMCC's QB on the hardwood as their point guard. He reached the state semifinals as a sophomore. As a senior he averages 20.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game. Windham is the school's No. 2 all-time scorer and holds records for assists, rebounds and points in a season and game.

Brandon Dingman  6-3  Sr  Mancelona
A stone scorer from behind the arc or in the lane, Dingman surpassed the school's all-time mark early in the season. He sent on to average 30 points on 59 percent from the floor along with 6.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2 steals per game.

Shawn Pardee  5-11  Jr  Millington
With one Millington all-state guard, Austin LeVan, slowed with injury, Pardee stepped up as one of the state's most prolific scorers. He averages 25.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4 assists and 1.7 steals per game for Millington's quarterfinalist team.

Corey Redman  6-5  Sr  Boyne City
He's signed with CMU, and perhaps not coincidentally Boyne City won its first regional since the last time it had a D1 recruit, Oakland's Jason Rozycki in 1998. Redman also led the Ramblers to their first back-to-back Lake Michigan Conference crowns in over 20 years, averaging 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists per game.

Ryan Wade  5-10  Sr  Laingsburg
With Greg Mitchell leaving the Laingsburg bench after 25 years for Hope College, Wade did his part to continue the program's winning tradition for first-year coach Dan Blemaster going undefeated in the CMAC and winning a district crown. Wade, a preferred walk-on at WMU, averaged 19 points, 3.5 assists and 3 steals per game.

Khari Willis  6-1  Sr  Jackson Lumen Christi
An MSU football recruit who would have liked been at least a mid-major point guard recruit had he chosen the basketball route. Willis averaged 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 March 2015 18:12 )
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Bell on Ball: Michigan's Top Regional Final Matchups PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephen Bell   
Friday, 26 December 2014 03:33

These are the last trophies until the state finals, regional championships on the line throughout Michigan on Wednesday. Here are the most likely to be competitive and entertaining.

Class A
Lansing Everett 22-2 vs. Kalamazoo Central 23-1 @ Holt: These teams met after Christmas and K Central defended its home court 60-54. Everett has had to be sharper in the post season thus far, coming out of a tough Okemos district then beating 20-3 Ann Arbor Huron in the regional semis 82-77. This should be a fun game between two potentially explosive offenses and D1 talent on both sides.

Muskegon 22-1 vs. Hudsonville 16-7 @ West Ottawa: Amongst the ingredients of the Westside's new-found swag is the knowledge that on Muskegon's 2014 state title run the only real game they got was from Hudsonville in the regional final, before steamrolling the non-West Michigan competition the rest of the way. A healthy Mason Opple gives Hudsonville the athletic and blue-collar edge they'd lacked, and allows senior Brent Hibbitts to show what makes him the most versatile 6-8 upperclassman in Michigan. But the real onus could fall on continually improving junior guards Riley Costen and Bryce Elliott against the Big Reds pressure. Muskegon is fresh from dispatching of previously unbeaten Forest Hills Central, showing their state championship pedigree with Deyonta Davis playing above the rim and Joeviair Kennedy hitting from all three levels. 

Clarkston 23-0 vs. Macomb Dakota 21-2 @ Troy: Clarkston hasn't lost all season. Dakota hasn't lost since the first week of the season -- to Clarkston 52-37. Only two other teams have held them under 60, and that was before Mt. Clemens transfers Charles Penn and Jermaine Jackson were eligible, and more recently Tariq Jones. 

Romulus 18-5 vs. Ypsilanti 18-4 @ Gibraltar Carlson: A couple mid-major guards in this one, senior Jaylin Walker who will go from Romulus to Kent State, and Ypsi junior Corey Allen.

Class B
Otsego 21-3 vs. Benton Harbor 18-6 @ Comstock: This is a rematch from 2014, which Benton Harbor won. Otsego has the advantage and size and talent, bu far ... but this group must show they have it where it counts, and show fight and pride when the Tigers inevitably punch them in the mouth and go on a run.

Milan 22-2 vs. Onsted 19-4 @ Chelsea: If you like your posts beefy, old school and highly productive, gotta check out Buffalo-bound Nick Perkins of Milan and Onsted's high-major recruit, 6-10 junior Austin Davis. This game is ironically played at Chelsea, the new home of Josh Tropea. He coached Milan to last year's Class B state championship.

Detroit Henry Ford 17-5 vs. Detroit Consortium 17-5 @ Robichaud: Consortium seems to have survived the post-Josh Jackson era, with a district title despite moving up from Class C to B. Like Henry Ford, they benefit from a tough regular season schedule in what is overall a weak and wide open Class B division.

Class C
McBain 21-2 vs. Beaverton 24-0 @ Manton: Two hall of fame coaches in this one, the state's No. 2 all-time in wins Beaverton's Roy Johnston and a guy who is as good as anyone in March McBain's Bruce Koopman. 

Iron Mountain 21-2 vs. Boyne City 19-5 @ Marquette: This is as far as Boyne has reached in the postseason since Jason Rozycki's senior season. Corey Redman is their first D1 recruit since then, but amazingly the Ramblers got through the district and Monday's win over Ishpeming with the CMU recruit on the bench injured. The run is especially gratifying to the team as two projected starters waited until after football season to announce they weren't playing.

Shelby 22-1 vs. Laingsburg 21-2 @ Beal City: These two programs just keep winning. Shelby can grind out wins on the defensive end and yes, there's another Beckman. Laingsburg hasn't lost a step despite long-time coach Greg Mitchell now at Hope College. They're trying to join their girls' team at Breslin and has a veteran guard for the task senior Ryan Wade.

Detroit Edison 17-5 vs. Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central 21-3 @ Whitmore Lake: Edison has the top freshman point guard in Class C, David DeJulius, while SMCC has the top senior point guard, Bryce Windham.

Flint Beecher 22-1 vs. Southfield Christian 21-3 @ Sandusky: These have been two of the elite small school programs, with Southfield Christian being bumped to Class C. Beecher's lone loss was to Detroit Henry Ford, which is still alive in Class B, while all three of Southfield Christian's losses were to Class A schools. Beecher had a one year respite from Breslin but is back with a typically small but scrappy squad led by 6-2 senior Cedric Moten, soph point guard Malik Ellison, his backcourt partner senior Sammy Toins, and versatile 6-3 junior Aquiavius Burks. At Southfield Christian, 6-3 soph Brock Washington is emerging as the next all-state talent.   

Class D
Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes 23-0 vs. Allen Park Inter-City Baptist 20-4 @ West Bloomfield: No this is the right season, Waterford Lakes has state title potential and it's not football or softball. To have two players with the size and guard skills of WOLL senior Nick Robak and junior Andrew Kline would be a luxury at even a lot of larger schools. ICB is the Detroit area parochial school we're more used to seeing here, especially when there's another Kraatz in the mix, junior guard Garrett who had a school-record 43-point (11 three-pointer) game early this season. 

Boyne Falls 21-2 vs. Frankfort 22-1 @Traverse City West: While tweener status leaves some question marks when projecting them to the next level, there's no denying that Frankfort's all-time leading scorer, senior David Loney, and Boyne Falls' eventual all-time scorer, junior Marcus Matelski, are great high school players. 

St. Ignace 14-9 vs. Hillman 22-1 @ Pellston: After a pedestrian regular season, St. Ignace is peaking at the right time and broke Cedarville's death grip on the Eastern UP with Monday's semifinal win. They have one of the best guards in the division, junior Gage Kreski, as does Hillman with senior Mason VanPamel.

Lake Linden-Hubbell 23-0 vs. Powers North Central 23-0 @ Negaunee: This is the state's only matchup of two undefeated teams. Coming off a win over a one-loss Munising team in the semifinal, Powers North Central is the favorite to remain clean.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 March 2015 00:18 )
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University of Detroit Adds Guard, Forward Pair PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephen Bell   
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 18:37

With the October 6 commitment of Detroit Western's Gerald Blackshear and Josh McFolley to the University of Detroit, 20 Michigan seniors have now made their college commitments.

2015 
Dilon Aten  6-1  Sr  Wayland (ACB BankHoops)  Cornerstone
This is how you become a small college power, keeping at home all-staters talented enough to have played at bigger schools. Cornerstone did it in the spring with Holland Christian's Kyle Steigenga. Aten can help you running a team, or picking up the scoring when he has to. The last time an all-state point guard went from Wayland to Cornerstone it worked out well, Wes Hudson was the 2014 WHAC MVP.

Gerald Blackshear  6-8  Sr  Detroit Western (1Nation)  Detroit
Energy guy whose motor when paired with athleticism and wingspan make Blackshear productive without having plays called for him. Guards the bucket, pursues rebounds and rim runs for dunks. Ability to check inside and out is attractive. He'll join AAU and former Mt. Clemens teammate Josh McFolley at Detroit Western, and then at Calihan Hall.

Deleon Brown  6-2  Sr  Grand Rapids Christian (SYF Players/GR Storm)  Colorado
A smooth shooter who hit for 20 points per game as a junior and vaulted into one of the state's top 10 overall recruits. Creating space is creating space, and Brown's ball-handling give him point guard potential in addition to his scoring prowess. Brown chose the Buffaloes ahead of a bevy of mid-major offers, and will likely play a post-grad year prior to facing the rigors of the Pac10. 

Malik Clincy  6-2  Sr  Grand Rapids Northview (WM Lakers)  Cornerstone
Between Aten and Clincy, Cornerstone has already inked two top 30 overall prospects, securing a future backcourt that could keep them in national contention through the end of the decade. Either of them can play on or off the ball, Clincy an athletic lane scorer and creator who will knock down clutch shots and give effort defensively. He's one of the state's biggest sleepers, and looked just as good as any of the 2015 Detroit area guards in AAU.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 October 2014 21:07 )
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2016 Perimeter Standouts From Bank Hoops All-State Minicamp PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stephen Bell   
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 06:23

Tariq Archibald  5-8  Jr  Ortonville Brandon
One of the state's significant sub-genres of player, Pontiac point guards, ran strong through the turn of the century. Maurice Searight remains the favorite guard this space has covered. It's endangered now, but able vessels of this diaspora still exist, like Archibald. Maybe not as much glitter in the veneer, but rock solid where it counts. He's a smooth A-to-B guard who mixes in his own offense. Will have to get more explosive for high school shots to become college shots at his size.

"Solid vocal point guard who does everything well," a coach said. "Doesn't wow you with flare, but gets the job done with efficiency. Plays tough on-ball defense, but will need to continue to get stronger to allow him to match up better with bigger guards."

Payton Dewildt  6-1  Jr  Midland
The jumper sets it all up for this combo guard who brings to mind John Flynn with his build and ability to get off his shot. Dangerous three-point shooter off of screens or as a pitch option in the corner. Uses strength at the block and can finish with either hand. Not a break-down point guard but sees the open man, is unselfish and makes good decisions against helping and double-teaming defenders. At his height, development of mid-range game will be key.

"Classic lefty, Gail Goodrich shooter," a coach said. "Solid small college player, at least."

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