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.
Class A Player of the Week Brennan Buszka 6-3 Jr Grosse Pointe South: He did a bit of everything to earn MVP honors in South’s OT win over Novi in the Motor City Roundball Classic, with 22 points, 11 boards and five steals.
Class A Underclassman of the Week Duane Washington 6-1 So Grand Rapids Christian: As anticipated as their transfers’ eligibility is, the Eagles’ next isn’t barren. Washington is one of the top point guards in the 2018 class and scored 26 in GR Christian’s win over NorthPointe Christian. That improved them to 4-0 before falling to Hudsonville in the final of the Cornerstone Christmas tournament.
Class B Player of the Week Jalen Martin 6-3 Sr Chandler Park Academy: He’s committed to Toledo for football and would be a scholarship hooper had he chosen that route. Martin had 40 points and 20 rebounds in CPA’s win over Detroit Denby in the PSL Holiday Hoops Classic.
Class B Underclassman of the Week George Sadler 6-0 So Southfield Bradford: Heretofore best known for his football exploits, Sadler can apparently hoop some too. He had 15 points and nine rebounds in Bradford’s win over Detroit Cornerstone in the Motor City Roundball Classic.
Class C Player of the Week Dwight Burton 6-2 Sr Detroit Delta: New locale same positive results for the former Mumford guard, as Burton had 38 points in a win against Pontiac Notre Dame.
Class C Underclassman of the Week Anthony George 6-1 Grosse Pte. University Liggett: His 21 points led Liggett to a win over Henry Ford Academy.
Class D Player of the Week Gunnar Libby 5-9 Jr Hillman: He scored 25 points with four steals as Hillman improved to 4-0 with a win over Rudyard. He’s averaging 24 points, 4 assists and 7 steals per game.
Class A Player of the Week Demetrius Lake 5-9 Jr Holland: He shot 2-of-25 in the opener with West Ottawa but hasn‘t looked back. Lake had his second 44-point effort of the young season against West Catholic and scored 36 against Godwin Heights as the Dutch split for the week.
Class A Underclassman of the Week Jack Ammerman 5-10 So Ann Arbor Skyline: He scored 22 points, including five three-pointers, as Skyline scored a school-record 94 against Temperance Bedford. Ammerman is averaging 20 points through four games.
Class B Player of the Week James Jenkins 6-6 Sr Hazel Park: Hazel Park was looking for its first win and Jenkins delivered with 19 points, 14 rebounds and 11 blocked shots against Public Safety Academy. An athletic undersized 4 with a motor who can play at the next level.
Class B Underclassman of the Week Quinn Blair 6-6 So Dearborn Divine Child: His career-high 34 points led Divine Child to a 70-62 win against Crestwood, improving DC to 3-0 on the season. Blair also had 17 points and 12 rebounds in a blowout of Brother Rice.
Class C Player of the Week Shawn Pardee 5-11 Sr Millington: His 55 points were one shy of the school record, and the most of any Michigan player thus far this season, as Millington beat Essexville Garber in two overtimes. He made 16-of-17 free throws. Pardee’s previous career high was 40. He had 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in an earlier win against Caro.
Class C Underclassman of the Week Kyle Stockmeyer 6-2 So Reese: He scored a career-high 26 points in Reese’s defeat of Bay City John Glenn, half of those coming in the third quarter.
Class D Player of the Week Mike Graves 6-2 Sr Munising: The Mustangs improved to 3-0 with a 10-point win at Rock Mid-Peninsula, where Graves scored 31.
Class D Underlassmen of the Week Austin Harris 6-2 So & Denver Cade 6-1 So Buckley: Harris had 23 points, six rebounds and six assists and Cade 16 points, six rebounds and seven assists as Buckley improved to 3-0 against McBain Northern Michigan Christian. In a win over Suttons Bay Harris had 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and four steals while Cade scored 24.