Flint’s Finest: Rep Builders

Farmington sophomore Ray Bryant looked like one of the state’s most explosive 2019 guards for the Michigan Playmakers.

While there was name-brand shopping the week before at the Grand Rapids Storm Classic, Easter weekend provided a good chance to find college talent from grassroots teams. It’s abundant this spring given the depth of the 2018 class. That was apparent at Flint’s Finest tournament, which included these standouts below. Local team Comrades United beat the Michigan Playmakers for the 17U title; in 16U Championship Sports Gold beat Parallel 45; and in 15U the Playmakers topped the Flight.

Leon Ayers  6-2  Jr  Moneyball East (Troy): The starting point guard from Troy’s Class A regional championship team. Keeps the ball hot, good play running for AAU. Can also play off it and hit his own shots off the catch. Covered space on defense. More strength, explosion will help Ayers rise in a deep 2018 guard class.

Emmanuel Bates  6-4  Jr  Flint’s Finest (Swartz Creek): High energy two-way guy who is a small college recruit for the right system like an Olivet. Turns ends easily, able to play on the top of the press then recover to block the shot. Has physical tools for the next level. Needs to define and refine his halfcourt offense. A passer, cutter, clean-up guy right now.

Noah Baylis  5-11  Fr  Mid-Michigan Lakers 15U (Holly): Did nothing but solidify his name among the deep 2020 point guard class. Toughened up from a year of varsity ball since last we saw him, which dictated the addition of a pull-up mid-range game. Scored 26 against the Playmakers, including five three-pointers.

Ray Bryant  6-3  So  Michigan Playmakers 16U (Farmington): He could jump from All-OAA to all-state as Farmington graduates Jordan Graham and Jay Kirby. Bryant was already a consistent double-double threat and it was easy to see why in the 16U semifinals where he was a finisher and rebounder not afraid to seek out hits. A tough cover on the break coming downhill, either with the ball or running the lanes. Slasher from the halfcourt who ended up spending a lot of time at the line. In that semifinal Bryant was the guy the Playmakers turned to match the toughness and physicality around the rim of Championship Sport’s Blake Charboneau. Not many more talented guards in the 2019 class.

Blake Dockery  6-2  Jr  Parallel 45-White (Baldwin): With 6-7 junior Ethan Ancick injured, P45 needed rebounding where they could find it and Dockery came up big on the glass for the 17U silver bracket champions. Strong first step and finishes well, and is that much more dangerous when playing a half-second behind because the quickness remains a plus even then. Good tools and coachable, but college chances will be as a point guard so needs to work on skill level, decision making, recognizing game situations.

Omari Duncan  6-4  Jr  Comrades United (Carman Ainsworth): Was joined by high school teammate, junior point guard Ja’kavien Lewis, in the final to conclude 17U championship run. Duncan projects as a tweener but is versatile and plays hard. Slasher, active on the glass where he can play bigger than his height, sets tough screens.

Nick Jungel  6-7  Jr  Camp Darryl (Olivet): Went from tall, active 4, to tall, active, strong 4. Cleared the glass and ran rim to rim. Jump hook in the lane off either shoulder. All the MIAA and WHAC will want him, and all the GLIAC will want to see him. Needs to show he can step out and check stretch 4s.

Jalen Kelso  6-0  Jr  Michigan Eagles (Walled Lake Northern): He has more to work with than on past editions of this team, which is coached by his father hall of famer Ben Kelso. The younger version has long played with the right intent, now that he’s matured and filled out physically is able to follow all the way through more consistently. Did a lot of damage once he got a shoulder into his defender, made the Eagles’ fast break hum hitting some athletic but not especially skilled guys on the money so they had no choice but to finish the score. Kelso needs to finish more chin to the rim, off the glass as he’s not big or explosive enough to make his preferred mode, over the time, an efficient shot.

Lucas Lueder  6-4  So  Champ Sports-Gold (Sanford Meridian): This was already a top five 16U team in Michigan based on their 15U resume. The addition of Lueder raises the ceiling. Sees over defenders and passes like a point guard or can hurt you shooting off screens. All kinds of defensive potential with his length and hoops IQ. Tougher than might think at first glance but still lacks physicality, the punch to finish above the rim. Could rank with guys like Reese Castor, Chandler Turner and Cade Coleman in the next group of 2019 wing prospects after Terry Armstrong and Romeo Weems.

Jaylon Rogers  6-1  Jr  Parallel 45-Green (Frankfort): Can be up and down but was all the way dialed in for a bracket play OT loss to FABE. Rogers made three free throws with time expired to force the extra period. Repeatedly abused FABE’s guards off the dribble and mixed in enough drop offs for layups to keep the second row of defense off balance. It’s when there’s a 6-9 type waiting back there that the decision making and expediency can be tested, but in this game at least it was layup city.

Trever Salani  6-0  So  Parallel 45 16U (Manton): Underclassman starter from Manton’s state semifinalist team, and now for an AAU team that reached the 16U final in Flint. Battled on defense, showed a serious vertical on the glass and knocked down timely three-pointers. Needs to work on handle and overall guard game.

Ashton Sherrell  6-7  Jr  Michigan Playmakers (New Haven): Underrated starting center on New Haven’s state championship team; didn’t have plays run for him with all-state scorers on the wings. Plays a similar role for the Playmakers, an active rebounder and shot blocker. Lanky, bouncy, recovers well. Needs some kind of reliable offense as things progress.

Jackarus Smith  6-3  Jr  FABE (Grand Blanc): Wide-shouldered wing guard who could rebound one end the finish at the other. Hard to keep out of the lane. Could square and redirect defensively. Three-point shot seemed to depend on which game.

Nick Wells  6-2  Jr  North Oakland Wolfpack (Clarkston): He’s one of four returning starters for defending state champ Clarkston. And probably the least well-known. Wells is out there for a reason though and thrives at the subtle stuff, in AAU like in the high school season. Combines smart defense between positioning and beating the ball to the spot, and plays with quick hands. Closes out really well just doesn’t give much room off the catch. A spot up shooter whose offense could benefit from fluidity and diversity. Hard not to recruit if MIAA school.

Early Returns: Prospects Help Cause at Storm Classic

Detroit U-D Jesuit sophomore Julian Dozier belied his age running the point for The Elite’s 17U at the Grand Rapids Storm Classic.

The state travel season really gets underway with the Grand Rapids Storm Classic, the top event in the Midwest this weekend. C2K from Ohio beat the Mustangs to win the 17U title; the Family defeated another Ohio squad the NEO Shooting Stars in 16U; and the 15U crown also went to the Family, a championship game winner over the Michigan Playmakers. Here are some in-state prospects who helped their cause.

Julian Dozier  5-9  So  The Elite 17U (Detroit U-D Jesuit): Did the simple, but rare, things to make The Elite’s high-flying athletes look all the better. Made his plays and deliveries from the foul line instead of over-penetrating and getting swallowed up like so many talented but small point guards. Feel, handle, vision and footwork to slice through traffic. His real playing up, can he grab some of these teammates by the collar, inspire and lead Isiah style? Because talented as they are, there are a couple guys who need a kick in the rear to play team-first, winning basketball.

Justin Fischer  6-3  Jr  TEAM Basketball 17U (Warren De La Salle): Helped TEAM Basketball to an opening round win over the host Storm and then one close half, at least, against the Family in the platinum bracket. Point guard with size and slickness, and DLS fundamentals. Shot is unorthodox, but there’s significant range on it. Fischer made a terrific defensive play against the Family, stopping a two-on-one break with a blocked shot. He doesn’t play as low and explosive as you’d expect from a mid-major prospect, but skills and grades will give him ample college options.

Ja’kavien Lewis  5-10  Jr  1Nation 17U (Flint Carman-Ainsworth): 1Nation was at their best going with a three-headed point guard track team Lewis, PJ Mitchell and Brandon Wade. Lewis competes on the defensive end, and if not passing has a real gift for the right angles and spin to finish around the rim. A consistent shot could be all standing between JK and free college.

Traveon Maddox  6-4  Jr  Warriors 17U (Novi): It’s been fun to watch his evolution from athlete to basketball player. Maddox has really improved with the jumper — it’s not natural looking but he does a good job of keeping the elbow in — opening it up for strong takes to the hole. Big time finisher off the break.  Has the tools and increasingly the mentality to be a lockdown defender.

Nelson McCauley  6-4  Jr  Mustangs 17U (Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills): Natural athlete who moves well, elevates from a standing position and changes ends easily. Loved McCauley’s defense in the winter, how he talked, recovered, closed out high, and rebounded to trigger the break. The offense was on display during the Mustangs’ Sunday run to the championship game, with a comeback over 1Nation in the quarterfinals and an annihilation of the Family in a grudge match semifinal. He attacked the rim with abandon and had a flurry of three-pointers. Can get sloppy sometimes with the one-handed passes. If he plays with this kind of energy consistently, and with his good grades, McCauley is closing in on D1 territory.

Matt Nicholson  6-9  Fr  North Oakland Wolfpack 15U (Clarkston): PT was predictably sparse for Clarkston’s state championship team, but Nicholson clearly made the best of his time on the JV. Took his offense towards the basket instead of fading away. Not big, but not soft and didn’t shy from other bodies not post-whistle physicality.

Max Perez  5-8  Fr  Grand Rapids Storm 15U (Hudsonville): He impressed last fall at both the Bank Hoops All-State Camp and College Guard Workshop. Perez is even more finely tuned now after a year starting in the O-K Red under Eagles coach Eric Elliott. Ace ball-handler who gets it where he wants in generally the most expedient manner. If he didn’t look young, would never guess his age by how he plays. Was particularly strong operating and closing out games in crunch time. Scholarship player, size will ultimately determine level.

Mark Watts  6-2  So  The Family 16U (Old Redford Academy): Watts had a score to settle in Grand Rapids, as last he was seen in DeVos Country it was in a blowout loss to West Ottawa at the Union Showcase. In age group competition he proved too tough a matchup, the leading scorer as the Family won the 16U title dropping 37 in the championship game over the NEO Shooting Stars. Terrific range and not shy about pulling it — sunk nine from behind the arc in the final — he s but Rocket was more than just a shot-hunter here as we attacked and scored in the lane all weekend. He’ll be a big league recruit off the EYBL a year from now.

Rashad Williams  6-1  Jr  The Family 17U (Wayne): He knocked down eight three-pointers in a Saturday game, and closed out the weekend with 18 points against the Mustangs. Versatile, stone scorer with the mentality to produce regardless the circumstances. Type of Michigan guard who will go mid-major and average 17 his second season.


Storm Classic: Recruit these pool games

Grand Rapids is once again home to the Storm Classic, the most prestigious travel basketball tournament in Michigan.

The Grand Rapids Storm Classic is open to all college coaches except D1. Combine that setup and what continues to be a very deep 2018 class, there will be some serious GLIAC, MIAA, WHAC and juco recruiting being done outside of the super pool games. Below are some pool games ripe with college prospects that coaches should check out. All are in the senior-to-be division.

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MBA vs. Parallel 45 (White), 6:15 pm Friday Ct. 5: MBA will have a mixed group due to spring break, including Muskegon Heights junior DeCarri Brown, 6-5 East Kentwood junior D’Avery Moore, 6-3 Rockford junior Ty Thiel, 6-9 Harper Creek junior Ryan McCafferty, Portage Northern sophomore guard Devin Marshall and Luke Maranka, a 6-8 home-schooled sophomore from Hudsonville. For P45, D2s will be all over one of the state’s most productive inside-outside forwards this winter, 6-7 Walled Lake Northern junior Ethan Ancick. His teammates are deep at guard, including four who just played at the Breslin Center, Buckley juniors Denver Cade and Joey Weber in the Class D final, and Manton juniors Jayden Perry and Hunter Ruell in the Class C semifinals.

North Oakland Wolfpack vs. The Francise, 8:45 pm Friday Ct. 5: The Wolfpack were a top 10 in-state team at both the 16U and 15u levels, and add some new blood to that original core. There are a number of Clarkston state champions in the mix, most notably junior point guard CJ Robinson whom GLIAC schools will be looking at here. Their top newcomer is 6-6 L’anse Creuse junior Davion Moore, a bull around the basket. The Franchise has one of the state’s most attractive unsigned senior recruits in Southfield A&T’s Brandon Rucker, given his athleticism at 6-7 and good grades.

Grand Rapids Storm (George) vs. Michigan United, 9:15 am Saturday Ct. 1: United likes to play a zone but for how long when the Storm can counter with Forest Hills Central junior Tyler George shooting deep and 6-4 Jenison junior Colton Ritsema in the short corner? The Storm’s top prospect is Forest Hills Central junior Ryan Dunn who is 6-5 and can play the 1, 2 or 3. Small schools will want to check out United’s center Kyle Hensley, a 6-7 junior from Parkway Christian with a strong base, who walls off well on D and hits shots going either way in the lane.

West Michigan Lakers vs. Detroit Spartans, 9:15 am Saturday Ct. 6: The Lakers have their first D1 guard prospect since Korey VanDussen. Like KVD, Coloma’s Zach Goodline will play up on 17U as a sophomore. The Lakers always seem to come up with size for their 17U team that wasn’t there the previous spring. That’s the case again with 6-8 Spring Lake junior Sam Johnson and 6-9 Watervliet junior Dan Cluster. The Spartans rarely play in-state, so this will be a good chance for their players to be seen by schools that actually recruit Michigan.

Michigan Playmakers vs. Parallel 45 (Green), 10:30 am Saturday Ct. 1: The Playmakers may wear green are always one of the most blue-collar outfits in the state. 6-6 Cass Tech junior Randy Gilbert has a plethora of offensive tools and is poised for a breakout summer. 6-5 Detroit King junior Antonio Marshall is a tough, versatile wing defender. Junior guard Tavares Oliver was the sixth man for Class B state champion New Haven. What P45 lacks in size they make up for with passing and shooting, the cornerstone of 75 wins for the core of this group at the 16U and 15U levels. They feature a two-headed point guard in Frankfort junior Jaylon Rogers and Marine City Cardinal Mooney junior Daniel Everhart. 6-3 junior Austin Harris gained GLIAC favor with his performance for Buckley in the state finals and 6-3 Frankfort junior Matt Loney turned heads last week with his defense against Hazel Park all-state guard Carl Bow. 6-4 junior Seth Mann is a coach’s dream, lights out shooter with Petoskey toughness and a 4.0 gpa, bookending as a wing who can play big with athletic 6-4 Boyne City junior Mason Gardner.

Elite Nation vs. TEAM Basketball, 3:30 PM Saturday Ct. 2: Elite Nation returns most of the key parts from what was one of the state’s top 16U teams, and add 6-6 DeWitt junior Luke Hyde and Goodrich guard Carrington Wiggins. EN’s top prospect is 6-7 junior Mason Pline, who didn’t dominate like his physical tools would suggest in the winter for Fowler, where he could be a Class D Charles Barkley, but perhaps has a game best-suited for AAU. He’s a D2 lock with the possibility to move up. TEAM Basketball was also very good at the 16U level and are built around triumvirate of scholarship guards 6-3 point Justin Fischer from Warren De La Salle, 6-2 slasher Nate Davis from Rochester Stoney Creek and 6-4 marksman Jason Dietz of Troy. Also from Troy 6-6 junior Danny Sully is a long-armed athlete whom coaches will hope matches up with the versatile Hyde though he may have to defend up against Pline and 6-6 junior Josh Perkins from Ypsilanti.


Bank Hoops 2017 All-State

Junior Foster Loyer was the leading scorer on Clarkston’s Class A state championship team. He’s committed to Michigan State.

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.


Bank Hoops Class D All-State

Jason Whitens with the third of Powers North Central’s three state championship trophies.

Class D Player of the Year

Jason Whitens  6-5  Sr  Powers North Central: He led North Central to a state-record and nation’s longest living win streak 83 games. Among and last of those were three state championships. Whitens’ versatility is found in the school record book, where he’s first all-time in scoring, assists and steals. As a senior he averaged 24 points, 11.5 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals per game. He placed third in the Mr. Basketball voting, the best showing from an Upper Peninsula player in over 25 years.

Class D All-State

Dawson Bilski  6-3  Sr  Powers North Central: Averaged 19.7 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists per game for the state champions. Bilski scored 25 in the state final and made the game-winning assist in the semifinals. Signed with Michigan Tech.

Gunnar Libby  5-9  Sr  Hillman: Hillman’s all-time leading scorer led them to a regional championship. He averaged 19 points, 5.5 assists and 4.7 steals per game.

Gabe Meriwether  6-3  Sr  Bellaire: He finished as the Eagles’ all-time career scorer, including 24.2 points per game as a senior. Meriwether also averaged 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 3.7 steals per game. Signed with Cornerstone.

Brock Washington  6-4  Sr  Southfield Christian: Averaged 13.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game against the state’s toughest Class D schedule.

Bryce Washington  6-4  Jr  Southfield Christian: D1 recruit was his team’s leading scorer and rebounder averaging 18.5 and 7 per game for state semifinalist.

Class D Coach of the Year

Blair Moss, Buckley: His first season Buckley won a single game. Five years later the Bears lost but one, going 26-1 falling to Powers North Central in the state final. Moss remains one of Northern Michigan’s most talented passing guards from the 1970s at Benzie Central, where he later coached for a dozen seasons, and this Buckley team reflected that player-friendly aesthetic with its go-go offense.

Class D Defensive Player of the Year

Ridge Beeman  5-11  So  Buckley: He’s the fastest player in Class D and woe be the scorer whom Beeman directs his physical advantages. During Buckley’s tournament run, in the five second halves between the district final and state semifinal the men he defended scored 13 points total.

Second Team All-State

  • Denver Cade  6-2  Jr  Buckley
  • Derek Edington  6-7  Sr  Pickford
  • Austin Harris  6-3  Jr  Buckley
  • Matt Havey  6-1  Sr  Lansing Christian
  • Jake Witt  6-7  Jr  Ewen-Trout Creek

Third team

  • Blake Dockery  6-2  Jr  Baldwin
  • Daniel Everhart  6-0  Jr  Marine City Cardinal Mooney
  • Dylan Jergens  5-11  So  Howardsville Christian
  • Matt Malcolm  6-4  Jr  Plymouth Christian
  • Jeremy Pung  6-7  Sr  Fowler

Fourth team

  • Harlond Beverly  6-3  So  Southfield Christian
  • Preston Granger  6-6  Sr  Lansing Christian
  • Kash O’Brien  6’0  Sr  Mackinaw City
  • Devin Schmitz  5-9  Jr  Dollar Bay
  • Jalen Rogers  6-1  Jr  Frankfort

Fifth team

  • Tyler Rose  5’11  Sr  Genesee Christian
  • Zach Burk  6-3  Sr  Lutheran Westland
  • Colten Nelson  6-2  So  Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart
  • Grant Dittmer  6-0  Sr  Bay City All Saints
  • Jacob Oom  5-9  Sr  Alanson

Sixth team

  • Kyle Hensley  6-5  Sr  Sterling Heights Parkway Christian
  • Marcus Krachinski  6-1  Sr  Powers North Central
  • Mason Pline  6-7  Jr  Fowler
  • Thomas Hursey  6-0  Jr  Suttons Bay
  • Forrest Bouyer  5-10  Sr  Lansing Christian

Seventh team

  • James Kersting  6-0  Sr  Harbor Light Christian
  • Zach Walden  5-10  Sr  Fulton
  • Matt Loney  6-3  Jr  Frankfort
  • Riley Boomershine  6-2  Sr  Climax-Scotts
  • Brett Moore  6-7  Sr  Pellston
  • Joe Weber  5-10  Jr  Buckley

Eighth team

  • James Kersting  6-0  Sr  Harbor Light Christian
  • Bobby Kleiman  6-0  Sr  Powers North Central
  • Peter Kalthoff  6-7  Jr  Hillsdale Academy
  • Tanner Curry  6-3  Sr  Martin
  • Max Okolo  6-5  Jr  Plymouth Christian

Class D Underclassman All-State

  • Britton Angell  6-2  So  Big Rapids Crossroads
  • Wyatt Waterbury  5-10  So  Bellevue
  • Jake Burger  6-2  So  Pittsford
  • Caleb Hunter  5-10  So  Southfield Christian
  • Ridge Beeman  5-11  So  Buckley


Bank Hoops Class C All-State

Bank Hoops Class C Player of the Year Malik Ellison shoots around Bank Hoops Class C Defensive MVP Spider Johnson in this Free Press photo.

Class C Player of the Year

Malik Ellison  5-8  Sr  Flint Beecher: All he does is win. Ellison just led Flint Beecher to its third-straight state championship, David Kooling at the line for 32 points against Covenant Christian in the final and 28 on Detroit Edison in the semis. He averaged 26 points, 5.5 assists and four steals per game, including 63 against newly crowned Class B state champion New Haven.

Class C All-State

Trent Bell  6-7  Sr  Negaunee: No, not selected because of his last name. Bell averaged 19.7 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 2 steals per game for a regional championship team. He signed with Michigan Tech.

Jamal Cain  6-7  Sr  Detroit Cornerstone: The most highly regarded prospect in the senior class when projecting a college and possible pro career. The Mr. Basketball nominee averaged 24 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks per game. Signed with Marquette.

Caleb Hodgson  6-9  So  Dansville:  Future D1 recruit averaged 16.4 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.7 blocks and 2.3 assists per game.

Blake Verbeek  6-10  Jr  Grandville Calvin Christian: He made his name in the 2016 state final, and improved as he became the marked man as an upperclassman. The D1 prospect averaged 17.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.2 blocks per game.

Nick Welch  6-7  Sr  Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central: He led SMCC to a 20-0 regular season and a regional championship, averaging 20.6 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 3.1 steals and 1.4 blocks per game. Welch signed with Northwood.

Class C Coach of the Year

Randy Windham, Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central: The Falcons continue to fly for Windham, whose teams won their seventh district crown in his seven years as coach. That was after a 20-0 regular season, before a regional championship. It helps to have an assembly line of all-state players, including his son Bryce Windham the 2015 Bank Hoops Class C Player of the Year, and most recently senior forward Nick Welch.

Class C Defensive MVP

Deante Johnson  6-8  Jr  Detroit Edison: That his nickname is Spider should tell you something about his game. Johnson has the wingspan to be a one-man trap 25 feet from the basket, with the versatility to then go and defend the rim like a center. Fit for a big man so played high energy deep into games despite running around so much. Blocked four shots in the state semifinals against Beecher.

Class C Second Team All-State

  • Carson Meulenberg  6-6  Jr  Grand Rapids Covenant Christian
  • Pierre Mitchell  5-11  Jr  Detroit Edison
  • Jayden Perry  5-7  Jr  Manton
  • Craig Sterk  6-7  Sr  McBain
  • Carson Wonders  6-4  Sr  Iron Mountain

Third team

  • Kylen Brown  5-8  Sr  Michigan Center
  • Blake Dunn  5-11  Sr  Saugatuck
  • Logan Eling  5-10  Sr  McBain
  • Ronald Hill  5-10  Jr  Detroit Pershing
  • Carter Johnston  6-3  Sr  Beaverton

Fourth team

  • Riley Fairfield  6-4  Sr  North Muskegon
  • Kaleb Keipert  6-7  Sr  Roscommon
  • Benji Kuiper  6-0  Sr  Grand Rapids Covenant Christian
  • Gary Solomon  6-4  Jr  Detroit Edison
  • Jack Staley  6-5  Sr  Breckenridge
Fifth team
  • Dre Tuominen  6-0  Sr  Negaunee
  • Raheem Riley  6-4  Sr  Burton Bendle
  • Xander Okerlund  6-3  So  Maple City Glen Lake
  • Zach Trent  6-2  So  Burton Bentley
  • Dewayn Allen  6-0  Sr  Flint Hamady
 Sixth team
  • Jordan Roland  6-1  Sr  Flint Beecher
  • Hunter Gallagher  6-4  Sr  Sand Creek
  • Davion Bradford  6-1  Sr  Detroit Cornerstone
  • Antoine Jones  6-1  Sr  Muskegon Heights
  • Anthony Brown  6-1  Sr  Riverview Gabriel Richard
Seventh team
  • Kaleb Barrett  6-3  Sr  Carson City-Crystal
  • Connor Ortman  6-4  Jr  Norway
  • Kane McPherson  6-1  Sr  Boyne City
  • Cogan McCoy  6-1  Sr  Delton-Kellogg
  • Levane Blake  6-8  Sr  Flint Beecher
Eighth team
  • D’Juan Seal  6-4  Jr  Detroit Pershing
  • Deante Johnson  6-8  Jr  Detroit Edison
  • Harry Gilstrap  6-2  Jr  Bath
  • Victor McEwen  6-3  Sr  Burton Atherton
  • CJ Haut  6-8  Jr  Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central
Ninth team
  • Anthony Jones  6-1  Sr  Muskegon Heights
  • Connor Pelham  6-3  Sr  Michigan Center
  • Jamal Keese  6-2  Sr  Detriot Edison
  • Patrick Hatcher  6-1  Sr  Detroit Pershing
  • Zaquarius Jeffries  6-4  Sr  Bloomingdale
10th team
  • Hart Holmgren   6-5  Jr  Ishpeming
  • Jimmy Lehman  6-3  Jr  Pewamo-Westphalia
  • Tyler Hunt  6-2  Sr  Gobles
  • Hunter Ruell  5-8  Jr  Manton
  • Jordan Davis  6-3  Sr  Warren Michigan Collegiate

11th team

  • Hunter Slaughter  5-9  Sr  Niles Brandywine
  • Dan Cluster  6-9  Jr  Watervliet
  • Alex Visser  5-10  Sr  Kalamazoo Christian
  • Barret George  6-4  Sr  Marlette
  • Matt Mignault  6-6  Sr  New Lothrop

12th team

  • Jared Sloop  6-0  Sr  Adrian Madison
  • Elijah Smith  6-5  Sr  Melvindale AB&T
  • Parker Randall  6-0  Sr  Sand Creek
  • Nick Bryant  6-0  Sr  Detroit Loyola
  • Kyle Stockmeyer  6-3  Jr  Reese

13th team

  • Caleb Eustice  5-10  Sr  Schoolcraft
  • Mason Gardner  6-3  Jr  Boyne City
  • Austin McKenzie  5-10  Sr  Michigan Center
  • Logan Hengesbach  6-1  Sr  Pewamo-Westphalia
  • Teddy Oosterbaan  6-6  Sr  Kalamazoo Hackett

14th Team

  • Thomas Eitniear  5-10  Jr  Ottawa Lakes Whiteford
  • Cade Peterson  6-5  Jr  Maple City Glen Lake
  • Grayson Krakow  5-11  Jr  Elk Rapids
  • Keith Johnson  6-2  Jr  Detroit Loyola
  • Nathan Karney  5-11  Sr  Quincy

15th Team

  • Ian Clancy  6-1  Jr  Inland Lakes
  • Jordan Katje  6-4  Jr  Kalamazoo Christian
  • Teague Tiemeyer  6-6  Jr  Saugatuck
  • Reed Weidenhofer  6-5  Sr  Gwinn
  • John Paramski  6-5  Sr  Newberry

Class C Underclassman All-State

  • Hunter Adams  6-4  Fr  Bridgman
  • William Dunn  6-6  Fr  Quincy
  • Myron Gardner  6-5  So  Detroit Loyola
  • TJ McKenzie  6-1  So  North Muskegon
  • Jalen Terry  5-11  Fr  Flint Beecher

Second team

  • Isaiah Jackson  6-6  Fr  Rochester Lutheran Northwest
  • Marcus Johnson  5-8  Fr  Iron Mountain
  • Danny Passinault  5-9  So  Traverse City St. Francis
  • Earnest Sanders  6-2  Fr  Flint Beecher
  • Jason Waterman  5-10  Fr  Negaunee

Bank Hoops Class B All-State

River Rouge senior point guard Darian Owens-White is forging his name into the history of one of the state’s most storied programs.

Class B Player of the Year

Darian Owens-White  6-1  Sr  River Rouge: We’ve been watching Owens-White since he was an incoming freshman at the Bank Hoops Underclassman All-State Camp. Even then, while he didn’t have the physique, his court sense and basketball IQ were well beyond his years. Now as a senior, and playing for his dad Mark White at River Rouge, it’s all come together. He’s led the Panthers to the state semifinals, including the game-winning three-pointer against Williamston in the quarterfinals. Owens-White averages 23.5 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals per game.

Class B All-State

Avery Hudson  5-9  Sr  Wayland: Averaged 24.5 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals per game. He’s Wayland’s all-time leading scorer and set the school’s single-game record with 53 points. Signed with Davenport.

Lamar Norman   6-2  Jr  Wyoming Godwin Heights: He became a statewide name as a freshman in the 2015 state final and hasn’t looked back. Norman, who has a number of mid-major offers, averaged 21.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 3.3 steals per game.

Romeo Weems  6-6  So  New Haven: Already with MSU and Ohio State offers as a freshman, he led New Haven with one loss into the state semifinals. Weems averages 18.6 points, 12.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 4.2 steals and 3.5 blocks per game.

Mario Whitley  6-4  Jr  Frankenmuth: He has mid-major offers and the game to back it up. Whitley averaged 25 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, 3 assists and 1.5 blocks per game.

Trevion Williams  6-8  Jr  Detroit Henry Ford Academy:  One of the state’s unique players with his passing ability at 6-8, 250. He averaged 22 points and 25 rebounds a game, the latter leading the state. Williams has offers from Michigan State and Xavier.

Class B Coach of the Year

Tom Lewis, Williamston: He’s still Williamston’s interim coach, while Jason Bauer contends with a brain tumor. Last season Lewis filled in and the Hornets reached the state final. This year they revamped after Lewis’ son, Riley, Williamston’s leading scorer, graduated, and went 21-5 including a regional title.

Class B Defensive MVP

Troy Summers  6-8  Sr  Grayling: While not the stereotypical long, lithe shot-blocker on the back row, Summers was the definition of “one shot and out” for Grayling’s defense, consuming 16.2 rebounds per game and becoming the school’s career leader in that category. He also averaged 2 blocks and 1.5 steals per game. He signed with Northern Michigan.

Class B Comeback Player of the Year

Calvin Hackert  6-1  Sr  Ludington: In this case, he literally came back. Hackert grew up in Ludington, until his family moved to Kentucky when he was beginning high school. He played his junior season for Meade County, KY after an aborted transfer attempt back to Ludington. But once 18, he was able to come back on his own and be eligible as a senior and has helped the Orioles reach the state semifinals.

Class B Second team

  • Sy Barnett  6-3  Sr  Williamston
  • Drequan Bell  6-3  Sr  River Rouge
  • Zack Nieuwkoop  6-8  Sr  Wayland
  • Mark Watts  6-2  So  Detroit Old Redford Academy
  • Eric Williams  6-5  Sr  New Haven

Third team

  • Reece Castor  6-4  So  Gladstone
  • Zach Goodline  5-11  So  Coloma
  • Carlos Johnson  6-6  Fr  Benton Harbor
  • Jalen Miller  6-3  Sr  Lake Fenton
  • Christian Rodriguez  5-10  Sr  Wyoming Godwin Heights

Fourth team

  • Quinn Blair  6-6  Jr  Dearborn Divine Child
  • Carl Bow  6-2  Jr  Hazel Park
  • Bryce Drews  6-3  Jr  Hillsdale
  • Charles Garrett  6-3  Jr  Bridgeport
  • Demetri Martin  6-4  Sr  Big Rapids

Fifth team

  • Markese Hastings  6-6  Jr  Wyoming Godwin Heights
  • Kenneth Holloway  6-4  Sr  Detroit Osborn
  • Jacob Polakovich  6-8  Jr  Grand Rapids Catholic Central
  • Tae Smith  5-9  Sr  Lansing Sexton
  • Troy Summers  6-8  Sr  Grayling

Sixth team

  • Cameryn Carpenter  5-10  Jr  Flint Powers
  • Nick Dekkenga  5-10  Sr  Coopersville
  • Thomas Griggs  5-10  Jr  Wyoming Kelloggsville
  • Cole Kleiver  5-11  Jr  Williamston
  • Darious Young  6-4  Sr  Flint Northwestern

Seventh team

  • Tariq Derrickson  6-1  Sr  Pontiac Notre Dame
  • Armonee Felder  5-10  Sr  Detroit Osborn
  • Tyrese Gardner  6-4  Sr  Comstock
  • Wendell Green  5-10  Fr  Detroit Country Day
  • Calvin Hackert  6-1  Sr  Ludington

Eighth team

  • Kylan Shipp  5-9  Sr  Detroit Northwestern
  • Deondre Lovell  6-4  Sr  Vicksburg
  • Jorden Peterson  6-2  Sr  Detroit CMA
  • Chuck Plaehn  6-3  Sr  Lansing Catholic Central
  • Nate Umlor  6-5  Sr  Allendale

Ninth team

  • Luke Toliver  6-1  Jr  Paw Paw
  • Luke Morrell  6-2  Jr  Plainwell
  • Kelly Broadus  5-7  Sr  Detroit Douglass
  • Roy Anderson  6-0  Sr  Benton Harbor
  • Ben Davidson  6-3  Jr  St. Clair

10th team

  • Tim Hauxwell  6-7  Jr  Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook
  • Logan Guenther  6-3  Sr  Cheboygan
  • Hunter Greer  6-0  Sr  Allendale
  • Carson Vincent  6-4  Jr  Ovid-Elsie
  • Kyle Peterson  6-3  Sr  Charlotte

11th team

  • Deonte Ulmer  6-2  Jr  Detroit Henry Ford
  • Alex Ismail  6-10  Sr  Dearborn Heights Annapolis
  • Sam Johnson  6-8  Jr  Spring Lake
  • Skyler Lipinski  6-6  Sr  Onsted
  • Sam LaDuke  6-4  Sr  Ludington

12th team

  • Davontaye Webb  6-2  Sr  Detroit Henry Ford
  • Brandon Paul  6-8  Jr  Sault Ste. Marie
  • David Hearns  6-1  Jr  Hazel Park
  • Marcus Bingham  6-10  Jr  Grand Rapids Catholic Central
  • Tirrell Hausmanis  6-3  Jr  Three Rivers

13th team

  • Goliath Mitchell  6-1  Jr  Goodrich
  • Austin Steenwyk  6-1  Sr  Hudsonville Unity Christian
  • Drew Bakos  6-4  Sr  Freeland
  • Lucas Schumm  5-10  Sr  Whitehall
  • Ethan Bernard  6-4  Sr  Hillsdale

14th team

  • Delbert Redfield  5-11  Sr  Olivet
  • Travis Smith  6-3  Jr  Clare
  • Trevor Ballard  6-1  Jr  Milan
  • Levi Lehman  6-7  Sr  Ithaca
  • Grant Bonner  6-4  Sr  Frankenmuth

15th team

  • Delonte Peterson  6-5  Sr  River Rouge
  • Merritt Hamann  6-7  Sr  Montague
  • Dan Judd  6-5  Sr  Fowlerville
  • Nathan Schaar  6-3  Sr  Kingsley
  • Austin Proctor  6-1  Sr  Central Montcalm

Class B Underclassman All-State

  • Derrick Bryant  5-7  So  Detroit University Prep
  • Sean Cobb  6-6  So  Williamston
  • Kevin David-Rice  6-3  Fr  Goodrich
  • Dayton Keller  6-4  So  Jackson Lumen Christi
  • Steve Pearson  6-2  Fr  Detroit Northwestern

Second team

  • Mason Bakker  6-5  So  Zeeland West
  • Lantz Barton  6-1  So  Center Line
  • Bobby Brandsen  6-2  So  Portland
  • Elijah Bell  5-9  So  Detroit Voyageur
  • Latrell Fordham  6-3  Fr  Goodrich

Bank Hoops Class A All-State

Class A player of the year Xavier Tillman has led Grand Rapids Christian to the second state semifinals appearance in the school’s history.

Class A Player of the Year

Xavier Tillman  6-9  Sr  Grand Rapids Christian: While Tillman’s stats — 13 points and 10.4 rebounds per game — may seem somewhat pedestrian at first glance, his real value is found in other numbers. Like Grand Rapids Christian’s record, undefeated going into the state semifinals. The hub of everything the Eagles do and nearly immovable at the high school level as a rebounder and post defender. Has great hands and a generous passing nature. Tillman, who signed with Michigan State, finished second in Mr. Basketball — despite receiving the most first-place votes. No democracy here. By dictate, Xavier Tillman is Bank Hoops 2017 Class A Player of the Year.

Class A All-State

Dylan Alderson  6-5  Sr  Clarkston: Wisconsin-Milwaukee signee has helped Clarkston to the state semifinals averaging 21.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game.

Amauri Hardy  6-2  Sr  North Farmington: Finished third in the Mr. Basketball voting.  Oklahoma State signee and 2016 state finalist averaged 29 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals per game.

Jermaine Jackson  5-10  Sr  Macomb Dakota:  Averaged 26 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals per game. Pondering multiple Division I offers.

Demetrius Lake  5-10  Sr  Holland:  2,000-point career scorer averaged 35.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game.

Jake VanTubbergen  6-6  Sr  West Ottawa:  Led Panthers to the school’s first district title averaging 18.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Signed with Grand Valley State.

Class A Coach of the Year

Steve Hall, Detroit Cass Tech: A state championship coach at Detroit Rogers, Hall is back from a stint in the college ranks and in his second year at his alma mater has Cass Tech collecting hardware as well. The Technicians won their first Detroit PSL tournament title since 1998, then won a district championship as well. Hall masterfully melded second semester-eligible transfers with the original unit, and won in one of the state’s most talented leagues despite having no sure-fire D1 prospects among Cass Tech’s upperclassmen.

Class A Defensive MVP

Elijah Collins  6-2  Jr  Detroit U-D Jesuit: While his college future now looks more likely on the gridiron, where he has Big Ten offers, don’t forget Collins can still hoop now. When he keys those same explosive running back attributes onto the defensive end, he can make life miserable for any guard. He helped the Cubs to Catholic League and regional titles.

Class A Comeback Player of the Year

Danny Kolp  6-9  Jr  Petoskey: This D1 prospect tore his ACL in the spring, but was back in Petoskey’s lineup in January and played 14 games. He averaged 14 points and 5 rebounds per game while shooting 66 percent from the field.

Class A Second team

  • Matt Beachler  6-4  Sr  Lowell
  • James Beck  6-7  Sr  Grand Rapids Christian
  • Michael Flowers  6-2  Sr  Southfield A&T
  • Kevin McAdoo  6-2  Sr  West Bloomfield
  • Rashad Williams  6-2  Jr  Wayne Memorial

Third team

  • Tyler Bosma  6-5  Jr  West Ottawa
  • Gabe Brown  6-7  Jr  Belleville
  • David DeJulius  6-1  Jr  Detroit East English Village
  • Jaron Faulds  6-10  Sr  Holt
  • Duane Washington  6-3  Jr  Grand Rapids Christian

Fourth team

  • Keion Epps  6-5  Sr  Wayne Memorial
  • Thomas Kithier  6-8  Jr  Macomb Dakota
  • Austin McCullough  6-5  Sr  Portage Central
  • Jesse Scarber  5-8  Sr  Detroit King
  • Brandon Wade  6-2  Jr  Ann Arbor Skyline

Fifth team

  • Jacob Boonyasith  6-3  Jr  Jenison
  • Elijah Collins  6-2  Jr  Detroit U-D Jesuit
  • Greg Eboigbodin  6-9  Sr  Detroit U-D Jesuit
  • Kaevon Merriweather  6-1  Jr  Romulus
  • Leonard Silas  5-10  Sr  Detroit Cass Tech

Sixth team

  • Christian Agnew  6-2  Sr  Westland John Glenn
  • Joe Kujat  6-6  Sr  Flushing
  • Jordan Graham  6-5  Sr  Farmington
  • Deric Murray  6-4  Sr  Ann Arbor Pioneer
  • CJ Williams  5-9  Sr  Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

Seventh team

  • Tre Harvey  6-2  Jr  West Bloomfield
  • Ja’kavien Lewis  5-10  Jr  Flint Carman-Ainsworth
  • Traveon Maddox  6-4  Jr  Novi
  • Henry Speight  6-4  Sr  Saginaw
  • Roger Stein  6-5  Sr  Kalamazoo Central

Eighth team

  • Nate Davis  6-3  Jr  Rochester Stoney Creek
  • Jaden Sutton  5-10  Sr  Lansing Waverly
  • Runako Ziegler  6-1  Sr  Walled Lake Central
  • Delano Smith  6-2  Sr  Walled Lake Western
  • Davion Williams  6-2  Jr  Belleville

Ninth team

  • Jack Ammerman  5-10  Jr  Ann Arbor Skyline
  • Brayden Smith  6-5  Sr  Byron Center
  • Dylan Price  6-3  Sr  Romulus
  • Quantes Jackson  6-2  Sr  Grand Rapids Union
  • Jack Ballantyne  6-9  Sr  Macomb Dakota

10th team

  • Juan Warren  6-4  Sr  Battle Creek Central
  • Malik Rogers  6-6  Sr  Dearborn Heights Crestwood
  • Jermayne Golidy  6-4  Sr  Muskegon
  • Jameszell Davis  5-11  Sr  Ypsilanti
  • Westin Myles  6-4  Sr  East Lansing

11th team

  • Justin Fischer  6-3  Jr  Warren De La Salle
  • Sam Cornett  6-5  Sr  Muskegon
  • CJ Robinson  5-10  Jr  Clarkston
  • Zac Holman  6-4  Sr  Grand Haven
  • Chase Vanderklay  6-3  Sr  Wyoming

12th team

  • Danny Kolp  6-9  Jr  Petoskey
  • Ike Eke  6-10  Sr  Detroit U-D Jesuit
  • Jason Dietz  6-4  Jr  Troy
  • Diego Robinson  6-6  Sr  Lansing Everett
  • Mike Green  6-5  Sr  Detroit Cass Tech

13th team

  • Brennen Buszka  6-4  Sr  Grosse Pointe South
  • Xavier Wade  6-2  Jr  West Ottawa
  • Austin Roland  6-0  Jr  Davison
  • Tray Jackson  6-7  Jr  Detroit Western
  • Lawrence Rowley  6-3  Sr  Ann Arbor Huron

14th team

  • Jesse Hillis  6-1  Sr  Caledonia
  • Reme Tolbert  6-1  Sr  Southfield A&T
  • Charles Jones  6-5  Sr  Birmingham Groves
  • Cortez Jackson  6-0  Sr  St. Clair Shores Lakeshore
  • Ross Koella  6-7  Sr  Grand Haven

15th team

  • Tanner Reha  6-5  Jr  DeWitt
  • DJ Swift  5-11  Sr  Kalamazoo Loy-Norrix
  • Ethan Ancick  6-7  Jr  Walled Lake Northern
  • Ben German  6-6  Sr  Temperance Bedford
  • Zach Winston  6-2  Jr  Detroit U-D Jesuit

Class A Underclassman All-State

  • Julian Dozier  5-8  So  Detroit U-D Jesuit
  • Drew Lowder  5-10  So  Ann Arbor Pioneer
  • Jio Miles  6-2  So  Novi
  • Joseph Moon  6-0  So  Westland John Glenn
  • Chandler Turner  6-4  So  Detroit Renaissance

Class A Sophomore All-State

  • Taylor Currie  6-9  So  Clarkston
  • Chris DeRocher  6-4  So  Alpena
  • Nolan Foster  6-10  So  Mattawan
  • Jaivian Fowler  6-6  So  Grand Rapids Union
  • Ryan Wade  6-2  So  Ann Arbor Skyline

Second team

  • Charles Anderson-Louie  6-3  So  Warren Woods Tower
  • Mike Fletcher  6-6  So  Flint Carman-Ainsworth
  • Josh Warren  5-9  So  Woodhaven
  • Gunnar Gustafson  6-6  So  Milford
  • Davis Lukomski  6-6  So  Novi Catholic Central

Class A Freshman All-State

  • Tyson Acuff  6-2  Fr  Detroit Cass Tech
  • Lorne Bowman  6-2  Fr  Detroit Western
  • Maliq Carr  6-6  Fr  Oak Park
  • Jamoni Jones  5-11  Fr  East Kentwood
  • Max Perez  5-9  Fr  Hudsonville

Second team

  • Noah Baylis  5-11  Fr  Holly
  • Freddie McIntosh  5-9  Fr  Saginaw
  • Noah Pruitt  5-8  Fr  Okemos
  • Jay Walker  6-0  Fr  Muskegon Mona Shores
  • Emcee Williams  6-0  Fr  Muskegon Reeths-Puffer