MVP Brandon Wade 6-2 Jr Ann Arbor Skyline: He led Skyline to a 20-0 regular season averaging 23.2 points and 7.1 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game. Wade signed with Duquesne.
Tyler Bosma 6-6 Sr West Ottawa: While he’ll play baseball in college, at Miami (OH), Bosma left his mark on the court leading West Ottawa to the state final. He averaged 17.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.6 blocks and 1.8 steals per game while shooting 56 percent from the field.
Gabe Brown 6-7 Sr Belleville: The future MSU Spartan led Belleville to a regional title averaging 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1 block per game while shooitng 53 percent from the field.
Taylor Currie 6-9 Sr Clarkston: The starting center for state champion Clarkston, Currie averaged 13.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks while shooting 54 percent from the field. He signed with Wisconsin.
Rashad Williams 6-2 Sr Wayne Memorial: He led the Zebras to their first district title in over two decades averaging 23.7 points, 6.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game. Williams signed with Cleveland State.
Jacob Boonyasith 6-3 Sr Jenison: The Wildcats’ career scoring leader, he concluded it by averaging 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists per game while shooting 54 percent from the floor, 40 percent from three-point range and 82 percent from the stripe.
CJ Robinson 5-11 Sr Clarkston
Ja’kavien Lewis 5-11 Sr Flint Carman-Ainsworth
Justin Fischer 6-3 Sr Warren De La Salle
Traveon Maddox 6-4 Sr Novi
Carl Bow 6-2 Sr Hazel Park
Randy Gilbert 6-6 Sr Detroit Cass Tech
Carrington McCaskill 6-7 Jr Detroit Renaissance
Seth Milner 6-5 Sr Grand Rapids Christian
B. Artis White 5-10 Jr Canton
Xavier Wade 6-2 Sr West Ottawa
Daniel Friday 6-3 Jr Detroit U-D Jesuit
Nate Davis 6-2 Sr Rochester Stoney Creek
Jack Ammerman 5-10 Sr Ann Arbor Skyline
Davion Williams 6-2 Sr Belleville
Drew Lowder 5-11 Jr Ann Arbor Pioneer
Isaiah Lewis 5-11 Jr Wayne Memorial
Tray Jackson 6-7 Sr Detroit Western
Caleb Bates 6-6 Jr St. Clair Shores Lake Shore
Jordan Henry 6-2 Sr Okemos
Joshua Warren 5-10 Sr Woodhaven
Lorne Bowman 6-2 So Orchard Lake St. Mary’s
Jonathan Brantley 6-2 So Birmingham Brother Rice
Malik Carr 6-6 So Oak Park
Max Perez 5-10 So Hudsonville
Jarvis Walker 6-2 So Muskegon Mona Shores
Noah Baylis 5-11 So Holly
Jayshawn Moore 6-4 So Detroit East English Village
MVP Foster Loyer 5-10 Sr Clarkston: A decade after Draymond Green led Saginaw to consecutive Class A state titles, a future Spartan did the same for Clarkston. Loyer averaged 26.8 points per game including 42 in the Class A seminfinals and 40 in the final, and did it as the picture of efficiency shooting 50 percent from the field, 47 percent from three-point range and 90 percent from the foul line. He also chipped in 6 assists and 3 steals per game. Foster is a repeat winner as Bank Hoops’ state MVP and will be remembered as one of the most accomplished players in Michigan high school basketball history.
Marcus Bingham 6-11 Sr Grand Rapids Catholic Central: What a rise for Bingham, from being a second semester-eligible transfer last season to leading Catholic Central to the Class B state final as a senior. The future Spartan averaged 16.8 points, 10 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game while shooting 59 percent from the field.
David DeJulius 6-0 Sr Detroit East English Village: This future Wolverine was largely responsible for state champion Clarkston’s lone loss, scoring 42 points in his showdown with Foster Loyer. DeJulius averaged 28 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals per game.
Brandon Johns 6-8 Sr East Lansing: Another one headed to Michigan, somewhat ironically given Johns’ hometown. He averaged 29 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks and 2.4 assists per game.
Brandon Wade 6-2 Sr Ann Arbor Skyline: He led Skyline to a 20-0 regular season averaging 23.2 points and 7.1 assists per game. Wade signed with Duquesne.
Romeo Weems 6-6 Jr New Haven: He led the defending Class B state champion to a semifinal appearance this time around. The state’s top junior averaged 23.5 points, 11.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 5.1 steals and 2.5 blocked shots per game, while shooting 51 percent from the field.
MVP Foster Loyer 5-11 Sr Clarkston: Well, that was something. Loyer carved his name onto the state’s basketball history tablets one jumpshot at a time. Whether from the plume of the Spartans helmet, fading out of bounds in the corner or going off-hand from the baseline. Loyer had 42 on 17 shots in the semifinals against Warren De La Salle then 40 on 19 shots when the Wolves put a running clock on West Ottawa in the Class A championship game. Loyer has now played in four Class A final four games. Clarkston has won all four, and he averaged 35.8 points per game. Which makes him one of the best to ever put ball through basket in the Mitten.
Harlond Beverly 6-4 Jr Southfield Christian: He may have been an MSU ‘plan B’ recruit when he walked onto the Breslin floor Saturday, but Beverly left it an A lister. His 10 a.m. dunks set the energy level for Southfield Christian in the Class D final. Buckley’s zone wasn’t going to do much against a high-major recruit who could elevate over it for jumpers or backdoor it for dunks. Beverly had a two-way motor making defensive plays in the open court pressing or in the half-court defending the rim. He doesn’t have to dominate the ball to do his scoring damage, as he’s a true, rare combo guard. Beverly had 23 points, seven rebounds, eight steals, six blocked shots and four assists in the final after 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists and four steals in the semifinal blowout of Dollar Bay.
Marcus Bingham 6-11 Sr Grand Rapids Catholic Central: The state got to see the continued rise of one of the nation’s top prospects. It’s so outside the high school norm to see a 6-11 player shooting and making three-pointers with ease. While he struggled some offensively in the semifinals, Bingham still made his presence known on the other end with 13 rebounds and six blocked shots. He had 21 points and 13 rebounds in the final against Benton Harbor.
Shawn Hopkins 6-3 Sr Benton Harbor: This spot could’ve gone to any number of Benton Harbor players, as the basis of its success didn’t change all year — a lot of drive-shoot weapons who share the ball. Hopkins gets the nod in part because of his right place, right time layup to send the state final with GR Catholic into overtime. Hopkins had nine points and 11 rebounds in the championship game and 18 and 13 in the semifinals against River Rouge.
Carlos Johnson 6-5 So Benton Harbor: Acquitted himself better against the frustrating size of GR Catholic Central in the final than New Haven’s Romeo Weems did when facing it in the semis. It helps that Johnson is a better perimeter shooter, now most famously the three-pointer from the top of the key that proved the championship game-winner with 15 seconds to play in OT. Adding to the historic nature of the shot is that it gave the Tigers their first state title since 1965. Lots of schools have gone that long without a championship. But few have had the kind of talent Benton Harbor has had in the interim. In the past 30 years there were three future NBA forwards — Pig Miller, Wilson Chandler and Robert Whaley — and a group with three future D1 players — Prentice McGruder, Corey Childs and Marcus Singer — that twice made the Class A state finals in the early 90s only to run into an even more legendary Pershing trio — Todd Burgan, Carlos Williams and Willie Mitchell. But it’s not just the talent, but the importance of the game in Benton Harbor, few love their hoops like the Tigers, who’d been to the Class B final as recently as 2014 losing to Milan. And who didn’t have long to savor their win over the state’s most historically successful program, River Rouge, before being in the shadow of Bingham’s $100-million wingspan. Johnson plays with a motor and toughness, particularly for a sophomore, that would have made him a match on the ’65 championship team. As a high school player, he can do it all in the frontcourt. He dominated the paint defensively against the Panthers then delivered 24 points and 11 rebounds in the final.
Pierre Mitchell 5-11 Sr Detroit Edison: A state championship was a long time coming for Mitchell, who suffered a buzzer-beater from Malik Ellison and Flint Beecher when PJ was a sophomore at Detroit Loyola. It was Beecher again in the 2017 semis, with Mitchell now at DEPSA but struggling with his shot while Ellison went off. Mitchell will join Ellison next season in the MAC at CMU and EMU respectively, but for this March he had a respite from the diminutive Flintstone. And this time he made championship Saturday. In the second half of the final with Glen Lake he took over, creating quick offense via his aggressive defense then getting hot from behind the arc. Edison was actually trailing in the third quarter before Mitchell rolled off nine straight points. He was the confident, proactive veteran ball-handler and leader at the 1 that neither Edison opponent, Glen Lake nor Covenant Christian in the semifinals, possessed. He had 13 points, three assists and two rebounds against Covenant then a high school career-ending 17 points and three steals.
Xander Okerlund 6-4 Jr Maple City Glen Lake: He was playing in front of Big Ten coaches in AAU before he’d ever played a high school game, facing multiple D1 opponents in the Class C final didn’t faze Okerlund. He used his length to drop deep and mid-range jumpers over 6-5 senior Gary Solomon, 6-6 Brian Taylor and 6-8 Deante Johnson to score a game-high 19 points Saturday. X marked the spot for another game-high in the semifinals against Monroe St. Mary’s with 23 points. Smooth, confident and efficient, showing the state how he’s a 1,000-point scorer as just a junior.
CJ Robinson 5-11 Sr Clarkston: We’ve long awaited the Clarkston boosters’ poster of Loyer and Robinson as Crockett and Tubbs. There were a few Tubbs-driven episodes of Miami Vice, but the real ones already knew Rico was the man without having to dominate the lights. So it is with CJ and the rock, he makes such strong decisions, is the ultimate relief valve for Loyer, saves wear and tear on Mr. Basketball by checking the opponent’s top guard and is an efficient shooter who spreads the floor. Robinson had five assists and three steals against De La Salle then 18 points and three assists in the championship game.
Gary Solomon 6-5 Sr Detroit Edison: He’d struggled with his shot in semifinal games this season and last, but Solomon finally found the range in the Breslin Center against Glen Lake scoring 16 points. What makes Solomon a D1 player is that even if his shot isn’t dropping he still plays hard, defends, rebounds, and has the athleticism to still make game-changing plays because the motor keeps going.
Joey Weber 5-10 Sr Buckley: For the second year in a row Buckley was blitzed in the first quarter of the Class D championship game before finding its sea legs and playing it even the rest of the way. It was Weber steadying the ship in a clutch performance surprising to no one who saw his play in goal during Buckley’s run to a soccer state final in the fall. When his jumper wasn’t falling he went to the dribble drive and carved up Southfield Christian’s defense for clever layups and a game-high 26 points. Weber also grabbed eight boards from his point guard position and made three steals. He had 15 points with nine rebounds, five assists and four steals in a semifinal win over Hillsdale Academy.
Tyler Bosma 6-6 Sr West Ottawa
Taylor Currie 6-8 Sr Clarkston
Luke Pfromm 6-5 Sr Warren De La Salle
Chase Wasilk 6-5 Sr Clarkston
Tariq Woody 6-8 Sr Novi
Elijah Baxter 5-9 Sr Benton Harbor
Darrell Belcher 6-3 Jr Grand Rapids Catholic Central
Austin Braun 5-9 Jr Grand Rapids Catholic Central
Nigel Colvin 5-11 Jr River Rouge
Jacob Polakovich 6-8 Sr Grand Rapids Catholic Central
CJ Haut 6-8 Sr Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central
Deante Johnson 6-8 Sr Detroit Edison
Hunter Kegley 5-9 Sr Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central
Carson Meulenberg 6-6 Sr Grand Rapids Covenant Christian
The Northern suburbs of Detroit meet the Northside of Holland. Clarkston is the perpetual athletic power and seeking to win its second straight state title in. West Ottawa is the late blooming child, one of the biggest schools in the state which just last year won its first district title and has reached unprecedented heights with alumnus Steve Windemuller on the bench.
They have one shared opponent. Clarkston beat Flint Carman-Ainsworth twice, 72-67 at home in the first week of the season and 52-31 earlier this week in the quarterfinals at Grand Blanc. The Panthers similarly dominated Carman on a neutral court, their zone defense smothering C-A 45-27 in Grand Rapids in February.
WO thrives with half-court defense and passing and execution on offense. It has good athletes and a lot of upperclassmen that embrace their roles. 6-6 senior Tyler Bosma is simply one of the best players in Michigan. His whose wingspan and bounce could cause problems for 6-8 Clarkston senior Taylor Currie if the Wisconsin signee is not more explosive finishing than he was in the semifinals. When the left-handed Bosma has the ball he’s versatile, unfurling for a layup, or pitching it out to Drew Pedersen the senior wing with a Class A build and deep shot pocket who made four three-pointers on Novi in the semifinals. WO’s shot discipline was one of the differences against Novi, making 6-of-13 three-pointers to the Wildcats’ 6-of-28.
Clarkston similarly has a senior class that has played a lot together. Also, something West Ottawa doesn’t. Mr. Basketball, Foster Loyer. He was even better than he was at last year’s state finals, scoring 42 in the win over De La Salle. Another win here and he’ll be included in any discussions of the best high school guards ever from Michigan, if he’s not already.
Detroit Edison 16-10 vs. Maple City Glen Lake 24-2
Glen Lake has a basketball history, but the most recent championships were 40 years ago. Edison has an abbreviated history, last year losing to Flint Beecher in the semifinals and taking it another step this week with a semifinal defeat of Grand Rapids Covenant Christian.
Glen Lake had only three players score in the semifinal win over Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central. For the season that trio of 6-5 senior Cade Peterson, 6-4 junior Xander Okerlund and 6-5 sophomore Reece Hazelton average 40.3 points per game. Okerlund and Hazelton have confidence and basketball IQ that belie their ages and aren’t afraid to miss some shots. Peterson is playing his last organized basketball game as he heads to Grand Valley State as a quarterback. In the semifinals he sometimes seemed to forget that SMCC had a 6-8 D1 shot-blocker, CJ Haut. Peterson can’t make the same error with DEPSA’s 6-8 Deante Johnson or it could be a dunk going the other way.
Okerlund, Hazelton and Peterson scored all 62 of the Lakers’ points against St. Mary’s. One would think they’ll need the rare open three-pointer, put-back or steal and layup somewhere along the way Saturday from someone else, to have a chance. Edison has a fourth outstanding player, 6-5 junior Brian Taylor, which Glen Lake can’t match.
6-5 senior Gary Solomon is shooting only 10-of-34 in two semifinals appearances for DEPSA. Even if he continues to struggle with the shooting background at MSU, he has the athleticism and motor to make game-changing plays. Edison point guard Pierre Mitchell is old hand at this making three trips to Breslin between Detroit Loyola and his former school. This is the first time he hasn’t run into Beecher in East Lansing. If Glen Lake can’t keep him out of the lane it may spell trouble for the Northerners. Mitchell needs to go get the ball in key moments as Edison made some bad score/clock decisions in the semis and if that happens against a Glen Lake team capable of keeping it close, the Lakers have the shooters to pull the upset.
Both were sent home from Breslin last year by Powers North Central. The heavy lifting is done by three college-level upperclassmen from both sides. For Southfield Christian it’s all-time leading scorer 6-4 senior Bryce Washington, 2019 high-major recruit 6-4 Harlond Beverly and junior point guard Caleb Hunter. Together they score over 50 points per game. Buckley counters with three 1,000-point scorers who have led the Bears to consecutive championship game appearances. 6-4 senior Denver Cade is their all-time leading scorer, 6-4 senior Austin Harris loves shooting at Breslin in three games making 13-of-28 3s and Joey Weber a stout two-way point guard.
If the Big 3 are a push and the game is decided in the margins, off the ball and on second chances, the Eagles have more depth than Buckley. Junior guard Jon Sanders dscore 10 and make good decisions in the semifinals against Dollar Bay. As tempting as it is Sanders makes it hard to double off the all-staters because he’s the team’s top three-point shooter by percentage. Sophomore starter Da’jion Humphrey has the size and bounce to be a difficult matchup. Senior 6-5 senior Jacob Fergan comes off the bench to make defensive stops and blue-collar plays. For Buckley, brothers Brock and Ridge Beeman are guards capable of hitting shots who also started in the 2017 final. 6-6 senior Nick Kuhn gave the Bears crucial minutes against Hillsdale Academy in the semis, but the pace of this one doesn’t play to his strengths.
While Buckley is from Up North, its hoping for “downstate whistles” as these are AAU vets who prefer an aggressive game. Washington and Beverly are slashers who pile up points from the line so will be going at Cade and Harris trying to put them in foul trouble like happened in the semifinals.
This one will be worth checking out regardless the 10 a.m. start. These are veteran talented units that will put up and make entertaining and clutch shots. No nerves here but a lot of talent.
2017-18’s top college players from Michigan high school alumni.
MVP Cassius Winston 6-0 So Michigan State (Detroit U-D Jesuit): Michigan’s 2016 Mr. Basketball became a vastly improved point guard who led MSU to the Big 10 regular season title. Winston averages 12.6 points and 6.8 assists per game with some incredible shooting numbers — 52 percent overall, 54 percent from the arc and 89 percent from the line.
Zach Hankins 6-10 Jr Ferris State (Charlevoix): Back-to-back GLIAC MVP for a Bulldogs team that’s reached the NCAA D2 Elite Eight. Averages 15 points, 10 rebounds, 3.4 blocks and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 64 percent from the field.
Yante Maten 6-8 Sr Georgia (Bloomfield Hills): While Georgia struggled, Matten carried his weight and more earning SEC player of the year honors. He averaged 19.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 assists per game while shooting, 46 percent from the floor.
EC Matthews 6-4 Sr Rhode Island (Romulus): This was his lowest scoring season at Rhode Island, but one which has seen the team have its most success. He’s averaging 13 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist for a Rams squad that’s reached the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament.
Kyle Steigenga 6-5 Sr Cornerstone (Holland Christian): One of the most decorated college players the state has ever seen. He’s the all-time scorer for the Michigan college ranks. Steigenga was the NAIA II national player of the year — and the first four-time first-team All-American — after averaging 20.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and shooting 60-percent from the floor as a senior.
Justin Tillman 6-8 Sr VCU (Detroit Pershing): His offensive game exploded as a senior, with his scoring average jumping over six points to 19 per game along with 10 rebounds per game while shooting 56 percent from the field.
Wes Clark 6-0 Sr Buffalo (Romulus)
Jalen Hayes 6-7 Sr Oakland (Lansing Sexton)
Nick Perkins 6-8 Jr Buffalo (Milan)
Jaylin Walker 6-4 Jr Kent State (Romulus)
Martez Walker 6-5 Sr Oakland (Detroit Pershing)
Jalen Adams 6-5 Sr Olivet (Saginaw Arthur Hill)
Corey Allen 6-3 So Detroit (Ypsilanti)
Kenny Carpenter 6-5 Sr Cleveland St. (Detroit Cass Tech)
Drew Cushingberry 6-2 Sr Ferris State (Romeo)
Eric Williams 6-5 Fr Duquesne (New Haven)
Freshman MVP: Eric Williams 6-5 Fr Duquesne (New Haven)
Clarkston 21-1 vs. Troy 17-5 @ West Bloomfield: This is the third meeting between OAA-Red opponents, and the Colts were within single digits of Clarkston the first two times. With Foster Loyer back in Clarkston’s lineup, an upset becomes a lot less likely.
East Lansing 20-3 vs. Kalamazoo Central 19-2 @ Battle Creek Lakeview: They didn’t look like much in the summer, but K-Central has quietly won 19 games when it matters. The Maroon Giants took this regional matchup last year, though they had Mr. Basketball Isaiah Livers in the lineup. Now it’s just East Lansing with a future Michigan forward, Brandon Johns.
17-6 Boyne City 17-6 vs. 17-6 Ludington @ Petoskey: This is Boyne City’s first year in Class B but the Ramblers won a district title anyway. Ludington is the defending state runner-up in B. The hero of last year’s state semifinals, Josh Laman, is back and the 6-5 junior is the Orioles’ leading scorer. The host site Petoskey, isn’t completely unfamiliar to either team. Boyne City plays the Northmen regularly in the regular season, and P-town is the hometown of Ludington coach Thad Shank.
Detroit Henry Ford Academy 14-7 vs. Detroit Old Redford 16-5 @ Livonia Clarenceville: There are three for sure and possibly four high-major recruits in this one — but Old Redford has the advantage with three of them, junior guard Mark Watts, sophomore forward Isaiah Jackson and sophomore center Aundre Polk.
DEPSA 12-10 vs. Detroit Pershing 12-10 @ Bishop Foley: Never mind the records, these are the two most talented teams in Class C and a rematch of the Detroit PSL championship game, which Edison won in one of the biggest blowouts in the history of that storied game. That can’t sit well with the Doughboys, who have a senior sleeper in 6-8 Johnny Davis who can now beat you inside as well as outside as he continues to fill out.
Dansville 17-6 @ Pewamo-Westphalia 18-5: These two split in the regular season, each winning on the others’ home court. P-W finished a game ahead of Dansville for second-place in the rugged CMAC — the Aggies already beat the first-place team, Laingsburg, in district play. 6-9 Dansville junior Caleb Hodgson is a triple-double waiting to happen.
Buckley 17-5 vs. Muskegon Heights 11-11: This is a great deal for $5 if you like up-and-down basketball. Buckley is finally looking like the team that made it to last year’s championship game, and as long as there’s high school basketball in Michigan, you know a Muskegon Heights team won’t be an easy out.
Potter’s House Christian 18-5 vs. Howardsville Christian 19-5: Howardsville Christian has a prolific scoring junior guard in Dylan Jergens. Potter’s House has a good guard of its own, senior Josh Cassell, as well as a 6-5 junior Nyuon Nhial averaging a double-double, and has played a stronger schedule.
Districts from Hell refer to those opening week basketball brackets where not only are there two or more teams capable of winning it, but could do damage further into March once they do.
Detroit Renaissance: Every team in this district is at least .500. U-D Jesuit has proved it’s a state-caliber program in the post-Cassius Winston years. The forgotten Cub is Eli Collins, since he’s going to MSU for football, but he’s an athletic, tough guard an an X factor for 17-3 U-D. They open Monday with Warren Fitzgerald. Where’s Carlos English when you need him? Awaiting the winner is Hazel Park, in its first year in Class A but fitting right in with an 18-2 mark and an athletic, senior-dominated lineup. The Vikings’ only two losses were to defending state champion Clarkston. The home team and lone PSL representative, Renaissance, is 12-6 and, like U-D Jesuit, features a pair of 2019 D1 prospects, 6-7 Carrington McCaskill and 6-5 Chandler Turner. Renaissance opens with Berkley, and the winner will have 16-2 Oak Park, which has won 15 straight games including a 43-point dismantling of Flint Beecher.
Detroit Western: 16-4 Cass Tech has a first-round bye and will likely play 10-6 Detroit King in the semifinals. That’s a grudge match, as MLK’s top guard, senior Marcus Gibbs, is a transfer from Cass. Mr. Basketball finalist leads 14-3 East English Village against Detroit Western in the other Monday game. Western didn’t win a league game in the regular season, but any team with 6-7 Tray Jackson, a top five unsigned senior, on the court and coach Derrick McDowell on the bench has a chance. Hamtramck will play that winner in the semifinals.
Ann Arbor Skyline: Skyline is undefeated this year — but its senior class has yet to win a district game. They’ll have to get their first one Monday against intradistrict rival Pioneer, which is dangerous with a healthy junior point guard Drew Lowder in the lineup. Look for his Skyline counterpart Brandon Wade to show the world why he deserved to be a Mr. Basketball finalist. 12-6 Romulus plays the winter, still stinging from a 40-point shellacking by Skyline last week. 15-5 Ann Arbor Huron should be a finalist in the other side of the district bracket. Its point guard, Lewis Willis, has been playing great down the stretch.
Salem: 12-8 Novi is the only team this year to have beaten 18-1 Canton. The Wildcats await Monday’s Canton vs. Novi Catholic Central winner in the district semifinals. Canton has the advantage at guard play with speedy juniors B. Artis White and Vinson Sigmon who average 28 points and 8 assists between them. CC counters with size, including bouncy 6-7 junior Justin Rukat one of the real sleepers in Michigan’s 2019 class and 6-7 all-around scorer Davis Lukomski. Novi has seniors and guard play, so could make up for a disappointing early regular season with a March run. On the other side of the bracket Plymouth will meet Salem or Northville in the semifinals.
Districts from Hell refer to those opening week basketball brackets where not only are there two or more teams capable of winning it, but could do damage further into March once they do.
Lansing Eastern: 15-5 Haslett is back down from Class A and the CAAC-Red champion after going 10-0 in league play. Junior guard Mitchell Mowid will lead Haslett in the semifinals against the winner of either Lansing Eastern or Lansing Catholic. Williamston was Bank Hoops’ preseason pick to win the state championship and the Hornets look the part of a contender as they’re 18-2, 10-0 in the CAAC-White and they haven’t lost in 2018. Senior guard Cole Kleiver has had an all-state caliber season. Everyone knows about Williamston’s 6-7 junior Sean Cobb and it’s been a breakout season for another 6-7 junior Joseph Hahnenberg. Williamston will play Fowlerville or Lansing Sexton in the district semifinals.
Detroit Mumford: Detroit Henry Ford opens with Detroit Cornerstone on Monday and has the district’s strongest resume with a 15-5 mark and Detroit PSL-West title. Coach Ken Flowers knows how to advance in March and has an All-City senior guard, Anthony Roberts, ready to earn offers after de-committing from Bryant. A likely Friday matchup awaits between Henry Ford and Detoit Old Redford, which will mean the Trojans’ x-and-o’s and toughness against ORA’s sheer talent with the state’s No. 1 junior guard Mark Watts and No. 1 2020 prospect 6-7 Isaiah Jackson. Old Redford is 14-5 but those losses include top 10 Class A teams Ann Arbor Skyline and Hazel Park. The district darkhorse is Detroit Mumford, awaiting the Cornerstone-Henry Ford winner. Mumford is 15-1 but did it largely in the obscurity of the PSL’s second division.
Frankenmuth: A terrific semifinal awaits between TVC-East rivals 19-1 Bridgeport and 18-2 Frankenmuth. The Eagles’ two losses are both to Bridgeport. They led at halftime of the second one but lost 60-53. The Bearcats haven’t lost since the season opener against Lansing Everett and went 10-0 to win their league. They play very hard, taking on the image of their coach Kevin Marshall who is old school and into it. 6-5 junior SirQuarius Ball is one of the few who can match up physically with Eagles all-state senior Mario Whitley. Also for Bridgeport senior guard Charles Garrett is an all-around athlete and the leading scorer and junior guard Markele Garrett the top perimeter threat. Muth senior guard Sam Gray is a talented complement to Whitley.