2022 MVP J Wallace 6-4 Sr Williamston: Honored as such for his defensive effort as much as anything, as he closed space quickly and used his size to push guards off the ball 30 feet from the hoop piling up steals, and block shots 3 feet from the hoop. All business and played hard, in drills and games alike. Rebounded outside his area. Dunked consistently in stations, and showed an ironed out, improved jumper from the wings — which could bode for a big senior year with defenses less focused on Wallace at Williamston with the return of Mason Docks and a healthy Max Burton
Ashton Atwater 6-0 Sr Otsego: Lefty who can beat you with the shot or drive. Quick and aggressive on defense. “Strong, attacking guard,” said a coach. “And a good on-ball defender.” “A sniper, and composed,” said another.
Michael Calhoun 6-6 Sr Riverview Richard: Also a tight end, and the frame and straight-line speed don’t lie. Scores off the blocks with good base, activity, balance and patience, while runs hard and can flush on the break. Quick and heads up as a positional defender and is easy to see why D3s like him as a true 4 for that level.
Thomas Dillard 6-4 Sr Kalamazoo Central: Big, versatile wing guard. Uses his size as a slasher, going downhill on the break or hitting the offensive glass. Not just a finisher, has good vision for shooters off the drive too. Plays low and wide on D. “Solid as usual,” a coach said. “Paul Pierce lookalike ahs improved his jumpshot of late. Still eats a lot of glass on both ends of the floor and goes after the ball, grabs a lot that are out of his area.”
Brady Ewing 6-7 Sr Petoskey: Versatile scorer with his back to the basket or facing from 20 feet; from one or two feet. Clever up-and-under moves. Ran the court hard all day to create his own luck. Looks similar at the same stage to guys who became good WHAC-level forwards.
Elvis Machul 6-1 Sr Saginaw Arthur Hill: Opposing guards are glad to hear Elvis has left the building, as there’s nothing easy against him going either direction. Two-way energy. Lefty guard with range beyond the college three-point arc. Creative scorer in the lane who given size and not over-the-rim athleticism will have to do a lot of work from the elbows extended at the next level If you can’t make this shot you can’t play college basketball — John Beilein. Recently got an offer from Saginaw Valley State.
Gryphon Mayes 6-6 Sr Pinckney: Can be a wing or 3-and-D guy at the next level. Depending on the matchup can post up or step out and set up for a 3. Long but not wide so beats you with activity, smarts, anticipation and position.
Xander Middleton 6-5 Sr Monroe: “He shoots it like a college player,” said a college coach. Meaning a very efficient and consistent release. Moves well without the ball. Plus size for a 2 guard and knows how to compete and get his shot against high-end athletes, coming out of one of the state’s top leagues the SEC Red.
Jack Olis 6-6 Sr Pontiac Notre Dame: Don’t need to see him shoot it much to know he can, and does it in college wing size. Extra dangerous using a big first step to attack closeouts. His shot and wingspan will get his foot in the door at the next level and buy him time for the all-around game and defense to catch up.
Evan Solomon 6-3 Sr Charlevoix: Have rarely not seen him show up and produce, whether high school, AAU or camp setting, and delivered here with smooth combo skills. “A good shooter and driver, and finishes with either right or left hand,” a coach said.
Andrew Tiemeyer 6-3 Sr Allendale: Confident scorer when it gets rolling, can shoot it off the break or attack closeouts and finish with a strong frame. Moves well without the ball, and talks and compete on D. Sold all-around 2 guard prospect for the small college level from one of the state’s best Class B leagues.