They couldn’t finish the 2020 season. No one could watch the 2021 season. The All-Americans left the state. And yet, through it all, Michigan’s 2022 and 2023 classes kept on the grind. The result this past weekend was one of the most entertaining state finals, in all four divisions, of the past quarter century. This Bank Hoops All-State team honors the Michigan kids who fought to have successful prep basketball careers, a journey that should bode them well with experience and toughness for college ball. The all-state team is selected based on the high school season, not college ranking or projection, with performances weighted towards the postseason then back.
MVP Mason Docks 6-0 Sr Williamston: The tip of the spear of the defense that dominated all season for undefeated, Division 2 state champion Williamston, which held 14 opponents to 40 or fewer points. Ten more teams were held below 50 points. In the final against defending champion GR Catholic Central Docks scored 27 points including 6-of-8 three-pointers. He averaged 16 points, 5 assists and 4 steals per game. Docks signed with Maryland-Baltimore County.
Kaden Brown 6-0 Jr Grand Rapids Catholic Central: An explosive scorer who — surpassed over 1,000 career points during his junior season; led state runner-up GR Catholic Central with 21 points per game on 50-41-74; rallied the defending champion Cougars with 33 points to force overtime in their Division 2 state championship game loss. Not just a shooter but a scorer who can cobble together 20 with drives or from the line, and has become a much better all-around guard. Brown also averaged 4 assists and 2 steals per game.
Max Burton 6-10 Sr Williamston: He plays in green for the Hornets and it’s fitting at 6-10 playing like another green team forwards stylistically a mix of Sam Perkins and Detlef Schrempf. Burton played the game of his life in the Division 2 state final, where Williamston beat defending champion GR Catholic Central to finish undefeated. The Western Michigan signee averaged 13.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3 blocked shots per game.
Carmelo Harris 5-11 Sr Flint Beecher: Buctown’s modern point guard position has expectations like few others, and Harris, a four-year starter, didn’t disappoint as a senior, leading Beecher to the Division 3 state semifinals. A sub 6-foot point guard who was just as likely to catch an alley-oop dunk as throw one. He averaged 24 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists per game.
Tyler Jamison 6-4 Jr Port Huron Northern: As Philip of Macedonia beget Alexander the Great, young Jamison has taken the family business to heights unimagined. He set the school single-game scoring record with 47 points against Troy Athens, then broke his own mark with 59 points and 20 rebounds against Warren Cousino. PHN’s all-time leading scorer, as a junior he averaged 29 points, 12.5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.5 steals per game.
Jack Karasinski 6-7 Sr Grand Rapids Catholic Central: William & Mary had a Michigan HS grad who played in a state championship game less than a year ago, Huron’s Julian Lewis, made the Colonial all-freshman team. One of the first universities of the New World hopes to have done it again with Karasinski, a Mr. Basketball finalist who won a Division 2 state championship in 2021 and was a runner-up in 2022. A shot chart dream who could score above the rim or from 20 feet, he averaged 16 points on 52 percent shooting with 6.7 rebounds per game.
Treyvon Lewis 6-5 Sr Ferndale: As an underclassman he was an off-ball jumpshooting savant, who evolved into an impact athlete on both ends of the floor and a Mr. Basketball finalist. There, he was Ferndale’s highest vote-getter since Dwayne Stephens was third in 1989. Lewis was the leading scorer on back-to-back Division 2 state semifinalist teams. He had a 50-point game as a junior, and a season high in 2022 of 37. Lewis averaged 22.5 points, 10.5, 4.5 assists and 2 blocked shots per game. Lewis signed with Loyola.
Kareem Rozier 5-8 Sr Orchard Lake St. Mary’s: He averaged 15 points, 8 assists and 6.5 rebounds per game. But perhaps even more responsible than the numbers for Rozier becoming a Mr. Basketball finalist was the way he led a largely new Orchard Lake St. Mary’s team to the Catholic League tournament title, regional crown and ultimately a last-second quarterfinal loss to eventual state champion Warren De La Salle. Rozier signed with Duquesne.
RJ Taylor 6-0 Jr Grand Blanc: Combines old school hoops values with new school hoops flair, making him perhaps the state’s most highlight-heavy player. Taylor was the leading scorer for a Grand Blanc team that returned to the state championship game after winning the Division 1 title in 2021, averaging 17 points, 4 assists and 3 steals per game. He exploded in the state final with a Division 1/Class A championship game record 7-of-10 three-pointers en route to 28 points. He has various mid-major point guard offers.
Brady Titus 5-10 Sr Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian: He dominated an overtime state final to give Tri-Unity its fifth Division 4/Class D championship, ending up with 33 points on 14-of-25 shots. He finishes his career as the all-time leading scorer for one of the state’s enduring, elite small school programs. As a senior he averaged 30 points on 52 percent from the field and 86 percent from the line, with 4 assists and 2 steals per game. Titus signed with Indiana Tech.
Kyler Vanderjagt 6-4 Sr Grand Rapids Northview: Mr. Basketball runner-up to the next guy on this list, KVJ led Northview to the school’s greatest season this century, reaching the Division 1 state quarterfinals. He had an instant-classic four-point play in their quarterfinal comeback win over one of the state’s hottest squads, Kalamazoo Central. He averaged 24.5 points per game while shooting 56 percent from the field and and 79 percent from the line — where he spent a lot of time thanks to his big bully guard game taking seven foul shots a game. Vanderjagt also averaged 4.5 rebounds, 2 assists 2 steals per game. He will play next season for Belmont.
Chansey Willis 6-2 Sr Detroit King: He follows Douglass’ Pierre Brooks to give the Detroit PSL back-to-back Mr. Basketball winners for the first time since Pershing’s Derrick Nix and Keith Appling did it in 2009-10. A clutch varsity player going back to his freshman season, Willis was a powerhouse out of the backcourt as a senior averaging 25.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals per game. He led the Crusaders to back-to-back PSL championships, this time with a triple-double in the title game with Detroit Western. He has various mid-major point guard offers.
Sonny Wilson 6-2 Jr Detroit U-D Jesuit: He was the leading scorer in the loaded Catholic League Central Division, averaging 19 points to go with 6 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.5 steals for a Cubs team that won the conference regular season title. He has various mid-major point guard offers.