Bank Hoops’ Overall All-State Team.
(all-state teams for each Division to follow)
MVP Trey McKenney 6-5 So Orchard Lake St. Mary’s: He has chosen the hardest route to reach and stay in the NBA as a high-usage, alpha scorer and playmaker. That McKenney is trending to do just that speaks to not just his talent, but the continued improvement as he made the leap from freshman prodigy to a dominant, consistent force against the state’s best players. He averaged 25.5 points and 11.1 rebounds per game, leading St. Mary’s to the state semifinals.
Darius Acuff 6-1 So Detroit Cass Tech: A breakthrough underclassman who was the first non-senior to be named Mr. PSL, then helped lead Cass Tech to the school’s first basketball state championship. He averaged 21.6 points on 40-percent field goals and 80-percent foul shooting.
Anthony Benard 6-1 Sr Grosse Pointe South Mercer: A mainstay standout four-times All-MAC, his school’s all-time leading scorer, now all-state after leading Grosse Pointe South to a regional title. He averaged 18.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3.1 steals per game.
Jordan Briggs 6-1 Sr Muskegon Wayne State: He helped lead Muskegon to the Big Reds’ first state championship game appearance since 2014. He led the team with 18.7 points and 6.0 assists per game, shooting 40 percent from the field and 72 percent from the line.
Kaden Brown 6-1 Sr Grand Rapids Catholic Central Wright State: A two-time state finalist, once state champion, school’s all-time leading scorer and Mr. Basketball finalist. As a senior against a heavyweight schedule he averaged 23.1 points, 5.3 rebounds. 3.8 assists and 3.0 steals per game.
Jonathan Blackwell 6-4 Sr Birmingham Brother Rice Wisconsin: One of three 1,000-point senior scorers with Curtis Williams and Xavier Thomas and four D1 recruits in Brother Rice’s lineup, he was the point guard keeping all the talent happy while defending at a high level.
Phoenix Glassnor 5-11 So Warren De La Salle: He was the sixth man of the Pilots’ state championship team as a freshman, then graduated to leading scorer as a sophomore. Already a well-established clutch shooter, he helped lead De La Salle to another regional title while scoring 18.7 points per game.
Ryan Hurst 6-3 Sr North Farmington Detroit: He was an offensive force on an elite defensive team, and was named a Mr. Basketball finalist. He averaged 22 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals per game.
Tyler Jamison 6-5 Sr Port Huron Northern Farleigh Dickinson: A four-year impact player with monster double-doubles throughout. building to a senior Mr. Basketball winning campaign. He averaged 26.7 points, 11. 1 rebounds, 4.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
Robert Lee 6-3 Sr Flint Beecher Wayne State: Beecher keeps rolling out championship teams and star players, like Lee who was a role guy as a junior and all-state as a senior. He averaged 24.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.
Chas Lewless 6-2 Jr Detroit King San Diego: The only junior to make the cut. It was hard-earned facing various defensive schemes to still average 23.5 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists per game.
Malik Olafioye 6-2 Sr Ecorse: He surpassed 2,000 career points in a season when he helped lead Ecorse to its second-straight Breslin appearance. He averaged 32 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals per game.
RJ Taylor 6-0 Sr Grand Blanc Northern Iowa: Played to win and that he did, as in his career three times Grand Blanc was eligible to reach the Breslin Center, and three times the Bobcats made it, with one championship and another runner-up. He averaged 14.3 points, 6.2 assists and 2.1 steals per game while shooting 48 percent from the floor and 85 percent from the stripe.
Hutch Ward 6-8 Sr Kalamazoo Central Wayne State: He had a steady four-year varsity rise, to become a matchup nightmare as an upperclassman and continuing the proud lineage of K-Central forwards. One of three Wayne State recruits to make overall all-state, he averaged 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Curtis Williams 6-6 Sr Birmingham Brother Rice Louisville: He was a Mr. Basketball finalist after helping Brother Rice to its first league championship in over 30 years. He averaged 16.2 points. 5.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game while shooting 39 percent from three-point range.
Sonny Wilson 6-2 Sr Detroit U-D Jesuit Toledo: A lot of middle school guard prodigies come and go. Not this one, who stepped right in four years ago and produced at a high level in the state’s top league ever since. A Mr. Basketball finalist, he averaged 22 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4 assists and 3.5 steals per game.