co-MVP Monte Morris 6-2 Sr Iowa State (Flint Beecher): He had a legendary career in Ames, which as a senior included Big 12 tournament MVP honors. “Man Man” picked up his scoring this year averaging 16.4 points per game on .465 percent from the floor, including .378 percent from three-point range, and .802 at the stripe. Michigan’s 2013 Mr. Basketball yet again led the nation in assist to turnover ratio, with averages of 6.2 and 1.2 per game. He’s third all-time in assists in Big 12 history, sixth in steals and no one played more career minutes. This season in Big 12 play Morris was second in assists and fourth in scoring. His PER was 24.7.
co-MVP Derrick Walton 6-1 Sr Michigan (Chandler Park Academy): While he didn’t have the overall college career of his former Mustangs AAU teammate Morris, Walton is concluding a dream senior season. He was the MVP of the Big Ten tournament, and has led U-M to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. He’s averaging 15.4 points, 4.9 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game while shooting .432 from the floor, including .419 from distance, and .873 from the foul line. In the Big Ten, Walton was third in scoring, third in assists, second in steals and second in free throw percentage. His PER of 24.0 was the best of any guard in the league.
Yante Maten 6-8 Jr Georgia (Bloomfield Hills): He injured his knee late in the regular season, then played a pair of games in the SEC tournament though not at 100 percent. To that point, Maten had been a revelation, his year highlighted by a 30-point, 13-rebound performance against Kansas. His junior season saw him average 18.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. He shot .519 from the field, second in the SEC, and .783 from the stripe, 10th in the SEC. Where Maten really improved was as a shooter and ball-handler. He nearly tripled his three-point attempts while shooting .488 percent from long range. That put his effective field goal percentage at .549. Maten went from 27 assists as a sophomore to 43 as a senior, despite playing significantly fewer total minutes because of his injury. His PER was 27.6.
EC Matthews 6-4 Jr Rhode Island (Romulus): He tore his ACL in the very first game of Rhode Island’s 2015-16 season, then came back to lead the Rams to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since Lamar Odum’s tenure. Matthews was named MVP of the A-10 tournament, scoring 19 points in the final agaisnt VCU. The former Romulus state champion averaged 14.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting .427 from the floor and .337 from three-point range. He had a PER of 18.1.
Justin Tillman 6-7 Jr VCU (Detroit Pershing): Full-time glasseater for VCU’s NCAA Tournament team who was second in the A-10 in caroms and first on the offensive boards. Tillman averaged 8.6 rebounds overall and upped it to 9.6 a game in league play. The former Doughboy and 2014 Mr. Basketball runner-up averaged 12.2 points per game on .592 field goal shooting. His PER was 24.3.
Jaylin Walker 6-2 So Kent State (Romulus): He more than doubled his scoring average from his freshman season finishing at 15.8 points per game and finished eighth in the MAC in scoring. Walker was MAC tournament MVP after hitting the game-winner in the semifinals then turning in a career-high 30 points in the league final against Akron as Kent State claimed its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2008. For the season he also averaged 4.4 rebounds while shooting .396 from the field. His PER was 16.0.
Jonathan Williams 6-3 Sr Toledo (Southfield-Lathrup): An AAU teammate of Bank Hoops college MVPs Monte Morris and Derrick Walston, Williams was the MAC’s fourth-leading scorer the past two seasons, averaging 19.6 points per game. He shot .443 from the field and .817 percent from the free throw stripe, good for fourth in the league. His PER was 19.5.
- Rob Edwards 6-3 So Cleveland State (Detroit Cass Tech)
- Zach Hankins 6-10 So Ferris State (Charlevoix)
- Jalen Hayes 6-7 Sr Oakland (Lansing Sexton)
- Cameron Morse 6-2 Jr Youngstown State (Flint Carman-Ainsworth)
- Edmond Sumner 6-4 Jr Xavier (Detroit Country Day)
- Lorenzo Bonam 6-4 Sr Utah (Dearborn Heights Robichaud)
- Jaylen Johnson 6-8 Jr Louisville (Ypsilanti)
- Ray Lee 6-3 Sr Eastern Michigan (Romulus)
- Kyle Steigenga 6-5 Jr Cornerstone (Holland Christian)
- Martez Walker 6-5 Jr Oakland (Detroit Pershing)
- Corey Allen 6-3 Fr Detroit (Ypsilanti)
- Kris Clyburn 6-6 Jr UNLV (Romulus)
- Jaleel Hogan 6-6 So Detroit (Mt. Pleasant)
- Nick Perkins 6-8 So Buffalo (Milan)
- Cassius Winston 6-1 Fr Michigan State (Detroit U-D Jesuit)
Early exit (prep schoolers)
- Miles Bridges 6-6 Fr Michigan State (Flint Southwestern)
- Jaire Grayer 6-4 So George Mason (Flint Southwestern)
- Josh Jackson 6-7 Fr Kansas (Detroit Consortium)
- Kyle Kuzma 6-9 Jr Utah (Burton Bentley)
- AJ Turner 6-7 So Boston College (Warren De La Salle)