(All players are seniors unless noted; 2005-06 record
1. East Grand Rapids (21-6). East could win
one more game than it won a year ago when it was the Class B runner-up.
Justin Anyijong (16.3 points, 12.1 rebounds) blossomed during last
season's tournament run and will be a force inside. Point guard Kelvin
Grady (Michigan) is one of the quickest players in the state and
will make East go. DeMarcus Grady (16.1 points) will swing between
guard and forward and score on slashing moves to the basket. Mitch
Kimball is a three-point specialist who can kill teams if they leave
him alone. Spencer Ford will play the four spot if East wants to
run, and 6-7 Preston Burrell will play there if East wants to be
2. Saginaw Arthur Hill (21-6). The defending
Class A state champs will be tough again thanks to the presence of
6-6 Dar Tucker (DePaul), the main man in Arthur Hill's attack last
season. The development of Tommie Prater last season was key to Arthur
Hill's state title and he has developed into an outstanding defender.
Latreze Mushatt, 6-5, is one of the top juniors, as is point guard
Tyree Wooten, who saw extensive action in a reserve role. Junior
Antoine Lundy, 6-7, is a post player with perimeter skills. Junior
DeMarcus Lawson, 6-0, is undersized for a power player, but he is
effective. A player to keep an eye on is 5-5 freshman Maurice Jones.
3. Detroit Redford (23-4). Corperryale Harris
(Michigan) is coming off a sensational junior season in which he
carried the Huskies to the Class A semifinals and a second straight
Public School League championship. Sophomore Demario Prince was sixth
man last season and will take over the point guard spot. Jerome Tyson
will guard the opponent's best player and will team with junior Deniro
Cunningham to add three-point shooting. Junior Collin Horn, 6-7,
a transfer from U-D Jesuit, will provide strength in the post.
4. Orchard Lake St. Mary's (20-7). The defending
Catholic League champ and Class A semifinalist should be even better
this season. Kalin Lucas (Michigan State) is a terrific player, and
he is surrounded by talented teammates. Junior David Curletti, 6-8,
is solid with his back to the basket and is a good passer when double-teamed.
Junior Chris Clarke, 6-7, will help with the rebounding and hit mid-range
jumpers. Junior Jason Shockey, 6-4, is another good shooter who can
add rebounding strength. Jon Tassin (Oakland), 6-6, can drill perimeter
shots when he spots up.
5. Detroit Renaissance (22-4). The defending
Class B champ, under interim coach Randy Henry, will contend again
for at least the next two seasons. Paul Williams, 6-4, is one of
the top juniors in the state. Toreau Brown, 6-5, will be the Phoenix
power guy in the paint. Junior Stacey Waters is the team's top perimeter
shooter. Sophomore Delano Collins started on last season's state
championship game, and he will run the point. Junior Eric Jones is
a demon on defense. DeMario Petrie, 6-7, will help on the perimeter
and Ryan Webb, 6-6, will help inside.
6. Pontiac Northern (16-8). Four seniors, three
of whom started on the quarterfinal team as sophomores, return to
make Northern a Class A contender again. Tim Williams (16.7 points)
is going to have a sensational season. Martell Webb (Michigan-football)
will rebound and score inside as well as from 15 feet. Brian Smothers
averaged fewer than two turnovers a game in running the point. De'Vonte
Pryor can run the offense or play the shooting guard spot. Junior
Cornelius Jones was the only sophomore who saw action last season,
and he is a fine defender.
7. Saginaw (18-3). A brilliant regular season
ended abruptly with a quick loss to eventual Class A champ Saginaw
Arthur Hill in their district. That may provide the Trojans with
more motivation. Josh Southern, 6-10, (Boston College) will emerge
as a dominant force. Junior Draymond Green, 6-7, will become a perimeter
player and a highly recruited prospect. Deonte Wesley, 6-8, will
provide inside strength on the boards. Bobby Lewis is the best perimeter
defender. Junior Daniel West (Bradley) had an impressive summer running
the point. Demario Wilson is a cat-quick combo guard.
8. Holt (21-3). After eight years as the JV
coach, Matt Essell takes over for Bruce Larner, who guided Holt to
the Class A title two seasons ago. A key player on that team was
6-7 Paul Crosby (Toledo), who has developed into one of the state's
best power players. Joe Powers, the sixth man last season, will start
on the wing. Matt Naeyert will run the point and will be spelled
by freshman Donlunto Jackson. Junior Rawshawn Molden, a transfer
from Lansing Everett, will stretch the defense with his perimeter
9. Flint Southwestern Academy (24-3). Junior
guard Anthony Crater (Ohio State) is capable of carrying this team
back to the Class B semifinals if some of the young players continue
to develop. Leviante Davis, 6-4, 270, is remarkably athletic for
his size. Junior Tyrone Ward, 6-6, is a scrapper who gets the job
done. Erving McFadden will start and play the point when Crater is
the off guard. Sophomore Demarkus Brady, 6-5, is a strong inside
10. Warren De La Salle (16-8). The Pilots should
be able to give St. Mary's a run for the Catholic League title. Don
Fowler is a do-it-all type guard who led La Salle in scoring, rebounding,
assists and steals last season. Cody Edwards can hit the three, but
will play inside along with 6-5 Andrew Tines, who has good post moves.
The Pilots will need inside defense from 6-9 sophomore Kevin McCarthy
and 6-7 Jimmy Dorda. Alex Marcutullo is a lefty who can run the point
and shoot the three. Brian Lewis will come off the bench and give
the team a spark. Jimmy Diehl will add defensive pressure. Sophomore
Alex Harville is instant offense, and junior Jay Kopicki is tough
from 15 feet.
11. Clarkston (21-5). Bren Bergquist is a three-year
veteran who has played in three Class A quarterfinal games and will
be one of the top rebounders in Oakland County. Dan Owens has NBA
range on his three-pointer. Junior Oliver Kupe, a standout soccer
player, will play on a wing and can dunk with authority. Kevin Badgley's
defense and all-out hustle keep him on the floor. Andrew Lyons looked
good running the point this summer. Ryan Breen and sophomore Brandon
Pokley also will add depth for a team bound for the quarterfinals
12. Flint Carman-Ainsworth (12-10). The team
that finished as runner-up in 2003 and again in '04 will be back
in the championship mix for at least a few years. Junior Reggie Stallings,
a transfer from Flint Beecher, is going to have a breakout season.
Junior John Lee is an efficient point guard who can hit mid-range
jumpers. Jarel Floyd, 6-1, jumps so well he can play inside. Derrick
Flowers, 6-5, has untapped potential, and he will be pushed by 6-5
freshman DeMondre Chapman, who may be the next big thing in Flint.
Junior Kieon Arkwright is an excellent shooter.
13. Romulus (16-7). This team should be the
toast of the Mega. Devin Searcy (Dayton), 6-9, will be a dominant
inside player, but he is much more than just a post player. Junior
Dominique Buckley (Iowa State) will run the point, and he can be
an excellent defensive player. Rod Walker can play either guard spot
and will relieve Buckley at the point. Dwayne Edwards, 6-6, will
be the strong man inside. Alex McMillian is a spot-up shooter. Antoine
James will make every hustle play imaginable.
14. Detroit Northwestern (12-10). Junior point
guard Eric Evans should have the Colts in the PSL championship chase.
Darryle Miller, 6-6, and 6-7 sophomore Shawntez Patterson are a pair
of inside players who can knock down mid-range jumpers. Tommie Carter
gets his points in transition, and Roderick Parrott is a deadly shooter.
Junior Julian Gentry is a strong ball handler who excels on defense.
Freshman Jarrell Pratt, 6-8, will block shots and rebound.
15. Dearborn Heights Robichaud (12-8). This
could become a powerhouse in the Mega. Aaron Crump is a leaper with
a good stroke from three-point range. Marez Penman, 6-7, is a force
inside who can score and block shots. Junior Antonio Green also can
hit from beyond the three-point line. Wiley Roberts does a good job
protecting the ball and getting the Bulldogs into their offense.
Junior Alfonzo Lewis is capable of playing either guard spot and
small forward. Junior DeAngelo Penman, 6-7, will help his brother
with the rebounding and inside scoring.
16. Canton (18-7). The Chiefs will have an effective
high-low game with 6-5 Steven Paye on the perimeter and 6-7 Ryan
Waidman slashing inside, where he hit 59% of his shots last season.
Josh Butler has made an easy transition to point guard because he
sees the floor so well, and he had such a good summer shooting the
ball. Neil Sharma, 6-4, gives Canton another perimeter shooter, and
Eric Zech is an excellent defender who brings a lot of energy to
the lineup. Caleb Larner, 6-1, is an amazing inside scorer for someone
17. Detroit Pershing (18-5). The Doughboys graduated
the most dominating player in the PSL (DeShawn Sims), but they will
be competitive again because of a bevy of guards. Clifford Mathis
and Christian Hill give Pershing two top-flight point guards. Larry
Nixon can also play the point, but is a fine shooter, too. Junior
Demetrius Ward, another guard, scores on slashing moves to the basket.
Junior Dontae Molden is another playmaker and he specializes in defense.
How far Pershing advances will depend on the development of 6-8 Marvin
Skipper (Eastern Michigan), who must now step up and replace Sims.
18. Birmingham Detroit Country Day (20-4). With
senior Alex Legion playing at a prep school, this will be a smaller
Country Day team than we expected, at least until 6-11 sophomore
DaShonte Riley, a transfer from Detroit Cass Tech, becomes eligible.
Junior Darnell Brown (14 points) can create his own shot. Darryl
Nobles, the point guard the last three seasons, moves to the wing,
and junior Dale Brundidge takes over at the point. James Nelson's
quickness will be an asset on the press. Sophomore Jordan Dumars,
6-5, will help inside with rebounding and defense, but also will
be a threat from beyond the arc.
19. Detroit Osborn (16-5). The Knights make
their first appearance in the preseason top 25, mainly because of
DeJuan Plummer, the PSL's leading scorer (26 points) last season.
Point guard Ralph Riley will use his quickness to get Plummer the
ball. Solomon Farris, 6-4, and 6-6 DeAndre Gant are quick around
the basket and will provide inside scoring. Demetrius Andrews can
score off the bench, and Kenneth Agee and 6-4 sophomore Demetrius
Davis will help with the rebounding.
20. Cedar Springs (19-5). This is a veteran
team that will sneak up on a lot of people on the state's west side.
The offense will revolve around Austin Thornton (24 points, 11 rebounds).
While Thornton has dramatically improved his three-point shooting,
Aaron Frostick is the team's top three-point threat. Junior Luke
Walker will be a third-year starter, and he is the team's top defender.
Tyler Emmory can finish off fast breaks while Jamie Fredericks will
run up big assist numbers.
21. Detroit Cass Tech (11-9). Despite the transfer
of 6-11 sophomore DaShonte Riley to Country Day, the Technicians
should have their best team in several seasons. Jeremy Allen (Central
Michigan) and William Eddie are two Division I caliber guards. Alonzo
Howell is another capable guard who can hit from three-point range.
Freshman Shannon Williams, 6-6, should provide Cass with inside scoring
and rebounding despite his youth.
22. Romeo (15-6). The Bulldogs may challenge
De La Salle for supremacy in Macomb County. Junior Blake Cushingberry,
6-3, will start for the third season. He began as a point guard and
has grown into a player capable of playing anywhere. His footwork
and inside moves make him a matchup problem. Jake Shirmer, 6-5, a
tackle on the football team, will bang inside with anyone. Doug Sharples
is a superb athlete with a solid perimeter shot who keys Romeo's
23. Benton Harbor (16-5). The Tigers should
be in for a big year, led by 5-7 point guard Delriko Curtis, a little
guy who can score over anyone in the state, no matter the size. Sophomore
Tyrone Black, 6-5, is physically mature for his age and will provide
a strong presence inside. Junior David Osby, 6-5, has blossomed into
a fine post player. Larry Bell can play shooting guard or small forward.
Kevin Moore will be the top shooter on the team.
24. Detroit Finney (15-6). Look for a big improvement
from the Highlanders, who will be even better a year from now. Junior
Michael Douglas is an outstanding point guard. Junior Kavon Rose
averaged 21 points in the second half of last season. Junior Darryl
Davis, who sat out last season after transferring from a charter
school, is the team's top perimeter shooter. Juniors D'Angelo Mason,
6-6, and Terrance Maxwell, 6-6, will be a potent one-two punch in
25. Wyoming Godwin Heights (25-2). Another trip
to the Class B semifinals might seem a longshot, but this team has
a trio of experienced seniors who helped win a lot of games last
season. Justin Towns (17 points) is an exceptional shooter. Bradley
Whitby is another three-year varsity player. He was the sixth man
last season and will take over the point guard duties. The missing
link last season was the addition of 6-5 Keithan Jackson, a transfer
who averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds over the last half of the
Rapids Area Boys basketball: Top 10 teams
trio of four-year players -- guards and cousins Kelvin Grady
and DeMarcus Grady and the tall Justin Anyijong (6-foot-9) --
could lead the Pioneers back to the state finals. The addition
of the burly 6-6 Preston Burrell will only help.
guards -- Ty Tanis, a senior, and Wes Trammell, a junior -- have
been wowing Wildcats fans since they were freshmen. A year ago,
they led them to the regional finals. Everyone returns for the
Wildcats. Quintuple wow.
argument can be made that the Red Hawks are the top team in the
area, with the top player in the area in Austin Thornton. There
is no doubt they will be good, and they are the top team in the
O-K Blue. Time obviously will tell all.
the Polar Bears do it again this season? A year ago, they won
the City League for the first time in 24 years, but never made
it out of districts. And all of those seniors are gone. But they
do have Jerrell Sanders, Michael McNeil and Sanquay Birge.
the Knights to do big things. They return nine players from last
year's team that went to regionals, including four starters.
And they boast one very talented player in Mike Sutton. They
will challenge East Grand Rapids in the O-K White.
Rams always are a team to beat in the O-K Red. And thanks to
Bryan Pasciak and Jake Steineback, they will be again. Of course,
they have to stop Jenison first.
the Bengals return to dominance in the City League after losing
their three-year grip on the crown to Creston last year? No reason
to think they can't. But watch for Catholic Central, too, to
be right there.
Dux lost talented players from last year's 20-win team. But they
return some tall players, such as 6-5 Bryce Semple and 6-8 Ryan
Walters. Once they get the team together after a long run to
the Division 4 football state title, they should rule the O-K
Wolverines return enough talent from last year's state semifinalist
team to be right there again. They have a starting five that
received loads of quality playing time during their 25-win season.
do you not include the defending Class D state champions? The
Defenders always seem to come up with solid teams, and coach
Mark Keeler is one of the best around.
Top 40 teams
Saginaw Arthur Hill 2-0 (Class A, No. 1 in pre-season rankings):
Beat Saginaw Heritage, 82-36; beat then No. 27 Kalamazoo Central,
Pontiac Northern 1-0 (A, No. 2): Beat Troy Athens, 73-48.
Saginaw (A, No. 3): Beat Bay City Central, 74-18
Detroit Redford 1-0 (A, No. 4).
Orchard Lake St. Maryıs 0-0 (A, No. 5).
Flint Southwestern 2-0 (B, No. 6): Beat Frankenmuth, 76-66; beat
Flint Central, 73-51.
East Grand Rapids 1-0 (B, No. 7): Beat Wayland, 82-59.
Detroit Pershing 2-0 (A, No. 8): Beat Detroit King, 55-40; Detroit
Detroit Renaissance 0-0 (B, No. 9).
Warren De La Salle 1-0 (A, No. 10): Beat Class C Harper Woods,
Flint Carman-Ainsworth 2-0 (A, No. 11): Beat Flint Central, 76-65;
Traverse City West, 70-48.
Clarkston 1-0 (A, No. 12): Beat Flint Northern, 64-41.
Flint Powers 1-0 (B, No. 13): Beat then No. 32 Flint Northwestern,
Birmingham Country Day 2-0 (B, No. 14): Beat Ann Arbor Pioneer,
65-55; Southfield-Lathrup, 63-55.
Romulus 0-0 (A, No. 15).
Romeo 2-0 (A, No. 16): Beat then No. 24 Lake Orion, 70-48; beat
Utica Ford, 79-50
Holt 1-0 (A No. 18): Beat Mason, 57-47.
Jenison 2-0 (A, No. 19): Beat Byron Center, 76-66; Wyoming Park,
Detroit Osborn 1-0 (A, No. 21): Beat then No. 33 Detroit Southeastern,
Wyoming Godwin Heights 1-0 (B, No. 22): Beat Grand Rapids Union,
Muskegon Heights 1-0 (B, No. 25): Beat then No. 28 Rockford,
Kalamazoo Central 1-1 (A, No. 27): Beat Portage Central, 77-42;
lost to then No. 1 Saginaw Arthur Hill, 83-75.
Deaborn Heights Robichaud 0-0 (B, No. 26).
Okemos 2-0 (A, No. 29): Beat Howell, 63-38; beat Lansing Waverly,
Rockford 0-1 (A, No. 28): Lost to then No. 25 Muskegon Heights,
Flint Northwestern 1-1 (B, No. 32): Lost to then No. 13 Flint
Powers, 73-68; beat Flushing, 65-41.
Detroit Finney 2-0 (A, No. 36): Beat then No. 30 Cass Tech, 54-44;
beat Detroit Denby, 77-47.
Detroit Central 0-1 (A, No. 23): Lost to then No. 33 Detroit
Detroit Northwestern 0-1 (A, No. 17): Lost to Detroit Murray-Wright,
Cedar Springs 0-1 (B, No. 20): Lost to Lowell, 33-31.
Walled Lake Central 2-0 (A, No. 37): Beat Milford, 50-34; beat
Taylor Truman 1-0 (A, No. 38): Beat Wayne Memorial, 72-55.
Jackson 1-0 (A, unranked): Beat Jackson Northwest, 77-57.
Battle Creek Central 2-0 (A, unranked): Beat Lansing Everett,
61-47; beat Portage Northern, 59-49
Ann Arbor Pioneer 1-1 (Class A, unranked): Lost to then No. 14
Country Day, 65-55; Beat River Rouge, 73-51
Zeeland West 1-0 (Class B, unranked): Beat Forest Hills Eastern,
Stevensville Lakeshore 2-0 (B, unranked): Beat Dowagiac, 54-40;
beat Benton Harbor, 43-40
Northville 1-0 (A, unranked): Beat South Lyon, 55-42.
Detroit Murray-Wright 1-0 (A, unranked): Beat then No. 17 Detroit
Northwestern, 79-73 OT.
Bath 2-0 (C, unranked): Beat Olivet, 74-53; Saranac, 68-41.
Tom Markowski / The Detroit News
1. SAGINAW Saginaw Arthur Hill There were
those last season who thought Saginaw Arthur Hill coach
Greg McMath was too ambitious with his team's schedule.Romulus,
Country Day, Rockford, Orchard Lake St. Mary's, Grand
Blanc and Detroit Redford. The Class A Lumberjacks paid for
schedule, finishing the regular season 14-6. But regular-season
losses and state rankings were of no concern to McMath.
He wanted to prepare his team for the state tournament. Bingo!Arthur
won its first state title since 1944. "We got better
and better as the year went on," McMath said. "We
were battle-tested." This season, Arthur Hill returns
four starters, led by Mr. Basketball candidate Dar Tucker,
and has earned the
top ranking in The Detroit News' preseason poll. But
as good as Tucker (DePaul) is, the 6-foot-5 forward doesn't
have to carry
the team. The backcourt is solid with the return of Tommy
Prater (6-2) and junior Tyrie Wooten (5-10). Prater,
a senior, can play
the point or shooting guard. Wooten strictly is a point
guard. Junior Latreze Mushatt (6-5) is a wing who has
to play inside or on the perimeter. The fifth starter
could be junior Antoine Lundy (6-7), senior Jonathan
Townsend (5-10) or
sophomore Mike Shaw (6-6). DeMarques Lawson (6-1) is
a junior guard who played football and will add toughness.
If that's not
enough, McMath said he has the state's top freshman in
Maurice Jones (5-5).
Class A (2005, 19-3): Coach Lou Dawkins returns four
starters, including C Josh Southern (6-10, Boston College). Southern
might be the state's top post player, but Dawkins said Southern's
not his best player. That distinction goes to junior Draymond
Green (6-7). Senior Bobby
Lewis (6-2) is the top defender, and senior DeMario Wilson (5-10) is
back to man the point. The other starting position will rotate
among juniors Daniel West (6-2, Bradley), Will Marlow (6-1) and sophomore Mike
3. Orchard Lake St. Mary's
Class A (22-5): The Eaglets return four starters
led by Mr. Basketball candidate Kalin Lucas (5-11, Michigan
State). Other players expected to have an impact are David
Curletti (6-8), Chris
Clarke (6-7), Jon Tassin (6-6, Oakland) and Jake Shockey (6-4), who
does the dirty work. Seniors Pat Carroll and Justin Siller provide depth.
Class A (16-8): Nine players return, including four
seniors who started last season. Tim Williams (6-3) averaged
17.5 points, and Martel Webb (6-5, Michigan football) is a force
inside. PG Bryan Smothers (5-10) is a four-year varsity player,
and Devonte Pryor is the consummate role player. The
fifth starter could be by committee.
Class B (21-6): The Pioneers, who reached the state
final, return four starters, all seniors. PG Kelvin Grady (6-0, Michigan)
makes things go, and his cousin, DeMarcus Grady (6-3), combines
finesse with a physical style. Justin Anyijong (6-10) had
104 blocks and can run the floor. Mitch Kimball (5-10) is
the other returning starter. Seniors Spencer Ford (6-3) and Preston
Burrell (6-7) will vie for the fifth starting spot.
Class A (20-5): The Trailblazers, a surprise last
season, return four starters. Willie Tripp (6-2) and DeAndre Neely (6-6) are
two of the top offensive threats. Mike Snipes (5-11) can
play either guard spot and Derrick Reed (6-2) is a wing. Christopher
Stanley (6-7) will take some of the heat off Neely.
Class B (24-3): The Knights reached the semifinals,
but return just one starter. But he's a dandy -- Anthony Crater (6-1), the
leading candidate for Mr. Basketball. Senior Erving McFadden (5-11) is
a scrappy player who gets his points in transition. Two transfers
-- senior Leviante Davis (6-4) and junior Tyrone Ward (6-3) -- will start.
Class A (23-4): Two starters return from a team that
won the city title and reached the state semifinals. The team
revolves around Corperryale Harris (6-5, Michigan). The other returning
starter is Jerome Tyson (6-0), one of the best defenders
in Metro Detroit. DeMario Prince (5-9) was the sixth man as a freshman,
and Donte Walker (6-1) also saw playing time.
Class A (25-2): The Chieftains return two starters
from a team that came within a point of winning the state title. Anthony
Ianni (6-10, Grand Valley State) is key. Senior Mike Kebler (6-4), a
role player, could be the team's best. Senior Denny Means (6-6) must
become more consistent. Coach Dan Stolz 's son, Scott (5-10), is
the point guard.
Class A (21-5): Seniors Bren Bergquist (6-6) and Kevin
Badgley (6-3) return as starters. Dan Owens (6-3, Ashland)
is one of the best perimeter shooters to play for coach Dan
Fife . Oliver
Kupe (6-3) is a leaper and Andre Lyons (5-9) will
play the point. Sophomore Brandon Pokley (6-2) and junior Julius
Porter (5-9) are expected to see significant time.
Class A (12-10): Four starters return, led by one
of Metro Detroit's top point guards, junior Eric Evans (5-10). Senior Roderick
Parrott (6-2) is an accurate 3-point shooter who benefits
from Evans' aggressiveness. Darryle Miller (6-6) and Tommie
Carter (6-2) are experienced.
Class A (15-9): Four starters return, including Macomb
County's top player, senior Don Fowler (6-1), who
led the team in points and assists. Cody Edwards (6-3) has
experience. Senior Andrew Tines (6-4), sophomore Kevin McCarthy (6-9) and Jimmy
Dorda (6-7) give the Pilots more size than they've had in years. Brian
Lewis (5-10), the quarterback on the football team, will see extensive
time, as will senior Jimmy Diehl (6-2), a part-time starter.
Class A (21-3): The Rams return one starter, their
sixth man, plus a transfer. Paul Crosby (6-7, Toledo) is a banger
who can shoot the 3-pointer. Joe Powers (6-2) was the top reserve
as a sophomore, and junior transfer Rashawn Molden (6-3) will
start as a wing. Junior Tom Brandenberg (6-3) is the top player off
of the junior varsity. Freshman Donlunto Jackson (5-8) could
start at the point.
Class B (21-4): No more Alex Legion , but the
Yellowjackets will be more stable. Two starters return, led by
senior Darryl Nobles (6-5), who can play every position. Darnell Brown (6-1) is
a wing who averaged 12.5 points. Junior Dale Brundidge (5-10) will
start at the point, and senior James Nelson (6-2) is
a wing who can score. Senior Clayton Beard (6-5) and sophomore Jordan
Dumars (6-5), son of Pistons president Joe Dumars , vie for
the other starting spot.
Class B (22-4): Coach Randy Henry takes over
a healthy program that's coming off a state title. Four starters
return, led by one of the state's top juniors, Paul Williams (6-4). Senior Toreau
Brown (6-5) isn't a tall center but he's one of the
top rebounders. Junior Stacey Waters (6-3) can play the wing or inside. Delano
Collins (5-11) showed poise as a freshman.
Class A (16-7): The Eagles return three starters. Devin
Searcy (6-9, Dayton) will be counted on to score more this season (13
points last season). Junior Dominique Buckley (6-2) is
the team's most complete player, and senior PG Rod Walker (5-8) is
quick and strong. Dwayne Edwards (6-6) needs to help keep the heat
off of Searcy, and junior Mario Crawford (5-7) will spell Walker.
Class A (20-5): The Wildcats return all their starters.
The best of the bunch is senior Tyler Tanis (6-2), who
averaged 16 points. Junior Wes Trammell (5-11) is a dependable 3-point
shooter who can post up. Bryan Snider (6-6) weighs
260 pounds and can go inside and out. Jayson Dieterle (6-3) and Michael
Vaughn (5-8) excel on defense. Chad Bowhuis (6-7), Zach
Darling (6-2) and Adam Austof (6-6) played as juniors.
Class B (19-5): Four starters return from a team
that lost in the regionals. Austin Thornton (6-5) is
a fourth-year starter who plays every position. Junior Luke
Walker (6-1) is
the top defender. Aaron Frostick (6-2) is a third-year starter and
an accurate 3-point shooter. Tyler Emmorey (6-1) does the little things. Jamie
Fredericks (5-9), the top reserve, could be the fifth starter.
Class A (15-6): The Highlanders have no seniors,
but should be the best team on the east side. Three starters
return -- Gs Michael Douglas (6-2), Kavon Rose (6-2) and Darryl Davis (6-3). Juniors Travis
Maxwell (6-6) and D'Angelo Mason (6-7) played
as sophomores. Freshman Rashad Reeves Jr. , son of
coach Ray Reeves , will be in the rotation. Look for Finney to push the ball and
Class A (19-4): Lake Orion's schedule will be more
competitive -- with teams such as Clarkston and Pontiac Northern.
Four starters return, including one of Oakland County's top players,
junior Drew Maynard (6-6). Senior Ross
Tonyan (5-10) is the point, and senior Cole Moore (6-6) is
an athletic post player. Freshman Anthony Fields (5-9) will
back up Tonyan.
Class A (18-5): The Pioneers lost nine players to
graduation, and return four. Senior Matt Pettit (6-6) is
Pioneer's only true post player. Matt Johnson (6-3) will
move to the point after playing several positions as a sophomore.
Senior J.T. Knight (6-1) and junior Will Courtney (6-0) are
fine perimeter shooters, and senior Kevin Keeler (6-3), at
220 pounds, will be counted on to man the interior.
Class B (14-9): The Wildcats move up from Class C,
and they're ready with five senior starters back, led by Damon
Franklin (6-4). LaMarcus
Lowe (6-9) is a shot-blocker deluxe. Jeff Grayer (6-2), son
of former Northwestern star and NBA player Jeff Grayer , is improved
on the perimeter, and Marcus Green (6-3) takes
pressure off Lowe. Deantio Shakir (5-10) returns at the point.
Class C (19-5): The Hurricanes were upset in the
regionals, and although they won't be as talented, this unit
has more size and continuity. Senior Chase Simon (6-6) makes the Hurricanes go and
will play more on the wing than the point. Junior Nicholas
Carter (6-2) will
play the point. Seniors Derek Thompson (6-2) and Troy Luie (6-2) are
the top perimeter scorers. Sophomore James Still (6-8) and
senior Kquan Covile (6-6) will play the post.
Class A (18-5): The Doughboys won't be the same without DeShawn
Sims (Michigan). Senior Marvin Skipper (6-8) will
be the go-to player inside, but he will be slowed early (sprained
Achilles tendon). Seniors Larry Nixon (6-2) and Clifford Mathis (5-10) are
returning starters who will lead the fast break. Others expected
to excel include senior Melvin Taylor (6-1), junior Dante Molden (5-10) and
sophomore Dion Dismuke (5-10).
Class B (19-5): Two starters return -- PG Nate
Schwarze (5-11) and fourth-year starter Micah Hudson (6-2), who
has become more than a scorer. Adam Connell (5-9) is
the off guard, and Mike Sauers (6-2) is another wing. Dean Roberts (6-3), a football player, will be counted on to establish a physical
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Springs (23-4), C; Dearborn Heights Robichaud (12-8), B; Detroit
Henry Ford (7-9), A; Detroit Osborn (15-6), A; Flint Powers (19-3),
B; Grand Rapids Northview (21-4), A; Grand Rapids South Christian
(20-1), B; Kalamazoo Central (11-12), A; Muskegon Heights (19-6),
B; Pontiac Central (19-3), A; Romeo (16-5), A; St. Clair Shores
South Lake (18-6), B; Southfield-Lathrup (16-9), A; Taylor Truman
(21-5), A; Traverse City West (18-4), A; Wyoming Godwin Heights