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December 1, 2006
(All players are seniors unless noted; 2005-06 record in parentheses.)
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 more physical.
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 shooting.
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 force.
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 again.
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 his size.
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 half-court trap.
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 the paint.
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 season.

Grand Rapids Area Boys basketball: Top 10 teams
1. East Grand Rapids
A 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.
2. Jenison
Two 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.
3. Cedar Springs
The 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.
4. Creston
Can 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.
5. Kenowa Hills
Expect 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.
6. Rockford
The 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.
7. Ottawa Hills
Can 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.
8. Zeeland West
The 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 Green.
9. Godwin Heights
The 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.
10. Tri-unity Christian
How 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
1. Saginaw Arthur Hill 2-0 (Class A, No. 1 in pre-season rankings): Beat Saginaw Heritage, 82-36; beat then No. 27 Kalamazoo Central, 83-75.
2. Pontiac Northern 1-0 (A, No. 2): Beat Troy Athens, 73-48.
3. Saginaw (A, No. 3): Beat Bay City Central, 74-18
4. Detroit Redford 1-0 (A, No. 4).
5. Orchard Lake St. Maryıs 0-0 (A, No. 5).
6. Flint Southwestern 2-0 (B, No. 6): Beat Frankenmuth, 76-66; beat Flint Central, 73-51.
7. East Grand Rapids 1-0 (B, No. 7): Beat Wayland, 82-59.
8. Detroit Pershing 2-0 (A, No. 8): Beat Detroit King, 55-40; Detroit Kettering, 63-37.
9. Detroit Renaissance 0-0 (B, No. 9).
10. Warren De La Salle 1-0 (A, No. 10): Beat Class C Harper Woods, 55-44.
11. Flint Carman-Ainsworth 2-0 (A, No. 11): Beat Flint Central, 76-65; Traverse City West, 70-48.
12. Clarkston 1-0 (A, No. 12): Beat Flint Northern, 64-41.
13. Flint Powers 1-0 (B, No. 13): Beat then No. 32 Flint Northwestern, 73-68.
14. Birmingham Country Day 2-0 (B, No. 14): Beat Ann Arbor Pioneer, 65-55; Southfield-Lathrup, 63-55.
15. Romulus 0-0 (A, No. 15).
16. Romeo 2-0 (A, No. 16): Beat then No. 24 Lake Orion, 70-48; beat Utica Ford, 79-50
17. Holt 1-0 (A No. 18): Beat Mason, 57-47.
18. Jenison 2-0 (A, No. 19): Beat Byron Center, 76-66; Wyoming Park, 95-72.
19. Detroit Osborn 1-0 (A, No. 21): Beat then No. 33 Detroit Southeastern, 78-77.
20. Wyoming Godwin Heights 1-0 (B, No. 22): Beat Grand Rapids Union, 86-43.
21. Muskegon Heights 1-0 (B, No. 25): Beat then No. 28 Rockford, 74-66.
22. Kalamazoo Central 1-1 (A, No. 27): Beat Portage Central, 77-42; lost to then No. 1 Saginaw Arthur Hill, 83-75.
23. Deaborn Heights Robichaud 0-0 (B, No. 26).
24. Okemos 2-0 (A, No. 29): Beat Howell, 63-38; beat Lansing Waverly, 79-43
25. Rockford 0-1 (A, No. 28): Lost to then No. 25 Muskegon Heights, 74-66.
26. Flint Northwestern 1-1 (B, No. 32): Lost to then No. 13 Flint Powers, 73-68; beat Flushing, 65-41.
27. Detroit Finney 2-0 (A, No. 36): Beat then No. 30 Cass Tech, 54-44; beat Detroit Denby, 77-47.
28. Detroit Central 0-1 (A, No. 23): Lost to then No. 33 Detroit Southeastern, 54-39.
29. Detroit Northwestern 0-1 (A, No. 17): Lost to Detroit Murray-Wright, 79-73 OT.
30. Cedar Springs 0-1 (B, No. 20): Lost to Lowell, 33-31.
31. Walled Lake Central 2-0 (A, No. 37): Beat Milford, 50-34; beat Farmington, 64-35.
32. Taylor Truman 1-0 (A, No. 38): Beat Wayne Memorial, 72-55.
33. Jackson 1-0 (A, unranked): Beat Jackson Northwest, 77-57.
34. Battle Creek Central 2-0 (A, unranked): Beat Lansing Everett, 61-47; beat Portage Northern, 59-49
35. Ann Arbor Pioneer 1-1 (Class A, unranked): Lost to then No. 14 Country Day, 65-55; Beat River Rouge, 73-51
36. Zeeland West 1-0 (Class B, unranked): Beat Forest Hills Eastern, 68-51.
37. Stevensville Lakeshore 2-0 (B, unranked): Beat Dowagiac, 54-40; beat Benton Harbor, 43-40
38. Northville 1-0 (A, unranked): Beat South Lyon, 55-42.
39. Detroit Murray-Wright 1-0 (A, unranked): Beat then No. 17 Detroit Northwestern, 79-73 OT.
40. 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, Detroit Country Day, Rockford, Orchard Lake St. Mary's, Grand Blanc and Detroit Redford. The Class A Lumberjacks paid for the difficult 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 Hill 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 the versatility 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).
2. Saginaw
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 Green (5-10).
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.
4. Pontiac Northern
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.
5. East Grand Rapids
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.
6. Detroit Central
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.
7. Flint Southwestern
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.
8. Detroit Redford
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.
9. Okemos
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.
10. Clarkston
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.
11. Detroit Northwestern
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.
12. Warren DeLaSalle
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.
13. Holt
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.
14. Detroit Country Day
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.
15. Detroit Renaissance
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.
16. Romulus
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.
17. Jenison
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.
18. Cedar Springs
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.
19. Detroit Finney
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 create turnovers.
20. Lake Orion
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.
21. Ann Arbor Pioneer
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.
22. Flint Northwestern
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.
23. Detroit Community
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.
24. Detroit Pershing
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).
25. Chelsea
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 presence inside.
Others to watch
Battle Creek Central (15-6), A; Benton Harbor (16-5), A; Berrien 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 (25-2), B