(All players are seniors unless noted.)
1) Detroit King
2011 record: 23-5 The buzz: The Crusaders feature the state’s top-ranked player in 6-foot DePaul signee Antania Hayes (16 points, 10 rebounds), who is a highlight film in the open court. Junior Marte Grays, 6-2, will rebound and is quick around the basket. Laquita Hart (18 points) was the team’s top scorer coming off the bench last year. Junior Lashai Geeter has a good midrange game and will help with rebounding. Takira Height, 6-1, is another post player who can score and rebound.
2) East Lansing
2011 record: 21-5 The buzz: Another trip to the quarterfinals is a possibility because of the quality of returners. Piper Tucker (Grand Valley), 6 feet, is a quality perimeter and inside scorer. Grace Whelan (Saginaw Valley), 6-2, can score inside and hit the three. Junior Meechi Thompson is an excellent point guard. Taylor Gordon is a defensive stopper and can score from the perimeter. Kelcie Haizlip, 6-2, uses her quickness to be effective inside. Freshman Danni Hanson, 5-11, is an excellent jumper.
2011 record: 28-0 The buzz: Repeating as undefeated Class B champs became much more difficult after all-stater KeKe Sevillian (Penn State) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and is out for the season. But there is plenty of talent remaining, beginning with Taylor Gleason (Illinois), a versatile scorer and playmaker. Sophomore Tania Davis is an experienced point guard and will free Gleason to be more of a scorer. Junior Kaylee Grzywacz handles the ball and gets to the basket.
2011 record: 13-10 The buzz: The Chargers were going to be good anyway, but when Sydni Davis (Stetson) transferred from West Bloomfield, Sabria Cotton from Troy and junior Asia King, 5-10, from Pontiac, they became much better. Christina Green, 6 feet, (Wayne State) is solid in the post and will be helped by Keianna Ingram, the state high-jump champ who can rebound. Two special players could be 6-1 freshmen Taiye and Kehinde Bello, who should both contribute.
5) Grand Haven
2011 record: 27-1 The buzz: The defending Class A champs will start slow because of all of the basketball players on the volleyball team that advanced to the semifinals. The Bucs return only one starter, but it is 6-5 Abby Cole (Michigan for volleyball), who is the most intimidating force in the state. Hannah Wilkerson (Ferris), 5-10, is strong inside and can also hit the perimeter shot. Junior Taylor Craymer, 6 feet, is tough around the basket and will team with Cole for quite a high-low game.
6) Grosse Pointe South