Deyonta Davis, Muskegon, 6-9, Jr. F
Accomplishments: Set a school record with 199 blocks in a season, also averaged 15 points (shooting 61% from the field), 13.5 rebounds and 7.1 blocks. Had five triple-doubles (points, rebounds, blocks). Team went 28-0 and won first state title in 77 years. Committed to MSU.
Davis: “The season went really good. Going 28-0 was great, it’s a rare goal. It felt great to win the state championship. I hope we can repeat. (I picked MSU) because it’s a dream school.”
Coach Keith Guy: “He’s a really quiet player, but he’s even keel. He doesn’t get overly excited but doesn’t get down, either. He’s really developed into a quiet leader, on and off the court. Good kid with a good heart. I’ve never had a player that’s improved so much in one year’s time.”
Yante Maten, Bloomfield Hills, 6-8, Sr. F-C
Accomplishments: Led the Black Hawks to the Class A championship game with an incredible effort against U-D Jesuit in the semifinal before losing to eventual champion Muskegon. Averaged 19.5 points, 15.2 rebounds and 6.9 blocked shots, shooting 66% from the field. He averaged an impressive 14.7 points and 12.9 rebounds during his four-year varsity career.
Maten: “I just tried to stay aggressive. My teammates were unselfish and always looked for me.”
Coach Duane Graves: “A tremendous inside presence and a dominant rebounder. He had the ability to take over games and was a great teammate and unselfish.”
Deshaun Thrower, Muskegon, 6-1, Sr. G (captain)
Accomplishments: Was voted Michigan’s Mr. Basketball by averaging 17.9 points (50% from the floor), 7.1 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 2.7 steals. Had three consecutive 30-point games in mid-January and scored 1,100 career points. Committed to Stony Brook.
Thrower: “The season went very well, 28-0, and playing our best ball in the playoffs was great. To make the dream team is very special to me, to know I made it in that category with the other great players that also made the team.”
Coach Keith Guy: “Definitely the best leader I ever coached. He has the Mateen Cleaves mentality: tough, gritty, holds his team and himself accountable. But he’s humble, not arrogant. His teammates love to be around him, and he makes everyone play better.”
Josh Jackson, Detroit Consortium, 6-7, So. F
Accomplishments: Key cog that earned Consortium its first state championship, capping a season in which he averaged 28 points, 14 rebounds, 3.5 steals and three blocks.
Jackson: “I appreciate the recognition, but I am just so thankful that me and my teammates were able to accomplish our goals this season — to get better every day, every game, play great defense and win a state championship. I wish we wouldn’t have lost a game, but it helped motivate and drive us to get better.”
Coach Tobias Tuomi: “He’s a terrific player. Now with a state championship behind him, he’s an absolute winner. What separates him is his unselfishness and putting winning and his teammates first. Very well spoken, wise, very coachable and can apply the skills to the court.”
Eric Davis, Saginaw Arthur Hill, 6-3, Jr. G
Accomplishments: Continued the line of great guards out of Saginaw. Averaged an impressive 26 points, seven assists, three steals and six rebounds, shooting 88% from the free-throw line.
Davis: “I cannot be satisfied with this accomplishment. This year I believe I improved my midrange and three-point shooting a ton because of my off-season work with my coaches.”
Coach Greg McMath: “I believe Eric took his overall game to the next level this past season as he has done every year. He has become more of a leader vocally, but most importantly by his actions on and off the court. The numbers he put up this year were amazing. He had monster games against very good teams.”
Coach: Keith Guy, Muskegon
Accomplishments: Guy has never lost a district tournament game in nine years at Muskegon Heights and the past two years at Muskegon. Overall record of 238-49 at the schools. His teams have reached six final fours, played in three finals and won it all in Class A this season.
Guy: “I am humbled by this award. There are a lot of great coaches in our state that could receive this award, and to be thought of in their company is an honor. It all goes to my coaching staff, my players and my wife and kids. I don’t accomplish any other these things without all of them.”