When it comes to shooting the basketball, Northville’s David Morrissey is the man with the golden arm.
The 6-foot-3 senior guard, who averaged 19.7 points per game this season for the Mustangs (14-8), broke the school record for made 3-pointers in a game (nine) and season (68), while shooting an eye-popping 46.2 percent from beyond the arc (68-of-147).
Morrissey, named boys basketball All-Area Player of the Year, also contributed in other ways as he snagged 4.6 rebounds, while dishing out 2.4 assists and making 2.7 steals per game. He shot 72.5 percent from the foul line (68-of-147) and 45.5 percent from 2-point range (82-of-180).
“It’s been a tremendous privilege and honor to coach David,” Northville’s Todd Sander said of the all-KLAA pick. “He never took a day or possession off. He came in and quietly went about his business every moment of every practice and game.”
Morrissey, who is getting strong interest from Hope College, also excels as a scholar-athlete with a 33 ACT score and a 3.6 grade-point average.
“He started his career with the reputation of being a great shooter, but he finishes it with a reputation of being a great player,” Sander said. “He’s one of the best players ever to come through our program and we wish him all the best in the future.”
South Lyon East
Few teams suffered more off-the-court issues than the Cougars, but the senior forward still managed to produce through it all. Willenborg averaged 15.7 points a game with a season-high 32 in an overtime win against Carleton Airport in the district. He also stuck his nose in on the boards with nine a night.
“Holds points scored and rebounds school records for East with most points in a game, season and career, same with rebounds,” coach Ron Levin said. “Always the focal point of the opposing defense, (he) still manages to score both from the paint and perimeter. Led East to a school record with eight wins.
“Trent was the face of SLE athletics for the past four years. He will be sorely missed.”
The 6-6 junior forward averaged 15.7 points, nine rebounds and shot 85 percent from the foul line for the Wildcats (12-9).
“Naji is a special talent that can play both inside and out,” Novi coach Brandon Sinawi said of the all-KLAA selection. “At 6-6, he can finish around the basket and rebound, but has a terrific stroke from behind the 3-point line and is a tough match-up for players his size.”
The senior guard bombed away from outside while also being able to break down defenses with penetration to feed other players. Young averaged 12 points a game with 35 triples in this season and 72 in his career. He made six 3-pointers in one game for second all-time for the Mavs. Young was also strong at the free-throw line, hitting 74 percent.
“Connor has been a mainstay in our back court the last two seasons, as well as serving as one of our captains this season,” coach David Gilbert said. “Connor has led us in scoring the past two seasons due to his strong basketball IQ and ability to score in a variety of ways. Being the competitor that he is, Connor is not afraid of the big moment and has hit some big shots over the past two seasons.”
The senior post player was the focal point of every opponent’s game plan and he still averaged 12 points a game with eight rebounds. Menzel regularly worked through double teams, but he made the offense work while also leading the team on the boards as well.
“Jake was one of the best back-to-the-basket post-up players in the entire KLAA,” coach Bob Brugger said. “Every team we played formed their defense to deny, double or stop Jake Menzel. Jake played his best games against our toughest competition.”
Detroit Catholic Central
The 6-5 sophomore earned all-Catholic League Central Division honors while scoring a team-high 220 points (11.5 per game) for the Shamrocks (10-11).
“C.J. was our top player,” coach Bill Dyer said. “He led us in rebounds, field-goal percentage and was second in assists.”
The 6-7 senior center, who is bound for Northern Illinois University on a football scholarship, helped control the paint for the Mustangs while averaging eight points, six rebounds and four blocks per game en route to all-KLAA honors.
The senior guard was a do-it-all player this year. Newman was voted team MVP after posting 130 total points, 73 assists, 58 rebounds and 33 steals. He also hit 67 percent of his free throws.
The 6-2 senior swingman, who earned all-KLAA honors, averaged 13.5 points, 3.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game while shooting 88 percent from the foul line.
The senior post player hauled down 183 rebounds for eighth all-time in Milford history for a season. He also put in 10 points a night on 54-percent shooting and swatted away 30 shots. He was strong at the line at 70 percent. Valden also finished the year on a roll with 14 points and nine rebounds over the last 10 games.
The 6-0 junior point guard, who made first team all-Michigan Independent Athletic Conference, averaged 15.3 points and three rebounds per game while shooting 42 percent from the field en route to team MVP honors.
ALL-AREA BOYS BASKETBALL
Player of the Year
David Morrissey, Northville
Trent Willenborg, South Lyon East
Naji Ozeir, Novi
Connor Young, Milford
Jake Menzel, Lakeland
C.J. Baird, Detroit CC
Ryan Roberts, Northville
Joe Newman, South Lyon
Max Yanke, Novi
Kyle Valden, Milford
Austin Hearns, Franklin Road
Northville – Justin Zimbo (jr.), Nick Wilds (sr.)
Novi – Kam Hankerson (jr.), Brad Dotinga (sr.)
Catholic Central – Ike Marchie (sr.), Champ Kozlowski (sr.), Tyler Laurentius (jr.)
Franklin Road Christian – Joshua Bause (jr.), Joshua Betcher (jr.)
South Lyon – Anton Skupin (sr.), Josh Remstad (jr.)
South Lyon East – Luke Trent (jr.), Josh Smith (jr.)
Milford – Devin Vogel (sr.), Sam Jaklic (sr.)
Lakeland – Timmy Brotherton (sr.), Grant Osborne (sr.)