Boys basketball season tips off in Michigan this week. Here is a look at some of the players to watch in the area this winter.
KALEB BARRETT, CARSON CITY-CRYSTAL: The senior guard had plenty of big scoring nights for the Eagles last winter while earning Class C honorable mention Associated Press all-state recognition and helping Carson City-Crystal to a league title.
SY BARNETT, WILLIAMSTON: The Hornet senior all-state receiver also has that kind of potential on the basketball court. Barnett averaged 16 points and was the top scorer as a sophomore for a Charlotte team that captured a Class B district title. He only played in a handful of games at Charlotte last season before sitting out the remainder of the season after transferring to Williamston.
MATT HAVEY, LANSING CHRISTIAN: The senior guard averaged just over 16 points and ranked among the area’s leaders in made 3-pointers last winter while earning honorable mention Class D all-state recognition. Havey is among the key components back for a Pilgrim team that is expected to contend for a GLAC title. He is attracting interest from Division I, II and III programs.
CALEB HODGSON, DANSVILLE: The 6-foot-9 sophomore center was an AP second team Class C all-state selection after averaging 15.6 points and 10.8 rebounds during his debut varsity season. He is attracting Division I interest.
CALEB HOEKSTRA, EAST LANSING: The senior guard is one of the area’s top returning outside shooters. He was East Lansing’s second-leading scorer and made more than 50 3-pointers as a junior while helping the Trojans to a perfect regular season and a district title.
JARON FAULDS, HOLT: The 6-foot-10 senior center is signed with Columbia. He earned Class A all-state recognition after averaging 12.1 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.9 blocks as a junior for the Rams, who are expected to be in the mix for the CAAC Blue crown this winter..
BRANDON JOHNS, EAST LANSING: The 6-foot-8 junior forward is regarded as one of the top 2018 basketball prospects in the nation and owns offers from Michigan and Michigan State. He was a Class A all-state selection after leading the Trojans to a 23-1 mark and CAAC Blue and district titles. Johns averaged 19.7 points and 10.3 rebounds as a sophomore and is the area’s top returning scorer.
DELBERT REDFIELD, OLIVET: The senior guard is the second-leading returning scorer in the Lansing area after averaging 18.8 points, 3.4 assists, 3.3 rebounds as a junior. He made 64 3-pointers last winter for the Eagles, which ranked among the best in mid-Michigan.
TANNER REHA, DEWITT: The 6-foot-5 guard is garnering Division I interest, is one of the state’s top juniors and is the top returning scorer for reigning CAAC Red champion DeWitt. Reha averaged just under 13 points for the Panthers as a sophomore.
DIEGO ROBINSON, EVERETT: The 6-foot-6 senior forward is the top returning player from a Viking team that has made back-to-back trips to the Class A state semifinals.
Others to watch: Forrest Bouyer, Lansing Christian; Sean Cobb, Williamston; Preston Granger, Lansing Christian; Luke Hyde, DeWitt; Levi Lehman, Ithaca; Westin Myles, East Lansing; Mason Pline, Fowler; Jeremy Pung, Fowler; Deandre Robinson, East Lansing; Drew Shafer, Eaton Rapids; Graham Smith, Portland St. Patrick; Zhevonte Smith, Sexton; Jaden Sutton, Waverly.
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