Here’s a close look at the 2015-16 Enquirer All-Area boys basketball team, as selected by area coaches and the Enquirer sports staff:
Morgan took a big step in his junior year for Bellevue – his third varsity season.
The 6-foot-1 forward helped the Broncos win 18 games and their fourth consecutive Class D district championship by averaging 12 points and a team-best 7.1 rebounds per game. He also averaged 2.3 steals and 1.8 assist.
“Dawson is a very fast, high energy player, whose motor never stops,” said coach Joe Costello. “Couple that with his high IQ – Dawson is a 4.0 student – and he was a hard cover for opposing teams.”
Shaw missed Bellevue’s first four games of the season with a hand injury, but made an immediate impact upon his return.
The senior guard and two-year varsity member helped Bellevue to 18 wins and a Class D district title by averaging 12.8 points, 2.6 steals and 3.6 assists over 19 games while also shooting an impressive 42 percent from beyond the arc.
“Cam was our most skilled player,” Costello said. “He was our best shooter, passer, and ball handler. As a captain, Cam was not very vocal but chose to lead us by example.”
Waterbury made quite the debut on the Bellevue varsity, as the freshman guard averaged 21 points over the first four games of the season when the team was without leading-scorer Cam Shaw.
Waterbury ended up averaging 12.6 points while leading the team with 3.8 steals and 2.6 assists per game.
“Although he is just a freshman, Wyatt is one of the most instinctual players I have ever coached,” Costello said. “That is most evident on the defensive end where he led the team in steals and deflections. In the next three years, barring any injury problems, Wyatt is going to create a lot of problems for opposing teams on both ends of the court.”
For Climax-Scotts’ opponents, there was no stopping Froberg from scoring – only feeble attempts to contain the senior guard.
Froberg registered 495 points and scored in double digits in all 21 games as the Southern Central Athletic Association champion Panthers finished the year 15-6 overall. He averaged 23.5 points while scoring at least 30 points in three games. Following the season he was selected to the Associated Press and Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Class D All-State teams. As a junior he broke the single-game school record for scoring with 49 points and finished with over 1,000 for his career.
Beckhusen was a big reason Coldwater had a winning season in 2015-16, bringing energy and consistency to the court on a nightly basis.
The versatile sophomore forward led the Cardinals in scoring at 12.7 points while also averaging 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals per contest as Coldwater finished the year 11-10 overall.
“Brady continues to work hard to become a player who can play all positions,” said coach Casey Adams. “He is very committed to an offseason and wants to be a player who will be an impact player every game next year. Brady will provide a strong skilled presence inside and make it challenging for teams to decide how they will guard him. His jump shot is very consistent and dangerous against zones if teams don’t defend him strong.”
McCoy took a leap forward in a breakout junior campaign for Delton Kellogg and looks primed for a big senior season.
The combo guard/forward earned All-Southwestern Athletic Conference honors after averaging 21 points, six rebounds and four assists per game as the Panthers finished the year 10-10 overall.
“Cogan continued his progress after a very good 10th grade year on the varsity last year,” said coach Paul Blacken. “He also is a good defender and rebounder who took on the other team’s best scorer most nights… He works very hard year round on his game and looks forward to his senior year.”
Few players could drop 15 pounds while missing five games and still come back and make an impact the way Drumm did for Homer.
The senior fought through an illness to help the Trojans finish the season in the Class C regional finals after going 16-9 overall. He averaged 15.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.5 steals from his point guard position and had a season-high 38 points in a comeback win against Pennfield.
“We had to learn to play without him for a little while and he started coming back and then before districts he twisted his ankle,” said coach Jim Huffman. “The first day he could walk he played against Union City… We wouldn’t have won without him. He’s a shooting guard but he had to play point guard for me. He got doubled and tripled every time he drove the lane and it was hard for him to find his shots, but he still had a good year.”
Despite constant double teams in the post, Homer’s Ridgeway was on the giving end of some bumps and bruises more often than not.
The senior played as a true center for the Trojans, leading the team to a 16-9 record and a run to the Class C regional finals. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder averaged a double-double with a team-best 16.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per contest while also chipping in 1.1 assists and 1.7 blocks per game. Following the season he received Class C honorable mention All-State honors from both the Associated Press and the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan.
“He played as a true big guy and there aren’t many of those left around,” Huffman said. “It’s hard to influence the game as a big guy when you don’t have the ball in your hands all the time but he did. He got triple-teamed and he got beat up every night. During our run at the end of the season, he was amazing.”
A big time player at a small school, deJesus was the catalyst on a Marshall Academy team that finished the season 18-2 overall while inning the program’s first Mid-South Conference title.
The junior guard finished the season averaging a team-best 16.8 points per game. He poured in a career-high 37 points against Calhoun Christian and was named the Mid-South Conference MVP.
“He drew a lot of attention throughout our league and from the teams we played this year,” said coach Luke Walker. “Kemar is known as a shooter, but he has developed a balanced attack to make himself a premier scorer. He is also a great defender with exceptional fundamentals… Kemar deJesus has worked hard to be a name that every team we have played knows.”
Brubaker led the Redhawks to an Interstate Eight Conference and Class B district championship season while also joining an elite club of Marshall High School basketball players.
The senior guard/forward eclipsed 1,000 points for his career (1,277) during a senior season that saw him average a team-best 24.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. He earned second team All-State honors in Class B from the Associated Press and is committed to play at Cornerstone University (NAIA Division II).
Many know DeVine as a standout on the diamond. On the hardwood, Marshall’s opponents were left wishing the senior had kept his focus on baseball.
The senior point guard – who is committed to play baseball at Western Michigan University – played a key role in the Redhawks winning both an Interstate Eight Conference and Class B district championship titles while finishing with a 19-5 overall record. The three-year varsity starter finished the season averaging 11 points and 4.4 assists per game while earning all-conference honors in the I-8.
Marshall’s up-tempo style suited Torrey well as the senior guard frustrated opponents all season with his ability to single-handedly break pressure and create opportunities for himself and his teammates.
A three-year varsity starter, Torrey helped the Redhawks finish 19-5 overall while winning Interstate Eight Conference and Class B district titles by averaging 13.7 points per game.
Olivet posted a winning season on the hardwood, and it couldn’t have happened without Redfield guiding the Eagles.
The junior point guard helped Olivet to an 11-10 campaign as one of the area’s most prolific scorers. He averaged a team-best 19 points per game and knocked down 68 3-pointers – including a 9-for-11 effort from beyond the arc in a win over Lansing Christian. He also led Olivet in steals (2.6 per game) and assists (3.3 per game) on his way to Class C honorable mention All-State honors from the Associated Press.
“We had a young team in terms of varsity floor experience and Delbert led us to 11 wins this season,” said coach Travis Brown. “Any team would love to have him start for them… He was also the winner of the program’s Gym Rat Award.”
Eifrid started the season off hot for the Orioles and never really cooled off.
The sharp-shooting senior guard helped Quincy finish 12-9 overall by leading the team at 14.6 points per game. He also averaged 2.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.1 steals on his way to Class C honorable mention All-State honors from the Associated Press and the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan.
“Quinn ran the fast break lane very well, often lifted the team with deadly outside shooting, and used his quickness to play tough defense,” said coach Scott Rodesiler.
Karney did a lot of things well on the basketball court, but his ability to create opportunities for teammates sets him apart.
The junior helped Quincy finish 12-9 overall and was one of the area’s top passers at 6.9 assists per game while breaking school records for assists in a game (12) and assists in a season (144). He also averaged 11.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.0 blocks on his way to Class C honorable mention All-State honors from the Associated Press and the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan.
“Nathan is a well-rounded basketball player, as evidenced by the way he fills up the stat sheet every game,” said coach Scott Rodesiler. “He had three double-doubles this year, with points and assists, which is outstanding. When Karney played well, our team had great success this season.”
Boes had a stellar three-year varsity career at Union City, saving his best for last.
The senior guard led the Chargers to a 16-6 record by stuffing the stat sheet to the tune of 14.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3.6 steals per game. Following the season he was selected Class C honorable mention All-State by the Associated Press.
“Jalen was a true student of the game,” said coach Ben Chard. “He knew every play, at every position, allowing Union City to have a true floor general. Jalen’s basketball IQ was second to none. I wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Sebastian Hamilton (Athens); Branson Thenen (Bronson); Caleb Steele (Calhoun Christian); Riley Boomshine (Climax-Scotts); Collin Warner, Nate Waterbury, Gage McGuire (Coldwater); Gabe Keely (Colon); Zack Cooper, Noah Leinaar (Delton Kellogg); Grant Richardson, Caden Conkle, Jordan Sherman (Homer); Forrest Jackson, T.J. Rocco (Marshall); Isaac Mead (Marshall Academy); Brandon Gary (Quincy); Connor Jenkins (Tekonsha); Elijah Harris, Elijah Way, Colin Kreger (Union City)
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