BOYS BASKETBALL DREAM TEAM
6-feet-10, senior center
Got in shape and was nearly impossible to stop inside. Posted big numbers, averaging 25.3 points, 14.3 rebounds, 4.9 blocked shots and 1.8 assists per game. Improved every facet of his game and worked hard over the summer, taking the advice of his college coach, Michigan’s John Beilein.
Coach Brad Maska: “He has always worked hard; he has always had great hands; he has always had good footwork. The thing with him was being able to change his body. That’s the thing that has been unbelievable.”
6-2, Sr. G
An explosive scorer who can expose a defense from the perimeter or driving to the basket, averaged 23.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. Shot 52% from the field, 48% from three-point land and 86% from the free throw line. Lit up Ann Arbor Huron for 45 points in a regular-season overtime victory. Has ability to play either point guard or shooting guard. Signed with Detroit Mercy.
Coach Steve Brooks: “Corey was everything to our team. There were at least six games that he put us on his back and just refused to lose.”
6-1, Sr. G (captain)
Won the state’s Mr. Basketball award and led the Cubs to their first Class A state title. Finished his senior season averaging 21.9 points, 7.5 assists, five rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. As a point guard, shot 57% from the field, 43% from behind the arc and 84% at the free throw line. Signed with Michigan State.
Coach Pat Donnelly: “Cassius did so many things for us that he’s impossible to replace. He was playing against varsity guys in the seventh grade. He’s one of the most unselfish players, and at times we had to tell him to be aggressive and attack.”
6-4, Sr. G
Highlanders’ hot-shot connected for 25.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.3 steals per game as a combo guard. Ranked third in voting for Mr. Basketball. Signed with Duquesne.
Coach John Hall: “Spencer is the hardest-working player I’ve ever coached. He turned himself into a D-I recruit and a Mr. Basketball candidate by the sheer force of his will. He wanted to be known as the hardest-working kid in the gym.”
5-11, Jr., G
A star in both football and basketball, the junior averaged more than 31 points per game this season with a high of 50 in a comeback victory over Zeeland West. Explosive in the open court, he can get to the basket or beat you with his jump shot. Family moved to Chicago, but he stayed in Holland to pursue his basketball career.
Coach Paul Chapman: “We kind of thought he would be special. There was a competitiveness about him. He can impact the game in a number of ways.”
Coach, U-D Jesuit
Eight years ago when he took the job, Donnelly thought he could bring a state title to the Cubs. Led by Mr. Basketball Cassius Winston, U-D Jesuit won Class A and finished the season 28-0. The development of big men Ike Eke and Gregory Eboigbodin was instrumental in the team’s championship run.
Donnelly: “We asked Cassius to do so many things for us. He was so unselfish and we got contributions from a lot of different players. They put a lot of time in the gym and the goal from the start of the season was to win a fourth straight Catholic League title and the state championship.”