It is a complex decision on multiple fronts.
Some players are scorers, others excel on defense. But only the best of the best incorporate all of the intangibles every team needs.
You will find those players on this list as we detail our Top 25 Boys Basketball Players in the Blue Water Area. This list has no barring on our end of the season Player of the Year award. Leading the way is a player that could start on every team in the area.
1. Cody Kegley, Yale: Kegley has been in big game after big game for the Bulldogs. He excels not only with the ball in his hand but also is great at setting teammates up. In addition, he is an underrated on ball defender and an above average rebounder. Just go ahead and call Kegley the total package.
2. Ben Davidson, St. Clair: Davidson is not your ordinary sophomore. The St. Clair guard/forward is already playing a key role in the Saints success. Last week, Davidson showed his growth by making the first two game winning shots of his high school playing career. Something tells me they won’t be his last.
3. Geryd Welsh, Port Huron Northern: Welsh might just be the best overall scorer in the area. He can score in the open court. He can score from distance. Welsh can just flat out score from everywhere. He has been the main catalyst behind the Huskies success, as they have already exceeded their win total from last season.
4. Daniel Everhart, Cardinal Mooney: The Cardinals sophomore guard is also far ahead of the curve. Everhart has become one of the best overall players in the area with a mix of skill and finesse. Everhart can step out for a 3-pointer or slice teams through the lane. Also, don’t discount his defensive and rebounding ability. Everhart and Davidson could very well battle for the top spot in next year’s list.
5. D’Sean Hamilton, Richmond: Hamilton is a jack of all trades type of player. He can get you a big shot, a key drive or a great defensive play. He is one of the most skilled players in the Blue Water Area and continues to get stronger game after game.
6. Dylan Kiger, Marysville: Kiger has helped solidify the Vikings this season. In addition to being a great slasher offensively, Kiger also shines on defense and has become one of the Vikings main leaders. With Kiger helping to lead the way, the Vikings are in the thick of the conference race.
7. Andrew Storm, Marlette: Storm has continued to develop into the Red Raiders leader and is having his best season to date. He has willed Marlette to several victories on offense and has also made timely defensive plays to put his team over the top.
8. Cade Smeznik, Yale: Some might be surprised to find Smeznik this high on the list. But you would be hard pressed to find a competitor as clutch as the Bulldog’s junior. Smeznik has helped lead the Bulldogs and has made life easier for everyone with his clutch shooting.
9. Noah Burgess, Capac: The Chiefs big man has a polished offensive game and is vastly improved defensively. The Chiefs have been up and down during the year, but with Burgess on the court, they should be in every game.
10. Chase Churchill, Richmond: Churchill was one of the biggest surprises of the high school football season. He is probably an even bigger surprise on the hardwood court. Churchill is smooth and is a sharp shooter with range. If a defense fails to close out on him, they will pay dearly, each and every time.
11. Ross Hinkley, Marysville: Hinkley is the second Vikings player on this list and for good reason. He is as tough as they come as the Vikings point guard and can get out in the open court and score. With Hinkley and Kiger leading the way, the Vikings are a match-up challenge for nearly everyone.
12. Kodi Badger, Port Huron Northern: The Huskies center is an active defender that excels in changing shots, rebounding and clogging the lane. Offensively, he has steadily improved and has become one of the Huskies top options when they are in need of a quick basket.
13. Luke McClelland, Yale: Just call him Mr. Intangibles. You won’t find a better teammate than McClelland. He does everything for the Bulldogs from setting solid picks to rebounding, to providing steady leadership. The Bulldogs graduated several key players from last year, but have had players like McClelland step up and fill the gap.
14. Jermaine Drake, Port Huron: Drake is quick, explosive and timely. He is lethal in the open court and also excels off the pick-and-roll. He has continued to improve each season for the Big Reds and his senior year is turning out to be his best.
15. Cameron Parslow, St. Clair: Parslow can get hot quickly and stay in a groove all game. St. Clair preaches offensive spacing and Parslow has been one of the biggest beneficiaries. When defenses attempt to collapse on Davidson, it only leads Parslow open.
16. Tyler Lee, Port Huron: The Big Reds center is still developing and has the potential to be one of the best players in the area. He is a threat as a rebounder on every single offensive possession. He can get out and run and also control the paint on defense.
17. Anthony Tavano, Richmond: The Richmond guard could very well be higher on this list. Tavano often runs the show for Richmond and his attacking style has been a perfect fit for this up tempo team. With the aforementioned Hamilton, Churchill and now Tavano, Richmond’s future appears secure.
18. Mario Mattson, St. Clair: The St. Clair guard/forward can defend multiple positions and extend the defense by stepping out and making open shots. Mattson has still not reached his ceiling as he continues to improve by the day.
19. Michael Proia, Cardinal Mooney: The Cardinals senior center is one of the most improved players in the area. Last year he played a limited role, but has averaged close to a double-double this season.
20. Austin Smith, Croswell-Lexington: Smith is an above average defender and rebounder for the Pioneers. He also has the ability to get into the open court and wreck havoc. When the Pioneers are at their best, Smith is normally on the floor and contributing.
21. Calvin Cook, Brown City: Cook is only a sophomore, but he is playing well beyond his years. He has been lethal from long distance and is spearheading Brown City’s resurgence. He should be one of the Blue Water Area’s best players for years to come.
22. Fred Lawson, Armada: Lawson has been able to play multiple positions for the Tigers. He is known for being a good teammate and also a clutch performer. The Tigers are improving and will be a tough team to beat down the stretch.
23. William Patsalis, Marine City: The Mariners have struggled at times this season, but Patsalis has been a consistent performer. Not only has he continued to improve, he has also been an asset for his teammates and together Marine City is headed in the right direction.
24. Jeff Mullally, Cardinal Mooney: The Cardinals point guard has been paramount in their success. Not only does Mullally run the show on offense, he also draws the toughest assignment on defense.
25. Austin Paterson, Marysville: The Vikings are always tough to beat. In large part, that is due to Paterson, who often has a thankless job. He does a great job at setting picks, rotating on defense and doing the little things that allow Kiger and Hinkley to thrive.
Top 25 Boys Basketball Players
1. Cody Kegley, Yale
2. Ben Davidson, St. Clair
3. Geryd Welsh, Port Huron Northern
4. Daniel Everhart, Cardinal Mooney
5. D’Sean Hamilton, Richmond
6. Dylan Kiger, Marysville
7. Andrew Storm, Marlette
8. Cade Smeznik, Yale
9. Noah Burgess, Capac
10. Chase Churchill, Richmond
11. Ross Hinkley, Marysville
12. Kodi Badger, Port Huron Northern
13. Luke McClelland, Yale
14. Jermaine Drake, Port Huron
15. Camerson Parslow, St. Clair
16. Tyler Lee, Port Huron
17. Anthony Tavano, Richmond
18. Mario Mattson, St. Clair
19. Michael Proia, Cardinal Mooney
20. Austin Smith, Croswell-Lexington
21. Calvin Cook, Brown City
22. Fred Lawson, Armada
23, William Patsalis, Marine City
24. Jeff Mullally, Cardinal Mooney
25. Austin Paterson, Marysville