DETROIT — Cassius Winston entered his senior season with a scholarship to Michigan State in his hip pocket and a goal to be the state’s top player and end his outstanding career by leading Detroit Jesuit to a state championship.
Winston, a 6-foot-1 point guard, was the complete player and leader for a Jesuit team which went 26-0 and ranked No. 6 nationally heading into its third consecutive Final Four appearance at the Breslin Center.
Winston averaged 23 points, seven assists and five rebounds to earn the Associated Press Player of the Year Award in Class A by a panel of sportswriters from around the state of Michigan.
Winston showed he would be special in the season opener, scoring 26 in a 64-61 win over Chicago Morgan Park, also getting a steal late to close out the victory. He made sure Jesuit made history later in the year, becoming the first team to win four straight Catholic League A-B Division championship since Detroit Catholic Central in the early ’50.
Winston was then named Mr. Basketball to start the final week of the season.
“This year I definitely became more of a leader,” Winston said. “Last year I was more of I’m just going to play my game and win the game like that, but his year I’m trying to bring everyone with me so everyone plays at my level and my competition and things like that so I really developed in that aspect.”
Clarkston sophomore point guard Foster Loyer and Ypsilanti senior guard Corey Allen joined Winston as unanimous all-state selections.
Rochester Adams senior guard Spencer Littleson, Detroit East English senior guard Karmari Newman, Macomb Dakota junior point guard Jermaine Jackson, East Lansing sophomore forward Brandon Johns, Grand Rapids Christian junior forward Xavier Tillman, Holland junior guard Demetrius Lake, Saginaw junior guard Ronquavious Southward and Flint Carman-Ainsworth freshman Terry Armstrong are also first-team all-state.
Littleson, Newman and Allen were Mr. Basketball finalists.
Loyer averaged 22.6 points, 6.8 assists, 4.3 rebounds with a season-high 44 points in a game, leading Clarkston to the regional semifinals.
Allen averaged 24.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, five assists and four steals, helping Ypsilanti earn a regional title before heading on to play at Detroit.
Littleson, who will play at Duquesne, averaged 26 points, eight rebounds and five assists to help Adams reach the regional final.
Newman averaged 23.5 points, six rebounds and four assists for PSL champion East English. He will play at George Mason.
Jackson helped Dakota win its first regional championship in school history. He averaged 21 points, five assists, five rebounds and three steals.
Johns, a 6-8 forward, averaged a double-double (20 points, 10.5) rebounds and three blocks for East Lansing.
Tillman, a 6-8 forward who has an offer from Michigan State, averaged 16.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists for Grand Rapids Christian.
Lake averaged an eye-popping 33.1 points and 5.3 rebounds for Holland; Southward, 17 points, eight assists and six steals for Saginaw and Armstrong, 16 points in his freshman year at Carman-Ainsworth.
Paul Tocco of Macomb Dakota earned Coach of the Year honors. After guiding Dakota to a 21-3 record and regional final appearance last year, he led Dakota to the Breslin Center for the first time to play in the semifinals with an unbeaten record after winning its first regional title in school history.
Associated Press Class A boys basketball All-State list
The 2016 Associated Press Class A basketball All-State team as selected by a panel of 10 Michigansportswriters and broadcasters.
Player of the Year
Cassius Winston, U-of-D Jesuit, Sr
Corey Allen, Ypsilanti Community, Sr.
Kamari Newman, Detroit East English, Sr.
Foster Loyer, Clarkston, So.
Spencer Littleson, Rochester Adams, Sr.
Demetrius Lake, Holland, Jr.
Brandon Johns, East Lansing, So.
Terry Armstrong, Flint Carman-Ainsworth, Fr.
Xavier Tillman, Grand Rapids Christian, Jr.
Jermaine Jackson Jr., Macomb Dakota, Jr.
Ronquavious Southward, Saginaw, Jr.
Paul Tocco, Macomb Dakota
(Nominees receiving two or more votes from the 10-member panel)
Billy Thomas, North Farmington, Sr.
Brandon Allen, Haslett, Sr.
Ian Hodges, Holly, Sr.
Matt Beachler, Lowell, Jr.
Mike Flowers, Southfield, Jr.
(Nominees receiving one or no votes from the 10-member panel)
Billy Burton, Saginaw Arthur Hill; Payton DeWildt, Midland; Dylan Alderson, Clarkston, Jr.; Amauri Hardy, North Farmington; Trishton Jackson, West Bloomfield; Walter Kelser, Walled Lake Central; Ben Reiter, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek; Delano Smith, Walled Lake Western; Kevin McKay, Warren DeLaSalle; Brailen Neely, Detroit Western; Justin Turner, Detroit Renaissance; Ty Groce, Ypsilanti Lincoln; Greg Elliott, Detroit East English; Davion Williams, Belleville; Logan Ryan, Canton; Jamyrin Jackson, Lansing Everett; Malek Adams, Grand Ledge; Jaron Faulds, Holt; Michael Littlejohn, Muskegon; Kobe Burse, Muskegon Mona Shores; Ryan Schuller, Sturgis; Isaiah Livers, Kalamazoo Central; Shonte’ Suddeth, Jackson; Jason Bur, Petoskey; Jackson Schrameyer, Traverse City Central; O’Mari Duncan, Flint Carman-Ainsworth; Kyle Woodruff, Holly; Logan Plude, Flushing; Chris Gilbert, Fenton; Cameron Cyborowski, Grand Blanc; Zach Leedom, Grand Blanc; Kam Hankerson, Novi.
Pat Donnelly, U-of-D Jesuit; Jimmy Reddy, Canto
Voting panel: Brian Calloway, Lansing State Journal; David Goricki, The Detroit News; Jason Schmitt, The Oakland Press (Pontiac); Matt Wenzel, MLive-Jackson; Eric Woodyard, MLive-Flint; Corky Emrick, Sturgis Journal; James Cook, Traverse City Record-Eagle; Steve Kaminski, MLive-Grand Rapids; Mark Opfermann, MLive-Muskegon; Nate Schneider, The Morning Sun (Mount Pleasant).