All-Area Boys Basketball Capsules
SCHOOL: St. Clair
SEASON: Davidson was the MAC Gold Division MVP after averaging 19.5 points, six rebounds and three assists per game. He also shot 46 percent from the field and 84 percent from the free throw line.
COACH’S COMMENT: “I thought Ben had a great sophomore year,” St. Clair coach Shawn Sharrow said. “He really showed growth as the year went on. He accepted that we needed him to be the point guard and he did a much better job of getting us into our offense. His shot selection improved and he was much more efficient.”
SCHOOL: Marine City Cardinal Mooney
SEASON: Everhart averaged 17.8 points, 3.1 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game for the Cardinals. He finished the season first team in the Catholic League and was also BCAM first team all state.
COACH’S COMMENT: “He is the first person in the gym and the last person out,” Cardinal Mooney coach Mike McAndrews said. “He has really grown up as a player. He is an excellent teammate and he has really come a long way. If he keeps working at it, he will have a very bright future ahead of him.”
SEASON: Hamilton averaged 13 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and two assists per game while being named to the All-BWAC team.
COACH’S COMMENT: “He is a do it all player,” Richmond coach Josh Presnell said. “He can guard every position, rebounds well and works hard. Toward the end of the season he really started coming into his own offensively. D’Sean can be as good as he wants to be and if he continues to put the work in, he should have a successful senior season.”
SEASON: Job was an All-BWAC selection after averaging 10.3 points on 44 percent shooting. He also averaged 4.6 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game. Job was also an all defensive BWAC selection.
COACH’S COMMENT: “After senior Jake Hoover graduated last year, he took over the point guard job full time,” Armada coach Russ Collins said. “He sacrificed scoring to make the offense run and get people involved. Adam is always thinking ahead. He has great knowledge of the game and is always learning. I make a lot of demands on Adam as a sophomore but he always takes the challenge.”
SCHOOL: Port Huron
SEASON: Drake averaged just over 16 points per game en route to MAC Blue Division all-league honors.
COACH’S COMMENT: “He got more comfortable in his role and what he was trying to do,” Port Huron coach Tony Giancarlo said. “He learned to pull up and hit the jumper. He found his shot. A couple of games he had six 3’s. When I looked back on the stats I noticed that the last five games he scored over 20 points. He started to become the leader of the team. He knew if we were going to win he had to make shots.”
SEASON: Storm averaged over 15 points and five assists per game while leading the Red Raiders. Storm finished the season honorable mention all state as well as first team all-conference.
COACH’S COMMENT: “He took it on himself to be the ultimate teammate and distribute,” Marlette coach Chris Storm said. “He averaged over five assists and made plays for his teammates. He made the players around him better. We are going to miss him. He had a nice senior year.”
SEASON: The Times Herald Player of the Year was also named Blue Water Area MVP after a dominating season. Kegley averaged 18.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals per game while shooting 48 percent from the field. Kegley was named honorable mention all-state.
COACH’S COMMENT: “He really grew as a leader,” Yale coach Garnett Kohler said. “He did a great job at making everyone around him better. We went to him in a lot of big spots and he was very productive. He was able to control the game and he knew when to take over.”
SCHOOL: Marine City Cardinal Mooney
SEASON: Proia was one of the most improved players in the area and averaged 12.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. He was named All-Catholic league and helped lead Cardinal Mooney on a long postseason run.
COACH’S COMMENT: “I don’t know if I have ever had a kid improve so much in a season,” Cardinal Mooney coach Mike McAndrews said. “He was a hard worker and his game really took off.”
SEASON: Kiger averaged 15 points and five rebounds a game while finishing the season all MAC Silver Division.
COACH’S COMMENT: “His outside shot improved,” Marysville coach Ryan Biewer said. “He spent a lot of time on that and improved. He is really developing into a complete player. His shot will get better and he needs to get stronger. He can get to the basket so well he has to be able to go up strong and knocked get knocked off his lane.”
SCHOOL: Port Huron Northern
SEASON: Welsh was the MAC Blue Division MVP after leading Port Huron Northern to a solid season. Welsh averaged 16.8 points, four rebounds and two assists and made 53 percent of his 3-point attempts. His improvements helped lead Northern to a 13-8 record.
COACH’S COMMENT: “He had a great offensive season and he really stepped up on defense,” Port Huron Northern coach Brian Jamison said. “He became a well rounded all-around player.”
SCHOOL: New Haven
SEASON: Weems was first team all-state after averaging 16.2 points, 10.8 rebounds and completing four triple doubles last season. He was also named All-MAC Gold Division.
COACH’S COMMENT: “At 6-foot-6 he is able to do so many things,” New Haven coach Tedaro France II said. “He plays the 1-5 for us. It’s amazing to see a kid at that height be able to do that He can pass and rebound and defend and shoot the ball. He is a gym rat and a great team player.
SCHOOL: New Haven
SEASON: Williams averaged 17.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game for the Rockets. He was second team all-state and also All-MAC Gold Division.
COACH’S COMMENT: “He had a great, great year,” New Haven coach Tedaro France II said. “He made great strides. I knew he could score some. Defensively, he really made great strides. His knowledge of playing the game improved. He did things for us that were very special. He is a very unselfish kid. Sometimes he is too passive and I had to tell him to get involved. He took over games knowing when and how to step up. He’s just a great kid and has great knowledge of the game.”
Kodi Badger, Port Huron Northern, Sr.
Noah Burgess, Capac, Sr.
Chase Churchill, Richmond, So.
Danny Hale, Sandusky, Sr.
Ross Hinkley, Marysville, Jr.
Luke McClelland, Yale, Jr.
Jeff Mullally, Cardinal Mooney, Sr.
Innocent Nwoko, New Haven, Sr.
Cameron Parslow, St. Clair, Sr.
Will Patsalis, Marine City, So.
Cade Smeznik, Yale, Jr.
Anthony Tavano, Richmond, Jr.
HONORABLE MENTION: ALGONAC — Mason Ruhman, Owen Kaatz; ARMADA — Fred Lawson, Mitchell Ruczynski; BROWN CITY — Joe Hagner, Calvin Cook, Caleb Muxlow; CARDINAL MOONEY — Daniel Bobick; CAPAC — Andrew Sams, Louis Aguinaga; CARSONVILLE-PORT SANILAC — Aaron Cooney, Tony Nugent, Justin Ritchie; CROSWELL-LEXINGTON — Keegan Biscorner, Austin Smith, Matthew Benson; DECKERVILLE — Colton Palme, Brandon Pattulo, Kenton Bowerman; MARLETTE — Isaac Dale, Ethan McKenney; MARYSVILLE— Austin Paterson; PECK — Dylan Dankenbring; PORT HURON — Jon Miller, Tyler Lee, PORT HURON NORTHERN — Billy Fealko; RICHMOND — Danny Davis, Spencer Trapiss; SANDUSKY — Joe Stone, Justin Miller, Brandon Potter, ST. CLAIR — Buddy Brosky, Mario Mattson, Darrien Rutledge; YALE — Jordan Craig