Posted On: 11/26/17 11:24 AM
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With the change in the KLAA Conference alignment, some new teams enter the conference as the two new divisions get put together. Novi, Northville and Stevenson are the three remaining teams from the old KLAA Central division and help make up the KLAA Gold Division.
1. Novi (17-6, 10-0)
One of the most skilled teams in the state, Novi comes in with four extremely talented players who will be in the running for All-Conference and All-State teams. An Oakland University commit, Traveon Maddox Jr is one of the best players in the state and in the 2018 class. Teaming up with Maddox in the backcourt are All-Conference performers, Trendon Hankerson (Sr.) and Jiovanni Miles (Jr.), who are great all-around guards, and will play at the next level. Leading the frontcourt is Plymouth transfer, Tariq Woody (Sr.), another college prospect and All-Conference performer.
2. Howell (16-6, 8-2)
A new face to the division, Howell is coming off of a year in which they won their division. Guard Josh Palo (Jr.) returns for the Highlanders and looks to build off of a great sophomore year in which he was an All-Conference performer. Johnny Shields (Sr.), one of the best guards in the conference and Livingston County Player of the Year last year, is coming off of two straight years leading Howell in scoring.
3. Grand Blanc (9-13, 3-7)
The Bobcats are another team that enter into a new division with high expectations. They are led by two seniors in Cameron Cyborowski and Lonnell Martin who may be the best inside-out duo in the league. Cedric Givens (Jr.) returns and is another playmaker in the backcourt who the Bobcats will rely on. A team that lost only two players to graduation will bring back a lot of experience and look to compete near the top of the division.
4. Northville (13-10, 5-5)
A team that lost an honorable mention and two All-Conference players from last year’s roster will enter the year lacking a lot of experience. With no real go-to player returning, look for Mark Grimes (Sr.) to lead the scoring punch in the backcourt and Daniel McLaughlin (Jr.) to be a guy who will fill up the box score. New faces who will play crucial roles are a pair of junior forwards, Gary Laskowski and Kevin Morrissey. A possible breakthrough player is hybrid forward Sriram Papolu (Sr.).
5. Stevenson (14-7, 7-3)
Returning for the Spartans is their star point guard Devin Dunn (Sr.). An All-Conference player last year, Dunn looks to shoulder most of the load for Livonia Stevenson. George Ferguson (Sr.) looks to build off of a good junior year and be another go-to playmaker to go along with Dunn. The Spartans will need to replace an All-Conference and honorable mention guard from last year’s team.
6. Hartland (11-11, 4-6)
A key returning player for Harland is Brandon Harrison (Sr.), who was All-Conference honorable mention last season and will be a major player for this year. He will be one of the most improved in the league. Another name to look out for is Evan Metz (Jr.). On the team last year, his role will be expanded and look for him to have full reigns over the backcourt.
7. Brighton (5-16, 4-6)
A team that struggled a year ago without a returning starter has a lot of returning experience. A player who could really make a name for himself is junior Keenan Stolz. He was a constant contributor last year, but a lot more pressure will be placed on his shoulders this season.