NBA All-Star Game: Michigan Style

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Posted On: 02/16/18 9:45 AM

As the NBA gears up for All-Star weekend, Michigan high school basketball is in full swing.  As we watch the best of the best in the All-Star game, it makes us wonder……What if we did the same in high school?  What if we took the best in the senior class, divided them up, and tipped off?  Well, here it is:  A fantasy East vs. West, Michigan high school basketball All-Star Game.

EAST:

Starting 5:

G:  Foster Loyer (PG, Clarkston)

We have to have one of the best pure point guards in the country.  Something tells me that even in an All-Star game, he’d run an efficient and structured offense.

G:  David DeJulius (PG, EEVP)

DeJulius has exploded this season.  He can score at all three levels, pass the ball on a string, and defend the best in the state.

G:  Rashad Williams (G, Wayne Memorial)

A shooter who plays big in pressure moments is a must.  Playing beside great point guards, Williams would get looks at the bucket and deliver.

F:  Gabe Brown (SF, Belleville)

Brown is a do it all athlete.  Imagine Loyer hitting Brown on the fast break…..We’ll see it soon.

C:  Trevion Williams (C, Henry Ford Academy)

This kid is big and strong, and a walking double-double.  Don’t forget how diverse his is with his ability to purchase the ball on the floor.

Bench:

Taylor Currie (C, Clarkston)

Another versatile big man.

Quinn Blair (SF, Divine Child)

A small forward with size who can play above the rim.

Tray Jackson (F, Detroit Western)

Jackson is a true inside-outside threat.

Deante Johnson (C, DEPSA)

Johnson is a play making big man who is a threat anywhere on the court.

Gary Solomon (SG, DEPSA)

Solomon is an explosive athlete and a strong perimeter defender.

Tray Maddox (SG, Novi)

Maddox would bring athleticism and shooting.  The West can’t leave him open in the corner.

Bryce Washington (SG, Southfield Christian)

Every All-Star team could use a true leader off the bench.

WEST:

Starting 5:

G:  Brandon Wade (PG, Skyline)

He’s a diverse point guard who can shoot, finish at the rim, and find teammates in scoring position.  He’s elite defensively as well.

G:  Lamar Norman (SG, Godwin Heights)

Norman is one of the best athletes in Michigan and is a walking highlight reel.  His basketball skills scream ‘All-Star Game’.

F:  Markeese Hastings (F, Godwin Heights)

Hastings, for starters, is an athletic defender who protects the rim.  He is also an elite finisher at the bucket who knows how to use his size to score.

F:  Brandon Johns (PF, East Lansing)

Johns is the definition of versatile.  He can score at all three levels and defend in the post and on the perimeter.  He has proven that he can score in bunches.

F:  Marcus Bingham (PF, GRCC)

Bingham might be the best post defender and shot blocker in Michigan.  He has incredible footwork and body control for a player his size.

Bench:

Seth Milner (SF, Grand Rapids Christian)

Milner is a do it all type player.  He can score, defend, and rebound.

Mason Pline (PF, Fowler)

Pline is a post scorer with a college build.

Jacob Polakovich (C, GRCC)

There may not be a more physical and aggressive big man in Michigan

Jacob Boonyasith (G, Jenison)

He’s an aggressive and attacking scorer with good size.

Nelson McCauley (SF, Ottawa Hills)

McCauley is a strong and athletic wing who can jump through the roof.

Blake Verbeek (PF, Grandville Calvin Christian)

Verbeek has the ability to play facing the basket or back to the basket.  He can create his own shots off the bounce.

Danny Kolp (PF, Petoskey)

Kolp has great court vision and uses his soft touch to finish at the rim.