Class B Playoff MVP: Carlos Johnson (2020)

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Posted On: 03/29/18 9:03 AM

Class B Playoff MVP

CARLOS JOHNSON (2020, F, Benton Harbor)

Johnson was a force in the regular season and the playoffs. He was the leader in Benton Harbor’s state championship run. In the championship game Johnson was almost unstoppable, racking up 24 points and 10 rebounds. He didn’t just perform on the big stage, he had superstar outing after superstar outing in his quest to help bring a title to Benton Harbor.

Carlos Johnson is a top tier talent on a national scale. He’s a high energy type of player who is comfortable in both the paint and on the perimeter. Over the course of the playoffs Johnson protected the rim and was active on the glass. He can play the game at any pace whether in transition or in a halfcourt offense. Johnson is a physically strong player who knows how to effectively use that strength. He can score in so many ways including in transition, post ups, jumpers, and even alley oops.

Honorable Mention

Shawn Hopkins (2018, SF, Benton Harbor)

Shawn Hopkins

Hopkins was a key contributor to Benton Harbor’s state championship. In the title game me had 9 points and 11 rebounds. Hopkins is a great all around athlete who is also a football star. The slasher has D1 potential with a great wing span and an impressive vertical.

Devan Nichols (2018, G, Benton Harbor)

Nichols has shown as much improvement as anyone throughout the regular season and playoffs. He has a nice looking jumper and may be at his best when aggressively attacking the hoop. Nichols has very good handles as well.

Marcus Bingham Jr. (2018, F, Grand Rapids Catholic Central)

In typical Bingham fashion, he had 21 points and 13 rebounds in a tight championship game defeat. The MSU commit is a good shooter and rim protector who was a consistent double-double threat in the regular season and playoffs. Bingham has the height and length to be a nightmare for opponents on the defensive end.

Jacob Polakovich (2018, F/C, Grand Rapids Catholic Central)

Polakovich had his usual workhorse outing in the championship game. Despite the loss, he had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Polakovich is one of the most physical players in Michigan. He’s not afraid to bang in the post and is willing to sacrifice himself to get a board.

Austin Braun (2019, PG, Grand Rapids Catholic Central)

Braun averaged 7.8 points and 7.4 assists over the regular season, but really showed his potential in a 31 point outburst in a semifinal win over New Haven. Braun played exceptionally well as a floor general throughout the playoffs.

Romeo Weems (2019, SF, New Haven)

Weems is one of the most physically gifted athletes nationwide. The highlight of his playoffs was a quadruple-double in a win over Detroit Country Day. Weems had 21 points, 16 rebounds, 12 assists, and 10 steals. He led New Haven on a 52 game winning streak up until a semifinal loss to Grand Rapids Catholic Central.

Nigel Colvin (2019, G, River Rouge)

Colvin is a true team player. Whatever his team needed during the regular season and the playoffs, he was willing and able to provide it. Colvin is one of the elite perimeter defenders in Michigan. He can run an offense and score when called upon.