Posted On: 09/10/18 11:13 AM

Grassroots season has ended and players are hard at work with trainers and in camps. Many Michigan athletes had stellar spring and summer performances. Fans, coaches, and players nominated four people from the class of 2019 as their Michigan 2019 Grassroots Player Of The Year. The four nominated for voting were Carrington McCaskill, Ryan WadeRomeo Weems, and Rocket Watts

The final vote ended with these results:

Rocket Watts: 51%

Ryan Wade:  28%

Romeo Weems:  15%

Carrington McCaskill:  6%



Carrington McCaskill (F, Detroit Renaissance, REACH)

McCaskill was a steady force for REACH Legends during grassroots season. He is one of the best pure athletes in the state. McCaskill is an excellent finisher and a monster running the wing in a transition game. He will be in the early discussion for Mr. Basketball. 

Romeo Weems (G/F, New Haven, The Family)

Romeo Weems, New Haven

Weems is established as one of the front runners for the Mr. Basketball race in Michigan. Playing for The Family during grassroots season, Weems proved that he’s an elite prospect nationally. He’s a do-it-all type player who stuffs a stat sheet. Weems is a physical specimen who has to always be accounted for by the defense.

Ryan Wade (SG, Ann Arbor Skyline, 1Nation)

Wade was lights out for 1Nation this summer. He showed the ability to score from anywhere on the floor and shot the ball with incredible efficiency. Wade was a force on the defensive end as well, using his wingspan to swallow his opponents. Wade has played himself into the conversation for next years Mr. Basketball. 

Rocket Watts (CG, Formerly Old Redford and Currently Spire Academy in Ohio, The Family)

Rocket Watts

Watts escalated himself into the top 15-20 players in the country from the class of 2019. He was an elite bucket getter for The Family throughout grassroots season. Watts showed the ability to handle the ball under pressure, making him one of the top combo guards nationwide. He recently transferred from Old Redford to Spire Academy in Geneva, Ohio.