Posted On: 10/16/18 10:31 AM
The high school basketball history in Michigan over the years has turned out incredible talent. Here are some of the best guards in high school basketball over the last couple decades and what they are up to now.
The first northern Michigan Mr. Basketball recipient. Anderson averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4.8 assists his senior season. Originally signed and enrolled at Michigan State, Anderson ended up transferring to Wagner where he was a standout for the Seahawks. He is currently playing internationally now.
Keith Appling, Detroit Pershing
The 2010 Mr. Basketball selection, Appling averaged 28 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists as a senior.He went on to have an impactful college career at Michigan State, where he won a Big Ten regular season and tournament title and started in 123 games. He went on to play in the NBA D-League and internationally.
Kay Felder, Detroit Pershing
There might not have been a more entertaining undersized player than Felder. Pershing was a state power each year with Felder on the team as the Doughboys won three city championships. He went on to become a star at Oakland Univeristy. After forgoing his senior season at Oakland, he was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers and after being released by the Atlanta Hawks he currently is a free agent.
Charlie Bell, Flint Southwestern
Bell finished runner-up for Mr. Basketball to a player by the name Shane Battier. Despite going undrafted after college, Bell still had many years of professional basketball in the NBA and overseas from 2001-2012. He is currently an assistant coach with the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League.
Mateen Cleaves, Flint Northern
Cleaves finished his career as Flint’s all-time leading scorer with 1,617 points. He went on to become Michigan State’s only three-time All-American and was named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player as a senior when Michigan State won the NCAA title in 2000. He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons and retired from basketball in 2009, becoming a sports analyst.
Eric Devendorf, Bay City Central
Devendorf is Central’s all-time leading scorer at 1,229 points, highlighted by a 53-point game against Midland Dow.As a senior, he transferred to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia and earned McDonald’s All-American (on a team that featured Kevin Durant). He went on to star at Syracuse, where he still ranks No. 14 on the school’s all-time scoring list. He played several seasons professionally overseas and is now on the University of Detroit-Mercy coaching staff.
Manny Harris, Detroit Redford
The Mr. Basketball winner for his class, Harris averaged 33.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists while shooting 42 percent from the field and 82-percent from the free-throw line. He went on to play for the University of Michigan for three seasons before venturing into a brief NBA career and extensive international career.
Dane Fife, Clarkston
As a senior, Fife was named Mr. Basketball by a wide margin. Fife beat out second-place Antonio Gates for the award, who went on to become one of the best tight ends in NFL history. He went on to play for legendary coach Bobby Knight at Indiana, where he set the program’s record for career steals with 180. He went on to become the youngest head coach in the country when he was named the coach of Indiana-Purdue Fort Worth when he was 25 years old. He is currently an assistant coach at Michigan State under head coach Tom Izzo.
Christopher Hass, Pellston
Scoring 2,522 points in his prep career (27.7 average), Hass ranks third all-time in state history in career scoring. He averaged better than 30 points per game as both a junior and senior.. He went on to score 1,402 points in his four years at Bucknell and has moved on to play overseas.
David Kool, Grand Rapids South Christian
Kool earned Mr. Basketball his senior season by averaging 30.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.4 steals per game. He went on to play four years at Western Michigan where he averaged 17 points per game and shot 89 percent from the free-throw line. He now coaches the Holland Christian High School boys basketball team.
Ray McCallum, Jr., Detroit Country Day
McCallum was a force for the Yellowjackets in his short two years with the program and managed to capture a Class B state title his senior year. He played basketball under his father at the University of Detroit Mercy. McCallum was drafted in the second round of the NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings. He is currently playing overseas.
Brad Redford, Frankenmuth
Redford won Mr. Basketball with one of greatest seasons in Michigan high school history by scoring 953 points as a senior, ranking second in MHSAA history. The guy who kept Draymond Green from being Michigan Mr. Basketball. He had a strong freshman season as 3-point specialist at Xavier, but injuries and a coaching change limited his effectiveness the rest of his career. He now runs basketball camps.