The quarterfinals of the state playoffs are here! It’s that time —- The winner’s to the Breslin Center! The games will take place on April 6th. Here are your matchups, key players, and my predictions.
Ann Arbor Huron vs. River Rouge
(2021, CG, Ann Arbor Huron)
When Womack plays well, so does Ann Arbor Huron. His ability to attack the rim and get buckets will be huge in this contest.
(2021, PF, River Rouge)
Geeter may be the most versatile player in Michigan. He’s a terrific defensive stopper and can cover multiple positions.
This is an outstanding matchup. Both teams are so tough both physically and mentally. I expect a tight game late into the 4th quarter.
Ann Arbor Huron
Warren De La Salle Collegiate vs. Macomb Dakota
@ Detroit Renaissance
(2021, PG, Warren De La Salle)
Holder has had a terrific senior season and has proven to be an elite point guard. He has to be in any MVP conversation.
(2021, PG, Macomb Dakota)
Hines is a bona fide bucket getter that can go off at any time. De La Salle will have to account for him on every possession.
There are a lot of superb scorers and talented young players. De La Salle’s depth and ability to play at multiple paces will be critical.
Warren De La Salle Collegiate
Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern vs. East Lansing
@ Muskegon Orchard View
(2021, SG, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern)
Erickson is a lights out shooter. His shooting and ball handling will have a direct influence on the outcome of this game.
(2021, PG, East Lansing)
Wourman has been often underrated as an overall player and prospect. He deserves to have his name mentioned with the best. He could hammer that point home with a win.
This is a game filled with great individual matchups. Whichever backcourt has the better day, probably wins the game.
Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern
Grand Blanc vs. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s
(2022, SF, Grand Blanc)
In my opinion, Rodgers is one of the most gifted basketball players that the state has ever seen. He’s surrounded by a talented roster and the combo is good enough to go all the way.
(2021, PG, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s)
Roper is an elite prospect on a national scale. He’s almost impossible to slow at the high school level.
Here’s a thought: We could be watching this year’s state champ against next years title winner. This game could come down to the last possession. I think OLSM just has too much veteran firepower.
Orchard Lake St. Mary’s