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Meet the Associated Press Division 1 boys basketball all-state team – MLive.com


The Associated Press announced its 2019-20 all-state boys basketball team for Division 1 in Michigan, recognizing the top high school players in the state.

Ypsilanti Lincoln star sophomore forward Emoni Bates was selected as the Division 1 Player of the Year for the second year in a row. He is also the only sophomore on the 2019-20 Division 1 all-state first team.

The Associated Press all-state teams were selected by a panel of 10 Michigan sportswriters. The top vote-getters earned first-team honors while other players receiving more than one vote from the panel earned second-team honors. The rest of the nominees earned honorable mention.

First-Team All-State

2020 Operation Friendship game - Orchard Lake St. Mary's vs. Cass Tech boys basketball

Cass Tech’s Tyson Acuff (11) is introduced during the 2020 Operation Friendship game between Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and Cass Tech at University of Detroit Mercy’s Calihan Hall in Detroit on Thursday, March 5 2020.Jacob Hamilton/MLive.com

Tyson Acuff, Detroit Cass Tech, Sr.

The 6-foot-3 guard signed with Duquesne averaged 27 points, 10.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 4.2 steals. With Acuff’s senior leadership, Cass Tech rolled through the PSL with authority and Acuff claimed his third PSL title of his career while also earning the Mr. PSL award.

Farmington's Jaden Akins

Farmington’s Jaden Akins competes against Grand Rapids Christian in the annual Grand Rapids Union Redhawk showcase in a boys basketball game on Feb. 1, 2020. (Photo | Lenny Padilla)

Jaden Akins, Farmington, Jr.

With offers from across the country including Michigan and Michigan State, Akins averaged 24.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 2.0 steals per game for the Falcons this year, leading Farmington to an OAA White Division title.

Lincoln vs. Pioneer district basketball

Ypsilanti Lincoln’s Emoni Bates (21) dunks during Ypsilanti Lincoln’s district semifinal win over Ann Arbor Pioneer at Saline High School on Monday, March 9 2020.Jacob Hamilton/MLive.com

Emoni Bates, Ypsilanti Lincoln, So.

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Named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Michigan for boys basketball, Bates is a finalist for the national Gatorade award for basketball too. This season, he averaged 31 points and 10 rebounds while putting up numerous monstrous performances. He scored more than 40 points in five games, including a 63-point, 21-rebound performance against Chelsea. Nearly outscored Grand Rapids Catholic Central by himself as he had 48 points to their total of 49.

2020 Operation Friendship game - Orchard Lake St. Mary's vs. Cass Tech boys basketball

Orchard Lake’s Lorne Bowman II (11) brings the ball in while Cass Tech’s Tyson Acuff (11) guards him during the 2020 Operation Friendship game between Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and Cass Tech at University of Detroit Mercy’s Calihan Hall in Detroit on Thursday, March 5 2020.Jacob Hamilton/MLive.com

Lorne Bowman, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, Sr.

A Wisconsin signee, Bowman led St. Mary’s its first Catholic High School League Central Division title and first CHSL tournament title since 2008. This winter, he averaged 25.2 points, 6.2 assists and 6 rebounds and finished third in the Mr. Basketball voting.

Tip Off Classic game between Ypsilanti Lincoln and River Rouge

Ypsilanti Lincoln’s Braelon Green runs the ball while being guarded by River Rouge Legend Geeter during the Tip Off Classic game between Ypsilanti Lincoln and River Rouge at EMU Convocation Center Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 in Ypsilanti. Nicole Hester/Mlive.com

Legend Geeter, River Rouge, Jr.

On a team that graduated plenty of talent from last year’s Division 2 runner-up effort, Geeter stepped up in his first season as a full-time starter this winter by averaging 16 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks. The junior will certainly be on the Mr. Basketball watch list next year and has offers from Georgetown and others.

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Walled Lake Western vs. Waterford Mott boys basketball

Waterford Mott’s Isaiah Jackson (22) looks to coach David McGlown during Walled Lake Western’s game against Waterford Mott at Walled Lake Western High School on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020.Jacob Hamilton/MLive.com

Isaiah Jackson, Waterford Mott, Sr.

Signed with Kentucky, Jackson was a 6-foot-9 problem in the paint for all his opponents, averaging 19 points, 13.3 rebounds, 7.3 blocks, 3.1 assists and 2.2 steals. Ranked as the top 2020 recruit in Michigan according to the 247Sports composite rankings, Mott lost its first two games without Jackson in the lineup but won 20-straight heading into the district championships.

Wyoming boys basketball faces South Christian

Wyoming senior Menalito McGee (10) goes to the net during their high school basketball game against South Christian at Wyoming High School on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.Brian Hayes | MLive.com

Menalito McGee, Wyoming, Sr.

The 5-foot-10 McGee was the leading scorer for the Grand Rapids area’s top team, which finished 20-2. He averaged 25.7 points, 6.1 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 steals. He also had huge games of 48 and 42 points. Lethal from beyond the arc, McGee had 14 3-pointers in one game and 12 in another.

Clarkston vs. Oak Park boys basketball

Clarkston’s Matt Nicholson (24) leads the team walking to the sideline for a time-out during Clarkston’s game against Oak Park at Clarkston High School on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.Jacob Hamilton/MLive.com

Matt Nicholson, Clarkston, Sr.

A towering 7-foot-1 wall in the paint, he averaged 16.9 points, 13.7 rebounds, 6.8 blocks and 2.4 assists while shooting 66.8 percent from the field. The senior finished fourth in this year’s Mr. Basketball voting and led Clarkston to an OAA Red title and a 21-1 record.

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Saginaw boys basketball defeats Flushing

Saginaw’s Sir’Real Smith (12) makes a basket during a regional championship game against Flushing High School on Monday, March 9, 2020 at the Raider Fieldhouse in Flushing. (Sarahbeth Maney | MLive.com)Sarahbeth Maney | MLive.com

Sir’Real Smith, Saginaw, Sr.

A big-time scoring machine, Smith averaged 29 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists per game this season. All-State for the third year, he was also Co-MVP of Saginaw Valley League despite his team’s 10-9 record. He will go the JUCO route in college.

Kalamazoo Central vs Muskegon

Muskegon senior Jarvis Walker (4) looks for an open teammate as he is guarded by Kalamazoo Central senior Trevon Gunter (22) during the second quarter at Kalamazoo Central High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Thursday, March 5, 2020.Joel Bissell

Jarvis Walker II, Muskegon, Sr.

First Team all-state for the second season in a row, Walker averaged 18.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 36 percent from 3-point range and 52 percent inside the arc. At the free-throw line, he was a solid 77.3 percent. The 6-2 guard will play for Purdue-Fort Wayne next season.

Coach of the Year

Mt. Pleasant defeats Midland 55-41 in Division 1 boys basketball district

Mt. Pleasant’s head coach Dan Schell communicates with the players in a game against Midland during the Division 1 boys basketball district at Bay City Western High School on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.Kaytie Boomer | MLive.com

Dan Schell, Mt. Pleasant

Schell led Oilers to a Saginaw Valley League division title and a record of 20-1. Mt. Pleasant has gone 39-2 in last two seasons.

Clarkston vs. Oak Park boys basketball

Clarkston’s Fletcher Loyer (5) shoots during Clarkston’s game against Oak Park at Clarkston High School on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.Jacob Hamilton/MLive.com

Second-Team All-State

Thomas Kurowski, Sturgis, Jr.

Ryan Rollins, Macomb Dakota, Sr.

Fletcher Loyer, Clarkston, So.

2020 Operation Friendship game - Orchard Lake St. Mary's vs. Cass Tech boys basketball

Orchard Lake head coach Todd Covert speaks with his players during a time out during the 2020 Operation Friendship game between Orchard Lake St. Mary’s and Cass Tech at University of Detroit Mercy’s Calihan Hall in Detroit on Thursday, March 5 2020.Jacob Hamilton/MLive.com

Second-Team Coaches

Waleed Samaha, Ann Arbor Huron

Steve Hall, Detroit Cass Tech

Todd Covert, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

Ann Arbor Huron at Saline district basketball

Huron’s Julian Lewis (5) drives to the net during Ann Arbor Huron’s district semifinal win over Saline at Saline High School on Monday, March 9 2020.Jacob Hamilton/MLive.com

Honorable Mention

Jimmy Scholler, Forest Hills Central; Jamoni Jones, East Kentwood; Ethan Erickson Forest Hills Northern; Kyler Vanderjagt, Grand Rapids Northview; Jeremiah Pittman, Grand Rapids Union; Max Perez, Hudsonville; Justin DeGraaf, Hudsonville; Eli Steffen, Zeeland West; Anders Rasmussen, Holland; Michael Hawkins, Ottawa Hills; Trinidad Chambliss, Forest Hills Northern; Ray’Vaughn Anderson Grand Rapids Union; Trip Riemersma, Zeeland East; Brandon Claerbut, Zeeland East; Julian Lewis, Ann Arbor Huron; Griffin Yaklich, Saline; Trevor Arico, Saline; Kam Karp, Marquette; Vern Nash III, Muskegon; Emcee Williams, Muskegon Reeths-Puffer; Owen Ross, Grand Haven; Trevon Gunter, Kalamazoo Central; Tommy Moore, Battle Creek Lakeview; Caleb Taylor, Gull Lake; Omar Zeigler, Detroit King; Keyshawn Devlin, River Rouge; Javier Whitaker, Hamtramck; Davion Holloway, Eastpointe; Chansey Willis, Detroit King; Connor Bush, Belleville; Amari Allen, Hamtramck; Sonny Wilson, U-D Jesuit; Anthony Benard, Grosse Pointe South; Ty Rodgers, Grand Blanc; Blake Lund, Linden; Kevin-David Rice, Grand Blanc; Jayden Nunn, Flint Carman-Ainsworth; Julian Roper, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s; Trey Townsend, Oxford; Jon Brantley, Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice; Brody Parker, Troy; Shamar Howard, Lansing Everett; Noah Pruitt, Okemos; Marcus Wourman, East Lansing; Andrel Anthony, East Lansing; Damarion Samuels, Jackson; Jo Ostrowsky, Mt. Pleasant; Mason Wojtusik, Mt. Pleasant; James DeLong, Port Huron Northern; Tyler Jamison, Port Huron Northern; Henry Goldkuhle, Traverse City Central; Andy Soma, Traverse City West; Brendan Sullivan, Davison; Parker Day, Saginaw Heritage; Josef Gjonaj, Warren De La Salle; Tony Honkala, Howell; De’Ovion Price, Port Huron.

Clarkston basketball coach Tim Wasilk

Clarkston basketball coach Tim Wasilk talks through a drill during practice on Dec. 17, 2018. (Jared Purcell | japurcell@mlive.com)

Honorable Mention Coaches

Tim Wasilk, Clarkston

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