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.
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.
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.
Emoni Bates, Ypsilanti Lincoln, So.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Thomas Kurowski, Sturgis, Jr.
Ryan Rollins, Macomb Dakota, Sr.
Fletcher Loyer, Clarkston, So.
Waleed Samaha, Ann Arbor Huron
Steve Hall, Detroit Cass Tech
Todd Covert, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s
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.
Honorable Mention Coaches
Tim Wasilk, Clarkston