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MACOMB COUNTY BOYS TIER 2 ALL-STARS

FIRST TEAM

DREW ARFT, LUTHERAN NORTH, SENIOR: A true scorer, he averaged 22.4 points per game and shot 48 percent from the floor and 86 percent from the foul line. He had four games scoring 30 points or more. That included 31 in a loss to Divine Child, and 32 in a championship game against Shrine. “Drew was the hardest worker in practice and his hard work set the tone for the rest of the team,” said coach Jeff DeMasse. “He is a special player with a win-first mentality.” Voted All-Catholic, he will attend Sienna Heights to play basketball. He carries a 4.0 grade point average.

JORDAN DAVIS, MICHIGAN COLLEGIATE, SENIOR: A three-sport athlete, he also plays football and competes in track and field. Will play football at Grand Valley in the fall. Charter School League MVP in both football and basketball. Averaged 14.1 points, 13.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game. Helped lead the Cougars to a 19-4 record, as well as league and district championships. Scored 28, grabbed 20 rebounds and had seven assists against Lutheran North. Finished with 13 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in the Star International game.

JAURON VICKS, WARREN WOODS-TOWER, SENIOR: Had a monster game against Grosse Pointe North, finishing with 31 points, five rebounds and four steals. He also put up 19 points, grabbed seven rebounds, made five steals and dished off for three assists against De La Salle. On the season, he averaged 13.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and two steals per game. “Jauron is a competitor. He has a knack for getting to the basket and drawing fouls. He went to the free throw lines over 150 times in each of the last two seasons,” said Nick Evola, his coach.

ROMEO WEEMS, NEW HAVEN, SOPHOMORE: An integral member of the Class B state championship team. He averaged 18.1 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 3.7 steals and 3.2 blocks. He scored 19 points in the Rockets’ 45-36 victory over Ludington in the title game played in East Lansing. New Haven became just the second Macomb County boys team to win a state championship. Lake Shore won the Class B crown in 1994. Weems as the Associated Press Class B Player of the Year.

ERIC WILLIAMS JR., NEW HAVEN, SENIOR: Leading scorer for the state champs with 20.9 points per game. Also averaged 6.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.5 steals. He dropped 26 points on Notre Dame Prep in a regional championship game. He also had 10 rebounds and five steals in that game. Scored 50 against Fraser in the MAC Blue/Gold Division tournament and 40 against Warren Woods-Tower. Tallied 38 in a triple overtime win over Flint Beecher.

SECOND TEAM

LANTZ BARTON, CENTER LINE, SOPHOMORE: A two-year starter at point guard, he went from averaging 12 points per game last year to 18.6 this season. Led the Panthers to their first outright division championship in 20 years. Able to handle constant pressure from opposing defenses. He averaged 18.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and four steals per game. Against Port Huron, he had 31 points, nine rebounds, four assists and eight steals. An All-MAC Academic selection with a 3.4 grade point average.

A.J. CRAWFORD III, NEW HAVEN, SENIOR: A key member of the New Haven team which won the school’s first state championship. He averaged 8.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals.

RICKY DIXON, LAKE SHORE, SENIOR: Just call him Mr. Big Shot. Hit game winning shots in two wins over Warren Woods-Tower that helped propel the Shorians to the MAC Gold championship. He also scored 21 in his team’s 57-49 win over Grosse Pointe North, giving Lake Shore its first district title since 1994. The Shorians won the Class B state championship that year. Averaged 14 points per game for the Shorians (20-4).

AMIER GILMORE, SOUTH LAKE, JUNIOR: Scored a game-high 19 points in the Cavaliers’ 68-41 victory over Marysville in the MAC Silver/Bronze tournament championship game. Also helped lead his team to a co-championship in the MAC Silver Division. Led the Cavaliers with 12 double-doubles this year. Team leader in points (15 per game), rebounds (9.7 per game) and blocks (2 per game). “Amier was the hardest working player on the team,” said coach Kurt Wilson. “His great play led us to a league championship and the MAC Tournament Championship.”

KYLE HENSLEY, PARKWAY CHRISTIAN, JUNIOR: Helped lead the Eagles to a 17-6 record as well as the MIAC Red championship, as well as the school’s first district title in almost a decade. He averaged 17.1 points and 12.2 rebounds per game, and was voted to the MIAC Red Dream team. Despite playing extremely physical interior defense and offense, he stayed out of foul trouble throughout the season, averaging just two fouls per game while playing 30-plus minutes in competitive games.

THIRD TEAM

JOE CHARRETTE, LAKEVIEW, SENIOR: Scored in double figures 14 times this season for the Huskies. He averaged 12 points, 4.3 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals. Scored 21 against Lincoln and hit a three-point shot with 4.6 seconds to go against Fitzgerald to give Lakeview a two-point lead in double overtime. “Joe has an extremely high basketball IQ and a great sense for the game,” said coach John Carr. “He is the most offensively skilled point guard that I have coached in my career. Joe put in many hours throughout the years in the weight room and the gym, to set a great example of the dedication that it takes to become good in this sport. I will miss being able to pencil in Joe in my starting lineup on a nightly basis.” Plans on attending Northwestern Technical Institute. He enjoys fishing and boating when he isn’t playing basketball.

D’SEAN HAMILTON, RICHMOND, SENIOR: Coach's comment: “D’Sean is one of the most gifted athletes we have seen in the area,” said coach Josh Presnell. “His first step, quickness and lateral movement are special. He has worked very hard to become a very good basketball player; this is only his fourth year of playing organized basketball. He takes pride in playing lockdown defense. He can guard any position on the floor. D’Sean was voted BWAC MVP.” He averaged 14.3 points, 2.7 assists, 10.3 rebounds and three steals per game and helped lead the Blue Devils to a 16-5 record. His top performance came against Armada when he scored 27, grabbed 10 rebounds, had three assists and three steals. He will be playing basketball at St. Clair County Community College.

JACK HILT, LUTHERAN NORTH, SENIOR: An All-Catholic player, he helped lead the Mustangs to their first Catholic League Sectional 1 championship, and Catholic League tournament championship, another first. Averaged 10.2 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Scored 17 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in a district game against Clintondale. Scored 11 and snared 16 rebounds against Notre Dame Prep. “Jack is one of the best big men in the county,” said coach Jeff DeMasse. “He played at another level the last five games of the year having 12 rebounds or more each game. Jack is the definition of a team player.”

ADAM JOB, ARMADA, JUNIOR: “Adam is a three-year varsity point guard. He does what is necessary to make the team succeed. He supplies the leadership needed from a point guard,” said Russ Collins, the Armada coach. Averaged 13.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 4.0 assists per game. Paced team in scoring and assists, second in rebounding and steals. Had 29 points, three rebounds, three assists, five steals and only one turnover against Richmond. A grade point of 4.3; All Academic BCAM. Also an outstanding baseball player.

DEANGELO WHITE, LINCOLN JUNIOR: “We go as he goes,” said coach Stephen Bernard. “He’s been a silent leader for us. With his skill level, size and athleticism, he’s got to be one of the top players in the county at his position.” The coach said that early in the season, after the Abes defeated East Detroit 54-42. White scored 16 in that game. Among his other top performances were 20 points and seven rebounds in a win over Lakeview.

FOURTH TEAM

CHARLES ANDERSON, WARREN WOODS-TOWER, SOPHOMORE: He averaged 8.5 points, four rebounds, two assists and 1.5 steals per game. Scored 18, grabbed four rebounds and had two steals against New Haven. Finished with 19 points, five rebounds, three steals and three assists against Anchor Bay. “Charles is a dual threat being able to score inside and out. He also has great court vision and is a good passer who can find open players. Only 15 years old and has a lot of upside,” said coach Nick Evola.

CORTEZ JACKSON, LAKE SHORE, SENIOR: Helped lead the Shorians to MAC Gold Division championship, as well as a district championship. Averaged 14.5 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals per game.

CARL PETTWAY, FITZGERALD, JUNIOR: He scored 19 in the Spartans’ 75-69 double overtime victory over L’Anse Creuse. He also had 17 in a victory over Fraser later in the season.

ANTONIO SIMLEY, MICHIGAN COLLEGIATE, JUNIOR: “Very hard working kid. Just wants to be better. Listens with no ego. Every team should be so lucky to have a kid like this,” said Anthony Tolbert, the Michigan Collegiate coach. Averaged 13.3 points, 11.2 rebounds and five assists per game. Had 20 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists against Old Redford Academy. Also plays football. Would like to play basketball in college.

AARON SPRINGFIELD, EAST DETROIT, SENIOR: Helped lead the Shamrocks to wins over L’Anse Creuse and Port Huron. Scored 21 against Sterling Heights, and 21 against Utica.

LUKE STRICKER, PARKWAY CHRISTIAN, JUNIOR: A noted sharpshooter, he knocked down 41 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. He also shot 53 percent on two-point field goals and was 81 percent from the line.

“A tremendously hard worker, Luke took his game to a whole new level this season as he added 10 percent to his 3-point shooting and averaged eight more points per game than he did the previous year,” said coach Joe Kalczynski. He led the team in scoring (20.4 points per game) and steals (4.0 steals per game), and also grabbed 4.1 rebounds per game.

ALL-DEFENSE TEAM

JOE DIBELLA, CENTER LINE, SENIOR: “Joe was instrumental defensively for us this year,” said coach Chris Manchester. “He was assigned to guard some of the best post players in the area and at 5-11, he did a remarkable job.” He was not bad offensively, either, finishing with 27 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block against Marine City. On the season he averaged 8.2 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block per game. He carries a 3.6 grade point average and was an all-academic selection in the MAC.

JAMAR GREEN, MICHIGAN COLLEGIATE, JUNIOR: “Tough kid. Comes to work, plays every second with passion and heart. Wants to be better. One of my favorites of all time,” said coach Anthony Tolbert. Averaged eight points, 4.4 rebounds, 6.8 assists and three steals per game. Helped lead the Cougars to a school-record 19-4 record. Charter School League and district champions. Has plans to play in college.

JALEN HARRISON, WARREN WOODS-TOWER, SENIOR: “Jalen is an excellent defender. He is a ball hawk and he really disrupts other teams’ offense. He has a nose for the ball and gets a lot of deflections and he also rebounds well from the perimeter, especially for his size,” said coach Nick Evola. He had seven steals, eight points and five assists against De La Salle. He averaged 5.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and two steals per game.

MARK HILL, LAKE SHORE, SENIOR: One of five senior starters who helped lead the Shorians to a 20-4 record. They went 10-0 in the MAC Gold Division to win their second consecutive league championship. When the Shorians downed Grosse Pointe North, they won their first district title since 1994, the year the school won the Class B state championship.

ASHTON SHERRELL, NEW HAVEN, JUNIOR: Defensive anchor grabbed 11 rebounds in the Rockets’ 45-36 victory over Ludington in the Class B state championship game. He averaged 11 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.5 blocks.

DYLAN SZAFRANSKI, ARMADA, JUNIOR: “Dylan creates chaos on the floor defensively, he gets the best offensive player if he’s 5-9 or 6-8. He is all over the floor anticipating things,” said Russ Collins, the Armada coach. “He spends a lot of time diving for loose balls. His defense led to a lot of offensive points.” Averaged 6.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 2.0 assists per game. A 3.3.86 grade point average, he also plays football.

HONORABLE MENTION

Santiago Cardenas, Austin Catholic; Chase Churchill, Richmond; Delvon Hawkins, Lincoln; Jashun Houston, Center Line; Jaylen Dixon, Lake Shore; Micah McLain, Parkway Christian; Haneef Minus, Fitzgerald; Mitchell Ruczynski, Armada; Delano Williams, Mount Clemens; Wesley Wolschleger, Memphis.

Last Updated: 4/7/2017 4:08:02 PM EST