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PREP NOTEBOOK: Tourney breakout brings college suitors for WB's McAdoo, Winn helps win regional with historic swipe WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Kevin McAdoo (21), West Bloomfield, celebrates while holding the Regional championship trophy with teammates James Faulkner and Garrett Winn after defeating Novi in double overtime 67-66 at Walled Lake Northern High School Wednesday, March 15, 2017. McAdoo not only scored a game high 34 points, but also notched the winning basket as time expired. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Jonny Davis (21), Novi and Chris Oviasu, West Bloomfield, scramble for a loose ball during Regional final basketball action at Walled Lake Northern High School Wednesday, March 15, 2017. The Lakers defeated Novi in double overtime 67-66. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • Kevin McAdoo (21), West Bloomfield, goes up for two of his game high 34 points during Regional final basketball action against Novi at Walled Lake Northern High School Wednesday, March 15, 2017. McAdoo and the Lakers defeated Novi in double overtime 67-66. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • West Bloomfield defeats Novi in a double overtime thriller 67-66 during Regional final basketball action at Walled Lake Northern High School Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • West Bloomfield defeats Novi in a double overtime thriller 67-66 during Regional final basketball action at Walled Lake Northern High School Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • West Bloomfield defeats Novi in a double overtime thriller 67-66 during Regional final basketball action at Walled Lake Northern High School Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • West Bloomfield defeats Novi in a double overtime thriller 67-66 during Regional final basketball action at Walled Lake Northern High School Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • West Bloomfield defeats Novi in a double overtime thriller 67-66 during Regional final basketball action at Walled Lake Northern High School Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • West Bloomfield defeats Novi in a double overtime thriller 67-66 during Regional final basketball action at Walled Lake Northern High School Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • West Bloomfield defeats Novi in a double overtime thriller 67-66 during Regional final basketball action at Walled Lake Northern High School Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • West Bloomfield defeats Novi in a double overtime thriller 67-66 during Regional final basketball action at Walled Lake Northern High School Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)
  • West Bloomfield defeats Novi in a double overtime thriller 67-66 during Regional final basketball action at Walled Lake Northern High School Wednesday, March 15, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo / LARRY McKEE)

The heat emanating from West Bloomfield senior boys basketball star Kevin McAdoo could warm an entire village. McAdoo is in the midst of a dazzling tournament hot streak that will highlight the history books of Lakers sports lore for the years to come.

The electric 6-foot-2 combo guard finger-rolled in a buzzer-beating lay-up sending West Bloomfield to a dramatic 67-66 double-overtime victory over Novi Wednesday in a Class A regional championship game. His game-winner gave him 34 points on the night, chasing his 40-point performance Monday in the regional semifinals versus Howell.

Entering Tuesday’s state quarterfinals against Troy, McAdoo is averaging 31 points per game in tournament action. He foreshadowed his upcoming scoring binge in the final contest of the regular season, tickling the twine for 36 points on a normally-stingy Clarkston defense in a loss to the fellow quarterfinalist at home.

Because of his high-octane effort during March Madness, McAdoo has begun attracting the college-recruiting attention many in the West Bloomfield cage camp feel like he’s deserved for a while now. Wayne State extended a scholarship offer Tuesday on the heels of his career-high 40-point eruption in the opening round of regionals. Another handful of DII and small DI schools have also recently made contact.

“I’ve been overlooked and underrated my whole life, all I can do is go out there and bring my best every time out, show people who I am, what I’m about as a basketball player,” he said.

West Bloomfield is 16-8. McAdoo gunned for 23 points an outing in the 2017 regular season.

Stealing the game

McAdoo’s game-winning hoop Wednesday resulted from Garrett Winn's steal of Novi’s inbounds pass under West Bloomfield's own basket with two seconds left. Winn is a lightning-quick football star in the fall destined for the gridiron in college and the U.S. Armed Forces. Swiping the ball on the far right sideline, he dished to McAdoo on the left side of the lane and let his teammate win it with the scoop-and-score at the horn.

"I saw the ball loose for a split second and I lunged for it," said Winn describing the play. "Once I had it (the ball) in my hands, I turned to go the basket, but didn't have an opening. I saw Kevin streaking into the lane and got him the ball. I knew he'd finish at the rim and he did."

Winn is going to play his college pigskin at Navy. He’s a wide receiver. Last football season, he snared 71 catches for 900 yards and 10 touchdowns. He made a key steal in the first overtime Wednesday too, going in for a momentum-grabbing lay-up himself.

Quote of the week

"Kevin's been carrying us, he's totally locked in, you can see it in his eyes....If what he's doing these last couple weeks doesn't show he's big time, I don't know what does," said West Bloomfield head boys basketball coach Jeremy Denha of McAdoo's state tournament brilliance.

Tweet of the week

“Tough loss to come to grips with, but we’ll learn from it….our program did some special things this year,” – Novi head boys basketball coach Brandon Sinawi in the wake of his Wildcats dropping a controversial double-overtime regional final to West Bloomfield, won by the Lakers on a lay-up that video shows came after the buzzer.

Last Updated: 3/16/2017 11:33:19 PM EST


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