All Basketball - Boys StoriesThe 2013-14 basketball season was highlighted by another big performance from the Truman Cougars, as they captured the Downriver League title again and lost only three games all year. Truman’s in-city rival Kennedy caught fire during the season, as the Eagles beat the Cougars once and challenged down the stretch for the title before ultimately finishing in second place. Several teams battled it out in the middle of the DRL pack, including Roosevelt, Anderson, Carlson, Allen Park, Melvindale and Lincoln Park. When the dust settled the Bears were in third, but it was the Titans who knocked them off in the postseason for the district title. In the Huron League, Grosse Ile finished 14-10 and went on to beat a strong Summit team in double overtime for the district crown. As for the private schools, Inter-City was one of the state’s best Division 4 teams all year and reached the regional final before losing a close battle with eventual state champion Southfield Christian. Richard finished 12-6 and won its first Catholic League title in 10 years and a strong Baptist Park squad wrapped up 2013-14 with a 16-5 record. Meet the 2013-14 News-Herald Boys’ Basketball Dream Team Aaron Foster-Smith, Truman: In his senior season with the Downriver League champion Cougars, the 6-foot-7 Foster-Smith averaged 21.8 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. The U-D Mercy commit eclipsed the 1,000 career point mark in late January and later earned a Class A All-State special mention from the Associated Press of Michigan. Evan Kraatz, Inter-City: Kraatz capped off an unbelievable basketball career at Inter-City by setting the state’s all-time assist record with 803, passing his father Mark Kraatz along the way. As one of the state’s best on the court, the senior was named Class D Player of the Year by the Michigan Associated Press. This season he helped lead the Chargers to the regional final game with an average of 17.2 points, nine assists, 5.3 rebounds and 4.6 steals per game. Kraatz is also one of six finalists for the prestigious Detroit Athletic Club Michigan Athlete of the Year award. Connor Phee, Anderson: For the second consecutive season, Phee was one of the area’s best basketball players, as the senior big man averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks per game. His strong presence under the basket, combined with his scoring ability, caught the eye of college scouts and he’s headed to play at University of Michigan-Dearborn next year. Anthony Wartley-Fritz, Truman: At 6-foot-7 and 230 pounds, Wartley-Fritz teamed up with fellow senior Aaron Foster-Smith to create a nearly unstoppable big man combo for Truman. He helped guide the Cougars to a 20-3 season by averaging 10.7 rebounds, 10 points, 2.5 assists and 2.3 steals per game. Danny McCarty, Grosse Ile: Back for his second consecutive season on the News-Herald Dream Team, McCarty helped lead Grosse Ile to a 14-10 record and a district title in 2013-14 with an average of 20 points, 4.1 assists and 3.3 steals per game. Red Devils Coach Brian Friel said McCarty is the best player to ever to take the court for him. Andia Marsh, Kennedy: One of Downriver’s best overall athletes, Marsh averaged 17 points per game in what was his junior season and also added 5.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.4 steals per game. In a February victory against powerhouse Truman, the point guard put up 25 points and was 13-for-14 at the free-throw line. Anthony Kaminski, Baptist Park: Only a junior, Kaminski has already hit the 1,000 point mark at Baptist Park. For the 2013-14 season, he averaged 19.2 points and 10 rebounds per game, helping his club to a 16-5 record. His efforts this year earned him first team all-league and all-conference honors, as well as a spot on the Class D All-State team as an honorable mention. Antonio Reviere, Allen Park: As a junior with the Allen Park squad, Reviere was strong on both ends of the court and at times this season singlehandedly took over games. His impressive season stat line featured a per-game average of 13.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.9 steals and 2.4 blocks. Jarrett Atkinson-Warren, Carlson: Yet another junior who came up big this season for his team, Atkinson-Warren averaged 14.1 points, two steals and 2.3 assists per game. The point guard shot 56 percent from the field, had a two-point field goal percentage of 60 percent and was 85 percent from the free-throw line. In the classroom, Atkinson holds a 4.2 grade point average. Tywan Cage, Lincoln Park: Back after starting for Lincoln Park as a junior, Cage was a leader for the 2013-14 Railsplitters squad and averaged a team-high 14 points per game. The team captain came up big against some of the league’s toughest competition, as he scored more than 20 points in games against both first-place Truman and second-place Kennedy this season.
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