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2014 Playoff Winners

Inside Prep Sports/By TJ Kelley


Congratulations to the MHSAA State Championship Winners!  Muskegon put in a dominant performance in their defeat of Bloomfield Hills for the Class A title, Milan couldn't miss in their Class B win over Benton Harbor, Detroit Consortium had too many weaopons for Pewamo-Westphalia in Class C, and Southfield Christian held on to beat Adrian Lenawee Christian in D.

Winning brought along recruiting opportunities and other forms of recognition for many players over the past few weeks.  

Here is Inside Prep Sports' All-Final Four Team:

6'9" 2015 power forward Deyonta Davis (Muskegon) The Michigan State commit had a monster Class A Final where he was 12-14 from the field while scoring 26 points and also pulled down 13 rebounds in Muskegon first championship since 1937.

6' 2015 point guard Latin Davis, jr. (Milan) Davis was shooting the ball in the ocean as he was perfect on his seven perimeter tries while scoring 34 points and leading The Big Reds to the Class B Championship.  He addded 17 points and six assists in his team's semi-final win.

6'2" 2015 guard Bakari Evelyn (Southfield Christian) Evelyn put the Eagles on his back in the Class D Championship game as teammates were plagued by foul trouble and injury. The three-time state champion scored 28 points with seven rebounds, four assists, and four steals in the championship game.

6'7" 2016 wing Josh Jackson (Detroit Consortium) Michigan's top player averaged 20 points and ten rebounds in leading the Cougars to 15 and 17 point wins.  He defended the other team's top player and there was nothing he wasn't capable of doing on the court for the Class C Champion.

6' 2014 point guard DeShaun Thrower (Muskegon) The 2014 Mr. Basketball award winner led the Class A State Champions to victories by 16 and 24 points while averaging 15 points and four assists.  Thrower committed to Stony Brook in the fall.

2nd team:

6'7" 2014 power forward Mr. Kingsley (Adrian Lenawee Christian) The chance that Kingsley will drop a dime on college tuition just left town as the lengthy big man was in the middle of Lenawee Christian's press breaker and the offense went through him in their triangle offense.  He scored 44 points and grabbed 23 rebounds in the CLass D runner-ups final two games.

6'4" 2015 wing Joeviar Kennedy (Muskegon) "Hip-Hop" was a do all player for the Class A Champion as he defended all positions, surrendered 4-inches to a future high major post player on defense, and scored 14 points with five rebounds in each of the two-games.

6'8" 2014 power forward Yante Maten (Bloomfield Hills) Maten was slowed by foul trouble in the Class A final which caused a dip in his averages, however he still managed 13 points and five rebounds in only 18 minutes of play.  In Friday's semi-final win Maten posted 25 points, 18 rebounds, four assists, and four steals.

6'6" 2015 power forward Nick Perkins (Milan) The big lefty played all but one minute over the two game stretch while averaging 20 points and just under ten rebounds.  Another big reason Milan won Class B is his ability to avoid foul trouble-only one foul in the semi and zero in the final.

6'4" 2014 small forward Rudy Smith (Detroit Consortium) The lanky scorer had games of 22 and 14 points while using his length to bolster an already solid Cougars defense.  Smith was solid from 19' and in while also finishing at the basket.

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