Meet the Detroit Free Press boys basketball Dream Team
Mick McCabe and Brandon Folsom, Special to the Detroit Free Press
SF Romeo Weems
New Haven, 6-7, jr.
The stats: Averaged 23.5 points, 10.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 4.8 steals and 2.0 blocks per game.
The skinny: Scouts say Weems has a ton of upside, and that's not just talking about his massive vertical leap. Even with room to grow, he's widely considered the No. 1 2019 recruit in Michigan and is ranked a top-50 prospect nationally.
New Haven coach Tedaro France: "He can do everything, he rebounds, he steals, he defends. People just see that he’s a great player, but they don’t see how hard he works. He’s a great teammate, he gets better every day, but the thing about him is that he’s a great leader.”
PF Brandon Johns
East Lansing, 6-8, sr.
The stats: Averaged 19.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.0 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.7 assists per game.
The skinny: Michigan signee totaled 1,810 points and 910 rebounds in his four-year career. Ranked No. 2 in the state by 247Sports and is a top-100 player nationally.
East Lansing coach Kevin Mayes: "He brought a tremendous amount of passion, joy, and energy to his time at East Lansing. Fans watch the games and just wait for something awesome to happen. They did not leave disappointed."
PG David DeJulius
East English Village, 6-0, sr.
The stats: Averaged 26 points, eight assists and seven rebounds per game.
The skinny: The Mr. Basketball finalist is a top-50 recruit in the nation and signed with Michigan. He's known for his tireless work ethic in practice, which generally pays dividends in the fourth quarter when he takes over games late.
EEV coach Juan Rickman: "I honestly believe, and you could say it's a bias, Dave's the best player in Michigan. He's always willing to learn, get better. He could always score, but when he got here, he learned to rebound, defend. He can affect the game passing the ball as well."
PG Foster Loyer (Captain)
Clarkston, 6-0, sr.
The stats: Averaged 26 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals.
The skinny: Clarkston has already retired Loyer's No. 1 uniform. MSU signee took the Wolves to two straight state titles. Mr. Basketball award winner scored 2,000 career points and finished 11th all-time in MHSAA history in scoring.
Clarkston coach Dan Fife: “He’s got an unbelievable basketball IQ. His movement, his understanding of people and where they’re at, he sees the game."
C Trevion Williams
Detroit Henry Ford Academy SCS, 6-9, sr.
The stats: Averaged 19.8 points, 20.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.
The skinny: The double-double machine is no slouch when a shooter releases the ball: Those rebounds are his for the taking. The Purdue signee pulled down 37 rebounds in a single game in December, which puts him at No. 10 on the MHSAA's list for most rebounds in a game.
SCS coach Taurean Wilson: “He has a great feel for the game. He has good passing ability, he shoots the ball with good range. He has good finishing moves around the basket.”
Dan Fife (Coach)
The skinny: Finished his 37th season at Clarkston with his second state title and a 702-170 career record. He coached the Wolves to a 25-1 record, an OAA Red conference title and helped guard Foster Loyer become the third Clarkston player to break 2,000 career points.