Meet the boys basketball finalists
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New Haven, Jr., SF
Romeo Weems, New Haven (Photo: Special to the Detroit Free Press)
The stats: Averaged 23.5 points, 10.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 4.8 steals and 2.0 blocks per game.
The buzz: 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.
Belleville, Sr., SF
Gabe Brown, Belleville (Photo: Special to the Detroit Free Press)
The stats: Averaged 18.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 blocks per game; shot 42 percent from 3-point range.
The buzz: Belleville coach Adam Trumpour says Brown "has overcome a ton of personal adversity and (has) worked extremely hard on his game" to earn his spot in Michigan State's 2018 recruiting class. Brown can knock down mid-range and long jumpers as well as be a presence near the rim.
David DeJulius Detroit East English Village, Sr., PG
David DeJulius, East English Village (Photo: Special to the Detroit Free Press)
The stats: Averaged 26 points, eight assists and seven rebounds per game.
The buzz: 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.
Foster Loyer Clarkston, Sr., PG
Foster Loyer, Clarkston (Photo: Special to the Detroit Free Press)
The stats: Reached 2,000 career points in 2018 and is 11th all-time in MHSAA history in scoring.
The buzz: Graduation is still two months away, but Clarkston has already retired Loyer's No. 1 uniform for good. The MSU signee took the Wolves to two straight state titles, leading them the second time by scoring 40-plus points in back-to-back games at the Breslin Center.
Traveon Maddox Jr.Novi, Sr., PG
Traveon Maddox Jr., Novi (Photo: Special to the Detroit Free Press)
The stats: Averaged 20.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game; shot 48 percent from field.
The buzz: Maddox also holds offers to play college football as a cornerback, but he chose basketball at the next level. The three-time first team All-Kensington Lakes selection will stay in county and play for Oakland University.
Brandon Wade Ann Arbor Skyline, Sr. PG
Brandon Wade, Ann Arbor Skyline (Photo: Special to the Detroit Free Press)
The stats: Averaged 23.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game; shot 43 percent from 3.
The buzz: Skyline coach Mike Lovelace says the Duquesne signee "took over multiple big games when we needed him the most." Wade posted big numbers in pivotal games, often requiring clutch fourth-quarter efforts, and led the Eagles to 23 straight wins.
Mark Watts Detroit Old Redford, Jr. SG
Mark Watts, Detroit Old Redford (Photo: Special to the Detroit Free Press)
The stats: Averaged 26.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.4 steals per game.
The buzz: The three-star prospect models his game after NBA stars Damian Lillard and John Wall, and he's nicknamed "Rocket" for his speed on the court. He holds a reported 16 offers from Division I schools, including offers from Michigan and MSU.
Trevion Williams Detroit Henry Ford Academy: CCS, Sr., C
Trevion Williams, Detroit Henry Ford Academy: CCS (Photo: Special to the Detroit Free Press)
The stats: Averaged 19.8 points, 20.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.
The buzz: 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.