DETROIT -- No matter how Romeo Weems wraps up his high school basketball career this week, he will always be remembered as the greatest to ever play basketball for New Haven. As it turns out, he will also be remembered as the top senior boys basketball player in Michigan this season.
On Monday afternoon ceremony at the Detroit Free Press offices, Weems was named the 2019 recipient of the Hal Schram Mr. Basketball award, an annual award presented to the state’s top senior as voted on by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan.
“It’s exciting, I’m overjoyed,” Weems said. “It’s just a blessing right now. I can’t say too many words right now. It hit me all at one time.”
Weems finished with 3,689 voting points to lead the four finalists, easily surpassing runner-up B. Artis White of Canton, who finished with 1,798 points. Detroit Renaissance’s Chandler Turner finished third with 1,520 points while Joe Moon of Westland John Glenn was fourth with 1,372 points.
So far this winter, Weems is averaging 27.5 points, 11.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 4.1 steals and 2.2 blocks per game while leading New Haven to a 24-1 record. He led New Haven to a Class B state championship in 2017 and to the state semifinals last year. He is still in pursuit of another state title this winter as his season continues on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. when New Haven takes on Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy in the Division 2 state quarterfinals at Ortonville-Brandon High School.
Weems is a 6-foot-7 forward who is signed to play with DePaul next season, despite gaining offers from both Michigan State and Michigan during his recruiting process. He is the second DePaul signee to win Mr. Basketball, the first since Wilson Chandler of Benton Harbor in 2005. He carries a four-star rating from the 247Sports composite rankings.
In his four-year varsity career at New Haven, Weems built a strong legacy that has been unmatched in the history of the Rockets’ program. Putting together a 99-6 varsity record at New Haven, Weems is the program’s all-time career leader in scoring with 2,139 points. Weems recorded a quadruple-double in his last game of the regular season by recording 34 points, 12 rebounds, 10 steals, 10 blocks and 5 assists in a win over Detroit Edison Public School Academy.