We have released classes A-D all state teams already. If you read all of them closely you may have noticed a few big omissions from those teams. No, we did not forget them big names. Instead, we are posting a dream team all state, with many of those players on this list. The 2017 Prep Hoops Dream Team All state team was selected by several contributors with knowledge of the entire state of Michigan, taking into account: how valuable they were to their team’s success, on court performance, statistics, record, postseason success and strength of schedule. Some players may not have quite as strong a credential in one or multiple variables above, but in other variables they may be so strong, that it was simply not feasible to leave them off the team still. Without further ado, here is our 2017 Dream Team All State team:
Prep Hoops Michigan Player of the Year: Greg Elliott- 2017 6’4 Combo Guard East English Village (Marquette commit)
Elliott probably was the most dominant and unguardable guard in Michigan this year, Elliott was on another level compared to everyone else. He picked up offers from the likes of MSU, Marquette, Providence and VCU since the beginning of the season and has been one of the funnest players to watch. He played with a chip on his shoulder all season long and did much more than just scoring. He highlighted his strong ability to play defense and has a motor that is unmatched by almost anyone. Elliott averaged 28 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 1.5 blocks and shot 52-percent from the floor. He is 2nd all time in school history in points and won Mr. PSL this year as well.
Prep Hoops Michigan All Class Dream Team:
Foster Loyer- 2018 6’0 PG Clarkston (MSU commit)
Loyer razzled and dazzled all season long. He put his game on full display in the semis against West Bloomfield and then again in the State title game against Grand Rapids Christian. He dropped 29 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists while shooting 8-16 from the floor. The MSU commit led Clarkston to their first ever state title. He averaged over 25 points. 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. He also shot a eye popping 95.7% from the free throw line, 53% from 2 and 47% from 3. The MSU commit has shown he is one of the top point guards in the country in 2018.
Isaiah Livers: 2017 6’8 Wing/Forward Kalamazoo Central (Michigan commit)
An easy choice for this team, as Livers was voted by coaches in Michigan as the 2017 Mr. Basketball. He was dominant all season long, showing off his unique ability to play the 1-5 spots in high school with equal ease. Livers is a dynamic shooter from deep, who can score off his own dribble or off catch and shoot situations. Livers also is a natural post, as he lost quite a bit of weight over the past two season, which in turn evolved his game from being a back to basket post, to a legitimate high major wing or stretch 4. His length and athleticism allowed him to be a superb shot blocker this year, and he created a lot of problems defensively for teams. Livers has signed to play at the next level with Michigan. Livers led Kalamazoo Central to the Class A quarterfinals and got them a regional championship. He averaged 18 points, 14 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.4 blocks and 1.7 steals per game and shot 54% from the field, 45% from three and 81% at the free throw line.
Xavier Tillman- 2017 6’8 PF Grand Rapids Christian (Michigan State)
Tillman was the most dominant player in the paint this year. He put that on full display in the biggest games. He was utterly dominant in the regional semis vs. Muskegon, the quarterfinals vs. Kalamazoo Central, and even in the state championship game against Clarkston. The MSU bound post showed exactly why he was recruited by such a great school- there are no better rebounders in the state than Tillman. His stats are not gaudy by any means, but Grand Rapids Christian was so dominant and balanced, they are all unselfishly spread the love for the benefit of the team. Tillman stepped up whenever he needed to. He averaged 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks per game this year and led the Eagles to the Class A state title game.
Romeo Weems- 2019 6’6 SF New Haven
Weems led New Haven to their first ever state championship this weekend. Despite being only a sophomore, he already has offers from the likes of Michigan State and Ohio State to name a few. Weems is a top 100 player in the country in the 2019 class, and already has a high school resume that surpasses nearly every high school player in Michigan. He has won a state championship, was recently named AP Class B player of the year and has multiple division one offers to show for it. What sets Weems apart from many is his motor and work ethic. He constantly is around the ball and is all over the glass on both sides of the ball. He physically dominates most players because of his height and athleticism and when he cannot do that, he uses his motor and inside out skillset to create matchup problems. Weems played great in the state title game, leading New Haven to a 45-36 win, while posting 19 points, 10 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 steals in the biggest of games. He averaged 18.7 points, 12.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 4.2 steals and 3.5 blocks per game. He had 3 triple doubles this season and led New Haven in rebounds, assists and steals per game.
Malik Ellison- 2017 5’7 PG Flint Beecher (Eastern Michigan commit)
Ellison is the definition of a winner. He led Beecher to its third consecutive state championship in Class C, and was the star of the team all three years. Ellison played great on the big stage as well, scoring 28 in the semifinal win over DEPSA, then pouring in 32 more in the title game. These big time performances were not anomalies either, as he averaged 26.2 points, 5.3 assists, 4.2 steals and 3.5 rebounds this year, and dropped 64 points in a double overtime loss to New Haven to end the regular season. He earned his first division one offer during the regionals from Eastern Michigan and committed shortly after. He recently made the commitment to EMU public. A fitting ending for one of the best players in recent history.