I’ve often wondered if State or Michigan just recruited the state of Michigan, would there be enough talent to win a national title. Here are the top 13 Michiganders currently playing college basektball…
Keith Benson 6’11” C Detroit Country Day — Oakland
I’m not alone when I say I thought Oakland was crazy for offering this guy, but now he’s one of the top posts in the country and considered a good commodity for the next level. Averaging 17 and 10.
DeShawn Sims 6’8″ PF Detroit Pershing — Michigan
DeShawn would be my starting power forward. He’s having quite a year statistically, but I’ve always questioned his heart. Averaging 18 and 8.
Jordan Crawford 6’4″ W Detroit CMA — Xavier
Sat out his senior year with a leg injury so no one really recruited him until he killed it at prep school. Jordan is quietly one of the top wings in the country, despite this. Good for 20 a game.
David Kool 6’3″ SG Grand Rapids South Christian — Western Michigan
Say what you want about Kool here, but he’s one of the best scorers the MAC has had in some time. Averaging around 22 a game.
Tory Jackson 5’11” PG Saginaw Buena Vista — Notre Dame
I just love this guy at the point. He’s had a very good career at Notre Dame. Good for 9 points and 6 dimes a game.
Brandon Bowdry 6’6″ Taylor Truman — Eastern Michigan
Double-double guy in the MAC that would be valuable at any level of the college game. Averaging 17 and 10 per game.
Draymond Green 6’6″ Saginaw — MSU
Draymond has been a pleasant surprise in college and is a fine back-up to Sims. Good for 10 and 8 per game.
Manny Harris 6’5″ Detroit Redford — Michigan
Manny kills it statistically, but he wouldn’t crack my starting line-up until he bulks up and plays defense. Good for about 19 a game.
Jonathon Jones 6’0″ Okemos — Oakland
He’s my back-up point guard for this team. Good for 12 points and 6 assists per game.
Kalin Lucas 6’1″ Orchard Lake St. Marys — MSU
Never been a huge fan of this guy, but he is a difficult match-up with his speed and quickness. Good for 16 a game, but doesn’t pass enough to be my starting point guard.
Josh Southern 6’10” Saginaw — Boston College
The second guy from the High on my team. Josh is a steady big man and would make an okay back-up to Benson. Good for 5 and 3, despite being used in an inconsistent way.
Durrell Summers 6’4″ Redford Covenant Christian — MSU
Thoroughbred athlete, but still waiting for him to meet his potential. Good for 10 a game.
Dar Tucker 6’4″ Saginaw Arthur Hill — DePaul/NBDL
Went pro, but would only be a junior this season. Really talented, just really misguided. Averaging 11 a game for the LA D-Fenders.
What’s your take — could these guys win a national title?
— Gavin Raath