Find your name: Michigan’s 2010 McDonald’s All-America nominees

Posted: February 9, 2010 by Jared Field in High School

Here are your 2010 Mickey D’s All-America nominees:    

 Chris Anderson Reeths-Puffer High School Muskegon

Keith Appling Detroit Pershing High School Detroit

Joe Blanchett Owosso High School Owosso

Bryan Bollin Brighton High School Brighton

Lanier Brown Detroit Cass Tech High School Detroit

Anthony Cannon Martin Luther King High School Detroit

Mohamad Conde Belleville High School Bellville

Jalen Crawford Oak Park High School Oak Park

Cole Darling Holt High School Holt

Derrick Davis Bridgeport High School Bridgeport

Justin Edmonds Albion High School Albion

Alex Gauna Eaton Rapids High School Eaton Rapids

Brandon Gouch Roseville High School Roseville

Jason Gust Cedar Springs High School Cedar Springs

Jevon Harden Detroit Loyola High School Detroit

Josh Herbeck Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard High School Ann Arbor

Jon Horford Grand Ledge High School Grand Ledge

Jeff Hoskins Loy Norrix High School Kalamazoo

Juwan Howard, Jr. Detroit Pershing High School Detroit

Weston Hudson Wayland High School Wayland

Matthew Hunter Detroit Henry Ford High School Detroit

Maurice Jones Saginaw Arthur Hill High School Saginaw

Matt Kamieniecki Clarkston High School Clarkston

Thomas Lovachis Holly High School Holly

Roy Marble Southfield-Lathrup High School Southfield

Amere May Covert High School Covert

Ray McCallum, Jr. Detroit Country Day School Beverly Hills

Gerrit Mortensen St. Ignace High School St. Ignace

Sultan Muhammad Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School Grand Rapids

Patrick O’Brien Flint Powers Catholic High School Flint

Devin Oliver Kalamazoo Central High School Kalamazoo

Richaud Pack Birmingham Seaholm High School Birmingham

Jake Plite Sparta High School Sparta

William Sams III Grand Blanc High School Montrose

Travis Schuba Kalkaska High School Kalkaska

Austin Semple Zeeland West High School Zeeland

Isaiah Sykes Detroit Denby Tech High School Detroit

Michael Talley III Melvindale Academy for Business and Technology Melvindale

Mitchell Vallie Goodrich High School Goodrich

Nate VanArendonk Grand Haven High School Grand Haven

Kyle Vinales North Farmington High School Farmington Hills

Colin Voss East Grand Rapids High School Grand Rapids

Michael Walker South Haven High School South Haven

Josh Weatherspoon Holland High School Holland

Trey Zeigler Mt. Pleasant High School Mt. Pleasant

  1. Jared Field says:

    There’s not a Flint city player in the bunch. I don’t recall that ever happening.

  2. There are some better than those on that list though….

    • Jared Field says:

      This is more of a career distinction, in my mind. For instance, Cody Campbell has been the best player in the Metro League this year. That being said, Thomas Lovachis has had a more distinguished HS career. I understand that. Same with Darvin Ham, who has had a better season than Derrick Davis — he belongs, Ham doesn’t.

      Williams Sams over Travon Mitchell is a major-league stretch, but that’s probably the only glaring one.

      • Yeah, not glaring that’s for sure, but that is exactly the one that I was thinking about. Heck, Jojo has been better this year, but I guess the career name makes sense as well.

  3. SBell says:

    If someone scores 5 ppg as a junior and 40 ppg as a senior, they won’t be a McDonald’s nominee because the process is over long before the senior season even starts.

  4. SC Fan says:

    Just curious, but how does one get nominated?

  5. Gavin Raath says:

    Justin Edmonds didn’t average much more than 10 ppg as a junior. He’s a great talent, but he’s never dominated at the level of most of those guys.

    A lot of these guys aren’t playing the toughest of competition either. This process seems sketchy at best. Too many omissions to count in light of some of the guys that made the cut.

  6. SBell says:

    Everyone on that list has played good competition, whether in high school or AAU. The worst competition would be Amere May, but he is leading the state in scoring. Edmonds based on his mediocre senior season probably shouldn’t be on there.

  7. Gavin Raath says:

    Edmonds didn’t have a great junior either statistically. Ryan Hopson was Albion’s stat filler last season. Edmonds probably averages just a tick more than last season, which would put him at 15 or so.

    Covert is D, and La Salle and Kalkaska are C teams whose strength of schedule I could question. Obviously these guys can fill stat sheets.

    I think it’s good to have some balanced representation among classes and areas, but if you open it up to these guys, then how many are snubbed that are just as good? In C, Creed Stapleton, Devante Jackson, Joey Jerisk, Jakob Holland and James Rogers come to mind out of mid-Michigan.

    In D, Evan Bruinsma and Mickey DeVries are hard to deny if you’re listing players from that class.

    In the larger conferences, I can’t understand leaving off Cory Petros, DeMarco Sanders, AJ Thomas, Rickey Dent, Andrew Lerg, et. al.

    There’s a handful of names on there, that I won’t mention, that don’t belong compared to some of the names I mentioned. But if those guys do deserve to be there, then you would have to open the list to no end.

    I always view these lists as political more than anything. Who compiles it anyway?

    • Jared Field says:

      I know Steve has a hand in it, but I don’t know who else. I’m ignorant about the process.

      Jerisk was all-state last season and is averaging 20 per game as a senior on a team that cracked the top 10 in C earlier this season. So, your point is made.

      I understand Demarco Sanders not being on there in light of the fact that he wasn’t a stud at Powers as a junior and this list, like Steve said, is submitted early on.

      It’s basically just a nice thing to have on a basketball resume, nothing more.

      It’s a thankless job and close to impossible to do justice to everyone. Personally, I think the list is just too big. But it’s like that for all the states.

  8. Gavin Raath says:

    DeMarco averaged double figures on a state champion team last season. I would think that would entitle him to some ink. I guess a lot of people were wrong about him.

    Same with Demetrius Miller last year who beat out Sam Burton, Marshawn Norris, and Walter Trouser for Mott’s starting point guard spot. He’ll be at a division one program in two years.

    It is a tough job, and I see why Steve snapped back since he helped put it together, but I disagree with the list.

    • Jared Field says:

      Like I said, it would be 10x easier if it wasn’t so big. Because then it’s much easier to get into the “if he’s on there, then why isn’t he on there” game.

      Agree or not, Sanders was still the fourth option on that team.

      This is an instance where being diplomatic won’t get you a list of the best seniors in Michigan. But, I think there’s something to be said about not having a list of only kids from Metro Detroit and Saginaw.

  9. Coach says:

    Demarco is better than half of these people on this list.
    you telling me bill Sams is a better player than Demarco what did he do at gb that was so special Demarco had a number of good games last year They would not have beat DcD without him or have came close in that loss

  10. Murph says:

    Does Demitrius Miller have any offers?

    • Jared Field says:

      He’s just a freshman. He has another year left at Mott. He’ll get the offers if he get the job done in the classroom, which I’m confident he will. He has been solid in the starting role. Nine points, more than 3 assists and 2.6 steals (team lead) per game. He’s also shooting 51% percent from the floor and is the team’s top defensive player. His 2 to 1 assist to turnover ratio leads the team.


    congrats to Ray and Keith for making it and representing MI on the “west” squad

    • Carl Hall says:

      this is one of the weakest classes we have seen in a while from top to bottom nationally.. not just in michigan though.. There are some good players but really no one who stands out….

  12. Murph says:

    Who was recruiting D Miller before he went to Mott?

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