Hardwood Hardware: GLH’s 2009-10 Tri-Cities Area Awards

Posted: March 19, 2010 by Jared Field in High School

After every season, we try to give players around Mid-Michigan some love with our postseason awards. This year, we will hand out awards for the Flint area, the Tri-Cities and Lansing. Flint is first.

Hardwood Hardware: Tri-Cities Area Edition

Most Valuable Player: Trey Zeigler, senior, Mt. Pleasant — Zeigler, one of the top unsigned prospects in then nation, led the Oilers to a birth in the regional championship game against Saginaw Arthur Hill. He led his team in nearly every offensive category: 24 points, 11 rebounds and four assists per game. But why can’t he shoot free throws?

Player of the Year: Maurice Jones, Saginaw Arthur Hill — He’s probably the top player in the state and arguably the best player in the nation under 6-feet tall. Jones has been a pleasure to watch for four years and will, undoubtedly, start making another highlight reel at USC next year. He averaged 30 points, 12 assists (I don’t trust this number) and four rebounds per game.

Top team: Saginaw Arthur Hill — Unreal schedule. Forfeits. Clashes with Saginaw High. A wicked-good win over Kalamazoo Central. Here’s hoping they win the Class A state title.

Top shooter: Chris Jones, senior, Saginaw Heritage — Jones has a heater like you wouldn’t believe. You can’t give this kid an inch.

Top stopper (backcourt): DeAnthony Arnett, junior, Saginaw High — Not for love or money would I play Arnett one-on-one. He’s as quick and athletic as I’ve seen with the ball.

Top stopper (post): Jordan Hare, sophomore, Saginaw Arthur Hill — Hare 6-foot-9 and bouncy. It was his block in the 4th quarter that brought the Lumberjacks back from the brink against Flint Carman-Ainsworth in the regionals.

Best ballhandler: Maurice Jones, senior, Saginaw Arthur Hill — Ridiculous almost to the point of being comedic.

Top coach: Warren Wood, Carrollton — Meager talent, 18 wins. The former coach at Saginaw Nouvel is one of the state’s best.

Most improved player: Andy Miller, senior, Carrollton — Miller came out of nowhere to score 41 points against Frankenmuth this season. Miller was a relative unknown as a junior, but averaged a double-double as a senior.

Top sleeper: AJ Thomas, senior, Saginaw Heritage — Don’t ask me why I’m allowed to call this kid a sleeper. That being said, I’m shocked that he isn’t a well-known commodity statewide. Thomas, a point guard, can get to the basket at will. He torched Flint Northwestern for 31 points earlier this month.

‘Give him the ball and get out of the way’ award: George Goodman, junior, Saginaw Buena Vista — Proved to be unstoppable against Flint Carman-Ainsworth earlier this season. Last year he settled for outside shots. This season, he just got buckets. He might be the top guard in class C next season.

Top next-level prospect: Tommie McCune, junior, Saginaw High — He has really turned into a ridiculous prospect. He’s right about 6-7 and appears to be on the verge of breaking through to the wing.

Highest-impact transfer: Matthew Strickland, senior, Mt. Plesant — The 6-1 transfer from California had a huge season for the Oilers. Strickland was the perfect compliment to Zeigler. He averaged 17 points per game in his final seven.

Top home-court advantage: Bridgeport — I love these guys every year. There not the biggest, but they might be the most potent.

  1. oldmac says:

    I had a hard time believing that assists numbers for Maurice Jones too, until i watch him play Mt Pleasant in the regional. He knows how to get teammates involved and he gets a lot of assists from penetrating the lane and kicking to the block when the help defense comes at him..Funnest player to watch for me in some time…

  2. Money Ball says:

    Are you serious? Chris Jones top shooter over Patrick Haggin?

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