I know it’s really early, but it’s the weekend. What else do you have to do? Let’s have some fun with the 2011 Michigan Mr. Basketball Award.
Here are my finalists:
1.) LaDontae Henton, Lansing Eastern: His numbers as a senior are going to be downright sinful. He’ll win it.
2.) TJ Buchanan, Kalamazoo Central: Just a great all-around player. He might be the most underrated player in the state based on his ability to affect the outcome of games with stops and points.
3.) Brandan Kearney, Detroit Southeastern: Odd that his name had more currency in this state two years ago. Going to MSU certainly helps his chances.
4.)Carlton Brundidge, Southfield: A shooting guard (meant to be a point guard) who is probably more 6-1 than 6-2. Brundidge has been a beast this summer on the AAU circuit. He will be a physical presence in the backcourt at UM.
5.) D’Waun Anderson, Suttons Bay: He will have the numbers, the Youtube clips and the MSU backing to get him in the top 5. An “up north” Mr. Basketball would be unique.
Dark horses: Jordan Myrick (Holland West-Ottawa), Jaylen Magee (Flint Northwestern) and Dante Williams (Ann Arbor Huron).
Editor’s note: Save your e-mails about why I left out Amir Williams and Percy Gibson. I think BCAM voters will probably put a moratorium on big stiffs for a few years after the Derrick Nix debacle.