BAKER’S DOZEN: The top 13 players from the Southfield Christian hoops dynasty under coach Josh Baker
Earlier this week, Josh Baker announced he’s leaving his post as boys basketball coach at Southfield Christian for an assistant job at the University of Alabama. Baker, 43, took the Eagles to five state championships in eight years and established SCS as the premier small-school program in the Mitten. His teams played fast and aggressive and unleashed the kind of dominance at the Class D-Division 4 ranks not seen since Dave Soules and his Detroit East Catholic teams of the 1970s, 80s and 90s.
The Top 13 Players From Josh Baker’s Southfield Christian Boys Hoops Dynasty (2011-2019):
1 Harlond Beverly (6-foot-4 G 2016-18) — The total package of a two-guard, could have been the first small-school player to ever win Mr. Basketball had he stayed for his senior year and not departed for prep school in Florida.
2 Bakari Evelyn (6-foot-2 G 2011-14) — Born to flex out of the backcourt, the school’s all-time assist leader and only played two and half seasons … a human blow torch in the clutch.
3 Bryce Washington (6-foot-4 G/F 2014-18) — Wiry workhorse on the wing, an All-Heart & Soul type with a bonkers motor, scary finishing ability and a butter soft shooting touch.
4 Marlo Brown (6-foot-5 G/F 2012-16) — Just a machine wreaking havoc on the hardwood, one of a select few players in MHSAA history to be in the 1,000 point and 1,000 rebound club.
5 Lindsey Hunter IV (6-foot-1 G 2011-14) — Simply dripping with finesse for his entire career in an Eagles uniform, the definition of swagger with the rock in his hands and the game on the line.
6 Gavin Toma (6-foot-2 G 2011-12) — The consummate savvy and fearless floor general, the straw that stirred the drink for the 2012 state-title squad that jump-started the dynasty.
7 Da’Jion (Bubba) Humphrey (6-foot-4 G/F 2016-19) — Scrappy, efficient and explosive is the most accurate way to describe this grinder’s game, he has all the right moves and the will of a true warrior.
8 Brock Washington (6-foot-4 G/F 2013-17) — Fierce competitor, fundamentally flawless, picture of consistency and leadership … any questions?
9 Chris Dewberry (6-foot-3 G 2011-12) — Most dangerous shooter of the Baker era, they called him RIP CITY for a reason, he ripped nets like a savage beast in his one season running and gunning in the Eagles nest … straight cash money from mid-range or deep.
10 Lindsey Hunter III (6-foot-1 G 2011-12) — He’s the dynasty’s OG, the first building block in place for Coach Baker when he arrived eight years ago, LinSANITY Pt. 1 was the cornerstone of the franchise as it began climbing to epic heights … natural scorer just like his dad and little bro.
11 Caleb Hunter (5-foot-10 G 2015-18) — The Baby Baller of the Hunter clan was a great mix of gunner and set-up man.
12 Richard (Faygo) Feagin (6-foot-1 G 2013-16) — Most underrated player of the Baker era, his “Faygo Pop” 3-bombs were legendary, his energy was on defense contagious, but it was his work ethic, intelligence and far quieter skill-set as a playmaker that made him so integral.
13 Jon Sanders (6-foot-1 G 2017-19) — Most improved player from one season to the next in the Baker era, made the leap from role player to first-team all-state pick and human highlight reel.