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POWER BALL JACKPOT: Burney’s power rankings of the best boys basketball players in the OAA

By: Scott Burnstein, February 16, 2019, 2:50 pm

Burney’s OAA Power Rankings — Boys Basketball Players

1 Matt Nicholson (Clarkston Jr. C) — Best overall “big” in the state, has legitimate shot at a triple double every night.

2 Yusuf Jihad (North Farmington Sr. C) — The top center in the state’s Class of 2019, the most upside of any player in Oakland County.

3 Maliq Carr (Oak Park Jr. F) — Beast mode 24/7, plays like a runaway freight train, a local version of Zion Williamson.

4 Donavan Moore (West Bloomfield Sr. G) — Finally healthy after missing more than a month with an ankle sprain, this future Toledo Rocket has the smoothest game in the OAA.

5 Sudi McElroy (Ferndale Sr. G/F) — A silent assassin on the wing, picture-perfect form, lightning-quick release.

6 D.Q. Cole (Pontiac Sr. G/F) — Disruptive presence in so many ways, delivering a senior campaign for the ages while bringing pride back to the historic ‘Yaktown cage scene.

7 Fletcher Loyer (Clarkston Fr. G) — The No. 1 freshman guard in the state … Yeah, I said it!!!

8 Tariq Shepherd (Farmington Sr. G) — The total package of a point guard, toughness and savvy by the truckload.

9 Jaden Akins (Farmington Soph. G) — Straight southpaw SICKNESS, the definitive combo guard and maybe the No. 1 backcourt prospect in the state’s sophomore class.

10 Cam McEvans (Southfield A&T Sr. G) — Erupts like a volcano out of the backcourt, lives his life “in the zone.”


11 Ethan Emerzian (Rochester Adams Soph. G)

12 Keegan Wasilk (Clarkston Fr. G)

13 Mike Raisch (Oxford Sr. C)

14 Trey Townsend (Oxford Jr. F)

15 Nate Talbot (Lake Orion Sr. C)

16 Brody Parker (Troy Soph. G)

17 Peyton Prieskorn (Rochester Adams Jr. F)

18 Mason Canfield (Bloomfield Hills Soph. G)

19 Trevor Smith (Stoney Creek Soph. G)

20 Tariq Humes (Farmington Soph. G)


OAA Awards:

MVP — Yusuf Jihad (North Farmington Sr. C)

MIP — Teonta McKeithen (Ferndale Sr. G/F)

Newcomer of the Year — Gunner Walters (Rochester Adams Fr. G)

Sixth Man of the Year — Desmond Mills-Bradley (Clarkston Sr. G)

Coach of the Year — Joel Schroeder (Pontiac)