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BOYS BASKETBALL: Finalists pegged in the hunt for Mr. Basketball

By: Scott Burnstein, March 3, 2014, 10:00 am

The candidates for the state’s 2014 Mr. Basketball Award were announced last week;

There are five players left in the race.

Here’s a look (alphabetically listed)

Darrell Davis (Detroit Douglas) – A diverse talent of a 6-foot-4 combo guard, Davis is signed with Dayton and has his Douglas Hurricanes squad poised for a possible run to the Breslin Center and the Class B final four in a few weeks. The type of gem in the backcourt that is active on defense and just as devastating getting into the lane as he is draining it from deep or leading a fast break.

Jaylen Johnson (Ypsilanti) – Dripping with crazy potential, Johnson is a long and spry 6-foot-10 post player that can be effective at the power forward and center spot. Last year as a junior, Johnson led Ypsilanti into the Class A quarterfinals.  Signed with defending NCAA National Champion Louisville, the Cardinals coaching staff is said to be in love with his “upside.”

Edmond Sumner (Birmingham Detroit Country Day) – The definition of the words, finisher, ferocious and finely-tuned, Sumner is a 6-foot-4 point guard that took Country Day to a Class B state crown last season. Inked with Xavier, he’s smart, steady and explosive. Considered one of the frontrunners as we enter the race’s home-stretch.

Deshaun Thrower (Muskegon) – Two-sport superstar that chose hoops over playing football in college, Thrower, a 6-foot-2 combo guard, is signed with Stoney Brook. Anchored by Thrower’s leadership and playmaking, Muskegon (20-0) is undefeated and ranked No.1 in the state in Class A entering the state tournament this week. The past two years, he’s quarterbacked the Big Red into the Division 2 state football finals at Ford Field.

Justin Tillman (Detroit Pershing) – Dubbed by some the favorite for the hardware, this 6-foot-8 power forward has a “Paul George” type style on the hardwood and is destined for Virginia Commonwealth to play his college ball. Possessing the ability to take defenders inside and out, Tillman is one of those kids that seems to have gotten better every game he’s competed in as a prepster. He recently sparked Pershing (18-2) to a second straight PSL title.