BOYS SOCCER TOP PLAYERS: Shaban, O’Connor, Avery, Gray are state’s elite players for 2019
When the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association unveils its All-State teams in each division, the 11-member All-State Dream Team and the annual Mr. Soccer award come mid-November, don’t be surprised to see that top honor having a Grand Rapids-area feel to it.
Coaches of around the state have tabbed three Grand Rapids-based players as the leading candidates for the annual Mr. Soccer award, given to the best high school soccer player.
Hudsonville Unity Christian’s Kadin Shaban, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern’s Aidan O’Connor and Caledonia’s Kidd Avery are the highest-rated returning players in the state that are not playing with one of the Developmental Academy clubs.
Both Shaban and O’Connor earned spots on the prestigious 11-member All-State Dream Team last season, while Kidd is the top returning player from Division 1 behind eight Dream Team players that graduated.
There’s a bevy of talent from around the state, many which were All-State last year, and several which hail from high-level club programs.
As the season heats up entering September, here’s a look at what Michigan has to offer from its high school circuit for 2019:
1. KADIN SHABAN, Hudsonville Unity Christian Sr. F/M: The highest rated player in Division 3 and an All-State Dream Team performer in 2018 after leading the Crusaders to the D-3 state championship, Shaban recently committed to Michigan State, a NCAA Division I Final Four team last season. Finishing with 31 goals and 21 assists last year, Shaban is quick on the ball is a constant threat to do something special at any time. He is a dynamic player who can be equally dangerous scoring goals as he is setting up others.
2. AIDAN O’CONNOR, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern Sr. D: At 6-foot-4 and a powerful 200 pounds, O’Connor is an imposing figure in the backfield and if a defender is to win Mr. Soccer this season, it will be O’Connor. Last season he backboned the Huskies’ run to the D-2 state runner-up showing and is being recruited by D-I, D-II and D-III schools from around the country. He was all-everything last season, including D-2 All-State First Team, All-State Dream Team and Michigan Gatorade Player of the Year. O’Connor helped his team outscore opponents 109-9 last year, but is trying to lead his team to its first and long-awaited state championship. The Michigan Fire prospect turned heads in 2018 at his performance at the North Carolina ID camp and has been consistent as Michigan’s top defenseman.
3. KIDD AVERY, Caledonia Sr. F: Coaches around the Grand Rapids area have raved about the play of Kidd the past few years and the sniper is one of many Mr. Soccer hopefuls with aspirations of tournament glory. Avery is great of finishing in tight places and in the clutch. He is fast and demands to be marked by opposing defenses. A D-I and D-II college recruit, Kidd led his team to the OK Conference Red Division title last season and wound up D-1 All-State First Team. He is the highest-ranked returning All-State field player from D-1 last season and stars for his Midwest United FC-Royal side on the club circuit.
4. ZEKE GRAY, Saline Sr. M: After competing with the Wolves Academy as a freshman, Gray switched to high school play and has excelled. He was named to the D-1 All-State Second Team last season after earning third team status as a sophomore. The central midfielder possesses exceptional vision and playmaking abilities with a scoring touch. He netted 15 goals and 11 assists last season playing a tough schedule. The Mr. Soccer candidate plays for the Michigan Wolves ’01 squad on the club side and is being courted by the likes of Penn State, Oakland, Michigan State, Western Michigan, Michigan, Liberty and Hope.
5. ERON RONI SYLEJMANI, Richland Gull Lake Jr. M/F: After scoring 18 goals and leading Gull Lake to the D-2 Final Four last season, Sylejmani earned All-State First Team honors and a reputation of being one the state’s top finishers against quality competition. Since then he has blown up on the club and high school levels and is even being tracked by some MLS Academy programs and multiple high-level D-I colleges. If he stays at Gull Lake, he will be the frontrunner for Mr. Soccer next season.
6. ZACHARY CEPO, Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central Sr. M: Cepo would have been the top returning player in D-4 except his school was moved up to D-3 this season. The MHSAA all-time assist leader with 113 helpers entering the season is already setting up teammates and scoring in bunches for a state-ranked team this year. He is on the radar for D-I, D-II and D-III schools. He plays club ball down in Ohio with the Toledo Celtic.
7. KYLE SCOTT, White Lake Lakeland Sr. F: For four years, Scott has haunted opposing defenses in the Detroit area. Although his team is rebuilding after a 15-1-3 campaign last season, he is still one of the state’s most feared snipers. Named D-1 All-State Second Team, Scott recently gave a verbal commitment to Western Michigan University.
8. TY USIAK, Okemos, Jr. F: Perhaps the most feared striker in the Lansing area, Usiak has garnered a reputation of being one of the state’s most feared players due to his ability to score in clutch situations. He is a Dream Team candidate and a likely D-1 college player. Usiak was D-1 All-State Honorable Mention as a junior behind several graduated players from his region.
9. JOSHUA WILLIAMS, Caledonia Sr. M: The second part of Caledonia’s dynamic duo, Williams is the another Michigan prep star to commit to Western Michigan University. Williams is great distributor of the ball and was D-1 All-State Third Team last season.
10. TAIGA SHIOKAWA, Novi Jr. M/F: An ODP Region II and Michigan Jaguars club standout, Shiokawa is a fourth-year starter coming out of a deep KLAA West and top player for one of the state’s top prep teams. Shiokawa sees the field very well and deploys great technical ability. He is being recruited by several colleges.
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11. SAMUEL POSTLEWAIT, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central Sr. F: After his junior year was cut short, Postlewait is back and is on fire, collecting 10 goals and two assists in the Rangers’ first eight games. The younger brother of an All-State First Team and Butler University player, Caleb Postlewait, this talent earned D-1 All-State Third Team as a sophomore two years ago and is one of Michigan’s best finishers. He has a cannon-like shot and is a free-kick specialist.
12. ALEX TEFTIS, Warren DeLaSalle Sr. M: After the Pilots made a run to the D-1 Final Four last season, Teftis decided to play on year of high school soccer as a senior. The former Vardar Academy standout is a very athletic, crafty and explosive player who can do something special whenever he touches the ball. He is being recruited by several D-I colleges.
13. JAMIE PALMS, Ann Arbor Skyline Sr. D: Another one of the state’s top backfield players, Palms was near-brilliant last season, especially during the Eagles’ run to the D-1 state title. He was All-State Second Team last season and will be a steal on a college roster in the future.
14. BRYCE SHANER, Ann Arbor Skyline Sr. F: Fast and furious up top, Schaner is the defending D-1 champ Eagles’ top scoring threat. He was named All-State Third Team and has seen his offensive production soar much higher during the opening weeks this season.
15. JOSH ADAM, Brighton Jr. DM: Adam is an extremely versatile player who is equally effective as a lock-down central defender as a holding midfielder kickstarting the offense. He is magnetic anywhere on the field and makes his teammates better. A D-1 All-State Honorable Mention honoree last season, Adam should be a Mr. Soccer candidate in 2020. A standout on the Michigan Jaguars ’02 team that reached the National League nationals tournament this past summer, Adam is being courted by numerous D-I colleges.
16. DAVID MUELLER, Macomb Lutheran North Sr. M/F: A two-time D-3 All-State First Team selection, Mueller racked up 30 goals last season in leading his team to the state semifinals. He notched eight goals in the first six games this season and has the ability to score or set up others at clutch times. He is be courted by several colleges of various sizes. Mueller was also All-America First Team for Lutheran high schools.
17. ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ, Imlay City Sr. D/M: Coaches have been raving about Rodriguez the past couple of years and he is already is one of the top players to ever come out of the Thumb area of the state. He was D-3 All-State First Team last season and will be a steal at the college level.
18. MATTHEW WIMMER, Detroit Jesuit Sr. M: A consummate field general, Wimmer is quick to flip the switch and help the Cubs transition from defense to offense with his ball skills, field vision and quickness. A fourth-year varsity veteran, Wimmer was D-1 All-State Second Team and is being recruited by schools of various sizes, including Detroit-Mercy and a host of others.
19. ETHAN WISE, Clarkston Sr. M/F: Perhaps the top returning field player from the entire OAA, Wise is a true field general, setting up players or scoring on his own. He has a lethal shot from way outside the box, plays at a fast pace and is a pest to mark because he plays all over the field. Wise was D-1 All-State Third Team last season and has drawn interest from colleges, including D-I Oakland University among others.
20. JOTRAN LARA-ZEPEDA, East Kentwood Sr. F: The next great player to don EK’s uniform, Lara-Zepeda is one of three returning staters from last season’s D-1 state runner-up team. Playing behind many graduated standouts in his deep region last season, Lara-Zepeda was only All-State Honorable Mention last season. He is as dangerous a sniper in the Grand Rapids area.
21. ZACH RIORDAN, Adrian Lenawee Christian Sr. F: Perhaps one the most dangerous small-school talents in the state, don’t let the size of the school fool you. Riordan should be a rare four-time all-league and all-stater, including D-4 All-State First Team the past two years. He torched defenses for 61 goals, most of any returning player, and 18 assists last season. Plays club ball out of Ohio for the Toledo Pacesetter and is being watched by D-I, D-II, D-III and NAIA schools.
22. SALVATORE MARCHIONDA, New Boston Huron Sr. M/F: Marchionda kicks for the football team and also plays basketball, but it is on the pitch where he really shines. Named D-2 All-State First Team after scoring 24 goals and assisting on 12 others, Marchionda has worked his way onto the radar of colleges coaches.
23. EVAN NIEUWENHUIS, Hudsonville Unity Christian Sr. D: The unsung hero for the D-3 state champion Crusaders last season, Nieuwenhuis is the defender that does a lot of the dirty work for a 23-2-1 team that pitched 18 shutouts. He has great instincts and is rock solid in the air. He earned D-3 All-State Second Team last season for a team that registered a sterling 0.27 GAA. He is being recruited by Oakland, Valparaiso and Calvin College.
24. CODY LUCE, Dansville Sr. M/F: For a team that has aspirations of winning its first D-4 state title, Luce is the lead singer of this championship-style band. He netted 40 goals and six assists last season and is an opposing figure on the pitch, standing 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds. Luce, who plays club with the Michigan Rush, was D-4 All-State First Team last season and is on pace to produce even more on the field.
25. LEVI CROOKS, Portage Northern Sr. M/F: This fourth-year starter has stars for both the Huskies and his Kalamazoo Kingdom club team that reached the national tournament the past year. Named D-1 All-State honorable Mention last year, the physically-gifted Crooks can be flashy and is known to be a clutch performer.
26. SOREN MURPHY, Williamston Sr. M/F: Actively being recruited by D-I and D-II schools, the Lansing Rush club prospect is one of the top D-3 players in the state, having made All-State Second Team last season. Tallied 11 goals in the first couple of weeks this season and is a load for opposing teams to mark.
27. ZACH FLOWERDAY, Holland Christian Sr. D/M: To fill a hole, Flowerday shifted back from his natural midfield position to center back and shined last season. He was named Holland Sentinel Player of the Year and D-2 All-State Second Team. Flowerday anchored 15 shutouts and didn’t allow a goal on his home turf for a top 10 team. Colleges of various sizes have Flowerday on their radar because of his size, skill and versatility. He is a lock-down defender, can help the defense transition to offensive buildup in a hurry due to his past experience as an attacking midfielder and can push up on restarts.
28. TJ RENAUD, Troy Athens Jr. F: The top-rated field player on the Red Hawks’ nationally-ranked squad, Renaud also excels with the Michigan Jaguars on the club side. He is extremely fast going to the ball, always works at a fast pace and has emerged as a pure goal-scorer against top competition. He was D-1 All-State Third Team as a sophomore after scoring 14 goals, and Athens does not play a weak schedule by any means, finishing 21-1-0.
29. SEBI KULYCKYJ, Rochester Stoney Creek Sr. M: The fourth brother to don the Stoney Creek uniform, the youngest is being recruited by colleges of various sizes. He is coming off a year where he was named D-1 All-State Third Team and is on an offensive tear this season. Recently switched to Vardar on the club side to enhance is recruiting process.
30. AHMAD DAKROUNI, Troy Sr. F: A year after the Colts lost 19 players to graduation, Dakrouni stepped into the starting lineup last season and earned D-1 All-State Third Team accolades. He is being recruited by the likes of D-Is Detroit-Mercy and Wright State and a host of others and is always drawing opposing team’s top mark his skillset and pace.
31. BEN SOSVILLE, Portage Central Sr. D: While the Mustangs have been a high-powered offensive team the past three years, they will really shine on the defensive end this season. The 5-foot-9 Sosville is a big part of that, as he is fearless enough to mark players significantly taller than him and shut them down. He was named D-1 All-State Honorable Mention for a team that was ranked in the Top 5 last season and Top 15 early this season. One of the state’s top defensive players, Sosville is being looked at by D-I, D-II and D-III schools.
32. HEYDEN NEWTON, Dexter Jr. F: A goal-scoring machine for the Dreadnaughts, he is again wreaking havoc on opposing defenses this season. Named to the D-2 All-State Third Team as a sophomore, Newton is as dangerous as they come and has gained the reputation of being a pure goal scorer.
33. JAMES SOBOL, Mattawan Sr. M/F: On a team loaded with juniors and seniors and seeking another D-2 state title, Sobol is the team leader. He was All-State Third Team last season notching 10 goals and 10 assists as a junior showing his versatility as both a goal-scorer and set-up man.
34. MOHAMED BABALE, East Lansing Sr. F: One of the top players coming out of the Michigan Jaguars on the club circuit, Babale was All-State Third Team as a sophomore but puzzlingly not found on the All-State lists as a junior with the Trojans. A D-I and D-II recruit on the pitch, Babale draws plenty of attention by the competition and demands to be marked.
35. NIKO STATHAKIOS, Rochester Sr. M/F: An extremely versatile player who has spent time at nearly every position except goalkeeper, Stathakios earned D-1 All-State Third Team honors last season for a team that went through a rebuilding campaign. He can strike the ball within deep range as well as set players up with his fine passing abilities. He is being recruited by several D-I, D-II and D-III schools.
36. NICOLAS PULCINI, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley Sr. D: Part of the Big Reds’ return to the state’s better programs is the backfield play of this defensive stalwart. He was named D-1 All-State Honorable Mention last season and should be higher on the charts after this season. He is also kicker on the defending D-1 football state champions, which enhances his resume.
37. NOAH BRUMELS, Byron Center West Michigan Home School Heat Sr. M/F: The top-rated home school player in the state who led his team to state and Midwest cup titles last season as well as to a national runner-up trophy, Brumels is no longer an unknown commodity. A standout for his Midwest United FC club team, Brumels is crafty with the ball, can distribute, can finish in multiple ways and has some flair. He spent some time in 2018 working out with the Real Madrid Foundation Select Training Program.
38. JACOB SCHLEICHER, Berkley Jr. M: After competing with the Vardar Academy as a freshman, Schleicher made the switch to his high school team as a sophomore and made D-1 All-State Honorable Mention. Already being courted by D-I, D-II and D-III schools, Schleicher has phenomenal touch as a defensive center midfielder, great field vision and is lethal on free kicks. Watch for him to be high on the All-State lists the next two years.
39. CARTER SCHEEL, Kalamazoo Loy-Norrix Jr. M/F: Another player that has blown up on the radar since last season, the Midwest United club prospect has been his high school team’s leading scorer each year and is on an offensive tear this season. The two-time All-SWAC and All-District selection is being recruited by D-I schools Southern Illinois-Edwardsburg and Bowling Green along with D-III schools Kalamazoo College, Hope College and Calvin College.
40. TYLER LYMAN, Midland Dow Sr. M: A standout with the Midland Fusion on the club circuit, Lyman is as dangerous on the attack as he is on the defensive for one of the state’s top teams the past four years. He is considered the top returning player in the Saginaw Valley League with bigger things in store in the future.
41. SAYVION YOUNG, Rockford Sr. D: One of the state’s top defensemen, Young is rock solid in the back and rarely lets anyone roam uncontested. He was D-1 All-State Honorable Mention last season and is being courted by several colleges. Young has great speed, anticipation skills and is dominant in the air.
42. JAIR REAL, Wyoming Jr. M/F: After earning D-1 All-State Third Team honors as a sophomore, Real and his teammates are down in D-2 this season where they have cracked the Top 15 for the first time. Real is flashy and crafty with the ball and special things can happen whenever he touches the ball. His stock is rising with college coaches.
43. JACK VOIGHT, South Lyon Jr. M: After earning only All-LVC and All-District honors as a sophomore, Voight had a breakthrough year on the club circuit playing with the Michigan Jaguars. Voight was named to the National League Conference Best IX and is trying to lead South Lyon to its first league title on the pitch in more than a decade.
44. HAYDEN LARANCE, Saline Sr. D: After two years competing with the Michigan Wolves Academy, Larance returns to the prep scene with the goals of helping the gifted Hornets do special things on the field. He is a steady defender who can push up in the attack when needed. He is the second of three brothers that are standout soccer players at Saline or the Developmental Academy systems.
45. TONY BOGATAJ, Grosse Ile Sr. D: While so much attention has been on the Red Devils’ offensive numbers the past several years, Bogataj was a key defender on last year’s D-3 state runner-up team. He was named All-State Second Team for a squad that recorded 23 shutouts.
THE NEXT 75 FIELD PLAYERS
Sean Anderson, Midland Dow Sr. D/M; Alejandro Arana, Okemos Sr. M; Dante Bailey, Ann Arbor Huron Sr.; Preston Ball, Elk Rapids Jr. F; Seth Bedford, Brighton Jr. F; Luke Benford, Salem Sr. M; Evan Belaire, Dearborn Sr. M; Michael Bogar, Lake Orion Jr. M; AJ Boucher, Richland-Gull Lake soph. M; Miles Brown, Novi Jr. D; Connor Burkett, Mattawan Jr. M; Omar Cardenas, Imlay City Sr. F; Jaxton Carpenter, Muskegon Reeths-Puffer Jr. F; Nolan Chaput, Salem Jr. D/M; Nicholas Corona, Livonia Franklin Sr.; Dominic Curti, Bloomfield Hills Sr. D; Kenneth Dagadu, Holt Sr. F; Jack DeBoer, Hudsonville Sr. F; Jaeger DeBoer, Hudsonville Jr. D; David DiGiovanni, Troy Athens Sr. F; Jack Dillon, Haslett Sr. M; Joseph Duke, Grosse Ile Sr. M; Chris Emerson, Ann Arbor Skyline Sr. D/M; John Evangelista, Livonia Stevenson Sr. F/M; Dylan Fett, Grand Haven Sr. D/M; Joshua Filiputti, Mattawan Jr. F; Alex Flannery, Fenton Sr. M/D; Brendon Fles, Muskegon Western Michigan Christian Sr. D; Zack Gacioch, Livonia Stevenson Sr. M; Ahmad Hamad, Dearborn Fordson Sr. F; Mitchell Hanosh, Adrian Sr. F/M
Andrew Holley, Grand Blanc Jr. D; Andrew Howard, Troy Jr. M; Landon Hungerford, DeWitt Jr. M; Nolan Hunter, Grand Rapids Catholic Central Jr. M; Danny Jakubowski, Livonia Churchill soph. D; Mitchell Johnson, Northville Sr. D; Owen Kareck, Leland Sr. D; Ben Kirouac, Novi Detroit Catholic Central Sr. M; Josh Kraeuter, Jackson Sr. D; Enrique Latino, Berrien Springs Sr. M; Jacob Louden, Richland-Gull Lake Sr. M; Jake Lyon, Marshall Sr. F/M; David Martin, West Bloomfield Sr. M/D (Detroit-Mercy); Christian Mendoza, Fennville Jr. M; Roger McKenzie, Muskegon Orchard View Sr. F; Chris Mendez, Grand Rapids Northview Sr. M; Christian Mendoza-Huynh, Fennville Jr. F; Avery Morgan, Burton Genesee Christian Jr. M; Malachi Mulder, Spring Lake Sr. M; Andri Myftari, Troy Athens Sr. M; Hunter Nolan, Grand Rapids Catholic Central Jr. M/D; Robert Nystrom, East Lansing Sr. M; Murad Othman, Dearborn Fordson Sr. M; Carson Parks, Canton Sr. M; Will Patrick, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern Sr. D; Danny Pllumbaj, Walled Lake Central Sr. M; Nick Pultz, Hartford Sr. D; Ali Saad, Dearborn Fordson Sr. M; Erik Seeback, Gladwin Sr. D; Isaac Shiner, South Lyon East Sr. F/M (Detroit Mercy); James Simon, Ann Arbor Pioneer Sr. D; Stewart Smith, Grosse Pointe Woods University-Liggett Jr. M/F; Thomas Stanis, Brighton Sr.; Connor Stencel, Grosse Pointe South Sr. D; Zach Streich, Midland Sr. F; Mason Strohman, Novi Sr. M/D; Brett Swaton, Marshall Sr. M/F; Trevor Taylor, Goodrich Sr. F; Mikey Tibbitts, Stevenseville-Lakeshore Jr. F; Nick Trombley, St. Johns Sr. F; Tommy Turner, Warren DeLaSalle Sr. F; Eduardo Villagomez, Detroit Cass Tech Jr. F; Andrew Waller, Warren Cousino Jr. M/F; Ethan Welchner, New Baltimore Anchor Bay Jr.; Juan David Zavala, Grand Rapids Union Jr. F.
1. GRANT BALCER, Hudsonville Unity Christian Sr.: Not only does Balcer make spectacular saves look routine and put up eye-popping numbers, he also wins — as last year’s OK Conference Green Division, District, Regional and D-3 state title indicates. Highly-athletic, Balcer earned All-State First Team honors last year after posting a 0.28 GAA, 18 shutouts and allowing only seven goals over 26 games. Division I Marquette is one of many schools courting his services.
2. JASON KEMP, Troy Athens Sr.: Athens only lost one game last season and that was a 1-0 setback to Utica Ford in the district finals. Kemp rarely makes a mistake, allowing just seven goals over 22 games last season with 16 shutouts. He is a vocal leader who takes charge in the box and organizes the backfield’s shape. A fine student with a sterling 4.1 GPA, Kemp may choose only academics in college if the right soccer offer does not come through. Kemp was D-1 All-State First Team last season and this year is the top player on a Top 20 nationally-ranked side.
3. JONATHAN KLIEWER, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern Sr.: Kliewer was named D-2 All-State Second Team last season after sterling performances all season, including aiding the Huskies to the state runner-up trophy. He posted a 0.43 GAA and a .893 save percentage with 17 shutouts. Kliewer is on the radar for multiple college coaches and was even offered roster spots with both Werder-Bremen and Hanover’s academy programs overseas. He will split time this season with another college-prospect goalkeeper in the program has returned from injury.
4. ZAC KELLY, Holt Jr.: Part of Holt’s unpredicted run to the D-1 regional finals last season was due to Kelly’s brilliant play between the pipes. He makes difficult saves look routine. Kelly was All-State Third Team as a sophomore and many coaches insist that he is the top junior goalkeeper in the state. He is a ODP Midwest Region II keeper as well.
5. KYLE TOUTANJI, Portage Central Sr.: In his first season as a starter, Toutanji’s Mustangs were ranked most of last season, won the SWAC league title and tournament, and he was named Division 1 All-State Honorable Mention. Since then, he starred with his Kalamazoo Kingdom club team that qualified for the National League national tournament this past summer and has landed himself onto the radar of D-I and D-II college coaches.
THE NEXT 10 GOALKEEPERS
Brendan Balko, Westland John Glenn Sr.; Tristan Bennett, Oxford Jr.; Elijah Burlack, West Bloomfield Jr.; Carter Clark, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern Sr.; Nekko Criswell-Grinage, East Lansing Sr.; Robert Damron, Northville Sr.; Evan DeJong, Utica Eisenhower Jr.; Gavin Houtkooper, Delton-Kellogg Jr.; Gavin Miller, Leland Sr.; Ryan Tunnecliffe, Macomb Lutheran North Sr.
Impact Freshmen — Phillip Chumiecki, Birmingham Brother Rice D; Tommy Farrell, Rochester G/D; Noah Gleason, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central D/M; Liam Hemming, Birmingham Brother Rice M; Anthony Herrera, Kalamazoo Loy-Norrix M; Gabe Hunter, Birmingham Detroit Country Day D; Logan Kennedy, Rochester D; Dakota Klindt, Woodhaven F; Connor Laming, Clarkston G/D; Richie Ludwig, Clarkston M; Lucas Perez, DeWitt F; Josh Pugh, Marshall F; Zachary Riley, Kalamazoo Central F; Caeden Rossell, Goodrich F; Christian Rossi, Saline M/F; Christian Shannon, St. Joseph D; Grant Stice, Birmingham Detroit Country Day M; Joseph Woloszyk, Macomb Lutheran North G/D; Ryan Zotkovich, Novi G
Impact Transfers — Nolan Jaros, Richland-Gull Lake Sr. F; Owen Dollins, Clarkston Sr. M; Brendan Regelbrugge, Clarkston Sr. M
2018 All-State Players Who Left For Academy Programs — Josh Develder, East Grand Rapids Jr.; Alessio Franco, East Grand Rapids Jr.; Sam Harshe, Dexter Sr. M; Justin Harris, Birmingham Detroit Country Day Jr. M; John Nino, Birmingham Detroit Country Day Jr. M; Maclin Stover, Birmingham Detroit Country Day soph. D; Erik Josson, Bloomfield Hills Sr. G