Midwest Recruiting: Clarkston’s Foster Loyer named 2018 Michigan Mr. Basketball
Detroit – On Monday afternoon at the Detroit Free Press building in downtown Detroit, the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan announced that Clarkston senior point guard Foster Loyer was named the 2018 Michigan Mr. Basketball.
Loyer received 3,691 points, while East Lansing’s Brandon Johns finished in a distant second place, receiving 2,792. Detroit East English Village Prep’s David Dejulius, Grand Rapids Catholic Central’s Marcus Bingham and Detroit Henry Ford Academy for Creative Studies’ Trevion Williams finished in third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
The Clarkston senior said that it was obviously an honor for him to win this year’s Mr. Basketball Award in a year when there were many deserving candidates and was thankful for his coaches, teammates and family to help him throughout his prep career.
“A lot of the guys that were listed with me, the four others, are great players, I’ve gotten to know each one of them these last couple of years, I’ve played against them,” he said. “So it’s an honor to be Mr. Basketball and I’m tremendously thankful for the position my coaches, my teammates and my family have put me in.”
Clarkston head coach Dan Fife said that he had the opportunity to be the first to inform Loyer that he had won the award and even admitted he was emotional to be able to tell him that he had won after everything Loyer had accomplished with Clarkston since he was a freshman.
“He was elated, there’s no question, and to be honest, I was emotional about it,” he said. “When you a tell a kid that, it’s so good for our program and his family and for our kids at Clarkston to know that you can grow up some day to do that, whether you’re 6-foot-5 like Dane, or 6-foot, like Foster, you can still make it happen. It’s just great for our community and for his family, like I’ve said before he’s a good kid and I’ve said this before, but for a lot of the ways he’s good at basketball, he’s just as good or a better person.”
Loyer is the second player from Clarkston to win the award. Dane Fife was the first from Clarkston to win the award back in 1998 before going on to play at Indiana. Fife is currently an assistant coach at Michigan State, where Loyer will play collegiately beginning later this year.
Now that Loyer has a Mr. Basketball award and a state title under his belt, he said that he’s going to have some fun with the conversations he’ll have with his Dane Fife and added that he’s appreciative of being included with a Clarkston great.
“That’s about all he had,” Loyer joked. “I’ll take the state championship over the Mr. Basketball. But to be able to cement my name up there is fun and I’m going to have some fun with him as well.”
Clarkston returns to the court on Tuesday night as the Wolves will face Flint Carman-Ainsworth, looking to return to the Breslin Center for a second straight year.
“It’s a great start to the week,” he said. “It’s an honor to accept this award, but not only that, but it helps motivate me to go get a win tomorrow and hopefully two more after that. It’s just the start of the week and we’ve still got a long ways to go.”
While his high school career is still going on, although it will end at some point this week, Loyer said that he hopes that he will leave a lasting legacy, which already includes a 94-6 record and Clarkston’s first state title and second Mr. Basketball, and hopefully three more wins and a second state championship this weekend.
“I think today, when I walked in and kind of seeing the trophy with my name on it, it’s obviously a very big trophy, it’s surreal,” he said. “But after this week – hopefully it goes as well as planned – I just think the past four years the legacy that my teammates and myself have built, we’re 94-6, I think that’s pretty impressive. There’s a lot of games, especially watching March Madness this year, there’s a lot of upsets that happen and I’m proud to not have been on the other side of a couple of those. I think just continuing to build a legacy that Coach Fife has built for Clarkston basketball and that I’ve been able to contribute to is really special.”