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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: The Bench Report — Trio of LVC boys hoop squads under new leadership in ’21

By: SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN, December 12, 2020, 1:30 pm

New boys basketball coaches at the helm of contending programs will be a theme in the Lakes Valley Conference this winter.

Here’s a list of three names you should know:

• Duane Graves (Walled Lake Western) — With Dennis Butcher stepping away, Graves jumps on to the bench for the Warriors sporting tons of energy and passion and a great pedigree for success. Graves took Bloomfield Hills to the Class A state finals in 2014. He’s most recently been the head coach at Center Line and Clawson. 

• Ryan Negoshian (Walled Lake Northern) — Spawning from top-notch coaching stock (see his dad and brother at the North Farmington program for the past four decades), Negoshian finally gets the reins of his own varsity team following nearly two decades as an assistant and JV coach. Northern features senior forward Kevyn Robertson, a crafty and versatile wing who is probably the best player in the league. Negoshian replaces Jon Djokaj (left for Warren De La Salle job). 

• Sean Moore (Waterford Mott) — The defending LVC champs will have a familiar face stewarding its high-octane attack in Moore, the No. 1 assistant to the departed David McGlown (moved to Georgia) for three straight league-title teams. Moore won a Class A state title as a player at Pontiac Northern in the early 2000s. Senior guard Tray Solomon and senior forward Zeke Price spark the Corsairs’ fast-paced offense.