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Weems, Moon, White and Turner are named finalists for 2019 Mr. Basketball award

By: Matthew B. Mowery, February 22, 2019, 1:00 pm

The field 2019 Hal Schram Mr. Basketball Award narrowed considerably on Friday, as the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan — in conjunction with its award partner, the Detroit Free Press — announced the four finalists.

They include: New Haven’s Romeo Weems, Detroit Renaissance’s Chandler Turner, Canton’s B. Artis White and Westland John Glenn’s Joe Moon.

Ballots will be mailed out to active BCAM members this week; voting begins Feb. 27, and ends on March 4. The award will be announced at the Free Press offices on March 11, and then presented again at the state finals at Breslin Center.

The DePaul-bound Weems has been the frontrunner for the award all season long, and didn’t do anything as a senior to make people doubt that assumption. Weems averaged 28.1 points, 11.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 4.4 steals per game for New Haven (18-1), which won the Macomb Area Conference’s Red/White tournament for the first time. The 6-foot-7 wing went over the 2,000 career points scored plateau in the final week of the regular season.

Named Mr. PSL, the 6-foot-6 Turner averaged 24.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 7.3 assists for a Renaissance team (15-3) that — despite offseason controversy — made it to the Public School League championship game, losing there to Cass Tech. He’s committed to Bowling Green.

The Western Michigan-bound White, a 5-foot-11 point guard, averaged 21.5 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals per game for Canton (19-1), which won the Kensington Lakes Activities Association title.

A 6-foot guard, Moon, who became the Rockets’ all-time leading scorer earlier this season, helped John Glenn (12-8) to a third-place finish in the KLAA’s East Division. He averaged 27.5 points, 5.1 assist and 5.4 rebounds per game.

Full bios and videos are available on the BCAM website.