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What does it mean if your team made it on BCAM’s top-10 lists for shooting? For the girls at least, you were probably a contender

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, April 10, 2020, 10:45 am

The Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan released its lists of top shooters and team academic all-state honors earlier this week, and STATE CHAMPS! would like to send along our congratulations to all teams and players that were mentioned.

You can see the lists on the BCAM website by clicking the links below:

• Team academic all-state honors >> BOYS | GIRLS

• Top shooters >> BOYS | GIRLS

On the boys side, coach David Osborne’s Division 2 Montague squad came in with the highest GPA (3.84), followed by D2 Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood (3.80), D1 Midland Dow (3.76), D3 Grand Rapids Covenant Christian (3.75) and D2 Marysville in the top five overall.

For the girls, Jerome Smalley’s D2 Gladwin squad had the highest composite GPA (3.971), followed by D1 Davison (3.948), D1 Midland (3.945), D3 Kent City (3.942) and D4 St. Ignace (3.941) in the top five. 

Brethren’s Megan Cordes was the top girls 3-point shooter (56.6 percent), while Hudsonville (35.48) was the top 3-point shooting team. Grand Rapids West Catholic’s stellar sophomore, Abbey Kimball, was the top free-throw shooter (93.24), while Jaden Clobes’ Midland squad was the top free-throw shooting team (72.97). 

The top fives for both individual categories are below:

The top boys 3-point shooting team was Joe Soules’ Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern squad (40.79), while Dexter’s dual-sport star Colin Parachek was the top individual 3-point shooter (53.45). Ogemaw Heights’ Tyler Eedy was the top free-throw shooter (92.50), while Brad Besonen’s Ewen-Trout Creek squad was the top free-throw shooting team (74.65). (There must be something in the water in Trout Creek — Jaclyn Besonen’s E-TC girls were ninth in in the state in free-throw shooting at 67.73)

You can see the top fives for both individual categories for boys below:

What becomes obvious when you look at the top shooter lists — especially on the girls side — is that the majority of teams that show up as top free-throw and 3-point shooting teams also show up in the rankings. You don’t have to be on the lists to be a contender, but if you’re on the list, you probably were a contending team.

Hudsonville was 22-1 when the seasons were halted, and in the regional finals. Pewamo-Westphalia — which was No. 3 in 3-point shooting and No. 4 in free-throw shooting — was past its annual test vs. Kent City, and a safe bet to have a good chance to repeat in D3. Another D3 contender, Michigan Center, was No. 4 in 3-point shooting and No. 2 in free-throw shooting, while Cascades Conference rival Grass Lake — another D3 contender, before they got ousted by the Cardinals in districts — was No. 2 in 3-point shooting. Two-time defending Class D/D4 champion Adrian Lenawee Christian was No. 9 in 3-point shooting and No. 3 in free-throw shooting. 

In all, eight of the top 10 teams in 3-point shooting were still alive, making it to the regional finals, while six of the top 10 free-throw shooting teams were still alive. (Four teams — P-W, Michigan Center, Menominee and Lenawee Christian — were represented on both lists.)

The top 10 teams in 3-point shooting had an average winning percentage of .900 — eight of the 10 had 20 wins, while Frankenmuth had 19, and Grass Lake 18 — while all but Midland (an 18-game winner) had 20 or more wins of the top 10 free-throw shooting teams. 

Using the MHSAA’s new MPR (Michigan Power Rating) formula to compare where the teams stack up in the state, by strength of schedule, the average entrant on the girls team top 10 free-throw shooting list ranked 56th in the state, while the average of the top teams on the 3-point shooting list was 25.

On the boys side, the lists were less predictive of success.

There were nine of the top 10 teams in 3-point shooting still alive when the seasons were halted (granted, it was a week behind where the girls were on the schedule, and only at the district finals level), and eight of the top 10 free-throw shooting teams had made it to the district finals. 

While there were five 20-win teams on the list of top 3-point shooting teams, the average winning percentage of those 10 squads was .880, while there were five 20-win squads among the top 10 free-throw shooting teams (average winning percentage: .763).

By MPR comparison, the average top 3-point shooting boys team ranked 54, while the top free-throw shooting team ranked 132.