December 7, 2012 in High School
In our college basketball previews last month, we were able to take a close-up look at every college team in the state. Obviously, with mainly a staff of one right now, that same strategy won’t work for previewing high school basketball, so instead, I’ve broken the state up by regions and have asked a few guests who are familiar with those areas to share some thoughts on the best teams and players in those areas for our previews this week in a roundtable format.
Top five players in the Grand Rapids area:
1. Joey Blaukamp (Tri-unity Christian SR G) – The 6-foot-0 point guard earned first-team all-state honors a year ago after sparking the Defenders to a 21-3 record, including the River Valley Conference and district tournament championships.
2. Drake Harris (Grand Rapids Christian JR G) – The returning first-team all-stater helped lead the Eagles to the state quarterfinals a year ago and a 20-5 record.
3. Brad Visser (Calvin Christian SR G) – Visser earned Class C honorable mention recognition a year ago after averaging over 15 points a game and four rebounds. The 6-2 senior guard scored 33 points in Tuesday’s season opening win over West Michigan Christian and had a 45-point performance in a game last year.
5. Kyle Steigenga (Holland Christian JR F) – The 6-foot-5 junior is the nephew Matt Steigenga, the 1988 Mr. Basketball in Michigan. He is an outstanding athlete who was honorable mention all-state in football as a receiver.
Top five teams in the Grand Rapids area:
1. Grand Rapids Christian – The Eagles return Drake Harris, a junior who earned first-team all-state honors a year ago after averaging 19 points and 5 rebounds a game.
2. Rockford – The Rams were runner-up in Class A a year ago and they return 5-9 senior point guard Chad Carlson, who made the MLive.com West Michigan Dream Team after averaging over 13 points a game.
3. Grand Rapids Catholic Central – The addition of DeMarkus Stuckey, who sat out all of last year after transferring from Union, and the return of Saginaw Valley State University bound Jon Marosi, a 6-5 forward, should make the Cougars a team to watch.
One under the radar player to watch:
Ryan Wassink (Hudsonville Unity Christian) – a 6-foot-6 senior forward, he enjoyed a breakthrough season a year ago after averaging over 15 points a game. He has signed with Bethel College of Mishawaka, Ind.
One under the radar team to watch:
Comstock Park – Returns all five starters from last year’s team that won its fourth straight OK Blue title.
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