Most Michigan prep basketball pundits have are getting their rankings out for the Top 10 this week about this time, and I have some qualms after seeing the moving and shaking that's gone on after submitting my ballot of votes.
Is Muskegon Heights the best team in the state? Well, I haven't seen any rankings where they're below Detroit Country Day, which is foolish to me. There are some good wins, but is it really enough to push them ahead of a Kurt Keener's squad, who loses to Kalamazoo Central without their star center Amir Williams? I don't think so. Let's see these teams go H2H in the Class B playoffs and see who emerges. I'd put my lunch money on No. 3 Ray McCallum and his boys.
Speaking of Kalamazoo Central, are they really Top 5 material? Look, beating Country Day without their own star Devin Oliver, a Dayton commit and our No. 8 player in the state, was impressive. I'm just not sure what else warrants such a high ranking. They've lost to Saginaw (and Arthur Hill if I'm not mistaken).
As for props, they've got to go out to Lansing Eastern, who take out crosstown rival Lansing Sexton AND Holt, who I had the No. 6 team in the state last week. LaDonte Henton (Central Michigan) anchors them in the middle, but the big story is PG "Cha Cha" Tucker, who is undoubtedly one of the top two or three freshmen in the state. He's going to be a fun one to watch for the next four years, and I have a feeling Tom Izzo and John Beilein will both take a crack at him at some point.
The game ball of the week, though, has to go out to Saginaw and more specificly Tommie McCune. They take out Romulus in OT, and he puts up a simply ridiculous double-double with 28 points and 24 rebounds. Wow.
That said, who've you got at No. 1?
What does it take to be No. 1?
Posted on: February 1, 2010 12:47 am