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Finalists revealed for Miss, Mr. Basketball in Michigan

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

A hard Michigan commitment and a Michigan State signee are among the six finalists for the Mr. Basketball award, announced by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan this week.

Michigan commitment Isaiah Livers, a power forward from Kalamazoo Central, and Michigan State signee Xavier Tillman, a power forward from Grand Rapids Christian, are two of the candidates.

The others are Detroit Cornerstone small forward Jamal Cain, who has committed to Marquette; Detroit East English shooting guard Greg Elliott, who is uncommitted but being chased hard by Michigan State; North Farmington point guard Amauri Hardy, who has committed to Oklahoma State; and Powers North Central swingman Jason Whitens from the Upper Peninsula.

Whitens is fielding Division II offers, and considering preferred walk-on opportunities, including at Michigan State. Coach Tom Izzo is from Iron Mountain, not far from Powers.

Five of the last eight Mr. Basketball winners have gone to Michigan State, including U-D Jesuit’s Cassius Winston, last year’s winner.

The last winner who went to Michigan was Redford’s Manny Harris in 2007.

Active BCAM coaches will get a ballot for Mr. Basketball, with ballots due March 13. The winner will be announced March 20 in downtown Detroit, with a ceremony also taking place at the state finals.

The Miss Basketball list of finalists includes five guards: Deja Church of Southfield A&T (Michigan), Kierra Fletcher of Warren Cousino (Georgia Tech), Kamaria McDaniel of Dearborn Heights Robichaud (Penn State), Destiny Pitts of Detroit Country Day (Minnesota) and Jordan Walker of Muskegon Mona Shores (Western Michigan).

The Miss Basketball ballots are due March 6; the winner will be announced March 13 in downtown Detroit.