David Goricki’s boys basketball state finals MVPs
David Goricki of The Detroit News selects the top player in each class for the 2018 boys basketball state finals.
Foster Loyer, Sr., G, Clarkston: Loyer showed why he received the title of Mr. Basketball, scoring 42 in a 74-49 semifinal win over Warren De La Salle, followed by a 40-point performance in an 81-38 title game win over Holland West Ottawa to help Clarkston repeat as state champions. For the weekend, the MSU-bound point guard made 26-of-36 shots, including 13-of-22 3-pointers and 17-of-18 free throws.
Carlos “Scooby” Johnson, So., F, Benton Harbor: After putting on a solid performance (nine points, nine rebounds, six blocks) in a semifinal win over River Rouge, Johnson stepped up and had 24 points and 11 rebounds in a 65-64 overtime win over Grand Rapids Catholic Central in the title game, making a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left for the difference.
Pierre Mitchell, 6-1, Sr., G, Detroit Edison: The CMU-bound Mitchell made sure Edison would end the season as both PSL and state champs. He scored 14 of his 17 points during the final 5 1-2 minutes of the third quarter to rally his team back from a 25-21 deficit to a 39-31 lead. Edison went on to defeat Maple City Glen Lake 53-38.
Harlond Beverly, Jr., G, Southfield Christian: Beverly, who has offers from Michigan State, Ohio State and Xavier, made sure Southfield Christian would get off to good starts, scoring six during a game-opening 16-0 run in a semifinal win over previously unbeaten Dollar Bay Thursday, then scoring his team’s first 11 points, contributing 14 points and four steals in the opening quarter to help his team take a 21-7 start in a eventual 64-54 title win over Buckley.