Meet 2022 MLive boys basketball players of the year for each region

MLive’s regional dream team seeks to nominate the best players in each of our coverage areas around Michigan. To name the best of the best, our writers have each named an MLive Player of the Year for their region.

See who won the Player of the Year award for each MLive market below. The players are listed in alphabetical order by region.

Skyline High School varsity basketball loses to Huron in overtime 51-57

Skyline’s Jayden Potts (3) shoots the ball during the boys’ university game against Huron on Skyline on Saturday, February 13, 2021. Skyline lost 51-57 in overtime. (Alie Skowronski / Skowronski | Ann Arbor News

Jayden Potts, G, Ann Arbor Skyline


The 6-foot-6 guard was one of the most consistent players in Ann Arbor and helped lead the Eagles to a district championship. Although he played on a balanced team that had three players with an average of more than 11 points per game. match, the Potts Eagles led by scoring with 12.1 per. play. He also recorded 4.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.4 steals while earning first-team All-Southeastern Conference Red honors.

Reese boys basketball takes down Bad Ax

Reese’s Damarquss Troublefield (1) dribbles the ball during a boys basketball match against Bad Ax in Reese. (Kaytie Boomer | Boomer |

Damarquss Troublefield, G, Reese


The 5-foot-11 guard stood at the heart of a talented senior class, leading the Rockets to a 50-10 record with three Greater Thumb West championships in the last three seasons. He had an average of 19.7 points per game. He was also good at 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals for the No. 2 ranked Rockets in their 18-3 campaign.

Detroit Martin Luther King senior guard Chansey Willis

Detroit Martin Luther King High Schools Chansey Willis Jr. delivers the ball during the match against the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy on Tuesday, December 7, 2021. U of D Jesuit High School and Academy won the match, 51-42.Nicole Hester |

Chansey Willis Jr., G, Detroit Martin Luther King


The winner of both The Hal Schram Mr. The Basketball Award and the Gatorade Michigan Player of the Year Award, the 6-foot-3 guard averaged nearly a triple-double in 22 games this season, finishing with an average of 24 points, 10 rebounds, 9.5 assists and five steals per. match. He also led King to a No. 1 spot in MLive’s top 25 boys’ basketball rankings for several weeks this season, recording several triple-doubles. Most notably, Willis scored 16 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in the PSL Championship victory over Detroit Western International.

Carmen Ainsworth boys varsity basketball vs Saginaw Heritage

Carman-Ainsworth senior Mehki Ellison is looking for a pass during the varsity boys basketball game. Carman-Ainsworth Cavaliers Defeat Saginaw Heritage Hawks 71-69 at Saginaw Heritage High School Friday, February 18, 2022. (Jenifer Veloso | Jenifer Veloso

Mehki Ellison, G, Flint Carman-Ainsworth


Where would the Cavaliers have been without the talented point guard? Ellison was the only Cav with any significant post-season experience, and it turned out on a nightly basis. He was usually best against the Flint area’s top team. For the season, Ellison averaged 25.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.7 steals. He shot 47 percent from the field, 36 percent on 3-point attempts and 82 percent from the free-throw line.

Warren De La Salle vs Northview

Northview’s Kyler VanderJagt (22) claps as Warren De La Salle guard brings the ball down to the floor during the first quarter of the MHSAA boys’ D1 semifinals at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan on Friday, March 25, 2022. (Joel Bissell | Bissell |

Kyler Water Hunting, G, Grand Rapids Northview


The 6-foot-4 combo guard helped the Wildcats advance to the Final Four for the first time since 1990, when Northview fell to Warren De La Salle in the state semifinals. Hiking was Mr. Basketball finished second with an average of 24 points, six rebounds and four assists in a match. Water hunting came through in the clutch throughout the season. Northview followed Kalamazoo Central in the quarterfinals by one point as he buried a 3-pointer in the final seconds to lift the Wildcats to a 54-42 victory.

Vandercook vs. Central Boys Basketball

Vandercook Lakes Jermaine Buckner dribbles the ball during a boys basketball game at Vandercook Lake High School on February 4, 2022 in Jackson. Michigan center won over Vandercook Lake, 68-66.

Jermaine Buckner, G, Vandercook Lake


Buckner was a newcomer to Vandercook Lake, someone whose university career has led him to the Northwest and Lumen Christi, but his arrival to Vandy led to great things for the team, taking the leap from a team with 10 wins in 2021 to 18-3 this season, as well as for himself, with 24.9 points per game, while handing out with a school record of 128 assists.

Northview vs KZ Central

Kalamazoo Central senior Scott Hughes (2) attempts a layup against Northview during the MHSAA boys division 1 quarterfinals at Thornapple-Kellogg High School in Middleville, Michigan on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. (Joel Bissell | Bissell |

Scott Hughes, G, Kalamazoo Central


A three-year starter on point guard, 6-foot Hughes ended his K-Central career by leading the Maroon Giants to their first state quarterfinal since Isaiah Livers carried Maroon and White. He averaged 15.4 points, 4.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game, and much of his best work came against the top competition as K-Central played 10 teams with at least 15 wins.

Muskegon at KZ Central

Muskegon junior Jordan Briggs (2) is introduced before the Big Reds match against Kalamazoo Central at Kalamazoo Central High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. (Joel Bissell | Bissell |

Jordan Briggs, G, Muskegon


Briggs lifted his game as a junior and has become one of the top guards in the state for the 2023 class. The Big Reds playmaking guard averaged 14.1 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game, while shooting 40 percent on 3-point attempts. He was the best player on a team that went 20-3 this season and was ranked in the top 10 in the Division 1 rankings.

Standish-Sterling boys basketball knocks Carrollton down

Carrollton’s DJ Voltz (2) dribbles the ball down the field during a boys basketball match against Standish-Sterling on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 in Saginaw. (Kaytie Boomer | Boomer |

DJ Voltz, G, Carrollton


The Carrollton senior will continue his athletic career as a football player at Saginaw Valley State University, but he remained a talented basketball player this season and he achieved the 2022 MLive Saginaw Boys Basketball Player of the Year. This season, the four-year-old averaged 18 points, 9.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 3.7 steals for the 17-4 Cavaliers. The 6-foot-1 guard was one of only five boys’ basketball players from Michigan nominated for McDonald’s All-American basketball team.

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