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Wednesday, December 21, 2011
All-State Stock Watch opens MI season with a bang

By Christopher Parish

Each week, we'll take an in-depth look at our preseason All-State basketball team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses. We'll feature a Prime-Time player (PTP), an Other Top Player (OTP) and an under the radar star who is making a bid to be one of the state's top players (UTR).

If you've got athletes you think we should mention in our All-State Stock Watch, hit me up on Twitter @CParishESPNHS.

It's the first stock watch of the season, and some players and teams are off to very good starts. Let's get to it.

PTP: Matt Costello, Bay City Western, Senior

Costello doesn't need to do much more than he already has to prove his worth as a Mr. Basketball candidate, but his effort on Tuesday — 14 points, 21 rebounds and eight blocks — was more than enough to send a message to the rest of the state. His big-time effort helped Western beat Frankenmuth, 67-53.

OTP: Malik Albert, Detroit King, Senior

Albert's hot start has helped King establish itself as a force in the PSL. Last week he led all scorers with 26 points as King beat Eat Detroit, 80-66. This week he dropped 30 on Detroit Kettering in an 89-63 victory. King is 4-0 to start the season and Albert is one of the region's most feared scorers.

UTR: Bishop Robinson, Loy Norrix, Junior

He's only 6-foot-2, but that clearly hasn't stopped him from hitting the glass. Robinson proved he can bang down low with the state's best when he pulled down 18 rebounds — and added 29 points for good measure — as Kalmazoo Loy Norrix edged Jackson, 75-74. The win helped Loy Norrix move to 4-0. It wasn't his first big game of the season, either — he scored 36 against Harper Creek and dropped 32 on Coldwater.