High-SchoolMichigan: Basketball

POWERADE Michigan Hoops Rankings: Final

March, 27, 2012
3/27/12
12:45
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After games ending Sunday, March 25

After holding down the top spot for the majority of the season, Lansing Sexton reigns as our No. 1 team in the POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings. The Big Reds, led by senior star Denzel Valentine (No. 97 in the ESPNU 100), toppled Lakeshore in the Class B final to cruise to a second consecutive state title. Other state champions included Saginaw, Beecher (who validated us with a state title after we kept them higher in the rankings than any other state rankings group) and Southfield Christian. Congratulations to all of this year's state champions.

1. Lansing Sexton (29-1) Last week: No. 1

2. Saginaw (25-2) Last week: No. 2

3. Beecher (28-0) Last week: No. 5

Click here for the full POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Michigan Hoops Rankings: Week 14

March, 20, 2012
3/20/12
12:04
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After games ending Sunday, March 18

Just three games separate the teams below from a state championship. Three wins and the season ends in glory; any fewer and it's a reminder of what could have been. Only teams that have advanced to the state quarterfinals in their respective classes have earned a spot in our POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings; two of them face off Tuesday night when No. 4 Romulus takes on No. 3 Pershing. Next week will be our final rankings; by then we'll know who the state champ is.

1. Sexton (24-1) Last week: No. 1

2. Saginaw (23-2) Last week: No. 2

3. Pershing (22-2) Last week: No. 5

Click here for the full POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Michigan Hoops Rankings: Week 13

March, 13, 2012
3/13/12
12:33
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After games ending Sunday, March 11

We're through the district tournament, and now things are getting good. Already we've seen some upsets that have shaken up the balance of power in the POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings, knocking out three teams (including one squad that looked firmly entrenched in the top five). Some bubble teams just waiting for their shot have taken their place, and now begins the slow climb either to the top or a quick descent to the bubble for the remainder of the season.

1. Sexton (22-1) Last week: No. 1

2. Saginaw (21-2) Last week: No. 2

3. Romulus (19-3) Last week: No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Michigan Hoops Rankings: Week 12

March, 6, 2012
3/06/12
11:37
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After games ending Sunday, March 4

Sure, nobody dropped out of the POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings this week. Don't expect that streak to continue much longer. With the district (and soon, state) tournaments ramping up, it's time for the top teams to show they're title contenders or risk falling out entirely. Even a top team such as Sexton can go from No. 1 to bubble team in just one week. Three unbeaten teams remain in the rankings, but one loss now will mean an early exit.

1. Sexton (19-1) Last week: No. 1

2. Saginaw (18-2) Last week: No. 5

3. Beecher (20-0) Last week: No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Michigan Hoops Rankings: Week 11

February, 28, 2012
2/28/12
10:16
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After games ending Sunday, Feb. 26

Consider this the calm before the storm. Sexton remains our top team in the POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings, but the postseason is right around the corner and things could get interesting quickly. Four undefeated teams remain in the ranks, while Pershing - the only team to have beaten Sexton this year - lurks in the shadows hoping for a chance to regain the No. 1 spot. At this point, it's still anyone's game, and there are plenty of teams who have state title aspirations right now.

1. Sexton (17-1) Last week: No. 1

2. Pershing (18-1) Last week: No. 2

3. Beecher (19-0) Last week: No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Michigan Hoops Rankings: Week 10

February, 21, 2012
2/21/12
1:41
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After games ending Sunday, Feb. 19

There's a new No. 1 in Michigan this week, and it's Lansing Sexton. All the Big Reds did last week was take care of business, earning victories against Holt and East Lansing to move to 15-1. That, coupled with Pershing's first loss of the season, helped Sexton move up to the top spot. Pershing fell in the Detroit PSL title game to Detroit King, finally showing a bit of mortality. No teams drop out this week, but there's sure to be a little moving and shaking in the final games before the regional and state tournaments begin. Stay tuned to find out who is up and who is down next week.

1. Sexton (15-1) Last week: No. 2

2. Pershing (18-1) Last week: No. 1

3. Beecher (17-0) Last week: No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Michigan Hoops Rankings: Week 9

February, 14, 2012
2/14/12
2:27
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After games ending Sunday, Feb. 12

This week's rankings are mostly intact as the schedule starts creeping into district and city tournaments. Pershing and Sexton continue to be neck-and-neck as each jockeys for their respective titles; Class A for Pershing, Class B for Sexton. It's a shame we won't see them duel again this season. In Class C, Beecher looks to be the class of the state as they remain undefeated and climbed up to No. 3 this week. Some losses to mid-range teams in our POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings caused a bit of re-shuffling, and we welcome undefeated Pewamo-Westphalia to the mix for what is a long-overdue inclusion into our top 10.

1. Pershing (17-0) Last week: No. 1

2. Sexton (17-1) Last week: No. 2

3. Beecher (16-0) Last week: No. 4

Click here for the full POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Michigan Hoops Rankings: Week 8

February, 7, 2012
2/07/12
12:32
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After games ending Sunday, Feb. 5

There's only one significant change to this week's POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings, and it's the addition of Petoskey to the mix. The Northmen have been quietly biding their time, waiting for someone to drop out, and a tough week by Arthur Hill knocks them out and gives Petoskey the nod. The Northmen average a margin of victory of better than 19.5 points per contest - an impressive figure. The team also averages nearly 62 points per game. Numbers like that will make the squad dangerous in the postseason.

1. Pershing (15-0) Last week: No. 1

2. Sexton (11-1) Last week: No. 2

3. Romulus (12-2) Last week: No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Michigan Hoops Rankings: Week 7

January, 31, 2012
1/31/12
2:02
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After games ending Sunday, Jan. 29

The standings in the POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings are so tight, even a 12-point loss to one of the region's top teams is enough to go plummeting down the ranks. That's what happened to Lansing Eastern following a tough loss to No. 2 Sexton, a loss that would be nondescript except that it gave top teams such as Beecher and Lansing Catholic Central, which are still unbeaten, a chance to finally move up the ladder. There are now just two losses among the top five teams combined, meaning any loss, no matter how great, can spell doom for a team hoping to stay ranked.

1. Pershing (14-0) Last week: No. 1

2. Sexton (10-1) Last week: No. 2

3. Romulus (9-2) Last week: No. 9

Click here for the full POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings.

All-State Stock Watch loves the stat sheet stuffers

January, 25, 2012
1/25/12
3:53
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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.

PTP: Ray Lee, Romulus, Senior

Certain games are barometers of the season. A mid-season battle against the defending Class A champs? That's a game you circle on your calendar. Against last year's champions, Kalamazoo Central, Lee was at his best. He led all scorers with 21 points and also added seven assists and five rebounds. On the season Romulus is 8-2, and Lee's exceptional play will likely keep them near the top of Class A.

OTP: Terron Ramsey, Melvindale, Senior

It might be more fun to just fill up the stat sheet with points every night, but that doesn't help teams win games. Fortunately for Melvindale, Ramsey's been doing a whole lot of scoring, and a whole lot of rebounding, too. In a game against Harrison on Thursday, Ramsey had 24 points and 15 rebounds as his team earned a 71-57 victory.

UTR: Damon Bozeman, Madison Heights Madison, Senior

Oh sure, Bozeman didn't score for the first five minutes of the game. But when he did score, he didn't stop. In a win over Fitzgerald on Tuesday, Bozeman lit up his opponents for 38 points. What's more impressive? That he dropped 38 so easily? Or that he's averaging 33 a night? It's tough to tell, but either way, Bozeman is having an other-worldly year.

Bonus Pick: Eric Wise, Osborn, Senior

Wise had 25 points, 15 rebounds and 18 blocks (!) for Osborn in a win over Detroit Central on Tuesday.

POWERADE Michigan Hoops Rankings: Week 6

January, 24, 2012
1/24/12
12:41
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After games ending Sunday, Jan. 22

It was a tough week for teams in the top 10 of our POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings, none more so than Detroit Consortium. Following an ugly incident against Bowman Academy (Gary, Ind.), Consortium Prep forfeited its next two games and dropped out of our top 10. Clarkston dropped its first game of the season, Detroit King fell to top-seeded Pershing and Arthur Hill fell to Saginaw, which joined the rankings this week. Losses mean shakeups, and there were no shortage of shakeups this week.

1. Pershing (12-0) Last week: No. 1

2. Sexton (8-1) Last week: No. 2

3. Lansing Eastern (9-1) Last week: No. 10

Click here for the full POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings.

POWERADE Michigan Hoops Rankings: Week 5

January, 18, 2012
1/18/12
1:13
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After games ending Monday, Jan. 16

It's been a long time coming, but Pershing has finally jumped into the top spot in our POWERADE Michigan Weekly rankings. The Doughboys have played themselves to a perfect 10-0 mark to start the season thanks to an impressive one-point victory over former No. 1 Lansing Sexton. Senior Sherron Dorsey-Walker, an ESPNHS All-State first-teamer, has had consecutive 26-point outings including in the win over Sexton. The top teams are holding firm, as nobody dropped out this week.

1. Pershing (10-0) Last week: No. 2

2. Sexton (7-1) Last week: No. 1

3. Consortium Prep (6-1) Last week: No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings.

All-State Stock Watch celebrates the winners

January, 11, 2012
1/11/12
1:27
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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.

PTP: Lloyd Neely, Crockett Tech, Senior

It's not like we should be surprised that Neely is putting on a scoring clinic; after all, the ESPNHS All-State third-teamer averaged 25 points a night last year as a junior. But not only is Neely scoring in bunches, he's also helping Crockett win big games. On Tuesday Neely dropped 25 points and added 15 rebounds as his team beat Douglass, 53-45. Thanks to the win, Crockett Tech is now 8-1 on the season.

OTP: Martez Walker, Pershing, Junior

Last week we told you about the strong season Sherron Dorsey-Walker is having. This week it's all about Martez Walker, who's been every bit as good and sometimes better for the Doughboys, who sit third in the POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings. Walker threw down 29 points and added nine rebounds in Tuesday's game against Detroit Davis Aerospace, helping the unbeaten Doughboys cruise to a 85-26 victory.

UTR: Damon Bozeman, Madison, Senior

As if the 28 points per game Bozeman is averaging this season isn't enough, Madison is off to a hot start at 5-1 and Bozeman is on a torrid pace. He dropped 33 points against Port Huron on Tuesday, 38 points against Warren Mott on Friday and 30 last Wednesday in a win over Woods Tower.

POWERADE Michigan Hoops Rankings: Week 4

January, 10, 2012
1/10/12
3:49
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After games ending Saturday, Jan. 7

This week, littered on the outside looking in are teams with high expectations that have failed to get off to the kind of starts necessary to stay in the top 10 of our POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings. It's tough to stay on top, which is why teams like Sexton and Consortium Prep and Pershing have been pleasant surprises. It's expectation mixed with success. But these teams can't get complacent; not when talented squads such as Clarkston, Detroit King and Beecher are hot on their heels.

1. Sexton (6-0) Last week: No. 1

2. Consortium Prep (6-0) Last week: No. 2

3. Pershing (7-0) Last week: No. 3

Click here for the full POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings.

All-State Stock Watch recognizes leaders of top teams

January, 4, 2012
1/04/12
12:53
PM ET
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.

PTP: Sherron Dorsey-Walker, Pershing, Senior

Thanks to its superstar, Pershing is off to a stellar start and is currently No. 3 in the POWERADE Michigan Weekly Rankings. Dorsey-Walker has put up consistent numbers and has established himself as one of the best players in the PSL. He scores when he needs to, and he's contributed on the boards as well.

OTP: Malik Albert, Detroit King, Senior

King is off to a 7-1 start this season thanks to a trio of scorers — King, Marquan Armstrong and Dennis Norfleet. Any of the three is capable of shouldering the scoring load on any given night, and King's been one of the best. He dropped 20 against Bay City Western in a 73-72 overtime win and has been in double figures in nearly every game this year.

UTR: Delandon Laye, Mumford, Senior

Mumford looks strong early thanks to an early 6-1 record, and Laye's impressive shooting has been a big reason why. In a game against Renaissance on Dec. 29, Laye scored 25 points, including five 3-pointers, despite the team's OT loss — the team's only loss so far this season.

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