McCallum, Country Day capture title
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The beautiful Breslin Students Events Center on the campus of Michigan State University was the site of this year's state finals. The arena's atmosphere was electric, and the talent was plentiful in all four games. In Game 1, the Class D title went to Western Michigan Christian (Muskegon), which beat Cardinal Mooney (Marine City), 66-56. Melvindale ABT took care of Suttons Bay, 59-43, in Class C. In Class A, Kalamazoo Central was crowned champion with a 74-65 win over Huron (Ann Arbor). Lastly, Country Day (Detroit) won the title in Class B after beating hometown Sexton (Lansing), 71-47.
2010, Detroit/ Country Day School
McCallum, a McDonald's All American, was in attack mode right from the start. The ubertalented point guard matched the entire Sexton team in scoring in the first half with 25 points. He got it done with deep 3s, strong drives and quick slashes. McCallum was alert in the passing lanes on defense and simply set the tone for Country Day. McCallum finished with 32 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 7 steals. He played with great pace and urgency throughout the game.
Dante Williams SG/SF (6-6, 165)
2011, Ann Arbor, Mich. / Huron
This long, lean wing lit up the scoreboard. He posted 15 points in as many minutes in the first half against Kalamazoo Central. Williams hit 3s off the catch by running the floor in transition or moving to the open area on the side off dribble penetration. He attacked the basket from the wing, where he can spin and elevate over defenders with ease. What set Williams apart was the way he played. This young man plays extremely hard on both ends floor and never takes a play off.
Who to watch
Denzel Valentine SG/SF (6-5, 205)
2012, Lansing, Mich./Sexton
Valentine is a skilled young wing who competes every second he is on the floor. He can handle the ball against intense pressure and pass on the money. He has great length and delivers the ball over smaller defenders with ease. Valentine has a nice midrange pull up in the lane and rebounds and pushes the ball like a point forward. Valentine led Sexton in scoring with 14 points and had 7 rebounds and 4 assists. This young man has great upside. It will be exciting to watch his progress over the next couple years.
• Suttons Bay junior Dwuan Anderson is an athletic lefty who can flat-out get to the rim. He rebounds on both ends and is an excellent perimeter shot-blocker. Anderson finished the day with 16 points, 12 rebounds, 5 blocks and 3 steals.
• Class of 2010 power forward Yakimi Noble from Melvindale ABT was terrific around the rim. He displayed good touch and the ability to finish in a crowd. Noble also had a great day on the glass pulling down 12 rebounds (9 on offense) to go along with his 19 points and 4 blocks.
• University of Dayton signee Devin Oliver of Kalamazoo Central benefited greatly by running the floor and cutting to the basket. The 6-6 wing scored 26 points in 27 minutes going 12-18 from the floor and grabbing 9 rebounds.
• Six-foot-7 combination forward Evan Bruinsma of Muskegon Western Michigan Christian is a skilled jack-of-all-trades for his team. Bruinsma's stat line -- 25 points, 20 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 5 blocks -- was well rounded and impressive.
Reggie Rankin was an assistant coach at seven schools for 13 seasons, most recently at Dayton. He played at Ohio University from 1986-90 and was an All-MAC first-teamer his senior season.