Basketball players

Meet the 2022 MLive Men’s Basketball Players of the Year for each region

MLive’s Regional Dream Teams seek to name the best players in each of our coverage areas around Michigan. In order to name the best of the best, our editors have each named an MLive Player of the Year for their region.

Find out who won Player of the Year honors for each MLive market below. Players are listed alphabetically by region.

Skyline’s Jayden Potts (3) shoots the ball during the Boys Varsity game against Huron at 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 Ann Arbor’s most consistent players and helped lead the Eagles to a district championship. Despite playing on a balanced team that featured three players averaging over 11 points per game, Potts led the Eagles with 12.1 points per game. 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's Boys Basketball Eliminates Bad Ax

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

Damarquss Troublefield, G, Reese


The 5-foot-11 guard was at the heart of a talented senior class, leading the Rockets to a 50-10 record with three Big Thumb West championships over the past three seasons. He averaged 19.7 points per game while connecting on 68.0% of his two-point attempts and 38.2% from beyond the arc. He was also good for 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

Chansey Willis Jr. of Detroit Martin Luther King High School passes the ball during the game against the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. The Jesuit High School and Academy at the U of D won the match, 51-42.Nicole Hester | [email protected]

Chansey Willis Jr., G, Detroit Martin Luther King


Winner of The Hal Schram Mr. 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 averages of 24 points , 10 rebounds, 9.5 assists and five steals per game. He also led King to No. 1 on MLive’s Top 25 Boys in Basketball for several weeks this season and recorded numerous triple-doubles. Most notably, Willis recorded 16 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in the PSL Championship win over Detroit Western International.

Carmen Ainsworth boys college basketball vs Saginaw Heritage

Carman-Ainsworth senior Mehki Ellison looks for a pass during the varsity boys basketball game. The Carman-Ainsworth Cavaliers defeated the Saginaw Heritage Hawks 71-69 at Saginaw Heritage High School on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022. (Jenifer Veloso | Jenifer Veloso

Mehki Ellison, G, Flint Carman-Ainsworth


Where would the Cavaliers be without the talented playmaker? Ellison was the only Cav with significant playoff experience and it showed every night. He was generally at his best against the top teams in the Flint area. For the season, Ellison averaged 25.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 2.7 steals. He shot 47% from the field, 36% on 3-point attempts and 82% from the free throw line.

Warren De La Salle vs. Northview

Kyler VanderJagt (22) of Northview cheers as guard Warren de La Salle brings the ball 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 Vanderjagt, G, Grand Rapids Northview


The 6-foot-4 combo guard helped the Wildcats advance to the Final Four for the first time since 1990, where Northview fell to Warren De La Salle in the state semifinals. Vanderjagt was a Mr. Basketball finalist, averaging 24 points, six rebounds, and four assists per game. Vanderjagt has moved into the clutch throughout the season. Northview trailed Kalamazoo Central in the quarterfinals by one point when he buried a 3-pointer in the dying seconds to lift the Wildcats to a 54-42 victory.

Vandercook vs. Central Boys Basketball

Vandercook Lake’s Jermaine Buckner dribbles the ball during a men’s basketball game at Vandercook Lake High School on February 4, 2022 in Jackson. Michigan Center defeated Vandercook Lake, 68-66.

Jermaine Buckner, G, Lake Vandercook


Buckner was a newcomer to Vandercook Lake, someone whose college career took him to Northwest and Lumen Christi, but his arrival at Vandy led to big things for the team, making the leap from a team of 10 wins in 2021 at 18-3 this season, plus for himself, getting 24.9 points per game while delivering a school-record 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 at point guard, 6-foot Hughes capped off his K-Central career by leading the Maroon Giants to their first state quarterfinal since Isaiah Livers wore the Maroon and White. He averaged 15.4 points, 4.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game, and much of his best work was against top competition, as K-Central played 10 teams with at least 15 victories.

Muskegon at KZ Central

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

Jordan Briggs, G, Muskegon


Briggs raised his game as a junior and became one of the state’s top guards for the 2023 class. The Big Reds point guard averaged 14.1 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game while shooting 40% on 3-point attempts. He was the best player on a team that went 20-3 that season and was ranked in the Top 10 of the Division 1 standings.

Standish-Sterling Boys' Basketball Takes Out Carrollton

Carrollton’s DJ Voltz (2) dribbles the ball down the court during a men’s basketball game against Standish-Sterling on Tuesday Feb. 15, 2022 in Saginaw. (Kaytie Boomer | Boomer |

DJ Voltz, G, Carrollton


The Carrollton eldest will continue his athletic career as a football player at Saginaw Valley State University, but he has remained a talented basketball player this season, winning the 2022 MLive Saginaw Boys Basketball Player of the Year. This season, the four-year-old starter has 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 five Michigan men’s basketball players nominated for the McDonald’s All-American Basketball Team.