Michigan’s Associated Press recently announced its all-state selections for the 2021-22 men’s basketball season and several Downriver-area players were honored.
In Division 3, three players from Ecorse were selected to the all-state team along with two players from Riverview Gabriel Richard.
From Ecorse, junior Malik Olafioye earned first-team all-state honors while senior Derrick Kemp was named to second-team and junior Kenneth Morrast Jr. was an all-state honorable mention. The trio helped guide the Red Raiders to the D3 semi-finals.
Richard senior Michael Calhoun was named to the States second team in D3 while teammate and fellow 12th Nick Szczechowski received an honorable mention. The duo helped lead the Pioneers to a 19-1 overall record and a Catholic League championship.
In D2, Romulus Summit Academy had two players picked for the all-state team and Flat Rock had one selection.
Summit junior James Wright was a second-team all-state pick and second Dontez Scott earned an honorable mention. Wright and Scott helped the Dragons win a district title as well as an overall Charter School Conference championship and a 21-2 record.
From Flat Rock, freshman Graham Junge earned an all-state honorable mention. Additionally, Flat Rock head coach Rick Smith was among eight coaches recognized by the Michigan AP in D2. In 2021-22, the Rams won the Huron League championship, reached the district title game, and finished with a 17-5 overall record.
In D1, two players from River Rouge and one from Woodhaven claimed a spot on the all-state team.
Rouge senior Tyler Hamilton and 12th grader Zion Cooper each received an all-state honorable mention. The pair helped lead the 2021-22 Panthers team to an overall record of 17-4.
From Woodhaven, senior Elisha Warren earned an all-state honorable mention. Warren helped guide the Warriors to league and district championships with a 19-5 overall record.