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The Drive For Five - The Top Five Contenders for the Class A Title

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The Drive For Five - The Top Five Contenders for the Class A Title

(PHOTO CREDIT: Dave Donoher)

1. Grand Rapids Christian

The Eagles finished the season with a perfect 20-0 record and the No. 1 overall ranking in the state of Michigan and now enter the tournament as the team to beat. There may not be a team deeper than the Eagles, who are led by Mr. Basketball Candidate Xavier Tillman, along with James Beck and Duane Washington and several other key contributors, which makes Grand Rapids Christian the favorite in Class A.

2. Detroit U-D Jesuit

The Cubs have gone through some growing pains this season, but over the course of the past couple of weeks, U-D Jesuit has me buying into a real possibility of a repeat. With several key contributors from last year’s squad back for another run to the Breslin this year and sophomore point guard Julian Dozier might be playing his best basketball of the season, the Cubs are dangerous once again.

3. Clarkston

If Clarkston is going to finally chase down that elusive Class A title, this could very well be the team that gets it done. Led by junior point guard Foster Loyer and senior wing Dylan Alderson and X-Factors C.J. Robinson a Taylor Currie, the Wolves have what it takes to finally get past their yearly roadblocks and final bring the wooden mitten home to Clarkston.

4. East Lansing

The No. 2 ranked team in the state and another team that holds a perfect record, the Trojans have arguable the best player in the state of Michigan in Brandon Johns, along with a handful of key contributors around him, including Caleb Hoekstra, who is working his way back from injury. After an earlier than expected exit from the Class A playoffs a year ago, you can expect the Trojans to be motivated for a deep playoff run.

5. Macomb Dakota

After battling the injury bug at the beginning of the season, the Cougars have been as dangerous as anybody in the state and Dakota is my pick to win Class A this winter. Led by Jermaine Jackson Jr., Thomas Kithier and Jack Ballantyne, Dakota’s “Big 3” is as good as any trio in the entire state. Don’t forget that the Cougars made a run to the semifinals last year and that experience could go a long way as they get deeper into the playoffs.