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Muskegon's Deyonta Davis runs away with Mr. Basketball award

Basketball   | Scott Burnstein

Muskegon's Deyonta Davis runs away with Mr. Basketball award

Detroit – As expected Muskegon center Deyonta Davis was named Mr. Basketball for 2015, capturing the trophy in commanding fashion by garnering 70 percent of the first-place votes.

“This is the greatest honor of my life,” Davis said. “To me it means you can be whatever you want to be if you work as hard as possible and keep fighting for your goals.”

Davis is 6-foot-10 and he signed with Michigan State.

Muskegon (23-1) will play Lansing Everett (23-2) in a quarterfinal on Tuesday at Lansing Eastern at 7 p.m.     

The other Mr. Basketball finalists were Saginaw Arthur Hill’s Eric Davis (Texas) and Everett’s Trevor Manuel (Oregon), finishing second and third, respectively. The three-man field was the smallest finalist list in Mr. Basketball history.

Davis is averaging 19 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks per game and is the second consecutive Mr. Basketball-winner from Muskegon, following in the footsteps of his former teammate Deshaun Thrower (Stoney Brook), who won the award hardware last year.

Thrower and Davis led Muskegon to a Class A state championship last March. Davis recorded 26 points and 13 rebounds in a 91-67 throttling of Bloomfield Hills in the final, firmly establishing himself as the frontrunner for this year’s award.

“After I saw Deshaun get it last season I started to have the feeling if I put in the time I could get it, too,” he said.

The back-to-back Mr. Basketballs for Muskegon is only the third time a school in the state can boast two straight winners, the other two being Lansing Eastern with Sam Vincent and Robert Henderson in 1981 and 1982 and Detroit Pershing with Derrick Nix and Keith Appling in 2009 and 2010.