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Posted on Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 6:01 a.m.

Ypsilanti and Milan highlight 2013 All-Washtenaw County Boys Basketball Dream Team

By Kyle Austin


The Ypsilanti boys basketball team celebrates its district title at Skyline.

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In the end, two Washtenaw County boys basketball teams stood above the rest, as Ypsilanti and Milan captured district titles.

And they didn't get there without some standout players.

The Phoenix and Big Reds are both well represented in our 2013 All-Washtenaw County Boys Basketball teams.

Milan has a pair of dream teamers, including C.J. Turnage, our 2013 Washtenaw County Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Ypsilanti has one dream team player and a dream team coach, plus one member of the Class A first team.

In all, we've selected five dream teamers from all classes, five Class A first team players and five Class B-C-D first team players, plus honorable mentions.




C.J. Turnage
Forward, Milan

He’s listed as a guard, but Turnage can play all over the floor, and his versatility made him plenty difficult to guard. Turnage picked up his offensive game as a senior, shooting 71 percent from the floor while averaging 19.1 points per game, 3.9 assists per game, 7.9 rebounds per game and 2.9 steals per game. He was the biggest reason for his team going 22-2 on the season and getting to a regional title game afterupsetting Jackson Lamb and Temperance Bedford in the Class A district championship. Milan is 40-5 over the last two seasons. Associated Press Class A All-State honorable mention. Turnage is the 2013 Washtenaw County Player of the Year.


Latin Davis

Latin Davis
Guard, Milan

As a sophomore true point guard on a team that finished the year 22-2, Davis shot better than 50 percent from the field in averaging 13.9 points per game, and added 4.4 assists per game. This is despite only playing in the fourth quarter of five games. Some of Davis’ biggest games came in the playoffs, as he scored 25 points in the Big Reds’ district title win over Temperance Bedford and 22 in the regional finals against eventual state champion Romulus.


Lavonte Davis

Lavonte Davis
Forward, Ypsilanti

Stats don’t do Davis justice -- he was one of five Phoenix players to average in double figures during Southeastern Conference play -- but Davis was one of the biggest reasons Ypsilanti got to within a game of the Breslin Center. Davis averaged 9.05 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.2 blocks during the regular season and 6.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game in the postseason. The Northwood-bound senior provided strong leadership to a young team that improved considerably throughout the year.



Jason Houle
Forward, Father Gabriel Richard

Houle averaged more than 22 points per game to lead Washtenaw County in scoring Father Gabriel Richard’s new up-tempo system. A large chunk of that came from behind the 3-point arc as Houle averaged more than three 3-pointers per game, and shot 40 percent from deep. But he also showed an ability on the inside, grabbing 6.8 rebounds per game to lead his team.



Jibreel Hussein
Forward, Pioneer

Hussein averaged 15 points per game, shooting 41 percent from the field. He also recorded more than three steals per game, as Pioneer went 15-4 in the regular season -- including a win over Class A runner-up Detroit Southeastern. And he showed the propensity to make the big play. Against Skyline in late January, he hit a 3 with seconds left that sent his team to the win. Against first-place Bedford the next month, he recorded a game-sealing steal on an inbound play.



Steve Brooks
Coach, Ypsilanti

Last year was supposed to be the year of the Phoenix, with a squad featuring six seniors, five of which would go on to play college basketball. After a disappointing district loss, Ypsilanti started just two seniors this year, and one freshman. That group came together as the season went on, and swept Pioneer, Skyline and Huron in districts before winning its first regional title since 1981 and nearly knocking off Saginaw High in the state quarterfinals.



Xavier Cochran

Xavier Cochran, guard, Huron: The lone River Rat to start every game, Cochran averaged 12.6 points, including 25 against Ypsilanti in a district title game and 22 against Detroit Southeastern.

Reece Dils, guard, Saline: Perhaps the area’s best pure shooter, Dils was the fourth-leading scorer in Washtenaw County at 16.8 points per game.

Jaylen Johnson, forward, Ypsilanti: The 6-foot-9 junior improved as the year went on, culminating in a dominating district performance where he averaged 19.7 points and 15.3 rebounds in three games.

Derek Seidl, forward, Dexter: Seidl paced Dexter with 12.6 points and six boards per game while shooting 50 percent from the field.


Derek Seidl

Ethan Spencer, forward, Pioneer: A unanimous All SEC Rec selection, Spencer stuffed the stat sheet with 9.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and, 1.6 steals while leading his team in assists from the center position.

Coach: Josh Tropea, Milan: Tropea led the Big Reds to a 22-3 season, following an 18-2 season the year before for back-to-back Huron League titles. And after running through the Huron League, his team captured its first Class A district title with a win over Temperance Bedford.


Daquanta Brown, guard, Willow Run: Brown averaged 15.7 points per game, and took off during league play by notching 20 points or more in four of six games.


Kamari Davis

Kamari Davis, guard, Father Gabriel Richard: Davis was good for 15.4 points per game, plus 5.9 rebounds and three assists in the high-flying FGR offense.

Luke Hollandsworth, forward, Chelsea: Hollandsworth proved a bright spot for the Bulldogs, putting up 12.5 points and six rebounds per game to earn first-team All-SEC White honors.

Adrian Harrison, guard, Arbor Prep: As a freshman on a second-year team, Harrison averaged 13 points, four assists and 2.6 steals per game.

Andrew Khouri, guard, Greenhills: The Gryphons senior narrowly missed out on the county scoring title, but still averaged 21.4 points per game while shooting 40 percent from 3.

Coach: Tim Cain, Willow Run: In his first year coaching a program in its final year, Cain decided halfway through the year that his team needed a reboot. So he took away their jerseys and made them try out again. The Flyers went 8-2 after that and and finished the year 10-11.


Corey Allen, Ypsilanti
Peter Bakker-Arkema, Skyline
Nasheed Bass, Huron
Mathias Donat, Washtenaw Christian
Michael Hendrickson, Saline
Janeau Joubert, Ypsilanti
Jake Korican, Manchester
Sherrod Motley-Dismuke, Lincoln
Tevis Robinson, Pioneer
Max Recknagel, Saline
Demetrius Sims, Huron
Koji Vroom, Rudolf Steiner
Marquis Wesley, Skyline
Aedan York, Pioneer


  1. Ypsilanti (20-5)
  2. Milan (22-2)
  3. Pioneer (15-5)
  4. Huron (14-6).
  5. Skyline (10-10)
  6. Saline (9-11)
  7. Dexter (11-9)
  8. Lincoln (8-13)
  9. Greenhills (19-2)
  10. Father Gabriel Richard (9-13)
  11. Willow Run (10-11)
  12. Arbor Prep (7-12)
  13. Chelsea (3-17)
  14. Washtenaw Christian (12-9)
  15. Rudolf Steiner (11-10)
  16. Whitmore Lake (6-15)
  17. Calvary Christian (3-18)
  18. Manchester (1-20)

Kyle Austin covers sports for He can be reached at or 734-623-2535. Follow him on Twitter @KAustin_AA.



Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 5:12 p.m.

Thanks for responding Mr. Austin. Although i think you guys could cover the games a little bit more indepth(sometimes some of the articles seem rushed and really don't break the games down like other papers in the state ) I think you guys do a good job. I was glad to see Coach Brooks on the Dream Team. Definitley deserving of it . Fair Coach who from looks of it is all about the kids. Also nice to see both Milan kids on the Dream Team as well. Both deserving of it because both kids carried the load well for Milan this year and that was proven with the 22-2 record they accomplished this season. The Ypsi Kid was huge for his team as well with leadership and toughness and also in my opinion Ypsi i think should of had two players on the Dream Team as well not only based on their success this season but because they had several impact players in their starting lineup who could hurt you on any given night proven in their deep run in the playoffs, but that just a opinion.

Kyle Austin

Mon, Apr 8, 2013 : 1:52 a.m.

Thanks, neverunderstood7. I agree a strong case can definitely be made for two Ypsi dream teamers -- Jaylen Johnson was definitely in the discussion, particularly because of his playoff performance.


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 3:53 p.m.

Guess milan will have to schedule ypsi next year.No respect for a small town


Mon, Apr 15, 2013 : 11:19 a.m.

As much as I was complaining about Milan not getting any respect from or the rest of Washtenaw County, I will agree with your final rankings. I had said earlier that it would probably come down to who lasted longer and Ypsilanti did so I guess that earned them the number one ranking. Though when it comes to the tougher schedule in the playoffs Ypsilanti didn't have to face the ultimate Class A champions Romulus.

Kyle Austin

Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 4:45 p.m.

Well you must be referring to the rankings, since Milan is the only team with two dream teamers. Both teams had great seasons, but Ypsilanti had a tougher schedule and went a step farther in the playoffs.

Kyle Austin

Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 3:44 p.m.

We solicit nominations from every area coach, and combine those with our own observations on watching these players over the course of the season, and between Pete Cunningham and myself settled on a team. I would say criteria are a combination of stats and empirical evidence -- stats certainly play a part, but there are plenty of talented players that have a large impact on the game without gaudy stats. We welcome any feedback and thoughts on the all-area team here in the comments section.


Sun, Apr 7, 2013 : 3:23 p.m.

Curious to know how the teams are picked. What is the criteria?