WOW! Our esteemed colleague, Jared Field, and I set out today to put together some All-MML teams since we have been around for a number of years now. I will tell you that it was a lot harder than I initially thought it would be. We have had a number of very talented players and also great people come through this program. So, we narrowed the focus to impact on the program, not necessarily who turned out to be the best player. I believe the names we came up with won’t be all-encompassing, but will be a good representation of MML overall. I can see us revisiting this moving forward…that said, here we go.
Overall MVP (tie): JD Tisdale and Demetrius “Meechie” Miller– This was one of the easier decisions to make. They were simply the two most influential players the program has had since its inception.
-Meechie was the ultimate teammate; he was the hardest worker, but also had the most fun. He developed a reliable jump shot to go along with elite athleticism. He went on to star at Mott CC, win a title at Metro State University, represent the USA in competition overseas, and play professionally as well. We like to think Meechie got serious about the game while wearing the blue and white of MML. He definitely left a lasting impression on the program. His jersey (#24) has been retired by MML.
-JD came to MML as an 8th grader playing up and despite numerous offers to play with every other Michigan program (including being recruited in tournaments), he remained loyal to the Lakers. Epic battles between JD and Lorenzo Bonam (Utah), Monte Morris (Iowa State/Denver Nuggets), Bishop Robinson (WMU), CJ Turnage (SVSU), and Mychal Mulder (Kentucky/Windy City Bulls) highlighted his four years. He holds the record for points scored in a game and games played as a Laker. His silhouette is the current MML logo and his jersey (#1) has been retired as well. He has gone on to play at Bowling Green State University and Rogers State University. He was drafted by NBA G League team the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, played for the Saint John Riptide in the NBL-Canada, and Lakeland Magic (NBA G League).
Overall Defensive Player of the program: Tyler Wilson– Tyler had something that not all of our players have had over the years, “dawg”. He simply would not let you push him around no matter what size you were. Standing less than 6 feet, you couldn’t tell that by his play. The most memorable defensive moment was the game against a Wisconsin Elite team that was wearing us out. Their PG was giving us the business pretty good until the second half when Tyler was given the assignment and told to “stay in his shirt.” He did, and completely took him out of the game allowing MML to come back and win. Hands down the best defensive performance in our history.
Overall most underrated (tie): Steve Wilmers and Chris Hutton- Both from the first year’s team and both kids no opponent was expecting much from.
-Steve was a lanky kid from Lapeer East (not a traditional basketball powerhouse by any stretch of the imagination) and Chris was a floppy-haired kid from the rival Lapeer West team (also no powerhouse). They joined forces in that summer to help lead us to a great year for any first year group. Steve surprised many by rising up and dunking on you if you weren’t careful. Chris surprised all by having no fear and being one of the best shooters we’ve had. The mighty Michigan Mustangs were one team Chris surprised, knocking down 7 threes I believe. Just about every game though, they left an impression with the opposing coaches.
Most points (single game): JD Tisdale- 49 vs. Macomb County Cougars (2012), Marquavian Stephens- 41 vs. Flint’s Finest (2013)
Ahasureus “Syro” McDonald– Made the biggest leap from unknown to a bonafide star in the spring/summer of 2010.
Demetrius “Meechie” Miller– Athletic lefty that blossomed into his own as mentioned above. The guy just kept getting better and better.
JD Tisdale– Most athletically gifted of all and he showed that by dunking on guys many times over. Helped make the program one sought after by events and players.
Mike Repovz– The strongest guy we’ve had with the nicest disposition. Would routinely smile while knocking opponents over. Played D1 football at CMU
Tyler Moreland– Our first PG ever. He had a knack for getting whatever shot up he wanted. Hit a big time buzzer beater in Kalamazoo to win a semifinal game.
Chris Hutton– Gutty. Tough. Heart. This guy feared nothing or no one. So tough that he came back from nearly losing several fingers in a work accident to finish his college career!
Terrance Keaton (deceased)
Jermaine “Butch” Wyatt
Markell Lucas, Austin Green, Ryan Praski, Nathan Landsgaard, Lau’ren Jones, Thomas Jean, Darius Wilson, Torandis Mack, Jamil Demps