Clarkston's Davenport is Class A Player of Year

GH’s Craymer, Merz honorable mentions
AP Wire
Mar 14, 2014

It should scare opponents that Clarkston coach Tim Wasilk still hasn't fully convinced star junior forward Erika Davenport that she should be a little more selfish and not pass up open shots.

It should scare people that both Wasilk and Davenport both think the 5-foot-11 post player with guard skills still has another gear, something she mentioned to reporters after a 48-point, 23-rebound night in the Wolves' double-overtime win in districts.

It should scare folks, because even with those two caveats, Davenport is undoubtedly one of the best players in the state.

She has been named the Associated Press Class A Player of the Year, unanimously selected by a 10-member panel of sports writers from across the state.

"Talent-wise, I've been coaching for nine years — maybe I'm biased, but I don't remember seeing anyone more talented than her that we've played against, or I've coached," Wasilk said. "She does still have another gear, and she does have another notch, where she can show a little bit more. I think she knows that."

She's joined on the All-State team by three Miss Basketball finalists — Marte Grays of Detroit King, Asia Robeson of Kalamazoo Central and Jessica Walter of Midland — as well as seniors Tyra Jones of Detroit Cody, Tinara Moore of Southgate Anderson, Jasmyn Walker of Muskegon Mona Shores and Shannon Wilson of Bloomfield Hills, and juniors Cori Crocker of Grand Ledge and Cierra Rice of Grosse Pointe South.

Walter's coach, Elaine Mahabir, was named Class A Coach of the Year after leading the Chemics to an unbeaten record in the Saginaw Valley League.

Grand Haven’s Taylor Craymer and Amanda Merz were both named honorable mention.

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