Muskegon's Thrower named Mr. Basketball

Undefeated Big Reds to face Ann Arbor Skyline in tonight's Class A quarterfinals
MCT Wire
Mar 18, 2014

Near the end of Saturday's boys basketball practice, Muskegon coach Keith Guy told Deshaun Thrower that he needed to see him in his office.

He also told Thrower's father, Lloyd, that he should call his wife, Nina, and tell her that she should be there, too.

To make it better, after Thrower's mother arrived, Guy told team manager Jared Pittman to call his father, Gregory, a circuit court judge in Muskegon County.

"What did you do now?'' his mother asked.

"I don't know what I did,'' Thrower said.

"It better not be about a girl,'' his mother said.

It was not about a girl.

It was about a trophy.

The Hal Schram Mr. Basketball trophy.

Thrower is the 34th recipient of the Hall Schram Mr. Basketball award, given annually to the state's top senior by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan, in conjunction with the Free Press.

The award is named for the former Free Press sports writer who covered high school athletics for more than 40 years.

Thrower, a 6-foot-1 guard who has signed with Stony Brook, is the first player from Muskegon to receive the award, voted on by BCAM members.

Coaches must vote for three candidates, and votes are tabulated on a 5-3-1 basis. Thrower accumulated 1,952 points. Detroit Pershing's Justin Tillman was second, with 1,743 points, and Jalen Johnson of Ypsilanti (1,351) was third.

Thrower, who has led Muskegon to a 25-0 record heading into tonight's quarterfinal against Ann Arbor Skyline at Lansing Eastern, received 280 first-place votes, 95 more than Tillman.

The members of Thrower's family were surprised when Guy told them that Deshaun is Mr. Basketball, none more than Deshaun.

"It's a great honor," he said. "Any one of the finalists could have gotten it. It makes me want to work harder. People are going to be coming at me these next three games. I have no nights off for real now. People are going to be game planning more now.''

They can game plan all they want, but in Thrower, the Big Reds have a terrific point guard who has averaged 18.7 points and 6.4 assists per game this season.

Guy believes that Thrower's accomplishments this season and throughout his career helped make him an easy choice for BCAM members.

"I think it's his body of work he put in,'' Guy said. "To be 25-0, he's been to the Breslin (Center) twice and contributed on those teams. He's played some of the best of the best and went head up with them and had a good showing. Night in and night out, he's been the guy for our team, leading on and off the floor.''

Thrower is a two-sport all-state athlete. As a quarterback and defensive back, he led Muskegon to back-to-back appearances in the Division 2 state championship game.

- By Mick McCabe (MCT Wire)

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