Drawing up a game plan to stop or at least slow down Detroit Frederick Douglass combo guard Darrell Davis this season has proven to be a fruitless endeavor.
Davis has been a model of consistency on the offensive end throughout his 2013-14 campaign, averaging 24.6 points per game. The defensive end is no weakness of his game either, recording four steals per game.
Now the all-time leading scorer at Detroit Douglass with over 1,400 career points, Davis has enjoyed a tremendous senior season in taking his squad to the school's first regional title since 2010.
With such gaudy numbers and team success come the accolades, and Davis is not only part of the Associated Press Class B All-State team, but also the Player of the Year.
"I just wanted to come into my senior year as a leader and do anything it takes to help lead my team to wins," Davis said.
The Dayton-bound senior is joined on the Class B All-State first team by nine other players, including Edmond Sumner (Detroit Country Day), whose outstanding season came to an end in the loss to Detroit Douglass March 12.
The rest of the All-State first team includes Jason Penn of Ferndale University, Anthony Howard of Imlay City, Jaire Grayer of Flint Southwestern Classical, Kyle Steigenga of Holland Christian, Markese Mayfield of Wyoming Godwin Heights, Chance Stewart of Sturgis, Khari Willis of Jackson Lumen Christi and Tony Poljan of Lansing Catholic.
Spring Lake’s Nick Goeglein was named honorable mention.
Coach Bill Core said that the big man improved more between his junior and senior season than any player he has ever coached. Goeglein nearly quadrupled his scoring average this season — going from about four to 16 points per game.
Goeglein was also a force as a defender and rebounder in the middle, and stepped up as a leader for a Spring Lake squad that won a conference and Class B district championship, as well as a regional game — defying preseason expectations.
Tribune sports writer Nich Wolak contributed to this story